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I recently had the amazing chance to give the Casio PX 850 a little test drive and let me tell you that it is one of the nicest digital keyboards around. The price of this piano is equally as amazing to me, coming in at or around $1000.
This piano is definitely up very high on the list of digital music equipment and is worth some serious consideration when you are ready to purchase something. Take a look at some of the awesome things this piano has to offer:
First I’d like to talk a little bit about the more basic features that this piano has. These features are essential to the functionality of the piano and are more important than any extra bells and whistles that it may have. The Casio PX 850 has so much to offer in terms of the standard features and I was more than thrilled with what I found when I gave it a test drive. Take a quick look at the basic features:
I really like the compact size of this piano since it is a very nice and solid piece of musical equipment. The dimensions are 59 x 15 x 16 inches and it weighs in at only 37.5 pounds. This is a great size given the great quality that you will be receiving if you decided to purchase this model of digital piano. It is made of very sturdy plastic and metal that comes in three really attractive finishes – black, brown and white wood. The compact size makes it very convenient if you are a traveling musician too. You don’t have to worry about lugging around a more cumbersome keyboard or piano if you purchase this one.
[easyazon_block add_to_cart=”default” align=”right” asin=”B0094D3L4Q” cloaking=”default” layout=”top” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”ragtimedigital-20″]The keyboard in the Casio PX 850 is really cool as well. It has 88 touch sensitive keys with 3 levels of touch sensitivity. The touch sensitivity levels may be adjusted to normal, hard and soft depending on your playing style, which you can set to one level specifically by turning off the sensitivity level completely. A keyboard highlight is the scaled graded hammer action. This awesome feature gives the digital piano the sound of an acoustic piano and makes the digital piano even more versatile.
When using a digital piano you definitely want to make sure that you have a really good pedal since the pedal is one of the key features that will help to create and maintain the amazing sound you are looking for. The Casio PX 850 offers not one, but 3 built in pedals to achieve the ultimate sound. It is best to use it at half pedal operation to provide the maximum amount of resistance for the best possible sound quality.
Now that we have looked at the basic features that are offered, let’s take a look at some of the extra cool, bonus features that come included with the Casio PX 850. These features really up the ante and totally make the piano a real winner. Take a look at what else you are getting when you purchase this particular digital piano:
5 types of simulators come included with this digital piano and each one offers an added dimension and sound to the music you will be playing. You have the option of using the hammer response, damper response, string resonance, lid simulator or key off simulator when you are playing and can chose the simulator that will best suit your sound needs.
I love the music library on the Casio PX 850. It has 256 maximum polyphony notes, 60 preset songs and you can save 10 of your own songs on it as well. The lovely manufacturers at Casio also were kind enough to include 18 built in tones, 3 direct tones and octave shifts to the piano. It’s easy to see why the music library is so desirable as it will really help you create a fine piece of music and/or help you learn more songs at the touch of a button.
Alright my musical pals, now how about some pro’s and con’s to help you decide if the Casio PX 850 is the right digital piano for you? There were many things that I could have added into my pro’s column and really very few to add to the con’s, but I am happy to share my opinions in hopes of helping my fellow music lovers.
There are a few major pro’s that I did not mention during my rundown of some of the other features because I wanted to save them for this portion of my review. These are my favorite features or perks about the piano and I feel that you will agree once you give it a try. I am kind of obsessed with the fact that the piano has USB MIDI capabilities. This is a huge deal if you’d like to play music that is on your computer or mp3 player. You are able to play music without downloading any additional software because of this handy little feature. I also am really happy with the accessories that come with each piano. Each one comes with a matching stand, keyboard cover and additional store stand, so there really isn’t much need (if any at all) to by any additional accessories. Thanks, Casio!
Plus a Few Cons…
As I mentioned before, I didn’t really find much to complain when I was taking this piano for a test drive. The main issues that I had were that the speaker wasn’t as great as previous Casio models and the volume was a bit louder than I would have liked. To me neither of these issues is much of a detractor or a deal breaker since the positives far outweigh the negatives in this case.
- Dimensions: 59x15x16 inches
- Weight: 37.5 pounds
- Keyboard: 88 notes
- Type of keyboard: Scaled hammer action, ebony and ivory keys
- Touch sensitive: 3 levels
- Weighted keys: Medium weighted
- Number of pedals: 3
- Number of preset voices: 10
- Number of preset songs: 10 demo and 60 piano songs
- Sound source: Acoustic and intelligent resonator
- Polyphony: 256 note
- Speakers: 12cmx2cm, tweeter 5cmx2cm
- Amplifiers: 20×2 watts
- Warranty: 1 year on parts and labor