Yamaha YDP-163 Arius Digital Piano

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YDP-163 Arius Digital Piano
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Why we love it…

Inheriting the brilliant Graded Hammer 3 weighted key system from our premium Clavinova Series and featuring our best ever Pure CF grand piano sound engine, the YDP-163 offers a realistic experience to new and established pianists.

New players immediately benefit from the accurate key weighting which allows them to build finger strength and technique, whilst existing players can be confident that the refined and responsive GH3 action will cater for them to ABRSM Grade 8 and beyond.


The Arius YDP-163 features our acclaimed Graded Hammer 3 keyboard action with a tri-sensor array and synthetic ivory keytops, giving the performer a tactile surface with a response reminiscent of some of the finest pianos throughout history.

The Pure CFsound engine on the YDP-163 more expressively delivers the Yamaha CFIIIS concert grand piano tone for the more experienced player with a more powerful 20W stereo amplifie. With 192-note polyphony, many of the most complex piano compositions can be played without fear of dropped notes whilst sustained notes ring through faithfully. The YDP-163 has all of the conveniences of an electric piano without sacrificing the performance of an acoustic piano.


Grand Piano VoicePiano sound quality only possible from Yamaha

The Pure CF Sound Engine is the result of many years of piano-making history and expertise, combined with state-of-the-art sampling technology. We're the industry leader in digital piano technology and this is evident when listening to Yamaha digital pianos that utilize the Pure CF Sound Engine. The sound of the renowned Yamaha CFIIIS 9' concert grand piano is faithfully reproduced, allowing for incredible dynamics and expressiveness, making Pure CF-equipped digital pianos worthy of the Yamaha name.

Superb PlayabilitySuperb playability and feel

The Graded Hammer 3 (GH3) 88-key piano action reproduces the touch of an acoustic piano, from the heavy feel in the lower register to a lighter touch in the upper octaves. It also features a three-sensor configuration, which accurately senses and interprets the behavior of the keyboard in order to provide a grand piano-style response and feel. This allows for quick note repetition and authentic expressive control. The piano keyboard with synthetic ivory key tops provide a tactile surface to the white keys, absorbing moisture from the fingers and preventing them from slipping.

Realistic PedallingPedalling provides an added level of realism

Half-damper pedal control creates more detailed nuance and subtlety when playing, similar to pedalling on a grand piano. This feature allows for continuously increasing lengths of sustained notes, from slight to full, as the sustain pedal is depressed. Stereo Sustain samples provide mellow reverberations when the player depresses the damper pedal. Similarly, Damper Resonance provides broad and deep resonance when the pedal is used. The result is more realistic sound, similar to that of an acoustic piano. It is possible to detect the subtle changes that occur when the players begins to press the pedal while striking a key.

Included Sheet MusicA piano with its own classic repertoire

The Yamaha digital piano is pre-loaded with a variety of classic piano songs for listening and learning pleasure. Players can use the accompanying book, 50 Greats for the Pianoto follow along with the music and learn how to play iconic pieces. They can also play back the songs to enjoy these recognizable piano favourites.

Built-in RecorderCapture your performance

The recording function built into the instrument allows players to record performances* with a single touch. Additionally, players can record up to 2 tracks for simultaneous playback, meaning that both hands can be recorded separately, or allowing them to overdub with different voices.

*Recordings are made in Standard MIDI file (SMF) format. Compatible software is required for playback of the recorded data on a computer.

Piano with iPadAccess your favourite features quickly and easily

Our Digital Piano Controller app for iOS on iPad and iPhone adds a whole new level of functionality to your Yamaha instrument. Turn your iOS device into an intuitive instrument controller, allowing you to access features and settings even more quickly than using the panel of your instrument. Adjust settings, choose Voices, and even record performances. Once you try it, you'll never want to live without it!

Discover an inspiring combination

Combine two voices together, like piano and strings, for an inspiring new playing experience. Nothing livens up piano practice like playing a piece with a different sound, and creating unique combinations of two sounds together. Experiment with these combinations to discover inspiring new sounds.

Optimal tone at any volume level

With the Yamaha exclusive Intelligent Acoustic Control (IAC) feature, people can enjoy playing their digital pianos at a lower volume in a quiet home environment. Before IAC was introduced, playing at a low volume resulted in a loss of treble and bass. With the addition of IAC, the instrument automatically adjusts the balance of bass and treble, creating a truer sound with more depth. Additionally, the volume dial automatically makes fine adjustments to the overall sound of the speaker system (EQ) when played at a low volume. This ability to retain a rich and balanced sound on the digital piano, regardless of volume, ensures the highest sound quality.

Full tone built right into the cabinetry

Frequency Graph

We developed this new technology with an in-depth knowledge of the acoustic properties of musical instruments. Acoustic Optimizer delivers naturally smooth tonal richness across the entire keyboard by regulating the flow of sound and control of tone from the cabinet of the instrument.

Piano with HeadphonesA new kind of headphone experience

The Stereophonic Optimizer is unique to Yamaha. When playing and listening to the instrument using headphones, the Stereophonic Optimizer adjusts the spacing of the sound and the separation from the piano, resulting in a spacious, surround sound quality that will inspire you to play for hours at a time. Within this private listening environment, the sound of the piano can be perceived to come from the body of the instrument rather than from the headphones, providing a more realistic and natural experience.

