03 Jan 5 Best Digital Grand Pianos | REVIEW | $5000 to $17000 | 2020
5 Best Digital Grand Pianos | REVIEW | $5000 to $17,000 | for 2020 | Yamaha N3X, Roland GP609, Yamaha CLP-665GP, Samick SG500, and Yamaha CLP-695GP. When we do reviews, they are the real thing. No fake, old, or discontinued models, no regurgitating other content in other web sites. I personally play these pianos for many hours (most people don’t do that and have little or no access to these pianos) and we analyse all the specs carefully to put out reviews and content that you can trust and will help you make the right buying decision. After more than 40 years playing on and advising people on what piano will best fit their needs and budget, when it comes to digital grand pianos, we are the experts. In the world of digital grand pianos there really aren’t that many. Yamaha has 3 of them, Roland has 2 of them, Samick has 2 digital grand piano models, and next year in 2020 the famous Dexibell digital piano company will have 1 model they’re introducing. Beyond all that, there are (what we call) the “PSO” digital grand pianos. PSO means “piano shaped object” because the other lower priced and much lower quality digital grand pianos may have nice looking cabinets, they just don’t qualify in terms of actually playing like a piano. In other words they look good on the outside but they are not good on the inside. Key actions are noisy, clunky, don’t have good key action movement, the piano sound is tinny, without expression, very uneven tone from one note to the next, and other playability issues. The brands that we have played that have these PSO issues are Williams, Artesia, and Suzuki. They may look good, but the parts they use in those pianos to get the price to be lower may come back to haunt you with regard to being able to play piano in a satisfying way in our opinion. Always stick to the name brands that people know and trust that will reliable and enjoyable to play.
– Yamaha N3X AvantGrand hybrid digital grand piano $16,599 store discount price – This model is an updated version of the original model than came out a number of years ago. The N3X has a new piano sound chip in it along with upgraded features and functions. The N3X is called a “hybrid” because it has an actual Yamaha acoustic key action with all moving parts like a real grand piano and is the only digital grand piano on our list to have such an action. Regular acoustic baby grand pianos measure on average about 5′ deep. The N3X grand piano key action has been slightly modified to fit in its smaller 4′ deep custom cabinet and it really does feel and behave like a real acoustic grand piano and that’s the #1 thing that people look for in a piano…how realistic is the key action? How does it feel when you press down the key and play across the keyboard? Those are the questions piano shoppers ask and the Yamaha N3X passes the “stress test” when it comes to giving you the sense that you are playing a real acoustic grand piano. As far as piano sound goes, the stereo piano sound chip in this model has 2 distinct grand piano tones…one of them from a 9′ Japanese Yamaha concert grand and the other one from a real 9′ European (Viennese) Bosendorfer concert grand. The 2 acoustic piano sounds are recorded (sampled) directly from these large concert grand pianos and the N3X has a huge internal speaker system inside of it to project that concert sound out of the piano in a way where the sound moves around you like it would on a regular grand piano. The pedals work very well although not exactly like an acoustic grand because of the physical nature of having actual strings and dampers in a real piano whereas you don’t have those parts in a digital piano because that’s the who;e idea…there are no strings and no actual felt hammers touching strings. Everything is done by optical sensors with simulated hammers moving and the sensors are analyzing movement and velocity, etc in “real-time.” The result of all that technology is a satisfying digital grand piano playing experience that many people really seem to love. To get a better idea of what this piano can do, please read our detailed review on our other blogsite “AZ Piano Reviews” of the Yamaha N3X along with the 2 vertical cabinet versions of that model called N2 and N1X: Yamaha N3X Review
– Roland GP609 digital grand piano $10,999 store discount price – A relatively new model that measures 5′ deep in cabinet depth from front to back which makes it not only the same size as a real acoustic baby grand, but it’s also the largest of all new digital baby grand pianos out there today. The GP609 is not a real hybrid digital piano because its key action is only partially wood with the bulk of the key having a plastic interior. Also, grand piano keys are much longer in total key length than an acoustic upright piano and most digital pianos and the white keys on the GP609 are much shorter in length than the Yamaha N3X so the key action in this Roland GP609 is definitely not in the same league as the N3X and other than the key itself, the key action in this Roland digital grand piano has no other moving parts in it and it feels much more like an upright piano. Nevertheless, the key action is responsive and feel good to play…but do not expect the keys to play like a real grand piano because it doesn’t. The piano sound in the GP606 comes from a sound technology called “physical modeling” because the sound is “modeled” using mathematical algorithms in the virtual world instead of actually sampling (recording) it from a real acoustic grand piano like a real Steinway or Bosendorfer grand piano. There are upsides and downsides to this type of newer technology. The upside is that the piano sound can theoretically recreate some organic content in the piano sound that is otherwise a lot more difficult to do with normal sampling process. The downside is that with physical modeling, the piano sound that is being heard is this technology calculating in real-time what the sound should be like when you’re playing the piano in literally hundreds, if not thousands, of different ways depending on hard hard you play the keys, how fast you play, how you’re using your pedals, how much sustain you are applying to the sound, how many notes you’re playing at one time and where on the keyboard you are playing them. Unfortunately because there is so much for this newer technology to do in real-time, the resulting piano sound can be very artificial (at least to our experienced ears) depending on how you are playing the piano. Based on our hours of playing experience with this model, sometimes it sounds great and other times it sounds like there is a feedback type over-processed sound coming from the piano through its speaker system and sometimes that artificial sound is more pronounced when your sitting at the piano or standing away from it listening in another area of the room. So it just depends on what your experience is listening to real acoustic grand pianos and how you think this piano compares to the “real thing.” The 609GP has all kinds of very cool functions and features besides just being a piano and it is obviously has a very beautiful looking cabinet too. Please take a look at our detailed review of this model along with other new Roland home digital pianos at our other website blog at the following link where we keep very detailed reviews of these models: Roland GP609 Review
