Yamaha DTX532K Electronic Drum Set

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87 out of 100. Incorporating 50+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$1,000
Yamaha DTX532K Electronic Drum Kit

The Yamaha DTX532K packs as many features as they can put in while keeping the price reasonable and without sacrificing quality.

The inclusion of a true-to-form hi-hat stand with pedal easily sets it apart from others in this price range, while the three-zone cymbals and snare add to its expressiveness. Speaking of the snare, it features Yamaha's TCS (textured cellular silicone) material, a silicon gel based drum head which they developed for their DTX pads. It is described as having increased sensitivity while being quieter than regular pads.

As expected, Yamaha is not one to pull punches, so they packed the DTX502 module with various kits and sound samples. It also has a training feature with a scoring algorithm so you can keep track of your learning progress.

Specifications:

  • Snare: XP80 (Three-Zone 8" Textured Cellular Silicone)
  • Toms: 3 x TP70 (7.5" Single-Zone Rubber Pad)
  • Cymbals: 2 x PCY135 (13" Three-Zone with Choke)
  • Hi-Hat: RHH135 (13" Two-Zone) with HS650A Pedal Stand
  • Kick Pad: KP65 (Kick Pedal Not Included)
  • Drum Stand: RS502 Rack
  • Drum Module: DTX502 with 12 Trigger Inputs
  • Module Sounds: 50 Drum Kits, 128 Instruments, Effects (Reverb, Master EQ)
  • Extra Features: Groove Tools, Practice Score Generation, Metronome
  • Module Inputs: 1 x 1/8" stereo
  • Module Outputs: 2 x TS, 1 x 1/4" headphone
  • USB: Import Drum Sound Samples
  • Power Supply: Power adaptor (PA-130)
  • Dimensions: 48" x 17" x 12"
  • Weight: 41.7 lbs.

Pros

From practice, to school bands, to indoor stages, the Yamaha DTX532K has been put to good use by a good number of drummers. Many describe it as a truly satisfying kit, specifically for beginner to intermediate players, thanks to its training features and professional level quality. Experts and pros also gave this kit their thumbs up, specifically for the realistic feel of its hi-hat, snare and cymbals.

Cons

A few users cautioned on controlling the weight of your strikes on the pads. The single-zone toms annoyed a few users who expected at least dual zone. One user reported that at times, the snare triggers without hitting, and that he had to reboot the drum module to fix the problem.

Overall

There's no denying Yamaha's reputation when it comes to student friendly instruments, so if you are serious at taking your drumming to the next level, but you don't want to disturb your neighbors, then you may want to check out the DTX532K.

We were recommending the DTX532K until March 2018 when we performed a major review of the category and found that there were now more highly rated options which we now recommend in our guide to The Best Electronic Drum Sets.