Casio Privia PX160GD 88-Key Full Size Digital Piano Review
When it comes to digital pianos, there are two primary camps. The first is where keyboards and cheap synthesizers go, and they are designed for kids or people who want to play for fun. For professionals, however, they are part of the second camp, which is where high-quality devices go that replicate the look, feel, and sound of a traditional piano.
To that end, the PX160GD is firmly in the second camp, as it is about as close as you can get to having a full grand piano in your living room without taking up as much space and weighing significantly less. As a professional piano player, I need something that can give the full range of sound like a regular piano, and this mdoel does a spectacular job. If you’re looking for something top notch that will replace a baby grand in your home, this is the model for you.
One of the biggest downsides of having one is the fact that you have to rely on speakers to hear the music. Typically, however, these speakers are far from perfect and result in a sound that isn’t as beautiful or resonant as traditional piano keys. With the Privia, however, Casio made sure to have as high-quality speakers as possible so that you can get the best sound possible. Also, you can hook this piano up to a full-size speaker system, meaning that you can even use this model for shows and performances if you were so inclined.
Variety of Sound
One of the best reasons to go digital is the fact that you have so many more options from which to choose concerning sound. Whereas a baby grand can only sound like a piano, the Privia can sound like a variety of instruments, from an organ to a synthesizer. This model comes with eighteen different sounds so you can customize your music to fit your style.
Full Set of Keys
Part of what makes this model so fantastic is the fact that it has a complete set of eighty-eight piano keys. One of the biggest reasons I don’t use a keyboard is that I don’t get the full range of sound since most keyboards only have sixty-one keys. Thus, this model will almost perfectly replicate the feeling of a traditional piano, making it ideal for any serious musician.
- High-quality performance
- Full range of sound
- Full set of 88 keys
- Top quality speakers generate better sound overall
- Hookups to connect to a speaker system also included
- Headphone jack included
- Integrated sheet music holder
- Connect to your iPad or other devices
- Eighteen different sounds to choose from
- USB MIDI controls
- Weighted keys for a better feel overall
- Can be quite heavy and cumbersome to move
- In rare cases, the keys may break under pressure
- In some instances, the recording feature may not work properly
- Can be difficult to program
- Does not offer customizable playback options
Q: How big is this piano?
A: It measures 52 inches long, five inches tall (at the back, where it’s thickest), and eleven inches wide.
Q: Does this piano run on batteries or does it need to be plugged in?
A: It has an A/C adapter to plug into any outlet. It does not run on batteries.
Q: Can you record tracks with this piano?
A: Yes, you can record tracks, as well as overlay separate tracks for a more unique sound.
When I first made the switch to digital from my old baby grand piano, I was a little skeptical at first. Thankfully, however, I made the right choice by getting the Privia instead of opting for a cheaper keyboard or another model. I love the look, feel, and sound of this device, and I would have to say that it mimics the real thing beautifully. I did opt for the full package, which comes with a stand, headphones, and a seat, and I would highly recommend you do the same. Regardless, however, you will be highly satisfied with this digital piano. I know I am.
- Editor Rating
- Rated 4.5 stars
- Casio Privia PX160GD
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