Roland RD 2000 Review & Comparison & Best Price

ROLAND RD 2000 / ROLAND RD 2000 REVIEW/ ROLAND RD 2000 COMPARISON/ ROLAND RD 2000 BEST PRICE – DIGITAL PIANO BEST REVIEW..

Roland RD series came back as new RD 2000 with metal chassis that people favored more than the plastic chassis from the previous model RD 800. With Legendary RD 1000 sound players can travel back in time to feel the best authentic sound of that past time. Compatibilty with RD 800 Live Set, new feature, 2 distinct sound engines for both acoustic and electric piano sounds, new action, and USB Audio support gave more power to Roland RD 2000.

Myron McKinley from Earth, Wind & Fire playing Roland RD 2000

Roland RD 2000 PHA-50 Plastic + Wood Hybrid Keys

Roland PHA50 action

PHA-50, which is Roland’s best key action yet, is installed in RD 2000. The combination of plastic and wood makes the RD 2000 look more natural, The escapement feature is integrated in the PHA-50, which will make players feel the action of an actual piano, because the wood parts will vibrate. It also feels natural when sliding the keys.

*Escapement –  the mechanism that allows the hammer to clear the string after striking, so that the string can vibrate (TheFreeDictionary).

The hammers of grand piano are positioned horizontally and therefore get affected by gravity directly, which enables faster key recovery. Hammers of upright pianos are positioned vertically with springs (jack).

Roland FP 90 Escapement

(Picture from Piano-tuners)

Roland RD 2000 Sound Engines: V-Piano and SuperNatural Sound

V-Piano engine is the latest piano technology of Roland that simulates natural sound of acoustic piano which has unlimited polyphony.

And at the other hand, SUPER Natural engine is for electric pianos and other sounds which are compatible with RD 800 Live Set.

History of Roland RD series

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RD 1000 was made in 1986, it was the digital piano with the latest technology called “Structured Adaptive” that gave users more authentic sound. RD 1000’s COSM (Component Object Sound Modeling) modeling (Or called V-Piano) which was no full modelling back then. Some players still adhere to use RD 1000 sound. And Roland RD 2000 does have & compatible with all the previous RD-series sounds including legendary RD 1000!

Other features of Roland RD 2000

-high velocity

-vintage analog effect

-100 scene memories

-Foot pedal compatibility as mod wheel

-supports USB MIDI/USB Audio

-Roland RD 2000 has function to change option for individual keys (flat, sharp, percussive)

-Roland RD 2000 can split or layer 8 internal or 8 eternal or 8 combined sounds like a MIDI controller

-Roland RD 2000 has rotary speaker simulator for classic organ sounds.

-Roland RD 2000 has audio interface built inside which can send DAW information with internal routing options.

-Roland RD 2000 has Program Write function which by pressing One-Touch button, user-set setting will start instantly. And you can rearrange the program orders with Program Swap function.

Reaction of People

Piano World Forums RD 2000 Link

One of the most popular piano forum communities, Piano World Forum, went viral when RD-2000 was introduced. With more functions like internal audio system, better action and design, and sophisticated controls, people say RD 2000 feels very much professional, compact and compact.

Roland RD 800 vs RD 2000 Comparison

RD 800 RD 2000
Polyphony SN: 128 VP: Full, SN: 128
Key Action PHA-4 Concert PHA-50 Hybrid
Sound Engine # 1 (SN) 2 (SN, VP)
Tones 1113 Over 1100
Effects Modulation 56 types 62 types
Tremolo/Amp Simulator 5 types 6 types
Controller # Much more
Display 320 x 240 dots 256 x 80 dots
Chassis

(but same weight)

Plastic Aluminum
Power Consumption 12W 23W
USB Audio No Yes

Apps| Roland provides several helpful apps for RD 2000 (official website) for both IOS and Android now.

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They have very useful apps such as Piano Partner 2, Piano Designer, and Cube Kit

Sound| Over 1100 sounds

Touch| Roland’s latest PHA-50 wood&plastic hybrid action

Polyphony| SUPER Natural engine has 128, V-Piano engine has unlimited (full keys)

Color| Available only in Black

Warranty| 3years of parts and 2 years of labor

Owner’s Manual (not currently available)

Specification (Roland Official Website)

KEYBOARD SECTION

Keyboard PHA-50 Keyboard: Wood and Plastic Hybrid Structure, with Escapement and Ebony/Ivory Feel (88 keys)

SOUND GENERATOR SECTION

Sound Generator 2x Independent Sound Engines
Sound Engine1: V-Piano Technology
Sound Engine2: SuperNATURAL
SuperNATURAL Piano
SuperNATURAL (E.Piano, Clav)
Virtual Tone Wheel Organ
PCM Sound Generator

Max. Polyphony V-Piano Technology Sound Engine: Full Polyphony
SuperNATURAL Sound Engine: 128 voices

Parts 16 parts (Max 8 parts are used in the PROGRAM)

Tones 1,100 tones Over

Program 300

Scene 100

Effects Modulation FX: 4 systems, 62 types
Tremolo/Amp Simulator: 4 systems, 6 types
Reverb: 6 types
Delay: 5 types
Sympathetic Resonance (Only for SuperNATURAL Piano)
3-band Compressor
5-band Digital Equalizer

AUDIO FILE PLAYER

File Format Audio Files (WAV format, 44.1 kHz, 16-bit linear)

RECORDER SECTION

File Format Audio Files (WAV format, 44.1 kHz, 16-bit linear)

External Storage Device USB flash drive (supports USB 2.0 Hi-Speed flash memory)

OTHER

Rhythm Pattern 200 patterns

Controllers Slider x 9 (with illumination)
Knobs x 8 (with illumination)
Pitch Bend/Modulation lever
Modulation Wheel x 2

DisplayGraphic LCD 256 x 80 dots

ConnectorsMAIN OUT (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
MAIN OUT (L, R) jacks: XLR type
SUB OUT (L, R) jacks:1/4-inch phone type
NPUT jack: Stereo miniature phone type
Pedal (DAMPER, FC1, FC2, EXT) jacks: TRS phone type
MIDI (IN, OUT1, THRU/OUT2) connectors
USB (COMPUTER) port: USB type B
USB (MEMORY) port: USB type A
PHONES jack: Stereo 1/4 inch phone type
AC In jack

Number of USB Audio Record/Playback Channels Signal Processing: 24-bit
Sampling Rate: 192 kHz, 96 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 48 kHz, 44.1 kHz
Record: 2 channels
Playback: 2 channels

Power Consumption 23 W

Accessories Owner’s manual
Power cord
Damper pedal (capable of continuous detection)

Options Keyboard stand: KS-G8B
Piano pedal: RPU-3
Damper pedal: DP-10
Pedal switch: DP-2
Expression pedal: EV-5
USB Flash Memory

SIZE AND WEIGHT

Width 1,412 mm 55-5/8 inches

Depth 367 mm 14-1/2 inches

Height 140 mm 5-9/16 inches

Weight 21.7 kg 47 lbs 14 oz
* Actual weight can vary slightly from that indicated due to the fact that wooden parts are involved.

Roland RD 2000 manual

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Roland FP 90 Review & Comparison & Best Price

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Roland FP 90 topview

Compared to its predecessor, Roland FP 90 came up with variety of new things. New modern design with flat-profile buttons, sliders, and EQ, Bluetooth 4.0 for convenient wireless connection, unlimited polyphony for acoustic piano tones, stronger speaker, and Roland’s best key action PHA-50 hybrid. Roland FP 90 is currently the best piano for the money. It can be used at anywhere like home, outside, church and stage.

Let us take a look at this new Roland FP 90 + comparison with previous model FP 80

Listen to beautiful and natural sound of Roland FP 90 along with violin sound.

