03 Jan Casio Digital Pianos | REVIEW | 18 Models | Lower Prices Here!
Casio Digital Pianos | REVIEW | under $1000 to over $6000 | 18 models | for 2020 | Lower prices here than Amazon or Internet – Casio is well known for producing some amazing portable and furniture cabinet digital pianos for many decades which are called the Privia and Celviano series of digital pianos. Casio has been giving people in the music community a “big bang for the buck” when it comes to lots of high quality features in a digital piano at a low price as compared to their competition. I have played all of their pianos from the last many years and they always impress me with how good they are for such a low price. Casio is certainly not the only good digital piano company out there but they do a great job at being innovative with their digital pianos just like they are with all the other products they make. In this review I will be primarily focusing on the Casio furniture cabinet models but will also briefly discuss the portable models as well.[/vc_column_text]
5 important tips to know when shopping for a new Casio digital piano:
1. The Casio company has been in business for nearly 70 years and they are located in Tokyo, Japan where their pianos are designed so they have decades of product designing and manufacturing.
2. There are currently a total amount of 18 Casio digital piano models for 2020 including full furniture cabinet and portables and they are built for beginners all the way up to advanced pianists so they make a wide range of product to accommodate the musical needs of all piano players
3. Casio piano products are known to offer the “biggest bang for the buck” in the lower price ranges under $2000
4. Casio has 8 “furniture cabinet” 88-key digital pianos with built-in sliding key covers starting at $699 price for the entry-level model and going up to $5,999 price fro the top advanced pianist model. Those pianos are called PX-770, PX-780, PX-870, AP-270, AP-470, AP-650, AP-710, GP-310, and GP-510.
5. The Casio digital pianos have a 3-year and 5-year factory warranty depending on the model and they are very reliable overall.
– Casio GP-510 Grand Hybrid digital piano – $5999 price – Mini Review – The new Casio GP-510 Grand Hybrid digital piano in polished ebony cabinet finish replaces the recently discontinued GP-500 and there have been a few improvements to to the new model including a better internal speaker system, an upgraded piano sound chip, upgraded dynamic tonal and volume response, and improved sustain and decay time. The other features of this new model stay the same as in the older model which include the 256 note polyphony chip, 35 instrument sound library, ability to split & layer sounds, MIDI and wav file recording and playback, and a variety of other functions and features. The “star of this show” however is the wood key action movement. Casio teamed up with the famous Bechstein grand piano company in Germany which has been producing high end concert grand pianos for centuries and the Bechstein company designed and implemented this special wood grand piano type key action in the GP-510. The key action also is connected to unique proprietary resin hammers that physically move up and down like real grand piano hammers to give counter-balance to the keys. There are not strings in this piano so the hammers do not actually touch or hit anything…but they do move and give the key action a more realistic “feel.” A lot of advanced pianist have commented on how much they like this key action since it was also in the former GP-500 and many people have played and own that model. So Casio left that same key action in this new GP-510 but improved the “piano sound” portion of this model as I mentioned earlier. It is also important to note that the GP510 cabinet finish is not available in any other finish or color other than polished ebony. This model is brand new so should be out in it’s current form through 2020 and well beyond. Since this new GP-510 and the previous model has the same cabinet, the same control panel, the same key action, and the same digital piano features, check out our full review of the GP-500 at AZ Piano Reviews which is our other blogsite where we keep our full, in-depth reviews of digital pianos and then let us know what you think. Since the previous GP-500 model is nearly identical to this G-P510 with the exception of the upgrades in the GP-510 that I just mentioned, reading our review of the previous model will help you better understand this new one: Casio GP-500 Review
– Casio GP-310 Grand Hybrid digital piano – $3999 price – Mini Review – The new GP-310 Grand Hybrid digital piano in matte black or matte white finish replaces the prior GP-300. This model also has the same upgrades as the GP-510 does with better sound and more dynamic tonal range, better pedaling sustain response, etc. The difference between the GP-310 and the GP-510 is the piano sound on the GP-310 is not quite as realistic as the GP-510 because the GP-510 has more organic content in the sound chip, the GP-310 does not have any scene (registration) memories, there are a few other features lacking on the GP-310 that are on the GP-510, and the GP-310 cabinet is not available in a polished ebony finish which is too bad because if you wanted the GP-310 to save some money over the GP-510 but wanted it in polished ebony then that option is not available for this model. With other brands of digital pianos they do offer a polished ebony cabinet version for all almost all their models which typically is about $600 to $800 more so we would have liked to see that option with the new GP-310. However you’ll need to spend a lot more money on the GP-510 to get that upgraded finish. This model is brand new so should be out in it’s current form through 2020 and well beyond. The GP-310 is a new model and we expect it to well past 2020. This new GP-310 and the previous model GP300 have the same cabinet, the same control panel, the same key action, and the same digital piano features. Check out our full review of the GP-310 at AZ Piano Reviews which is our other blogsite where we keep our full, in-depth reviews of digital pianos, and then let us know what you think. Casio GP-310 Review
