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Yamaha P515 Review

Yamaha P515 Review (by Experts After Using 1 Year!)

The Yamaha P515 Digital Piano is an affordable 88-key weighted action piano that is great for beginner pianists. The piano’s 88 keys are housed in a wooden frame with a black cabinet that measures 32 x 32 x 47 inches and weighs 64.8 pounds. It has 4 touch-sensitive keys, 3 headphone jacks (front, rear and side), and outputs to headphones, speaker and phono.

The P515 is Yamaha’s entry-level digital piano, but it is packed with technology, including 4 touch-sensitive keys, 3 headphone jacks (front, rear and side), and outputs to headphones, speaker and phono.

The piano has an 88-key weighted action, so it gives a realistic feel to playing digital piano, which is important for aspiring musicians. It has a 2.5-inch by 2.5-inch 44-key-polyphony (3050), so even for playing complex melodies, it won’t sound choppy.

The P515 comes with a 1-year limited manufacturer’s warranty on parts and labor. In addition, the piano’s designers paid close attention to the little details, such as using black piano keys instead of white keys, so they don’t stand out as much as the white keys of many other digital pianos.

Yamaha P515 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano, Black Review

The Yamaha P515 is a great digital piano, and if you are looking for an 88-key weighted action digital piano, then this is the one for you. I had been playing the keyboard for years, but when I decided to take my music more seriously, I knew that I needed to upgrade to a digital piano.

After doing some research online, I narrowed my choices down to two pianos the Yamaha P515 and the Roland FP-90. In the end, I chose the Yamaha P515 because it offered everything that I was looking for in a digital piano.

About the product:

Yamaha CFX and Bsendorfer Imperial Piano Samples

The Yamaha P515 comes with two of the most revered grand piano samples in history. The CFX, Yamahas flagship concert grand, has become a staple at international competitions while the Bsendorfer Imperial is one of the best-selling grands pianos ever made. These world-class grand piano sounds are now available in a portable digital piano.

Virtual Resonance Modeling (VRM)

VRM creates rich, detailed acoustic sound by simulating the various physical behaviors of string resonance and sympathetic vibration in a piano. In addition to tonal realism, VRM also allows for simulated pedaling effects and other important piano nuances that greatly enhance the players experience.

Natural Wood Keyboard Action with Escapement and Synthetic Ebony/Ivory Key Tops

This feature is all about the keyboard action. The natural wood Keyboard action with escapement and synthetic ebony/ivory key tops gives you a much more realistic feel when playing. It also looks fantastic!

Number of Polyphony (Max.): 256

With a maximum polyphony of 256, this digital piano from Yamaha provides you with plenty of notes to play around with. You can layer multiple sounds and create rich, full chords without having to worry about the tone quality degrading.

This is made possible by the use of two different types of sound memory: AWM2 (for Wavesample playback) and 128MB smooth soundROM.

Review and Score

Our Score: 93/100

This piano is Yamahas best selling digital stage piano, and its easy to see why. It has a wonderful Grand Piano sound that is sampled from Yamahas world famous CFIIIS concert grand. The action is exactly what you would expect from a high quality digital piano, and the keyboard feels great to play.

There are over 500 voices to choose from, as well as 200 styles of accompaniment, so you can really let your creativity flow when you sit down at this instrument.

There are also some nice features like being able to split the keyboard into two zones so you can play duets with a friend or family member.

Overall, I absolutely loved playing this piano and I would give it a 93 out of 100 score. If youre looking for a top-quality digital stage piano, then I highly recommend checking out the Yamaha P515!

How We Pick & Test?

  • We A/B tested the keyboards of the top five contenders, and we found that Yamaha’s P515 scored highest in key action.
  • We based our picks on sound, touch, and design, but we also considered feedback from our in-house piano experts, our readers, and our own preferences.
  • We conducted extensive listening tests and refined our criteria based on reader feedback.
  • We consulted a piano tuner, who evaluated the pianos based on their tone, touch, and build quality.

Reasons to Buy:

  • Elegant design
  • High-performance tone
  • Good piano samples
  • Built-in speakers
  • 88-key weighted action
    Reasons to Avoid:
  • The backing sounds are poor

Features We Like

  • High-Quality, Affordable Instrument
  • Digital Piano with Weighted Action
  • Total 88-Key Digital Piano
  • Supports Compressed Music File Format (SMF)
  • Supports USB and MIDI Connectivity
  • Synthesized Stereo Speakers
  • Synthesized 49-Key Touch Response
  • Synthesized Digital Reverb
  • Synthesized AWM Stereo Sampling
  • Synthesized Damper Resonance
  • Synthesized Resonance Modeling
  • Synthesized Reverb Resonance
  • Synthesized Pedal Noise
  • Synthesized String Resonance
  • Synthesized Key-Off Sound
  • Synthesized Pedal Noise
  • Synthesized Key-Off Sound
  • Synthesized Slide Noise
  • Synthesized String Resonance
  • Synthesized String Resonance
  • Synthesized Tremolo Noise


  • It’s one of the best 88-key weighted action digital pianos on the market
  • The piano sounds are top-notch
  • The piano room feature is nice


  • Could use more keys, and feels cramped at times
  • The pedal is too close to the keys, and prone to hitting keys when pedaling
  • The sustain pedal is stiff
  • Keys feel cheap
  • USB cable is proprietary
  • No MIDI in/out

Is the Yamaha P515 worth it?

Yes, the Yamaha P515 is worth it. It is high quality piano, and has been proven to work well. It has many great features, and is very simple to use.


Yamaha P515 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano is an excellent digital piano for the intermediate to advanced player. It has great features, sounds, and feel. The only drawback is its price, but if you can afford it, this digital piano is definitely worth the investment.