22 of the best digital pianos

Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective, does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

Nowadays it is enough to use just one instrument to write music. This is, of course, the digital piano. It can replace a traditional grand piano, a guitar, and many other musical instruments. But, of course, you should not forget that in the store you can easily stumble upon a frankly lousy model with an insufficient number of keys and a poorly implemented sound chip. In order not to buy just such a digital piano, the editors of the magazine, together with the team of the analytical resource RankQuality.com, prepared a review of the best instruments.

How to choose a digital piano?

Unfortunately, choosing a digital piano is a very difficult process. The fact is that the range of such tools is incredibly wide now. Sometimes even experienced people cannot tell how exactly one model differs from another. And if you are a beginner …

We recommend first of all to pay for the following parameters:

  1. Keyboards – Some pianos may have 88 full-size keys, while others may have fewer. A high-quality musical instrument must necessarily have a key sensitivity to touch, otherwise you will not be able to play the melody normally. It is also desirable to get a digital piano with a hammer-action keystroke mechanism. Well, most of all, this structural element is distinguished by its coating. As a rule, budget models have plastic-coated keys. This is not the best option as you may experience slipping of your fingers.

  2. Polyphony is an equally important parameter. This is where digital piano makers have gone wild! In short, pay attention to the number of votes. The more there are, the more difficult games you can play. However, if you don't even think of becoming a professional musician, then you can hardly distinguish the sound of 64-voice polyphony from that of 128-voice.

  3. Speakers – When choosing a digital piano, be sure to pay attention to the power of the built-in speakers. However, if you are going to write music for YouTube videos, then even 10-watt speakers will suit you. More powerful emitters are only needed if you are going to play the piano during a concert. But even in this case, we must not forget that the speakers can be replaced by a sound reinforcement system, the connection to which is carried out without any problems.

  4. The case is another factor worth looking into. Beginners usually use a compact piano, also called a portable piano. Such an instrument is most similar to a synthesizer. But if you are supposed to perform at concerts, then you will need a body piano that will look like its analog counterpart. Such an instrument will also sound better, because the sounds will resonate along the frame of the piano.

Of course, these are not all the parameters that you should pay attention to. But let's move on to describing the musical instruments themselves.

Ranking of the best digital pianos

Nomination a place Name of product price
The best compact digital pianos for professionals 1 Kurzweil Forte RUB 325,600
2 Nord Stage 3 88 RUB 289,990
3 YAMAHA CP88 RUB 210,900
4 Roland RD-800 RUB 166,421
5 Kurzweil SP4-8 RUB 107,900
Best compact digital pianos for beginners 1 CASIO PX-560M RUB 79,990
2 YAMAHA DGX-660 RUB 58,311
3 Kurzweil MPS20 RUB 69,100
4 Roland FP-30 RUB 42,990
5 CASIO CDP-230R RUB 36,990
6 KAWAI ES-110 RUB 49,400
7 YAMAHA P-115 RUB 40,500
8 CASIO CDP-S100 RUB 29,990
9 YAMAHA P-45 RUB 32,990
The best digital pianos 1 CASIO GP-500 RUB 319,990
2 YAMAHA CVP-605 RUB 329,990
3 KAWAI CA-98 RUB 319,900
4 YAMAHA CLP-645 RUB 179,990
5 KAWAI CN-37 RUB 132,905
6 YAMAHA YDP-164 RUB 89,990
7 CASIO AP-470 RUB 81,990
8 Roland F-140R RUB 67,591

The best compact digital pianos for professionals

Kurzweil Forte

Rating: 4.9

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This is arguably one of the finest digital pianos available in a compact form factor. This model has 88 full-size weighted keys. Hammer-action technology allows you to get the same feel from the instrument as from a traditional piano. Kurzweil Forte keys are not only touch sensitive but also aftertouch sensitive. If you think about it, there are absolutely no complaints about the keyboard here, even to its coating.

It should be noted that this is a professional model. There is no training mode or anything similar here, so it's not worth buying it for a beginner. However, which of the novice musicians is able to spend 325 thousand rubles? Also, the manufacturer asks for money not only for the quality of the instrument, but also for a good set. In particular, you get plug-in pedals with the piano. Do I need to say that they greatly expand the capabilities of the musician?

This model has a variety of controllers. For example, the instrument received modulation and pitch bend controllers. Also on the Kurzweil Forte case there is a gorgeous display that shows the current settings. You can also find on this piano a couple of line outputs, one line in, MIDI out and out, USB connectors and a headphone out.

Such an instrument could not do with some modest polyphony. Here she is 128 voices. Of course, reverb, transposition and many other effects are available to the user. The piano also has 309 tones. This allows them to replace almost any musical instrument. 16 tones can be sounded at the same time, which is sufficient in most cases.

Professional digital pianos often lack built-in acoustics. Why, if at a concert venue the speaker's capabilities are not enough anyway? So Kurzweil Forte is not endowed with them. As for the weight of this model, it is 21.8 kg. Transporting such a tool will cause certain problems, there is nothing to be done about it.

Advantages

  • Comes with a pedal set;
  • The keys are full size;
  • Hammer action is used;
  • The keys have excellent coverage;
  • Implemented sensitivity to touch and aftertouch;
  • A huge number of timbres;
  • Excellent polyphony;
  • The instrument is rich in connectors.

disadvantages

  • The instrument is very heavy;
  • Astronomical price tag;
  • No built-in speakers.

Nord Stage 3 88

Rating: 4.8

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This digital piano differs from many analogues in the red color of the body. Otherwise, this is a typical professional instrument with almost all the features that a musician might need. On its body there is not only a full-size keyboard, but also a huge number of all kinds of regulators. The piano can also be supplemented with pedals – the right one is supplied with this model.

As you might have guessed, a weighted keyboard is used here. All keys are sensitive to both touch and aftertouch. Hammer-action technology shows itself perfectly – you can play such an instrument in exactly the same way as on a regular acoustic piano.

It was not without two OLED – displays, which display settings and various programs. There are a lot of the latter – 400 pieces. These are 8 banks of 10 pages each. Each page contains 5 locations. Well, which professional musician is not enough?

Despite the name, this is the fifth generation of Nord's flagship piano. The flagship uses a vastly advanced Piano function, a huge number of effects, and many modern technologies. The tool also includes the famous flagship Nord C2D.

Top models cannot do without a wide variety of connectors. There are four line outputs alone! The headphone output is also not forgotten here. Unfortunately, at home this is the only way to hear what you are playing there, since there is no built-in acoustics here. Please note that the jack is 6.3 mm – you will need an adapter to connect cheap headphones. The digital piano also received MIDI connectors, a USB Type B port and line-in.

The kit includes not only a pedal, but also a dust cover. The box also contains a USB cable and a power cord. The rest of the accessories, if you need them, will have to be purchased separately. In particular, professional musicians can get a 3-pedal unit.

