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Casio PX860 BK Privia Digital Home Piano, Black with Power Supply
- Keys: 88 Ebony and Ivory feel
- Keyboard - Action: Tri-sensor Scaled Hammer Action Keyboard II; Touch Response: 3 sensitivity levels, off; Key Off Simulator: Yes
- Sound - Source: Multi Dimensional Morphing Air
- 3 year manufacturer extended warranty
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Casio Privia PX-860 Digital Piano (Black)
A Grand Revolution
The flagship of the new Privia line, the PX-860 has the advanced AiR sound set providing an additional level of realism, including grand piano lid simulation and sympathetic resonance. A combination of a new keyboard action and a powerful new sound engine provide a new level of detail, nuance and expression for a superior grand piano experience in the stylish design that Privia is known for.
Utilizing Casio's new proprietary sound source 'AiR', the PX-860 provides the amazing sound of a 9 foot concert grand piano. This grand piano sound is meticulously captured in stereo at four dynamic levels. The AiR sound source then delivers this sound with seamless dynamics for a remarkably expressive and powerful performance. For added realism AiR provides Damper Resonance for the rich sound of the strings when the sustain pedal is used and String Resonance to emulate the sympathetic resonance of the open strings in an acoustic grand. To further enhance the playing experience, the Hall Simulator provides simulations of the acoustics of real-world locations allowing you to experience playing the grand piano sound in a variety of locations.
The PX-860 features Casio’s 88 note Tri-sensor Scaled Hammer Action II keyboard. This action is scaled to match the weight and resistance across the range of an 88 note grand piano. In addition, this action features simulated Ebony and Ivory textured keys for an incredible feel. Capturing your performance, Casio’s key action has three sensors to capture the dynamics of a performance with unparalleled speed and accuracy. To further enhance the experience, Casio’s Hammer Response feature takes into consideration the speed at which different sized hammers move inside acoustic grand relative to velocity the keys are pressed, this timing nuance provides the ultimate key to sound experience.
AiR Sound Source
To reproduce the sound of the finest acoustic grand pianos, the new Privia series features Casio’s proprietary AiR (Acoustic and intelligent Resonator) processor. Accessing more than three times the memory of the previous generation, the AiR processor utilizes grand piano samples recorded at four dynamics sampling to deliver grand piano sounds with long natural decays and remarkable expression. To further the grand piano experience, AiR adds realism by simulating the sound of the open strings when the dampers are raised by the pedal.
The PX-860 offers an impressive 256 notes of polyphony, as well as a choice of 18 instrument tones. New instrument tones include stereo string ensembles, basses and electric pianos derived from Casio’s award winning PX-5S. The PX-860 provides split and layer capability allowing you to play bass in your left hand and have two layered tones in your right. Duet mode splits the keyboard into two equal ranges, allowing student and teacher to use the piano simultaneously. An easy to use USB port can capture your performance as a standard .wav file so you can easily share your music. The PX-860 also has a 20W + 20W amplifier provides incredible sound and an adjustable top lid to project the sound like the lid on a grand piano. The matching keyboard cover, stand and pedal board make this a complete digital piano that is a welcome addition to any home dècor.
High-quality audio recordings of 10 live philharmonic orchestra performances are installed. Pianists can play along with recordings and enjoy the feeling of participating in a magnificent performance. Musical scores of the music are also included.
Casio continues the tradition or providing 'class compliant' USB connectivity on Privia digital pianos. This allows Privia to be used with Mac or Windows computers without the need for downloading drivers. Class Compliant USB MIDI also allows Privia digital pianos can also be used as a controller the Apple iPad simply with the use of Apple's Camera Connection Kit.
