Digital Piano Reviews of the Best Piano Brands
Yamaha, Casio, Roland, Kurzweil, Kawai Pianos reviewed here!
Digital piano reviews - There are a lot of manufacturers who have an exciting range of electric pianos. Find out the best options that are available in different categories of pianos for various prices and budget.
When buying musical instruments online, you usually have the option of going to Amazon, which does offer some amazing deals, but then most of the user comments are from beginners or players who have only been playing for a couple of years or so. So you'll find numerous comments where the buyer of a 400 bucks keyboard instrument would make statements such as "It's better than most $3000+ digital pianos" and so on.
Now there's no doubt that digital pianos are becoming cheaper and offer better quality, but in no way can a 400 dollar piano compare with a something that is priced 8 to 10 times more. So when reading comments, you've to take such statements with a pinch of salt.
And even though an entry level piano instrument may sound good, you need to ask questions such as: Does it sound good across all the octaves?
How is the piano action?
How are the other instrument tones? Do they sound realistic or only the piano sounds are good?
How much is the polyphony?
How many track-sequencer does it provide?
Does it have built-in speakers, and a lot more
And we are not even taking about the aesthetics here. So there's no doubt that consumers are spolit for choices, but if you're really looking for a quality product (as an experienced musician), the least you should be ready to spend is at least around thousand dollars.
Having said that, every keyboard-instrument is built for a purpose and has a target audience to which it suits well!
Here are some things to remember:
You can buy keyboards that have more than 61 keys for less than $350, but then they will not offer you proper weighted action, which is a must for serious piano playing. You can still get started though on them, if budget is a constraint. Pianos in this price point are good to get started as a beginner, and probably a couple of years down the line you can upgrade to a better one.
The ones in the $500 to $600 are much better in terms of the action, if you're looking for a practice piano. Though it may not have all the bells and whistles, you can definitely expect to get good key action and piano sounds. You'll still need to get a decent stand and more importantly a pedal board. Though these are good, you still may not be able to express yourself like on a real acoustic piano (if you're an experience musician). These are good for beginners to less-than-intermediate level players.
The ones costing around $1000 are better and offers good value for money. someone who is serious about learning to play the piano or someone looking for a good practice piano should definitely look in this range.
Here we will review digital pianos that come with proper weighted keys. For the sake of completeness we will also include 88 key arranger keyboards (they do come with weighted keys).
Here are portable digital pianos and upright pianos, including those that come without built-in styles, education suite and other bells & whistles.
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Casio PX130 Bundle
For around $650...This is an excellent piano if you are looking for something more than an electronic keyboard. You get more than 61 keys that are weighted and have all the features of a digital keyboard. You get a complete package though you can use it only for playing the piano as well.
Yamaha P95 Piano
For around $700 to $750...If you have played the piano before or have done a lot of research trying out various pianos, you would know that very few match the ones offered by Yamaha. The P95 is perfect for the serious piano player looking for an authentic piano sound and keyboard touch.
Yamaha P155 Piano
For around $1000
For the experienced pianist looking for a practice piano; the P155 sounds and feels much better than the P95.
Yamaha DGX640W Digital Piano
For around $800 to $900...The P155 doesn’t come with all the accompaniments and several more digital features. So if you are going to miss all those things, then the DGX-640 would be a very good alternative.
Yamaha Arius YDP161 Upright Piano with Bench
For around $1500...If you have you owned a conventional piano before then you would love the sound and the keys on this upright piano. You do have different variations of the piano sounds but there are no accompaniments.
Casio AP420 with Bench
For around $1200...Another option for you in case you find the Yamaha ydp-161 beyond your budget! This is an alternative to a conventional upright piano with additional features like Duet mode, SD memory storage, etc.
Here is an overview of the two most popular brands of digital pianos. You will find everything from 88 key keyboards to portable stage pianos and elegant looking home pianos.
Casio Digital Pianos
Yamaha Digital Pianos
Casio has been appreciated a lot for their recent line of digital pianos, namely their Privia and the Celviano range of pianos. So do check them out before you decide to give it a pass.
Casio Privia Digital Piano Reviews
Casio Celviano Digital Piano Reviews
Here comes the hugely popular and trusted brand. Yamaha does have some professional stage pianos for the pro-performer, namely their CP series of pianos. Regarding home pianos, the Yamaha YDP series is the next best thing in case you find the Clavinova pianos out of budget.
Yamaha DGX | Yamaha YPG Piano Keyboards
Yamaha NP, P, CP Digital Piano Reviews
Yamaha Arius YDP Upright Digital Piano Reviews
Best Digital Piano & Keyboards
Roland & Korg Pianos
Roland is another big player and has a range of pianos to offer, though not much at the lower price range. Find some good pro-pianos and some superb home digital pianos.
