|Example of quality digital piano key action|
On the Adams DPR1500, when the keys are played and pushed down with any real force at all which is normal playing, the amount of physical thumping noise being produced when the keys hit bottom is so loud that is is almost unbearable in my opinion. The only time the noise is at a minimum is when you turn up the piano volume very loud so that you can't hear the thudding and thunking sound the keys make when being played. But of course you don't want to play the piano at a very loud volume just to mask the key noise. When you play the piano at a normal or softer volume, which is how it's mostly used in a home, the thumping noise is much more noticeable and distracting and noise also occurs when the keys come back up to resting position. And when you plug in headphones for private practice, you won't hear the outside noise as much but everyone else in the house will hear it constantly and it may drive them 'crazy.'
The MOST important feature and function in any piano is the key action because if it does not work correctly, nothing else really matters including the quality of the piano tone, the amount of sounds there are, the other features that are offered, or the design and attractiveness of the cabinet. Good key actions is one of the main things that separates one piano from another and this is where the Benjamin Adams DPR1500 falls apart (so to speak). You might as well use real hammers to strike the keys because that's what it sounds like to me when playing this piano. Just because a piano has keys does not mean they work properly or even at a minimum level. If the factory that builds this model fixes the problem or builds a higher quality model, then they may have something good. But until they change what they call their NHA or "New Hammer Action," I do not recommend this piano even for the lower price of $699. If you happen to see this piano in a Sam Ash store and are able to try one, just turn the piano volume down to a lower level and push on the keys with a medium amount of normal force while increasing that force and then you'll hear what I'm talking about.
If you want a piano key action that will work properly and much more quietly, then try any of the other popular brands and models including Casio (starting at $799 for the AP220), Yamaha, Kawai, Roland, and Kurzweil. It will be worth spending a little more money on something you can enjoy for many years because then you'll know that all 88 keys should function properly.
By the way, if at all possible, be sure you try to get a digital piano with a USB computer output on it. The Benjamin Adams does not have this feature but many other pianos do and it can be important because of all the music educational software available for computers and iPads. A 'Core Compliant' USB output is best because that automatically can connect with iPad which is what kids are using more and more in schools, at home, and for music practice. Don't underestimate the fun and the power of what an iPad or laptop computer can do (with the proper software) for a piano student of any age. The availability of exciting interactive piano and music software is amazing and it is something that can help motivate any piano student or recreational player whether they are at a beginner or advanced level. On the left above are examples of educational software available from the eMedia company.
By the way, check out the following review I did on a couple of Casio pianos and related iPad connectivity and music software as an example of what else is available.
Casio Piano Reviews
Apple iPad & Digital Pianos
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