– Casio AP-710 digital piano – $2499 price – Mini Review – The new AP-710 replaces the recently discontinued AP-700 and is a brand new model and should be out for the next few years. The AP-710 is upgraded much the same way that the GP series has been upgraded with better piano sound chip, more tonal dynamic range, better pedal sustain and decay time, and more bass frequency. Essentially, the AP-710 is a GP-310 in a different, lower priced cabinet with Casio’s standard plastic key action and no moving hammers. The speaker system in the AP-710 is 60 watts going through 6 speakers as opposed to the GP series with 100 watts going through 6 speakers, although 2 of the 6 speakers in the GP series are larger speakers able to carry the bass frequencies a bit better. The buttons and user display screen in the AP-710 are in front of the player above the center of the keyboard as opposed to the GP series user interface control panel which is located to the left of the keyboard. Some people will like the location of the control panel better on the AP-710 and other will like where it’s located on the Grand Hybrid series. Basically, new the AP-710 is the same exact piano as the GP-310 including having the same 256-note polyphony stereo piano sound chip with 3 separate grand piano recorded samples of the German Steinway grand, Berlin Bechstein Grand, and the Viennese Bosendorfer grand, all 26 of the same instrument sounds, along with other functionality. The differences are the cabinet on the AP-710 is not as nice, the wood grand piano keys and moving hammers are not in the AP-710, and the internal speaker system not being as powerful. The 3-sensor plastic key action with the synthetic ivory and ebony keytops in the AP-710 is actually pretty good and comfortable to play and is also weighted and graded nicely in movement up & down. I believe a lot of people can be happy with this new model because it has the better, more accurate piano sound with a nice key action and pedaling response, and is focused on the “piano playing experience, but at a much lower price than the GP-310. The AP-710 is offered only in matte black and comes with a height adjustable bench and 5 year factory warranty. This is a brand new model so will likely be around for the next few years well past 2020. This new AP-710 and the previous model AP-700 have the same cabinet design except the AP-710 has an upgraded finish, it has the same control panel, the same key action movement, and the same digital piano features. Check out our full review of the AP-710 at AZ Piano Reviews which is our other blogsite where we keep our full, in-depth reviews of digital pianos and then let us know what you think. Casio AP-710 Review
– Casio AP-650 digital piano – $1899 price – The Casio AP-650 has been a popular seller for the Casio company over the last 5 years or so. It would seem like a digital piano that has been out for more than 5 years would have been replaced by now with a new model. But that’s just not always the case and this is because occasionally their is a digital piano that is way ahead of its time when it first comes out and is considered a “category killer” because of all the features and functions it has along with offering a very good piano playing experience in an attractive looking cabinet with a large built-in speaker to deliver that sound. The Casio AP-650 is that kind of digital piano and no other top brand has anything like this model including Yamaha, Kawai, Roland, Korg, and others. With a 256-note polyphony stereo piano sound chip, a 3-sensor piano weighted and graded fast moving key action with synthetic ivory & ebony keytops, 250 instrument sounds, 360 interactive rhythm and style arrangements, a 16-track MIDI digital player/recorder, 1-track wav file audio recorder, 16-track General MIDI song player, “jam session” play-along progressions, LCD user interface with dedicated panel buttons for easy access to functions, 60 watt, 4 speaker internal sound system, speaker projection lid, and a big variety of additional features and functions in a very attractive matte black cabinet with front stabilizer legs, a large music rack, and sliding key cover, the Casio AP-650 still reigns supreme under $2000 for the way it sounds and what it does. It also has lots of connectivity features such as USB output to device, USB flashdrive input, audio outputs, audio inputs, dual stereo headphone jacks, and standard MIDI connectors. In other words, there really is no reason to discontinue this model because it still has advanced digital piano features that many other digital pianos still do not have along with being at an affordable price of $1899…and it comes with a matching height adjustable padded bench and 5 year factory warranty with in-home service…it doesn’t get much better than that, unless you spend a lot more money. So we do expect this model to go through at least 2020 and beyond. To learn more about this model, check out our full review at AZ Piano Reviews which is our other blogsite and then let us know what you think: Casio AP-650 Review
