It is always highly important to know the specifics before choosing the right digital piano for you. It allows you to consider all pros and cons of each of the pianos you have to choose from and you can make the decision based on facts, not opinions. However you most likely won’t have the chance to play each of the pianos before making the decision.
Digital piano reviews
Other players could help you make the decision with digital piano reviews that are based on their knowledge and experience. For your convenience we have created a list of 44 piano reviews that shall tell you exactly what you need to know in order to make the decision.
- Yamaha P155 Contemporary Piano
- Yamaha YDP 142 Digital Piano
- Yamaha Arius YDP 181 Digital Piano
- Yamaha DGX 650 Digital Piano
- Yamaha P35 Digital Piano
- Yamaha P105 Digital Piano
- Yamaha YPG-235 Digital Piano
- Yamaha YPG-535 Digital Piano
- Yamaha PSR E343 Digital Piano
- Yamaha Arius YDP162B Digital Piano
- Yamaha P-115 Digital Piano
- Yamaha ARIUS YDP-V240 Digital Piano
- Yamaha DGX-660 Digital Piano
- Yamaha YDP-184 Digital Piano
- Yamaha YPT-260 Digital Piano
- Yamaha NP-31 Digital Piano
- Yamaha CP4 Digital Piano
- Casio PX750 Digital Piano
- Casio PX 850 Digital Piano
- Casio PX 150 Digital Piano
- Casio CTKVK3 PAK Digital Piano
- Casio PX-5S Digital Piano
- Casio CTK-2400 Digital Piano
- Casio PX350 BK Digital Piano
- Casio PX-860 Digital Piano
- Casio PX-780 Digital Piano
- Casio SA-76 Digital Piano
- Casio PX-130 Digital Piano
- Casio PX-5S Digital Piano
The Casio PX750 is a digital grand piano with an 88-note scaled hammer action tri-sensor keyboard, amongst many great features.
The keyboard features 250 built-in tones with dual and layer functions. It has three foot pedals in addition to USB MIDI functioning.
The exterior features its own stylish storage cabinet with a sliding key cover and includes a matching stand. Alternate instrument voices such as strings, organs and bass can be utilized for experimenting or recording.
The keyboard offers a recording functioning with playback available for learning, practicing and performing.
Casio’s ‘Acoustic and Intelligent Resonator’ as a sound source provides an acoustic realism that cannot be denied. The piano produces great polyphony and is ideal for those who are fans of strong clear sounds, it certainly impressed us.
The PX750’s graded hammer action and realistic ebony and ivory keys provide for comfortable play, which is great to see as often less expensive pianos do not have weighted keys.
The keyboard also offers a touch sensitivity of three levels to allow for a sound experience close to that of an acoustic piano.
There is no LCD screen on this piano, which is the only downside along with the bulkiness of this model, but other than that this is an all round great choice for beginners and amateurs. [click to continue…]
The Yamaha P155 is versatile enough to use at home or on stage as it features a number of the finest performance characteristics as well as its aesthetic advantages.
For the realistic sound and feel of a piano, the instrument provides graded hammer action and 4-layer piano samples.
The great array of features also includes a ‘Key-off’ and stereo sustain samples with adjustable damper resonance along with its 128-note polyphony provide a distinct realism along with a sound of professional quality.
Don’t worry about annoying your neighbours as there is a headphone port that allows for practice and play without disturbing others. This piano is also portable, so it is great if you need to take to performances easily.
The digital piano has 17 voices with split and dual modes as well as a metronome and track recorder with playback.
The downside of the recording system is that it only allows you to store one piece of music at a time, but songs can be saved via USB and imported as MIDI files. There is also LCD screen, but the advantages far outweigh these small issues.
If you are looking for a piano with a professional feel without a professional price tag, the Yamaha P155 should tick all of your boxes.
The Yamaha YDP 142 is a digital grand piano with an 88-note weighted action keyboard.
The piano is a much-improved upgrade to the YDP-141 model and it’s sound sampling relies on Yamaha’s famous CFIIIS grand piano, thus offering numerous levels of sound dynamics.
It’s Pure CF Sound Engine allows for very precise notes and great quality sound, even from novices. For its price tag, this piano is packed full of high-quality features and is a very impressive piece of kit.
It’s weighted action is modelled on the hammers of an acoustic piano, offering heavier touch in the low tones and lighter touch in the high tones.
The touch sensitivity can be used in three ways to accommodate playing style. The damper pedal offers a continuous or half-damper response for enhanced control.
Sounds good, doesn’t it? It sure is worth taking a better look at this magical piano. The YDP 142 comes in two finishes Black Walnut and a Dark Rosewood finish, both of which look the part as well as sounding the part.
The YDP 142 also features several built-in voices from a number of instruments including organs, the harpsichord and the vibraphone.
It has an inbuilt 128 note polyphony that allows advanced players to experiment with notes and play more complex pieces. [click to continue…]
The Yamaha YDP 181 Arius Digital Piano features 88 weighted keys with Graded Hammer effects that make playing much like an acoustic piano.
Its 128-note polyphony also mimics an actual piano by allowing for multiple notes to be heard without being cut off when sustained.
These features make this a great entry level digital piano that produces eloquent sounds that professionals would be proud of.
The YDP 181 features three damper pedals with half-damper effects for enhanced control. Impressed so far? Well, there is more.
There are three levels of touch sensitivity: soft, medium and hard, to accommodate various playing styles and techniques. This feature is particularly welcomed when playing the organ.
