$3,599.99 – $4,499.99
Don’t judge a book by its cover. We’ve all heard this saying, and the Roland DP603 attests to why this is so often shrewd advice. Despite its compact, contemporary design, the DP603 is actually an upper-tier home piano built to satisfy even seasoned musicians. It features one of Roland’s top two actions, the authentic sounds of one of their finest sound engines, and the onboard speaker system projects power that belies its small cabinet. Considering the price, the DP603 is consistently regarded are one of the ‘best value’ digital pianos around, but its stylish cabinet design void embellishments means one doesn’t really have to sacrifice in any one area.
Roland’s DP series instruments have been on the market since 2003, and are regarded by many within the industry as being among the ‘best value’ digital pianos available. The DP603 features a litany of high-end features, including the latest SuperNATURAL piano modeling sound generator offering detailed grand piano sounds, along with one of Roland’s top piano action with their Progressive Hammer Action Keyboard (PHA-50) delivering authentic grand piano touch.
What about onboard tech? The Roland DP603 has you covered with hundreds of on-board sounds and other features such as classical scores, as well Bluetooth MIDI, and Audio wireless technology which makes for easy connection to piano learning apps and on-board recorders for easy audio playback. Really, this instrument features many identical features you’ll find in Roland’s pricier HP models, as well as some carryovers with Roland’s flagship LX line of premium digital upright pianos, though it of course has a different minimalist look, perfect for modern rooms or smaller spaces.
Ready to tackle the obvious musical considerations faced by the modern piano player, as well as being able to integrate seamlessly with the aesthetic of modern living spaces, this instrument is another slam dunk from Roland, and should be on your shortlist should you be looking in this class of new digital piano.
A super stylish piano, the DP603 is actually available in a trifecta of distinct finishes so you don’t have to compromise when choosing the best visual fit for your home modern home – Contemporary Black (matte black, DP603-CB), Classic Polished Ebony (DP603-EP), and Elegant Polished White (DP603-PW).
A staple in Roland pianos in the top half of their lineup, the DP603 is one of the least expensive instruments to feature the still new PHA-50 keyboard action. This action uses a blend of wood and plastic, and with the durability of modern materials, is frequently cited as one of the most reliable actions on the market.
This action has a triple sensor for accurate MIDI output, as well as escapement for extra control. The feel of wood might even make you think you’re playing an acoustic piano.
A key feature that’s really going to make the DP603 stand out for many folks has to do with the sound engine. The DP603 uses Roland’s SuperNATURAL Piano Modeling tone engine, which offers limitless polyphony on its acoustic piano sound and real-time generation of the tone as opposed to the sample-based engines from other new pianos at the price point from Kawai and Yamaha.
The super realistic sound serves up the dynamic response of an acoustic instrument, and while some may still prefer the sound of a sampled engine, there’s a large and ever-growing fanbase who are very vocal in their preference for modelled engines.
Once you move past the piano tones, there’s a wide assortment of classic sounds including electric pianos, various synths, strings etc. which still manage to deliver a towering 308 notes of polyphony. Roland’s also incorporated their Headphones 3D Ambience technology. This essentially improves and refines the user’s sonic perception when practicing quietly with headphones.
In terms of the speaker system, the DP603 really delivers here with 60 watts of output power via its hi-fi internal speaker configuration. The piano’s speaker system is another area where the DP603 really excels – many other similarly priced instruments top out at 40 watts, so the extra power here is definitely welcome.
Pretty much everything you would need for home use is covered here. Wireless connectivity via Bluetooth MIDI and Audio is here, and Bluetooth Audio is especially noteworthy as it essentially your piano into a wireless speaker system for streaming your favorite songs from an Android device or Apple product like an iPad. Bluetooth MIDI allows for a quick connection to a smartphone or tablet to use Roland’s Piano Partner 2 app, which is one of the most intuitive music apps around.
All of the other standard ports are represented here too; there are dual headphone jacks (stereo mini and 1/4″), a DC In jack, L/MONO,R 1/4″ output jacks, as well as USB type A and B.
- SuperNATURAL Piano Modeling
- Limitless Polyphony solo playing using ‘Piano’ category tones, 384 note polyphony when playing using other tones
- 307 Tones
- PHA-50 Keyboard: Wood and Plastic Hybrid Structure, with Escapement and Ebony/Ivory Feel (88 keys)
- 60 Watt Speaker System
- 353 Internal Songs
- Bluetooth MIDI and Bluetooth Audio
- Metronome (adjustable Tempo/Beat/Down beat/Pattern/Volume/Tone)
- Twin piano mode, Transpose
- Graphic LCD Display
- Integrated 3 pedal system with soft, sostenuto, and damper
- Safety-Conscious Soft-Fall Motion Lid
If you’re a student, hobbyist player, or educator looking for a robust stand-alone instrument without the associated maintenance of an acoustic piano, the Roland DP-603 is going to deliver more bang-for-your-buck than nearly any other instrument on the market. It boasts acclaimed durability, is easy to operate, flexible with Bluetooth MIDI, has a minimalist design, and offers a wide array of high-quality studio-grade sounds. A true heavyweight of the digital piano market.
Roland DP603 Owner’s Manual
Roland DP603 Related Resources
|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 × 14 in|