When it comes to electronic drum kits, it really is a 2 horse race between Roland and Yamaha. Now while the flagship Roland is leaps and bounds ahead of everyone, the same cannot be said of the mid range kits. This Yamaha DTX562K comes with far more features than its closest Roland counterpart. Combine that with the cheaper price tag and I was sold on this kit!
The DTX562K comes with the 502 module, which is USB/MIDI compatible so you can easily hook it up to your laptop for recording purposes and/or for triggering. The module comes in a convenient size with a clamp that you can easily attack to your hi-hat so that you can add your trigger pads to your acoustic kit to make it a versatile hybrid. The module comes with 50 preset drum kits and storage space for 50 custom kits. What I found that really impressed me is that some of the preset kits are actual studio quality VST's recorded from the top of the line Yamaha kits. So you're actually hearing sampled audio from Yamaha Maple Customs, Oak Customs, Beech, and Birch kits. The Rolands don't have that so this is a huge plus.
I also find the Yamaha pads to be overall superior to the Roland counterparts. Instead of mesh, the 3 toms and 1 snare pad feature silicone heads that mimic the bounciness of real drums without the trampoline over-bounciness of the mesh heads. The cymbal pads are also all triple zone (edge, bow, bell) and are chokeable. On top of that, the kit comes with a REAL hi hat stand! This is a feature normally only found in high end models, but Yamaha managed to bring it down to this mid-level kit! While the tom pads are single zone, the snare pad is triple zone giving you different sounds on the head, rim clicks, and rim shots. My only complaint is the kick tower, which is plain rubber and doesn't have that nice silicone surface. The rubber started to wear away from my pedal, but that small issue was solved with a bass drum patch.
All in all I am very satisfied with the quality and performance of the Yamaha DTX562K. The combination of high-end features at an affordable price range was just too good to pass up for me. I compared this kit with all the other mid range kits in Yamaha, as well as Roland, Simmons, and Kat Percussion. Out of every kit I tested this one was the winner!