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Casio Privia PX160BK 88-Key Full Size Digital Piano
- Thanks to the new speaker system (2 x 8 watts) for maximum hearing pleasure when playing alone at home and the new line-out slot for simple connection to external loudspeakers (on stage, in a practice room or at home)
- The pure functions produced by the digital piano make its 18 authentic piano tones sound even better to the ear
- Launching into multi-dimensional AiR sound generation becomes a pleasure with the new PX-160
- 3 year manufacturer extended warranty.Hall Simulator/Reverb - 4 (Reverb) Chorus - 4 Brilliance - -3 ~ 0 ~ +3DPS - Yes (Preset for some tones).
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The successor to the popular PX-150, the Privia PX-160 utilizes Casio's famous AiR Sound Source and its remarkable Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action II keyboard. With several enhancements in sounds and features over the previous generation, the PX-160 continues to provide world-class features and style at an unbeatable price.
New Features at a Glance:
- New Elegant look with Redesigned Speaker System
- New String Ensemble and Electric Piano tones
- Dual Headphone Outputs on Front
- 1/4" Left and Right Line Outputs
- Available in black or champagne gold colored finish
Some photos shown with piano bench, CS-67 stand and SP-33 pedal unit, all sold separately.
Casio’s proprietary sound source, AiR (Acoustic and intelligent Resonator) provides the grand piano sounds in the PX-160. Casio meticulously recorded the sound of a 9-foot concert grand at 4 dynamic levels. The AiR engine delivers this sound with seamless dynamics for a remarkably expressive and powerful performance. Damper Resonance is simulated by AiR for uncanny realism when the damper pedal is used.
The PX-160 utilizes Casio's famous Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action II keyboard. This action features new simulated Ebony and Ivory textured keys for an incredible feel and its three sensors capture the dynamics of a performance with unparalleled speed and accuracy. Casio’s proprietary Hammer Response feature takes into consideration the speed at which different sized hammers move inside an acoustic grand piano relative to the velocity the keys are played. This timing nuance provides the ultimate key-to-sound experience that is unmatched by the standard actions of other brands.
Grand Sound System
The chassis has been redesigned not only to provide a more elegant look but also to accommodate a new 8w x 8w speaker system, which delivers the PX-160's remarkable sounds with the richness that they deserve. This speaker system is open to the front but also ported to the back, which provides remarkable sound when the PX-160 is placed against a wall. This also allows it to easily be used in a classroom or other environment where the sound will be projected towards the audience. Far superior to brands whose speaker systems are aimed mostly downward.
The PX-160 also features newly developed string ensemble sounds. These rich stereo strings sound wonderful by themselves or layered with the PX-160's grand pianos, electric pianos, harpsichord and more. The electric pianos have also been updated providing some dynamic sounds derived from Casio's award winning PX-5S stage piano. The PX-160 provides split and layer capability allowing you to play bass in your left hand and have two layered tones in your right. Duet mode allows the keyboard to be split into two equal ranges, so the student and teacher can use the piano simultaneously. A two track recorder can even record and playback your practice and performances. The optional CS-67 stand puts the PX-160 at the proper height and the optional SP-33 pedal system provides the same 3 pedal functionality as a grand piano
For quiet listening, the PX-160 now has two headphone outputs which are located on the front of the instrument and for those who are performing with other amplification, the PX-160 also features 1/4 inch left and right line outputs on the rear panel. The PX-160 continues Casio’s tradition of providing "class compliant" USB connectivity on Privia digital pianos. This allows the PX-160 to be used with Mac or Windows computers without the need for downloading drivers. Class Compliant USB MIDI also allows the PX-160 to be used as a controller with the Apple iPad simply with the use of Apple's Camera Connection Kit.
Launching into multi-dimensional AiR sound generation becomes a pleasure with the new PX-160. The pure functions produced by the digital piano make its 18 authentic piano tones sound even better to the ear: Thanks to the new speaker system (2 x 8 watts) for maximum hearing pleasure when playing alone at home and the new line-out slot for simple connection to external loudspeakers (on stage, in a practice room or at home).
