Digital Piano Review – Casio Privia Digital Piano PX850 vs Casio Celviano Digital Piano AP450

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Casio Celviano Digital Piano AP-450

Today, I’d like to introduce Casio’s new release – Celviano Digital Piano AP450. Especially if you were considering PX850, this AP450 is worth checking. You probably cannot find information (including pricing) about AP450 not only because it is not allowed to advertise its pricing information, but also because it is recently released in Jan 2013.

Casio’s Digital Piano AP450 can be a great alternative to Casio’s PX850, since Casio’s AP450 has actually exact same functions/sound systems/keys/touches/actions/speakers as Casio’s PX850. Please see the comparison chart below. Casio Celviano Digital Piano AP450 is a truly nice upgrade version of Casio Privia Digital Piano PX850.

Casio PX850 is already highly acclaimed by many digital piano specialists including another Casio dealer/renowned blogger Tim Praskins; you can read his great review on Casio’s PX850 here.  Casio’s new Privia digital piano PX850 has been one of the most sought digital pianos since its release in 2012. The touch feels great as it has graded hammered action, it has ivory key tops and it has 256 polyphony while Yamaha’s Arius digital pianos, which are the closest competitors, have only 128 polyphony. The problem of Casio PX850 right now is  the supply from Casio Japan couldn’t meet the giant number of demand for this piano, and thus it is now back-ordered at Casio. It is expected to ship again in early March 2013.

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Model Casio Celviano AP-450 Casio Privia PX-850
Keyboard 88 keys, weighted scaled hammer action 88 keys, weighted scaled hammer action
Sound Source AiR (Acoustic & intelligent Resonator) AiR (Acoustic & intelligent Resonator)
Bench Adjustable Furniture Style Bench Included Not Included; you have to buy seperately.
Polyphony 256 256
Dimensions 54.2 X 16.8 X33.1 53.4 X 11.7 X 32.9
Weight 89.3 lbs 81 lbs
Appearance A Cabinet Style Digital Piano A Simple Stand
Color Black, Brown Black
Pedal Color Gold (Regular Piano Pedal Size) Silver (Smaller than Acoustic Piano Pedals)

I also double-checked with one of Casio Representatives that this digital piano has the exactly same as PX850 but with nicer cabinet and a bench. Here’s another account of Casio Rep that it is actually very similar piano to PX850. You can read the full thread here.

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You can also check out the full specification of both pianos from Casio’s official site. Click to see the detailed AP450’s specification and PX850 specification.

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My favorite feature of AP450 is the lid on the top. It is much like that the lid on an acoustic grand piano. This lid simulation allows the sound of digital piano to come out and help it resonate better.The lid simulation is also available on Casio’s Privia PX850.

Casio’s Celviano AP450 will be a great alternative to PX-850 and it will also be able to replace an upright acoustic piano for your needs.

For factory warranty,  Celviano AP450 and AP650 includes 5 years factory warranty.

If you’d like to find your local Celviano digital piano dealers, use the dealer locator page on Casio.

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19 thoughts on “Digital Piano Review – Casio Privia Digital Piano PX850 vs Casio Celviano Digital Piano AP450

  1. Hello,
    What do you think between Casio AP-450 and Casio PX-850. Which one would you recommend and why?
    Thank you,
    John

  2. As you might have realized from my blog, I prefer AP450 to PX850. AP450’s cabinet looks more stable and luxurious, and there are legs right beneath the piano keys which support the piano’s main board. Also, unlike PX850, AP450’s speaker is inside of its cabinet. Since AP450’s cabinet is bigger and the speaker is in it, I think its sound echo is better. On top of that, AP450 has regular acoustic piano’s pedal while PX850 doesn’t. I think this feature allows the player to play the piano more comfortable.

    As far as I know, AP450 is more expensive because of its upgraded features. However, you can get an adjustable bench with the piano. The bench comes with it while PX850 does not include any bench.

