Yamaha YDP-184 Review [After 1 Year of Daily Use]

Yamaha YDP-184 Review [After 1 Year of Daily Use]

If you’re looking for Yamaha YDP-184 review, then you’re at the right article. In this Yamaha YDP-184 review article we’ll give you a complete guideline for Yamaha YDP-184. Yamaha once again exceeded expectations with the Yamaha YDP-184, which was released in early 2018 with the sophisticated YDPS34. This digital piano produces beautiful and realistic sounds with some of the best technologies in the field and the additional features that make this 88-key digital piano a formidable competitor on the market.

This Yamaha YDP-184 review looks at some areas where the Yamaha YDP-184 has improved over its predecessor and helps overall determine if it’s worth buying this upright digital piano. Designed as an upright digital piano with low mobility, the Yamaha YDP-184 is ideal for living rooms, concert halls, and places of worship. With acoustic-like resonant sound quality and Yamaha 88-key digital piano technology, teaching musicians and students will benefit greatly from this version.

It is ideal for students to have the opportunity to play the acoustic piano so that they can understand how the instrument reacts to touch and intent. The Yamaha YDP-184 is more affordable than the Acoustic Baby Grand and provides the realism that every student needs. In addition, the size, design, and sound of the Yamaha YDP-184 make it perfect for any place of worship. It reveals the various techniques incorporated into it, but it’s enough to say that this digital piano is simple enough for beginners and advanced enough for advanced musicians. Let’s start our Yamaha YDP-184 review article!



  • Fully weighted 88 keys made of synthetic ivory and ebony
  • GH3 action
  • Five levels of touch sensitivity
  • Produces 24 instrumental sounds from traditional acoustics piano tunes to modern pop tunes
  • Produces 256 polyphony notes
  • 14 demo songs
  • 50 preset songs
  • Modes: Duo, Split, and Dual
  • 1.5 MB storage space
  • MIDI recording feature with up to 16 tracks(250 songs)
  • Additional features: Stereophonic Optimizer, Acoustic Optimizer,
  • There are five significant connections: USB to Host Port, Auxiliary Input, Auxiliary Output, USB to Device Port, and Two ¼” Stereo Phone Jacks.
  • USB Audio Interface Function
  • Built-in recording features
  • Weight: 56 kg
  • Dimensions: 57.5” x 18” x 36.5”


Premium Design

Yamaha YDP-184 Review design

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At the beginning of our Yamaha YDP-184 review article let’s talk about its impressive design. The Yamaha YDP-184 digital piano resembles a traditional upright piano with a lifted cabinet, especially Clavinova CLP 635. The Arius line Yamaha YDP-184 model has a fully covered black panel similar to Clavinova. It’s compact and fits in small spaces. Whether you’ve got vintage-style or jazzy modern-style home decor, this piano fits into any style.

The velvet traits around piano pedals and the end of its keys add a premium and classy look. While the in-and-out white and black keys smoothly slide on one another, making them more functional and easily accessible.

Here’s some heartbreaking news for black lovers. This brand-new Yamaha YDP-184 is available in rosewood finishing. So, if you’d like to get this piano in black color, you must compromise with its luxurious rosewood piano with matte finishing.


Control Panel- The Biggest Upgrade

As soon as you look at the piano, you notice an LCD screen and a few buttons on the left, with a power button and volume slider on the right side. The Yamaha YDP-184 piano’s control panel ensures easy accessibility to various features.

The left side buttons are subdivided into 3 categories. The foremost is the navigation buttons. Usually, the navigation buttons are used with the display. At the same time, the second and third sections are two voice and quick function buttons.

This piano makes everything accessible at your fingertips without straining much. And the two voice buttons allow users to switch sounds from grand piano to strings. And one can staunchly say that the control panel is one of the Yamaha YDP-184 digital piano upgrades.


Sound Quality

This Yamaha YDP-184 review article will give you a complete idea of its sound quality. The best thing about Yamaha instruments is their high-quality sounds. Yamaha incorporated its brand-new CFX sound sampling engine into all the YDP series. The brilliant sound sampling engine provides robust resonant bass to sparkling treble.

The Yamaha YDP-184 digital piano perfectly mimics the Yamaha CFX concert grand piano. Whether you want to play a powerful high pitch or dull low-tone, Yamaha YDP-184 offers everything you need at your fingertips.

Most people love Yamaha’s pianos because of their clean and direct sound delivery. Especially if you’re playing this piano in the concert hall, the sound delivery is pretty high and effortlessly reaches the farthest areas. Moreover, it grasps the nuances and sounds incredible.

Unlike the YDP-164, the Yamaha YDP-184 has an upgraded sound engine. Although it misses Binaural Sampling and Bosendorfer samples like CLP digital pianos, the upgraded sound engine in Yamaha YDP-184 ensures greater customization options in the Piano Room menu.

