Digital Pianos 2024 - PREVIEW | Kawai, Yamaha, Roland, Casio


Digital pianos 2024 review


PREVIEW - Dec 1, 2023
- Best Brands of Digital Pianos for 2024 - What new digital piano models are coming from Yamaha, Casio, Kawai, Roland, and Korg this next year in 2024? FIND OUT HERE | LOWER PRICES HERE | The past year in 2023 was the year that our country and our world started coming out of the covid pandemic. Even though covid is till with us, the pandemic itself is over. Worldwide technology product production is back up and inventories of products are mostly back up with manufacturer warehouses. 

There are still some shortages but not near as many as before. Prices have definitely gone up within the last few years but that is not surprising given some fairly significant inflation, especially here in the US.

There are higher gas prices, high food prices, high medical prices, higher taxes, high housing prices, and overall much higher cost of living. There are many causes that can contribute to inflation, but regardless, we have it. Hopefully things should will be getting better as we go into 2024, unless something unexpected happens.

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computer chip shortage
One of the main culprits contributing to uncertainty for digital pianos for the past year 2023 was the world-wide computer chip shortage. It had been a very serious situation affecting all of the digital piano manufacturers, some more than others. It was a very real thing but is getting noticeably better,  I don't see it ending yet but my best educated guess is that product availability is now getting much better. Computer chips are in high demand for all kinds of consumer products and digital pianos are no exception. In fact, demand for consumer chips worldwide is so strong that some of the overseas chip manufacturers are currently building multi-million dollar chip making factories right here in the USA (it's about time) hoping it eases product delays here in the US for the future.

TOP DIGITAL PIANO BRANDS RIGHT NOW


Kawai digital pianos right now
Kawai is a great brand and I like them very much.  The Kawai digital piano lineup right now includes the ES120, KDP75, KDP120, ES520, ES920, MP7SE, MP11SE, VPC-1, CN201, CN301, CA401, CA501, CA701, CA901, NV5S, and NV10S. All of these models are very impressive and start at $1000 and go up well past $10,000. With the the exception of the older pro stage and controller digital pianos from Kawai (MP7SE, MP11SE, VPC1), all of the other Kawai digital pianos are new current model digital pianos in 2023 and will go on through at least 2024. So with regard to the bulk 
 
Yamaha digital pianos right now
Yamaha is another great piano company with many impressive digital pianos especially in their Clavinova series. 
Yamaha's most popular portable & home cabinet models right now include the P-143, P-225, DGX-670, P-525, YDP-105, YDP-S35, YDP-145, YDP-165, YDP-184, P-S500, CLP725, CLP-735, CLP-745, CLP-765GP, CLP-775, CLP-785, CLP-795, CSP-255, CSP-275, CSP-295, CSP-295GP, CVP-701, CVP-905, CVP-909, CVP-909GP, NU1XA, N1X, N2X, and N3X. Yamaha actually has more models (from their pro keyboard division) than that, but I have listed only their popular home cabinet and home portable models. Yamaha has, by far, the largest amount of models of any digital piano manufacturer out there.

Roland digital pianos right now
Roland is a popular digital piano brand and they have had similar issues as Yamaha & Kawai with their most popular models which are also delayed for 30 to 60 days in some cases. Roland has many models of digital pianos including FP-10, FP-30X, FP-E50, FP-60X, FP-90X, F107, RP107, F701, RP701, HP702, HP704, LX706, LX708, and 3 new digital grands called GP3, GP6, and GP9 digital grand pianos. However, like Yamaha, Roland also produces pro stage digital pianos, electronic guitar products, electronic drum products, and many other categories of music digital products. 

Casio digital pianos right now
Casio is also a very popular digital piano company and their models are quite impressive, especially in their lower price ranges for what they offer. Whether you are a beginner or pro piano player, they definitely have something for everybody. Their models go from about $400 on up to over $6000.
Those models include the CDP-s160, CDP-s360, PX-S1100, PX-S3100, PX770, PX870, AP-270, PX-S5000, AP470, PX-S6000, PX-S7000, AP-710, GP-310, and GP-510. Casio also has some much lower priced entry level portable keyboards under $500 which I have not listed here. Of the Casio cabinet and portable models currently on the market, the most popular models by far are the PX-S3100 ($879), PX-870 ($1199), PX470 ($1699), PX-S6000 ($1799), and the GP-310 ($4299).  