    I hope my comments helped your shopping.

  3. I just purchased the AP450 from ER Music Gallery. I will say that the AP450 is an excellent piano. I will admit the Rolands and Yamahas have a slightly (and I mean very slightly) better feel. The keys are textured and have a good feel.

    I found that the dynamic range is way better than the yamaha YDP series and the sound of the grand pianos are absolutely fantastic. The touch response is very good, ie sound when the key is partially depressed, etc. I rank myself as an intermediate player. I was impressed with the build quality of the AP450. The piano sounds wonderful. Let me emphasize this – the piano sounds wonderful. I looked and played the Yamahas, but I’m very happy that I purchased the AP450. This piano is going to give Yamaha and Roland a run for their money – and Casio has now raised the bar for a lower end digital piano.

    One other note: The folks at ER Music Gallery were very helpful. I had never heard of them and was a little leary. My fears were unfounded. Their prices are very competitive – make sure you call them. The lady I spoke with was very helpful. Delivery was prompt

  4. I just purchased the AP450 from ER Music Gallery. I will say that the AP450 is an excellent piano. I will admit the Rolands and Yamahas have a slightly (and I mean very slightly) better feel. The keys are textured and have a good feel.

    I found that the dynamic range is way better than the yamaha YDP series and the sound of the grand pianos are absolutely fantastic. The touch response is very good, ie sound when the key is partially depressed, etc. I rank myself as an intermediate player. I was impressed with the build quality of the AP450. The piano sounds wonderful. Let me emphasize this – the piano sounds wonderful. I looked and played the Yamahas, but I’m very happy that I purchased the AP450. This piano is going to give Yamaha and Roland a run for their money – and Casio has now raised the bar for a lower end digital piano.

    One other note: The folks at ER Music Gallery were very helpful. They answered all my questions and their prices are very competitive.

  5. A lot less than the yamahas. You’ll need to call them. They are nice folks. FYI I have no affiliation with er music or casio. I’m on a budget and the ap450 offers a lot for the price. My only exposure to casio has been best buy. I was delightfully surprised by the Celviano line. Hope this helps. Jim

    • I can’t buy it from them bc I do not live in that state.
      I am looking for that model close to my home.
      how much did youay for the AP 450 ???

    • Thanks Jim-
      I have been looking for the AP 450 for a while
      I can’t buy it from them bc I do not live in that state.
      I am looking for that model close to my home.
      how much did you pay for the AP 450 ???

  6. Hi,
    I noticed something odd about the top lid of my Celviano AP-450 and I would be very interested in hearing the opinion of another owner of this model.

    The wooden top lid of the piano consists of two parts: the fixed plank in the front where the music stand sits and the rear plank with a hinge that can be opened.

    On my piano the fixed plank is sagging in the middle right behind the music stand. It seems as if the weight in the middle is to high and there is no support at all.
    As a result the retractable keyboard cover scratches against the bottom of the fixed plank when opening the cover.

    Can anyone confirm this on his AP-450?
    Best regards,
    Flo

  7. Hi Jim. Do you have any insight that you could provide when comparing the CASIO AP650 and the PX860? Would the comparison above still be true, ie. the cabinet quality, etc. Which would you say sounds better and plays better?

    • This would really depend on your needs, suitability and preference. I certainly love both the AP650 and the PX860 pianos. To better assist you, can I ask what your most important factors for piano is? What is your most use for the piano? recital? recreation? home use? practice? ALSO, who will be playing it? a student? professional? these are some questions that must be answered to pick out the best value of piano for certain individuals.

  8. Hello
    I am in doubt about AP650 and AP460. I will use the piano to study (I am between beguiner and intermediare level) and to compose (using usb connection to computer DAW, VSTs and notation software). I thought about PX560 too, but I am not intented to became a recital professional (in the short term at least). And I assumed that in terms of piano sound the AP460 should be above the PX560.
    Thanks
    Joao

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