If you’re wondering what the heck is a piano room, let me explain to you. Piano Room is the user-customizable software found in Yamaha Pianos. It allows users to customize or change sound parameters. Now, it’s easier to produce fine tunes and sounds tailored based on your interests.

A few parameters are VRM(aka Virtual Resonance Modeling is used to mimic finest reverberations), modeled variation, and a lot more.


Yamaha YDP-184 Has 24 Distinct Sounds:

  • Grand Pianos Sounds- 4(Jazz, Pop, CFX, and Rock)
  • Honky Tonk Piano, Nylon, Steel Guitars, Strings, Slow Strings, Acoustic, Electric Bass, Choir, Vibraphone.
  • Mellow Organ, Jazz Organ, Principal Organ, Vintage Electric Piano, and Synth Pad.
  • Phaser EP, Soft Electric Piano, DX Electric Piano, Harpsichord, Stage Electric Piano, 8′ and 8’+4′.


It further increases sound quality when you use headphones. The inbuilt speakers improve the quality of tone, rhythm, and tempo. Combining unique 24 sounds with GH3 keys gives you an ultimate feel that you shouldn’t miss out on.

It even has a stereophonic optimizer that allows pianists to play the piano using headphones comfortably. This optimizer offers you high-quality sound, just like an acoustic piano.

In a nutshell, Yamaha YDP-184 has excellent sounding features with perfect sampling. This piano works great whether to produce classical tones or modern sounds. As said earlier, the Piano Room is an added advantage to enjoying more customized sounds.


Contemporary Feel & Playability

As discussed earlier, the Yamaha YDP-184 digital piano makes you feel the essence of a grand piano. However, it’s described based on sound. But here, I strongly say it’s based on the touch. It gives a rich tactile experience due to its synthetic ivory tops and ebony GH3 key action.

The thick blackish and dark brownish timber contributes to its royalty. In comparison, synthetic ivory prevents accidental slips due to fingers’ moisture. In addition, it features an LCD screen(Located left side of the piano keys).

The perfect LCD screen location allows users to effortlessly access multiple options to modify rhythms, sounds, tempo, recordings, and metronome features. The 3-sensor configuration is another great feature that makes you feel like you’re playing a grand piano rather than a digital piano.


Dynamic Keyboard


Yamaha YDP-184 Review keyboard


In this Yamaha YDP-184 review, let’s talk about its dynamic keyboard section. Yamaha’s YDP-184 keyboard looks much similar to YDP 164. As said earlier, it has a GH3 keyboard. Also, the keytops are made from synthetic ivory and dark blackish-brown timber. The rough texture on keytops prevents slipping due to moist or sweaty hands.

Also, the GH3 triple sensor key action creates premium sounds the same as that of grand pianos or traditional acoustics. Furthermore, it has 5 dynamic levels of touch sensitivity and can be customized to a greater degree than other pianos.


Significant Connections


Yamaha YDP-184 Review connection


You find minimal connections in the initial glimpse of the Yamaha YDP-184 piano. However, later you realize these are the only necessary connections you need. It has two ¼” stereo phone jacks. This means you can easily connect up to four headphones at one go.

The other connections include:

  • USB to Host Port
  • Auxiliary Input
  • Auxiliary Output
  • USB to Device Port


The USB to Host port helps transfer MIDI(aka Musical Instrument Digital Interface) through USB. Furthermore, you can use an external adapter at this port to enjoy wireless MIDI features(Although it isn’t recommendable, you can use it when necessary).

The Auxiliary Input supports connecting the music playback products to practice and the other background tracks. In general, the piano’s left and right jacks are considered the Auxiliary Output that you can use to connect speakers or amplifiers.

You can also connect an external USB Audio Interface to capture nuances in rhythms. At last, here comes the USB to Device Port to save recordings with an internal memory of as little as 1.5 MB. In general, the saved songs are stored as MIDI files.


USB Audio Interface

The USB audio interface records the sounds connecting microphones and piano cables. However, this isn’t the case for the newish Yamaha YDP-184 digital piano. This piano has a USB Audio Interface feature in the USB to Host port.

The best part about this is recording high-quality samples without using MIDI or VSTs. Since it eliminates the need for MIDI and VSTs, it eliminates audio degradation too. This means all you get is a rich audio file.

So, if you’re working on a digital audio workstation(DAW), you’ll love this feature. The USB To Host Port not only reduces your quality issues but also makes it more interesting to work with sound systems.


Three Pedals Ensures A Traditional Acoustic Piano Feel

This piano has three pedals as follows:

  • Half-Blow Pedal(Left)
  • Sostenuto Pedal(Middle)
  • Sustain Pedal(Right)


The Half-Blow Pedal(Soft Pedal or Una Corda Pedal) is mostly built in grand and upright pianos. Usually, it generates a softened sound by moving the hammers forward on an acoustic piano. This is why it’s often referred to as a soft pedal.