Roland FP 90 white cabinet stand + 3 pedals

Roland FP 90 White with matching cabinet stand + 3 pedals

Roland FP 90 PHA-50 Plastic + Wood Hybrid Keys

Roland PHA50 action

 

PHA-50, which is Roland’s best key action yet, is included in FP 90. The combination of plastic and wood makes FP 90 look more natural, and escapement feature integrated in PHA-50 will make players to feel action of actual piano because the wood parts will vibrate. It also feels natural when sliding keys.

*Escapement –  the mechanism that allows the hammer to clear the string after striking, so that the string can vibrate (TheFreeDictionary).

Hammers of grand piano positioned horizontally therefore get affected by gravity directly, which enables faster key recovery. Hammers of upright piano are positioned vertically with springs (jack).

Roland FP 90 Escapement

(Picture from Piano-tuners)

Roland FP 90 Powerful Onboard Speakers

Roland FP 90 internal speaker

Even though Roland FP 90 is a portable digital piano, it has powerful speakers and newly developed tweeters that can fill a small venue with rich sound.

Roland FP 90 vs FP 80 Comparison

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Roland FP 90

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Roland FP 80

Compared to design of Roland FP 80, Roland FP 90 came up with matte color, bigger speaker, wood+plastic hybrid keys, sliders, and flat profile control buttons.

FP 80 FP 90
Max. Polyphony 128 Piano: ∞, Other: 384
Key Action PHA-3 with S PHA-50
Bluetooh No Yes
# of Voices 372 350
Power Output 7W x2, 6W x2 25W x2, 5W x2
3D Headphone Ambience No Yes
Volume Level 101dB 107dB
Note Memory 30,000 notes 70,000 notes
Playable Software MIDI Format 0 MIDI Format 0,1
# of Songs 1 10
# of registration 25 30
E.Q (Low/Mid/High) Control No Yes
Song Vol. Slider No Yes
Part Slider (Lower/Upper) No Yes
Phone Jack ¼” ¼” + Stereo miniature phone
Display Graphic LCD 128x64dots 132×32 dots
Power Consumption 10W 12W
Size in inch 55”x18-1/16”x36-13/16” 52-13/16”x16-1/2”x36-3/4”
Size in mm 1396x48x935mm 1340x418x932mm
Weight (w/ stand & rest) 80 lbs. 1oz (36.3kg) 83 lbs. 6oz (37.8kg)
Weight (w/ piano only) 52 lbs. 8oz (23.8kg) 52 lbs. 1oz (23.6kg)

Apps| Roland provides several helpful apps for FP 90 (official website) for both IOS and Android now.

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They have very useful apps such as Piano Partner 2, Piano Designer, and Cube Kit

Sound| Roland FP 90 has

-15 piano tones

-16 e-piano tones

-11 Strings tones

-15 organ tones

-15 pad tones

-278 other tones (including 8 drum sets, 1 SFX set)

-GM2 (Roland’s General Midi 2 Sound Library) which supports hundredths of different midi generated instrument sounds (source from SinclairDesign).

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Touch| Roland FP 90 has PHA-50 hybrid action

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Bluetooth| Roland FP 90 supports bluetooth 4.0. It can be connected to multiple devices (supports Android, Windows, and IOS) for music applications (ex. GarageBand). And it has bluetooth recognition function, which means, you can connect the piano to apple devices, and have the device to turn the sheet music automatically for you.

Color| Roland FP 90 is available in black and white color.

Warranty| Roland offers 3 years of parts warranty + 2 years of labor warranty for FP 90.

Owner’s Manual

New 1.04 firmware update is available for Roland FP 90.

-Bass+Cymbal tone added

-muting desired part from Piano Partner 2

-bug fixed

The update can be downloaded at Roland official website

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Specification (Roland Official Website)

SOUND GENERATOR

Piano Sound: SuperNATURAL Piano Modeling

Max. Polyphony Piano: Limitless (solo playing using “Concert Piano, Ballad Piano, Mellow Piano, and Bright Piano” tones)
Other: 384

Tones

Piano: 15 tones
E.Piano: 16 tones
Strings: 11 tones
Organ: 15 tones
Pad: 15 tones
Other: 278 tones (including 8 drum sets, 1 SFX set)

KEYBOARD

Keyboard PHA-50 Keyboard: Wood and Plastic Hybrid Structure, with Escapement and Ebony/Ivory Feel (88 keys)

Touch Sensitivity Key Touch: 100 types, fixed touch
Hammer Response

Keyboard Modes: Whole, Dual, Split (split point adjustable)
SPEAKER SYSTEM

Speakers: 8 x 12 cm (3-3/16 x 4-3/4 inches) x 2 (with speaker box)
Dome Tweeters: 2.5 cm (1 inches) x 2

HEADPHONES

Headphones capable of Headphones 3D  Ambience

TUNING, VOICING

Master Tuning: 415.3–466.2 Hz (adjustable in increments of 0.1 Hz)

Temperament10 types (Equal, Just Major, Just Minor, Pythagorean, Kirnberger I, Kirnberger II, Kirnberger III, Meantone, Werckmeister, Arabic), selectable temperament key

Effects:

Ambience
Equalizer (3-band digital equalizer)
Only for organ tones:
Rotary Speaker Effect
Only for E.Piano tones:
Modulation Speed

Piano Designer (Only for “Concert Piano, Ballad Piano, Mellow Piano, and Bright Piano” tones):

Lid
Key Off Noise
Hammer Noise
Duplex Scale
Full Scale String Resonance
Damper Resonance
Key Off Resonance
Cabinet Resonance
Soundboard Type
Damper Noise
Single Note Tuning
Single Note Volume
Single Note Character

Rated Power Output:

25 W x 2
5 W x 2

Volume Level (SPL):

107 dB (This value was measured according to the method that is based on Roland’s technical standard.)

BLUETOOTH

Bluetooth Audio: Bluetooth Ver. 3.0 (Supports SCMS-T content protection)
MIDI, Turning music sheet: Bluetooth Ver. 4.0

MIC

Effects:

Compressor
Doubling
Echo

Controls:

Mic Gain knob
Mic Volume slider

DATA PLAYBACK

Playable Software Standard MIDI Files (Format 0, 1)
Audio File (WAV, 44.1 kHz, 16-bit linear format, MP3, 44.1kHz, 64kbps–320kbps, require USB Flash Memory)Internal SongsTotal 10 songs

RECORDER

Recordable Software: Standard MIDI Files (Format 0, Approx. 70,000 notes memory)
Audio File (WAV, 44.1 kHz, 16-bit linear format, require USB Flash Memory)

CONVENIENT FUNCTIONS

Convenient Functions:

Metronome (adjustable Tempo/Beat/Down beat/Pattern/Volume/Tone)
Transpose (Keyboard/Song: in semitones)
Registration (30 registrations, capable of pedal shift)
Registration Set
Tone Demo
Auto Off

OTHER

Display: Graphic LCD 132 x 32 dots

Controls:

Volume slider
Equalizer sliders (Low/Mid/High)
Part sliders (Lower/Upper)
Song Vol. slider
Speaker switch

Connectors:

DC In jack
Pedal (Damper/R, Sostenuto/C *1, Soft/L *1) jacks: TRS 1/4-inch phone type
Input jacks: Stereo miniature phone type
Output (L/Mono, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
Mic Input jack: 1/4-inch phone type
MIDI (Out/In) connectors
USB Computer port: USB B type
USB Memory port: USB A type
Phones jack x 2: Stereo miniature phone type, Stereo 1/4-inch phone type
*1: Assignable

Power Supply: AC adaptor

Power Consumption: 12 W

Accessories:

Owner’s Manual
Leaflet “USING THE UNIT SAFELY”
AC adaptor
Power cord
Music rest
Damper pedal (DP-10; capable of continuous detection)Option (sold separately)Dedicated stand: KSC-90
Dedicated pedal board: KPD-90
Keyboard stand: KS-G8B, KS-18Z, KS-12
Pedal unit: RPU-3
Damper pedal: DP series
Pedal switch: DP-2 (*2)
Expression pedal: EV-5
USB Flash Memory

*2 Cannot use for Damper/R.