Connect and interact with your instrument

A standard USB cable can be used to connect the instrument to a computer or mobile device, opening up a world of creativity, entertainment, and education. iOS devices can be connected to the instrument using the Yamaha UD-BT01, or the Lightning-USB Camera Adaptor. The instrument can be used to interact as a controller and/or sound source with a variety of music creation applications.



DimensionsWidth1357 mm (53-7/16")
Height849 mm (33-27/64")
Depth422 mm (16-5/8")
WeightWeight42.0 kg (92 lbs., 10 oz)

Control Interface

KeyboardNumber of Keys88
TypeGH3 keyboard with synthetic ivory key tops
Touch ResponseHard/Medium/Soft/Fixed
PedalNumber of Pedals3
Half PedalYes
FunctionsDamper, Sostenuto, Soft


Key CoverKey Cover StyleSliding
Music RestYes


Tone GenerationPiano SoundPure CF Sound Engine
Damper ResonanceYes
PolyphonyNumber of Polyphony (Max.)192
PresetNumber of Voices10


TypesReverb4 types
Intelligent Acoustic Control (IAC)Yes


PresetNumber of Preset Songs10 Demo Songs, 50 Piano Preset Songs
RecordingNumber of Songs1
Number of Tracks2
Data Capacity100 KB/Song (Approx. 11,000 notes)
Compatible Data FormatPlaybackStandard MIDI File (SMF) Format 0 & 1
RecordingStandard MIDI File (SMF) Format 0


Tempo Range5 – 280
Transpose-6 – 0 – +6
Tuning414.8 – 440.0 – 466.8 Hz

Storage and Connectivity

StorageInternal MemoryTotal maximum size approx. 900 KB (User song : One song approx. 100 KB Loading song data from a computer : Up to 10 songs)
ConnectivityHeadphonesStandard stereo phone jack (x 2)

Amplifiers and Speakers

Amplifiers20W x 2
SpeakersOval (12cm x 6cm) x 2

Power Supply

Power SupplyPA-300C or an equivalent recommended by Yamaha
Power Consumption12W (When using PA-300C AC adaptor)
Auto Power OffYes


Included AccessoriesSong Book50 Greats for the Piano
OthersOwner's Manual, Quick Operation Guide

Product IDNYDP163BUK

Questions & Answers

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Hi Jack,

Thank you for your enquiry about our YDP-163 Digital Piano. To answer your questions:

  • Sound/Realism:
    • The YDP-163 features our Pure CF piano sound engine, recreating in high detail the tone of our CFIIIS 9ft Concert Grand piano
    • In contrast, our premium CLP Series Clavinova digital pianos recreate the tone and experience of playing a Yamaha CFX Concert Grand and the Bösendorfer Imperial Grand using a state-of-the-art combination of sampling and acoustic modelling.
  • Feel/Touch:
    • The YDP-163 features our Graded Hammer Effect Mk III (GH3) weighted key action. Originally developed for our Clavinova models, the GH3 action mimics an acoustic piano in the force required by the pianist to play each note and has a highly sensitive sensor system to detect and measure each key press.
    • In comparison, our premium CLP Series Clavinova digital pianos offer even higher-end key actions; many use wood for the keys and many recreate the way an acoustic piano key moves when being played.
  • Guarantee:
    • At time of writing, the YDP-163 comes with a 2 year guarantee.
    • At time of writing, iur premium CLP Series Clavinova pianos include both the standard 2 year guarantee and a 3 year guarantee extension for a total of 5 years (registration and activation required).
  • Assembly:
    • Many of our digital pianos, including the YDP-163, require some assembly (usually assembling around 4 large parts to create the stand/legs for the main body of the piano to fix to).
    • Assembly isn't difficult and usually only a screwdriver is required. However, due to the size and weight of the parts, 2 people are required.
    • At time of writing, we offer a Home Assembly Service which takes care of this for you (and removes and disposes of the packaging).

In summary, the YDP-163 is an excellent digital piano which should serve your daughter well for many years. If you decided on a CLP Series piano rather than the YDP model, your daughter would benefit from a far more realistic and dynamic piano sound (with the choice between the very different Yamaha CFX and Bösendorfer Imperial grands) as well as a more realistic touch and feel.


 Thanks for getting in touch. The YDP-163 digital piano is absolutely fine for adults and children just starting out, as well as catering for more advanced pianists thanks to its Graded Hammer Effect action. 

There are advantages to choosing a Clavinova CLP Series piano over the YDP Series models; the CLP models have a more advanced piano sound engine which recreates the sound of an acoustic grand piano in incredible detail, with nuances and acoustic phenomenon included in the sound. 

The first model in the CLP range, the CLP-525, has the sound from our CFIIIS Concert Grand; it sounds excellent but the next model up, the CLP-535 features both our newer CFX Concert Grand (which has a stunningly pure and clear tone) and Bösendorfer's legendary Imperial Grand - the Bösendorfer has a very different but equally stunning tone; mellower, richer and more 'woody' - both pianos are a joy to play.

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Why we love it…

Inheriting the brilliant Graded Hammer 3 weighted key system from our premium Clavinova Series and featuring our best ever Pure CF grand piano sound engine, the YDP-163 offers a realistic experience to new and established pianists.

New players immediately benefit from the accurate key weighting which allows them to build finger strength and technique, whilst existing players can be confident that the refined and responsive GH3 action will cater for them to ABRSM Grade 8 and beyond.

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