When it comes to digital piano, there is no shortage of versatile feature packed keyboards that produce realistic sound. With so many different options available, it can be very difficult to separate the rest from the best.
These 5 pianos certainly fall into the latter category, each with a host of features sure to impress keyboard players of any skill level.
Yamaha P105B is an easy to use 88 key digital piano designed with acoustic pianists in mind. Although it features some elements designed for practice and solo performance, such as a built-in metronome and a bank of pre-programmed drums to jam with, this keyboard has a very realistic sound that is sure to impress.
Its Grand Piano patch features samples from Yamaha’s own CFIII Concert Grand, and the P105B features a volume-adaptive equalizer that shapes the sound based on how you play. Although this digital piano has a great sound, its keys are prone to damage during transport, which may discourage those of you who wish to preform live.
While it may not be as gig-worthy as the competition, it’s pristine sound and user-friendly features make the P105B a great choice for practice and songwriting.
With its sturdy furniture-style wooden design, Casio’s AP420 sounds as good as it looks. This 88 key keyboard comes stock with traditional piano-style damper and sustain pedals, so you can preform with all of the subtle nuances of an acoustic piano right out of the box – after you assemble it, of course.
Its large form factor makes the AP420 impractical for live performance, but its design makes it very well-suited for home use or permanent installation in a recording studio or practice space.
Dual headphones make it easy for two people to practice quietly at the same time, making this keyboard a great choice for piano instructors. It has 16 built-in sounds, all of which sound quite nice with the AP420’s built-in speakers and the cabinet’s acoustic resonance.
If you want a digital piano that looks and feels like an acoustic piano, the AP420 is a great choice.
The DGX640 bridges the gap between digital pianos and keyboard workstations. While it’s main draw is the Grand Piano patch, this 88 key digital piano features over 500 voices and a 6 track recorder capable of sequencing up to 30,000 notes, making it an ideal choice for producers and songwriters.
It also has a set of drum samples and 165 pre-programmed rhythm tracks, making it possible to create full compositions on a single device. The DGX640 also boasts over 50 DSP effects, allowing you a lot more control over the sound than any of the other pianos in this list. It also has built-in instrumental accompaniment tracks.
but they are all quite similar and the buttons to select different musical passages are arranged in an awkward manner that can make them difficult to sequence while playing along.
The DGX640 is a great choice for studio gurus and performers who are looking for something a little more versatile than your typical digital piano.
Yamaha P155 Digital Piano has a remarkable sound and a user interface that’s simple enough for a musician of any skill level to figure out.
Its 88 Graded Hammer Effect keys feature adjustable tension, and 4 layers of velocity-triggered samples give this keyboard a very realistic sound. The P155 features a simple 2-track recorder, which is quite useful for jotting down musical ideas.
USB connectivity allows you to transfer recordings, and the keyboard can also function as a basic MIDI controller. At 70 pounds, the P155 isn’t as portable as some of the other keyboards on this list, but it’s certainly sturdy enough for the wear and tear of regular gigging.
The Yamaha P155 is a great choice for songwriters, and has a very realistic sound.
Out of all of the digital pianos on this list, the Casio PX150B sound is the closest to that of an acoustic grand. Weighing only 39 pounds, this keyboard is is very portable.
Its 88 Weighted Scale Hammer keys are designed to feel like those of an acoustic piano, and they feature adjustable tension if you want to change the resistance of the keys to suit your playing style.
128 note polyphony is more than enough to prevent note dropouts, even when playing in split or layered keyboard mode and using the sustain pedal. The most impressive thing about the PX150B, however, is it’s keyboard, which utilizes 3 sensors per key.
While the other pianos on this list have 127 levels of velocity, this one has over 16,000. Such an extreme level of sensitivity combined with an extensive sample set gives this digital piano the most realistic sound of any of the keyboards on this list.
The PX150B offers great sound quality and remarkable realism in a simple, lightweight design that’s perfectly suited for live performance.