Ensemble Piano with Excellent Touch, Feel, Sound in a Compact Size
What is your overall opinion of this product?
Overall, this is an excellent value for the money. You can't find all these features in a piano unless you spend $2500 or more. The Grand Concert Piano has the best overall sound; although the Modern Piano has a brighter tone. When you listen closely with good speakers or headphones, you'll realize the Concert Piano has a deeper tonal range (especially in the bass notes) and a lighter, almost airy quality to the high notes. I keep the brightness level at #2, and the touch setting at #2. #3 brightness seems a little too bright (especially when you use other instruments, or have the rhythm going). The 3-pedal unit works excellent, including half-damper for the sustain pedal. I like the fact they are chrome, and not plastic. The LCD display lights up nice and bright, and all of the controls are laid out ergonomically.
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
Quality is excellent. Fit and finish is superb. There were no marks or scratches on anything. Everything wrapped up nicely. Don't forget to take the long tape strip off in front of the keys!
Ease of Use
How user friendly is it? Would it work well for a beginner, intermediate or experienced player?
Once you get used to navigating the menus and options, it's pretty easy. There's also an option you can set that will remember your settings from the last time you used the piano. This is especially helpful, for example, when you want to make sure the contrast setting of the display remains the same when you turn it back on.
Are the features on the product what you were expecting? What are your favorite features?
The auto-accompaniment with the 160 styles make a huge difference in playability! So this is just not a piano! Really makes a big difference! So you're not just a piano player, you're an entertainer!
How is the sound quality? How does the sound compare to other products you've use?
Sound is mediocre from the built-in speakers. They sound very muddy, with very little brightness, clarity, or depth. The PX-350 sounds even worse, but I would imagine the PX-850 would sound better; especially with the open lid simulation. However, the PX-850 is not an ensemble unit. Best way around this is to use an external speaker system. It makes a HUGE difference in the sound! An inexpensive option would be the Bose Companion System 3 (complete with subwoofer). The satellite speakers sit right on top of the cabinet for a complete look!
How is the feel of the keys? Are the controls laid out well?
Feel of the keys is excellent. Casio has included simulated ivory and ebony; with a linen-like texture. I use the #2 setting (normal), unless I'm playing more orchestral music where I want a lighter feel so I don't have to press so hard on the keys (#1 setting). Casio uses a tri-sensor technology, usually found in pianos costing much more.
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
A great value! For $999.95 you just can't beat it!