– Casio AP-470 digital piano – $1499 price in matte black, matte walnut brown, or matte white – Mini Review – The AP-470 could be called the little brother to the new $2500 AP-710 but with a lower level piano sound chip, lower level internal speaker system, and lower level functionality in a slightly smaller, but attractive furniture cabinet with built-in sliding key cover. However, the key action in the AP-470 is identical to the higher priced AP-710 and they both have a 256-note polyphony piano sound chip, so they do have those features in common which is very good, but that’s about it. The AP-470 is relatively new and we expect it to be available all the way through 2020 and into the next years. This model is built to primarily focus on the piano playing experience with not many extra “bells & whistles” added like you would find on the AP-650. The AP-470 comes with 22 sounds including a specially sampled New York Steinway grand piano sound with 256-note polyphony and it really does sound great coming out of the piano’s 40 watt, 4-speaker sound system and being projected through its open lid “sound projection” system. This piano has 2-track MIDI recording for left and right hand along with audio wav file recording and you can record and save your music on a USB flash drive to play the music at a later time. You can also download piano (MIDI file) music from your computer and save it to a USB flash drive to be played through the AP-470 so you can play along with that music at any tempo and learn to play new songs that way. The AP-470 can also be controlled with the color touch screen on your iPad or Android tablet using the proprietary Casio Chordana Piano app which is a very cool feature and not available for the AP-650 or AP-710. When it comes to getting a new digital piano for under $1500 in a nice looking cabinet with front support legs and complete 5-year factory warranty with in-home service, it’s really hard to beat or come close to this upscale AP-470 by Casio in our opinion and will be available for all of 2020. To learn more about this model, check out our full review at AZ Piano Reviews which is our other blogsite and then let us know what you think: Casio AP-470 Review
– Casio AP-270 digital piano – $1049 price (available in matte black, matte brown walnut, matte white) The AP-270 is the more basic of Casio Celviano series in the line of AP models and has the same same key action and same piano sound chip that is in the AP-470 with 22 instrument sounds, along with 2-track MIDI recording and playback, but there are definitely some differences in other ways. The AP-270 has a 192-note polyphony sound chip and the internal speaker system in this model is just 16 watts of total power into 2 speakers, so it has a lot less audio power than the AP-470 and does not have the speaker-projection lid. Nevertheless, the AP-270 has the same same stereo Steinway piano sounds and orchestral instrument sounds as is in the AP-470. It does not have audio recording or a flashdrive input like the AP-470 and is a pedestal style cabinet with no front support legs. However, for a smaller to medium size room the speaker system should put out enough volume and the AP-270 key action plays very nicely and smoothly just like in the AP-470, AP-650, and AP-710 making it an excellent choice for beginners through intermediate players who many want to focus on playing piano. It comes in an attractive furniture cabinet with attractive chrome pedals along with a matching single size (non-adjustable) padded bench. Casio gives their full 5-year factory warranty on this model with in-home service which makes this instrument the best factory protected make and model in this price range out of all the brands. The AP-270 has been out for a little while but still new enough to be out for all of 2020 and likely beyond it. To learn more about this model, check out our full review at AZ Piano Reviews which is our other blogsite and then let us know what you think: Casio AP-270 Review
– Casio PX-870 digital piano – $999 price (available in matte black, walnut brown, matte white) – Mini Review – The PX-870 is part of the “Privia” series of Casio digital pianos and is currently the top model in that lineup. The PX-870 digital piano is very compact in terms of its size with a depth of only 12″ out from the wall so it’s designed to fit into some smaller, tighter spaces and it only weighs about 75 lbs so its lightweight as well. The stereo piano sound it produces for its smaller size and lower price range is really very impressive coming in with 40 watts of total power going through 4 speakers along with a piano top speaker projection ports. Compare that with most other top digital pianos in this price range that have just 12 watts to 16 watts of power going through 2 speakers and having no sound projection ports. The PX-870 also has things that few, if any other digital pianos in this price range have which include a 256-note polyphony power stereo piano sound chip, 19 higher quality instrument sounds, a 2-track MIDI recorder, a 1-track audio wav file recorder with USB flashdrive storage and playback, sound layer/mix and split capabilities, and “concert play” with live audio recordings of symphony concert orchestras that you can play along with and also control that orchestra tempo and muting parts. The upgraded key action in this model has a “feel” to it that we have not experienced on other digital pianos in this price range and it provides a very fast moving, smooth key movement that isn’t too light or springy and also not too heavy and fatiguing. In other words, the key action, the dynamic piano tonal range, and pedaling are all impressive for a model in this price range and the piano looks good to with a 3/4 length privacy