There are SO many choices when it comes to new digital pianos these days. People obviously want the best piano tone and touch they can get for the lowest price possible along with some other cool features that make piano playing even better and more exciting. That's what we all want and that's something I look for in a digital piano. The variations of digital pianos also can make it confusing because they can come in a variety of configurations with nice full furniture cabinets, smaller slimline modern cabinets, lighter weight portable pianos with built-in speakers and optional manufacturer built stands & pedals, and lightweight portable pianos with no built-in speakers or stands built in.
Digital pianos are played all over the world in the home, church, school, stage, recording studio, for gigging, and other venues and places. However, if you are in the price range that most people are in which is under $2000, and want the very best possible acoustic grand piano tone and touch you can get in a digital piano regardless of its configuration and cabinet design, for me the choice would be the Kawai MP6. The MP6 is just the piano keyboard alone without a built-in speaker system, stand, pedals, or bench. All those things have to be purchased separately or in a package but do not add a lot of extra cost.
I'm giving 1st place to Kawai for their MP6 portable piano keyboard (above & below left pics - $1349 base price). The reason this piano is my top pick is because the MP6 plays very smoothly and evenly with a baby grand piano feel and organic grand piano tone that even a pro can appreciate. I would consider the key action touch weight on this piano to be medium or slightly firm (as opposed to light) which gives the player better control with progressive key touch dynamics from very soft tone to loud aggressive playing and everything in between. The MP6 is fairly easy to operate and has enough cool features & flexibility for making music in ways that will enhance your overall playing experience, but it is definitely not a toy.
|Kawai MP6 Portable Piano|
My 2nd place pick goes to Casio with its PX850 Privia furniture cabinet piano (left pic - $1099). This new model is amazing in this low price range for its realistic piano tone & key action in a much lower price range along with some new digital features that makes this piano a compelling choice. Take a look at the Casio PX850 blog review I did at the link below for more info on that model: Casio PX850 review. My 3rd place pick is a tie which goes to Kawai for its CE220 furniture cabinet piano (left pic - $1899) and also the Kawai ES7 compact digital piano. The CE220 has an actual acoustic piano wooden hammer key and solid action producing a very realistic acoustic grand piano sound with some useful educational features in an attractive satin black cabinet. The wood key action is really an amazing feature in this price range and no one else has this until you get above $3000. Both of these Kawai pianos are really fine instruments overall and with their built-in speakers, lots of great instrument sounds, MIDI playback and record as well as MP3 & wav file audio recording on the ES7, and very nice piano tone all in attractive cabinets. The reason I gave the Casio 2nd place over the Kawai is that its low price range makes it much more affordable for more families, but if you have the disposable income to invest in the Kawai pianos, those instruments would also be even better choices. Go here for my reviews of the Kawai CE220 & ES7: Kawai CE220 review Kawai ES7 Review
The Korg keyboard company still produces three fairly nice digital pianos with its LP380 ($999) being the best of the four. An optional factory made wood stand makes for a more complete package on the ES100 and P155 (the Korg is already in a self contained cabinet) but both the Kawai & Yamaha are still definitely worth the extra difference over the Korg in my opinion. Casio also has a furniture cabinet model AP250 for just $999 (very top left pic) that is quite impressive at it's lower price and in fact is the lowest price of any top manufacturer to offer what it does in an attractive furniture cabinet with the fundamental piano features that many people want plus additional interactive technology. That model is also a good value.
By the way, the link below is a more in depth review of both the Yamaha P155. Check it out when you have time:
I am happy to help anyone who wishes to contact me and answer their questions about what might be best for them. Even though the choices I have made here for my top digital pianos are good ones, they may not be the right choice for you depending on your musical needs and goals, and that's where I can help.
|Samick SG310 Digital Grand|