Review: 11 Reasons why the Roland FP-30X is better than the DGX-670
Updated: May 2
Both digital pianos are 88 full-sized weighted and graded hammer key action. The Roland's PHA-4 keyboards will give you a closer feel and touch response of a traditional acoustic grand piano. With its simulated key escapement, it produces a slight bump when the keys are pressed halfway just like how a jack on an acoustic grand piano disconnects from its knuckle. On the other hand, the DGX-670 key actions are not bad but the GHS key action is almost 2 decades old which makes the FP-30X key feel closer to a grand piano.
The Yamaha DGX-670 has glossy white keytops and the Roland FP-30X comes with matte and textured keytops simulating real ivory found on piano keys before the use of ivory was banned. You can feel that your hand will be more planted and assured on the keys of the FP-30X after a session of extended practice. The shiny keytops of the DGX-670 do not provide the same amount of grip even when your fingertips are dry. It even gets a little sticky when it is moist with sweat. This difference is only applied on the white key as both pianos have black matte keys
Textured Key Tops
The FP-30X has triple sensors for each key while the DGX-670 has 2 per key. It is not something most of you will notice but for advanced players who need shallow key repeats when playing trills and quick repeated notes, the triple sensors make an appreciable difference. This feature will allow you to hit your notes without bringing them up high and down again.
The FP-30X and DGX-670 both have wireless Bluetooth audio connectivity. The Roland FP-30X capabilities is one step further with Bluetooth MIDI. This allows you to connect your smartphone apps, DAW and sound modules without the hassle of messy cables. Both pianos do handle MIDI via a USB cable but the Yamaha DGX-670 does not have wireless MIDI capability.
The Roland FP-30X comes with a pair of 11 watts amplifiers which are significantly more powerful than the 6 watts amplifiers on the Yamaha DGX-670. It produces only additional 3 decibels of loudness which is not much of a difference but 11 watts speakers producers a cleaner sound at the same loudness. As they do not need to work as hard compared to the 6 watts speakers.
The DGX-670 speakers are positioned to face upwards and directed at you while the FP-30X speakers are located at the bottom side of the piano creating a more spacious sound as the sound waves will bounce off the walls and floors before reaching you. With the upward-facing speakers on the DGX-670, it gets uncomfortable really fast and prevents you from turning the volume too much.
As for the FP-30X, with better speaker positioning it allows you to raise the volume much higher without being too uncomfortably loud for you and your audience.
Dedicated ¼” Outputs
The Roland FP-30X has a pair of dedicated ¼” stereo outputs for connecting to a pair of external speakers. While on the Yamaha DGX-670 there is only a single output jack which doubles as a headphone jack. This will be a dealbreaker for the DGX-670 if you intend to connect a pair of high-quality speakers to your board.
Dual Headphone Jacks
The FP-30X comes with 2 dedicated headphones jacks which is located at the front of the board making it convenient for you to access. With a 3.5mm and a 1/4 jacks allows you to be able to use any headphone with it without any worries. On the other hand the DGX-670 only comes with one headphone jack located at the rear of the piano which also doubles up a line output.
The Yamaha DGX-670 is a massive 47 LBS just for the keyboard alone, if you include the wooden furniture stand and triple pedal systems it will come to about 70 LBS. If you intend to bring a piano to school or church to perform or entertain your family and friends. The Roland FP-30X weighs just 32 LBS making it easy to move about as it is lighter and more portable.
The footprint of the FP-30X is much lesser compared to the DGX-670 making it more compact and space-efficient. If you stay in a dormitory or have a small bedroom the FP-30x will be more suited for your constrictions.
The Roland FP-30X is priced at $750 and the Yamaha DGX-670 at $800 making it cheaper by $50. If you are not looking for the bells and whistles of an arranger. At this price point, you will be getting a portable piano with good sounds and one of the best key action for your money worth.
If you are looking for a piano to play piano pieces and just the usual acoustic piano, electric piano, organ, and harpsichord sound without the distraction of thousand other features that you don’t use the Roland FP-30X is a great option for you. At a lower price point, you will get an affordable piano that is well light,compact, and cater to the user's needs.
I hope that this review has been useful for you. Do check out the links provided in this article for the latest updates and prices of the Roland FP-30x. If this keyboard is not for you, do look at the other articles in this blog to find your ideal instrument.