Donner DDP-80 Review – Is it Worth the Cost?

In this post, I’ll show you my Donner DDP-80 review. Overall, it’s a beautiful keyboard piano with a great sound, realistic feel, and weighted keys. It lacks voice features of some other keyboard pianos, but if you are looking for a beautiful keyboard that sounds like a real piano, this is it.

In my opinion, this is an amazing keyboard piano that sounds rich and deep, but the main reason to buy this keyboard piano is if you are specifically looking for a wooden keyboard piano.  It’s the only thing that sets this piano apart from its competitors. The wood finishing looks great, and although it’s faux, it still looks classy in a room. If you just want a great keyboard piano (not the brown wood style), both the Yamaha P71, and the Donner DDP-100 are better options.

Below, I’ll go into detail on my full Donner DDP-80 review.

Donner DDP-80 Review

donner ddp-80 review

The Donner 88 key digital piano was designed after countless hours of R&D by the Donner research team, one of the best in the business. They wanted to create an incredible looking keyboard piano, without sacrificing sound quality, and ease of use.  It’s purposely built in order to look and mimic a grand piano.

The piano is perfect for people looking for a wooden keyboard option that looks and sounds like a real piano. Donner creates some of the most realistic sounding digital pianos, and this one is no exception. For people looking to downsize from a grand piano, this model is only 50 inches long by 14 inches wide, so it fits in almost any room.

A few buyers from Amazon have complained about keys not working properly, however Donner has since fixed this issue and issued recalls and refunds on affected models. I did not have any issues with my model. Unfortunately, this keyboard piano only has one voice, the grand piano, so if you wanted an option to play more than one sound, this isn’t it.

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Key Specifications

  • Size: 49.9in x 13.9in x 29.3in (126.8cm x 35.5cm x 74.5cm)
  • Weight: 46.9lb (21.3kg)
  • Power: External Power Adapter, DC-12V/3.0A
  • Sound Library : 1 Standard Piano Tone
  • Keyboard material: ABS Plastic
  • Body Material: Wood
  • Speakers: 20W

Build Quality and Appearance

ddp-80 piano
Credit: donnerdeal.com

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As you can see from the image above, the DDP-80 is a stylish keyboard piano, and in my opinion, the best keyboard piano of its design. It is one of the few digital pianos that have a wooden frame and legs. The keyboard is minimalist, stylish, and modern, and looks great in almost any home.

This piano keyboard feels very similar to a real piano. The keys have a good sensitivity and weight action. It doesn’t quite compare to the Yamaha P71 Keyboard in terms of its touch, but the Donner DDP-80 is still very good.

It doesn’t include the electronic touchscreen most new digital pianos have, and instead replaces it with a wood music stand, allowing you to play along with your favorite music. I found the music stand is a little thin, and feels slightly weak if you have an iPad up there, but it hasn’t broken.

Sound Quality

donner ddp 80

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The sound quality on the Donner DDP-80 is remarkable. The built-in speakers are loud, and there is an option to hook up keyboard piano speakers, or headphones if you need some privacy. The sound coming out of the speakers is adjustable, so you can adjust the volume to as loud or as quiet as you like.

This piano by Donner uses an expertly-sampled acoustic grand piano. The advanced technology Donner uses delivers a well-balanced, rich, and deep beautiful French grand piano sound. It includes a three pedal system just like a real piano and allows you to play traditional classical music.

Key Features

Hammer-weighted keys

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The full size 88 key keyboard features hammer action keys that resembles a grand piano touch. They simulate a traditional piano to train your fingers for the real deal. It’s a great piano for practicing.

128 polyphony

Two 20W speakers, the DREAM Donner sound source, and 128 polyphony prohibit you to play a wide variety of music on your keyboard. Play the classics, or pop music with this advanced machine.

Compatibility

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Although it doesn’t have an electronic interface, or multiple sounds, the Donner DDP-80 allows you to plug in an iPad, or a computer. With the iPad, you can use Donner’s teaching app to learn, or you can plug in your computer and use advance music editing software.

Donner DDP-80 vs. Other Donner Models

DDP-400DDP-300DDP-100DDP-90DDP-80
KeyboardDonner Progressive Hammer ActionDonner Progressive Hammer ActionDonner Progressive Hammer ActionDonner Progressive Hammer ActionDonner Progressive Hammer Action
Number of Keys8888888888
Midi ConnectivityYesYesYesYesYes
Timbre/Polyphony128/12810/1281/1281/1281/128
Headphone ModeYesYesYesYesYes
Triple PedalYesYesYesYesYes
Amplifier15 W x 210W x 225 W x 210 W x 220 W x 2
Piano CoverSlidingPushpullPushpullFlip TopNone
Info taken from donnerdeal.com

Conclusion: Donner DDP-80 Review

Overall, this is keyboard sounds and feels like the real thing, but I think the main reason to buy this keyboard is for its looks. There are other hammer weighted keyboards that offer a better feel, more reliable construction, and better portability for a cheaper price (like the Yamaha P71). Additionally, the technology is lacking, and almost every other model offers more features than this piano.

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