Yamaha YDP142 VS Casio PX860 Review

Yamaha Arius YDP142 VS Casio Privia PX860

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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
    Yamaha YDP142 - Left

    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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Yamaha YDP142 Arius Series Review & Best Price

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Yamaha YDP142 Arius Series

yamaha arius ydp142Out of the entire Yamaha home digital piano Arius Series, Yamaha YDP142 Arius Series is the most characteristic model with the best price.
USB-TO-HOST function is upgraded from the previous model YDP141 as one of the best-selling Yamaha digital pianos.
The Yamaha Piano’s CFIII9’ grand sound has been sampled to sound in Yamaha YDP142 Arius Series .
The best quality of Yamaha digital pianos is the detailed accurate sound that provides comfort to the listeners.

Yamaha fans will praise the strength of Yamaha: rich and pure sound of Yamaha.
Yamaha YDP142 Arius Series  is particularly very well-mixed in low and high-pitched sounds.
People will especially acknowledge the high-pitched sound of Yamaha YDP142 Arius Series  especially. (this video is Yamaha YDP142 in action. Playing the song ‘George Winston – Joy’ on the Yamaha YDP142 Arius Series)

Most piano sounds can be divided in low, mid and high-pitch.
The prominent mid-pitched sounds are very hard to distinguish.
Most will distinguish only the low and the high-pitched sounds. This requires technique.
Preferences will differ among different individuals but the standard of quality matters on the quality felt from low and high-pitched sounds. In this subject, I strongly encourage the Yamaha YDP142 Arius Series .
Once you year the clear vibrant sound of Yamaha YDP142 Arius Series , you will become a fan of Yamaha Digital Pianos.

Yamaha YDP142 Arius Series has 88 weighted hammer action.
Although, Yamaha YDP142 Arius Series uses 88-weighted hammer action system but the keys are lighter.
However, keys are possible to control responsiveness and some weights can still be felt.
Thus, Yamaha YDP142 Arius Series  is highly recommended for student children and novice leisure players.

Yamaha YDP142 Arius Series  is a home-style digital piano.
The colors are black and dark rosewood and the bench is included.
The Body finish is also detailed and tidy therefore you can sense neatness.
Yamaha YDP142 Arius Series  is priced at $1099.99 includes the bench.
If purchased from an authorized Yamaha dealer, Yamaha will provide 3 year part and labor warranty.

Sound — As stated above, Yamaha YDP142 Arius Series  is a digital piano that uses sound samples from the Yamaha 9’ Concert Grand Piano CFIII’.

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.

There are 3 different piano sounds: concert, upright, bright.
Also includes 7 different sounds: Organ, string, electric piano, harpsichord, vibraphone and more.
128 Polyphony gives sufficient comfort in the performance and has sound power of 12 X 12=24.

Yamaha Arius YDP 142 is a home-style digital piano.
We recommend for homes and churches.
If you love the ample, rich, vibrant sound of Yamaha, I would strongly endorse the Yamaha Arius YDP 142 – the digital piano for any users.


Touch — Yamaha YDP142 Arius Series  uses the 88-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: Keys of higher pitches are lighter and keys get heavier as pitches decrease.

Weight of the keys will feel lighter but responsiveness control is possible with the use of 3 sensor. Yamaha Arius YDP142 can be a sufficiently used as a digital piano for educational purposes.yamaha ydp 142 bk

Function— Yamaha YDP142 Arius Series  is designed to have concise hotkeys to make control convenient but Yamaha YDP142 Arius Series does not include screen which can be uncomfortable.
Most will have felt this during their first use.

Yamaha Arius YDP 142 has functions such as

  1. Sound | 3 different piano sound plus 7 more sounds such as organ and string. With Yamaha YDP142 Arius Series , you can play different genre with different sounds.
  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 simultaneously on one key. You will be able to make the performance more beautiful and will give you more enjoyment.layered_final
  3. 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
  4. Split | You can play two different instrument sound 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.split_final
  5. It also has 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.
  6. APP| You can connect your digital piano to a smarphone(i.e. iPhone) or a smartpad(i.e. iPad)

    List of APPS

  • NoteStar

NoteStar

Works with: iPad / iPad 2
Requirements: iOS 4.2 or later
Languages: English

Download on the App Store

Download from the App Store

  • Piano Diary
  • Song Beats
  • Works with: iPad 2 / iPad / iPhone 4 / iPhone 3GS / iPod touch (4th generation, 3rd generation)
    Requirements: iOS 4.2 or later
    Languages: English
    Supported instruments: You can use Piano Diary with any MIDI- or USB-equipped piano, digital piano or keyboard. For instruments that have USB, you will need an iPad or iPad 2 with the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit.
    **requires optional IUX1 USB to iPhone/iPad/iPod touch connector

    Download from the App Store

    Download on the App Store

  • Visual Performer

Song Chords

Works with: iPhone 3GS/4/4S & later, iPod touch (3rd/4th Generation & later), iPad (1st/3rd generation), iPad2 (2nd generation)
Requirements: Requires iOS 5.1 or later
Languages: English and Japanese
Supported instruments: **requires optional IUX1 USB to iPhone/iPad/iPod touch connector

Download on the App Store

Download from the App Store

Option — Yamaha YDP142 Arius Series is a homestyle digital piano.
Bench is included and there aren’t many accessories necessary.
However, headphones are optional.

Warranty— If Yamaha YDP142 Arius Series  is bought from a Yamaha authorized dealer, you will receive 3 year parts &labor warranty.

Color—- Yamaha YDP142 Arius Series  has two colors: black and dark rosewood.

 


Specs

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Size/Weight

Dimensions Width 1,357mm (53-7/16″)
Height 815mm (32-1/16″)
Depth 422 mm (16-5/8″)
Weight Weight 38kg (83 lbs., 12 oz)

Control Interface

Keyboard Number of Keys 88
Type Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) Keyboard with Matte Black Keytops
Touch Sensitivity Hard/Medium/Soft/Fixed
Pedal Number of Pedals 3
Half Pedal Yes
Functions Damper, Sostenuto, Soft
Panel Language English

Cabinet

Key Cover Key Cover Style Sliding
Music Rest Yes

Voices

Tone Generation Piano Sound Pure CF Sound Engine
Polyphony Number of Polyphony (Max.) 128
Preset Number of Voices 10

Effects

Types Reverb Yes
Damper Resonance Yes
Intelligent Acoustic Control Yes

Songs

Preset Number of Preset Songs 10 Demo Songs, 50 Piano Preset Songs
Recording Number of Songs 1
Number of Tracks 2
Compatible Data Format Playback Standard MIDI File (SMF) Format 0&1
Recording Standard MIDI File (SMF) Format 0

Functions

Miscellaneous Dual/Layers Yes
Duo Yes
Metronome Yes
Tempo Range 5 – 280
Transpose -6 to 0, 0 to +6
Tuning Yes

Storage and Connectivity

Storage Internal Memory Uer song : One song approx. 100 KB Loading song data from a computer : Up to 10 songs; Total maximum size approx. 900KB
Connectivity Headphones x 2
USB TO HOST Yes

Amplifiers and Speakers

Amplifiers 6W x 2
Speakers Oval (12cm x 6cm) x 2
Acoustic Optimizer Yes

Power Supply

Power Supply AC power adaptor : PA-150 or an equivalent recommended by Yamaha
Power Consumption 9W (when using the PA-150)
Auto Power Off Yes

Accessories

Included Accessories Song Book 50 Greats for the Piano
Others Owner’s Manual, Quick Operation Guide