The Casio PX850 features a full keyboard with weighted keys utilizing Scaled Hammer Action with three layers of touch sensitivity.
Its Acoustic & intelligent Resonator sound source captures acoustic grand sound and the PX850 produces this sample beautifully.
Also impressive is the instrument’s 256-tone maximum polyphony, the highest of any digital piano on the market.
Dimensions (WxDxH): 53.4 x 11.8 x 33 inches
Weight: 81 pounds
Keys: 88 Tones
Weighted Keys: Yes
Keyboard: Tri-sensor Scaled Hammer Action
Polyphony: 256 Notes
Sound Mechanism: Acoustic & intelligent Resonator
Touch Sensitivity: 3 Levels
Number of Preset Voices: 10
Number of Preset Songs: 60 + 10 User Songs
- Reverb (4 types)
- Chorus ( 4 types)
- Brilliance (adjustable from -3 to +3)
- Split Mode
- Duet Mode
- Layer Mode
- Transpose: 25 steps (-12 semitones to +12 semitones)
- Tuning: A4 = 415.5 Hz to 465.9 Hz
- Auto Power Off
- Hammer Response
- Damper Resonance
- String Resonance
- Lid Simulator
- Key Off Simulator
- Tempo Setting: 20 to 255 BPM
Amplifiers: 20W + 20W
Speakers: (2) 4.7″ + (2) 1.97″
- USB to host
- USB to device
- Damper Pedal
- Headphone Jack
- Damper, Soft, Sostenuto
Warranty: 1 Year Parts and Labor
The PX850 keyboard features 88 touch-sensitive keys with Scaled Graded Hammer Action. In an acoustic piano the speed at which different sized hammers operate affects the sound, and that process is seen in the PX850’s velocity-sensitive keys.
The keys can be adjusted to three levels of sensitivity or it can be turned off. The key texture is also designed to mimic the ebony and ivory keys on an acoustic piano for enhanced realism.
The Privia line of Casio digital pianos features its Acoustic and intelligent Resonator technology.
Using over three times the memory of models in the previous generation this mechanism processes samples recorded from four dynamics to offer true tones of the grand piano.
The damper response, String Resonance and Hammer Response simulate the realistic sound of the strings when the damper pedal is engaged.
MIDI USB Connectivity
The USB Connectivity provided with Privia digital pianos allows them to be used with Windows or Mac computers without needing to download drivers.
The Casio PX850 has a greater maximum polyphony than any digital piano available on the market. This ensures complex passages or advanced pieces will not be difficult to accomplish as no tones will be masked or clipped.
Duet Mode divides the keyboard into two halves, allowing for tutors and students to use the piano simultaneously during instruction. The two-track recorder can be used to capture and playback practices and performances.
Pros and Cons
The Casio PX850 features authentic sensation when compared to an acoustic grand.
The weighted keys along with their simulated texture make the experience much like the real thing. This model also has the highest reported maximum polyphony of any digital piano on the market with 256 tones.
The sound mechanism is sampled from four dynamics, customary for Casio’s Privia line. Additionally, the unit matches with its stand, cover and pedal board to provide a sleek and subtle addition to any décor.
The drawback to the model is the possibly of clicking keys as reported by some users.
The weighted hammer action provided by the PX850 in addition to the simulated ebony and ivory textured keys give it a feel very much like that of an acoustic grand.
The PX850 has the greatest maximum polyphony for all digital pianos on the market. The 256-tone polyphony allows each tone to be expressed when complex portions are played in more advanced pieces.
Acoustic and intelligent Resonator:
The advanced sound engine found in the Privia line replicates the tonal integrity of piano samples recorded at four dynamics to offer the most authentic and rich tone possible.
The model can be outfitted with a matching keyboard cover, pedal board and stand, making it a complete instrument that can fit with the décor of any surroundings.
Key Noise: Some users have reported a clicking sound after continuous use. This sound may distract from the ability to concentrate on play. The problem was only reported in some instances.
The Casio PX850 is built with the pianists in mind.
Its AiR technology produces a true acoustic grand sound with a 256-tone polyphony made to handle the most complicated play thrown at it.
The piano is perfect for beginning players and has features that may attract advanced users as well.