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My background/skill level: I took lessons for about 10 years growing up and have continued to play intermittently for enjoyment/relaxation since then. I would say my skill level is intermediate to advanced, but I am lazy so I mostly stick to music I can sight read. I don't really perform. I grew up playing a Baldwin baby grand and a mid-90s Roland electric, so I am not accustomed to top-of-the-line acoustics and do not expect Steinway sound from a portable digital keyboard.
Sound (4.5/5): I think the sound quality is terrific for a digital. There are 5 grand piano voices that differ enough to make them distinguishable, but all sound great whether playing through the speakers or through headphones. The other voices (strings, vibraphone, electric, organ, etc.) are nice but for my purposes a feature that won't get used much (if at all), with the exception of occasional layering (discussed below). I wouldn't be able to confuse this with a Steinway or other quality acoustic piano, but I do think it has its own impressive quality that does not make me think cheap digital piano either. It is MUCH cleaner, clearer, and more accurate than the Roland I grew up with which cost (at the time) substantially more. There are youtube demonstrations (which I would recommend watching) that demonstrate the sound quality, and I have found that those demonstrations capture the sound accurately.
Layering (4/5): A feature of the piano is the ability to layer two voices (essentially hear both selected voices each time you strike a key). There are some pieces where this makes a really cool effect, such as a soundtrack piece with light strings layered behind a grand piano. Honestly more of a gimmick than a feature, but I thought it was interesting.
Selection (4/5): The five grand piano voices are really nice to have. I didn't think there would be much difference, and admittedly the differences are subtle, but all of them are unique and well suited to different types of songs. Some voices are more muted, others more striking. Really pleasantly surprised. As noted, I don't put much stock in the other voices (organ, vibraphone, harpsichord, etc.), but they are available and high quality if that interests you.
Key Weight (4.5/5): For such a lightweight, portable keyboard, the keys have terrific action. There is the slightest bit of cushion that doesn't snap the keys back quite like an acoustic would, but the travel and resistance when playing is pretty close to the real deal. Feels better than many older acoustics (especially stand ups) that I've played in the past. The lack of crispness is the only real drawback, but it doesn't affect my play at all.
Size (4.5/5): It's narrower than I expected (which is a good thing). The dimensions on the product page say it's 57 inches wide. That is the shipping dimension. The actual keyboard is 52 inches wide, 11 inches front to back, and 5 inches tall at the back (not including the height of the music stand). It's light enough to move easily but substantial enough to feel steady. I do wish it was about 5 pounds heavier so it would feel more secure on my X-style keyboard stand, but that is a minor qualm.
Simplicity (4.5/5): Easy to plug and play right out of the box. The functions are basic but intuitive. There are some dedicated buttons for certain voices, recording, volume, power, etc., but most of the functions require you to press a labeled piano key while holding the "function" key. Because my use is fairly straightforward (I just want to play piano music), this is a huge plus for me. I wouldn't want a ton of buttons cluttering up the panel.
Key Texture (3/5): I know this is supposed to be a selling point (they are supposed to feel like ebony and ivory), but I don't think they quite get there, and the result falls awkwardly somewhere between the smooth plastic of a digital keyboard and the feel of real acoustic keys. Honestly I would have preferred the traditional smooth keys of a digital keyboard than a fake option that only gets 80% of the way to the real thing. But that's a matter of personal preference.
Key Sensitivity at Speed (2/5): I play a number of pieces that require rapid repetition of individual keys. I noticed when trying to play those pieces that the individual key couldn't be played fast enough and still register distinct notes. Above a certain rate, the piano wouldn't register the next stroke and would not play the note. This shouldn't be confused with playing an arpeggio or scale rapidly (because you are moving quickly from one key to another). My point relates to playing the same key in rapid succession (which is probably a rare requirement). I haven't seen a problem with playing scales or arpeggios rapidly.
Low Quality Sustain Pedal (1.5/5): I have already ordered a new sustain pedal. The one that comes in the box is not piano style, and it is squishy and unreliable. It functions to an extent, but I got frustrated very quickly with it.
Casio Quality Reputation (2/5): This may be overly harsh of me, but I am very nervous about the reliability of the piano based on Casio's reputation and a number of reviews I've read here and on other sites about earlier models of Casio keyboards (including the PX150). Out of the box the piano is working great, but I will always have in the back of my mind a concern about the software shorting out or the tuning deteriorating or individual keys dying. Whether that is justified or not remains to be seen, but it is certainly something I think about and was the biggest hurdle for me when mulling the purchase. There is a limited 2-3 year warranty, which is helpful. I hope I don't need to come back with an edit in 6 months or a year.
