UPDATE - September 26, 2015: Casio has come out with their all new 2016 portable models called the PX160 which replaces the PX160 ($499US internet discount price) which replaces the PX150 at the same price and has been given some impressive upgrades, along with the new 2016 model CGP700 and PX360 which were just released and sell for $799 & $899 respectively and are capable of doing some spectacular things as compared to the PX350, I have detailed reviews of the PX160, CGP700 and PX360 and you can find the links to those reviews on this blog in the "Search Reviews" navigation tab at the top of the page.
Continued review for PX150 & PX350: The Casio company has its worldwide headquarters in Tokyo, Japan (left pic) and has been producing digital pianos for over 30 years. They also produce keyboards, pro synthesizers, as well as being famous for calculators, advanced digital cameras, sports & consumer watches, advanced digital technology for communication devices, and some very impressive new digital computer technology. Casio produces their own computer chips and proprietary micro technology and is able to do it at a fraction of the cost of some of it's biggest competitors. That is why Casio tends to have lower prices. Some people equate lower prices with lower quality but in my opinion these new Casio digital pianos are quite impressive. Beyond that, Casio has a new 3-year parts & labor warranty which shows they are serious about giving consumers product protection and have confidence in their new pianos. Most warranties on digital pianos under $1000 have no more more than 1 year labor or maybe 2 at the most, so 3 years is outstanding in my opinion.
|Casio PX350 w/stand & pedals|
I have personally played this piano from top to bottom and not only has the piano sound and key action been substantially upgraded over the previous model as I mentioned earlier, so have some of the additional instrument sounds, drum rhythms, arrangement styles, and other features including digital storage to USB flashdrive capabilities.
However, the Yamaha P105 (now being replaced by the new & updated P115 at the same price) has a few cool features over the Casio PX150 that I really like (basic drum rhythms & piano chord styles) but I don't think I would sacrifice the higher quality and more realistic piano sound and key action on the Casio's for a few of the "cool" digital features the Yamaha has. I can always get some exciting musical & educational features off my iPad or laptop connected to the Casio PX150 if I needed or wanted to. I will say that the internal speaker system of the Yamaha P105 does sound a bit fuller & richer than the Casio PX150 so that is a plus for Yamaha since having fuller internal sound is a good thing. However on the new Casio PX160 that just came out, the internal speaker system has been noticeably upgraded so it is on the same level as the Yamaha now. When you listen through headphones, the Casio PX150 does sound noticeably more realistic in piano sound to me, and you can connect to external powered speakers through the stereo headphone jack on the PX150 if you wish, although that connection will cut out the internal speakers from playing, which is true with some other digital pianos. The new PX160 has upgraded independent audio output jacks which allows connection to external sound sources without going through the headphone jack as on the PX150. As I mentioned before, the Casio PX350 has four internal speakers as opposed to two in the PX150 so the PX350 sounds better than the PX150 and it has 2 independent audio output & input jacks as well, which is useful for connectivity with external devices such as an iPad, computer, or external sound system.
I have played all of the new pianos out there including other brands not mentioned here and you can have satisfying playing experiences on many Yamaha's, Kawai's, Roland's, and other brands. But if you want a relatively inexpensive digital piano that sounds & plays great (for the money), is lightweight to carry or store (25lbs for the piano itself), and has lots of useful features including plug & play USB output to iPad & computer (see iPad music app pics on left), then I recommend the new Casio PX150 & PX350 for people looking in these price ranges and wanting something with higher quality technology. Copyright AZPianoNews.com 2014
Is it worth buying the PX150 & PX350? It really depends on your budget and your musical goals? However I believe there are compelling reasons to purchase either of the new Casio models and spend a bit more money over buying a cheap keyboard or used digital piano because if you plan to own the piano for awhile and want to grow into it instead of out of it. You might as well be ahead of the curve in terms of technology and getting much closer to replicating the piano tone & key action of a real acoustic piano. If that's important to you then I believe getting a the PX150 or PX350 and spending a bit more will worth it in the long run:).
*Note: There are some people out there who think I purposely favor the Casio brand over others, but I do not. I like all of the major brands including Roland, Kawai, Casio, and Yamaha, Kawai, Korg, and a couple others. In the lower price range under $1100, it's really hard to beat the new line of Casio Privia pianos and that includes Yamaha, one of my favorite brands. Take a look at these new videos (down below) I found of the PX350 in action from Casio's main US product designer & specialist, Mike Martin, as well as Jazz pianist Joe Sample, and a classical concert artist by the name of Anthony Patterson. Once you hear the stereo multi-sampled acoustic grand piano sound on the PX350 in these videos, you will know why I am impressed with these new models at their low prices, and being a piano teacher and musician myself, lower prices always make me smile:)
*Note: Casio also has the new PX760 ($799 internet price - left pic) cabinet version of the new PX160 which has much fuller sound through a better (under keyboard) mounted speaker system, a traditional built-in pull down metal key cover, better control panel layout and music rack holder, and is available in more color cabinet colors. It also has room on the piano top to put things on, unlike the PX160 which has top mounted speakers. It cannot be used as a "portable" piano, but besides that, in my opinion it is easily worth the difference in price over the new PX160. Go here for more details on the PX760: Casio PX760 Review
In addition to the PX760 cabinet version of the PX160, Casio has a cabinet version of the PX350, which is called the PX780 and the PX780 is a very popular model for Casio. For those of you who don't need a portable digital piano to move around, the PX780 cabinet piano would be a great option because it has everything the PX350 has plus it looks like a small piano with sliding key cover and has a much bigger 40 watt speaker system as compared to the 16 watt speaker system of the PX350, so it produces a much fuller, richer tone. As far as "bang for the buck," in my opinion the PX780 would be a better option because it's only $999* internet discount price (*new $899 internet price sale until end of September '15) which isn't too much more money than the PX350 once you add the furniture stand and 3-pedal unit to the PX350. The PX350 & PX780 demos are below so you can hear what they sound like. I have done a detailed blog review on the PX780 so please go to the following link to read more about it: Casio PX780 review
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CASIO PX350/PX780 DEMO SONGS BELOW - Please listen to them as everything is played live without overdubs. I made a few live playing mistakes but that's what you get sometimes when you improvise with no sheet music. I made up the songs as I played them but the point was just to show off some of the rhythm accompaniment style features along with a few of the other instrument sounds including acoustic grand piano. Hope you enjoy:)
Dynamic Grand Piano Pop by Tim Praskins on the Casio PX350
Organ-piano Jazz Groove by Tim Praskins on the Casio PX350
Light County Rock by Tim Praskins on the Casio PX350
Acoustic-Elec Piano rock by Tim Praskins on the Casio PX350
Legendary pianist Joe Sample playing a Casio PX350 live in his hotel room impromptu and not rehearsed, and on camera too... that's called being brave:)
Joe Sample showing off his piano playing skills above in Concert with George Benson
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