With the piano’s preset songs and track recording function, players have the ability to learn songs and keep detailed progress recordings, which we think is a great feature for students.
Once you are accomplished in the basics, there is a cool 3-level ‘Advanced Wave Memory’ (AWM) dynamic stereo sampling to provide a sound that is true to that of an acoustic instrument.
With the piano’s preset songs and track recording function players have the ability to learn songs and keep detailed progress recordings, which we think is a great feature for students. [click to continue…]
The Williams Overture is an 88-key digital piano with realistic weighed hammer action keys and a velocity-sensitive touch response.
Its 64-note polyphony allows for enhanced creative expression as do its 15 voices and 58 preset songs. The full-size keyboard features dual mode and split layer function for learning, teaching or experimentation.
The Williams Overture has a 2-song recorder for keeping track of progress development or song trials. A backlit LCD screen allows you to keep track of your progression and is an appealing feature to those new to digital pianos.
Three damper pedal provide sustain, soft and sostenuto note effects.The Williams Overture features expanded connectivity as well. It contains a MIDI in/out line, a USB to device connection and two headphone jacks.
If you are stuck for USB devices, the piano does have an impressive sound recorder built in, in which you can store multiple pieces of music. With built-in speakers, the Overture packs a punch and will be the life and soul of the party in any room.
We like the distinctive look of this piano, as it is not afraid to stand out and will add a sense of sophistication to any room. [click to continue…]
Fierce competition in the digital piano market has led to a great outcome. The consumer is spoilt for choice with instruments that are constantly upgraded in their sound quality, action and features.
The Kawai CE220 is the latest addition to this market and its entry into the competition makes it a leading contender on all three of these fronts, making it a digital piano, that is worth learning more about.
Modern day companies are looking to attract buyers of digital pianos by packing them full of features but sacrifice on sound quality and touch.
Kawai has attended to the requests of the most discerning of customers, not least because of the AWA PROII wooden-key action and a 3 pedal system that it proudly features.
Purists are forever asking if it sounds and feels like a real piano. With the CE220, Kawai have risen to the challenge and produced a quality instrument that is satisfyingly piano-like, both to the ear and to the fingers.
It boasts a progressive harmonic imaging sound technology with 88-key piano sampling, a 192 polyphony and an impressive 22 sound choices.
The Kawai CE220 is a real crowd pleaser and it features a dual and split keyboard if your friends fancy a duet! Get practising your party piece as you will want to play it all night long! [click to continue…]
The Williams Allegro digital piano features a full-size keyboard with fully weighted keys with hammer action for a realistic piano experience.
It has a touch sensitivity of four levels to provide adequate training and preparation for playing the acoustic piano along with velocity sensitivity.
The Williams Allegro, by admission, is a low budget piano and it does not claim to reach levels required of professionals. Beginners will love the attractive look of the piano and will easily get to grips with its 88 weighted keys in no time.
Although this is a low budget piano, the Allegro does have more expressive control over the internal sounds than any other keyboard in its class.
It offers a polyphony of 64 notes for rich expression and mastery of complex musical pieces. The piano features eight voices for experimentation, recording or practice with other instrument sounds.
There are 10 inbuilt songs ranging from classical pieces to popular songs that beginners can begin to play on their own.
The metronome features adjustable tempo control to assist in practicing various works or to aid in efficient recording. The piano also functions with split and layer modes for enhanced practicing.
It also features a damper pedal and MIDI recording and playback ability. [click to continue…]
The Yamaha DGX 650 is a professional digital piano – a full keyboard with weighted hammer action.
It features a polyphony of 128 tones to layer notes without dropping off or compromising a single one. And there is a lot more to learn here.
The DGX 650 has a touch sensitivity of four levels and the sound mechanism derives from Yamaha’s standard CFIIIS concert grand piano.
It also features 100 preset songs and over 100 voices along with a full dot LCD display, which makes music easier to follow and is a fun feature for younger learners.
A number of effects and functions are available including Chorus, Reverb, Split Mode, Layer Mode, Transpose and nearly 200 styles of accompaniment.
The chorus feature is something we are really taken by as it can create entire chords, from pop triads to jazz styles with just the touch of one tone, sounds impressive, don’t you think?
If all of these features sound a little overwhelming, don’t worry, this is a very intuitive piano with features that put user ease at the heart of its production.
An experienced player who plays this piano will be surprised at just how much like an acoustic piano the DGX 650 is, so much so that this model is often used in professional recordings. [click to continue…]
The Yamaha P35 is an 88-note portable digital piano with a Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) keyboard that offers a feel similar to that provided by an acoustic piano.
The instrument utilizes Advanced Wave Memory sampling to retrieve acoustic sound, a technique that creates a deep rich sound by using a pair of waveforms captured with separate microphones.
There are 10 fun and creative inbuilt voice demos, including two grand pianos, two harpsichord variations and a vibraphone and there are 10 preset songs.
The P35 also boasts a touch sensitivity of four levels, offering a more realistic response. The MIDI In/Out outputs provide versatile connectivity for transporting tracks to and from a computer and other instruments.
With a sturdy stand, headphone outputs and a duo mode feature, the P35 has everything you need to get you started on your musical journey.
The unit also features a number of Function modes for enhanced expression and practice ability. This is a low budget keyboard that is not going to break the bank balances but refuses to compromise on quality.
