Digital Piano Review – Casio Privia PX-150
Welcome to Digital Piano Reviews. Today, we bring another long-awaited review of the new Casio Privia PX-150. As part of the Privia line of digital pianos, the PX-150 is the successor to the PX-130. From what we experienced, it’s certainly an improvement from the previous model.
According to Casio, the “new PX-150 represents a significant step in the continuing evolution of the Privia digital piano line. A combination of a new keyboard action and a powerful new sound engine provide a new level of detail, nuance and expression for a superior grand piano experience in the lightweight and stylish design that Privia is known for.”
They’re absolutely right! The previous PX-130 has long been our favorite. Now, the upgraded PX-150 has too become one of the favorites. After all, there’s a reason why it has rapidly gained popularity in the market. Best for beginners, this Privia is also suitable for intermediate pianists. So what is it that makes it so great? Is it worth the upgrade? Well keep reading to find out.
But first, let’s have a look at some features of the Casio Privia PX-150:
- 88-key weighted tri-sensor scaled hammer action keyboard
- 128 polyphony notes & 3 sensitivity levels for touch sensitivity
- Multi-dimensional Morphing AiR (Acoustic & intelligent Resonator) sound source
- 18 built-in tones; Duet modes, Split, Shift, Layer, Octave
- 2 track Sequencer
- Metronome; and 20-255BPM Tempo Setting
- Simulator: Hammer Response, Damper & String Resonance
- 60 Preset songs and 10 user songs in the Music Library
- 4 reverb and 4 chorus types; DSP Reset; Brilliance: -3 ~ 0 ~ +3
- Key Transpose: 25 steps (-12 ~ 0 ~ +12 semitones)
- Auto-power off and Auto Harmonize feature
- Record 2 tracks/song using Real-time Recorder
- 2 13 cm x 6 cm speakers; 2 8W amplifiers
- MIDI/USB to host connection; output for pedal unit; 2 headphone jacks
- 1 SP-3 Damper pedal, score stand and book included
- Weighs 24.25 lbs.
Now let’s get back to the digital piano review. Compared to the Privia models, the grand piano sound has significantly improved. The detailed and authentic sounds are provided using Casio’s very own AiR (Acoustic & intelligent Resonator) proprietary sound source. This results in a dynamic, impressive, and powerful sound performance. For a more genuine piano tone, the PX-150 uses memory that is 3X more powerful than its predecessor PX-130′s memory. When the sustain pedal is used with the Damper Resonance Simulator, the realism you get is remarkable.
Furthermore, the 128 polyphony notes allow you to play difficult compositions smoothly without sound cutting off. While the piano tone is a vast improvement from the previous PX-130, the number of tones haven’t changed much. Only 2 tones have been added, totaling to 18 built-in tones. However, these small number of tones are excellent. It’s better to have few excellent tones as opposed to a bunch with weaker tones. The highly used grand piano sounds are excellent as are the other 4 piano sounds. This is a huge advantage of the PX-150.
In regards to the key action, and the feel of the instrument, it feels great. When you play the keys, you’ll notice how natural they feel. An improvement over the last model, the 88-key weighted tri-sensor scaled hammer action keyboard has been redesigned. It looks and feels much better. Newly textured with simulated Ivory and Ebony, the keys provide an exceptional feel. Additionally, the 3 sensitivity levels capture the performance dynamics in a fast, accurate way. The sound engine and the key actions take into account how lightly or hardly the keys are pressed. This improves the overall experience.
Along with the 5 piano sounds, the PX-150 also comes with sounds of other instruments, such as bass, strings, and organs. The Duet mode is excellent for lessons. It allows the teacher and student to play the keyboard simultaneously by splitting it into two equal ranges. Then there’s the built-in two track recorder. That allows you to record and playback your compositions. The metronome (which is a common feature) allows for practice at any tempo. There are also 2 headphone outputs. You can practice all you want without disturbing others. All in, these features make the PX-150 excellent for new learners.
The built-in MIDI USB interface make it easy to connect the instrument with a computer (Mac or PC). You can move songs to and from a computer into PX-150′s hardware using the USB connection. You can also use the keyboard as a controller and use it with music software. The PX-150 is also compatible with an iPad. If you’ll be using your iPad, make sure you read the following. Many customers reported that this keyboard isn’t supported by most iPad apps. There is an update: you can use “Piano Tutor” by SmileyApps and it works just fine.
Also, the Because of its lightweight, portable design, the PX-150 is suitable for stage, schools, or home. It weighs less than 25 lbs. – so you can easily carry it anywhere.
- Realistic grand piano sounds
- Touch Sensitive, tri-sensor scaled hammer action keys
- Responsive key action and natural feel
- Very portable and lightweight
- Duet mode, and the built-in track recorder are excellent for students
- Newly improved Ivory and Ebony textured keys
- The knobs and buttons feel cheap
- The included damper pedal isn’t too great
- The speakers could’ve been better (tip: use headphones for better sound quality)
Digital Piano Reviews Conclusion
To be straightforward, we highly recommend the Casio Privia PX-150. You get excellent sound, touch, and feel. It even looks expensive with the newly textured keys. On top of all that, the features make it great for new learners and even stage performances. That may be the reason why it is rapidly gaining popularity. All in, the value you get for the price you pay makes it an excellent investment.
Good for: beginners (especially students), and stage performances
Not so good for: experienced performers as they may need advance features
Final Verdict: Recommended
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