[Out of the box evaluation] YAMAHA P115 digital piano comprehensive evaluation + HD audition! -Feiteng Music Center

Foreword:
As the world's largest musical instrument manufacturer, YAMAHA is also the first electronic musical instrument company to enter China to establish a factory. His advantages in production management, quality control and other more aspects are unmatched by many musical instrument manufacturers who later entered China. This year, Yamaha launched the upgraded version of the p105 electric piano, the p115. It can be said that the P115 is the continuation of the quality of the YAMAHA brand and the P series of electric pianos. Although the appearance and the P-105 are almost unchanged, in fact there is a big improvement in the inside.
The following is the unpacking video of the Taiwan Music Store:

Outer packing:
P115 looks a bit thicker than the general electric piano packaging.


Exterior:
P115 still uses the appearance of P105. This is the same as the upgrade strategy of the P series in recent years. For example, the appearance of the previous generation P85 and P95 is basically unchanged. Although the appearance of P115 is the same as that of the previous generation P105, I have to praise the workmanship of YAMAHA products again. It is impeccable among products of the same level. The appearance is beautiful, the straight lines are very simple, the workmanship is exquisite, and the plastic shell is solid. The consistency of the 88 keys is very good, the gaps are small and uniform, without any looseness. The feel of the volume slider and panel buttons is also very good, and the metal mesh cover of the speaker is also very meticulous. The interface on the back of the piano adopts a deep design, the plug will not take up extra space and will not be excessively bent because it is placed against the wall. The speakers of the piano are oriented upwards and downwards, which is very suitable for families to be placed against the wall. I have compared electric pianos of other brands at the same price at the exhibition and the piano shop. The appearance and workmanship of YAMAHA can be said to be outstanding in terms of humanized design and exquisiteness. Although using the same shell mold as the P105, YAMAHA still made some improvements in the details of the panel printing. Firstly, the YAMAHA logo on the left side was moved to the center position, which is more beautiful and beautiful; secondly, it was originally distributed in the upper and lower rows of the tone direct selection buttons. The sound names of all have been moved to the top of the button, visually more focused and easy to distinguish, and less likely to be worn out.

This is only the main unit of the P115, there is no dedicated fixed frame and three-pedal assembly











keyboard:
The keyboard structure of P115 is the same as P105, it is Yamaha GHS keyboard. The GHS keyboard is characterized by low key noise and lighter pop-up. I personally feel that the shortcoming is that the keystroke is slightly short (the depth of the keyboard is pressed down) and the keyboard is lacking. For some sense of heaviness, measured by calipers, the key stroke of the P115 key is about 1.2 cm, which is less than that of a certain brand of electric piano. It may be the difference in performance that caused the difference in performance. But in fact, a slightly shallower keystroke has little effect on actual performance. After all, YAMAHA electric pianos below 6000 yuan and 88-key economical synthesizer MOXF8 all use GHS keyboards. Compared to an electric piano product of around 4,000 yuan, the GHS keyboard is still a good choice. The black keys of P115 and P105 are matte and non-slip surface treatment. The official mentions that the black keys of P115 have been improved, but I did not find too many differences. Perhaps this subtle difference is really not found by people with thick lines such as me. .



Tone:


Compared with the first-generation P105, the biggest improvement of the P115 this time is in terms of sound and function. The first is the substantial increase in polyphony. Although the 128 polyphony of P105 is enough for electric piano performance, the maximum polyphony of P115 is still upgraded again, reaching 192 polyphony! It ensures that even if a large number of notes are played when the two tones are superimposed, there will be no loss of sound.
The improvement of piano and electric piano timbre is mainly reflected in: further optimization of the main piano timbre, and adding a warmer Mellow Grand piano timbre, and also removing a softer FM electric piano timbre on the P105, and the total number of tones is still With 14 tones, this upgrade method still meets the needs of most users.
The quality of piano timbre is indeed very subjective, and different people have different opinions. The P115's main piano timbre is pure and delicate, whether it is playing classical or popular, it is more suitable. The midrange and high range are very good, clean and thorough, with a strong wood flavor. You can also feel a better sense of space when you step on the damper pedal. The low range may be to match the sound of the piano itself, lacking some low frequencies.

I have written 2 piano essays especially for this P115 evaluation, which are performed with the piano sound of P115. You can listen to the sound of P115 first :

About Life:
EVO:

Demonstration of the three piano sounds of P115:

Grand Piano sound audition:
Bright Piano grand piano sound audition:
Mellow Piano grand piano sound audition:


Although the sound engine of the P115 main piano and the previous generation P105 is PURE CF, after the P105 and P115 are placed around the audition, you will find that there are some differences in the sense of hearing. YAMAHA has obviously made some improvements to the P115's piano sound. The piano sound of P115 is more emotionally layered and thicker, and the high frequency is relatively clearer, while the P105 is slightly stiff and flat in comparison. Of course, this is also related to the improvement of the P115 speaker, because after The effect of connecting the piano to the monitor speakers for playback is not as different as listening directly on the piano. The following is a comparison of the effects of Chopin's "Nocturne" directly recorded on P115 and P105.

