My journey into the world of electronic drums began in college when I got a Yamaha DTX kit. I put many great hours of practice into it, but I eventually sold it. Electronic drum manufactures have come a long way since 2009 and unfortunately, Yamaha isn’t leading the charge in the entry-level market.
Despite that, today we’ll be talking in-depth about the Yamaha DTX450K; what to expect, some of its great features, and my overall thoughts of the kit.
The DTX450K is part of Yamaha’s 400 series, which is basically their most affordable line of electronic drums, though arguably the 402 series is as well.
Overall, the kit looks and feels decent, though it lacks some major features that competing brands like Alesis and Roland are featuring on their newer kits. The 450K is also rather pricey in comparison, as well, for what you get.
The 450K is the top model of the 400 line and is great for beginners up to advanced players. One great feature we’ll talk about later is the module’s integration with a tablet.
Online reviews of the DTX450K aren’t terrible, but they’re not great either.
Our Overall Score
What comes in the box?
Upon receiving your kit, you’ll find a five-piece kit complete with a ride, crash, hats, three toms, a snare, kick pad, a kick pedal, and a hi-hat pedal.
Here is a more in-depth breakdown of what you get:
This is a pretty standard affair when it comes to most electronic kits these days. You won’t get tons of pads and cymbals on an entry-level setup.
Quality of the physical pads and hardware
I wasn’t fairly impressed with the kit overall, considering the price point. The cymbals are half cut out, presumably to save money on production cost.
Based on my initial reaction, I almost feel as if this drum kit could be marketed at a price point similar to that of the Alesis Surge Mesh. Maybe even less; this kit doesn’t even have mesh pads!
Included kick pedal
One of the most attractive selling points of the DTX450K is the inclusion of their kick pedal, the Yamaha FP6110A. The pedal is fantastic and it is cheap. I used this pedal a ton back in college.
Alesis also includes a kick pedal with their kits, but they’re no where near the level of quality that Yamaha’s is.
Could this sway a potential new drummer? Possibly.
I think most of us already have kick pedals, but for the absolute brand new, beginning player, this might seem like a good inclusion.
The feel of the pads
The pads themselves are fairly decent; this is what I had expected from Yamaha, to be honest. I’ve never found their rubber pads to be bad at all. When comparing them to a mesh pad, yes they aren’t as great, but these get the job done just fine.
The only way I can compare it in words is it’s like a practice pad with less rebound, if that makes sense. This is actually a positive since mesh heads often give you a false sense of what an acoustic drum feels like.
The pads are relatively quiet
Drums are loud. We all know this. In fact, this is one of the many reasons you might opt to buy an electronic kit.
The Yamaha delivers well in this department, just as most electronic drum kits do. That being said, they aren’t the quietest pads you can find.
Up the spectrum in Yamaha’s lineup are the 700 and 800 series which feature textured silicone pads. These are far quieter than any rubber pad will ever be. If noise is a concern, you may want to think about this factor.
When I was in college, my DTX drum set featured the traditional rubber pads. My next-door neighbor could hear me playing through the walls and did complain to me a number of times.
The DTX400 drum module
The DTX400 series isn’t my favorite sounding module, though most of them are pretty terrible in the low-end of the market. Compared to the entry-level modules from Alesis and Roland, I really can’t pick a winner here.