SIZE (DETACHED MUSIC REST)

Width: 1,340 mm, 52-13/16 inches

Depth: 390 mm, 15-3/8 inches

Height: 136 mm, 5-3/8 inches

SIZE (FP-90 WITH KSC-90 AND MUSIC REST)

Width: 1,340 mm, 52-13/16 inches

Depth: 418 mm, 16-1/2 inches

Height: 932 mm, 36-3/4 inches

WEIGHT (FP-90 WITH MUSIC REST)

Weight: 23.6 kg
52 lbs. 1 oz.

WEIGHT (FP-90 WITH KSC-90, KPD-90, AND MUSIC REST)

Weight: 37.8 kg
83 lbs. 6 oz.

Roland Official Website

Roland FP 90 list

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6 Proven Reason Why Beginners Become Master Pianists 10x Times Faster on Digital Piano

Many people who learn on Digital Piano learn much faster In order to learn the digital piano. Now-a-days, teachers, tutors, pianists and musicians recommend learning piano on digital piano due to the advances in technology makes digital piano much superior than upright piano and much closer to a grand piano. Here is 6 reasons why learning on digital piano will improve your piano skills MUCH FASTER than an acoustic piano.

  1. Headphone / Control Volume: With digital piano, you can control the volume of the digital piano. This is very necessary when practicing during nights. When an acoustic pianos are played during night time, it may be too loud for neighbors or other household members. This can not only cause personal problems among others but also, amount of practice time will be limited for the student. By using volume controls and headphones, student can practice the piano whenever he or she pleases. Allowing more practice time can give student accelerated improvements.
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  2. Touch Response Controls: You can control the touch action of the digital piano. This allow younger children to control the touch response to match their fragile joints and ligaments. Children’s joints and ligaments are sensitive and normal pianos can be detrimental for their joint health. Digital piano can give extra comfort to children pianists and students when they are younger.touch response function
  3. Record and Evaluate your performance: Most digital piano will have a recording function that allows users to record their performance. By recording one’s performance electronically on the digital piano. One can easily listen to the performance and make a discerning judgement on the performance in a third person perspective. By doing this, even small mistakes and intricate improvements can take a beginner further to a advanced level. In music, small details matter a lot.record button
  4. No need for tuning: Most acoustic pianos require tuning. tuning requires extra expenses to tune the acoustic piano every time digital piano goes out of tune. Acoustic piano gets out of tune many times and because they are constantly in need of tuning, there is no guarantee that all of the keys on the piano will be in tune. Many times at least one of the key will be out of tune. You will need to either tune it yourself or call in professional tuning expert. With a digital piano, there is no worry about tuning. Digital piano does not need to be tuned at all and your sound will stay constant.tuning
  5. Lesson functions and Metronome: Most For example, Casio PX760 have over 60 demo songs that can play divided hands: assisted left and right hand lessons to practice each hand before playing both hands simultaneously. Yamaha digital pianos also have follow along lesson functions that you can play along to a background music. This will allow you to practice duet without a partner. Practice orchestra without other instruments. With metronome, you can practice your rhythm as well. Many students who have used the lesson function reported that their skills improved dramatically with lesson function.
  6. Smartphone and Tablet (iPad,iPhone, etc.) Lesson Apps: You can use smartphone and tablet devices such as iPads and iPhones for lesson assistance as well. There are tones of digital piano, music notes and other related apps you can download and use to help your musical pursuits.  Mohese apps on these devices does have ability to be able to connect to your digital piano and have ability to enhance your piano lesson through play-along lessons, music theory, fun musical games.

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With these 6 Reasons, we strongly recommend using a digital piano for your practice.

Buying a digital piano from this list would be a great choice as well. Read our previous post: Most Sold Digital Piano Under $1000 Ranked

If you want a digital piano that is of higher class and more prestigious then check these digital pianos:

Yamaha P115 VS Casio PX160

Yamaha P115 VS Casio Privia PX160 Comparison 🙂

Our visitor requested us to compare the Casio PX150 with the Yamaha P115. Casio PX160 came out shortly after he requested, so we will be comparing Yamaha P115 and Casio PX160 this time.

Within the price range of 500-700 digital pianos, Yamaha P115 and Casio PX160 are the biggest rivals.

Photos above: The Yamaha (on top) vs The Casio (on bottom). -positioning of photo is disregards which is better or worse.

This post will completely dissect the ins and outs of both digital pianos that by the time you finish reading, you will know which digital piano can be a fit for your personal needs.

Sound Comparison

 

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Yamaha sound is sampled on the Yamaha Grand Piano

The Sound of Yamaha P115: Yamaha is famous for acoustic pianos.
Yamaha digital piano samples its own acoustic pianos so Yamaha p115 has the clarity and cleanliness of the acoustic pianos.
Sampled on the sound of the Yamaha CFIIIS Concert 9’ grand pianos, Yamaha Digital Piano P115 has grandeur lower notes and with unique resonance, it is upgraded to emulate acoustic grade piano.
Yamaha P115’s has polyphony 192 and is upgraded from P105 (128 Polyphony) allowing it to perform any songs. Speakers are 7X7-14watts.
There are 14 sound voices and it can be even easier to control voices with use of downloadable apps provided by Yamaha.
With the use of pianist style rhythm function, users can play more enjoyably by making background rhythm with even easy chords during performance.
It also has 4 more rhythm compared to the former Yamaha P105.
Yamaha P Series has been popular due to exceptional sound compared to other pianos within the price range and style.
We strongly recommend this piano for shoppers who desire digital pianos with great price.

The Sound of Casio Privia PX160:

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‘AIR Sound’ is a newly developed sound technology by Casio and it expresses the original sound of piano. (‘AiR’ stands for Acoustic and intelligent Resonator).
Casio PX160 Privia Series has all 88-key Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action II keyboard uses stereo resonance simulator which expresses sufficient details of piano sound. Casio Privia PX160 is also 128-Polyphony.

Casio PX160 Privia Series has variety of sound choices such as Concert, Modern, Classic, Mellow, and Bright.
Casio PX160 Privia Series can also play instrument sounds such as harpsichord, string, Organ, Bass and many other 13 sounds.
Casio PX160 Privia Series also has the layer function which allows users to play with two different sounds at the same time.
Casio PX160 Privia Series also has transpose function that allows strength control of sound strength and allows easier play with another instrument.
With 128 Polyphony it will be able to play most of the songs.
The speakers are 8w x 8w with remarkable sound that attracts recognition.
This redesigned speaker system has improved dramatically.
The speaker system of Casio PX160 Privia Series is open to the front but also projected to the back, which provides grandeur sound when the PX-160 is placed against a wall.
It will create a sound that is multi dimentional sound that can bound off the walls. In a classroom settings or at home, this would be an amazing experience for listeners.

Casio PX160 Privia Series is great for home and educational uses. To have better sound quality, use headphones and/or amps.

Keyboard Action Comparison

The Keyboard Action of Yamaha P115Yamaha P115 has also 88 weighted hammer action.
It has similar system as an acoustic  piano which is excellent for practicing.
Yamaha P115 has GHS (Grade hammer standard),  so Yamaha P115 is able to control touch and responsiveness.
Lighter touch makes  control touch and responsiveness easier, making the Yamaha P115 the best piano for the use of both  performance and practice.

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The Keyboard Action of Casio Privia PX160:

Casio PX160 Privia Series, with 88-key Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action II, has same size and action (Scaled Hammer Action) as an acoustic piano and with lower keys heavier and becomes lighter as keys get higher.

