Roland DP603-CB Digital Piano
The Roland DP603 digital piano is a sleek powerhouse, built for the discerning player in need of a compact instrument. This instrument is in a category unto itself within the Roland line. It uses the very top action, the top sound processor, and the top speaker quality available from ANY product within the Roland lineup. And yet for a surprisingly affordable rate, and a modern eye-catching cabinet.
Video Overview & Demo
In this piano review video, Stu Harrison of Merriam Pianos guides us through an overview of Roland’s sleek, contemporary, and powerhouse digital piano model: the DP603. It makes use of their modeling engine as well as their Progressive Hammer Action Keyboard (PHA-50), hundreds of onboard sounds as well as preloaded classical scores for playback as well as play-along, and Bluetooth Midi for popular integrations of popular DAW software and apps. For any serious home player in need of the conveniences of a digital piano, the DP603 is a serious contender from any angle.
Tone Engines & Sound
The DP603’s crowning feature, certainly in terms of tonal generation, is its modeling engine and unlimited polyphony when in “Piano Mode”, or essentially it’s top-level piano patch options. This is top-notch technology that few digital pianos offer and provides players an insane level of detail and editing options that may be intimidating to some, while highly engaging to others. Roland has done a nice job of giving two distinct levels of control, one very basic and obvious with physical controls on the front of the instrument, while the next level of control requires deep menu editing and/or tablet connectivity.
Beyond the piano sounds, the EP sounds are also very high quality and deliver over 300 polyphony and in complex detail – all great for either personal playing or professional use as well.
Where Roland’s like the F140r or RP501 have traditional downward-facing speakers, the DP603 uses a speaker box that is mounted on the lower stand, where the speakers face directly forward towards the player, rather than down and away. We’ve found that this helps to create a sense of fullness around the instrument and improves the efficiency of the speakers. You can also forgo the speaker system entirely and use headphones if you prefer playing with a headset.
The DP603 uses Bluetooth Midi connectivity, and through it, the Piano Designer app can be used to manipulate, customize, and save all of your personal piano settings. Tons of fun!
The Roland DP603, like the FP-90 and RD2000 digital pianos amongst others, uses Roland’s new PHA-50 keyboard action with wood components and a slightly slower, heavier stroke and return to simulate a grand action more closely than the PHA-4. There is significant debate in the industry over which action is more ‘satisfying’… a wholly subjective discussion with no agreement – so our advice is to ensure you’ve tried both so that you find out which action’s mechanical nuances are better suited for your fingers and preferences.
One thing that seems certain is that the accuracy of the MIDI output is excellent and well-suited for studio work should that be relevant.
The DP603 is also set up with several onboard features that are designed for education or personal learning. They have close to a dozen learning methods which have their repertoire preloaded, and there is a huge selection of classic songs that you can play along with, and activate/deactivate the left hand, right hand, or background orchestral accompaniment.
There is a basic recorder on there as well (in addition to the record function that Piano Partner 2 delivers) and the intelligent accompaniment (ONLY through the Piano Partner 2 App). The DP603 features Bluetooth wireless connectivity to smartphones and tablets for using apps that connect with your DP603 piano.
The Roland DP603 is also available in three stunning finishes – Contemporary Black (matte), Polished Ebony, and Polished White. The Polishes are of extremely high quality – entirely in line with acoustic piano finishes and sure to stand up very well over time.
If you’re a student, hobbyist player, or educator looking for a robust stand-alone instrument, the Roland DP-603 is going to deliver more bang-for-your-buck than nearly any other instrument on the market. They are famously indestructible, easy to operate, flexible with Bluetooth MIDI, and offer a wide array of high-quality studio-grade sounds. Enjoy the video, and good luck with your shopping research.
Ever since Roland introduced the world’s first touch sensitive electronic piano, the EP-30, in 1972, it has been a leader in the design and manufacture of the digital piano. Roland instruments of all kinds are known by professional musicians, educators, and home hobbyists all around the world for their sound quality and durability.
Roland’s current line up of digital pianos incorporate their expressive SuperNATURAL Piano Sound Engine with Progressive Hammer key actions to faithfully recreate the grand piano experience, while providing all the advantages of the digital world.