Korg digital pianos right now
Korg is another major digital piano and keyboard company which is very popular, especially with pro players, and many of their products actually made in Japan as opposed to other companies making their products in China, or other places.
Korg music products are well known and used by professional musicians around the world for their quality piano key actions and piano sounds in attractive contemporary cabinets with powerful internal speaker systems. The Korg home cabinet digital pianos don't go beyond $2000 price range whereas Yamaha, Roland, Kawai, and Casio all have models above $2000 and beyond. The most popular Korg home digital piano has been the G1 Air which is currently $1799 after a $200 factory instant rebate.

TOP DIGITAL PIANO BRANDS FOR 2024


Yamaha digital pianos 2024
Yamaha digital pianos for 2024 - So what do things look like for new models coming in 2024? 
Starting with Yamaha digital pianos, the new 2024 Clavinova CSP-200 and CVP-900 series have just recently been introduced and are brand new models. The CLP Clavinova's are still fairly up-to-date, have good key actions and piano sound realism, and even though they have been out for awhile, I don't see any changes coming up for CLP Clavinova series in 2024.

Yamaha YDP-145 digital piano
The Yamaha "Arius" home digital pianos between $1000 and $2000 have been manufactured for many years under different model names.
The current model Arius models between $1000 and $2000 are called YDP-105 ($1099), YDP-S35 ($1199), YDP-145 ($1299), YDP-S55 ($1599), and YDP-165 ($1799).  There is also one much older Arius model called the YDP-184. However, as nice as that model is, the key action in it is a much older key action model and way to stiff and heavy for me to recommend it. They have improved piano sound realism over previous models but the key actions, especially in the 2 newest higher priced models, the YDP-S55 and YDP-165 are noticeable heavy and stiff and I cannot recommend those 2 models either because of the key action issues.

Yamaha YDP-165 digital piano
Nearly all of the Yamaha models models have also gone up in price approx 9-13% over the previous models from last year. The price increases are due to new production and shipping cost increases.
With regard to the Arius series, overall the new Arius models has not changed much over the previous models. Cabinets are the same, key action is the same, internal speaker system is the same, and functions are pretty much the same. Yamaha made some tweaks in the piano sound engine and improved it along with upgrading the USB connectivity in a couple of Arius models, but that's about it. 

Yamaha YDP-184 digital piano
We do predict a new model by Yamaha coming out at some point in 2024 to replace the current model YDP-184 that has been out for many years which sells for $2399. The 184 has an older and much heavier key action in it which Yamaha does not produce anymore. Since Yamaha has improved the the Clavinova series above it for key action feel and response, then it's just a matter of time until Yamaha improves the YDP-184 to give it the upgrades that it really needs.

Roland digital pianos 2024
Roland digital pianos for 2024 - Roland has had their lineup of home digital upright style pianos out for about 7 years which is a very long time in the world of digital pianos
. That extended "shelf life" is likely due to covid restrictions for the last few years and lack of production capability from Roland. 
The Roland FP-X portable series are relatively new as is the 107 & 701 model pianos, so those likely won't change for awhile until a couple years from now at least. Roland just came out with new digital grand pianos including the GP-3, GP-6, GP-9, and GP-9M digital grand pianos

Roland GP9 digital baby grand piano
So now there are 4 models of digital grands in the Roland lineup from around $3200 to well over $10,000 and $15,000.
 Those 4 digital grands, but especially the GP9 and GP9M 5' digital baby grands, are very impressive for their cabinets as well as their new key actions and grand piano sound. We predict that it is very likely Roland will replace all of their vertical upright model digital pianos in the HP & LX series for 2024 because they have been out for so long, as I mentioned, and Roland has newer updated technology now for their digital pianos.  

Kawai digital pianos 2024
Kawai digital pianos for 2024 -
The current model Kawai digital pianos overall are still fairly new in the last year or two with a few of them having just come out within the last 1 to 10 months months or so such as the CA401 at $3099, CA501 at $3999, CA701 at $4899. and CA901 at $6399.
  Since Kawai already had some furniture cabinet model upgrades this last year, we probably won't see any more this year, or at least until the end of next year at the earliest.  