If you are looking for an introductory level digital piano, you can’t go far wrong with the Yamaha P35. This piano is ideal for schools or at home and is sure to make learning to play the piano fun. [click to continue…]
The Casio PX850 features a full keyboard with 88 weighted keys utilizing Scaled Hammer Action with three layers of touch sensitivity.
Casio intended to make the most impressive digital grand piano of all a time and we are finding it hard to disagree with them.
Its Acoustic & intelligent Resonator sound source captures the acoustic grand sound and the PX850 produces this sample beautifully.
The 20-watt speakers will amplify your beautiful music and the impressive memory will allow you to store more music than ever before.
The Damper and String Resonance and Hammer Response systems have also been put in to guarantee that you get the most realistic playing and listening experience possible in a digital piano. Also impressive is the instrument’s 256-tone maximum polyphony, the highest of any digital piano on the market.
The superb polyphony allows each tone to be expressed when complex portions are played in more advanced pieces. There is no LCD screen, but this is a minor negative as all its other features will blow you away.
Of course, with high quality comes high price tags and this model is certainly something that you need to be certain of before investing.
If you do go for it, you will not be disappointed and you will be sounding like a professional in no time.[click to continue…]
The Yamaha P105 is an 88-note digital piano with graded hammer action that gives it a similar feel to an acoustic.
The P105 follows on from all-round favorite, the P-95, that was once considered hard to beat but has now been surpassed by this model.
The piano’s sound mechanism is derived from Yamaha’s famous Pure CF sampling technique. This sound sampling is recorded from the celebrated Yamaha CFIIIS acoustic grand.
It has a 128-note maximum polyphony for total tone expression. With separate woofers and speakers located at each side of the keyboard, the P105 surpasses its competitors in this budget range. You will be hard pressed to find the same sound quality for this price.
It features four levels of touch sensitivity for realistic acoustic response. It also offers a variety of connectivity options with a USB port and AUX outputs, although there is no midi port. If you did want to record directly onto the piano you can do, however there is only enough storage for one piece of music.
The instrument’s Pianist styles are unique to this model and allow users to turn a simple chord into full accompaniment.[click to continue…]
The PX150 is the latest in a long line of quality digital pianos from Casio and it packs a powerful punch in terms of sound quality and features.
With an outstanding 128 polyphony, 88-note tri-sensor key design and quality dampener resonance simulator, the sounds from this piano are very realistic.
This lightweight piano features weighted keys with tri-sensor scaled hammer action. The touch sensitive keys can be a little tricky to get the hang of, but after a bit of practice you will feel like and expert.
You will have plenty of space to practice as this piano features over three times the amount of memory as previous Casio models and has a USB and MIDI port, if you are making lots of music.
One nifty feature is the ability for you to split and layer your sounds on the PX-150, you can play bass with your left hand and have two layers of tones at your right.
The PX150 uses an Acoustic & intelligent Resonator sound engine to produce a piano sound true to the acoustic piano. Not only does this piano sound like an acoustic, the ebony and ivory touch keys also look the part. [click to continue…]
The F-120 features the Ivory Feel-G weighted keyboard, giving the player genuine touch response as that found in an acoustic grand piano.
With a 128 polyphony, built in external output and metronome recorder, to name but a few excellent features, the Roland is making waves in the digital piano world.
The SuperNATURAL sound engine offers a tonal representation that rivals that of the real instrument. This technology is pushing the boundaries of electronic music production and we think that Roland have done a great job.
Another feature that we love about this piano is the dedicated front panel keys that allow for piano practice and structured lessons.
You can see how Roland have gone the extra mile when developing technology that captures a proper decay of each note, just as it would the sound on an acoustic piano.
With a lightweight and stylish finish (you can choose between a black or a white finish) this is a piano that looks as great as it feels, which is not often the case when it comes to the aesthetics of digital pianos.
The Roland F-120 is an impressive entry level digital piano that you should definitely learn more about. [click to continue…]
The RD-300NX is a lightweight piano with a full keyboard featuring the Ivory Feel-G texture and touch.
This feature offers immediate access to versatile piano and electric piano voices with simple one-touch buttons.
Roland set a precedent with their RD-700NX piano, but the 300NX offers the next best thing for those on a tighter budget.
The sound mechanism derives from the series’ SuperNATURAL engine that provides a realistic experience compared to a standard piano.
The Sound Focus feature allows even the most delicate notes to be heard and ensures the sound is rich and full without coloring or compressing its tone.
The great tonal variation will appeal to those who are serious about making digital music and, why it will not be suitable for professionals, it will play well for performances.
There are some features that are difficult to navigate, particularly the voice changing function, which can be a little complicated.
This is just one small negative in a sea of positive features of this excellent, cost-effective piano.
The model remarkably offers hundreds of preset songs and many times as many voices for the best in instrumental expression.
With all the added features that you would expect on most digital pianos, such as midi output, USB functionality and headphone outputs, you can pretty much be up and running as soon as you take it out of the box.[click to continue…]
The HP-201 is an 88-tone digital piano with weighted keys and 128-tone polyphony, which is one of the highest polyphony tones among most popular digital pianos.
For an enhanced experience it offers four levels of touch sensitivity. We love how each tone has multiple samples of its own and the touch response means each key reacts to the slightest pressure from the lower tones to the delicate treble tones.
The piano features a PHA II keyboard and offers a genuine acoustic grand feel by providing the same natural response found in the real instrument.
The weighted keys are heavier in the lower range while lighter for higher tones. One of the pianos best features is its improved keyboard. It shows a wider dynamic range with multiple sound samples for every tone.
