Yamaha P115 Review – What’s Changed On The P 115?

The Yamaha P115 has been upgraded to 192 notes of polyphony

The Yamaha P115 has been upgraded to 192 notes of polyphony

  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4 stars
$599.99
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  • Yamaha P115
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  • Last modified: March 25, 2016
  • Polyphony
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  • Keys
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  • Features
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  • Speakers
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  • Jacks/Ports
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  • Weight/Size
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  • Price
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Pros

  • 192 notes of polyphony
  • Portable
  • Good number of features
  • Four internal speakers


Cons

  • No MIDI port
  • No LCD screen
  • Only 1 recorded song can be kept in memory at a time


The Yamaha P115 is a high quality digital piano with a beautiful sound and a number of interesting features and options. With a full set of 88 keys, four levels of touch sensitivity, and GHS weighted action, this piano is suitable for more advanced players and even professional musicians looking for something to practice on.

Yamaha P115 Review – What’s So Special?

The Yamaha P115B is a great choice of digital piano for anyone looking for a professional feel and great sound from their instruments. This model is a full-sized keyboard which means it’s perfectly suited to playing all kinds of music, while the weighted keys and the touch sensitivity allow you to play expressively and to feel almost as though you’re playing a real analog piano. This is further aided by the matte finish added to the black keys which prevents them from feeling slippery.

A great function of the Yamaha P115 and its predecessor the Yamaha P105, is an ‘Intelligent Acoustic Control’ feature. This is an adaptive EQ that will adapt the tonal balance depending on the volume settings of the keyboard. If you’ve ever noticed that some digital pianos and keyboards sound very ‘harsh’ when turned up, then you should notice the difference here, and it’s a nice, if subtle, effect.

This digital piano is surprisingly light despite being full size.  At just 26 pounds, it can be easily transported or stored away when not in use. If you want to display it and use it like an upright piano for the home, then it pairs very well with the L85 matching stand and LP5A three-pedal unit.

This Video Demos The Yamaha P115:

What Are The Differences Between The Yamaha P115 And The P105?

The one major difference between the newer P115 and the incumbent P105, is that the polyphony on this newer model has been increased from 128 notes to 192.  A step up to be sure, though not all players will ever max over 128.  Still, the extra wiggle room is there if you need it.

Layering, Reverb, and Transpose functions

Layering, Reverb, and Transpose functions

The tweeter position was also upgraded for the Yamaha P115, and is now located in-line with the ears of the performer for a much richer sound while you play.

Finally, a Sound Boost option (similar to the one on Yamaha’s P255 model) has been added.  This works best if you’re playing the keyboard in conjunction with other surrounding instruments.  This will boost the volume of the piano, and makes both loud and soft notes to be heard very clear.

How Does The P115 Rank Against Similar Models?

Casio PX-150Yamaha P45Korg SP170Yamaha YPG-535
RatingRated 4.5 starsRated 4.5 starsRated 4 starsRated 4 stars
Price$489.99$449.99$489.99$499.99
Criteria
  • Polyphony
    Editor: 85%
  • Keys
    Editor: 100%
  • Features
    Editor: 73%
  • Speakers
    Editor: 70%
  • Jacks/Ports
    Editor: 80%
  • Weight/Size
    Editor: 90%
  • Price
    Editor: 86%
  • Polyphony
    Editor: 75%
  • Keys
    Editor: 100%
  • Features
    Editor: 52%
  • Speakers
    Editor: 65%
  • Jacks/Ports
    Editor: 75%
  • Weight/Size
    Editor: 90%
  • Price
    Editor: 88%
  • Polyphony
    Editor: 80%
  • Keys
    Editor: 100%
  • Features
    Editor: 25%
  • Speakers
    Editor: 72%
  • Jacks/Ports
    Editor: 70%
  • Weight/Size
    Editor: 90%
  • Price
    Editor: 86%
  • Polyphony
    Editor: 65%
  • Keys
    Editor: 90%
  • Features
    Editor: 77%
  • Speakers
    Editor: 80%
  • Jacks/Ports
    Editor: 90%
  • Weight/Size
    Editor: 75%
  • Price
    Editor: 86%

What Are Some Extra Features Of The Yamaha P115?

As with most mid-range keyboards and digital pianos, the Yamaha P115 also has a dual mode that allows you to play with two instruments at once, and this can be split between the higher and lower octaves (so that the bass clef can play in a different instrument for instance). A duo mode is especially designed for playing duets and gives each player their own middle C. 192-note polyphony ensures that you can play duets or use the sustain pedal heavily without sounds cutting out.

Four internal speakers

Four internal speakers

A controller app is also available for iOS devices (same as on the Yamaha P255) and increases the number options further, allowing for a variety of additional features. Line-level auxiliary outputs meanwhile, allow you to easily use mixers and other additional devices, whereas a USB port allows you to use a wide range of different desktop software for recording your music and more.

There are also a number of built-in songs and drum patterns, and the ’10 pianist styles’ provide a ‘virtual duet partner’ which is a lot of fun to play along with in a variety of different styles. On the downside, there are only 14 voices in total – which, while very good, don’t cover a huge range. There are four types of reverb.

This model also comes with a 3-year warranty on parts and labor when purchased directly from Amazon and other select retailers. This is a great reassurance for anyone who’s worried about spending a lot of money on a piano that will die after a while.