Casio PX160 Privia Series 88-key Weighted Scaled Hammer Action has an ebony and ivory textured keys that prevent fingers from slipping, gives prestigious look, and instills cleaner feeling.
Casio PX160 Privia Series has three sensors on the key that allows users to feel detail when controlling strength and even has an option that allows velocity and responsiveness control.
The Proprietary Hammer Response features provide timing nuance as it is programmed for different Hammer speed depending on the size of the hammer inside of an acoustic piano.
This feature gives the player the most realistic keyboard action experience that player will not get from other pianos.

Casio PX160 Privia Series has the best touch compared to other pianos within the price range.

Finish/Design Comparison

The Finish/Design of Yamaha P115: In our opinion, the Yamaha P115 has a very neat style. There are 2 colors available: Black and White

The Finish/Design of Casio Privia PX160: Casio PX160 has a modern style design. There are 2 Colors available: Black and Gold

Function Comparison

The Function of Yamaha P115:

Yamaha P115 has functions that can aid performers as a portable digital piano.

Rhythm function of Pianist Style |  When chords are played with a left hand, background music is automatically played which can be a great enhancement to ears when played.

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Layer (Dual layer) | With this technique, you can play two different sounds simultaneously on one key. You will be able to play ‘piano and string’ sound or ‘piano and organ’ sound simultaneously on one key. You will be able to make the performance more beautiful and will give you more enjoyment.layered_final

Split | You can play two different instrument sounds on each hand within a keyboard. For example, left hand can play vibratone, right hand can play piano; it gives effect of one person playing two different instrument sound.split_final

Transpose Function | You can easily harmonize with different insturments.

Other functions include recording, metronome, USB function and it has an OUT IN plug that can connect to another speaker. Yamaha P115 also has USB function that connects to computer and enjoy composition and computer music.

The Function of Casio Privia PX160:

Casio PX160 Privia Series has many different functions

Lesson Function | 60 demo songs which you can play divided hands: assisted left and right hand lessons to practice each hand before playing both hands simultaneously.

Split | You can play two different instrument sounds on each hand within a keyboard. For example, left hand can play vibratone, right hand can play piano; it gives effect of one person playing two different instrument sound..split_final

Duet mode | You can divide the keyboard into two separate keyboards with the same chromatic scale. This is will become similar to playing two different pianos; it is fit for performance or a lesson between a student and a teacher.duetmode

Layer | With this technique, you can play two different sounds simultaneously on one key. You will be able to play ‘piano and string’ sound or ‘piano and organ’ sound simultaneously on one key. You will be able to make the performance more beautiful and will give you more enjoyment.layered_final

Touch responsiveness control | You can change the strength of touch responsiveness to fit your style.

Other functions include, metronome function, recording, USB and other varieties of function. Especially, USB function allows connections to smartphones (i.e. iphones) and smartpads (i.e. ipads) which can be enjoyable. Connection to computer can allow composition function and many different useful functions.

Specification Comparisons

Yamaha P115 Specification
Specs from Yamaha main website

Size/Weight

Dimensions Width 1,326mm (52-1/4”)
Height 163mm (6-1/4”)
Depth 295mm (11-1/2”)
Weight Weight 11.8kg (26lbs.)

Control Interface

Keyboard Number of Keys 88
Type Graded hammer standard (GHS) keyboard, matte finish on black keys
Touch Sensitivity Hard/medium/soft/fixed
Panel Language English

Voices

Tone Generation Piano Sound Pure CF Sound Engine
Polyphony Number of Polyphony (Max.) 192
Preset Number of Voices 14

Effects

Types Reverb Yes (four types)
Intelligent Acoustic Control (IAC) Yes
Damper Resonance Yes
SOUND BOOST Yes
Functions Dual/Layers Yes
Split Yes
Duo Yes

Songs

Preset Number of Preset Songs 14 demo songs and 50 piano songs
Recording Number of Songs 1
Number of Tracks 2
Data Capacity 100 KB per song (approx. 11,000 notes)
Compatible Data Format Playback SMF (format 0, format 1)
Recording SMF (format 0)

Functions

Overall Controls Metronome Yes
Tempo Range 5 – 280
Transpose -6 to 0,0 to +6
Tuning 414.8 – 440.0 – 446.8 Hz
Rhythm 14
Style 10 (Pianist Style)

Storage and Connectivity

Connectivity DC IN DC IN 12 V
Headphones Standard x 2
Sustain Pedal Yes (Half pedal available with optional FC3A)
Pedal Unit Yes (Optional)
MIDI No
AUX OUT [L/L+R][R]
USB TO HOST Yes

Amplifiers and Speakers

Amplifiers 7 W x 2
Speakers 12 cm (4-1/2”) x 2 + 4 cm (1-1/2”) x 2

Power Supply

Power Supply PA-150B or other Yamaha-preferred parts
Power Consumption 6 W (using PA-150 power adapter)
Auto Power Off Function Yes

Accessories

Included Accessories Music Rest Yes
Pedal/Footswitch Yes
AC Adaptor PA-150B or other Yamaha-preferred parts

Casio Privia PX160 Specification
Specs from Casio main website

Function/ PX-160
Keyboard Number of keys 88
Key action Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action Keyboard II
Key surface finish Simulated ebony and ivory keys
Touch response 3 sensitivity levels, off
Tones Polyphony (maximum) 128
Number of built-in tones 18 built-in tones
Sound source Multi-Dimensional Morphing AiR
Stereo sampled piano tones Yes
Layer/Split Yes/Yes
Simulator Hammer Response Yes
String Resonance
Damper Resonance Yes
Lid Simulator
Key Off Simulator
Digital Effects Types Reverb 4
Chorus 4
Brilliance Yes (-3 to 0 to 3)
DSP Yes (preset for some tones)
Accompaniment rhythms Number of built-in rhythms
One Touch Presets
User rhythms (rhythm editor)
Songs Number of built-in songs 60
Demonstration-only songs
Song expansions
(user songs)
10 Songs (max.)
up to approximately 90 KB/Song
Additional Features Top board open/close
Lesson function Part on/off
Lesson part select Right hand, left hand
Recorder 2 tracks, 1 song
Approximate data capacity Approximately 5,000 notes total
Audio recording/playback
Duet mode Yes
Octave shift ±2 octaves
Metronome

0, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 beats; tempo range: 20 to 255

Pedals Included: SP-3
Optional: SP-20, SP-33 (damper, soft, sostenauto)
Half-damper pedal operation Yes (with optional SP-33 3-pedal unit)
Transpose 2 octaves
(-12 semitones to 0 to +12 semitones)
Tuning control A4 = 415.5Hz ~ 440.0Hz ~ 465.9Hz
Scale function 17 preset scales
Pitch Bend wheel
Operation lock Yes
Display
MIDI Yes
Connectivity and storage Phones 2 stereo standard jack
Pedal 1 (Damper)
Connector for 3-pedal unit Yes
Line OUT R, L / Mono Standard jacks 6,3 mm
Line IN
MIDI
USB port Yes
USB flash drive port
Speakers and amplifiers Speakers Size 13 cm / 6 cm (rectangular) x 2
2-way 4-speakers
Amplification 8 W + 8 W
Dimensions (W x D x H) 1,322 x 286 x 135 mm (w/o music stand)
with optional stand

1,322 x 286 x 760 mm

Weight 11,1 kg (w/o music stand)
with optional stand 21,1 kg
Accessories included Pedal (SP-3), AC adaptor (AD-A12150LW), score book, music stand
optional Stand CS-67P, pedal SP-3, SP-20, 3-pedal unit SP-33

Our recommendation based on our opinion:  Just be aware of the fact that this is our personal opinion based on facts. We do not unfairly recommend certain product in any biased ways. Personal preference may differ among different users.

  • Sound: Sound depends on customer preference. Most customers acknowledge, Yamaha P115 does have little bit more pristine and cleaner sound than Casio PX160. On the other hand, most customers acknowledge that Casio PX160 has deeper and smoother tones.
  • Style: Yamaha P115 has a similar finish as a neat design. Casio PX160 has modern style. It will just depend on personal preference.
  • Touch: This will depend on personal preference. Most customers acknowledge, Yamaha P115 has lighter keys than Casio PX160. Most customers acknowledge, Casio PX160 has heavier keys than Yamaha P115.
  • Function Controls: This will depend on personal preference and experience as well. Most customers acknowledge, Casio PX160 has convenient controls.