The HP-201 offers Twin Piano Mode that splits the keyboard into separate halves in order to facilitate instruction. Both teacher and student benefit from using their own keyboard.
It comes with a number of features built-in such as its metronome, music stand and pedals, among others.
The device includes a number of adjustable features for total control in addition to USB MIDI connections. [click to continue…]
The Kawai ES100 is an 88-key digital piano with all of the features needed for a realistic experience.
It has a weighted keyboard using Advanced Hammer Action IV-F to give heavier feel in the lower tones and a lighter feel on the high end. But that is not all. And I have to tell you that this digital piano is worth taking a better look at.
The ES100 has maximum polyphony of 192 notes ensures no notes are masked or clipped during complex passages. It utilizes Harmonic Imaging sound sampling to provide an impressive mimic of acoustic sound.
Additional features such as the 19 preset voices and 100 drum rhythms allow for an enhanced personal expression.
If all of this sounds impressive to you, you will also love that the unit comes with a three-song recorder that can be used to quickly capture ideas and compositions as well as helping the user monitor play and progress during practice.
All of these features come at a very competitive price and this piano is a good alternative to the big name players of Yamaha and Casio. We think you will love this product.[click to continue…]
The Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand is a sleek and powerful keyboard loaded with features that are great for musicians of all ages.
With Yamaha’s Graded Soft Touch piano style keys and weighing in at just over 18 pounds, this lightweight piano replacement is perfect for all your music needs.
For the beginner pianist, Yamaha’s Education Suite, various lessons modes, and lesson grading system are a magnificently powerful tool that can help you start playing and performing in front of friends.
The Yamaha Education Suite is a learning tool that comes with three distinct modes: Waiting Mode, Your Tempo Mode and Minus One Mode, all features that you will not see in many other models.
For the advanced musician, its 6-track/5 song slot recording system is great for outlining and creating music. Once you are accustomed to playing, there are five different equalizer sounds are included to provide the best playback, whether it be through the keyboard’s internal speakers, headphones, or external speakers.
There is a USB to Host connectivity provides an easy method to transfer and back up any recordings. The only downside is that there are only 76 keys, which may be a little restrictive for those who are wanting to reach higher levels of piano playing, but other than that this is a great piece of kit. [click to continue…]
The Yamaha YPG-535 features amazing components packed in a small grand piano. This model features a nice backlit screen and meets many needs with an attractive price range. This really is a good looking piece of kit, but does it sound as good as it looks?
Featuring 127 panel accessible voices and adding on another 361 XGLite voices, there is an endless amount of sound to be made. The high tech features on this piano are compatible with the hi-tech piano player.
Boasting a graded soft touch that has USB connectivity and Performance Assistant Technology are just some of the bells and whistles you will find within the YPG-535 by Yamaha.
Transfer your music back and forth from computer to digital keyboard. It makes it easy to have music on the go and that makes an easy tool for transporting your music anywhere.
Yamaha Education Suite. With a big database, there are options for the player to load their own songs, the player also has an option to customize the sound and voice that they hear.
The Yamaha YPG-535 will automatically select the best sound for both right and left hand. It will also correct the tempo and musical style. You can now search for piano music and load to play anytime. [click to continue…]
There is a lot to learn about this digital piano and there is no doubt that you should take your time to learn everything that matters.
The LP-380 is one of the slimmer, more elegant designs that Korg offers; at just a little over a foot deep, the LP-380 can fit almost anywhere, blending easily into any room. The added protection of the wooden key cover keeps the keys safe when the piano isn’t in use.
Though the LP-380 is a great all around digital piano, the feature that really sets it apart and makes it such a strong contender for students is the inclusion of three pedals. There’s no need to purchase additional pedals when using the LP-380, cutting down on overall cost.
One of the piano’s main drawbacks, its lack of portability, should not be too much of an issue for students who prefer a more stationary piano. Another slight negative is that the LP-380 lacks a Line In jack.
Lacking this feature, pianists are unable to connect an audio player to the digital piano, listen to it through the piano’s speakers, and play along. [click to continue…]
We love how bold Korg has been with the shape of this piano, not being afraid to stray away from the norm and offer up something different.
Though the Korg SP-280 BK is more portable than other digital pianos, it doesn’t sacrifice sound quality or selection. The impressive range and variety of features it offers make it the perfect middle ground piano.
Because of the Natural Weighted Hammer Action keys, the Korg SP-280BK offers a playing experience similar to an acoustic piano. The lower register of the SP-280BK has the heaviest action, and the response lightens in the upper registers.
This piano boasts 30 different voices and tones as well as 10 demo songs as well as a midi in and out, so that you can record your own music.
Beginners can take advantage of the full, weighted hammer keyboard, and professionals have the option of enjoying the same three pedal functions that an acoustic piano provides.
Oh, one last thing, we are very impressed with the superb quality of the 22 watt speakers that are more than adequate for large performances. [click to continue…]
Unlike a grand piano, it has a small frame making it very easy to move around. The MP7 can produce woodwind, percussion, and strings sounds.
It has 28 different acoustic settings, as well as electric pianos, organs, and pipe organs. This is definitely worth taking a closer look at.
All sounds can be customized using the adjustment knobs next to the built-in LCD display. Sounds can be multi-layered and recorded. A USB input is available for downloading and uploading music. This machine has 3 key sensors per key that guarantee notes are played on demand.
