Yamaha Portable Grand DGX-230

The piano is a well-loved instrument that has spanned across decades. And with good reason too. It is an instrument that has an air of elegance and a sound that can transport you to so many places. The soothing sound pianos produce has become a staple in a lot of music that has watermarked history. It is also still very present in today’s music. Most pianos are not as affordable as their digital counterparts. It can take a while to get to own one, and we all know the best way to perfect your skills at playing any instrument, is to play often. It helps when you have your own instrument at home. The digital piano is reasonably priced and it is a great replacement for the piano. 

Digital pianos have come in handy when it comes to playing different sounds, recording yourself or listening to yourself play, thanks to the modern features found on them. the DGX-230 offers all the bells and whistles and more. You get more keys and this is a dream come true for any player. Music teachers have more to work with and students get to use a keyboard that will grow with their needs. The DGX-230 has 76  non-weighted keys with a graded soft touch. they look like the piano and this gives a student the feel of playing on an acoustic piano. It also has a special mode of fingering called Full Keyboard Mode which allows the player to play like they are playing the piano.

For example a chord with the right hand and bass notes with the left. When using the accompaniment feature, the virtual band will follow these chords. Most digital pianos need you to chord from the left in the bass section. This is not the norm for piano players. You can get this model on the DGX-230. It has 30 built-in songs plus 70 more on included CD-ROM for you to learn to play using the Yamaha Education Suite. You will find that the songs are separated into left and right-hand parts providing 7 levels of lessons as well as a chord dictionary. The Yamaha DGX-230 gives you the equivalent of a built-in multi-track recorder so that you can record one or more instruments at a time. You get 6 tracks, in order to accommodate melodies and chord accompaniment as well as rhythm parts.

General Overview

Some of our readers will find this one to be quite a familiar-looking digital piano. If you’ve seen the YPG235, the resemblance is quite uncanny. Having said that, let’s look at what this one has to offer. This is a 76-note graded soft-touch keyboard. This is designed to deliver a professional pitch and bend as you play with the wheel that’s on it. It obviously means that you can add some expression to the way that you are playing an instrument. For those that are looking for a keyboard to complement acoustic music. This is a great pic for you. There is a wide range of features that this dystopian novel provides beyond what you would expect from your piano.

From an anaesthetic point of view, the first thing that you will notice are the two speakers on the top of your instrument. They are station to the left and right of the centre. There is a tiny additional screen right in the centre of the keyboard that allows you to select and control most of the features.

User Experience

It is always important to do your research and know what people who have used the item you are thinking of buying, are saying about it. The manufacturer will always try to sell you the product and this can be a barrage of technical terms hiding flaws. People who have reviewed this digital piano, have given it glowing references. People have praised the sound this instrument has, saying that it is a very good piano in both grand and bright piano voices. It has big quality loudspeakers and good weighted keys. It has many features that make for great music. It comes with a solid stand and you can plug headphones in too. 

Beginners love this piano and find it easy to use and to understand. This is usually a big concern when it comes to electrical gadgets or music instruments. It is also great for beginners because you do not have to tune it. You do not always need to have someone teaching you, the Yamaha education suite can help any player of any age, play with ease, and learn on their own. When it comes to first-hand users, the digital piano takes the cake. It is a hit with so many users. Just remember that public opinion may not be your opinion. Take time to test it out yourself and make sure that you are happy with what you are getting. At the end of the day, a musical instrument is personal and the choice you make needs to be based on what you intend to use it for and what you expect from it. Weigh your odds and get the digital piano to suit your needs and preferences.

Available Options

Options are concerned they’re not too many for you to choose from. The only thing that one could customise is the sort of accessories that you could use with this device. Other than that, you don’t really get to pick the colour that you would like as there is a limit to the availability of these devices. One of the main limiting factors for this is the fact that this keyboard has now been discontinued by the manufacturer. That will obviously mean that as they get sold out no new ones will come onto the market. In some cases, you will find that this makes the product more sought-after. Having said that Yamaha still provides customer support for this product, so you need not be concerned about that. 

Key Features

This digital piano has quite a few features that will excite you. One of the things that you love is the fact that it has various instruments that you can engage in using the keys. These include a violin, harp, flute and various vocals. By using are the instruments to play the same tunes that you would usually play the piano you were able to explore the same sound from a completely different angle. In some cases, you find this completely changes the feel and nature of a song. How do you feel about this will depend on the song that you are playing.