Other things to consider: Price…

-Yamaha P115–———- is priced at 599.99
-Casio Privia PX160—— is priced at 499.99

 

Click here to read our Casio PX160 Review.
Click here to read our Yamaha P115 Review.

Casio Privia PX560 Review & Best Price

CASIO PX560 PRIVIA SERIES REVIEW & BEST PRICE

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The Privia PX560 presents smooth rich sound with String Resonance, powered by Casio’s award-winning AiR Sound technology, and Tri-Sensor Hammer Action II keyboard.

Casio PX560 Privia Series is the primary portable piano of Casio Privia series with modern and prestigious design and convenient controls.
Weighing only 26 pounds, this lightweight portable piano can be the king of any gigs and stage performance.
The new 5.3″ Color Touch Screen Interface keeps your performance pristine and convenient and in full control over the PX560’s complete functions.
Many musicians and pianists are very eager and excited about this new technology. 
No other digital piano have incorporated touch screen technology until the new releases of CASIO (PX360, PX560, CGP700).

In the past, Casio PX-5s is thought to be the standard casio sound and essence of Casio sound. Casio Privia PX-5s has many functions but I would not recommend it as purpose of performance, concerts, professional, hobby or education.

Why? Because you can just get the Casio PX560 which gives you addition of new tones, user-programmable rhythms, built-in speakers, all centered around an amazing, easy-to-use 5.3” Color Touch Interface.

Casio PX560 Privia Series has many different function that allows easy use which means it can recommended for the use of concerts, studios, professional settings, school, and home.
Casio PX560 Privia Series is 256 Polyphony that allows performance of different genre of songs.
With 650 different tones and 220 of different rhythm by genres that amuses players.
Double your features through Computer and USB Port and portable USB Port which can give connection to iphones, ipads and computers.
Casio PX560 Privia Series is a portable with smaller speaker but the output is greater than most portables.
Casio PX560 Privia Series can be a great recommendation for smaller area, requires lots of movements, dormitories, and educational purposes.
With many functions, Casio PX560 Privia Series can be used for longer span of time.
Within price range, Casio PX560 Privia Series is a strongly recommended product.
Priced at originally $1199.99, great value per dollar. Additional options can include x-bench, x-stand, cabinet stand, four-leg bench.

The true beauty of Casio PX560 is the warranty.
This is an essential benefit that most customers overlook. Warranties are very important when it comes maintaining a product.
Most warranties of other brands only cover parts and labor.
However, Casio will easily replace your products for BRAND NEW. Here is how…
The general warranty provided by Casio is 1 year plus 2 years additional after registration, making it 3 years total. The Casio warranty covers replacement of digital pianos when there are defectives…
Casio is betting to replace your CASIO Privia PX560, why? because Casio believe in the it’s indispensable durability.
This is how much Casio is proud of the durability of their digital pianos; actually Casio has the lowest rate of defect products.

You can see their warranty policy here: http://www.casio.com/support/warranties/musdvcwarr.htm

 

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‘AIR Sound’ (Acoustic and Intelligent Resonator) is a newly developed sound technology by Casio and it expresses the authentic vibrations of an acoustic piano.
Casio PX560 Privia Series has all 88-key Weighted Grade Hammer Action use stereo resonance simulator which expresses sufficient details of piano sound.
Casio PX560 Privia Series has 650 of different professional built in tones including grand piano sounds. You can also add in 400 User tones of your choice.
Casio PX560 Privia Series also has Layer function that allows mixing of two different sounds that give you enjoyment.
Have over 220 traditional rhythms to supplement piano performance.
Transpose function give easier expression of different strength levels and it can be easier when played with another instrument.
Casio PX560 Privia Series can play any type of songs with its massive 256 Polyphony.
Except, Speaker is 8X2- 16w portable which is most exceptional within the price range and with installed speaker but Casio PX560 Privia Series has in & output that can connect to amp and can play sound on external stereo and has the built in Color Touch-Screen that allows you to control the sound attributes. With Multi-dimensional Morphing AiR Sound Source installed into the Casio PX560, you will experience multi-dimentional sound that will enrich you tears of enjoyment.
Casio PX560 Privia Series can be used for home, education and concert purposes.

Keyboard Action

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Casio PX560 Privia Series has unique action called 88-key Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action II which has same size and action as an acoustic piano and with lower keys heavier and becomes lighter as keys get higher.
Casio PX560 Privia Series 88-key Weighted Scaled Hammer Action has an ivory key which prevents fingers from slipping, gives prestigious look, and instills cleaner feeling.
Casio PX560 Privia Series has three sensors on the key that allows users to feel detail when controlling strength and even has an option that allows velocity and responsiveness control.

Instead of the conventional two sensors, Casio CGP700 uses three sensors, making them the best digital piano keyboard technology. With this cutting-edge technology, you won’t even have to return the keys to the original position in order to be played again. Keys will be able to intricately express the strength very easily.

 

The Proprietary Hammer Response features provide timing nuance as it is programmed for different Hammer speed depending on the size of the hammer inside of an acoustic piano.
This feature gives the player the most realistic keyboard action experience that player will not get from other pianos.

Casio PX560 Privia Series has the best touch compared to other pianos within the price range.

This is what an acoustic action system looks like.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST, let me explain to you the reason why Casio PX-560 is the king of all Musical Instruments.

Casio PX-560 comes with an equilizer. 
With this function, you can make adjustments in many different aspects of your digital piano sounds.

This function makes all the difference. The Master EQ – 4 Bands Parametric EQ even gives you a full control of your sound, adding a digital effects to your instrument.


Function

Casio PX560 Privia Series has many functions as portable digital piano.
Made to be used in homes as well as concerts, Casio PX560 Privia Series has the best function compared to other pianos within the price range.
With minimized size and weight, Casio PX560 Privia Series easily transferable. Casio PX560 Privia Series is…

5.3″ Color Touch Screen | The Color Touch Screen is a huge upgrade from the previous version. You will now be able to handle your controls much more effectively. It is very hard to find a portable digital piano that has color touch screen within this price range. Casio PX560 does give you the most value per dollar.

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650 Built-in Tones | 650 different built-in tones can aid your music studies. You can also add in 400 User Tones of your choice

Layer (Dual layer) | With this technique, you can play two different sounds simultaneously on one key. You will be able to play ‘piano and string’ sound or ‘piano and organ’ sound simultaneously on one key. You will be able to make the performance more beautiful and will give you more enjoyment.layered_final

Rhythm | Best function for digital pianos within the price range. It has accompany function and has over 180 different traditional rhythm such as Walts, Latin and others.

Duet mode (Classroom Mode) | You can divide the keyboard into two separate keyboards with the same chromatic scale. This is will become similar to playing two different pianos; it is fit for performance or a lesson between a student and a teacher.duetmode

Split | You can play two different instrument sounds on each hand within a keyboard. For example, left hand can play vibratone, right hand can play piano; it gives effect of one person playing two different instrument sound..split_final

Recording | Casio PX560 can record up to 100 songs which is best within the price range, connection to USB, computer USB, MIDI is available and you can record over 1000 songs.

External Amp Connection | As I have stated above, Casio PX560 Privia Series has ability to connect an external speaker with IN put & OUT put jack and make great output allowing great public performance. Casio PX560 also has many other functions; we highly recommend it for the purpose of education and concert.

Option

SP33 (3-Pedal)

CB7 Four Leg Bench

CS67 Cabinet Stand

Casio PX560 Privia Series includes keyboard, noteholder, adapter, switch damper pedal.
Cabinet stand, x-style stand, 3 pedal(SP33), and bench(CB7) can be bought additionally.