The middle pedal is Sostenuto Pedal which means sustaining in Italian. In contrast, the last pedal on the right side of the piano is Sustain Pedal. Professionals often call it the “Heart of the Piano.”

The Sustain Pedal helps sustain musical notes for a few seconds even after you lift your fingers on the keys. Moreover, the sound effects it produces are remarkable and blow your mind in a concert hall.

Although an acoustic piano, the sounds are produced based on the hammer movements, the Yamaha YDP-184 digital piano perfectly mimics these sounds.


Built-In Recording

Whether you want to record two or more tracks simultaneously or rewind the session, Yamaha YDP-184 is here to do it effortlessly. The built-in recording feature records, rewind, pauses, and play it with a couple of sounds. This recording feature ensures track playbacks, and re-recording is pretty easy and convenient.


What Additional Accessories Do You Get In Yamaha YDP-184 Digital Piano?

The extra accessories included in the Yamaha YDP-184 digital piano kit are as follows.

  • Manual Book
  • AC Power Adapter
  • Music Book With 50 Classical Music Notes
  • Online Member Product Registration

It’s surprising that Yamaha, known for its consistency, offers distinct extra accessories per region. However, here’s another accessory included in the kit. And it’s nothing but the optional bench.


Yamaha YDP-184 Smart Pianist App

Even professionals go crazy while working with the chords. And so you’re. If you’ve no idea about playing chords to a particular song, here’s Yamaha’s Smart Pianist app to help you.

Smart Pianist app records the songs in your music library and provides you with suitable chord symbols. Now, you can play chords without heating your brain. This app is the coolest thing about the Yamaha YDP-184 piano.

The three significant features of the app include:

  • Smart Controlling: You can choose the voices required based on the performance. In addition, you can also leverage layer features to overlay voices.
  • Have Fun With Your Favorite Songs: This app allows you to learn your favorite songs by analyzing instrumental chords.
  • Remarkable Chord Chart: Now, it’s easier to understand chords of difficult songs’ using “Smart Pianist.” Although it doesn’t generate chords for extremely complex compositions, it’s a great tool to get an idea about using the right chords for most tunes.

How Easy Is It To Use YDP-184 Digital Piano?

If you’re wondering about its ease of use, let me tell you a thing. Yamaha YDP-184 digital piano is pretty easy to use and handle. All you need to do is turn on the piano and play your favorite tunes. But the only problem you perhaps face is memorizing all the functions. That’s why most people feel managing espresso is more effortless than handling digital pianos.


  • CFX sound engine
  • High polyphony with 256 counts
  • Amazing pedal functionalities
  • Ensures as if you’re playing a Grand Piano
  • Rich aesthetics
  • Colossal apps and digital features
  • Excellent built-in recording
  • Produces high-quality sound
  • GH3 keyboard
  • Fully weighted keys with the rich tactile experience
  • Super easy to re-record and track playbacks
  • No Bluetooth
  • Relatively heavy


Does Yamaha YDP-184 Digital Piano Worth It?

Is it worth spending over $2000 on a Yamaha YDP-184 digital piano? In short, yes. It’s worth buying a Yamaha YDP-184 digital piano. The high-end sound effects, cool aesthetics, and grand piano-style playability make it worth the price.

In addition, the rich built-in recording features and upgraded control panels make this piano more price-worthy. So, add Yamaha YDP-184 Digital Piano to your bucket list if you’re looking to shop for a piano between $2000 to $2500.


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Is Yamaha YDP-184 Digital Piano An Ideal Choice For You?

Experts recommend Yamaha YDP-184 digital piano for intermediate and advanced pianists. Especially if you’re a creative nerd looking for great recording capacity, this is an ideal choice for you. But if you’re a beginner, the Yamaha YDP-184 might not be an ideal choice because of its colossal advanced features. Yet, you can go for it if you don’t go crazy about its price.


Yamaha YDP-184: Final Verdict

After getting through all the specs, it’s no surprise that the Yamaha YDP-184 digital piano is in the current market. Its premium sound engine features, LCD, sensor activities, and royal look outshine the rest.

Moreover, the advanced features of the piano make it best for piano teachers, intermediate, and professional pianists. Moreover, the compact and elegant aesthetics are suitable for small spaces.

Since it’s available in rosewood finishing, it suits most home decor giving a sense of royalty to your entire room. Of course, the price tag is a bit heavy, but it is worth it to create musical wonders. At the end of our Yamaha YDP-184 review article, we’ll suggest that it’s a suitable digital piano for you. Our rating of this piano is 9.7/10.

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