Yamaha Arius series digital pianos are an excellent choice for the aspiring musician looking for a piano on a budget. Part of the iconic Yamaha Clavinova series, the CLP535 Digital piano will add a touch of class to any home and bring you the stunning sounds from the industry leading Bosendorfer Imperial and Yamaha CFX concert grands. This instrument also features a very authentic feel and response as well as an easy to navigate LCD screen making it perfect for intermediate players. Here, we will be comparing the two in order to determine the better buy.

Beginner to Intermediate:

Yamaha YDP range and the CLP525

Intermediate – Advance:

CLP535 and above.

What are the main differences?


Under the keys: The main difference is what is under the keys. On the YDPs you have foam. The CLPs come with felts. How many felts depend on the models. Acoustic pianos have felt under the keys. So you’ll find that makes the feel more realistic.

Keys Type: All NWX (Natural Wood X) keyboard with synthetic ivory keytops (wood is used for the white keys), escapement. Only the 575 & 585 have the 88 key linear Graded Hammers. The 585 have counterweights under the keys.

Pedals: GP Response Damper Pedal on the CLP575/585.

Lids: Both 575 and 545 have a sliding lid. The 585 has a folding lid, which is like a upright piano.



                                   CLP-585                                                                                                                       CLP-575                                                                                         CLP-545

Amplifiers (30W + 30W + 30W) x 2 (40W + 40W) x 2 (25W + 25W) x 2
Speakers (16cm + 8cm + 2.5cm) x 2 [(6 5/16″ + 3 1/8″ + 1″) x 2 ] (16cm + 8cm) x 2 [(6-5/16″ + 3-1/8″) x 2] (16cm + 8cm) x 2 [(6-5/16″ + 3-1/8″) x 2]

Dust: We advise to dust your piano regularly.  Even with an upright piano, if dust gets heavy under the keys, it will have some effect if not dusted.

Finishes: No question the polished ebony finishes are fabulous and look the part. Dust and children with this finish isn’t a great combo, as it does show dust and finger prints. The matt finishes are nice and are great for small children.

Will I notice a difference on the feel? Yes and no. Players tend to notice this on the CLP535’s and above.

There is no doubt about it that the CLP585 is truly an amazing product and if you are looking at the closes thing to an upright then this is the model for you. If you purchased this model there would be no reason for upgrading in the future. If your children were to do grade this would take them to grade 8.

Please see below images of the CLP575 and CLP545. In appearance they both look the same. However, the main difference is the speakers.


We hope that this has helped you to decide which piano is the one for you. If you have any questions please contact us at sales@normans.co.uk

About the author

After over a decades service Jonty left the Normans Team in 2018 to join the creators of pInstruments, Warwick Music. Originally a Tuba player Jonty developed a huge base of knowledge of all Brass instruments making him a true Brass specialist.




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