The YDP-162B offer users a digital alternative to an acoustic upright piano for the home and are suitable for pianists ranging from beginner to intermediate, respectively.” The sound, touch, and connectivity have been noted as the most improved in these models.
The YDP-162B have a duet model. In this mode, the 88-keys are split equally into 44-note keys, with each having their own middle-C note. This is suitable for practice or for two individuals to play together. The two-track song recorder is another excellent feature that is useful during practice. It allows “players to practice with one hand while the Arius plays the other, at a comfortable tempo the player can select” according to Yamaha.
With regards to the design and looks, it feature an upright design. Customers can choose between two color finishes; black walnut or rosewood. At the bottom of the cabinet, you will find three attached pedals, polished in silver or gold. Above the keyboard is an attached, wooden music stand.
The sound quality of these new ARIUS models continue to improve and excel thanks to advanced technology. To enhance the sound produced, the developers have used Acoustic Optimizers by uniquely designing the instrument and positioning this sound technology. This also controls the resonances and allows for acoustical flow in a physical manner.
Apart from the key action, the quality of the keys have been improved, too. The YDP-162B comes with the upgraded “Synthetic Ivory Keytops”. This adds to the experience and offers the authentic grand piano touch. Additionally, the surface of the keys are able to absorb moisture from fingers. This allows players to play the instrument comfortably for longer time periods.
The innovative features in these new models will greatly benefit beginners and experienced pianists alike. To perfect the tone at any level of playing the instrument, Yamaha has used Intelligent Acoustic Control. This allows the EQ to adjust automatically based on the preferred setting of the volume.
Another two beneficial features that remain unchanged from previous ARIUS models are the dual headphone outputs and the two-track song recorder. Having two headphone outputs means two persons can play the digital piano together. This is excellent for new learners as a student can practice with the teacher. Using headphones not only give you privacy, but may also provide more clear sound than the speakers.