Advantages

  • A huge number of settings;
  • A large number of connectors;
  • Sustain pedal included;
  • Excellent full-size keys
  • There is sensitivity even to aftertouch;
  • Hammer action is used;
  • The instrument includes an organ section;
  • Two OLED – displays are built in.

disadvantages

  • The piano weighs approximately 19 kg;
  • Very high cost.

YAMAHA CP88

Rating: 4.7

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When talking about synthesizers and digital pianos, the products of the Japanese company YAMAHA are always mentioned. As you know, its sound chips are some of the best. If you consider yourself a beginner musician, then we recommend that you get a YAMAHA CP88. This tool is already as close as possible to professional status, as evidenced by the price tag reaching 211 thousand rubles. This piano sounds great while offering 57 different tones. Only the absence of a training regime can confuse someone. It is assumed that you already know how to play. It's not for nothing that the manufacturer himself calls his stage piano.

This instrument includes a three-touch graduated keyboard with hammer technology. All keys are made of natural wood. This alone makes you feel like playing a real acoustic piano! Either ebony or synthetic ivory is used as a cover, depending on the color of the key.

This digital piano features electric pianos, grand pianos, upright pianos, strings, horns, and synthesizers. In a word, with its help you can play music in absolutely any genre. All sorts of effects are not forgotten here. For example, common ones include reverb, master EQ, and delay. The control panel is easy to learn, and any effect is applied in just a couple of finger movements. This is important especially when you are on stage. Of course, the piano allows you not only to shape the sound and lay down timbres, but also to divide the keyboard. As for the polyphony, it is 128-voice.

There are predictably no built-in speakers here. But connecting external acoustics will not cause any problems, because the piano is equipped with four line outputs. It also includes one headphone jack, MIDI input and output, USB Type A and USB Type B. There is also a line-in.

Typically, a digital piano is paired with at least one pedal. The YAMAHA CP88 comes with a right pedal, with optional middle and left pedals. You can also note the presence of a small but informative display on the device. The weight of this tool is 18.6 kg. Still a decent figure, but not so much intimidating.

Advantages

  • A large number of connectors;
  • Complete with right pedal;
  • Uses full-size wooden keys;
  • Excellent key sensitivity
  • Hammer action applied;
  • Excellent polyphony;
  • A very large number of timbres and effects.

disadvantages

  • Decent weight;
  • No speakers of its own;
  • Very high cost.

Roland RD-800

Rating: 4.6

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Another digital stage piano that's a dream come true for the aspiring musician. This instrument contains not only a color display, but also backlit knobs. This means that there will be no problems on stage, even if you are not illuminated by the spotlight.

The manufacturer has implemented support for the Tone Color function here. It serves for dramatic manipulation of the timbre, carried out by turning just one knob. All this greatly simplifies the operation with timbres. By the way, many expensive digital pianos have a relatively small number of tones, allowing you to customize them in every possible way. Here is another case. The Roland RD-800 gives the musician 1,100 additional Voices! These include vintage keyboards, modern synthesizers, organs, and many other sounds!

If we continue talking about the knobs and buttons located on the top panel of the instrument, then there is an amp simulator, and control of the modeling effect FX, and tremolo, and a part level control, and much more. Well, with some simple manipulations, you can record your part in WAV format, saving it to a flash drive. Playback of finished musical compositions is also supported here.

If we are talking about connectors, then two line outputs should be mentioned. They are vital, because this instrument has no built-in acoustics. A headphone output is also useful, because sometimes the speakers seem superfluous. Also on the back of the digital piano are MIDI connectors, USB Type B for PC synchronization, and one line-in.

Perhaps this tool is a little closer to a beginner than the models discussed above. The fact is that it is endowed with auto accompaniment. In total, the musician is provided with 200 of his styles.

Roland RD-800 belongs to a compact form factor. However, this does not make the piano easy. The scales under it will show a terrible 21.7 kg for someone. By the way, the instrument supports the connection of the supplied right pedal.

Advantages

  • Excellent full-size keys
  • Hammer action is used;
  • The kit includes a right pedal;
  • Excellent touch sensitivity;
  • There is a bright color display;
  • A huge number of timbres;
  • Excellent polyphony;
  • Auto accompaniment available;
  • A large number of connectors.

disadvantages

  • Very high cost;
  • No built-in acoustics;
  • The instrument is heavy.

Kurzweil SP4-8

Rating: 4.5

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One of the most affordable stage digital pianos available. In Russian online stores, they ask 108 thousand rubles for it. At the same time, the instrument shows itself perfectly on stage. Although it must be admitted that some of its shortcomings are sure to catch the eye. For example, not everyone will like the tiny display, and some of the pens would definitely benefit from backlighting.

As expected, the digital piano has received 88 weighted full-size keys. There are absolutely no complaints about their workmanship. Unless you come across a defect – alas, some copies have at least one creaking or sticking key. Hammer action is used to operate the keyboard. Of course, all keys are touch sensitive. The ability to split the keyboard is also implemented here.

As you might guess, the manufacturer of such a digital piano had to save on something. In this case, the Kurzweil SP4-8 continues our list of digital pianos without their own speakers. The manufacturer also saved on the materials from which the keys and the body are made. But on the other hand, they had a positive effect on the weight – the mass of the instrument was only 17.7 kg. I think this is already quite acceptable for those cases when you need to bring the digital piano to the stage alone.

Unlike the examples discussed above, Kurzweil SP4-8 has only 64-voice polyphony. However, this disadvantage will only be noticed by professional musicians who can play incredibly complex parts. The instrument also has 128 tones. 16 Voices can be played at the same time, which is ideal.

Otherwise, this is a typical digital piano that should satisfy 99% of buyers. There is a familiar set of connectors, no frills. In particular, the rear panel of the instrument has one line-out and one USB Type B jack. There is also a headphone jack. This is important, because somewhere at home the sound output to the speakers is excluded, because a child can sleep nearby. Finally, the MIDI connectors are not forgotten here.

The kit of this model includes not only the piano itself, but also the Kurzweil KP1 pedal. The buyer will also receive a music stand, instructions and a power adapter. By the way, here it is possible to connect a second pedal – in this regard, the instrument does not differ at all from much more expensive analogs.

Advantages

  • Full-size weighted keys are used;
  • Hammer action applied;
  • Good touch sensitivity;
  • A large number of timbres;
  • Decent polyphony;
  • Decent number of connectors;
  • The kit includes a pedal.

disadvantages

  • There are copies with a defective keyboard;
  • High price;
  • Built-in mediocre display;
  • Built-in speakers would be nice;
  • No auto accompaniment.

Best compact digital pianos for beginners

CASIO PX-560M

Rating: 4.9

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Typically, stage digital pianos are a completely unique musical instrument. But many models also combine a synthesizer. In particular, the CASIO PX-560M is two musical instruments at the same time. Or even a much larger number of them, because 650 tones are available here, thanks to which this model can be turned into a guitar, drums and even some kind of tambourine.

