Yamaha DGX505 88-Key MIDI Portable Keyboard

MPN: DGX505
Product Details
Quick Glance
Keyboard Keys 61 key, 88 key
User Reviews
DGX 505 as a learning instrument
4 Star Review   By member msashka - Oct 24, 2006   

Strengths: Design; price vs. features

Weakness: SmartMedia interface; clears settings on shutdown

I bought this keyboard after some online research comparing it to the other Yamaha and Casio models with intention to use it as a learning instrument. This keyboard is nicely designed and eye pleasing with light wood laminated exterior and came right out of the box with a matching stand, a bench, and a sustain pedal, unlike pricier all-grey-and-black plastic looking newer DGX 520. 505 also has a SmartMedia interface, but it is its weakness in the same time - there was not much of a reason for Yamaha to choose this dying standard (back in 2004). Also, to my disappointment, after being turned off, the keyboard does not remember settings you last used, and it is necessary to use a small and expensive SmartMedia card to save these. DGX 505 is a good learning 88 key instrument for the right price and reasonable set of features and it is quite strange that some of the important and easily implemented features were overlooked.

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DGX505
3 Star Review   By member CCWRV - May 21, 2006   

Strengths: Lightweight, easy to use, lots of different sound options

Weakness: Not enough "professional" type abiltities I guess you could say.

The DGX505 has alot of great features. I would definitely recommend it to a beginner-intermediate level pianist that wants something like this. I've been playing piano for almost 10 years and I'm in a band at church. I've found that the DGX505 doesn't have alot of the things that I would like for playing in a band or something like that. Also, I don't know if mine has a digital error or something, but if I turn in up more than 3/4 of the way it will randomly play a note by itself really loudly. It's happened to me at least 20 times while I'm in the middle of performing and it's also happened when I'm just playing for fun at home. So, to wrap all that up, I think it's a great high quality instrument with alot of good features. But I wouldn't recommend it for the types of things I use it for.

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The Best!
5 Star Review   By member jpan123456 - Mar 23, 2006   

Strengths: 88 Keys

I think the price is cheap and also it's has a lot of instruments. I also like the stand that comes with it. I think this portable keyboard is the best!

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Great DGX
5 Star Review   By member anandks - Feb 1, 2006   

Strengths: very similar to a grand piano. the keys are weighted and gives a real feeling from training to home practice

love this for its price...i was shopping for the clavinovas' but this at a price of $585 is irressitible. Also the styling and the wood trims really make it look good for my home at a contemporary styles

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Important feature missing from DGX505 that was on DGX500
1 Star Review   By member grantb - Dec 30, 2005   

Strengths: Great sound quality and selection

Weakness: BIG Weakness -- Doesn't show you the notes you are playing in the LCD as you are playing them.

I just recently started taking piano lessons, so my perspective on this keyboard is from that of a complete beginner. The quality of instrument is great, however I remember seeing a DGX500 model at Costco about a year ago and it had this really neat feature where when you played, it actually displayed the Treble and Bass clefs on the LCD and showed you the notes that you were playing as you played them. When I purchased the DGX505 I was expecting that the same feature would be present, but needless to say I was very disappointed when I found it was not. I am returning the DGX505 that I purchased, and I hope to find a used DGX500 somewhere, or I may go with the DGX205 which only has 76 keys but does display the notes as you play them.

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Yamaha DGX505
5 Star Review   By member tdtran - Dec 22, 2005   

Strengths: 88-Keys, Lots of features like Songs, Styles and Voices. USB and Smartmedia for midi downloads. Beautiful wood matching stand and bench

It is an excellent keyboard has great grand piano sound reset with just a on off button. USB port can transfer more midi songs into the keyboard flash ROM. It also has a lesson button that shows the music and notes with indication flashing note for practice. The performance assistance key also helps users to get used with the rhytm of the music. There are lots of styles and voices. Some are so interesting such are the DJ styles and the Drum Kits. The outlook of the keyboard looks more classy and valuable than most of the other keyboards. The set comes with the bench, power supply and sustain pedal. We really enjoyed the keyboard. It is very reasonable price comparing with what it offers.

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Yamaha DGX-505 Above Average
4 Star Review   By member JimboJimmy - Nov 19, 2005   

Strengths: Acoustic instrument sounds are excellent, Easy basic recording capability, Lots of useful sounds, Excellent rhythm/accompaniment selections.

Weakness: Uses OBSOLETE Smart Media Flash Memory Cards for Offline Storage!, Recorder is very limited, Electric guitars are way bad, Limited effects.