– Yamaha CLP-695GP digital baby grand $7499 discount price – This model comes in a beautiful polished black or polished snow white (slightly higher price), measures 4′ deep, and is Yamaha’s top-of-the-line digital baby grand in the “Clavinova” series of pianos. This model is relatively new and has wooden white keys that are longer than the keys in the less expensive regular Clavinova models. This extra key length gives the key action movement better balance from front to back of the keys as well as a more responsive key action with the additional of counter-weights in the key actions. In other words, this key action plays very nicely although it is a bit firmer than other digital pianos actions, but many people like it that way. The interior soundboard area of the piano has a finished polished wood-tone color which is a proprietary design from Yamaha that is on no other digital grand piano that we know of. The internal audio speaker system in this model has a total of 300 watts going through 6 power amplifiers which puts that sound through 6 individual speakers, so the sound system in this model is very powerful and projects a big piano sound. The stereo piano sound chip inside has 2 different grand pianos in including a Yamaha 9′ CFX concert grand and a 9′ Bosendorfer concert grand and these are the same same stereo sound samples that are in the Yamaha N3X Avantgrand hybrid model. Also there are over 500 hundred instrument sounds in the CLP695GP along with the ability to play General MIDI 16-track song files which helps with learning some of your favorite songs and just having fun listening and singing along. We do recommend this model if it fits your musical needs and falls within your budget. Just so you know, Yamaha makes an upright style version of the CLP695GP and that model is called the CLP685 and it’s a bit less money too. For more detailed info on this CLP695GP model we recommend you read out in-depth review of it on other other blogsite AZ Piano Reviews which is where we keep our more detailed reviews. Please read our detailed review of this model at our other blogsite “AZ Piano Reviews” and then get in touch with us if you like this model because we can let you know about some “special “Black Friday” extra discounts on many of the digital grand pianos: Yamaha CLP695 Review
– Samick SG500 digital grand piano $5295 store price – This 4′ deep digital grand piano is unique and very popular and that’s why it’s in this top 5 best digital grand piano list. One of the reasons people like it very much is that it’s in the larger 4′ deep cabinet and has an attractive wood soundboard interior and comes in either polished ebony, polished white, or polished red with a matching duet size bench. The Samick company is well known for producing acoustic grand and upright pianos for about 50 years along with having digital pianos that have also been popular over the years. So they are definitely not a “start-up” piano company and have their US headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee. The SG500 has a 160 watt internal speaker system which makes the piano sound beautiful and it also has Bluetooth audio wireless music streaming capability as well. With hundreds of high definition instruments tones, interactive accompaniments, 16-track General MIDI recorder-player system, and a number of other very cool features, the Samick SG500 comes highly recommended and people throughout the USA are enjoying it very much. Also, the Samick USA headquarters has just told us that they are having a special upcoming “Black Friday” discount price on this model with some very big savings including free shipping and no tax. If you have an interest in this opportunity please let us know and also please go to the following link to read our detailed review from our other blog AZ Piano Reviews of this impressive piano:
– Yamaha CLP-665GP digital grand piano $5499 discount price – This 39″ deep mini grand piano model is a popular because it’s the lowest priced Yamaha digital grand piano that is a good instrument in its price range. It’s basically a smaller, stripped down version of the higher priced CLP695GP with the more basic Yamaha plastic key action that also have the normal length (shorter) keys as compered to the CLP695GP and the key action touch is firmer (heavier) than the CLP695GP but it still plays nicely and has the same piano sound chip that is in all the other higher priced Yamaha digital pianos. The piano is available in polished ebony and for more money is available in polished white with matching bench. The CLP665GP has a smaller (as compared to the other models) 70 watt, 4 amplifier, 4 speaker internal sound system and offers a total of 36 instrument sounds and does not have the General MIDI player-recorder system although it does have a couple different player-recorder features…just not the General MIDI format. The CLP665GP also offers Bluetooth wireless audio streaming among some other cool features such as its more minimalistic looking user control panel that is off to the left side of the keyboard.. Overall this elegant digital mini baby grand piano does have a very impressive appearance and definitely sounds good filling up nearly any size room unless you happen to have a room which is very large and then at that point you can attach a separate powered sub woofer or pair of powered monitors to the piano for even more power and more bass frequency response if necessary. The interior of the piano soundboard area is all black as opposed to the more natural wood-tone in the other models, but the black color does look good and there are some people who seem to like it better than the standard wood color. Please read our detailed review of this model at our other blogsite “AZ Piano Reviews” and then get in touch with us if you like this model because we can let you know about some “special “Black Friday” extra discounts on many of the digital grand pianos: Yamaha CLP665GP Review
– Finally, there is one more digital grand piano that didn’t make it on this list called the Samick SG120 at $4295 store price and we would rank it #6 because it’s really the same instrument as its big brother the SG500 but in a much smaller “micro-grand” 32″ deep cabinet size with a smaller internal speaker system and a different cabinet design with less hardware on it. It coes in polished ebony (the most popular finish) as well as polished white and polished red. This model can be perfect solution for those people who have a small space in their room but prefer the “look” of a small baby grand with a lot of great features. We have also talked about this model on our other blog AZ Piano Reviews and encourage you to read about this model if you like the baby grand design but you have a small space in your room where it would be going and that you also have a smaller budget as well. Also, the Samick USA headquarters has just notified us that they are having a special upcoming “Black Friday” discount price on this model with some very big savings including free shipping and no tax. If you have an interest in this opportunity please let us know and also please go to the following link to read our detailed review from our other blog AZ Piano Reviews of this impressive piano: Samick SG120 Review