A significant portion of the digital piano is taken up by 88 full-size keys. They work with hammer action. Of course, touch sensitivity is implemented here – in this regard, your feelings will be close to those when you play a traditional piano. You can also use your foot, because the right pedal is supplied with the device. If you want to get the middle and left pedals, then you will have to buy them separately – the ability to connect them is present.

The piano includes modulation and pitch bend controllers. It also has its own speaker system. If two 8-watt speakers are not enough, you can output sound to some speakers using one of the two line outputs. There is also a line-in, which is also useful. Well, when writing music at home, it is recommended to use the headphone jack. By the way, there are two of them here, which allows you to carry out classes in tandem with someone. Also on the rear panel of the instrument there are USB ports, including for connecting a flash drive, and MIDI connectors.

CASIO PX-560M does not have the highest price tag. Even some novice musicians will be able to afford such a tool! At the same time, they will definitely appreciate the sound quality. It uses 256-voice polyphony, 40 effects are also available. In particular, there are 17 types of reverb and 16 types of chorus! The built-in metronome should help in writing music. The automatic accompaniment seems even more useful.

Perhaps the tool is worth the money. It offers three levels of sensitivity and features an ivory and ebony key surface. Only the number of all kinds of buttons and controls can confuse someone – it is not too large. But on the other hand, the manufacturer managed to significantly simplify the interior of the piano, as a result of which the instrument weighs only 12 kg.

Advantages

  • There is built-in acoustics;
  • Auto accompaniment available;
  • A huge number of connectors;
  • The tool is relatively light;
  • Excellent polyphony;
  • Nice full-size keyboard
  • Sensitive to touch and aftertouch;
  • The kit includes a right pedal;
  • There is a touch display;
  • A huge number of tones.

disadvantages

  • High price;
  • The quality of the built-in speakers is poor.

YAMAHA DGX-660

Rating: 4.8

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Digital pianos usually require a surface of some kind to mount them. At least their compact modifications. But there are also exceptions to the rule. One of them is the YAMAHA DGX-660. This model comes with a neat stand. It is interesting that it, like the body of the device itself, can be black or white. And at the bottom of the stand, you can place a spacer with three pedals. You will have to buy such an accessory separately. It is not surprising, because the cost of this tool is only 71 thousand rubles!

This is the first, but not the last representative of our rating, which has a training mode. The game is played here by pressing 88 full-size keys. All of them are weighted, each key is touch sensitive. However, who can be surprised by this now?

The YAMAHA DGX-660 differs from many other pianos of its kind by the presence of a microphone input. It allows you not only to play, but also to sing at the same time. The voice is processed by the appropriate chip, and all kinds of effects can be applied to it. As a result, you can get, if not a finished song, then already a very worthy composition. By the way, the sound is reproduced here through two 6 W speakers.

The top panel of the instrument contains not only a variety of buttons and controls, but also a relatively large display with bright backlighting. This piano provides a variety of sounds, from drums to strings. In total, the user can choose from 554 tones. You can also activate auto accompaniment. This is also important, especially for a beginner musician. A total of 205 Auto Accompaniment Styles are available, which seems a bit overwhelming. And the piano has 327 effects. The metronome is not forgotten, of course.

The Japanese manufacturer has introduced several technologies into its creation that are not found in significantly cheaper models. For example, this is a damper resonance that adds vibration to the strings, as if you press the corresponding pedal on an acoustic piano. This digital piano is also capable of displaying not only settings, but also musical scores or lyrics on its display! You can also use a tablet based on iOS for this purpose by wirelessly syncing with it.

Of course, the YAMAHA DGX-660 is not the perfect digital piano. Firstly, the instrument may seem too heavy, as it weighs 21 kg. Secondly, not everyone will be satisfied with the cost of a musical instrument. However, all this fades into the background. Even a very loud hammer mechanism you stop hearing quickly enough. And only the plastic case, which sometimes rattles a lot, raises serious claims.

Advantages

  • The set includes a stand;
  • Two colors to choose from;
  • Excellent full-size keyboard
  • Touch sensitivity implemented;
  • Has its own acoustics;
  • There is a large display;
  • A huge number of timbres;
  • Decent polyphony;
  • Connection of a microphone is possible;
  • Decent number of connectors;
  • A very large number of effects;
  • There is auto accompaniment.

disadvantages

  • Not the best plastic case;
  • Very heavy weight;
  • An external module is required for wireless connection;
  • Pedals would be nice;
  • Quite high cost.

Kurzweil MPS20

Rating: 4.7

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Another digital piano selling for 70 thousand rubles. Such a price tag allows many novice musicians to draw attention to it. At the same time, the manufacturer of this instrument assumes that a person already knows how to play, so he did not begin to build a learning mode into his creation. He also did not put a single pedal in the kit. Although the possibility of their connection is present here, this should be noted.

Despite its compactness, the piano accommodates 88 full-size keys. They are all weighted. It uses hammer action, so your performance is unlikely to differ from what you can show on an acoustic piano. Of course, touch sensitivity is also implemented here. Moreover, the manufacturer has implemented as many as 10 sensitivity levels!

This is definitely one of the loudest representatives of our rating. The instrument received two speakers, the power of each of them is 15 watts. In theory, this allows even performing on a small stage without using speakers. But you need to remember that the ability to output sound is still present here – a line-out and a pair of headphone jacks are intended for this.

If we continue talking about connectors, then we can note the presence of a line-in. There are also MIDI connectors here. Well, synchronization with a PC is carried out via USB Type B. But in general, we can still say that some interfaces are still lacking here. But you shouldn't worry too much about their absence.

The piano turned out to be quite heavy. This means that the internal components are made from quality materials. As for the top panel, it is home to a large number of buttons and knobs. They can be used, for example, to use 200 tones and an arpeggiator. There are also various effects here. In particular, reverberation is not forgotten. The metronome can also help in the game. Also on the top panel of the instrument there is a display, albeit quite modest. Without it, it would be difficult to imagine easy orientation in so many timbres and effects.

Perhaps Kurzweil has a great digital piano, albeit with some flaws. We draw your attention to the fact that on many resources this tool is photographed along with the rack. However, this accessory is sold separately.

Advantages

  • Excellent weighted keys
  • A large number of timbres;
  • Implemented high-quality touch sensitivity;
  • There are built-in speakers;
  • There is a display;
  • Hammer action is used.

disadvantages

  • No USB Type A connector;
  • Only 64-voice polyphony;
  • The price is not the lowest;
  • Supplied without pedals;
  • The keyboard cannot be called silent.

Roland FP-30

Rating: 4.6

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Are you just learning how to play the digital piano? In this case, it makes no sense to spend a lot of money on the tool. It is better to take, for example, Roland FP-30, which is sold for 40 thousand rubles, and often a little cheaper. This model is available in two colors. Importantly, it has a training mode. The right pedal is also supplied with the instrument. If you want to connect two more, you have to buy them separately.