The acoustic sounds that this keyboard produces are impressive. The grand piano, horns, guitars, and drums are excellent. The built-in songs demonstrate the sonic capabilities of the instrument very well. The keyboard touch response is adequate for all but lead-fisted pounders. The user interface is, for the most part, clear and easy to use with many short-cut procedures built-in. The display is bright, easy to read, and well organized. Of course, the built-in learning system, easy to use recorder, metronome, rhythm patterns, and accompaniments make this an excellent choice for beginning muscians. Yet, the acoustic sounds are good enough for even more advanced players and could easily be the perfect instrument for one-man-band type performers. The stereo speakers produces clean, spacious sound that gives the music a lifelike feel. Where this keyboard begins to fall short is for more experienced and technically astute players who would prefer to have more powerful and complex functions built-in. Like better, more extensive effects processing, a more robust sequencer, an arppegiator, a more versitile rhythm processor, more one-touch/twist accessible sound modifiers, more internal user memory, a more responsive, weighted keyboard, etc. Of course, all these things come with a price and adding them would bump-up the price of the keyboard - which is one of the most attractive things about it! Typically, for less than $600 you can own a new one ... not many instruments of this caliber can make that claim! I hope Yamaha continues this line with just a little beefier, more expandable model. In particular they need to replace the Smart Media card slot with a USB port that will allow plugging in any of the myriad of cheap USB memory devices currently available for offline storage. Also, I would add more user accessible internal memory (relatively cheap). I would beef-up the sequencer and add some additional effects / processing options. And, I would add an expansion slot for additional sound sets and/or add-on functionality. Nonetheless, for the money, the sound, and the playability, you can't beat this instrument. I liked it the first time I saw/played it and I still do (after a year of owning it). Good job Yamaha!

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4 Star Review   By member luckydk - Apr 26, 2005   

Strengths: Price, size, functions, accessories.

Weakness: Touch response, sound.

I have been playing the piano ever since a little girl, however, I hardly have any chances to play since I moved to my own apartment. I wouldn't consider getting any digital keyboard as the substitute of a acoustic piano until I spotted this keyboard at Costco. This keyboard come with a full 88 key, pedal, and matching chair, and only weights ~50lbs. It costs much less than a real piano, fits perfectly in my apartment, and I won't ever have to worry about bothering my neighbours any more! However, the "touch response" of this keyboard is nothing to compare with an acoustic piano, some of the keys are more sensitive then the others. The other drawback of this keyboard is that the sound will split at maximum volume. Although I won't say this keyboard can substitute a real piano, this is still a good buy if you only need something compact for your everyday practice.

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Product Details
Quick Glance
Keyboard Keys 61 key, 88 key
Summary
Product Title Yamaha DGX505 88-Key MIDI Portable Keyboard
Manufacturer Yamaha
Power Score 3.9 | 8 Reviews
General Info
# of Keys: 88
Weighted Keys: Yes
Additional Specifications
# of Built-In Songs: 5
MIDI: Yes
# of Auto Accompaniment Styles: 135
Size of Keys: Full Size
Power Source: AC/DC, Batteries
Height: 31.7 in
Touch Sensitive Keys: Yes
Warranty Information: 1 Year
URL: Manufacturer Link
Width: 54.2 in
# of Reverb: 9
Features: Amplifier, Auto Harmonize, Built-In Tutorial, Digital Display, Memory Card Slots, Pitch Bend Wheel, Sequencer, Software Included, Speakers, Stand, Sustain Pedal
Depth: 19.1 in
# of Polyphonic Channels: 32
Installed Flash Memory: 875 kB
# of Instrument Voices/Tones: 494
Weight: 46.3 lbs
Interface Connection: Foot Switch, Headphone Jack, MIDI In/Out, USB Connection
Memory Slot Type: SmartMedia
User Reviews
DGX 505 as a learning instrument
4 Star Review   By member msashka - Oct 24, 2006   

Strengths: Design; price vs. features

Weakness: SmartMedia interface; clears settings on shutdown

I bought this keyboard after some online research comparing it to the other Yamaha and Casio models with intention to use it as a learning instrument. This keyboard is nicely designed and eye pleasing with light wood laminated exterior and came right out of the box with a matching stand, a bench, and a sustain pedal, unlike pricier all-grey-and-black plastic looking newer DGX 520. 505 also has a SmartMedia interface, but it is its weakness in the same time - there was not much of a reason for Yamaha to choose this dying standard (back in 2004). Also, to my disappointment, after being turned off, the keyboard does not remember settings you last used, and it is necessary to use a small and expensive SmartMedia card to save these. DGX 505 is a good learning 88 key instrument for the right price and reasonable set of features and it is quite strange that some of the important and easily implemented features were overlooked.

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DGX505
3 Star Review   By member CCWRV - May 21, 2006   

Strengths: Lightweight, easy to use, lots of different sound options

Weakness: Not enough "professional" type abiltities I guess you could say.

The DGX505 has alot of great features. I would definitely recommend it to a beginner-intermediate level pianist that wants something like this. I've been playing piano for almost 10 years and I'm in a band at church. I've found that the DGX505 doesn't have alot of the things that I would like for playing in a band or something like that. Also, I don't know if mine has a digital error or something, but if I turn in up more than 3/4 of the way it will randomly play a note by itself really loudly. It's happened to me at least 20 times while I'm in the middle of performing and it's also happened when I'm just playing for fun at home. So, to wrap all that up, I think it's a great high quality instrument with alot of good features. But I wouldn't recommend it for the types of things I use it for.

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The Best!
5 Star Review   By member jpan123456 - Mar 23, 2006   

Strengths: 88 Keys

I think the price is cheap and also it's has a lot of instruments. I also like the stand that comes with it. I think this portable keyboard is the best!