|Keys||88 Full-sized weighted scaled hammer action tri-sensor keys with Ebony and Ivory feel||88 Full-sized weighted scaled hammer action tri-sensor keys with Ebony and Ivory feel||88 Full-sized weighted scaled hammer action tri-sensor keys with Ebony and Ivory feel|
|4 Layer Stereo Grand Piano Sound||✔||✔||✔|
|Multi-Dimensional Morphing AiR Sound Source||✔||✔||✔|
|Hammer Response & Damper Resonance Simulator||✔||✔||✔|
|Polyphony||128 Note||128 Note||256 Note|
|Multi-Position Piano Lid||✔|
|Pitch Blend Wheel||✔|
|Back Lit LCD Display||✔|
|Recorder||2 Track / 1 Song||2 Track / 1 Song||2 Track / 1 Song|
|Speakers||2 x 8 Amplifier||4 Speaker / 2 x 20 W Amplifier||4 Speaker / 2 x 20 W Amplifier|
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|Item Dimensions||15 x 58 x 16 in||11.5 x 52.25 x 6 in||11.52 x 3.6 x 50.52 in||60 x 23 x 17 in||16.1 x 58.2 x 11.8 in||22.9 x 57 x 18.9 in|
|Number of Keys||88||88||88||88||88||88|
The perfect sound in a compact piano. With the PRIVIA top model you will see the achievements of Air technology, showing how these compact design instruments can also develop their full sound potential. All the new elements in the new sound tones of the PX-860 are completely convincing when the lid of the PRIVIA is opened up. You will to appreciate the smallest subtleties of the sound, as it turns the sitting room into a concert hall. Using the new ‘Concert-Play’ function the piano part with keyboard accompaniment can be played. The ebony and ivory touch keys, open-lid function, outstanding Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action Keyboard II and Multi-Dimensional Morphing Air Sound Source ensure the highest levels of performance and a compellingly proficient instrument.
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1. Quick delivery
2. Great sound! Better sound than a lot of other acoustic pianos imo. The speakers are awesome, I feel like I’m in a concert hall when I’m in the other room listening to my daughter play.
3. Key action is very real. I feel like I’m playing on a real piano.
4. Keys feel nice
5. Fairly easy to assemble (it is heavy so you may need two people to carry it and assemble it.)
6. Compact and takes up very little room. We live in a small apartment so it’s perfect for us.
7. Comes with two head phone jacks, so you won’t annoy the neighbors or sleeping kids.
8. Has volume control—also great for neighbors and sleeping kids.
9. Comes with other sounds i.e. organ, strings, harpsichord etc.
10. USB port
1. The sustain pedal doesn’t feel or sound like an acoustic piano. If I hold the sustain pedal down and just keep playing, the notes don’t mesh together as much like it would on an acoustic piano. The pedal is also very easy to press down with your foot, which is fine, except when my daughter goes to piano competitions and is playing on a real grand piano, I’m afraid the pedal strength and sound will throw her off. I did try unplugging and plugging the pedal cord back in a few times, and the cord is loose and wiggles. Doesn't seem to have that great of a connection. This is the only reason I gave it a 4 star rating instead of a 5.
2. The base is cheap and wiggles if you bump it or play with vigor. This bothers my husband a lot because they could have used a little thicker wood and made it a little wider so it didn’t wiggle. But it’s not enough for us to spend another $600 for the Yamaha Aruis YDP-181 when the Casio PX860 sounds and feels so great. Of course time will tell on this one. We’ll see how it holds up.
3. Can’t adjust the music stand, but that is just a minor detail.
4. The acoustic bass sound is not the best, but if you are looking to buy this mainly for the piano, it shouldn’t be a problem.
The difficulty I had was in choosing a featureful piano providing recording, accompaniment, auto arpeggio etc (like my yamaha). The conclusion I came to was that those features were something of a distraction. It was fun to experiment with and record giving impressive sounding results with little effort but in the end experimentation and feature overload distracted me from developing my piano playing skills, which was my goal.
So on to the review. Despite going from a 61 key keyboard to an 88 this takes up less usable space thanks to being only 12 inches deep. I opted for brown (like most of my other furniture) and with the lid closed it blends in nicely. With the lid open the minimalist controls and ebony/ivory effect keys look pleasant.
As for the feel, the key action feels excellent. One touch and my old keyboard immediately felt like a toy. Pleasant weighting and hammer action really remind me of a grand piano. I also find the ebony/ivory effect key surfaces much more enjoyable than the more shiny finishes, allowing for smooth, controllable sliding along the keys with no "stick/slip" effect. The weighted action isn't only a realism factor but also helps in certain techniques lending regularity to trills and arpeggios.
As for the sound the speakers are more than loud enough for my purposes and combined with the sensitive keybed, when turned to maximum volume you get a huge dynamic range from a rumbling bass to a clear, ringing treble. The string and damper resonance also add a distinctive ring when notes are held with the damper up.
The 5 piano sounds are pleasant enough though the grand is the standout. Adding the chorus, reverb, lid simulator, physical lid, and brilliance adjustments you can customise the sound very nicely. Though not explicitly listed the jazz organ has a wurlitzer like tone (though obviously an organ, meaning no "release" or velocity sensitivity) and the 60s electric piano has that Rhodes sound, though lacks the "crunch" of the real thing. The pipe organ sounds quite impressive, the strings are pleasant, (with a gentle attack) and the vibraphone has a great jazzy ring. Any pair of instruments can be layered and you can easily adjust the volume balance between your layered sounds. This allows layering of dissimilar voices (such as piano and strings) or combining similar instruments (such as two of the e-pianos) to customize their character further. Overall the sound range is small but what is there is of very usable quality and combined with layering and effects, gives you a fairly broad range of sounds with flexible character.