Despite its relatively low cost, the piano has full-size keys. There are 88 of them here, as it should be. Another thing to note is the use of hammer action and touch sensitivity. Though some musicians will complain about not the most reliable decays. But beginners will definitely not notice this, and this tool is primarily intended for them.

This model differs from analogs by the presence of Bluetooth – module. It is designed for wireless audio transmission and synchronization with a tablet app. However, this module is very much simplified. It is regularly interfered with by other wireless devices, and the aforementioned application still has extremely poor functionality. By the way, the music stand used here has a very slippery surface, which can cause the tablet to fall. Fortunately, the problem can be solved by using the anti-skid sticker provided. Curiously, the pedal is used here, among other things, to flip through virtual sheets of music.

The training mode and 128-voice polyphony are not the only advantages of this model. Many musicians will appreciate the auto accompaniment here. The only pity is that the number of his styles is very small. And 35 tones are not what you expect from such an instrument. However, let's not forget about the price tag! When you buy a digital piano for 40 thousand rubles, it is quite logical that it will offer you only 7 effects. By the way, there is also a metronome. This means that you do not need to buy it additionally or install the corresponding application on your smartphone.

In fact, this tool is not rich in internal components. This is evidenced by at least its weight, which is only 14.1 kg. I am glad that here at least there was a place for two 11 W speakers. However, how could it not be found? There is a rare occasion here when the top panel of a digital piano is almost completely empty. Only on the left side of it are a few switches.

The set of connectors on the rear panel can also strain someone. Most of all, someone will be confused by the lack of MIDI jacks. But on the other hand, there is a USB Type A, which is needed to connect a flash drive. There is also a different type of USB port used for synchronization with a PC. Two headphone outputs are not forgotten either. This is in case you need to be quieter.

Like many other models, the Roland FP-30 allows you to split the keyboard, turning the instrument into two smaller pianos. Perhaps this is what allows you to learn how to play the piano most quickly by repeating the actions of the teacher sitting next to you.

Advantages

  • Low cost;
  • Two colors to choose from;
  • The kit includes a pedal;
  • Wireless connection is possible via Bluetooth;
  • Nice full-size keyboard
  • There is touch sensitivity;
  • Hammer action applied;
  • There is built-in acoustics;
  • Low weight;
  • Auto accompaniment available;
  • You can use a USB stick;
  • Good polyphony.

disadvantages

  • Few timbres;
  • 7 effects in total;
  • Not a very rich set of connectors;
  • Bluetooth – the connection is susceptible to interference.

CASIO CDP-230R

Rating: 4.5

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While the previous reviewed model was distinguished by its minimalism, the same cannot be said about the CASIO CDP-230R. On its top panel there is not only a full-size keyboard, but also a display, as well as a very large number of all kinds of buttons and controls. The keys are balanced here, there are no special complaints about them. However, the keyboard turned out to be quite noisy – if you greatly reduced the volume of the sound playback, it will interfere. It works with hammer action, touch sensitivity is not forgotten.

Like some other models, this digital piano is available in two color options. However, there is no white trim here – instead, the buyer is offered a version with a gray body. The tool is also able to please with a well-implemented training mode. This alone hints that the piano is intended for beginner musicians who have not yet thought about performing on stage. The relatively low price tag also speaks of this.

The model called CASIO CDP-230R turned out to be very small and light. The scales under it will show only 11.3 kg! At the same time, there was a place for two speakers with a power of 8 watts. Of course, their capabilities will not seem enough to someone, so the Japanese manufacturer did not forget to endow his creation with a 3.5 mm audio jack. The only pity is that only headphones can be connected to it. If you want to output the sound to the speakers, then you need some serious tricks. Also on the back of the piano there is a USB interface for synchronizing with a PC, a microphone input and a line input. A memory card is used to store songs and music pieces.

The main disadvantage of this model is polyphony. Alas, she is only 48 voices. But the instrument is capable of offering 700 tones. In order not to get lost in so many of them, you have to use the display. It also has certain claims, because it is monochrome and very outdated. The instrument also offers an auto accompaniment function. And it is also not implemented in the best way. The point is that you cannot create your own style here. Instead, it offers 200 pre-designed auto accompaniment styles. And among them, for example, there are no Disco and Dance styles. And the ability to load other styles into the digital piano by means of a special computer program somehow saves the situation.

The instrument offers 16 effects, including the popular reverb. However, there are no special tools for editing them. You will not be able to correct the above-mentioned timbres. In short, even an aspiring musician will soon notice how limited this digital piano is.

Nevertheless, we recommend CASIO CDP-230R for purchase. There are some nice features here – for example, the Japanese don't forget the metronome. And certainly the tool fully justifies its cost, which is quite affordable. One of the buyers correctly noted that this is the best choice if the piano is taken by a child studying at a music school.

Advantages

  • There is a training mode;
  • Two colors to choose from;
  • There is touch sensitivity;
  • There are built-in speakers;
  • There is a slot for an SD card;
  • Hammer action is used;
  • Low weight;
  • A very large number of timbres;
  • Auto accompaniment available;
  • There is a microphone input;
  • Not very high cost.

disadvantages

  • The keyboard is quite noisy;
  • Outdated display;
  • No pedals included;
  • Not a very large number of connectors;
  • Minimal editing capabilities.

KAWAI ES-110

Rating: 4.5

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This model also has hammer action. It is designed to provide a playing experience similar to that of an acoustic grand piano. There are no special complaints about the keys, they all have a stable and smooth stroke. In total, the musician is provided with 88 full-size keys. The manufacturer notes that his instrument will definitely appeal to everyone who is just learning to play the piano. Also, the KAWAI ES-110 is often bought as a second tool, using it for practice.

The creator of this piano used Harmonic Imaging technology. It made it possible to ensure that every key here sounds exactly the same as that of a KAWAI concert grand piano. That being said, the instrument is of course not limited to the standard sound of an acoustic grand piano. In just a couple of finger movements, you can add various effects. For example, reverb is available here to simulate the behavior of an instrument in a concert hall and other environments. The musician will also be able to tune other aspects of the piano's behavior – timbre, sympathetic resonance and many other parameters.

Of course, the metronome is not forgotten here, which is also easy to set up. Sound recording function is also available. By default, the instrument outputs sound from two built-in 7W speakers. Interestingly, the acoustics almost did not affect the weight – this piano turned out to be only 12 kg. If the speakers seem to be small, you can output the sound to the speakers using two line outputs. It also has the same number of headphone jacks. Not forgotten, of course, are the MIDI sockets. But USB interfaces are completely absent here. It is sad. But the situation is slightly saved by the built-in Bluetooth – module. It allows you to slightly expand the functionality of the piano using a smartphone or tablet, on which a special application must be installed.

Despite the very high cost of the tool, in many ways it is very limited. And it's not about polyphony, which can boast 192 voices. And not about the 100-style auto accompaniment. Confused by the number of timbres and effects, which are 19 and 4, respectively. In a couple of years, you will definitely want more, and perhaps even earlier.