Roland FP, RD, V Digital Stage Piano Reviews
Roland Upright Home Digital Piano Reviews
Korg SP pianos are good for beginner piano students or for those who want a piano for practicing. The SV stage piano is apt for pros and has superb vintage sounds.
Korg SP, SV Digital Stage Piano Reviews
Kurzweil & Nord Pianos
Check out some top quality stage piano keyboards, especially the ones from Nord. Recommended for the working musicians!
kurzweil SP2 Digital Stage Piano Reviews
clavia Nord Digital Piano Reviews
Best Digital Pianos - Price Range
Best 76 keys piano keyboard reviews, for less than 400 dollars
Some really good keys options if you are looking for more than 61 keys.
Best 88 key piano keyboards reviews, for less than 500 dollars
Best 88 keys options for this price range. Suitable for beginners as well as for those looking for a portable practice piano!
Best digital stage pianos reviews, for less than 1000 dollars
These come with rich piano sounds & authentic keyboard feel. Suitable for serious learners, experienced players and accomplished players.
Best digital stage pianos for on-stage performers on budget
As the name suggests, this is for accomplished pro-performers; not the most expensive piano-keyboards but has sufficient power to help you create an impression.
Reviews of the Best Digital Stage Pianos for Professionals
Stage piano keyboards for Pros, that comes with an astonishing selection of sounds and features. Fully featured and programmable.
Best home digital piano reviews, for less than 1500 dollars
These upright pianos are suitable to be used at home, school or at the church. Can be used for recreational playing or for piano learning / teaching.
Other Digital Pianos
Williams Digital Pianos
Checkout Reviews of the Williams Upright & Portable Digital Piano
Kawai Digital Piano Reviews
Reviews of Kawai Digital stage and upright Pianos.
M-audio Digital Pianos
M-audio Upright & Portable Digital Piano Reviews
Suzuki Digital Piano Reviews
Your First Digital Piano
Looking forward to buy your first Digital Piano?
Want to know which are the major brands?
Want to know what you can get for your budget?
Not sure if inexpensive digital pianos are adequate for working on serious classical pieces?
May be this article on Digital Piano Review will help you out!
Digital Piano Brands
Some of the popular names that manufacture Digital Pianos are Yamaha, Roland, Korg, Technics, Casio, Kawai, Suzuki
and a few others.
Each of these has its own fan following and has a huge user base. Some of the names like Kawai, Suzuki, and Baldwin are not so well known to the general public because they make only pianos unlike Yamaha, Roland, Technics and Casio who make a lot of music and recording related equipments.
Again, exactly stating which is the best brand or model is very difficult as almost all of these brands have a huge range of models, some of which, are very popular.
When somebody does a digital piano review and recommends a brand or a model, you have to take it with a pinch of salt as that person may be biased towards that particular brand if he/she has used it earlier.
So trust your ears and your instincts as well!
Digital Piano Reviews - The Popular Brands!
Yamaha, Roland, and Korg have the biggest share of the Digital pianos market, more or less in that order, and then you have the rest of the brands.
Out of these, Yamaha is the biggest manufacturer and has over 100 years of experience in making acoustic pianos. So definitely, their experience comes in handy.
Yamaha, Roland and Korg also make some good keyboards and synthesizers so even that experience has been used to incorporate some amazing musical styles and effects in some of their digital piano models.
You can even have a look at Casio’s Privia range of Digital Pianos for a cost effective option.
Range Of Digital Piano Prices
Normally the digital piano prices would vary depending on its look and the features available. As a general guideline, the following are the digital piano prices you can expect to pay –
Stage pianos - 1000 to 1500 USD
Upright Digital pianos - 2000 to 3000 USD
Baby Grand/Grand Piano - around 4000 USD and above
Almost all the brands mentioned above offer various models in these categories and the cost of these models may vary somewhat depending on the quality of the sound, the key action, the looks and the availability of musical styles and effects.
Choices Available for 1000 USD?
So what are the choices available for around 1000USD?
For 1000 dollars the options may not be too many but here is what you may get. Yamaha P range of piano models
The Casio Privia range of pianos (good value for money)
Korg - SP series pianos
Yamaha, Roland and Korg have other interesting models but those are on the expensive side.
Most of the weighted-key digital pianos have sound samples taken from a concert grand and the key action is also based on a concert grand action. So ideally you should not have any problem using inexpensive digital pianos for playing even the most difficult classical pieces.
Summary - Digital Piano Review!
Contrary to what a lot of people think, digital pianos can be easily used for playing even the most difficult classical repertoire. This aspect couple with the fact that digital pianos are portable and affordable makes them an attractive alternative to acoustic pianos. Yamaha, Casio, Korg, Roland, Kawai are some of the major manufacturers of affordable and high quality digital pianos. Read their Digital Piano Review
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