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The Best Top Five Digital Pianos of October, 2018

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The Low-Down on Digital Pianos – 
We look at the top 5 best sellers!

Digital pianos are an amazing new take on an old instrument. Houses these days just haven’t got the room for a large, even if beautifully made, grand piano. The sound of a piano is certainly not outdated, though, and that’s where these digital devices come in – all the musical ability and versatility of the piano, without being large, immobile and expensive.

Digital pianos come in a large variety of types, and you need to decide what would work best for you, but generally the upright stand pianos, constructed to mimic an actual upright piano, are the most popular.

The tone, keyboard sensitivity, hammer action, and acoustics vary from model to model, as do the piano’s effects and other digital abilities, so it’s worth taking your time and trying out a few before you buy.

The Gadget Nerds team reviewed the Top 5 Bestselling Digital Pianos of October, 2018:

1) Alesis Recital Beginner Digital Piano

Overview

This looks and feels like an impressive piece of kit. It’s solidly built, comes with excellent instructions, has a huge range of features, and is super value.

What We Like

This is a nice sized keyboard, and the weighted keys make a real difference to the experience of playing it– they feel more like a traditional piano, and spring back rapidly. The sound quality is impressive, and there are a huge range of settings and effects to play with.

Alesis have made a great addition to the digital piano market with this decently priced keyboard.

What Needs Improving

Despite what our neighbors think, this piano could do with being a little louder; the volume doesn’t go quite as high as we’d like.

9.0Expert Score
The Final Verdict

A wonderful modern musical instrument that will be a joy to play for novices and seasoned pianists alike. The settings are fun to experiment with, or you can keep it as a traditional piano. The sound is beautiful, albeit a little on the quieter side. Overall we're very happy.

Alesis Recital - 88-Key Beginner Digital Piano/Keyboard with Full-Size Semi-Weighted Keys, Power Supply, Built-In Speakers and 5 Premium Voices (Amazon...

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Last update was in: August 2, 2018 7:18 am

 


2) Yamaha P71 Weighted Action Digital Piano

Overview

Yamaha have cornered the market in digital pianos, and on unpacking this one, it’s easy to see why – it’s sturdy, well made, and has brilliantly easy to follow instructions. Design wise, it’s nice and slim, and not too heavy. So far, it’s looking good!

What We Like

This model is great fun, allowing you to really play around with mixing voices, including the pre-programed tones and acoustics, while the weighted keys make it feel very professional. All in all, very impressive.

What Needs Improving

After playing around with this, we found that, in order to use the ‘sustain’ pedal, it needs to be plugged in before turning on the keyboard. If you do otherwise, it doesn’t ‘sustain’ at all!

9.7Expert Score
The Final Verdict

This lived up to everything I’d expected from Yamaha. With the amount of options available, and the weighted keys, this piano could be used by a professional pianist, and comes at a fantastic online price!

Yamaha P71 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano with Sustain Pedal and Power Supply (Amazon-Exclusive)

3 used from $349.99
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Last update was in: August 2, 2018 7:19 am

 


3) Casio Privia PX 160 Digital Piano

Overview

After arriving in several boxes, this was easy to set up, thanks to simple to follow instructions. We were happily practicing our menuets in no time.

What We Like

The tone of this piano is perfect. Hearing it from afar, you wouldn’t know it was digital, and for us that is crucial. Together with ultra sensitive pedals, nicely weighted and textured keys, and it arriving with everything we need to play, is what makes this one of the best on the market!

What Needs Improving

The bench that is part of the set is not adjustable, and thus it was a little bit tall for some of our team to comfortably reach the pedals.

9.2Expert Score
The Final Verdict

We loved this smart piano. Sound-wise you wouldn’t know it wasn’t the real thing, and after a month of enthusiastic use, it remains in perfect condition. This is a piano that’ll cause you to smile when you play!

Casio Privia PX-160 Digital Piano - Black Bundle with CS-67 Stand, SP-33 Pedal, Furniture Bench, Instructional Book, Austin Bazaar Instructional...

1 used from $568.74
Last update was in: August 2, 2018 7:20 am

 


4) LAGRIMA Digital Piano

Overview

Unpacking this, it looked a bit daunting for one person to put together. But after a little bit of configuration, we were ready to enjoy this melodic piece of equipment.

What We Like

For the quality of this piano, you’d expect a much larger price tag. The heavily weighted keys make it ideal to build up finger strength while working on speed, and the fact that it comes in white makes it extra special.

What Needs Improving

The instructions are hard to fathom, but if you get a helping hand or watch a YouTube video, you’ll be able to handle it. The speaker quality is good but not to the exceptional standard of high end pianos.

8.8Expert Score
The Final Verdict

There is no doubting that this Lagrima is a stunning piano, and it has the talent to back this up. We'd recommend this to casual or novice pianists.

LAGRIMA Digital Piano, 88 Key Console Keyboard Piano for Beginner/Adults,with Stand+Adapter+3-Pedal Board (Black)

Last update was in: August 2, 2018 7:21 am
$368.99 $499.90

 


5) Yamaha DGX 660 Grand Digital Piano

Overview

Finally, the Yamaha Digital Grand Piano.

If you’re looking for the ultimate digital piano, you’ve found it. It just doesn’t get much better than this.

As you’d expect from a leading brand, it’s superb quality, asily put together, looks much more expensive than it is, and comes with lots of extras.

What We Like

The pitch, the tone, the voices – all perfect! The keys are the right weight, and you can get carried away playing Beethoven, without striking two keys by accident (well, almost). We’re very impressed by this, and it could take someone with talent from beginner to concert without changing the keyboard!

What Needs Improving

Our only complaint is that the number of settings could be a little daunting – there are so many options to choose from, but we found one that we liked and stuck with it.

Also the bench was ever so slightly too tall for some of us to reach the pedals without stretching – not too much of a problem, but it did disturb the flow sometimes.

9.9Expert Score
The Final Verdict

This Yamaha Grand is an incredibly good piano – very versatile and with excellent sound quality. Even if you had the space and budget for a real baby grand, I would recommend this baby every time.

Yamaha DGX-660 88 Key Grand Digital Piano with Knox Piano Bench,Pedal,Dust Cover and Book/DVD

Last update was in: August 11, 2018 7:27 am

 


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