Advantages

  • There is a learning function;
  • There is support for Bluetooth 4.0;
  • Two colors to choose from;
  • Low weight;
  • Full-size keyboard
  • There is touch sensitivity;
  • Hammer action is used;
  • There is built-in acoustics;
  • There is auto accompaniment;
  • Decent polyphony.

disadvantages

  • There are no USB ports;
  • There are no pedals included;
  • Few timbres and effects;
  • No display.

YAMAHA P-115

Rating: 4.4

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It is rare for an aspiring musician to want to spend a large sum on a digital piano. Usually 40 thousand rubles are allocated for such an acquisition. And that's how much the YAMAHA P-115 costs. This instrument has excellent 192-voice polyphony. Not surprisingly, the Japanese company has long been famous for its sound chips. The simplification of the tool is noticeable on the top panel, on which there is no display at all. But here are two speakers. The power of each of them is 7 W. This is enough for playing in a small studio. At a concert, it is better to use two line outputs, bringing the sound to the speakers.

If we are talking about connectors, then one cannot fail to note a pair of headphone jacks. There is also a USB Type B port used to synchronize the instrument with a computer. Unfortunately, there are no other connectors here. The 'blue tooth' is also missing, so you can not count on a wireless connection.

Usually inexpensive digital pianos have a learning mode. But the YAMAHA P-115 is not one of them. As for the keyboard, it is weighted and full-sized. It uses hammer action. Touch sensitivity has also been implemented. It's nice that the instrument can be supplemented with three pedals. However, you will have to buy them separately – there are no pedals included with the piano.

This model weighs 11.8 kg. The lack of a display greatly affected the functionality of the instrument. For example, there is auto accompaniment here, but it only has 10 styles. The number of effects is also very small. The instrument also offers 14 tones. Not an impressive number either. If you are looking to replace your electric guitar, drums, and wind instruments with your instrument, then it is better to consider buying some other digital piano.

However, we must admit that this model may still be liked by someone. Unlike many competitors in the same price segment, the YAMAHA P-115 has an almost completely silent keyboard. And in terms of sound, competitors are far from this model.

In the future, you can easily significantly improve the appearance of this piano. All you have to do is buy a branded rack. She will also offer three pedals, thanks to which the use of the instrument is noticeably easier.

Advantages

  • Low cost;
  • Excellent silent keyboard;
  • Excellent polyphony;
  • Touch sensitivity implemented;
  • Hammer action applied;
  • There is built-in acoustics;
  • Low weight;
  • Auto accompaniment is available.

disadvantages

  • If the pedal is included, it's of terrible quality;
  • Not a very large number of connectors;
  • I would like more effects and timbres;
  • There is no display;
  • The acoustics still leaves much to be desired.

CASIO CDP-S100

Rating: 4.4

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One of the cheapest digital pianos available with a full-size keyboard. It is also noticeably simplified. In particular, there is no display here, not even monochrome. Additional buttons can be seen above the keyboard, but their number is very small. Unsurprisingly, the instrument offers a total of 10 sounds and 8 effects. If you are an advanced musician, then you are unlikely to be satisfied with so many of them.

This model is available in black only. Its keyboard is weighted. It uses hammer action to create the feel of an acoustic piano. Of course, the keyboard is full-sized, as well as the touch sensitivity. I am glad that the keys are also noiseless. But not as much as in the much more expensive digital pianos.

Despite the purpose of the tool, there is still no learning mode. But there is an acoustic system. It consists of two 8W speakers. As for the case, it is made of, I must say, cheap and lightweight plastic. But the weight of the piano was only 10.5 kg!

A right-hand pedal is supplied with the instrument. Her performance is far from perfect, but you are unlikely to seriously care about it. It is connected to the corresponding connector. Also on the back of the piano is the USB Type B interface, which is required for synchronization with a PC. Of course, a more familiar USB port for a drive would not hurt, but it is not here. This means that when writing music you will have to use a computer, without it you cannot save the melody. The instrument also features a line-in and a 3.5mm jack, mainly used for headphones.

This digital piano sounds pretty good, it must be admitted. But it feels like it uses a simplified chip with only 64-voice polyphony. As for additional functions, there are very few of them here. Perhaps, only the metronome can be noted. With a very inconvenient setting.

What are the customers of the CASIO CDP-S100 complaining about? First of all, on a flimsy music stand. We do not advise you to hold a heavy tablet with it – the plastic can bend and even break. Also, complaints are expressed about the headphone output, located in a very unfortunate place. Well, you shouldn't expect anything impressive from the speakers present here – at full volume they distort the sound quite a lot.

Advantages

  • Touch sensitivity implemented;
  • Nice full-size keyboard
  • Hammer action is used;
  • The kit includes a right pedal;
  • Good speakers built in;
  • Very light weight;
  • Adequate price tag.

disadvantages

  • There is no display;
  • The minimum number of effects and timbres;
  • Few connectors;
  • I would like more polyphonic voices;
  • Only one color option.

YAMAHA P-45

Rating: 4.3

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Many people get the impression that the Japanese company YAMAHA produces extremely expensive musical instruments. But no, the Japanese understand that someone will use the digital piano to teach music. In this case, the person will definitely not spend some crazy money. He will look for an instrument for 30-35 thousand rubles. And that's exactly what the YAMAHA P-45 has.

It is clear that this piano has received a number of simplifications. For example, there is no display at all. But what can I say, there are practically no additional buttons here. Only a few switches are located on the left side of the top panel, that's all. This indicates that the piano only provides 10 tones and 4 effects. Among the latter, reverb may be the most useful. The instrument also has a built-in metronome. Forget about auto accompaniment, arpeggiator and other similar functions.

The YAMAHA P-45 sounds great, you can't argue with that. The Japanese tried to squeeze absolutely everything out of the 64-voice polyphony. The game here is carried out by pressing weighted keys. The hammer action works almost perfectly here! Of course, the keyboard is touch sensitive, which further enhances the experience of playing an acoustic piano.

Perhaps the least complaints about the sound and the keyboard arise here. The Japanese company knows its business. But on everything else, she saved. We have already mentioned a rather narrow functionality. The savings are also noticeable on the included damper pedal. The fact is that it turned out to be very inconvenient. And she also has only two positions, which is unlikely to suit any advanced musician. However, no one forbids buying another pedal in the future, already more convenient and functional.

Practice shows that budget digital pianos cannot do without built-in speakers. They are also available here. The power of each of them is 6 W. This is unlikely to be enough for performing on stage, but at home the volume will definitely not seem insufficient. By the way, you can completely abandon the use of speakers by using headphones. The only pity is that there is only one corresponding connector here, so you won't be able to play in tandem with someone. The piano also has a USB Type B jack, it is used for synchronization with a PC. You cannot do without a computer or at least a smartphone, since it is impossible to write your creation to a memory card or USB drive.

