Yamaha YDP-S30 Review

by Jerry Cecere
(Folsom, CA USA)

Yamaha YDP-S30

Yamaha YDP-S30

Recently I purchased this new, feature-loaded model and I'm very pleased with it. The appearance is definitely modern/contemporary, and it sounds the same as the YAMAHA N-100, which clearly is being discontinued. My YDP-S30 cost $799 from Andy's Music on line and there was no tax and no charge for shipping. The more traditional N-100 costs almost three times the advertised cost of a YDP-S30.

Using one of the two headphone jacks, I connected a really super SONY external, self-powered speaker system. The YDP sounds like an enormous grand with that speaker system, while the on-board speaker system of the YDP-S30 is, intentionally, I'm sure, a bit wimpy.

Given my musical interests, the YDP-S30 is very satisfying, compact, attractive and good enough for my modest talent. Were I to "graduate" to another digital piano, I'd probably select a low end CLP model, like the CLP230.

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Apr 05, 2009
by: xa loi phat

I think the YAMAHA digital piano S30 has only about 6 to 8 voice. I don't know what specie it has for it cost 799$. And many YAMAHA digital piano other has many specie and only buy with cost is cheaper.Do have anyone know.Thank

Jan 11, 2009
Perfect for apartments
by: Chris Lee

Thanks for your review. It helped me make my decision to buy a YDP-S30.

We live in an apartment in the centre of Copenhagen, and although I'm a proficient player, we haven't bought a piano because the volume would disturb our neighbours. But now I want to teach my children how to play in the hope that they'll get as much joy out of playing as I have.

The YDP-S30's twin headphone outputs make it perfect for teaching without disturbing anyone. And the feel of the weighted keys are better than the upright piano I grew up with.

I agree that the speakers are a bit on the wimpy side, but that's OK for what I want to use it for - and I've got some studio quality speakers I can hook it up to for when the neighbours are away :o)

Thanks again for the review!

Nov 25, 2008
by: Kaveh

Thanks a lot for your comments. I'm considering buying this for my wife, she's been practicing on keyboard so far and I'm thinking of surprising her with it. This will be enough for a former beginner, right?! :)

Nov 04, 2008
Thank You
by: Anonymous

I agree! This was very helpful. I have tried to find info. on this model and havent found too much.
I am glad to hear you enjoy your digital piano

Mar 16, 2008
by: Elisabeth Kendall

It has been difficult to find reviews of this model. Thanks for your very helpful insights.

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