Kawai VPC1 controller digital piano
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The oldest models in the current lineup are the MP7SE and MP11SE portable "stage digital pianos." There may be changes coming up to the popular MP7SE and MP11SE stage/studio models in 2024 because in my opinion they need them. However, they continue to be very good sellers for the Kawai company right now. Kawai does have their "controller" digital piano model called the VPC1 which is good for home recording studios and also on stage at certain venues. The VPC1 has been out for a number of years and definitely needs to be upgraded with a new key action for better key movement response. I am hoping that Kawai will do that to the VPC1 in 2024.

Kawai CA901 piano
The new more advanced Kawai Concert Artist series CA501 at $3999, CA701 at $4899 and CA901 at $6399 that I previously mentioned are the latest Kawai higher-end entries for 2024.
These 3 pianos are the top of the line Concert Artist Series furniture cabinet models and they are the best digital pianos for an advanced piano playing experience in their respective price ranges. There is also the lower priced CA401 at $3099 that begins the Concert Series models and it is also impressive with its all-wooden key extended length key action that everyone seems to love. If you are looking for excellent piano playability at a somewhat lower price, then the CA401 would be a great choice.

Kawai Novus NV5S
Finally, Kawai has their very top of the line Novus "hybrid" series with the NV5S upright and NV10S grand key action model. These 2 piano exactly replicate the "feeling and movement" of actual acoustic piano key actions taken directly out of the acoustic Kawai pianos. One model is a full upright acoustic key action and the other Novus model is their Millenium acoustic grand piano key action. So if you want the most authentic key action and piano sound experience in a Kawai digital piano that replicates real acoustic pianos, and you are willing to pay for it, then the newer Novus models will give that experience to you. If you want more info on all of the Kawai digital pianos then read my review of these models at the following link: Kawai digital piano review

Casio digital pianos 2024
Casio digital pianos for 2024 -
Casio has recently come out with 3 new models called the PX-S5000, PX-S6000, and PX-S7000 home/pro portable digital pianos, and they are very impressive. I have done a detailed review on them at the following link so please read it to discover what these new PXS models are all about: Casio PXS5000, PXS6000, PXS7000 Review

Casio PX-870 digital piano
The very popular and current model Casio PX-S3100 is selling for $879 and it also has some  impressive features. The most popular current furniture cabinet models for Casio are the PX-870 and AP-470 models. However, they do not have Bluetooth wireless connectivity yet whereas a few new Casio portable digital pianos do have that technology. But people usually purchase the popular PX-870 and AP-470 furniture cabinet models for arguably the best piano playing experience in their respective price ranges for a furniture cabinet model, and not as much for a lot of extra "bells & whistles."

Casio AP-470 digital piano
When it comes to the Casio company, it is possible they'll upgrade a few of their current furniture cabinet models in 2024 with the Bluetooth technology along with some other new features. We do predict that Casio will come out with some new furniture cabinet models in the $2000 to $3000 price range where they are weakest as compared with their competition in this price range.

Casio currently has their popular PX-870 at $1199, AP-470 at $1699, their AP-710 at $2799, the GP-310 at $4299, and the top of the line GP-510 at $6299.  

Korg digital pianos 2024
Korg digital pianos for 2024 -
Korg has recently updated their LP-380 piano to include a USB port with USB audio streaming technology because it did not have those features before, and USB audio streaming is very useful.
They now call that new model the LP-380U and I have done a detailed review of it. The other Korg cabinet pianos are still current models and have been selling so well for them over the past few years that I really don't see any changes in 2024 for those models. The Korg G1 Air is an especially popular contemporary furniture cabinet digital piano at $1799 (after Korg factory $200 instant rebate) for home piano playing. So you should definitely consider this one if you want a great piano playing experience for under $2000. Korg G1 Air Review

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The bottom line
The bottom line is this: I really believe that overall there will be little product change among the major digital piano manufacturers for 2024. I believe there will be a few new models, but not many, and probably towards the middle or end of the 2024. These digital piano companies came out with so many new models in 2022 and 2023 that there is little reason to upgrade again or add new models. Digital pianos do not change every year like cars. Their model life-cycle is typically 3 to 4 years or so and then a new model may come out. So we will definitely see some new product but not much. I look for Roland to likely have the biggest changes in their offerings and maybe a couple new things from Casio...but only time will tell.

off-brand digital pianos
The "off-brand" digital piano companies that regular piano stores typically do not carry are names that you can find at big consumer and music products stores like Costco, Guitar Center, and other similar businesses, including Amazon. They sell brands that are usually exclusive to them with some of those brands being "house brands" or "off brands" that they have made to sell from factories in China. Based on my experiences playing those off-brand models, they are not anywhere near the capabilities of the name brands in being able to produce an authentic piano playing experience. Actually a few of them are not good at all in some notable ways which generally have to do with the piano playing experience with the key action, piano sound, pedaling, or all three of those components. 

