Buying a digital piano isn’t something you do very often and you want to make the right choice for yourself or for your family. Whether you’ve just started out looking for a digital piano, or you’ve been researching for a while and can’t make that important final decision you’ll find the information on this site invaluable. We’ve put together this review site to help you make the right decision and, probably more importantly, stop you from making a very expensive mistake!
|Yamaha ARIUS YDP-181 Digital Piano||No||$$$$||4.9|
|Casio PX-5S Privia Pro Digital Stage Piano||Yes||$$$||5.0|
|Roland F-120-SB Digital Piano||No||$$$$||4.8|
|Casio PX850 Privia Digital Piano||No||$$$$||4.8|
|Casio Privia PX-130 Digital Stage Piano||Yes||$$||4.6|
|Yamaha P105B Digital Piano||Yes||$$||4.8|
|Yamaha DGX650 Digital Piano||No||$$$||4.7|
|Korg SP170 Digital Piano||Yes||$$||4.3|
|Yamaha P Series P35 Digital Piano||Yes||$$||4.8|
|Yamaha P155 Digital Piano||Yes||$$$||4.7|
Digital Piano vs. Acoustic Piano
Over recent years the huge advancements in technology have meant that digital pianos sound better than ever before. However, many traditionalists believe that a digital piano cannot, and will never be able to, match the quality of the real thing. So, which is better: a digital or traditional piano?
The Advantages of Digital Pianos
The main advantage of digital pianos is that they significantly cheaper than traditional pianos. For many people, a real piano would be impossible to afford. Therefore, a digital model is a fantastic alternative. As a beginner you will want to be able to practice regularly and having your own piano at home will help you to quickly improve and progress.
Digital pianos are more compact than acoustic pianos and with such a large range of models available, you will be able to find a piano that will comfortably fit into your house or apartment. A digital piano is also more portable and can easily be transported to different locations
Unlike acoustic pianos, digital pianos do not need any kind of maintenance. Not only does a digital piano not require tuning, but it can be placed in any room in your home because heat, moisture and humidity won’t damage it.
You can play in silence
This is an important consideration, especially if you live in an apartment, have close neighbors or like to practice into the small hours. Simply plug in a set of good quality headphones and you can practice to your hearts content without bothering anyone else.
They are more versatile
Digital pianos can sound like any piano you can imagine. They also often come with other sounds – strings, choirs, and more – that offer all sorts of creative playing possibilities. In addition many models have recording and playback features, which allow you to assess your practice and identify any mistakes that you may have made.
Disadvantages of Digital Pianos
Along with the technology that has allowed manufacturers to make such fantastic instruments comes a huge amount of digital piano “geek speak”. Reviewers talk about polyphony and graded hammer action, touch sensitivity and escapement….. how can buying a piano be so complicated? We’ve put together a comprehensive A-Z guide to explain the most common terms which you can read here.
Many experienced pianists believe that only the most expensive digital pianos are able to accurately mimic the dynamics of a real piano. For example when you play a lower cost digital model, the volume of a note is not affected by how hard or softly the key is pressed.
So it’s important to do your research to find the piano that is right for you and your home. Digital pianos are a wonderful, cost effective alternative to acoustic pianos. Here are our reviews of the Top five digital pianos.
The Yamaha Arius YDP-181 is one of the best digital pianos on the market. Most forums agree. We personally think it’s the best, all things considered. Most importantly this piano gives you excellent sound thanks to the graded hammer action, dynamic stereo sampling voices and 128 note polyphony. This translates into an authentic sounding instrument which is suitable for both beginners and experienced players.
Additionally this piano has a damper pedal with half damper effect which gives a nuanced expressive control. All in all we love the look, feel and sound of this piano. Online reviewers agree which is why it gets our vote as the Best Digital Piano. Read our detailed review here.
The Roland F120 is one of the best digital pianos out there. It’s another expensive one but again, it’s extremely well made and would be a great investment for anyone who doesn’t want to be upgrading a $500 piano in a few years time.
So what’s so special about this piano? The design of the piano is great; it’s just 345cm deep which makes it a great choice if you have a limited amount of space in your home. The F120 has Roland’s SuperNATURAL piano engine at its core which provides an incredibly expressive and authentic sound.
Many reviewers comment on how great this piano feels and it is outfitted with an Ivory Feel-G keyboard, featuring progressive hammer action to offer expression and performance that rivals that of high-end pianos. Read our full review here.
It uses Yamaha’s “Pure CF sound engine”, a first for a P series piano and, just like a traditional acoustic piano, the keys of the lower notes have a heavier touch while the higher ones are more responsive to lighter playing.
But what we like most about this piano are the responses from people who already own one: “simply awesome”, “feels pretty close to the real thing” and “great little keyboard”, which is why this piano is an Amazon best seller. Read our detailed review here.
This is the flagship of the new Privia line from Casio and it’s proving to be an incredibly popular piano with both beginners and accomplished players. Casio have dramatically improved the sound for this generation of pianos with their new “AiR” sound source and they have also re-designed the 88 note tri-sensor scaled hammer action.
The new PX850 features simulated ebony and ivory textured keys for an incredible feel and you also get a good choice of instrumental tones including strings, organ, electric piano and bass. There is also a useful “duet mode” allowing you to split the keyboard into two equal ranges – great for student and teacher to use the keyboard simultaneously. Read our full review here.
Yamaha have done it again with this DGX650 model. The sound is sampled from Yamaha’s world acclaimed CFIIIS concert grand piano which gives fantastic sound quality for a piano of this price (around $850).
It has an acoustic piano touch and tone which come via the graded hammer action plus a damper resonance which digitally reproduced the sympathetic interaction between strings on an acoustic piano.
But what we really love is the XG sound set that lets you play along with professional arranged recordings of all your favourite songs. You can download your favourite artists – Elton John, Coldplay, Adele – play along and then share your musical masterpiece using the new USB audio record. Madison Square Garden here we come!! Read our full review here.