Audio & Video Performances & Examples
Visual and auditory demonstrations are important, and should be paramount from a manufacturer’s point of view. Potential buyers should be able to hear these products in action before coming to a final purchasing decision. For this reason and reader convenience, several video demos are linked to below!
- Korg SV-1
- Yamaha YDP143R Arius
- Kawai CE220 Digital Piano
- Williams Rhapsody 2
- Yamaha DGX 660
- Williams Overture Digital Piano
- Nord Piano 3
Not all manufacturer websites offer demonstration videos; unfortunately there aren’t demo videos available for every product on this list. However, one could visit third party sources like ‘YouTube’ for outside demonstrations if desired. On the flip side, several of these manufacturers offer more than one demonstration at their main websites!
Whether or not demonstrations were offered is one of the factors considered when rating.
Any digital piano enthusiast will contest to the importance of key sensitivity. In fact, lack of touch sensitive keys is the main reason why people make the switch from a digital piano to classic. The inability to play some keys louder than others makes it impossible to play the melody louder than the accompaniment.
Pressure sensitive keys are not the same as weighted keys. A weighted keys action is designed to provide additional resistance over the standard ‘organ tough’ digital keyboards, more closely simulating the gravity hammer action of a grand piano.
You might wonder why the prices here range so greatly. Many factors go into a product’s pricing. To name just a few:
- Manufacturing materials
- Features provided
- Sound/speaker system
- Brand name
As far as cost, pricier isn’t necessarily better. Sometimes a product may in fact be superior and sometimes a less expensive product may offer more features. In the end, it is important not to judge by a product’s name or brand alone. For this reason, the rating system here does not account for either the ‘brand name’ or price of the product.
Essentially, polyphony is the ability of instrument sounds and notes being played to be heard simultaneously.
In other words, if I am playing 2 or 3 sounds layered together in the right hand along with 4 instrument sounds & drum patterns (which includes auto chord arrangements) in the left hand on a digital piano, and I am playing about 6 or 7 notes minimum at a time on the keyboard using both hands with sustain pedal being depressed by my foot at the proper times along with recording it on separate tracks, I would need enough polyphony (digital note memory) to keep it all going Tim Praskins, AZ Piano Reviews.
Because it is digital, there is no reason why the piano in question shouldn’t at least have headphone jacks. Whether it be USB or something else, the more is often the merrier.
These days, most digital pianos worth their salt allow pianists to record their performance, whether it be for learning, progression/ comparison, or simple enjoyment. Recording and sequencing capabilities are important for those wishing to create their own material.
Y. YDP143R Arius
W. R. 2
Y. DGX 660
Nord P. 3
The key count of a standard piano is 88. Unfortunately, many digital pianos, being smaller and more compact products, offer smaller keyboards. When purchasing a digital piano, many consumers want their product of choice to come as close to the real thing in sound and playability as possible, while offering several other features in addition. For this reason, products offering a full range of 88 keys are considered before those that do not.
standard piano key count is 88
Customer Reviews (Pros and cons partially based on customer reviews)
One of the main buying factors should rely on previous experience! Every original manufacturer out there wants to make their product sound fantastic, often giving a misleading sense of desire. The only real way to gauge performance and quality is by experience.
Available Manufacturer Descriptions
There are so many countless digital pianos out there offering a wide array of features and styles; buyers need to be able to discern between what they are getting. In this case, the more information provided the better.
Product Websites (Web Presentation)
The website setup potential buyers see is often the first thing they encounter on the road to choosing one digital piano over another. For this reason, it is very important manufacturers or distributors offer an attractive, organized and detailed layout for buyers to view. Pianists need to know exactly what they are getting before devoting, sometimes thousands, into a new product!
Simple Amazon descriptions won’t due. We want to know the exact specifications of a product in its entirety. How many features are available? What types of sounds can be produced- and better yet, are there audio/video demos available? Can we actually watch and listen to a pianist perform on any given product?
Most of the products included in this listing do include various demonstrations- a very important factor considered in our top ten digital piano rating system.
Digital pianos are often meant to be smaller, portable versions of regular pianos. Though not all pianos on this list are actually portable, some in fact being the size (or closer too) regular pianos, it is certainly an aspect to consider. What exactly are you looking for in a digital piano? Would a model that you can carry around, playing anywhere you go, fit your desired purposes better than something more stationary?