Who is the Yamaha P 115 For?

With beautiful sound, excellently weighted keys, and 4 levels of touch sensitivity, this is a full-sized piano that even a professional pianist should enjoy using. Of course there are more authentic sounding devices out there at higher price ranges, but for the money you’ll be hard-pushed to come across better quality.  If you’re looking for a truly authentic piano experience at home, then the ability to add a stand and pedals is also great (though of course will increase the price somewhat).

If you’re someone who has been playing the piano a while, who enjoys performing for guests, or even who plays professionally/teaches and needs something to practice on, this is more than adequate. At the same time though, if you’re looking for the widest possible range of features then this may not be the perfect model for you. Keyboardists and those entertaining younger children may want to look elsewhere  for something a little more professional, such as the Casio PX860 which comes with a cabinet stand and lid included.

What Do Yamaha P115 Owners Think?

The Yamaha P 115 currently has a 3-star rating on Amazon from 4 reviewers. This relatively low score however is the result of one unhappy user who received a defective unit – bearing in mind the warranty, this shouldn’t be an issue for anyone. The other three reviews are very positive and gave four stars.

“The p 115 has great sounds, piano, harpsichord organs, etc. just great, and if you want this to be a home piano ( with the stand) this is the a choice”
– Source: dlvp (Amazon.com review)

“This is a very good digital piano. It sounds great, it plays well, and it comes with a batch of nice features”
– Source: Carla Schroder (Amazon.com review)

“It’s a great keyboard!!”
– Source: Angel Serrato (Amazon.com review)

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Specs
Keys88
Weighted Keys
Touch Response
Polyphony192
SpeakersFour 7-watt
Recorder2-track
Voices14
LCD Screen
Stand Included
Weight (lbs)26
Dimensions52 x 12 x 6
Preset Songs50
Phone/Out Jacks2
USB Ports1
MIDI Ports
AUX Jacks2 AUX Out (L/R)
Damper Pedals1
Auto Power-Off
Layering
Reverb
Split Mode
Transpose
Tempo Adjust
Metronome
Panel Sustain
Scale Types
Sound Boost
Duet
Damper Resonance
Chorus
Brilliance

Conclusion – Yamaha P115

Summary:

To conclude, this is a great digital piano that provides good value for money. While there are some more feature-rich models out there, and there may be one or two quibbles holding this model back from perfection, it is nevertheless another example of Yamaha’s skill and expertise when it comes to crafting great sounds for a very good price.

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Rating
Rated 4 stars

{ 10 comments… add one }

  • Ander November 21, 2015, 1:41 am

    No MIDI ports? Wow, that’s a major shortcoming. Many people buy nice weighted keyboards like this because they make such great MIDI controllers, with their dynamic control.

    No display? That’s irrelevant for a keyboard like this. You’re either using the built-in sounds, which are simple and definite to activate, or you’re using it as a MIDI controller—oh, never mind, I forgot about that. :?)

    Finally, this isn’t a sequencer. The fact that it lets you record even 1 song is entirely extra. If you want to save songs, get a keyboard with MIDI and connect it to a PC. This is an entirely different kind of product (though I still wish it had MIDI, and think it was a big mistake to exclude it just to save a few dollars).

  • Ander November 21, 2015, 1:44 am

    Ah, I just heard the part about the sound-editing app Yamaha released for this. What—for Apple devices only? You’ve got to be kidding. Why limit it to that elitist platform? Very few of us musicians make that kind of dough. Most of us are using Android phones and tablets, and Windows PCs. Why exclude us? Baffling.

  • Kathy C. December 16, 2015, 5:15 am

    A USB to midi cable is available for $36 at Guitar Centèr. Problem solved!

  • Jack January 31, 2016, 7:18 pm

    Dear Ander and Kathy,

    I own a yamaha p105 (the predecessor) of the p115, which also has no midi out. The way to solve this is to hook it up to a kenton midi usb (www.kentonuk.com), a simple usb cable doesn’t work, I am afraid. However, this set up allows me to control my Nord Electro with my yamaha keyboard: for me that works perfect for gigging, as it combines the excellent acoustic from the yamaha with the fine e pianos from Nord ??

  • Rienie February 27, 2016, 6:15 am

    I own a P85 model including the stand,can use the LP5A 3 sustain pedal for my P85?

    • Rick Stallworth February 27, 2016, 3:53 pm

      Yes, the LP5A is compatible with the P85 model.

  • Luca March 13, 2016, 11:51 am

    What are the differences between P115 and P115B ?

    • Rick Stallworth March 13, 2016, 4:34 pm

      The ‘B’ designation just means that the piano is the color black – no other difference. Yamaha uses this same letter scheme on other models. For example, the DGX650WH – the ‘WH’ means it is white in color.

  • Dai Nettle July 1, 2016, 1:43 pm

    I use a P115 on the road. I have an acoustic baby grand at home so I know what a good acoustic piano sounds and feels like, and the P115 doesn’t disappoint. It has a great action and it sounds terrific. My only criticism is that it lacks a MIDI port, but if you really need MIDI you can get the kenton midi usb (www.kentonuk.com) as recommended by Jack (thanks, Jack). You would have to spend a lot more to get a better piano than the P115.

  • Adam August 1, 2016, 4:51 am

    Does anyone know whether or not Yamaha is working on providing an app for Android and/or PC?

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