YAMAHA P-45 has a number of specific disadvantages arising from the cost of the device. But this does not mean that the piano is not at all recommended for purchase. Most of all, the instrument will appeal to children studying at a music school. A child will definitely not notice the difference when moving from this piano used at home to an acoustic piano located at school. Well, if a child loves music, wanting to practice it on a professional basis, the YAMAHA P-45 can be sold by purchasing some more advanced model.

Advantages

  • Low cost;
  • Excellent full-size keyboard
  • Good touch sensitivity;
  • Hammer action applied;
  • There is built-in acoustics;
  • Weight is only 11.5 kg;
  • Good polyphony, albeit only 64 voices.

disadvantages

  • Right hand sound is too quiet;
  • Not the best complete pedal;
  • Very few tones and effects;
  • Only one color option;
  • There is no display;
  • Inconvenient headphone connection;
  • Few connectors.

The best digital pianos

CASIO GP-500

Rating: 4.9

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At first glance, this instrument is almost indistinguishable from an acoustic piano. This model has a body of exactly the same shape. It is even comparable in weight – it reaches 77.5 kg! If you press the keys, it is also extremely difficult to notice the difference, because the sound of the instrument is provided not only by the 256-voice polyphony, but also by a pair of 50 W speakers. In short, such a digital piano does not need to be connected to speakers, it sounds great anyway. Do not forget that its body resonates, thanks to the price, the sound is even louder and more natural. But if you mean a performance in a large concert hall, then you can still use the line-out.

Perhaps, it is from all kinds of connectors that we can conclude that this is still a digital, not an acoustic piano. The musician is waiting for two types of USB connectors, thanks to which you can connect to a PC and insert a flash drive. There are also MIDI connectors here. Not forgotten is a pair of headphone jacks, allowing you to focus as much as possible on your own music. There is also a line entrance here.

The second difference between this instrument and 'acoustics' is the set of knobs and buttons located above the keyboard. With their help, you can use 35 tones, customizing them in every possible way. Auto accompaniment is also available here. But the number of his styles is very small. It is noticeable that playing along with the musician is not the main purpose of the CASIO GP-500. The instrument also has a built-in metronome. However, its absence in a digital piano for 319 thousand rubles would look strange.

As with an acoustic piano, this includes a keyboard cover. It allows her not to collect dust in those moments when the tool is not in use. As for the keyboard itself, it is full-sized and weighted. Of course, hammer action is used here. And, I must say, ideal – the keys do not emit a single extra sound. The work of the hammers, by the way, can be observed through transparent partitions. You can not even talk about touch sensitivity – it is also implemented as correctly as possible.

A body digital piano would look odd if it didn't have three pedals at its disposal. They are also present here. Not without a display, thanks to which all current settings are visible.

There is no point in talking about the CASIO GP-500 in more detail. This instrument meets absolutely all the requirements of a professional musician. Of course, this is not the best choice for practical training – it is too heavy to transport. But on stage, he will definitely show himself in the best way. Including visually.

Advantages

  • Great appearance;
  • Comes with three pedals;
  • Very loud sound;
  • Excellent full-size keyboard
  • Excellent touch sensitivity;
  • Hammer action, the work of which is clearly visible;
  • There is a display;
  • Excellent polyphony;
  • A huge number of connectors;
  • Auto accompaniment has been implemented.

disadvantages

  • Astronomical price tag;
  • I would like more timbres.

YAMAHA CVP-605

Rating: 4.8

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This digital piano doesn't look so much like its acoustic brother anymore. However, the differences are noticeable only during the operation of the tool! The fact is that they are striking when the lid is open. On its inner side there is a huge number of buttons and controls, as well as a very large display. For the rest, the Japanese manufacturer tried to achieve maximum similarity with an acoustic piano. Even metal pedals are present here!

Curiously, this piano can be played even in complete darkness. Even if you are a beginner, have not yet memorized the location of each key. The fact is that the keyboard here is supplemented with backlighting – you don't have to farm to carry out the light indicators. As for the keyboard device, there are no complaints about it. All keys here are full size and weighted. The touch sensitivity that every digital piano should have is still there. Well, the hammer action, which is best implemented here, enhances the feeling of playing, as if you are doing it on an acoustic instrument.

Usually, a piano that sells for several hundred thousand rubles does not have a training mode, since the manufacturer is sure that an experienced musician will use his creation. But the YAMAHA CVP-605 is an exception to the rule. The corresponding mode is still present here. It allows owners of music schools to think about purchasing such a piano. The only sad thing is that this purchase will be extremely expensive – a rare Russian school is able to afford such costs.

As you already understood, this model is supplemented with a keyboard cover. There is also high-quality acoustics here. It consists of two 45W speakers. As for the display, it is not only color, but also touch-sensitive. The sound chip is no less advanced here – it produces 256-voice polyphony. It's nice that this model is tailored not only for those who like to play the piano or piano. She also plays the role of a synthesizer. Very, I must say, heaped up! In the memory of the instrument, 1355 tones are programmed! There are strings, percussion, and many other instruments! The manufacturer also introduced auto accompaniment here. At the same time, 420 styles are available to the musician. These are record figures in our rating!

Of course, this digital piano is not without a huge number of effects, as the Japanese manufacturer has not forgotten about the metronome. Well, another unique feature of the tool is karaoke support. The microphone is connected here to the corresponding connector. I must say that there are a lot of all kinds of ports here. For example, the connection of auxiliary devices is carried out via two USB sockets. The piano also allows you to output sound to two pairs of headphones. There is also a line-out. And the entrance, for that matter. The Japanese have not forgotten about MIDI connectors.

We can safely say that this is one of the most advanced digital pianos. It is difficult to imagine at least one category of people that the tool did not suit for some reason. As one of the buyers said, this is a gorgeous piano. And since the purchase, which happened in 2014, this model has not become outdated at all.

Advantages

  • The large touchscreen even accommodates notes;
  • Training mode has been implemented;
  • Perfect appearance;
  • Has three pedals;
  • Excellent backlit keyboard
  • Hammer action is used;
  • Outstanding touch sensitivity;
  • A huge number of timbres and effects;
  • Loud and high quality sound;
  • Excellent polyphony;
  • A large number of connectors.

disadvantages

  • Weight is 79 kg;
  • Astronomical cost.

KAWAI CA-98

Rating: 4.7

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Another body piano that's digital. And it also costs just over 300 thousand rubles. Unlike the examples discussed above, this model exists in three color options. In its lower part there are three pedals, you don't have to buy anything extra. Like a YAMAHA product, this instrument also combines the capabilities of a synthesizer, but to a lesser extent.

A distinctive feature of this tool is its rich color variety. There are three piano colors available in stores – white, brown and black. Also, this model is distinguished by the presence of a training mode. This means that the piano can be placed somewhere in a music school, where it will be as useful as possible.

Like the other tools discussed in this review, the KAWAI CA-98 has a full-size weighted keyboard. The hammer action does its job perfectly, making it possible to confuse this model with an acoustic piano. The manufacturer did not forget about the introduction of touch sensitivity. By the way, the three pedals located at the bottom of the instrument can also help in the game.

