Casio Privia PX-160 88-Key Digital Piano
The Casio Privia PX-160 has a nice balance of quality and value for money, going beyond what others have to offer in the same price range.
To match what the competition is offering in terms of playability, Casio equipped this unit with scale weighted keys that have switchable 3-tier touch sensitivity.
They then went a step further by upping the amplifier power to 16 Watts and speaker size to 5.12", which translates to more headroom to fill bigger rooms with.
Polyphony is also increased along with the addition of extra sounds to choose from.
Casio did not compromise with extra features either, adding a 2-track recorder into the unit, along with the ability to layer and split the keyboard.
- Keys: 88 Fully Weighted Hammer Action Keys
- Touch Sensitivity: 3 Levels
- Speaker System: 2 x 8W Amplifier and 2 x (5.12" x 2.36") Speakers
- Pedal: SP-3 Damper
- Presets: 18 Tones
- Effects: Reverb, Chorus, Brilliance
- Polyphony: 128
- Functions: Layer, Split, Duet, Octave Shift, Transpose, Metronome, 2-Track Recorder
- Audio Output: 2 x TRS (Headphones)
- MIDI I/O: USB
- Power Supply: 12V
- Stand: Optional
- Colors: Black, Gold
- Dimensions: 5.31" x 52.05" x 11.26"
- Weight: 24.5 lbs
"Best value for your money" and other variants are found in many reviews, and it's not surprising given its feature set and sound quality. There are also a lot of good things written about its sound quality and reliability. Most of the reviews are from non-professionals and students, but there are some piano instructors who said that they would recommend the Privia PX-160 without reservations.
There are some who found the sound options to still be lacking, particularly those who are used to portable keyboards with their many sounds. A few users noted that the keys make mechanical noises that can be noticeable when practicing at lower volumes.
If you're looking for a digital piano with full-size and fully-weighted keys, and you want a few more features to work with then the Casio Privia PX-160 should be high on your list.
If you're looking for something less expensive, check out our guide to The Best Digital Pianos Under $500.