Many keyboards miss notes if the same key is played twice in rapid succession; the route cause for the missed note is the user not releasing the key completely before pressing it again.
The 3 key sensors eliminate this issue. The MP7 is very customizable. The micro editing features make it possible to mimic other types of pianos.
The 256-note maximum polyphony chip is a memory chip; this chip allows 256 notes to play at one time without cutting off any notes. The piano also includes a piano pedal, capable of “half-pedaling.”
The length of time the pedal sustains sound is completely customizable. The pedal can produce sustainable sound like a real piano, or long-term sustainable sound that cannot be produced by a grand piano.[click to continue…]
Casio has a great ability to market their keyboards to the general instrument-buying public. Their strategy has kept them in business as instrument specialists.
With the CTKVK3 PAK they have tried to attract the buyer who doesn’t want to find out that there are a whole lot of accessories that they haven’t budgeted for and will be needing in order to make the instrument functional.
The bundle pack includes the power supply as well as a keyboard stand. The inclusive pack still manages to come in at around $200 and the accessories, if bought on their own, would at least sell for $60.
As far as the actual keyboard goes, this 61-key variety is a standard entry level type keyboard and Casio have been making these for almost as long as they have been in the calculator business.
The keyboard, itself, is the CTK-2080 – the entry level instrument in the CTK range. It offers multi-functionality and includes many different sounds as well as accompaniment and sampling features. This keyboard is especially suited to first-timers who want to be exposed to the world of music. [click to continue…]
What Casio have become very good at is examining the markets they enter, examining what is being produced and then producing a similar model with similar features at a better price.
Comparatively, CASIO rival their competitors with features and sound technology as well as the quality of their instruments. This is broadening their client base.
The PX-5S is the Casio version of the classic stage piano/synth that offers a range of features for live manipulation of sound.
This market strategy has kept them selling large numbers of instruments for many years. The PX-5S forms part of their top of the range Privia series of digital pianos, stage pianos and synths.
The Casio PX-5S uses the AIR sound source that produces realistic tones for instruments such as the grand piano. The 256 note polyphony also gives the instrument the response of a true acoustic instrument.
With 370 preset tones and the ability to add 350 user tones, the PX5S provides a large selection of complex tones that have a natural feel and realism to them.
The result of all of these nifty features is an authentic acoustic sound that sounds a lot more precious than its price tag. [click to continue…]
Korg is no newcomer to the digital, electronic instrument market. With many years of innovative technology, they have constantly produced a range of instruments that have superior tone quality and touch sensitivity, making them the envy of their rivals.
The stand out feature of this piano is the natural hammer action technology, which provides a reliable and accurate response every time you play.
With the SP-170S Korg have launched a simple, yet elegant digital piano that makes use of Korg’s signature stereo sampling technology to provide a budget price instrument that still delivers excellent results.
The pianos 120 polyphony allows for very little drop off of sustained notes during play and is very impressive, although when in stereo the polyphony drops to 60 notes.
We really like how the instrument provides ten high quality sounds for performance use. It has a quick play button so that users can return to the default piano tone in an instant.
Compact enough to fit into smaller spaces, it offers the market a quality instrument that offers a great alternative to purchasing, a cumbersome acoustic instrument, that is not properly tuned and may need constant maintenance.
If you are restricted with space and cash, the Korg may be a serious consideration for you, if you are prepared to make a few sacrifices elsewhere. [click to continue…]
With the Legato 88 key digital keyboard, Williams aim not to lead the market from a quality standpoint, but rather to provide arguably the cheapest keyboard of its type on the market and hopefully sell large amounts of them. I am sure that Williams is hoping to carve themselves a niche in the keyboard market with this instrument.
The semi-weighted keys have the feel of a typical soft keyboard that offers a fair ability to play notes with expression.
Amongst the many hammer action keyboard types available today, it lacks the now almost standard keyboard action expected of modern digital pianos. The action is also not graded along the length of the keyboard so all the keys respond in the same way.
The Legato offers a full-size weighted stage piano/controller keyboard for a price that is usually reserved for entry level 61 key portable keyboards. There are 5 preset songs and 5 Voices including piano, electric piano, organ synth and bass.
An added extra is a USB port for storage media and other devices as well as a single headphone jack. 5 preset songs offer a demo on how the keyboard sounds with the different tone settings available. Are Williams even making a profit on the sale of these instruments? [click to continue…]
Yamaha has had a long history of making portable keyboards and continue to refine the technology that accompanies these instruments. With previous models setting pretty high standards how does the E343 compare?
The PSR E343 is a worthy competitor in a pretty saturated market. Buyers are spoilt for choice, but for those doing their homework and comparing prices in a feature for feature scenario they should definitely put the PSR E343 on their list of options.
The keyboard offers a large range of features and provides a plethora of experimental music-making to satisfy the creative curiosity of musicians.
The PSR E343 comes in at a very reasonable price and offers an array of typical keyboard functions which can be utilized to create a vast range of musical projects for the novice to intermediate musician.
The PSR E343 is born from a long line of electronic keyboards and Yamaha have learnt over the years which features are being sought by their customers.
They continue to meet and exceed the expectations of their clients and manage to pack in an impressive range of features into this highly portable model.
If you are a loyal Yamaha fan, you will be suitably impressed by this model, but if you are new to Yamaha you will not necessarily be blown away. [click to continue…]
Yamaha has had a long-standing background of providing quality acoustic instruments.
125 years in the music business has given them a reputation of producing high quality products.
