Yamaha P85 VS P95 – Similarities & Differences

So my goal for today is to clarify and explain the similarities and differences between the Yamaha P85 and the P95. These two pianos are so similar that people actually get confused when purchasing the P85 or the P95. I’ve played and researched both so here’s my take on it.

Both Digital Pianos are for:

  • People who are in the music industry
  • People who want that realistic feeling of playing piano without having to pay a hefty price
  • Beginners and intermediate level piano players

Yamaha P85 and Yamaha P95: The Feel and Sound?

When people talk about piano brands, Yamaha is most likely the first one that will be mentioned. After all, it is one of the most popular piano brands. In general, you know that they will produce a good product. At least, I’ve never had a problem.

That’s why the Yamaha P85 and P95 are a great way to for beginners to start. They come with an 88-note, GHS (Graded Hammer Standard) weighted-action keyboard. That means that like a real piano, this digital piano has 88 notes.

In addition to that, the GHS technology helps emulate the experience that you are truly playing an acoustic piano. Although some people think that the keys still feel a bit too light, most people would not notice it at all. The Yamaha P85 is also single layered.

Yamaha P85

However, for having one layer, I personally think this digital piano sounds amazing. It sounds better than some pianos with multiple layers, which is very impressive.

Meanwhile, the P95 has upgraded to 4 velocity layers. This is better because the notes will sound slightly different depending on how hard you hit the keys. The other voices (aka instruments) in the keyboard are not as perfect, but the sound of the keys for the piano more than makes up for it.

Although beginners might not use pedals right away, it does help with the “feel” of the piano to have one. Both the Yamaha P85 and P95 support the half-damper effect, but this may be unnecessary for beginners. To explain, the sound of the piano can change depending on how much you press down on the damper pedal (aka sustain pedal).

Yamaha P85 and Yamaha P95: Portability and Durability

Do you know what I like about Yamaha? Their pianos are known for their durability and quality. In other words, if you’re buying a Yamaha piano, it’s probably going to last a while. The keys won’t wiggle anytime soon.

They won’t break. They’re as solid as a rock. This means that there is no “gambling” involved when buying a Yamaha piano. You get your money’s worth. What’s amazing about all this though is the fact that these digital pianos weigh around 25 pounds! Yes, I know that the weigh 36 pounds or something ridiculous like that. It’s not that heavy though.

These two digital pianos at 25 to 26 pounds and I think I’m going to take their word for it. Despite having all weighted, 88 keys, it manages to be portable as well! In other words, both the Yamaha P85 and the Yamaha P95 are durable and portable.


  • Both the P85 and P95 have 10 voices with some minor differences
  • Of the 10 voices, both offer two grand pianos, two electric pianos, a pipe organ, harpsichords, vibraphone, and strings
  • Both comes with an 88-note GHS weighted-action keyboard
  • Both support the half-damper effect
  • Both have a 64-note polyphony
  • Both are durable and portable (weighing around 25 to 26 pounds)
  • Both feature a dual-mode, which allows layering two sounds together


  • The P95 has replaced one of the pipe organs from P85 with a jazz organ and one of the harpsichords from P85 with the choir
  • The sounds in P95 have been slightly altered for better
  • The P95 comes with better built-in speakers
  • The P95 also has a matte finish of black keys, which is nice
  • The P95 was upgraded to 4 velocity layers. In other words, 4 different recordings of every note were taken depending on how hard you hit the key

What does All this Mean?

This means that the Yamaha P95 is essentially just an upgraded version of the P85, which you probably already knew. You can see what they improved on in the Differences section. The voices were changed, and the sounds were slightly altered.

The P95 also comes in with better built-in speakers, which you might care about if you don’t have headphones or external speakers. The most important part though is that the P95 was upgraded to 4 velocity layers.

If you can afford it, the P95 is a great option, but the P85 is nowhere near bad while costing.

What do Others Think About the P85?

  • “Sounds like a Yamaha Grand Piano. Touch/Feels like a Yamaha Grand Piano. Considering the sound and touch, the price is unbelievable.” – Tritone
  • “I love the sound and feel of this P85. Lucky that I made the choice at the beginning. And at a good price too.” – Flightless

What do Others Think About the P95?

  • “Hands down, the Yamaha P95 is the most touchy, feely, digital piano I’ve ever had the pleasure to play.” – D.  Froese
  • “I love this piano.” – J. Padua

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