Casio Privia PX-860 Digital Piano Bundle Review
In the not too distant past, Casio had made the unusual decision of discontinuing their popular PX-850 digital piano. Everybody assumed that a new model would soon make an appearance and they breathed a collective sigh of relief when it finally happened.
The PX-860 is now available and it seems, on the surface, to be very similar to the PX-850, not in the least because it is equally aesthetically pleasing. But dig a little deeper, and you will soon see that no matter how amazing the sound quality on the PX-850 was, the latter is miles better.
Overall Rating: 4.6 out of 5
- Feels and sounds like a full-sized piano
- Compact in size and very attractive so can be left out
- Very pleasant to play, with realistic key feelings, dynamic controls, and beautiful sounds
- Easy to set up
- Keys can be quite heavy, can get stuck, and sometimes make a clicking sound
- Digital settings can be adjusted, but the sound can still be somewhat off.
Specifications and Features
Multidimensional morphing air sound
Tri-sensor and scale hammer action
USB, Android, iOS
Furniture-style stand, 3-pedal system, piano bench, two instrument cables, headphones, polishing cloth, instructional DVD and book
The PX-860 truly sounds and feels like a grand piano. It has amazing acoustic sounds, comparable to that of the Casio PX-5S. It also comes with a hall simulation feature, which means that it is as if you are playing in a cathedral or stadium.
Few digital pianos are able to truly replicate this effect, but this model seems to have done it. It is also loud, having been fitted with four built-in powerful speakers. Luckily, even if you play it really loud, you can still enjoy the immersive and acoustic effects.
Casio always focuses on creating digital pianos with modern looks, yet classical feel. It is quite a slim model with various easy to use buttons. It also comes with polished pedals, which make it look even more like an acoustic piano.
You can also plug in a USB stick to record your own performances, and it has ports to which you can connect your iOS or Android devices. The ability to do this also makes it a great learner piano, because listening to your own performance can help you to improve.
The keys can be covered with a lid, which is another thing that makes this model seem like a real piano. The keys also feel realistic. There is also a control panel just above the center of the keyboard, from which you can adjust various settings. This is different from other digital pianos, where the panel is usually placed in the corner.
You also get 10 pre-recorded classical tracks to play along with. You can slow these down to help you practice, although they can be a little bit difficult if you don’t know how to read notes. If the 10 tracks are not enough, you can add more through your mobile device. You can also make a whole lot of changes to the keyboard itself, so that you can make it sound exactly the way you want it to.
Furthermore, it has a duet function, which is perfect for learners who can then play together with a teacher. Indeed, it also has a lesson function, and even a concert play model when you become a little bit more advanced.
The speakers deserve a special mention. They are built inside the cabinets, and you can open it up to make the piano even louder. Interestingly, despite the fact that the sounds are dampened if you close the lid, they do not become distorted. This is a true testament to the Casio quality so many of us have come to love.
Average Rating On Amazon:
4.7 out of 5 stars
- Superior quality from Casio, which seems to have improved on what many people have already believed to be perfection.
- Truly feels like a piano and can be adjusted in many different ways to suit your personal needs.
- The built-in cabinet speakers give it a unique look.
- The control panel is in the center, allowing you to adjust certain settings as you play.
- It has various recording features, as well as a lesson mode and duet mode, which are perfect for those who are learning to play.
- Can link to mobile devices so that you can add more songs, record yourself, and more.
- Bundle purchases are available, meaning you can get the necessary accessories to further improve your overall piano-playing experience.
- Because the keys are weighted, they are quite heavy. This means it may not be suitable for younger players.
- There are only 10 prerecorded songs included in the piano. They are also quite difficult to follow for those who cannot read notes, although it is possible to slow them down somewhat.
- It's quite expensive.
Is The PX860 Right For Me?
Not So Great for…
Intermediate level players
Not So Great for…
Very young players or those with dexterity problems
The Final Verdict
Many people were angry when Casio discontinued the PX-850, believing that nothing could ever top that particular digital piano. They now admit that they are wrong, because the PX-860 is a better version. It looks almost identical to the PX-850, but its overall playing experience is completely different, and miles better.
Indeed, those who have played it have said that it is a delight to play and a joy to get immersed in. It has regularly been used by those who perform at gigs and other events, enjoying the sound quality and key realism so much. Most people who have tried playing on a display model say that it was an experience they will never forget, and often end up purchasing one for themselves.
Unfortunately, it cannot be considered as affordable, although it is easy to see why it is on the expensive side. This does mean, however, that it is perhaps not the best option for parents wanting to encourage their children to learn how to play the piano. Overall, however, this truly is a fantastic piano that comes 100% recommended.
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- Editor Rating
- Rated 4.5 stars
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