All in all, I am very happy with the piano and would recommend it to others.
I recently started learning piano after years of contemplating others playing.
I've always been fascinated and intrigued by music. My plan to conquer music was twofold; demystify music theory and start my quest of a piano.
I was looking for;
- Anything able to replicate the experience of a real acoustic piano (as close as possible).
- Not exceeding a budget of $500.
- Easy to transport from one location to another.
- Not bulky because I live in an apartment.
A digital piano seemed the way to go. After weeks of research, I finally made up my mind for this Privia PX-160. Below is a summary of the relevant information which helped me in my decision.
- 88 keys.
I am still a beginner working on simple concepts and songs. I don’t actually need 88 keys. I saw cheaper digital pianos with 76 or 61 keys. It seemed to increase the portability and ease of transport, but I wanted 88 keys to staying closer from an acoustic piano. A long term investment.
- Weighted keys.
On an acoustic piano, the left keys are heavier than the right keys. If I understood all of this completely, there are 3 main types of mechanisms to emulate this feel: semi-weighted (springs under the keys like in a mattress), weighted (a lever with weight is attached to the keys - adds extra weight to the overall piano) and graded hammer action ( some small “hammers” behind the keys).
Most brands have their proprietary mechanism, for Casio, the mechanism is called the "The Tri-Sensor Scaled keyboard" which falls in the third category above.
- Touch sensitivity / responsiveness / touch response: the harder you push they key, the louder the sound (and lightly for a quieter sound). That characteristic allows the player to transmit more emotion in his play and not just execute a partition.
- Built-in speakers. My budget was less than $500. No extra money to buy an amplifier or any speakers. I needed decent built-in speakers, after all, that’s how we share what we play.
- The maximum amount of polyphony is set to 128 notes. I was looking at something around 64 notes. I got a hard time getting my head around this concept. This is simply a way to specify "how many notes the piano can sound at the same time". Here is the best example I found while researching this concept: a cheap Fisher-Price from a toy store will most likely produce one single note at a time. No matter how many keys you hit at the same time. An acoustic piano will produce as many notes as the keys hit. But the digital piano is limited by the technology built-in.
- MIDI connection via USB. MIDI is just a way for electronic instruments to communicate with other digital equipment. As a beginner, I choose to learn and practice piano with Yousician and Synthesia (by the way, Yousician has a free version and Synthesia is paid but they have deals for back to school and probably Black Fridays). These apps detect the notes played via the microphone of your device (your laptop, phone, tablet, etc.). The issue with the microphone option is the background noise. In my case, my wife is also learning to play guitar. This means that we can't play both at the same time in the same room. The trick is to connect your digital piano to your Mac or PC using the MIDI protocol.The USB MIDI port of this product is convenient because you may already have a similar USB cable to plug an old printer or hard drive.
- The weight is 25.5 lbs (11.5 kg), which makes it portable and easy to carry.
- It can be turned into a home digital piano with the Casio CS-67P Keyboard Stand for PX150, PX160, PX350, PX360, and PX560. I didn't invest in this, though. I firstly tried the Proline PL200 X-Braced Keyboard Stand. But it wasn't sturdy. I ended up using a desk and returning the stand.
- Duet mode: "Duet mode allows the keyboard to be split into two equal ranges, so the student and teacher can use the piano simultaneously." (from Casio's specs). I don't use this for now, but this may come in pretty handy.
- I often get lost with all the options. I don't know by heart what are the defaults, or shortcuts. A LED screen would make my things easier. I ended up having the user manual opened in the drawer of my desk to look up the defaults, shortcuts quickly.
- 18 Built-in tones/sounds. I am always using the Grand Piano Classic mode. I will not use all the tones anyway.
I would recommend this piano to beginner and probably advanced players. I really love it.
However, while it's not always possible, I would advise you to test any keyboard before buying it. If possible, just go to a shop and try it out, even if you plan to buy it from Amazon.
Feel free to highlight any mistakes in my explanation. All the points are the reasons why I choose to go for this piano.