Another great feature is the play along. This is where you have a backing track that you can play along to. This makes for a more immersive experience in learning to play certain songs. You can also improve your natural playing ability by not having to refer to you note sheet. There is another brilliant thing that they’re playing along feature enables you to do. If you want to learn how to play along with a band that plays a certain type of music you can use this feature.

There is also performance assistance technology. This helps you improve your playing skills. It guides through the keys. As you make mistakes it also notes these and alerts you to them as you go.


The songs can be divided into three separate sections as you will notice from the upper part of your digital piano. They are divided into song, style and music database. The song section allows you to select the sort of song that you are looking to play. You will then be able to either play along to it or follow the codes as they are presented. The south section allows you the ability to play along with a certain style of music. This is the feature that we said is incredibly useful if you are practising to play in a band that plays a certain style of music. The music database contains pre-recorded songs and certain classics that you can either play along to or just listen to. There is a screen in the middle of your disappear now which allows you to know what is actually playing through speakers.

The selection of these features is also quite straightforward the buttons to your left allow you to choose what you want to play.

As far as sounds that are available on this and we have already let the cat out of the bag a little bit. There are on a wide range of instruments that are stored on the stage to piano these include the harp, violin, vocals, flute, marimba, guitar among others. These are all in addition to the natural sound that we would usually associate with a digital piano. On top of these sounds, there are also thematic sounds that you can use to good effect. They include telephone, alarms, sirens and so on.


The first thing that you connect to your brand-new digital piano is the AC adapter that’s included. This is your source of power. It connects to the rear end of your device. There is also the option of using batteries as a source of power. This is an option that comes handy when you’re playing the instruments outdoors. There is also the option of connecting your headphones. This is an incredibly useful feature for those who are still learning or live in a place where noise is not appreciated. Depending on the size of headphones that you have, you may need to get an extension lead in order to fit into the aux output.

There is a USB port that gives you the option of connecting your digital piano to your computer. This is an option that would allow you to then transfer music between your piano and your computer. These would include your recorded performances and other data. You’ll also be able to use your digital piano as a midi controller through this USB connection. 

You also have the option of connecting your sustain Jack. It’s another fairly straightforward connection. The most recommended versions of the sustain are the Yamaha FC4 or FC5 footswitch. You can then use these to switch your sustain on and off as required.


If you go onto your drum kit voice kit group you will find quite a wide range of sound effects that you can use. These are fairly straightforward to engage. They are quite extensive by most account. To list a few of them you will find lightning, running water, dog barking and many others. Once you switch your disappear into the effects option most keys that you press will produce a set and sound I favourite one is probably the spaceship one. The key that does not produce sounds in this mode is without any side-effects attached to them. Another really cool feature that ties in well with sound effects is the little wheel to the left of the keyboard. You can use this to wipe the sound that is being produced by anything that you’re playing. It’s worth tinkering with it and finding out what you can come up with.


Quite a few accessories that you can purchase for your digital piano. Perhaps the most essential of these is the stand. This is where you would be able to place your keyboard on the surface and plate without having to contain yourself about having the right amount of room underneath the keyboard. As has the digital piano, the LW-16 stand has been discontinued by the manufacturer. You may still be able to find it on marketplaces. 

For sustain, you can go with the FC5 or FC4A. The FC4 has also been discontinued. While you can use your own headphones with the device, you can also purchase the HP£-150 from the manufacturer. 

For power, you can either go with the PA-150 or the PA-5D. The 5D has also been discontinued. 


Yamaha has truly hit the mark with this digital piano. It has features and accessories that make it a great buy. The Education suite will help you monitor yourself as you learn and will also grade you. It comes with a dictionary that will simplify your life and allow you to play better. The 6 track sequencer is another great feature that comes on this digital piano. It allows you to record sessions. You’re able to connect it to your computer or to your smart device and this makes connectivity and transferring music easy.

Thanks to the connectivity, you can also download more songs from the internet if you feel that you need to add to the pre-existing ones. Five different master equalizer (EQ) settings are provided to give you the best possible sound when listening through different reproduction systems, whether that is the instrument’s internal speakers, headphones, or an external speaker system. The Yamaha DGX230 is easy to use and this is one of the many reasons that make it such a great buy. If you are looking for an affordable piano that you or someone else can learn on, this is a great choice. We hope the features we have reviewed and also what you get when you buy this digital piano, help you in making your buying choice. Happy shopping!

Robert S. Thompson

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