P115 Grand Piano "Nocturne" audition:
P105 Grand Piano "Nocturne" audition:

The price of YAMAHA electric pianos ranges from thousands to tens of thousands. According to different product positioning, their main piano sounds are also distinguishable. In addition to piano sound, electric piano sound is also the highlight of YAMAHA electric piano. P115 has a built-in FM electric piano sound, which is the same as P105. This is also a selling point since P105, because this FM electric piano sound is unique to YAMAHA. Another Stage EP sound is a Rhodes electric piano sound. Obviously, YAMAHA has upgraded this sound on the P115, which is more oily and three-dimensional, and the sampling under high intensity is also better. The third electric piano sound is the Wurly electric piano sound that is not commonly used by our Chinese users. But because the P115 adds a piano sound, it also removes a DX electric piano sound. All in all, the P115's electric piano sound has reached the level of professional studios.

DX E.Piano electric piano sound audition:
Stage E.Piano electric piano sound audition:
Outside :
Vintage E.Piano electric piano sound audition:

Compared with the previous generation P105, the jazz organ of the P115 is also improved, and it can be used with the LP5A three pedal to switch the rotation speed of the jazz organ rotary speaker. Of course, there are not many opportunities for Chinese users to use organ sounds.

Jazz Organ sound audition:
Rock Organ sound audition:

P115 has only one string tone, the same as P105, listen to it:

Strings sound audition:

YAMAHA is unique in the pedal processing of string tones. When playing strings with the sustain pedal, all finger-off notes will have the effect of attenuating the sustain automatically under the pedal state. This processing can make it not easy to "fuzz" the strings, especially the superimposed use of piano and strings. It is more commonly encountered. This treatment seems to only appear on Yamaha products at present. The following is the effect of piano stacked strings when using the pedal:

Play the string sound with the piano sound and listen to it:


Several other tones are the same as P105, here is the audition: Harpsichord harpsichord tone audition:

Pipe Organ sound audition:
Vibraphone tremolo sound audition:
Wood Bass wood bass sound audition:
E. Bass electric bass sound audition:

My feeling about the P115's tone is: the overall taste is very "right", very modest, widely applicable, and very classic. As a major brand of traditional electronic keyboards, YAMAHA has an impeccable grasp of the sound. For an electric piano with only a dozen tones, the small number of tones means that each tone must be very positive and has a wide range of applications. , In order to hold up a piece of sky.


Rhythm and piano accompaniment:
In addition to the basic functions that ordinary electric pianos have, such as timbre stacking, keyboard splitting, duo playing, transposition, metronome, MIDI recording, etc., the P115 is unique and different from other traditional electric pianos in that it comes with 14 rhythm patterns. Accompanied by 10 pianist styles. We can play more rhythmic music with different styles of drum rhythms, and we can also use the pianist style accompaniment function to add piano accompaniment of different limbs to our performance by playing different chords. These two functions are actually added on the P105, but the rhythm of the P115 is automatically added with Intro pattern (intro drum segment) and Ending pattern (end drum segment) at the beginning and end of the rhythm, allowing the performance to enter a loop that does not change. I added an intro before and a different ending drum segment at the end of the performance to add color to the performance. In addition, P115 has updated 3 rhythm patterns on the basis of P105 and added four additional rhythm patterns. The style of the rhythm is more diverse, especially some rhythms suitable for more lyrical types of performance have been added. The rhythm update of P115 is specifically reflected in: removed The three rhythm patterns of Triplet Beat, March, and Waltz on the P105 have added seven rhythm patterns: 8Beat2, 16Beat2, Disco, Latin Pop, Shuffle, 6/8 Slow Rock, and 16Beat Shuffle. Among the 10 pianist styles, the March style was removed and changed to 8 Beat Ballad. Unfortunately, the rhythm pattern and pianist accompaniment of P115 cannot be used at the same time, so it cannot be used as a complete automatic accompaniment.

The following is an audition using P115's Grand Piano sound and pianist accompaniment: piano and pianist accompaniment audition:


The following are fragments of Stage E.Piano sound and GrandPiano sound played with the built-in rhythm of P115:
Stage E.Piano stage electric piano sound and rhythm play audition:
The Grand Piano sound is played with the rhythm.