Warranty

Casio PX560 Privia Series’s warranty is the best warranty in the industry when judged by company that it is a defect, Casio will replace the item.
You are provided with 1 year plus 2 more years after registration, totaling at 3 year full warranty coverage at convenience.

Color

PX-560M (Blue Top),

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TECHNICAL SPECS

****Trouble seeing the specification table on your gadget? Here is the original specifications page: http://www.casio.com/products/Digital_Pianos_%26_Keyboards/Privia_Digital_Pianos/PX-560/%20

Technical Specs

 PX-560
Keyboard 3 Sensors
Tri-sensor Scaled Hammer Action Keyboard II
3 sensitivity levels, off
Simulated ebony and ivory keys
Sound Source Multi-dimensional Morphing AiR Sound Source
Linear Morphing & Hex layer yes
Polyphony (maximum) 256
Tones 650 Built-in tones
400 User Tones
Layer: yes
Split: yes
Duet Mode: yes
Octave Shift: yes
Editor: yes
Simulator for acoustic piano tones Hammer Response: yes 8 Levels
Damper Noise: yes- 16 Levels
Damper Resonance: yes 16 Levels
String Resonance: yes 16 Levels
Key off Simulator: yes
Digital Effects Reverb – 17 Types (Editable)
Chorus – 16 Types (Editable)
Delay- 6 Types (Editable)
Mester EQ -4 Bands Parametric EQ
DPS – 20 Types (Parameter Editable DSP)
Auto Harmonize yes
MIDI Recorder 16 Multi Track + 1 System Track
100 Songs
Approximately 50,000 Notes
Real- Time Recording, Punch-in/out
Song and Track Edit: Delete, Copy, Rename
Audio Recorder 100 Songs
Recording/Playback
Format: .wav (16bit, 44.1kHz, Stereo)
Length of recording per song: approx. 74mins
Preset Temperaments 17 Types
Rhythm Editor yes
Rhythms 200 Built-in Rhythms
30 User Rhythms
One Touch Preset
Songs 100 User Songs (Song Expansion)
32MB Capacity for user songs
6 Demo songs
Tempo Setting 20 ~ 255BPM
Tapping Function
Metronome 0, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 beats; tempo range: 20 to 255
Pedals Included : SP-3 Optional : SP-33
Half-Damper pedal Operation – Yes (with optional SP-33 pedal unit)
Key Transpose 25 Steps (-12 semitones ~ 0 ~ +12 semitones)
Tuning Control A4 = 415.5Hz ~ 440.0Hz ~ 465.9Hz
Lesson Function Part ON / OFF (16ch Mixer)
Metronome Yes
Music Preset 305 Built-in Presets
Cord Progressions
100 User Presets
Editing Parameters
Registration Memory Yes: 96 Setups (4 areas x 24 banks)
Pedals Included : SP-3
Optional : SP-33
Half-Damper pedal Operation Yes (with optional SP-33)
Display 5.3″ Color Touch Panel
Pitch Bend Wheel Yes
Modulation Wheel Yes
Controller 3 Knobs
Power Source DC 12V
Power Supply AC Adapter: AD-A12150LW
Power Consumption 10 W
Auto Power Off yes
USB USB port (to Host) : Yes
USB Fllash Drive Port: Yes
Pedal: 2 (Damper Assignable)
Connector for 3- Pedal Unit
Expression Pedal Available
Midi in/out: Yes
Phones: 2 (3.5mm Stero Mini, Front)
Line In: Yes (L/MONO, R : 6.3mm Mono Standard)
Line Out: Yes (L/MONO, R : 6.3mm Mono Standard)
Audio In: Yes (3.5mm Stereo Mini)
Speakers 12cm x 2 , 5cm x 2
Amplifiers 8 W + 8 W
Weight with stand 26.5 lbs (48.5 lbs optional)
Size with stand 52.0″ x 11.5″ x 5.8″ / 52.0″ x 11.5″ x 30.4″ [optional]
Included Accessories Score Stand, SP-3 Pedal, AD-A12150 AC Adapter
Optional Accessories 3 Pedal System (SP-33), Keyboard Stand (CS-67P)

* Specs could change at anytime without notice

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Roland RD800 Review & Best Price

Roland RD800 is one of the bestselling stage piano.
Many people are aware of the excellent technology and function of Roland digital pianos.
They are also aware that, Rolands are more expensive due to its high quality compared to other brands.

Roland RD800 is made for pianists who search for digital pianos with brilliance and quality.

Roland RD800 is the NUMBER 1 Stage Piano you will ever find on the face of the earth!

Roland’s RD series stage piano went from Roland RD700NX then upgraded to RD800.
With this upgrade, the sound chip quality and keyboard quality also became upgraded.
If your budget is around 2000-3000 and the moment you experience Roland RD800, you will most likely consider buying this item.

Roland RD Series were always released with upgrades but price always stayed the same as $2499
. Increase in quality of function and technology did not increase the price of Roland RD800.
Roland is the best as a digital instrument. Also, Roland RD800 has the best function and technology way more that its price has to offer.
If you have at least used acoustic piano in the past, you will acknowledge Roland RD800 out of other digital pianos within the same price range.

Roland RD800 is a sleek-style stage piano with prestige and various functions that can provide enjoyment in performance.
Roland RD800 is also recognized because Roland RD800 have escapement technology with in the keyboard.
You will not be able to find other pianos under $2500 that gives you the “click-feel” of Escapement except that of the ROLANDS!
Many in-store shoppers acknowledge the weight of the keyboard and as they play the Roland RD800, they acknowledge it once again.
Nonetheless, Roland RD800 is the sleekest digital piano equipped with truest performance and versatility.
Roland RD800 can be use on stage, church, schools, gigs, and etc..you name it.. I strongly recommend the Roland RD800…
Roland RD800 is the most impressive stage piano WITH great quality speakers, convenient hotkeys, screen, and convenience.

If you would like to purchase a great stage piano under $2500, then we strongly recommend Roland RD800.

Sound — Roland RD800 also have the technology of “Super Natural Sound” that Roland is very proud of.
Super Natural Sound not only means to have a natural sound but it also means that Roland RD800 will express performance realistically, just like an acoustic piano does.
Roland RD800 won’t fabricate nor devaluate the expression of the performer but it will realistically express the performance as is.

The sound of Roland’s Grandpiano is sampled from the sound of Roland’s flagship V-Piano Grand.
Thus, Roland RD800 has ample sound of clarity and depth.

Sound is a personal preference and if they want a clear sound then it is understandable.
Also, fans of Roland products say that harmonic connection between lower to higher pitched sounds are well balanced.
Most Roland fans in-store are usually music majors and performers of classical music.
Among the professionals, the sound of the Roland digital piano is widely accepted as the most near-perfection

Roland RD800 has 200 different types of live set sounds and has 1113 of other sound tones.
Compared to the number of hotkeys, it has vast amount of different sound types. You can play it comfortably with the 128 Polyphony.
Roland RD800 has greatest sound chips although it is a stage piano with good quality.
Roland RD800 also has 16 sets which 4 of them are used in the live set.
Roland RD800 has realistic sound with great sound functions and options, it can satisfy what customer wants.


Touch
—— As stated above, Roland RD800 has weighted keys that have ivory feel which is made to prevent slipping of the finger.
Roland RD800 has 88 weighted hammer actions which makes low-pitched keys heavier and makes the weight of the keys lighter as pitch gets higher.
Action of the keys is acknowledged all over the world.
To emulate realistic grand piano it is made with “click-feel” which is called escapement.
Roland has action level of Ivory G < PHA4 Standard < PHA4 Premium < PHA4 Concert. Roland RD800 made of PHA-4 Concert Keyboard with Escapement and Ebony/Ivory Feel, equipped with the latest touch-detection technology.
This is the-top-of-the-line digital piano action you will ever find in the universe.
You will feel like you are playing an acoustic grand piano.
You can control touch-sensitivity to your own preference for performance.
It’s hard to know the pros of Roland keyboard just by pressing on the keys.
Play the actual Roland RD800 piano when you have a chance; you might even become a fan of Roland afterwards.
Roland’s keyboard is great for beginner children and also great for practice and performance of experienced pianists.
If you have not experienced advanced Rolands, then I strongly recommend experiencing it.
Roland RD800 has the best keyboard action compared to other digital pianos within the same price range and I proudly recommend the Roland RD800.

