Casio Privia PX-160 Digital Piano Review

Casio Privia PX-160 Digital Piano Review
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The digital piano is a convenient alternative for individuals who cannot afford an actual acoustic piano or do not have the room for it. Because of modern technology, many digital pianos can now fully replicate the sound of a real piano.

In fact, there are digital pianos out there that come with weighted keys like real pianos. Are you searching for a high-quality digital piano? You can continue your search by reading this review of the Casio Privia PX-160 Digital Piano.

Casio is another Japanese manufacturer known for its quality electronic musical instruments, although Casio is a late-comer compared to Kawai and Yamaha, its Japanese competitors in the electronic musical instrument market. (Casio does not make acoustic pianos.)

Casio has a wide range of digital pianos with the highest product, GP-500, an upright digital piano, from its Celviano line, being priced at $6,000 MSRP.

This PX-160 model is an entry model in Casio’s Privia product line.

Features of the Casio Privia PX-160 Digital Piano

  • Upgraded version of the Casio PX-150
  • Casio’s “AiR” (Acoustic and intelligent Resonator) technology
  • Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action II keyboard with 88 keys
  • Elegant, modern design
  • 18 tones including grand pianos, electric pianos, harpsichord, string, organ sounds
  • 2 headphone outputs in the front
  • A bundle package comes with furniture stand, SP-33 3 pedal system, bench, Austin Bazaar instructional DVD and polishing cloth plus a Hal Leonard instructional book

This model from Casio has a compact and portable size which makes it a good fit for smaller homes and apartments. Hence if you dream of having a piano but do not have enough room for it, this model can be a substitute for a full-sized acoustic piano.

The primary piano segment is pre-assembled and you only need to fasten the unit to the stand, link the music sheet holder and plug in the power cable. It has a minimalist design with strong exteriors which can tolerate a good deal of travel.

The digital piano comes with 88 weighted keys—the keys have a substantial weight to them like a real acoustic piano. They are resistant, heavy and helpful for effective piano playing.

The 88 note Tri-sensor Scaled Hammer Action II keyboard imitates the feel and resistance of a grand piano and the keys have simulated ebony and ivory texture, which offers an incredible feel very similar to grand piano experience. The keys also have three sensors to capture the performance of the player. It is noted that comparable models of other manufactures use two sensors.

The hammer response takes into consideration how fast the keys are pressed to move hammers that are in various sizes in an acoustic piano, which means that the model can provide you with better sound experience depending on how you play.

The sound source uses Casio’s “AiR” to feature the incredible sound of a 9-ft grand piano recorded at four dynamic levels in stereo. The sounds are bright and clear, which helps beginners familiarize themselves with the actual sound of a genuine acoustic piano. AiR also provides Damper Resonance, offering richer sound of the strings when you use the sustain pedal.  “AiR” produces bigger disbursements for the quality of sound. This particular feature lets pianists accomplish sound combinations that would be a challenge to acquire in smaller areas.

This digital piano comes with a good variety of sounds from acoustic pianos, strings, organs, electric pianos down to bass. The chorus and reverb are on hand for individuals who want to learn the ways on how to play keyboards professionally.

Users can choose to play and create layers of sounds and they can even divide the keyboard to play a varying tone for every hand.

The unit presents a polyphony of 128 notes and they are sufficient for solo work or dual sound ventures.

The port that is designed for the sustain pedal is located at a spot that makes it easy for keyboardists to connect wires without moving or further bending.

The piano also comes with a conventional music sheet stand, and because the keyboard does not have lots of controls, you can place the stand at a preferable distance which will not hamper fast sheet music reading.

The control panel of this model is easier to use than the previous model. Each function on it comes with a direct key or operates with a utility key combination.

These functions are easy to learn by heart, and although this model is designed for individuals who prefer not to be fiddling with lots of options and settings, this user friendliness is a great addition. The piano even includes an automatic shutdown feature, and the integrated controls guarantee that it will not waste energy while you practice on it.

The connectivity options for this model are an upgrade compared to the previous model. The unit now comes with 2 in-line ports situated on each side. Neither port gets in the way with the user.

With a USB to Host capability, you can connect to your computer and easily access and share your performance. You won’t have to deal with the requirement to install related drivers on Windows or Mac since it mechanically recognizes that the piano is a MIDI unit. As soon as it is recognized, using different software effects and recording will be done in a snap.

Comes with 3 years of warranty.

Pros

  • 88 keys with scaled hammer action
  • Ebony and ivory feel keys
  • Includes sound from a 9-foot acoustic grand piano
  • 128 polyphony
  • 18 high quality tones
  • Easy-to-use control panel
  • USB to Host
  • MIDI
  • Can connect external speakers
  • A very good buy for the price range

Cons

  • Casio has a relatively shorter history in digital piano market as well as no acoustic piano presence.
  • No USB port for a flash drive
  • No half-damper pedal operation with one pedal, but possible with a 3-pedal option

Summary

The Casio Privia PX-160 Digital Piano Bundle has a great design, impressive speakers and connectivity options which makes it a nice buy despite some drawbacks in the voices included in the model. This model though is meant for entry-level use, meaning it will suit the needs of beginners who want to learn how to play a keyboard-based instrument and individuals who have yet to learn how to play a digital piano.

This is also a nice item to have if you plan on practicing for small performances without going overboard on expenses. This is also a great item for those who want a portable and compact model for their small apartment.

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