New important features:
The original intention of the design of the P series electric piano is to pursue the simplicity of size and function, but this time P115 has made several improvements in function, and I believe these improvements are really for the needs of users, rather than gimmicks. First of all, YAMAHA redefines and optimizes 4 kinds of reverb effects on the P115, and specially added the SOUND BOOST sound enhancement function. After turning on this function, the volume of the entire piano will increase instantly, and the sound will still not pop. This is in the performance Or very useful when accompany others. The principle should be to increase the weak frequency band and reduce the dynamic range of the sound through the digital compressor, and improve the human ear's perception of sound loudness. It is not a simple and rude increase in the power of the speaker. This is also considered to be the power of the P115 speaker. A kind of make up. The second feature upgrade is the addition of the speaker shutdown function. This function is very useful for professional musicians when performing and recording, because the electric piano is connected to other equipment such as the mixer through the audio output interface during the performance and recording. You need to adjust the volume of the piano itself to control the size of the audio output signal. If you can’t turn off the speakers of the piano, it will bring a lot of trouble to the performance and recording.




The third and most practical function upgrade. Most of the functions on P115 and P105 need to be realized by the combination of the FUNCTION button on the panel and the keys, and some functions are not marked above the keys. This time, YAMAHA specially made for P115. The free supporting APP application allows users to connect the P115 to the iPad and iPhone (additional cables are required), and control most of the functions of the P115 on the touch screen of the iPad and iPhone, such as graphical tone selection, overlay, and keyboard splitting. Rhythm, piano accompaniment, metronome selection and speed adjustment, reverb selection, etc., and the user interface is very beautiful and easy to use. This not only solves the trouble of some functional operations on the P115, but also greatly improves the users of P115. The experience is equivalent to adding a large touch screen to the p115 instantly, which will instantly solve the problem of troublesome functions on the piano. Click here to watch the official video of YAMAHA P115 dedicated iPhone/iPad APP application introduction


Tone selection interface:

Swipe screen to select tone interface:

Function selection interface:
Keyboard split interface:

Tone overlay interface:


Transpose interface:

Metronome interface:



Reverb effect setting interface:



Duo sound setting interface:



speaker:
The installation direction of the P115 loudspeaker (speaker) is that the mid-woofer unit is placed downwards, and the tweeter unit is placed upwards. Moreover, the P115 adjusts the size of the high-frequency unit on the basis of P105. The installation position of the tweeter unit is also on the same horizontal plane as the mid-woofer unit. Rise to close to the bottom of the speaker grille. I made an AB comparison with the previous generation P105 and found that although the volume of the P115 is slightly lower than that of the P105, the high-frequency response of the P115 will be better, the piano's outline is clearer, and the overall feeling is more gorgeous and textured. The P115 speaker is impeccable among products of the same price. It feels that the frequency response is very smooth and the distortion is low. Even if the volume is turned to the maximum, there is no speaker popping phenomenon, and resonance of the piano body does not often occur. This is a very rare electric piano for civilian use. However, the P115 is still used as a household piano after all. The dual 7W speakers are sufficient in a home environment. If you move to a larger area or rehearsal hall, you still need an external speaker to get more volume and Better sound reinforcement effect. In addition, the P115 still retains the iAC intelligent sound field control function on the P105. This function essentially improves the EQ balance of low and high frequencies when the piano's volume is turned on to a weaker level, so that it can still be played at low volume. Allows users to get better low and high frequencies. Finally, there is a special note. I mentioned above that the mid-woofer of the P115 is placed at the bottom of the piano body and the direction is downward. This design structure itself is acoustically very reasonable, but you should pay attention to it when placing it. Put it directly on an ordinary table or table, the mid-bass unit is equivalent to being covered, which will have a certain impact on the sound transmission, so it is best to put the piano on the P115 supporting piano stand or the keyboard stand suspended below to get the best Sound effects.






interface:
P115 has dual stereo headphone jacks, standard MIDI IN/OUT jacks, USB to HOST jacks (USB-MIDI jacks), left and right independent channel audio output jacks, three-pedal component jacks, and independent damper pedal jacks. These interfaces have fully met the daily needs of users, and accurately meet the positioning of this piano.


Dual headphone jack



to sum up:

P115 is an upgraded version of P105. While maintaining the mature appearance and craftsmanship, it has improved timbre functions, and there is no increase in price. YAMAHA P115 is a portable electric piano for family use, especially at the price of about 4000 yuan. I feel that there is almost no deduction item. Its appearance, workmanship, tone and function are balanced and mature. If it is the same as the market If the level products are compared horizontally, all items of the P115 should be ranked in the top three. It can be said that the P115 piano perfectly embodies the comprehensive strength of YAMAHA instruments. It is a very good piano.


advantage:
The appearance of the mold is exquisite in workmanship and has a sense of design
The keyboard is well made and the key noise is small
High-quality sound, pure and classic
IPAD and IPHONE can be connected, good user experience
The sound quality of the speaker sound system is outstanding


Disadvantages:
The speaker power is slightly lower, and the low frequency is slightly lower
The keyboard keystroke is slightly shorter and softer
There is a certain sense of plastic
The volume slider lacks dust-proof flannel



note:
This article only represents personal views, please refer to it.
The comparison conclusions in this article are only based on products at the same price.
All blue preview works in this article are original works.
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P115 has two colors, black and white, the following is black P115



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