They may not have produced the first digital instruments but their entry into the digital piano market has always been met with favorable reviews.
Presently their keyboard ranges are split into the cheaper Arius range and the more expensive Clavinova series which generally offers a greater range of features. The Arius 162B is the mid-priced version of their latest offerings in the Arius range.
It is a stylish looking instrument that offers a few well-chosen features and a really good sound and feel. Yamaha has yet again produced a quality instrument with excellent sound reproduction.
It exceeds the expectations of users familiar with Yamaha’s already stringent quality controls and sets a new standard in digital sound and touch realism.
The instrument offers a deeply satisfying sound while being played and easily fills the space in a reasonably sized room.
The instrument sound remained suitably accurate and complex over the range of volume settings.
The Arius provides a digital piano solution for users needing a true-to-life sound and feel. [click to continue…]
Korg continue to set demanding standards in the world of electronic digital instruments.
Since Korg has exclusively worked on developing digital instruments, particularly keyboards-their investment into perfecting digital technology has given them much needed momentum into setting the standard with their many varied instruments.
Korg has become synonymous with great sounding, good value instruments that lead where others like to follow. The LP 180 is the entry level budget instrument in a series of digital pianos.
Competitively priced, the LP180 offers forefront digital technology in digital instrumentation without a massive price tag in a compact, instrument that would fit snugly into an open corner of even the smallest of living spaces.
The LP180 ’s natural weighted hammer action keyboard, provides a reasonably well graded response from the low to high end of the keyboard.
Korg has invested their engineering skills into the features that matter most-realistic tone production and an even touch response that mimics the feel of a well-constructed acoustic piano.
The average player though will be more than happy with the feel of an instrument that offers a highly comparable action to that of some great upright pianos and even some grands, but if you are looking for a long and productive piano career, you will need to think about a better product. [click to continue…]
Casio’s long-time foray into the keyboard business has been met with mixed reviews over the years.
This has not stopped them producing a wide range of keyboards that have had successful sale records and kept them in business. The CTK2400 is marketed as a sampling keyboard and this feature is what may attract buyers to it.
As a standalone instrument it provides a good starting instrument to young, curious musicians who like to explore musical possibilities through creative sound use and want an instrument that will give them access to some fun elements and assist them in making music.
You will not be blown away by this model as it is pretty standard and is not in the market of stretching its users. Not every musical instrument has to be exciting though, sometimes you just need an instrument that will do the job at a hand.
The CTK2400 has a large selection of functions that serve to enhance even the most novice of musicians to produce some substantial musical productions, but not necessarily showstoppers.
The CTK2400 digital piano is a pretty decent entry-level keyboard with some added extra features that offer a little more bang for your buck. [click to continue…]
The Privia PX-350 represents a significant step in the continuing evolution of Casio’s Privia digital piano line. An impressive Tri-Sensor Hammer Action and mighty AiR – Acoustic and Intelligent Resonator sound engine provides a new level of detail, nuance and expression for a superior grand piano experience while maintaining the lightweight and stylish design that Privia is known for.
This, their latest offering has a range of features that attempts to capture almost every great feature from a wide range of instruments and roll them into one instrument with a price tag around the $1000 mark.
We especially love the great 88-key action, which produces strong and are also impressed by the portability of this piano. I was very impressed with the quality build of this keyboard and the sounds — in particular the piano and electric pianos.
An in-depth review of all the features available would run pages long and there is a lot to be admired from this well made and stylishly presented instrument.
Casio has really ‘upped’ their game in the digital piano market over the last few years.
Perhaps the high level of competition amongst many brands has made this the case, but nevertheless it bodes well for the consumer who would like some leverage in deciding what digital piano represents the best value for money.
With the new PX-860, Casio have launched their product into the 21st century, boasting a range of totally usable features that favor the pianist in keyboard players.
The multi dimensional morphing AIR sound source has an upgraded memory capacity and boasts three times the memory of previous samples. This adds realism to the sounds created on the instrument.
The reverb, chorus and brilliance effects give the user a range of options in producing just the right edge to the sound and the variety of these give the user great control in adding the right finesse to the sound.
Casio has also taken the route of enabling interaction via USB ports for those musicians who like to link their instrument to notation and recording software.
There is a lot to be admired in this amazing looking instrument and it is worth a demo at your nearest stockist. [click to continue…]
Fine instruments have long been associated with the Yamaha name brand. The newly released P-115 is an upgrade from their earlier P-105 and is a fully weighted 88-key digital piano. It is pretty much standard fare in the Yamaha catalogue, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t consider it.
The now standard, individual weighting setting, also gives users the option of a light to heavier feel across the graded action of the keyboard.
This makes the keyboard great for those who feel their hands are weaker or for younger players yet at the same time it provides a satisfying playing feel for those who like their keys a little heavier.
Sound features include a CF sound engine, 14 voices, 192 note polyphony and 10 pianist styles. 14 songs and 50 piano songs complete the catalogue and add a fun feel to the playing experience.
For an entry level instrument, with a few cosmetic changes from its predecessor, it still ranks high for quality and accessibility features and while it has some limitations with respect to more feature-laden instruments, it represents the best of Yamaha’s ongoing quest for perfection and functionality. Try it out for clean sound and sleek design. [click to continue…]
Yamaha has outdone themselves with the Yamaha Arius YDP-V240. This beautiful digital piano is in a class by itself.
It is the instrument that easily accommodates every player from the novice to the expert.