KAWAI CA-98 has a very large number of connectors. For example, there is a line-out here. In a word, you can output sound to any speakers without much difficulty. But often this is completely unnecessary, because the piano includes an excellent acoustic system. It includes two 67.5 W speakers. It is thanks to this acoustics that this instrument sounds as natural as possible. However, there is also the merit of the classic body, the sound on which begins to resonate. As for the sound chip, it supports 256-voice polyphony. In a word, it is the KAWAI CA-98 that is the best digital piano in this rating if we compare them in sound quality.

The dashboard of the 85kg instrument contains many buttons and controls, as well as a very large touchscreen display. All this allows you to use 88 tones and 41 tones. There is also a metronome, which is subject to all sorts of settings.

Let's go back to the connectors. There are a lot of them here. Someone will need two headphone jacks. The line-in seems useful as well. Also, the manufacturer has not forgotten about the MIDI connectors. There are also two different types of USB interfaces. This means that you can easily connect a USB flash drive to the digital piano, on which you can then record your own melody, saving it in MP3 or WAV format. The tool also includes a built-in Bluetooth – module.

Advantages

  • Three body colors to choose from;
  • There are three pedals;
  • Very loud and clear sound;
  • Wonderful full-size keyboard
  • Good touch sensitivity;
  • Hammer action is used;
  • There is a training mode;
  • A large number of timbres and effects;
  • A huge number of connectors;
  • Support has been implemented Bluetooth.

disadvantages

  • Very heavy weight;
  • Astronomical price tag.

YAMAHA CLP-645

Rating: 4.7

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Not enough for the digital piano's three color options? Well, in this case, you can consider buying a YAMAHA CLP-645. This classic piano is available in six colors! However, in Russia you can find only four of them, but this can be considered a very large variety.

Like the model discussed above, this tool tries to hide its digital component. No, there are buttons and switches, but they are either hidden or disguised. It is interesting that using one of the buttons here you can activate the learning mode. And this is great, because buying a YAMAHA CLP-645 is not at all burdensome for every music school! The fact is that the cost of this model is about 150 thousand rubles. What did the Japanese save on?

The keyboard is used exactly the same as in all expensive digital pianos from YAMAHA. It includes 88 full-size keys. They are all touch sensitive. It also uses hammer action. The feeling of using such a keyboard is wonderful.

You can't find fault with the three pedals present here. But this cannot be said about the speaker system. It was on it that the Japanese manufacturer saved the most. It consists of two 25W speakers. It would seem a good parameter. But it still may not be enough if the performance takes place in a sufficiently large concert hall. However, in this case, you can use two line outputs, bringing sound through them to some serious speakers.

If we continue talking about connectors, then the manufacturer definitely did not save on them. There are two headphone outputs here. The line-in is not forgotten either. The piano also has very useful MIDI connectors. Finally, two flavors of the USB interface can be found on the instrument. They are known to be used to synchronize with a PC and connect a flash drive.

For the sake of reducing the cost of the tool, the Japanese decided to use not the most expensive and high-quality materials. But they are very light. As a result, the digital piano weighs only 60 kg. For a case model, this is a very small figure!

As for the functionality, you can hardly find fault with it. The sound here emits 256-voice polyphony. It's nice that there is auto accompaniment here, albeit somewhat truncated, since it offers the musician only 20 styles. Also, the instrument offers 36 tones and 27 effects. If we recall the training mode, then it uses 303 melodies. By the way, a musician can write his own musical compositions even without any USB flash drive, there is plenty of memory in the piano.

Perhaps, we cannot but recommend YAMAHA CLP-645 for purchase. But, of course, it should be remembered that in some way the tool turned out to be slightly limited. It is possible that professional musicians still lack his capabilities. It is not surprising, because this is far from the most expensive specimen, especially when compared with other body brothers.

Advantages

  • A huge number of color options;
  • There is a training mode;
  • Excellent full-size keyboard
  • Hammer action applied;
  • Touch sensitivity implemented;
  • Three pedals can be used;
  • The instrument is not particularly heavy;
  • Auto accompaniment available;
  • Excellent polyphony;
  • A very large number of connectors.

disadvantages

  • Not the best acoustics;
  • High price;
  • Not the most convenient location for the control panel;
  • For some reason, not all MIDI files are played.

KAWAI CN-37

Rating: 4.7

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Another body piano. It is even more inexpensive. This tool is available in three colors. As expected, the piano has three pedals. Like the previous reviewed instance, the KAWAI CN-37 suffers from the awkward position of the control panel. It is located to the left of the keyboard, which makes it extremely difficult to reach for it. There is also a display here, but any child is unlikely to be able to see it normally. But children will definitely use such a piano, since there is a learning mode here. It should be noted that many music schools will definitely be able to acquire an instrument, the cost of which does not exceed 130 thousand rubles.

This model has a wonderful keyboard. It is weighted and full size. Of course, hammer action is used here, as the manufacturer has not forgotten about the sensitivity to touch. However, this keyboard cannot be said to be perfect. It is noticeable that the manufacturer decided to save on it. After six months, the keys begin to emit unpleasant clicks. Alas, this is a common problem for many KAWAI digital pianos – it is not considered a warranty case.

A cabinet piano cannot do without built-in speakers. They are also present here. However, their power is far from ideal. If 20-watt speakers are not enough, then you will have to use two line outputs. By the way, you can also output sound to the speakers by means of Bluetooth 4.0.

The manufacturer's savings are also noticeable in the weight of the tool, which is only 54 kg. It appears that KAWAI has ditched a lot of wood and metal, replacing them with cheaper and lighter materials.

If we talk about digital functionality, then it should suit most buyers. In addition to piano sounds, the instrument offers 352 tones. All of them are produced by a wonderful sound chip with 256-voice polyphony. The musician also has access to auto accompaniment, which has 100 styles. The metronome is not forgotten, of course. The digital piano also offers 31 effects, which is also an impressive number.

This model has a very large number of connectors. Line-in, two headphone outputs, MIDI jacks – it's all there. There are also two USB interfaces that are used to synchronize with a computer and connect an external drive.

Advantages

  • Three body colors to choose from;
  • Learning mode introduced;
  • Hammer action is used;
  • Touch sensitivity implemented;
  • Three pedals are built in;
  • A huge number of connectors;
  • A very large number of effects and timbres;
  • Auto accompaniment available;
  • Support built in Bluetooth.

disadvantages

  • The keyboard gradually starts to make clicks;
  • Extremely quiet speaker system;
  • Inconvenient location of the control panel;
  • High price.

YAMAHA YDP-164

Rating: 4.6

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Another digital piano available in several colors. The most interesting is the instrument with the beige body color. However, the black case is still in the greatest demand, as it is more common.