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Great DGX
5 Star Review   By member anandks - Feb 1, 2006   

Strengths: very similar to a grand piano. the keys are weighted and gives a real feeling from training to home practice

love this for its price...i was shopping for the clavinovas' but this at a price of $585 is irressitible. Also the styling and the wood trims really make it look good for my home at a contemporary styles

38% of readers found this review helpful.

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Important feature missing from DGX505 that was on DGX500
1 Star Review   By member grantb - Dec 30, 2005   

Strengths: Great sound quality and selection

Weakness: BIG Weakness -- Doesn't show you the notes you are playing in the LCD as you are playing them.

I just recently started taking piano lessons, so my perspective on this keyboard is from that of a complete beginner. The quality of instrument is great, however I remember seeing a DGX500 model at Costco about a year ago and it had this really neat feature where when you played, it actually displayed the Treble and Bass clefs on the LCD and showed you the notes that you were playing as you played them. When I purchased the DGX505 I was expecting that the same feature would be present, but needless to say I was very disappointed when I found it was not. I am returning the DGX505 that I purchased, and I hope to find a used DGX500 somewhere, or I may go with the DGX205 which only has 76 keys but does display the notes as you play them.

27% of readers found this review helpful.

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Yamaha DGX505
5 Star Review   By member tdtran - Dec 22, 2005   

Strengths: 88-Keys, Lots of features like Songs, Styles and Voices. USB and Smartmedia for midi downloads. Beautiful wood matching stand and bench

It is an excellent keyboard has great grand piano sound reset with just a on off button. USB port can transfer more midi songs into the keyboard flash ROM. It also has a lesson button that shows the music and notes with indication flashing note for practice. The performance assistance key also helps users to get used with the rhytm of the music. There are lots of styles and voices. Some are so interesting such are the DJ styles and the Drum Kits. The outlook of the keyboard looks more classy and valuable than most of the other keyboards. The set comes with the bench, power supply and sustain pedal. We really enjoyed the keyboard. It is very reasonable price comparing with what it offers.

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Yamaha DGX-505 Above Average
4 Star Review   By member JimboJimmy - Nov 19, 2005   

Strengths: Acoustic instrument sounds are excellent, Easy basic recording capability, Lots of useful sounds, Excellent rhythm/accompaniment selections.

Weakness: Uses OBSOLETE Smart Media Flash Memory Cards for Offline Storage!, Recorder is very limited, Electric guitars are way bad, Limited effects.

The acoustic sounds that this keyboard produces are impressive. The grand piano, horns, guitars, and drums are excellent. The built-in songs demonstrate the sonic capabilities of the instrument very well. The keyboard touch response is adequate for all but lead-fisted pounders. The user interface is, for the most part, clear and easy to use with many short-cut procedures built-in. The display is bright, easy to read, and well organized. Of course, the built-in learning system, easy to use recorder, metronome, rhythm patterns, and accompaniments make this an excellent choice for beginning muscians. Yet, the acoustic sounds are good enough for even more advanced players and could easily be the perfect instrument for one-man-band type performers. The stereo speakers produces clean, spacious sound that gives the music a lifelike feel. Where this keyboard begins to fall short is for more experienced and technically astute players who would prefer to have more powerful and complex functions built-in. Like better, more extensive effects processing, a more robust sequencer, an arppegiator, a more versitile rhythm processor, more one-touch/twist accessible sound modifiers, more internal user memory, a more responsive, weighted keyboard, etc. Of course, all these things come with a price and adding them would bump-up the price of the keyboard - which is one of the most attractive things about it! Typically, for less than $600 you can own a new one ... not many instruments of this caliber can make that claim! I hope Yamaha continues this line with just a little beefier, more expandable model. In particular they need to replace the Smart Media card slot with a USB port that will allow plugging in any of the myriad of cheap USB memory devices currently available for offline storage. Also, I would add more user accessible internal memory (relatively cheap). I would beef-up the sequencer and add some additional effects / processing options. And, I would add an expansion slot for additional sound sets and/or add-on functionality. Nonetheless, for the money, the sound, and the playability, you can't beat this instrument. I liked it the first time I saw/played it and I still do (after a year of owning it). Good job Yamaha!

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4 Star Review   By member luckydk - Apr 26, 2005   

Strengths: Price, size, functions, accessories.

Weakness: Touch response, sound.

I have been playing the piano ever since a little girl, however, I hardly have any chances to play since I moved to my own apartment. I wouldn't consider getting any digital keyboard as the substitute of a acoustic piano until I spotted this keyboard at Costco. This keyboard come with a full 88 key, pedal, and matching chair, and only weights ~50lbs. It costs much less than a real piano, fits perfectly in my apartment, and I won't ever have to worry about bothering my neighbours any more! However, the "touch response" of this keyboard is nothing to compare with an acoustic piano, some of the keys are more sensitive then the others. The other drawback of this keyboard is that the sound will split at maximum volume. Although I won't say this keyboard can substitute a real piano, this is still a good buy if you only need something compact for your everyday practice.

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