It offers dynamic stereo sampling. A 64 note polyphony. It has 131 voices, 361 XGlite Voices.
12 kits, 160 style options and 30 preset songs. It is the instrument that you can learn on and the instrument that will grow with your skill set.
The 88 Key graded hammer weighted keyboard crafted of synthetic Ivory keys gives the performer the response that compares to some of the finest acoustic pianos.
Yamaha’s Pure CF Sound Engine delivers unprecedented sound. The sound of the Yamaha CFIIIS 9 is produced seamlessly thanks to the Pure CF Sound Engine technology.
Record as you play with the built in record feature. Enjoy USB connectivity for easy data storage and for easy interfacing. From the realistic feeling pedals to the comfort of a familiar feeling weighted keys this electric piano really delivers.
The Yamaha ARIUS YDP-V240 has features that will provide years of playing enjoyment whether for practice or on the stage. It is a keyboard that you can definitely grow with.
The Yamaha DGX-660 gives you the clear concise tones of a grand piano without the need for grand piano space.
The authentic acoustic sound is delivered via the weighted Yamaha Graded Hammer Standard keyboard.
The 88 key, keyboard gives you the feel of an acoustic piano making it a great crossover instrument for those that are trained on the acoustic piano and vice versa.
Yamaha has addressed every detail on this keyboard including the easy to read LED display that is bright and ample. You can easily switch the display between score and lyrics showing notations from any song that is being played via MIDI.
There is a wide range of features including a piano room option where the player can choose the type of acoustics and combinations to create a one of a kind experience.
This electric piano is a great option for all skill levels. The ports allow you to connect headphones or a microphone. The USB port conveniently allows you to connect your keyboard to a computer for expanded functions.
The Yamaha DGX-660 exceeds expectations when it comes to sound, features and the overall experience. You can purchase it as a stand alone model or as part of a comprehensive package [click to continue…]
The Yamaha YDP-184 is the setup to recreate the Yamaha gran piano voice.
This instrument delivers all the convenience of an electric piano without sacrificing the rich tones of an acoustic piano.
It is no surprise that one of the finest makers of acoustic pianos has created an electric piano that perfectly mimics the sounds of a grand piano.
From the graded hammers with 3 actions with synthetic ivory key tops to Virtual Resonance Modeling this instrument has it all. The keys have a tactile surface that prevents slipping and allows moisture absorption.
The LCD display is full dot which allows for easy navigation of the features. Every part of this system has been well-thought out including the stand and padded bench.
Features include 88 key, keyboard, included music book, realistic pedal performance, unmatched sound and more. This is the crème de la crème of electric pianos that is ideal for the stage and practice.
It has the most wanted features and is ideal for both the intermediate players and the advanced players. To even the trained ear the Yamaha YDP-184 sounds like a finely tuned acoustic grand piano. This is a great option for the serious player. [click to continue…]
If you are searching for a great beginners keyboard, the Yamaha YPT-260 is a great choice.
It is a user friendly keyboard that comes with the features that are easy to use.
Yamaha is well-known for high quality keyboards and they do not disappoint with this early learner model that will help the user to build their skill set.
The Yamaha YPT-260 comes complete with 400 voices, the Yamaha lesson suite, AUX input and so much more. This keyboard was designed specifically with the entry level user in mind so many of the features are intuitive.
The 9-step lesson book is a great addition that entry level users will find helpful in their pursuit of perfecting their keyboard skills. The AUX input allows play along with other instruments.
This instrument comes complete with a record and play function, 130 accompaniment styles, 32 polyphones and 112 preprogrammed songs.
While it is an ideal instrument for those getting started it is rife with functions that ensure the instrument will grow with the user. From the onboard songs to the long list of sounds, the Yamaha YPT-260 is a great option for beginners and intermediate users. [click to continue…]
There is no disputing that Yamaha is a leader in instruments and the Yamaha NP-31 just adds to the proof!
The Yamaha NP-31 delivers a great deal of features in a slim profile, compact, lightweight design. It is made for the musician on the go that wants a great reliable instrument that can go anywhere they go.
You can choose from the 6 AA battery powered function for on the go or the AC power adapter to power up this lightweight keyboard (less than 12 pounds) anywhere.
The Yamaha NP-31 delivers exceptional sound for a compact keyboard thanks to the AWM technology. The Advanced Wave Memory system allows the NP-31 to deliver a range of musical instrument sounds with precision.
The 76 key graded soft touch keypad enhances practice and performance with the acoustic piano like responses without the hammer weight. The built in metronome ensures practice is productive.
The voice control buttons and more make this an exceptional choice for piano players that need to take their work wherever they go. Don’t let the portability fool you, this keyboard delivers. [click to continue…]
The Yamaha CP 4 Stage Piano is simply an exceptional instrument.
It offers you the features, sound and controllability that takes your music to the next level.
You get 45 grand piano sounds, which is exceptional on its own plus you get 47 vintage EP’s which completely sweetens the deal.
The 341 crystal clear voices including organs, bass, claves, pads, strings and the Motif Sound Set. Yamaha has gone above and beyond with the engineering, features and design of the Yamaha CP4.
The professional controller features allow you to take your music making up a notch or two. This is a full MIDI controller that includes controls for pitch, mod and more.
They have thought of everything in this professional series of stage piano. The large lighted buttons, the foot pedals and more add to the control features that help you outperform yourself every time.
You get everything that you need, want and more with the CP4 and it all fits in an instrument that weight under 40 pounds. [click to continue…]
The Casio PX-780 features the grand piano sound that resonates with even the most sophisticated listeners.
