Casio PX150 Digital Piano Review
Casio sits at the table of one of the most popular manufactures of musical devices known the world over. Among its products is the Privia series which looks to provide exceptional sound quality at a lower price. The Casio PX150, which is part of the Privia series, is not only affordable in price but it does come with a number of useful features that make for a wonderful playing experience. It beautifully combines a powerful new sound engine with a new keyboard action that work together to make this piano a great product. The piano brings forth powerful performance thanks to its engine and Casio’s new proprietary sound source ‘AiR’(Acoustic and intelligent Resonator). It can be comfortably played off stage by beginners or onstage by a professional player in a live performance.
It is lightweight, stylish and features a new 88-note Tri-sensor keyboard for an enhanced playing experience. The feel of the ivory and ebony textured keys further add to providing the user with an exceptional playing experience.
- Dimensions: 52 x 11 x 5 inches
- Weight: 20 pounds
- Keyboard: 88 notes
- Type keyboard: Scaled Hammer Action, Ebony and Ivory Feel Keys
- Touch Sensitive: 3 Levels
- Weighted Keys: Medium Weighted
- Number of Pedals: 1
- Number of Preset Voices: 10
- Number of Preset Songs: 10 demo & 60 Piano Songs
- Sound Source: Acoustic & intelligent Resonator
- Polyphony: 128
- Amplifier: 8×2 watts
- Warranty : 1-year on Parts and Labor
The Casio Px 150 Digital Piano which comes with a black and white finish boasts of a strong iron frame and complemented by sturdy wood. It weighs 20 pounds and has dimensions of 52 x 11x 5 inches
This model does create the realistic piano sound thanks to the Acoustic and Intelligent Resonator Digital Sound technology that it utilizes. Its 88 keys keyboard boasts of the similar features as Yamaha’s Unique Action Effect II keyboard technology. The piano’s pedal may only be one however it does provide a number of options. It does boast of a SP 3 foot as well as an SP 33 foot controller for use as a volume pedal.
Each of the digital pianos that make up the Privia series does come with USB connectivity which facilitates connection to an Ipod or computer. In addition, an optional stand that weighs 21kg and measures 1,322 x 286 x 760mm is available with this product.
A detailed study of the Casio PX150 indicates that it carries a vast array of features, something that is not common for the low price attached to the piano. In comparison to other brands, this piano does boast of a number of new features that are far better.
With a weight of only 20 pounds, this piano is relatively easy to move around with no major hustle. You can even take with you in your car if you so wish. There is no need to assemble this piano, all you need to do is to simply attack the additional stand that comes with the instrument and you are good to go-to playing your music.
Sound: The powerful new sound engine and new keyboard action make for a great piano experience. These fall in line with the volume control and great sound quality that has come to be expected with digital pianos. This model does make use of the AIR Digital Technology and volume control to produce amazing sounds as you play. The Adjustable Depth Settings and the Stereo Modulation effects work hand in hand to create realistic effects of an acoustic piano sound.
Key Sound: Key action is seamless thanks to the Ivory and Ebony textured keys. The piano’s 88 keys come with 3 sensors in each key, something you will be hard pressed to find in other pianos. The 3 sensitivity levels are soft, hard or normal to account for different player’s tastes. The keyboard comes with 3 buttons that make for convenient direct tone selection. There are 25 steps divided in 12 +12 semitones that make up the 25 steps of the key transpose.
The Pedal: Aside from being able to connect another external 3 pedal unit to this piano, it does come with the sustain pedal that incorporates the Half damper Pedal operation.
Tones: The piano does boast of 128 polyphonic notes in addition to 18 built in tones. In addition, it does come with 10 user songs alongside 60 preset songs, with each user song taking up approximately 900kb in terms of space.
Power Consumption: With a power consumption of only 18 watts and an auto power cut as well as auto off option, this model is a sure power saver. In addition the piano is shielded from sudden power cut shock thanks to the default stabilizer it comes with.
Additional Features: This model makes use of a Real Time 2 Track recorder that is capable of recording one full song. For playing songs, the 8w +8w is a great addition while full volume can be attained thanks to the two in built speakers that come with the piano. In addition, this model does come with 2 preset organ voices.
Aside from the piano’s pricing, there are a number of advantages to it that make it an ideal buy. It is easy to see from its numerous features that a lot of thought was put in place to make this a wonderful model. A look at some of the advantages attached to this model.
- Very lightweight and portable even with the 88 Weighted Hammer Action keyboard. It is even possible to take it with you in your car.
- The Extensive Organ Combination editing feature lets you make your own organ sound
- No external speakers needed thanks to the built-in speakers that come with the piano
- Headphone jacks are available for silent practice
- Comes with an additional stand in addition to other accessories such as a score book and SP3 pedal
Even with all the advantages mentioned and the good pricing, there still remain some disadvantages attached to this model. A look at some of the disadvantages:
- Output jack plugging may disable on-board speakers
- No independent L/R ¼” output aside from the stereo ¼ “ output jack
- Keys may make loud sounds when pressed
- No variation in bell and whistle sound present
- No LCD screen
Ultimately, the Casio PX150 is an ideal piano to have not only to practice but to produce beautiful melodies. It comes packed with a number of fantastic features that make it a great piano in its price range. It is the combination of great digital sound quality, a stylish keyboard and MIDI USB connection that work hand in hand to make the Casio PX150 from the Privia series a worthy buy. These in addition to the other features and functionalities that make for great music and melody as you play.
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