The Casio PX-800 is a surprisingly good digital piano that offers realistic grand piano sound and feel in a compact, affordable package.
The full size, 88-key keyboard comes with an attractive, custom wood stand that turns it into an elegant piece of furniture. The footprint is surprisingly small so it’s perfect to fit in small spaces where a real piano can’t. The damper and soft/sostenuto pedals add to the authentic piano experience and sound.
The touch-sensitive keys are very like those on an acoustic piano (some buyers find them a little heavy and say they take some getting used to).
And how does the PX-800 sound?
Some buyers say it sounds much better than many real pianos. With 128-note polyphony, the stereo sampled piano voices are beautiful and the advanced filter ensures that notes change and decay naturally.
The piano has a built-in, two-way 40-watt speaker system that produces good quality sound. It will easily connect to a PA system or studio equipment using the stereo line inputs.
The Casio PX-800 has a variety of different instrument voices that sound just as pleasing as the piano voices, including organ, electric piano, harpsichord, and strings. In addition, there is a good selection of on-board effects.
There are all the features you would expect, including a song library, recording and play back function, built-in metronome, and USB-MIDI functionality.
The product does get a few complaints. For example, the light plastic bar that supports the foot pedals is rather flimsy, although the foot pedals feel sturdy during use. The sliding cover for the keys is thin and not made of heavy, quality wood like the rest of the piano. And the keys sometimes make a slight clacking sound when played very softly.
But the complaints are minor ones. Buyers agree that the Casio PX-800 is a great value for the money. This instrument delivers the satisfying feel of a real piano with the advantages of a keyboard.
- – Realistic piano sound and feel
- – Powerful audio
- – 162 built-in tones
- – On-board effects
- – Song library
- – Real-time recording
- – Two headphone connections
- – Stereo line out
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Here is what current owners have to say about the Casio PX-800 Privia Digital Piano with Weighted Scaled Hammer Action Keys:
Music major: “I am amazed at how much it sounds like a real piano! The speakers have a wonderful clean sound (although the sound comes from under the piano instead of the top). The keys are weighted and very touch-sensitive, allowing you to achieve the softest and loudest sounds as you play. The three pedals work just like the pedals on a normal piano, and although they are plastic they feel quite sturdy.”