My story with the piano started when I was in 9th grade. I came back from school and discovered a new white piano in the middle of the saloon, my dad bought it for my mother’s birthday (She played when she was a child). So one day I sat down on the piano bench and tried this thing.. I understood very fast that I’m gonna learn how to play it, that day kinda changed my life. But Don’t worry, I’m not going to talk about myself and my relationship with pianos.
OK, I don’t want to waste your time here, let’s get straight to thing.
Few things you need to know before start reading: The price range of the pianos I’m going to recommened you are 800-1500 USD. All of them are SUPER high quality and it’s guarantee.
These are digital pianos, not portable keyboards.
If you’re not sure about what you are looking for, check out the differences between digital piano and portable keyboards: here. If you’re still with me, continue reading…
Casio Privia PX850
Priced at a thousand dollars (or just under), the major advantage of the PX850 is that you get a lot of piano for your money, including many features typically found in higher-priced models. The list includes an ivory key feel, along with features to enhance touch and get a realistic hammer weight and 40W of stereo audio output in the speaker system.
Add them all up and they represent a very nice value, which is the big reason why this model is the flagship of Casio’s Privia system, which represents an effort to outperform other digital pianos priced under $2K.
Like the other digital pianos reviewed here, the PX850 is designed to look like a compact furniture cabinet, giving it the look and feel of a traditional upright. The top can also be lifted for sound expansion, and it comes with a three-pedal system to add nuance and subtlety to the basic sound.
Casio has also upgraded the piano with many features not found at this price point. Those include four internal speakers, a USB flash drive for wav file recording and output, and most importantly, a 256-note polyphony sound chip to enhance the piano sound. It also has two-track recording capability.
Minor quibbles: Some reviewers have complained about the use of particle board rather than wood in the construction, as well as a relatively small feature set. Once again, much of this comes back to price point; a full feature set simply isn’t going to be available for under $1K, and the PX850 represents a nice attempt to be all things to all people.
The best feature of this piano is the sound itself. It does a good job of replicating the tonality of a grand piano, and is designed for those looking for that sound quality who want to stay at a relatively low price.
Like the Casio Privia, the DGX-50 is priced just under a thousand dollars, and its designed to augment Yamaha’s line of low-cost, portable pianos. As such, the goal is versatility; specifically, to combine a solidly authentic piano sound and action with a number of other useful features. The biggest upgrades from earlier model is more polyphony – now up to 128 notes — along with a better sampling system, and slightly better internal speakers.
Start with the sound and the action, because they represent one of the strengths of this particular piano. While the quality isn’t as high as you’ll find on higher-priced models, it is a very solid replication of a grand piano sound.
The action is noteworthy as well – its based on Yamaha’s GHS system that’s been a staple of this company’s pianos for some time. There are some compromises here and there, particularly at either end of the keyboard range and in the static touch, but the overall quality level makes this an excellent buy.
While there’s no separate speaker outlet, the piano does have a four-speaker system, albeit with a relatively low power output. The connectivity is good, with a USB outlet that you can connect to an iPad or a compute, and wav files can also be saved on a flash drive.
The DGX-50 also comes with some intriguing educational features and other bells and whistles. There’s a digital display screen that shows notation, song lyrics, and overall functional information, and the keyboard also incorporates over 500 built-in instrument sounds, many of which are quite authentic.
There are also some nice features for amateurs who want to get up and playing right away. The auto chord function allows songs to be played using fake-book notation, and there are complimentary features make it possible to you to pick out a song, a playing style and an appropriate rhythm and get good results immediately.
Minor quibbles: weighing in at about 50 lbs, the DGX-50 is a little heavy to qualify as a true portable. There’s no key cover, and some have complained about the design of the music stand, which can be awkward and clunky to use.
The overall verdict on this instrument is that while purists may want to look for something with a more authentic sound, those seeking a combo instrument for just under a thousand dollars will like be quite pleased with the quality sound and the array of features that go with it.
The Arius is the lower-priced of Yamaha’s two high-end models, checking in at a price of $1300 or slightly lower. Its designed primarily for living in a relatively small space who are nonetheless looking for an authentic acoustic piano sound- This is one of the main reasons that I put this piano in my list. Most of the digital piano’s buyers are people who doesn’t have space for regular piano so compact is definetly one of the most important qualities that digital piano needs to have.
The sound is excellent, as is the dynamic range. The action in this piano is probably the closest to that of an acoustic instrument of all the pianos reviewed here, which isn’t entirely surprising given that its the first Yamaha piano based on the company’s Graded Hammer Keyboard system.
One valuable upgrade in this model is in the speaker power, which has been upgraded to 40W to help produce the big sound of an acoustic.
Minor quibbles: At over 50 lbs, the weight is a little high for a true portable. And because of the focus on sound, the feature set is relatively light, with just ten on-board sounds and only 20W of speaker power. Some reviewers have complained that the interface is somewhat confusing to understand and use.
Despite those issues, the sound quality carries the day here. Its based on Yamaha’s CF sound system, which is well known for quality after years of use in Yamaha’s stage pianos. For $1300, getting that level of quality in a portable digital piano is a very good value.
This piano represents Kawai’s first effort to produce a quality digital piano for under $1K. Despite the lower price point, Kawai has done a nice job of replicating acoustic piano sound, with each note on the piano being individually sampled from the company’s well-regarded acoustic grand piano.
With graded hammer action, 192 polyphony notes and state of the art imaging sound technology, its up to date when it comes to incorporating all the basic elements of digital technology for portable pianos.
It also has some other quality features. These include built-in Alfred piano lessons – its the only piano under $1K with incorporated lessons – along with and dual and split keyboard functions that are especially useful for teachers. There are also 19 instrument sounds, over 100 drum rhythms and a built-in metronome.
Minor quibbles: Due to the lower price point, there are some compromises in the feature set. There’s no multi-tracking or USB capability, and the navigation system isn’t as functional and easy to use as some of the better pianos over $1K. The speaker system is also somewhat underpowered at less than 20W.
Despite these issues, for fans of Kawai pianos the sound definitely carries the day. Throw in the ability to create custom sounds and enhance the tone and overall sound quality, and this represents a “must-hear” option for those looking for a low-cost digital portable.
Well, this is my list for the best digital piano for 2016, hope it helped you guys. If you have any question or just something to say to me, you’re invited to comment below.