This piano is not the best choice for a music school. Yes, the tool turned out to be very inexpensive, because they ask for 90 thousand rubles for it. Many compact digital pianos are more expensive, especially when bundled with three pedals! So why would music school students find any flaws in the YAMAHA YDP-164? The fact is that there is no training mode here. Of course, with a competent teacher, such a function is not particularly needed. But she certainly would not become superfluous.

Like all digital pianos in our ranking, this model features a weighted and full-size keyboard. Here hammer mechanics are used, the manufacturer did not forget to introduce touch sensitivity. It's a pity that the Japanese had to economize in some way, which is why the keys turned out to be quite noisy.

As you already understood, the instrument received three pedals. There are absolutely no complaints about their mechanics. There is also a keyboard cover here. However, it is difficult to imagine a digital piano body without such a structural element. The quality of the tool is evidenced by the weight of only 42 kg. Although at first, the digital piano looks beautiful and rich. We just do not recommend counting on a long service life of this model. Dozens of years of constant use is not about the YAMAHA YDP-164.

Some buyers are bound to be confused by the speakers used here. Their total power is 40 watts. They produce very clear sound, but there is no serious headroom here. If you are buying a piano for performances in a large concert hall, it is better to look for a model with louder speakers.

Another problem with the tool is the small number of connectors. Even a USB stick cannot be inserted here. In fact, the manufacturer only offers to synchronize with a PC and connect two pairs of headphones. If you want to connect a tablet or smartphone, you will have to do this through, possibly, several adapters at once.

The YAMAHA YDP-164 is a digital piano, but by no means a synthesizer. Alas, the tool offers only 4 effects. The musician also has 10 timbres available, which seems a ridiculous number of them. And there is no auto accompaniment at all. However, what else did you expect with such a price tag? Be glad that at least 192-voice polyphony is being used here. The Japanese manufacturer could also severely limit it, reducing the number of votes by about half.

Advantages

  • Four body colors to choose from;
  • Hammer action is used;
  • Touch sensitivity implemented;
  • There are three pedals;
  • Not very heavy;
  • Good polyphony.

disadvantages

  • Keys tap a little;
  • Weak acoustic system;
  • Few timbres and effects;
  • No auto accompaniment
  • Insufficient number of connectors;
  • Some examples have poor build quality.

CASIO AP-470

Rating: 4.5

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Another upright piano with a classical-shaped body. At the bottom of the instrument are three gold-colored pedals. Like other cheap box-type digital pianos, the CASIO AP-470 suffers from an inconvenient location of the panel with buttons and controls. It is located on the side of the keyboard, and therefore not everyone can reach it. In particular, problems may arise in a child, he simply does not have enough arm length.

However, it should be admitted that the use of the control panel is required here in quite rare cases. The fact is that the CASIO AP-470 cannot be called a multi-functional tool. No, the 256-voice polyphony is excellent here. But it is primarily intended for creating piano sounds. If we talk about other timbres, then there are only 22 of them. You won't be able to turn the instrument into an electric guitar, it's sad. We'll have to use the piano as … the piano!

If we continue to talk about additional functions, then there is a metronome and several effects. The tool also received a learning mode. But very truncated, it only includes 10 tunes.

Let's go back to digital piano design. The body of this model can be painted in one of three colors. The instrument's keyboard is weighted and full-sized. It turned out to be very convenient, including due to hammer mechanics. I am glad that at first the keys are completely silent. Only after six months they begin to emit some tapping, but it is not at all annoying. But the pedal creaking that appears can already strain someone.

This piano is very lightweight. Its weight is only 43.3 kg, which is quite a bit for a case model. The instrument is light, among other things, because of the simple speakers located inside. Their total power is only 40 watts. In some room this is definitely enough, but for a concert hall this option is unacceptable.

By the way, the CASIO AP-470 has a problem with the volume of the material recorded on a USB flash drive. On the computer, you will have to start editing this composition, forcibly increasing its volume. But the good news is that there is at least the possibility of such a recording – many inexpensive digital pianos do without a USB Type A connector.

If we talk about all kinds of nests, then there are still few of them. Of course, you can synchronize with a PC – USB Type B is intended for this purpose. You can also output sound to two pairs of headphones. But nothing more.

Advantages

  • There is a training mode;
  • Excellent polyphony;
  • Not very heavy;
  • There are three pedals;
  • Nice full-size keyboard
  • Three body colors to choose from;
  • There is touch sensitivity;
  • Hammer action is used.

disadvantages

  • Low volume of music recording to a USB flash drive;
  • I would have liked more connectors;
  • Not the best speaker system;
  • Gradually, the keys still begin to knock.

Roland F-140R

Rating: 4.4

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One of the simplest digital pianos in the classic body. This model is the least similar to a real acoustic instrument. But you still won't need to look for a table for your new piano – there is already its own stand, in which three pedals are also mounted. And many people don't need more.

This model is available in two colors. Unfortunately, it produces sound with very modest speakers. Their total power does not exceed 24 W. Even in a relatively small room, the instrument will sound quiet. And if you decide to perform in a concert hall … No wonder the manufacturer has endowed his creation with a linear output. High-quality speakers will definitely not hurt the buyer.

88 keys are used for playing here. They are all weighted and sensitive to touch. They also have hammer action, which is also good news. In a word, everything is serious! It is also nice that the keyboard is almost completely silent. The situation may change in the future, but this is unlikely to happen after six months or even a year.

Despite the relatively low cost, the Roland F-140R does a good job of combining the functions of a synthesizer. Of course, 128-voice polyphony sometimes makes itself felt, not coping with the active actions of the musician. But in most cases, its capabilities are quite enough. By going through the appropriate control, you can use 316 tones. The only pity is that there is no full-fledged search for timbres here, and therefore the choice of a specific variant may take a long time. The piano also has 72 styles of auto accompaniment. But there are very few effects here, it will upset someone.

If we talk about additional functions, then it should be noted the metronome and recording of songs. Just be prepared for the fact that it will be very inconvenient to insert a USB flash drive, since all the connectors are located below. Among them, by the way, you can find line-in and USB Type B, used to synchronize with a computer. There are also two headphone outputs here. And the digital piano also includes Bluetooth – a module. It may seem that its capabilities are severely limited. However, if you update the instrument's firmware to version 1.09, while at the same time resetting the piano to factory settings, then Bluetooth will begin to support MIDI device mode.

Advantages

  • Excellent full-size keyboard
  • Hammer action is used;
  • There are three pedals;
  • Good touch sensitivity;
  • Weight does not exceed 34.5 kg;
  • A huge number of timbres;
  • There is Bluetooth – module;
  • Auto accompaniment is supported.

disadvantages

  • Not the best look;
  • There is no complete list of timbres;
  • An external power supply is used;
  • All connectors are on the bottom;
  • Weak acoustics;
  • Few effects.

Conclusion

Now you know which digital piano to choose. It remains only to acquire the required amount! As you may have noticed, quality musical instruments are expensive. But on the other hand, they offer polyphonic polyphony, thanks to which the piano plays as well as its analog counterpart.


Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

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