Suzuki digital grand piano
Off-brands, (not the well known name brands generally seen in piano stores), include Williams, Suzuki, Artesia, Donner, Eastar, Kurzweil, the One, Alesis, and a few others that tend to show up on Amazon.
Their digital pianos are not necessarily "bad," and a few of them have some pretty cool "bells & whistles" as well as some nice looking cabinets. But I would personally not recommend them because of my disappointment with their key actions, the piano sound realism on most of them, and pedaling issues that I have found on many of those models. 

In most cases those brands just don't allow you to have a good piano playing experience...and for me that's ultimately what it is all about. Off-brands can be less money than the name brands but you "usually get what you pay for," as the old saying goes. 

FINAL THOUGHTS


final thoughts
When it comes to the purchase of a new digital piano in 2024, in my opinion it should not just be about the lowest price, or a beautiful cabinet, or bells & whistles like color touch screens, or big speakers. It should be more about how good can that instrument be in trying to recreate the better piano playing experience in that price range as compared to a good acoustic upright or grand piano or a "name brand" digital piano in a similar price range or for a bit more money. In that way those off-brands, as I call them, just don't cut it and that's why they are a cheaper price.

If you want the best piano playing experience that you can get for around $500 to well over $10,000, then stay with the name brands including Kawai, Casio, Yamaha, Korg, and Roland . They offer the best and most realistic piano performance, best authenticity, best durability, best warranties, and best resale value of all the brands out there for the money.

Caution - buyer beware
Don't get fooled by "slick advertising" and slick promotional videos in 2024 for some of those off-brands that I mentioned. I have done reviews of most of those lesser known brands and models so that you can know more about their pianos  As for those off-brands possibly coming out with new models yet in 2024, it's possible, but I doubt it because they recently came out with a few updated models in 2022 and 2023 which are still disappointing in most cases. But even if they did come out with newer models yet next year, I doubt they would be much better than what they already have now because of their past track record. So my recommendation is to stay away from those brands.  

Kawai DG30 digital micro grand piano
Again, if you want a new name brand digital piano anytime in the near future for 2024, please do not wait until prices go up again.
Take my advice and put in your order now or as soon as possible. Most places will allow you to order with a relatively small deposit that can be refundable should the piano not be available right away.  
 
Also, please contact us before you buy any digital piano from anyone. We will help you get what you want and at lower prices with free shipping and no tax, brand new.

Want to know more about the latest digital pianos and how they rank for TOP 3 IN ALL PRICE RANGES? Then check out our review & report of these digital pianos at the following link: TOP 3 DIGITAL PIANOS IN ALL PRICE RANGES

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7 comments:

Homeschool said...

Thanks this was good read!

Steve said...

It was an honest and well informed page. Thanks.

Steve said...

Thanks for the info, interesting read.

Terrycar said...

Very useful and interesting. Certainly clarifies the situation for all brand. should also be useful to the retailers as well and reinforces wat tey have to tell their (would be) customers. Tank you.
Please keep us up to date of progress
Terry C.

Anonymous said...

Any news on the update of the Roland gp 609? ( cuz it’s coming )I’ve just ordered the new model this morning, but not even the guy at the store knew the model number. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Well done to you both for your honest reviews. I am a very happy owner of a Casio PX-S3100 which has replaced a Yamaha DGX630 and a Yamaha Electone HS5. For many years I played a Technics Pro90 Organ professionally and I have to state the the PX-S3100 is incredibly exciting to play. The tones and accompaniments are excellent with the ability to store 96 different setups and control the piano from a tablet or smartphone using Casio Music Space - absolutely amazing!

Jules said...

Don't forget the Yamaha P-S500 which is a portable version of the CSP-150-170 which was released late last year, which again is in short supply