It is part of the Privia Piano Line and does not disappoint. The extensive features of this perfectly engineered electric piano include 250 built in tones with a split and layer feature.
The dual 20-watt speakers ensure crisp clear grand piano sounds. The powerful sound engine and 88 key weight keyboard gives users the advanced play that you should expect from a high-end digital keyboard.
Casio has really stepped up their game with this model. 3 pedals, USB Midi and more is packed into this instrument.
The synthetic ivory and black keys give you the lifelike feel of an acoustic piano allowing for easy crossover between the two without the time it typically takes to get used to the difference in the keys. Casio has revised their damper resonance to give the 780 a much more realistic grand piano sound.
It is a great option for advanced players and intermediate players alike. This is the instrument that will improve your skill set and enhance your experience. it is great for practice and likewise performance. [click to continue…]
The Casio SA-76 is a budget keyboard that is ideal for the beginner child.
Casio has delivered an exceptionally affordable option, that is simplified for users in the Casio SA-76.
This model comes complete with a piano, organ button, 10 tunes for practice, 100 tones, 50 rhythms, a bright LCD display for easy function navigations, five drum pads and a great competitive price point.
This beginners instrument is a great way to hone skills and build confidence without breaking the budget. The 44 key, keyboard is great for young learners to practice finger placement and learn keyboard basics.
There are 50 pre-programmed play along tracks for practice. Plenty of features help the new player to build confidence and hone their skills.
The Casio SA-76 is lightweight and easy to manage for little hands. It comes with an instructional book and the Austin Bazar Instructional DVD. This is a complete system for a beginner, it even includes a polishing cloth to help ensure the instrument is easy to clean.
If you are searching for a keyboard for your budding musician this is a great option. It is cost effective without sacrificing quality or entry level functions. [click to continue…]
The Casio PX-130 comes chock full of features that are perfect for the student, the musician and anyone that wants an instrument that delivers impressive concert piano sounds.
Some of the features that the Casio PX-130 offers include 88 keys that are weighted to scale, 128 polyphony, a full 16 tones with split and layering, 4 types of reverb, 4 types of chorus with a brilliance of -3 to 0 to 3, layer function with variable balance, 1 song recorder with 2 track function, built in 8 watt speakers, dual headphone jacks for teaching, USB port for connectivity and more.
One of the favorite features of the PX-130 is the duet mode for students. The duet mode is the perfect education tool for the budding musician.
It allows the instructor to listen in and provide examples all during the instruction. The Casio PX-130 is packed with features that are intuitive and user friendly.
This is a great keyboard to get started with and to grow with. It delivers the power you want for most compilations in a compact size.
It is a versatile instrument that can go wherever you go from home to the classroom and beyond. [click to continue…]
The Casio PX-5 S is the portable stage piano that offers all the controls a performer could want in an instrument.
From the tri-sensor springless 88 key keyboard to the 8 track sequencer the Casio PX-5S has it all, 340 presets, 266 polyphony notes, MIDI input/output, 2 audio inputs, 2 audio outputs, 2 pedal inputs and so much more is all packed into this portable keyboard.
It has a 4 zone master control with 4 knobs and six sliders. Each zone can control a sound or an external MIDI device or both. The stage setting feature allows you to be ready to step on stage.
There are 4 stage settings you can pre-program to control 4 keyboard zones. The audio recording and playback feature allows you to easily collect those moments of pure inspiration and go back to them again and again.
The Casio PX-5S puts you in control and helps you to get really creative with an instrument that does the majority of the work for you. This professional grade portable piano weights in at 22 pounds.
The Korg SP 250 is a popular, portable piano for all the right reasons. It offers the features, reliability and musical sounds that are hard to beat at this price point.
The graded hammer action delivers 3 different responses to work well with any style.
Choose from the 30 on board music sounds including strings, organs, guitars, chorus and more. Layer the sounds together to come up with unique composures.
You get the multi-velocity grand piano sound that is dynamic and that mimics the true sound of the grand piano. It offers dual head phone output making it ideal for student and trainer use, bass reflex speakers with 22 watts of power and the output jacks makes it easy to connect to external devices.
The keyboard come with chorus and reverb effects that are completely adjustable to help further customize the playing experience.
Easy touch button features make this keyboard user friendly for the novice and appreciated by the advanced player. It has a powerful built in amplification feature.
The light weight case makes it easy to carry to any venue. This keyboard allows a wide range of expression and it perfect for any level skill set. [click to continue…]
The Kawai KDP 90 is a great digital piano that is chockfull of features.
Kawai has outdid themselves with the KDP 90. It has harmonic sound imaging technology, 88 wooden weighted key actions, USB audio and the soundboard speaker system that Kawai is well-known for.
This digital piano offers rich tones thanks to the exceptional graded hammer action. It is overall a very impressive instrument.
The board can be split into two 44 key note boards to allow for great duel composing and play. The newly refined pedal system reproduces the feel of damper pedals perfectly and allows for half damper. This is a well-thought out digital piano that creates acoustic piano sounds that resonate.
Find 40 pre-programmed songs to play along with or for practice. There are so many features available with the Kawai KDP 90 that there are too many to list. Kawai has always been a reliable source for great instruments and offering them at a great price point.
The KDP 90 is an exceptional example of what focused engineering can bring to the table and deliver. For exceptional sound and features at a great price point it is hard to beat the KDP 90. [click to continue…]