The pedals work well but don't have the solidity of those on a real grand piano. They do however give you the expressive control you are looking for. I've not tried the lessons, concert play or recording but I listened to the concert pieces and they sound excellent.
I've tried connecting it up to the computer briefly and this worked fine though it's worth noting they do not include a full GM sound bank. I was hoping they would to allow my midi creations to be played back through the device, but only the advertised instruments are provided and all other tonal instruments play as pianos. It does perform admirably as a midi controller but that was not really my intent.
Overall, if you want a solid digital piano (rather than the more full fledged music workstation) that could hold its own acoustically against most uprights (with a tone like a grand) then, for the price this is hard to beat. For people looking for arrangers, accompaniment, midi connectivity and other features, look elsewhere. For me, it's also a fairly pleasant piece of furniture too which is a plus.
UPDATE: First I wanted to add an update about headphones. I tried my Bose Quiet Comfort but in high impedance mode the loudest volume on the piano was very quiet, and in low impedance mode there was a lot of buzzing. Other low impedance headphones (including in ear) like you might use on an mp3 player/phone tended to suffer from the same buzz. Higher impedance devices like you'd use with an amp tended to be too quiet. In the end I found that some 35 Ohm over ear headphones worked fine (good but not excessive maximum volume and no buzz at any volume level).
On an ergonomic/control note, only the middle half of the keyboard has functions written above the keys. This keeps the look of the piano clean and provides easy access to all the primary functions but means you'll probably have to resort to looking at the manual for some of the less common functions (such as layer volume balance, or disabling sound for use as a controller). On the subject of the manual, you will probably have to refer to it at various times such as trying to use the two track recorder as how this is done is certainly non obvious; remember, this is a piano first (turn it on, wait a few seconds and play) and everything else second (midi controller, recording device etc).
Also regarding split, I found a lot of confusing information online around it. Yes it supports split, but you cannot split with arbitrary instruments. The lower half of the piano may only be an upright bass, though this can be combined with any (even dual layered instruments) in the upper half. This is not a concern for me but is certainly worth knowing about.
This update regards the ability to record WAV files directly to a memory stick in the piano. I had tried it at a cursory level previously and it seemed to work fine, but recently I tried to make some longer recordings and hit a problem. Though the (generic) memory stick I was using seemed to work fine on a computer it appeared to be problematic when used on the piano (even after reformatting on the piano itself). In particular the piano would take an extremely long time after I stopped the recording and often the files would end up truncated to between 4 and 7mb. There was, however, no indication of the recording problem while I was playing meaning I only knew the data wasn't being recorded when I looked at the file on the memory stick.
In an attempt to resolve the problem I replaced the memory stick with a branded (san disk) one and the truncated file problem vanished, as did the mysterious delay after stopping recording. I've now recorded several files in the 200mb range without issue. The only slow down in the WAV recording now is the time to mount the stick (which has to happen once per insertion of the stick or piano restart) which takes about 20 seconds and occurs when you turn on the "audio recorder" (not when you insert the stick). Since this only happens once per "session" it's not too problematic.
Note: Even with the old thumb drive I could copy MIDI files without issue (presumably because of their size). Rendering them with Pianoteq produced some excellent audio files.
I was tentative about buying this sight unseen, since my main concern was the feel of the keys. I visited a number of piano stores looking for something at retail, but anything less than $10,000 wasn't satisfactory. I was especially disappointed by the dead feel of the keys on name brands, such as Yamaha and Roland--no bounce at all.
I had actually resigned myself to getting a cheap keyboard from Casio. I figured, if I couldn't have the feel I wanted, there was no reason to spend $2,000. That's when I bumped into the upper end of the Casio line. After reading some of the reviews on the PX-860, I decided to give it a try. Glad I did!
What numerous others say is true: this keyboard feels like a real piano. Better than some real pianos, in my opinion.
To me, the most important facet of the feel is the bounce, and here, it's excellent.
Sound is quite good, too, even with the little built-in speakers.
My only quibble is that the instructions for assembling the stand leave much to be desired. I had to figure a lot of it out by myself, since the instructions were ambiguous. Overall, VERY happy with this choice.
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