Yamaha vs Casio Keyboards & Pianos - Which is Better?

Yamaha vs Casio Keyboard
Yamaha vs Casio keyboards: Find a comparison between these two major brands of their product lineup and important features, to help you buy one.

If you are looking out for a digital keyboard or piano, it is very likely that you would have considered these two brands – Yamaha Keyboards & Casio Keyboards

Both have a wide range of digital music products and can provide you with some value-for-money options, especially Casio.

But at the same time, it can really get confusing for you to decide, especially when you have not got the opportunity to see and hear the product for yourself.

That is the reason I have tried to make a comparison between these two brands – on some of the important features of Keyboards & Pianos.


Yamaha vs Casio – Keyboard & Pianos

So here we go! A comparison on some of the important parameters which you would normally use to make an informed buying decision!

Product Comparison
Portable Arranger Keyboards (61, 76, 88 Keys) Yamaha, Casio
Portable Digital Pianos Yamaha, Casio
Upright Digital Pianos Yamaha (includes several high-end ones), Casio
Synthesizers Yamaha, Casio (beginner synths)
Keyboard Accessories Yamaha, Casio
Player Pianos Yamaha
Acoustic Pianos Yamaha
Music Production EquipmentYamaha


Who Likes What?

Over the years, it was Yamaha all the way for experienced players and Casio for the beginners. Though the scenario is changing a bit, as you can see from the product offerings from these, Yamaha still has that advantage in terms of quality offerings.

If you are a pro keyboardist, a weathered stage musician or a performing pianist, your ears and fingers are going to be highly sensitive. Your ears will obviously demand the best sounds and the best acoustic piano reproduction, and your fingers will demand a responsive keyboard and true ivory and ebony feel (if you are a pianist) in the keyboard performance.

And Yamaha, because they offer some top class pianos as well as synthesizers, are the favored brand with most pro musicians.

But then with Casio launching a range of value-for-money products, the pros are keeping their eyes open to pick up good bargains, especially as their add-on keyboards. Beginners, no doubt, are happy to get the latest Casio products because of the price and feature ratio.

For Stage Performances

Most stage performers own multiple keyboards. And that is because, over their years of experience, they have realized that for certain gigs, it just doesn't make sense to carry the heavier board, along with amplifiers.

A nice lightweight piano keyboard, with powerful built-in speakers can suffice in certain situations.

But why not use your best gear for all situations? Well. There could be various reasons. Here are a few:

If you are playing at a venue where you have a decent amount of crowd, talking over cocktails, not everybody will realize that you are not using the best keyboard instrument. If you think, a Casio keyboard sounds tinny (that that all of them sound tinny), it may not sound like that as you get further away from the piano.

In fact, some of them may not even hear you 15 feet away from where you are, if they’re really engrossed in some important discussion (sorry to burst your ego bubble but that is a fact).

So a seemingly average keyboard may do just about fine in such situations.


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Volume & Output

For some of the situations mentioned above, a keyboard with good built-in speakers can be handy, and that is where some of the Casio keyboards are good.

Again, this is not a hard-and-fast rule but it works fine in most situations, especially smaller venues. And the best part is that you don’t need additional speakers or amplifiers.

But then if you are willing to carry an additional speaker, the digital piano-keyboard that you choose doesn’t necessarily need to have great built-in speakers.

You can buy a small portable powered speaker with onboard bass/treble controls. That way you don’t even have to depend on any PA system, and the external speaker itself will be able to provide plenty of volume.

In case, you don’t even want to do that, another option is to just plug the AUX OUT of your digital keyboard to a PA, and you’ll still be hearing the piano and other voices/styles from your keyboard in a smaller venue.

In case, if you just want something to hear your keyboard, and will be using a good PA or external amps, then you may even use good monitor earphones to hear yourself play.

Brand Name

This is where Yamaha scores! The reason being Yamaha has a lot of products at the higher price range.

Be it the more expensive digital pianos – which looks and feels much better, or their range of professional keyboard synthesizers and arrangers...Casio does not have the products which can impress a lot of professionals (at least for now).

Ever seen somebody performing on-stage, for a big event, with a Casio keyboard or a piano?

That is where Yamaha as a brand outscores Casio.

Value for Money

What does it mean? It means which brand gives you the most bang for your buck!

And the answer is obviously Casio!

If you take any digital piano or keyboard from Casio...for the given amount of money that you spend, you will always get a lot more features.

Read more on Best portable keyboard for beginners & hobbyists for around 200 Dollars

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Sound and Feel

As mentioned above, Casio hardly has anything in the $400 plus price range aimed at pros and semi-pros. So Yamaha is a winner there!

But below that price range, the keyboard feel and sound is very subjective and can vary from person to person. You may find that some of the Casio products sound and feel equally better.

For beginner keyboards, the sound quality is a bit better in Yamaha, but then you pay more. So it is up to you to decide if you want to pay more, when it is going to take a couple of years for you to learn and to play well.

Note: By the way, you may hook up your Casio to decent external speakers or to your existing music system (if it a better one), and see that the sound output is much better than the speakers on most of the arranger keyboards.

Range of Piano Keyboards

Yamaha definitely scores over Casio here as it has high end products like synthesizers, workstations and music recording equipment including studio monitors and PA systems. Casio has a few keyboards in WK and CTK series for the advanced users but then they are still not in competition with the likes of Motif and Fantom.

Yamaha also had the edge over Casio in digital pianos for a long time until recently where Casio has introduced some great digital pianos, especially their Privia Pianos. In the mid-range of portable pianos the Privia pianos are doing quite well compared to the Yamaha pianos.

What to Choose?

What you choose will depend on your circumstances.

The more experienced players may choose a better feeling-and-sounding instrument, and don’t mind spending more for it. Some of them may choose to go in for a better instrument, not necessarily a louder instrument, and think about the amplification aspect later on.

But for most beginners and intermediate players, the prospect of getting a piano / keyboard with more features at an affordable cost is tempting.

Final Thoughts

A fact is that Yamaha has a better brand image and significantly outsells Casio – both in digital pianos as well as keyboards. If you plan to use your keyboard / piano for professional use – say onstage or in a studio, and have a budget of above $500, you may have to consider Yamaha vs. Roland or a Korg.

For others, a Casio could be just as fine. Casio always offers better specifications and gives you more value for your money. It is even coming out with an aggressive line of products lately in the below $500 price range, and there is hardly any difference in quality there. I would definitely recommend a Casio for people who are cost conscious.

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