Which is Best A Yamaha Digital Piano Vs. A Casio Digital Piano?

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Yamaha Digital Piano Vs Casio Digital Piano

Casio and Yamaha are in serious competition and they both present high-quality products. For comparison in this article, I have chosen from the best-selling Yamaha and Casio Digital pianos for review. There are very little basic differences between the two.

Yamaha P45

Exterior:

The P45 replaced the P35 and now is the top-rated digital piano of 2019. Like all P series Yamaha pianos, it features a simple and convenient design with an elegant feel. It is 58.2×16.1×11.7 inches in size and if you look to the front panel you will see only the power button, volume control, and the function button. The function button lets you access all of its functions by pressing it and one of the keyboard keys. It weighs only 28 pounds and is very compact and portable.

Options:

There is the option of adding some universal X-style or Z-style keyboard stand or an L-85 furniture style stand. The L-85 is sold in black or white and it makes your piano look more expensive and stylish.

Sound:

It has realistic, natural sound with 10 voices:

  • Grand Piano (x2)
  • E. Piano (x2)
  • Pipe Organ (x2)
  • Strings
  • Harpsichord (x2)
  • Vibraphone

You can layer all of the voices (play two voices at the same time). There is a duo mode which lets two players play at the same time. This feature is great for a teacher with a student. Also, two players can play simultaneously, one on the right and one on the left over the same octave range. It features several reverb effects.

The P45 has built-in speakers so you can enjoy your music without external speakers. There are 2 6-watt speakers which make enough sound for an average room. You can add acoustic speakers or headphones if you so desire.

Keyboard:

Yamaha digital piano

The 88 keys of the P45 are all weighted (Graded Hammer Standard). This is great for beginners as it helps in training their fingers to get stronger and play more efficiently. It has 4 levels of touch sensitivity so you can adjust it or turn it off.

Connectivity:

The P45 has all of the minimum connections that you will need on the back of the piano. They are

  • Headphone/Audio out (Stereo Jack)
  • Sustain Pedal jack (optional FC3 half pedal can be attached)
  • USB to host

Also, the P45 can connect to your iPhone or iPad with the original adapter and control your piano with the special Yamaha App,

Yamaha P45, 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano (P45B) Yamaha P45, 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano (P45B)
  • GHS weighted action is heavier in the low end and lighter in the high end, just like an acoustic pia
  • Advanced Wave Memory Stereo Sampling recreates natural instrument sound in stereo
  • 64-note polyphony allows the player to perform moderately dense piano passages
  • Dual Mode lets you combine two Voices together, like piano and strings, for an inspiring new playing
  • The USB to HOST port allows you to connect and interact with a wide variety of educational music 


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Pros and Cons:

Pros:

  • Very affordable
  • Perfect for beginners
  • Weighs only 25 pounds
  • Comes with sheet holder, power adapter and sustain pedal
  • The keyboard is similar to a real acoustic piano

Cons:

  • Does not come with LED screen
  • The sustain pedal does not have the half pressing function, it is either pressed or it is not.
  • The timbre of the voice does not change no matter the velocity you press the keys, only the volume changes.
  • The headphone jack is not easy to connect.

Compared to all the advantages the P45 is definitely worth it. It is the most affordable compact Yamaha digital piano and it has all you need for playing at home or in performance.

Casio PX-160

It is the nearest competitor to the Yamaha P-45. It has excellent keyboard action and sound and the price is right.

Keyboards and sounds:

image of a Casio digital piano

The PX-160 has a 3-sensor weighted keyboard with 88 keys (Scaled Hammer Action II). Casio patented this technology which features simulated Ebony and Ivory textured keys. The ultimate key to sound experience is stellar and unmatched by the standard actions of other brands.

The main sound is deep and bright, and the keyboard is “rough”. The PX-160 uses different samples depending on how you attack the keys, not just changes in volume. This feature is not found in most other models in the same category.

There are 18 built-in sounds and the tone characteristics of acoustic voices are more expressive than any other model in this price range. The 128-note polyphony lets you play back a variety of songs in a split mode.

The PX-160 digital piano has a good set of digital functions and it can combine any two instrumental voices in one-layer split-keyboard mode. You can record both parts at the same time. It also has a metronome and a transpose.

The sound is multi-dimensional and the speaker system of 2×8-watts and also has a slot for external speakers.

Interface Connections:

The PX-160 can be connected to a personal computer or laptop with its USB interface and used as a MIDI keyboard. Additional MIDI connectors are required to connect to external devices.

With its Class Compliant USB MIDI, the PX-160 can be used as a controller with the Apple iPad with the use of Apple’s Camera Connections Kit. It has a linear independent stereo output. Two headphone connectors are on the front panel, rather than on the back as in earlier models.

 Who is the Casio PX-160 Digital Piano for?

  • It’s the number one choice for a child or a beginner. It is inexpensive and works for just about anyone.
  • If you will be moving around it is easy to carry.
  • It is lightweight and fits into just about any car.

Casio Privia PX-160BK 88-Key Full Size Digital Piano with Power Supply, Black Casio Privia PX-160BK 88-Key Full Size Digital Piano with Power Supply, Black
  • The AiR engine provides highly-accurate grand piano sounds with seamless dynamics for a remarkably expressive and powerful performance
  • The Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action II keyboard has an incredible feel and captures the dynamics of a performance with unparalleled speed and accuracy
  • Features a chassis designed for an elegant look and to house a 8w x 8w speaker system that delivers the PX-160’s remarkable sounds with total richness
  • Features newly developed string ensemble sounds that sound wonderful by themselves or layered with the PX-160's grand pianos, electric pianos, harpsichord and more
  • Provides split and layer capability allowing you to play bass in your left hand and have two layered tones in your right
  • Duet mode allows the keyboard to be split into two equal ranges, so a student and a teacher can use the piano simultaneously
  • A two track recorder can even record and playback your practice and performances
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Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • They have a nice grip.
  • The price is right.
  • Can use the CS-67 stand and SP-33 pedal system .and these make the piano more attractive and expensive looking than it actually is.
  • It is lightweight.
  • It has a simple, modest and elegant design.
  • It comes with a three-year manufacturer’s extended warranty.

Cons:

  • Some people do not like the texture of the keys.
  • Key sensitivity is limited.
  • The sustain pedal is low quality.
  • Light-weighted (without music stand)
  • Some people find it hard to remember the presets.

Conclusion:

The Yamaha P 45 and the Casio PX-160 are the top models of the two brands.  You will want to look at many of the other options available in both Yamaha and Casio.

Remember, there are quite a few factors involved in making your decision regarding which is best for you such as length, size, number of keys, number of different sounds, portable or fixed and weight.

Bottom line: Yamaha and Casio are serious competitors and both of them make quality digital pianos that are very similar to each other. Personally, I like Yamaha over Casio but that is basically due to brand reputation. However, it is apparent that Casio has made improvements to their keyboards from the basic kid’s models they started out with.

You will have to decide for yourself which you prefer. It has to sound and feel right to you and you alone.

Enjoy!

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