Function… Roland RD800 has many different functions.

  1. Sound| With 200 live sets sounds, Roland RD800 has total of 1113 different sounds. From woodwind, brass, string, and electronic sounds, Roland RD800 has various sounds that you can enjoy playing.
  2. Layer| With this technique, you can play two different sounds simultaneously on one key. You will be able to play piano and string sound or piano and organ sound at the same time. You will be able to make the performance more beautiful and will give you more enjoyment.layered_final
  1. Transpose| Roland RD800 has transpose of -6, +5 which can be useful harmonizing with different instruments.
  2. Individual Note Voicing| The Individual Note Voicing function makes the tuning from -50_+50 with level:-50_0. Character can be adjusted from -5_+5.
  3. Audio| Roland RD800 has Playback function with ability for you to play WAV files inside of USB like an audio. You can also balance the volume to play along your WAV file with the digital piano.
  4. Wireless USB| You can wirelessly connect to smartphones and smartpads such as iphone and ipads and use Roland-provided APP called Piano Partner for free. (However, Wireless USB Adapter is an optional item)
  5. Other functions include computer USB, Recording function, metronome function, and convenient LED screen.

Option — Roland RD800 is a stage piano with pedal. bench and stand is optional and widely recommended.

Color — Roland RD800 CB (Black), Roland RD800 WH (white)

Warranty — You will receive parts & labor warranty of 2 years and additional 3 years of part warranty.

 


 SPECS

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KEYBOARD SECTION
Keyboard
88 keys (PHA-4 Concert Keyboard: with Escapement and Ebony/Ivory Feel)
SOUND GENERATOR SECTION
Maximum Polyphony
128 voices
Parts
16 parts (4 parts are used in the live set)
Sound Generator
SuperNATURAL Piano
SuperNATURAL (E.Piano, Clav)
Virtual Tone Wheel Organ
PCM Sound Generator
Tones
1,113 tones
Live Sets
200
Piano Designer (Only for SuperNATURAL Piano)
Tone Color: 0 – 127
Nuance: TYPE1 – TYPE3
Damper Noise: 0 – 127
Duplex Scale: 0 – 127
String Resonance: 0 – 127
Key Off Resonance: 0 – 127
Hammer Noise: -2 – +2
Character: -5 – +5
Sound Lift: 0 – 127
Individual Note Voicing
Tuning: -50.0 – +50.0 cent
Level: -50 – 0
Character: -5 – +5* adjustable in individual notes, Only for SuperNATURAL Piano
Effects
Modulation FX: 4 systems, 56 types
Tremolo/Amp Simulator: 4 systems, 5 types
Reverb: 6 types
Delay: 5 types
Sympathetic Resonance (Only for SuperNATURAL Piano)
3-band Compressor
5-band Digital Equalizer
AUDIO FILE PLAYER
File Format
Audio Files (WAV format, 44.1 kHz, 16-bit linear)
RECORDER SECTION
File Format
Audio Files (WAV format, 44.1 kHz, 16-bit linear)
OTHER
Rhythm Pattern
200 patterns
Controllers
LAYER LEVEL slider x 4
EQUALIZER/DELAY/ASSIGNABLE knobs x 4 (with illumination)
REVERB knob (with illumination)
TONE COLOR knob (with illumination)
MODULATION FX DEPTH knob (with illumination)
MODULATION FX RATE knob (with illumination)
TREMOLO DEPTH knob (with illumination)
TREMOLO RATE knob (with illumination)
AMP SIMULATOR DRIVE knob (with illumination)
Pitch Bend/Modulation lever
S1/S2 Buttons (Assignable)
Display Theme
3 themes
Display
Graphic color LCD 320 x 240 dots
Connectors
OUTPUT (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
OUTPUT (L, R) jacks: XLR type
INPUT jack: Stereo miniature phone type
Pedal (DAMPER, FC1, FC2, EXT) jacks: TRS phone type
MIDI (IN, OUT1, THRU/OUT2) connectors
USB (COMPUTER) port: USB type B
USB (MEMORY/WLAN ADAPTOR) port: USB type A
PHONES jack: Stereo 1/4 inch phone type
AC In jack
Power Consumption
12 W
Accessories
Owner’s manual
Power cord
Damper pedal (capable of continuous detection)
Cord clamp
Options
Keyboard stand: KS-G8, KS-G8B
Piano pedal: RPU-3
Damper pedal: DP-10
Pedal switch: DP-2
Expression pedal: EV-5, EV-7
USB Flash Memory *
Wireless USB Adapter: WNA1100-RL or ONKYO UWF-1** Use USB flash memory sold by Roland and Wireless USB Adapter specified above. We cannot guarantee operation if other products are used.
* Please note that you may have difficulty removing the ONKYO UWF-1 because the USB Memory port is narrow.
SIZE AND WEIGHT
Width
1400 mm
55-1/8 inches
Depth
367 mm
14-1/2 inches
Height
138 mm
5-7/16 inches
Weight
21.7 kg
47 lbs. 14 oz.
* Actual weight can vary slightly from that indicated due to the fact that wooden parts are involved.

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Yamaha YDP142 VS Casio PX860 Review

Yamaha Arius YDP142 VS Casio Privia PX860

Check out new YDP 143 review (has comparison with YDP 142)

Yamaha YDP142 VS Casio PX860

Yamaha YDP142 VS Casio PX860

On this particular post we will compare two most versatile digital piano in the world. Yamaha YDP142 and the Casio PX860. Yamaha YDP142 is one of the signature product in the Yamaha Arius Series line and Casio PX860 is one of the signature product in the Casio Privia Series line. Most of pianists will be in dilemma of these two products(Yamaha YDP142 vs Casio PX860) during purchase. These two amazing digital pianos(Yamaha YDP142 vs Casio PX860) are even more difficult to compare as you get to know deeper about them. As you learn the remarkable detail of these two absolutely amazing pianos, you will feel even more perplexed.

This is where we come in to help: to guide you practically in your purchase decisions, focusing on applicable and practical aspects of digital pianos to show you full detail on benefits and gains with a complete disregard on ineligible traits that can only confuse the shoppers. This simple comparison will help you discern between Yamaha YDP142 Arius Series and Casio PX860 Privia Series. Your decision making in comparing digital piano will make a dramatic results.

 

Sound Comparison

  • Yamaha YDP142

Sound of Yamaha YDP142: Whereas Yamaha YDP142 Privia Series uses the sound samples from the Yamaha 9′ Concert Grand Piano CFIII.

Yamaha YDP142 has 128 Polyphony.Yamaha YDP142 has sound power of 12W X 12W=24W

3 different piano sounds:Concert, upright, bright.
plus 7 more sounds such as organ, string E-piano, harpsichord, vibraphone and more.

Low-pitched sounds are thick and grandeur and High-pitched sounds are pure, lively and clear-cut.
As a whole, the mixing of the sound is very well harmonized therefore the sound can be clear and beautiful during performance.

  • Casio PX860

Sound of Casio PX860: The sound of Casio PX860 Privia Series uses the “AiR Sound” System with smooth dynamic sounds upgrades from Casio PX850. Casio PX860’s AiR Sound produces great resonance.

Casio PX860 has 256 Polyphony.Casio PX860 Privia Series has sound-power output of  20W X 20W =40W

The sounds include Piano, E-Piano, string, organ, and other 13 different sounds.

Lid opens and closes like a real grand piano emulating the surround sound of an authentic grand piano.