The SuperNATURAL Piano modeling combines the realism of multi-sampled piano sound with the extended dynamic range and realism of modeling technology gleaned from their flagship and revolutionary V-Grand piano.
Their Progressive Hammer key actions are precisely weighted from low bass to high treble to recreate the control of a grand piano action, with an ivory–feel key surface, and escapement.
Here at Merriam Music we have chosen some of the best current Roland models to add to the offerings in our digital piano showroom.
Roland has been one of the lead innovators in electronic and digital pianos from the 1980’s onward. Many of the approaches to manufacturing and synthesis technology that Roland developed in their early years have become industry-wide practices. They were one of the first companies to bring MIDI recording to people’s homes, and also one of the first to develop truly life-like piano tone. Roland’s embrace of the entire range of instruments led to the development of the V-Series of instruments, encompassing everything from Accordions to Drums, to Pianos.
|SOUND GENERATOR||Piano Sound||Piano Sound: SuperNATURAL Piano Modeling|
|Max. Polyphony||Piano: Limitless (solo playing using ‘Piano’ category tones)
|KEYBOARD||PHA-50 Keyboard: Wood and Plastic Hybrid Structure, with Escapement and Ebony/Ivory Feel (88 keys)|
|PEDALS||Damper (capable of continuous detection)
Soft (capable of continuous detection)
Sostenuto (function assignable)
|SPEAKER SYSTEM||Speakers||12 cm (4-3/4 inches) x 2|
|Rated Power Output||30 W x 2|
|Volume Level (SPL)||108 dB (This value was measured according to the method that is based on Roland's technical standard.)|
|HEADPHONES||Effect: Headphones 3D Ambience|
|TUNING, VOICING||Touch Sensitivity||Key Touch: 100 types, fixed touch|
|Master Tuning||415.3–466.2 Hz (adjustable in increments of 0.1 Hz)|
|Temperament||10 types (Equal, Just Major, Just Minor, Pythagorean, Kirnberger I, Kirnberger II, Kirnberger III, Meantone, Werckmeister, Arabic), selectable temperament key|
Key Off Noise
Full Scale String Resonance
Key Off Resonance
Single Note Tuning
Single Note Volume
Single Note Character
|INTERNAL SONGS||US||Total 363 songs|
|Other||Total 363 songs|
|DATA PLAYBACK||Playback||Standard MIDI Files (Format 0, 1)
Audio File (WAV, 44.1 kHz, 16-bit linear format, require USB Flash Memory)
|RECORDER||Recording||Standard MIDI Files (Format 0, 3 parts, Approx. 70,000 notes memory)
Audio File (WAV, 44.1 kHz, 16-bit linear format, require USB Flash Memory)
|BLUETOOTH||Audio||Bluetooth Ver 3.0 (Supports SCMS-T content protection)
MIDI, Turning music sheet: Bluetooth Ver 4.0
|OTHER FUNCTIONS||Metronome (adjustable Tempo/Beat/Down beat/Pattern/Volume/Tone)
TwinPiano (with Individual Mode)
Transpose (in semitones)
Speaker volume and Headphones volume automatically select function
Volume limit function
|OTHER||Display||Graphic LCD 132 x 32 dots|
|Connectors||DC In jack
Input jacks: Stereo miniature phone type
Output (L/Mono, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
USB Computer port: USB B type
USB Memory port: USB A type
Phones jack x 2: Stereo miniature phone type, Stereo 1/4-inch phone type
|Power Supply||AC Adaptor|
|Power Consumption||9 W|
Leaflet “Stand Assembly”
Leaflet “USING THE UNIT SAFELY”
Roland Classical Piano Masterpieces
Roland Piano Arrange Collections "Let's Enjoy Piano"
|Option (sold separately)||Headphones
USB Flash Memory (*1)
*1 Use USB Flash Memory sold by Roland. We cannot guarantee operation if other products are used.
|SIZE AND WEIGHT (INCLUDING PIANO STAND, WITH LID CLOSE)||Width||1,398 mm
|Weight (including Piano stand)||DP603-CB: 45.9 kg, 101 lbs 7 oz
DP603-PE: 47.0 kg, 103 lbs 22 oz
DP603-PW: 47.8 kg, 105 lbs 13 oz
|Dimensions||59 × 25.5 × 14.25 in|
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