panel in back of the piano, a sliding key cover, and easy to access control panel. Beyond all that, the PX-870 can be controlled by the proprietary app that Casio has designed for iOS and Android tablets called “Chordana” so that you can access all the piano functions and features from your color touch screen on your tablet or mobile phone. The app even has some interactive musical games and sheet music to make using and playing the PX-870 even more enjoyable than it already is. For the $999 price we think this furniture cabinet piano finishes in 1st place among the competition in terms of offering the “biggest bang for the buck” with regard to a satisfying piano playing experience in this price range. Although the PX-870 has been out for awhile it is still a relatively new model and will be out for all of 2020. To learn more about this model, check out our full review at AZ Piano Reviews which is our other blogsite and then let us know what you think: Casio PX-870 Review
– Casio digital piano PX-770 – $749 price offered in matte black, brown walnut, and white – Mini Review – The Casio PX-770 is the little brother of the PX-870 and the least expensive Privia compact furniture cabinet piano for Casio. It is the same size as the PX-870 although it weighs 5 lbs less at 70 lbs. The PX-770 has just 16 watts of total power going through just 2 speakers but that is still the same amount of power some other brands of digital pianos closer to $1000. The piano sound chip in this model is the more basic 128 note piano polyphony technology which is good, but the piano sound is not near as natural as compared to the upgraded PX-870. The PX-770 does have 19 instrument sounds, the ability to layer or have split sounds with upright bass, reverb settings, transpose, digital metronome, and it has the same nice triple sensor key action as the PX-870. This model would be great for a small space and also in a smaller room because the internal sound system is low wattage as compared to the 40 watt 4-speaker sound of the PX-870 with its more powerful 256-note polyphony sound chip and upgraded stereo sampling. The PX-770 has a USB output to connect to external devices and it has a stereo headphone jack for private practice. If you want a furniture cabinet type digital piano at a very low price and don’t want to buy those off-brand cheap “PSO” (piano shaped object) digital pianos like Williams, Artesia, Suzuki, and other brands that we don’t recommend. then we suggest that this Casio would be a better investment unless you can move up to the PX-870. We anticipate the PX-770 will be a current model all through 2020 and possibly beyond that time as it is still relatively new technology. To learn more about this model, check out our full review at AZ Piano Reviews which is our other blogsite and then let us know what you think: Casio PX-770 Review
– Casio Portable digital pianos 2020 – The Casio company is also famous for producing a huge line of portable digital pianos offering a whopping 9 models under $1000 and 1 model at $1200 for a total of 10 models right now which includes (from highest to lowest price) the PX-560, PX-5S, PX-360, CGP-700, PX-S3000, PX-S1000 and PX-160 with all kinds of cool technology in them along with some basic entry level models in the CDP series under $500. In fact, Casio has by far the most portable digital pianos under $1500 than any other top digital piano manufacturer out there. Casio uses their proprietary stereo digital piano sound chip with either 256 note polyphony power, 192 note polyphony power, or 128 note polyphony power. The entry level CDP models use the much older 64 note polyphony sound chip which we do not recommend, assuming you can move up to the higher polyphony sound chip models which are actually only about $100 more so it’s not that big of a stretch for most people. Casio has the most impressive portable pianos in the $600 to $1200 price range which includes some very cool features that make piano playing a lot more fun and intuitive that no other brand currently offers. This technology would include large color touch screens to access all of the functions on some models, smooth top virtual control panels with “virtual” LED light buttons on other models which otherwise have a piano top panel which is smooth and all shiny black like a cell phone or iPad when the power is off…no physical control buttons on them at all…very elegant. Casio has the best proprietary controller app for their new PXS models which allows full control over those models from your Android or iOS color touch screen from your tablet along with Bluetooth wireless technology, 3D sound projection from internal speakers, and a very impressive piano key action with lots of expression. Although we like these Casio portable digital pianos very much, a few of the other brands out there also offer some impressive portable models, especially Korg and Kawai under $1000, However, if you want a very cool portable digital piano that’s easy to carry, fun to play, has impressive stereo piano sound and piano key action, and can fit your budget, you should really take a look at these portable Casio models. We expect all of these models to continue through 2020. We have very detailed reviews of all these models on our other blogsite called “AZ Piano Reviews” which is where we keep most of our longer, detailed, in-depth reviews of these models so we recommend you take a look at those reviews at the following links if you are more interested in a portable digital piano. Casio PX-560 Review, Casio PX5S Review, Casio PX-360 & CGP-700 Review, Casio PX-S3000 Review, Casio PX-S1000 Review , New 2020 digital pianos under $500 (review on this site)