Casio PX860 Privia Series’ “Stereo Resonance Simulator” system can naturally allow user to gain deep, beautiful resonance with use of damper pedal.

Keyboard Action Comparison

  • Yamaha YDP142

Keyboard Action of Yamaha YDP142:Yamaha YDP142 Arius Series keys are made of exceptional material of Polished Keys that are of high quality and is made to have a prestigious look and sophistication.

Yamaha YDP142 Arius Series  uses the 88-key Weighted Grade Hammer Action system.Yamaha YDP142 Arius Series uses the popular GHS action which is widely used in Yamaha digital pianos.Yamaha YDP142 Arius Series is made to match the acoustic piano: This means the lower note keys have heavier touch and keys become lighter as notes get higher.

Weight of the keys will feel lighter but responsiveness control is possible with the use of 3-sensor.

YDP142 Keys are smooth because they are polished keys

Yamaha YDP142 Keys are smooth because they are polished keys

  • Casio PX860

Keyboard Action of Casio PX860:Casio PX860 Privia Series’ keys are made of exceptional material of Ivory and Ebony keys that can be effective absorbent with even sweats on performers finger when played for an elongated hours.

Casio PX860 Privia Series’ unique action is 88-key Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action Keyboard which has same size and action as an acoustic piano.
This means the lower note keys have heavier touch and keys become lighter as notes get higher.Casio PX860 Privia Series  has no spring in the action making an emulation of grand piano action system instead of an upright piano which absolutely requires spring system.

Casio PX860 Privia Series  keyboard has 3-sensor that allow users to feel even the small strength changes in responsiveness.

Casio PX860 have ridges on the keys because they are Ivory Keys

Casio PX860 have ridges on the keys because they are Ivory Keys

Finish Comparison

  • Yamaha YDP142

Finishes of Yamaha YDP142: Yamaha YDP142 Arius Series is a Home-style digital piano with
stand, 3-pedal and bench included, so there aren’t many accessories necessary. However, headphones are optional.

3-Pedal of Yamaha YDP142 is has the length of 4 inches which emulates the same pedal size as an authentic acoustic pianos.

Yamaha Arius YDP142 3-Pedals

Yamaha Arius YDP142 3-Pedals

Yamaha YDP142 Arius Series has two different type of finishes:

  1. YDP-142B Black Walnut (Black)
  2. YDP-142R Dark Rosewood (Brown)
  • Casio PX860

Finishes of Casio PX860: Casio PX860 Privia Series  is a Home-style digital piano with stand and 3 pedal included and top of keyboard includes sliding cover. Bench can be bought additionally.

3-Pedal of Casio PX860 is the length of 3 inches which is a slim style..

Casio Privia PX860 3-Pedals

Casio Privia PX860 3-Pedals

Casio PX860 comes in three different type of finishes:

  1. Casio Privia PX-860BK Black wood tone finish(Black)
  2. Casio Privia PX-860BN Oak tone finish(Brown)
  3. Casio Privia PX-860WE White wood tone finish(White)

Function Comparison

  • Yamaha YDP142

Function of Yamaha YDP142:

  • Layer | With this technique, you can play two different sounds simultaneously on one key. You will be able to play ‘piano and string’ sound or ‘piano and organ’ sound simultaneously on one key. You will be able to make the performance more beautiful and will give you more enjoyment.layered_final
  • Duet Mode| You can divide the keyboard into two separate keyboards with the same chromatic scale. This is will become similar to playing two different pianos; it is fit for performance or a lesson between a student and a teacher.duetmode
  • Split | You can play two different instrument sound on each hand within a keyboard. For example, left hand can play vibraphone, right hand can play piano; it gives effect of one person playing two different instrument.split_final
  • Transpose | You can easily harmonize with different instruments. You can transpose within (-6 to 0, 0 to +6)
  • Sound | There are 3 different piano sounds: concert, upright, bright.
    Also includes 7 different sounds: Organ, string, electric piano, harpsichord, vibraphone and more.
  • Touch Sensitivity Control | You can control three different levels: Fixed, Medium and Hard
  • Here is a picture of function buttons on the Yamaha YDP142
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    Yamaha YDP142 – Left

    Yamaha YDP142 - Right

    Yamaha YDP142 – Right

  • Other functions include: record function, metronome function, and USB-TO-HOST. With USB-TO-HOST, you can use apps on ipads, iphones and connect to computer to use even more variety of functions.
  • For more of your information on YDP142 Function. Here is a function operation guide for the Yamaha YDP142. Pg.1
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  • Casio PX860

Function of Casio PX860:

  • Layer |  With this technique, you can play two different sounds simultaneously on one key. You will be able to play ‘piano and string’ sound or ‘piano and organ’ sound simultaneously on one key. You will be able to make the performance more beautiful and will give you more enjoyment.layered_final
  • Duet Mode | You can divide the keyboard into two separate keyboards with the same chromatic scale. This is will become similar to playing two different pianos; it is fit for performance or a lesson between a student and a teacher.duetmode
  • Split | You can play two different instrument sound on each hand within a keyboard. For example, left hand can play vibraphone, right hand can play piano; it gives effect of one person playing two different instrument.split_final
  • Transpose | You can easily harmonize with different instruments.. You can transpose within 2 octaves (-12 ~ 0 ~ +12)
  • Sound | Piano sound includes concert, classic, modern, mellow, and bright; The 5 different sound can allow user to a much deeper self amusement.
    Other instrument sounds include E-Piano, string, organ, and other 13 different sounds as a basic option that can be supplemental to other instrumental studies.
  • Touch responsiveness control | You can control the strength of touch responsiveness.
  • Lesson function | 60 demo songs that can play divided hands: assisted left and right hand lessons to practice each hand before playing both hands simultaneously. Casio PX860 Privia Series  also has Concert Play function and 10 orchestra songs can allow learners to listen into orchestra as they play.
  • Here is a picture of function buttons on the Casio PX860
    Casio Privia PX860 - Left

    Casio Privia PX860 – Left

    Casio Privia PX860 - Right

    Casio Privia PX860 – Right

  • Other functions include recording, metronome, USB function and it has an OUT IN plug that can connect to another speaker. Casio PX860 Privia Series also has USB function that connects to computer and enjoy composition and computer music. Also, OUT INPUT Jack can allow connection to another amp and speaker that can allow a better sound power output.
  • For more of your information on PX860 Function. Here is a function operation guide for the Casio Privia PX860. Pg.1

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Warranty Comparison

Yamaha will provide 3-Year Parts & Labor Warranty
Casio will provide 3-Year Full-Replacement Warranty

Size & Weight Comparison

Yamaha YDP142 – (w x d x h) 53.44 x 16.63 x 32.06 in / 83.75 lbs
Casio PX860 – (w x d x h) 53.82 x 11.77 x 32.95 in / 78.26 lbs

Specification Comparison

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Our recommendation based on our opinion:  Just be aware of the fact that this is our personal opinion based on facts. We do not unfairly recommend certain product in any biased ways. Personal preference may differ among different users.

  • Sound: Sound depends on customer preference. Most customers acknowledge, Yamaha YDP142 does have little bit more pristine and cleaner sound than Casio PX860. On the other hand, most customers acknowledge that Casio PX860 has deeper and smoother tones.
  • Style: Yamaha YDP142 has a similar finish as a acoustic piano. Casio PX860 has slim and modern style. It will just depend on personal preference.
  • Touch: This will depend on personal preference. Most customers acknowledge, Yamaha YDP142 has lighter keys than Casio PX860. Most customers acknowledge, Casio PX860 has heavier keys than Yamaha YDP142.
  • Function Controls: This will depend on personal preference and experience as well. Most customers acknowledge, Casio PX860 has convenient controls.

Other things to consider: Price…

-Yamaha -Arius– YDP 142– is priced at 1099.99
-Casio —-Privia– PX 860—- is priced at 1099.99

 


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