Digital Piano Reviews
Hi there. Welcome to my website, DigitalPianoCritic.com. My name’s Carl.
I have thoroughly researched many digital pianos, whose reviews you can find on the right-side of the site. There are a lot of things you need to consider when looking for the best digital piano for your needs, and with there being so many different brands and models out there, this can be more than a little daunting.
Throughout the rest of this page, I talk about the different features you should look for in a digital piano, and present you with spec comparison charts to help you figure out the differences between each one. You can also read my digital piano reviews of all models to gain further insight, and if you’re looking to buy, I’ll help you get the best deal possible with our updated-daily price comparison charts from the top piano vendors on the web.
Here’s Some Comparisons of Digital Pianos Currently Available:
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||Casio CDP 100
||Casio PX 130
|Weight||55 lbs, 9oz||24.7 lbs||49 lbs, 6 oz|
73-key = 38.5 lbs
|24.7 lbs||26 lbs, 7 oz|
|Height||6.9 in.||5-3/16 in.||6.8 in.||6.1 in.||5-5/16 in.||5-15/16 in|
|Depth||15.9 in.||10-15/16 in.||15.2 in.||13.66 in.||11-1/4 in.||11-5/8 in|
|Width||54.3 in.||52-2/16 in.||58 in.|
73-key = 45 in.
|52-1/16 in.||52-3/16 in|
|# of Keys||88||88||88||73 or 88||88||88|
Weighted Keys: Weighted keys mimic the keys of an acoustic piano. They will be lighter on the lower notes, heavier on the higher ones
Touch Sensitivity: Touch sensitivity means the harder or softer a key is pressed, the louder or softer the sound will be. Conversely, a piano with no sensitivity will have the same degree of loudness no matter how hard the keys are pressed.
Built-In Speakers: For pianos without speakers, either a pair of headphones must be used, or amplified speakers must be connected via the line-out jack
|No||8W x 2||No||No||8W x 2||6W x 2|
Polyphony: The number of notes or sounds the piano can play simultaneously
|# of Voices|
# of Voices: Voices are the different types of pianos or other musical instruments (such as harp, organ, etc) that the piano can play
|17 piano, 305 additional sounds and effects||5||128||36||16||10|
Reverb Effects: Echo effects that can simulate playing the piano in different venues, such as a hall or an auditorium
Built-in Recorder: Does the device have built-in storage to save songs? If not, the piano can still save songs to a computer using either a MIDI or USB port
|Available Colors||Black||Black||Black||Black with red/brown trim||Black or Red||Black or Silver|
|Power Supply Included|
||Casio CDP 100
||Casio PX 130
The Best Digital Piano – What Features Should You Look For?
Most people are interested in digital piano reviews because they want the sound and experience of an acoustic grand piano in their home, and digital pianos offer that while providing many benefits that an acoustic grand cannot, such as:
- A digital piano is extremely less expensive – true grand pianos can cost upwards of $30,000 or more
- They never need to be tuned, which will save you hundreds of dollars over an acoustic
- Digital pianos take up far less space, making it easy to fit into an apartment or even a dorm room
- An acoustic piano can weigh in excess of 600 pounds. Most digitals are under 50 pounds, meaning you can easily move it – no need to hire a professional – and can take them to public performances
A lot of digital pianos have keys that are ‘weighted’. This means that keys of the lower notes are heavier and the higher ones are lighter, just like an acoustic. This will help you (and your fingers) to feel at home if you ever switch to playing a true grand piano.
Many of them also have adjustable touch sensitive keys. This means that you can set them up so that you get varying degrees of volume depending on the strength of your key presses.
Here’s a video of a digital piano, the Yamaha P95, in action:
Learn to Play
The best digital piano will actually teach you how to play. Most come with built-in songs that you can play back. Upon doing so, an LED above the keys will light as its note is played, allowing you to learn which keys to press in order to play the piece. You can lower or raise the tempo of play depending upon your skill. No need to hire a piano teacher!
Play More Than Just The Piano
There are different instruments, or ‘voices’ that are built into most digital pianos. This means that with the push of a button you can play instruments such as a grand piano, a bass guitar, or a harpsichord among others. Each instrument is digitally recorded and sounds just like the real thing.
Most digital keyboards offer some sort of sound manipulation. This means, for instance, that you can play the piano and have it sound like you’re playing in a large hall, an auditorium, or a just a regular room. There are also other features found on some such as ‘brilliance’ which will make the piano sound brighter or mellow depending on your preference.
Mix and Record Your Performance!
A lot of pianos have the capability of recording and saving your play. Some let you mix other voices and effects as separate tracks to your performance so that you can put together sophisticated compositions.
Nearly all keyboards have output jacks that you can hook into a computer. This allows you to transfer your creation to your PC for further editing, playback, or sending to friends.
Just about any digital piano will have a headphone jack. This will allow you to play anytime you want without disturbing those around you.
Likewise, a good number also have a line-out jack so that you can hook up external speakers or an amplifier. This comes in handy if you are giving a performance and the built-in speakers are not powerful enough to fill a large venue.
While continuing to write digital piano reviews for this website, I’ve concluded that the best brands are Yamaha, Casio, and Korg. The different models that they have available pretty much offer most of the main features above at reasonable prices.
I read through numerous owner reviews about digital pianos. Here are some of the more current:
“It feels and sounds just like a real piano…”
“The sound is simply amazing…”
“…highly recommend this as a piano for people who don’t have the money/space for a real piano…”
“The keyboard is great for our situation – a young, new student learning piano…”
Just bear in mind that digital pianos aren’t the real thing – they’re not an acoustic grand piano, and even the best digital piano will never be able to fully match the touch and tones of an acoustic. However, they do a pretty darn good job and it takes a very trained ear to tell the difference between the two. The vast majority of people won’t be able to tell the two apart and won’t care, as the benefits of a digital mentioned above FAR outweigh an acoustic.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by my site. After reading the digital piano reviews here, I hope you now have a better idea of the features you can expect when looking for just the right piano for your situation.
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