Let’s be clear about one thing before we begin: no digital piano can match the acoustic qualities of top end grand piano. Having said that, there are some modern digital pianos that can get pretty close to both the sound and the feeling of a grand piano. You will still play your best concerts on a grand piano, but since those are incredibly expensive and quite big, you will probably prefer to train on the best digital version possible. Of course, the best does not have to be the most expensive, although, in the piano world, it tends to be true that the more money you through at it, the better the feel of the ivories will be, and the more complex the sound, the more interesting the features. Still, at times you do not need to pay for features you are never going to use so we strongly recommend that you scroll past the following list where we give the most significant details about the top 5 best digital pianos, and check out the in depth reviews we have created for each one. There you will be able to see why we have chosen each piano do be a part of this list and you may decide exactly what features you need and how much you are willing to pay for them.
|Yamaha DGX650B Digital Piano||4.8 / 5||$$$||Click Here!|
|Casio PX850 BK 88-Key Touch Sensitive Privia Digital Piano||4.6 / 5||$$$$||Click Here!|
|Yamaha DGX-650 88-Key Graded Hammer Action Digital Piano||4.8 / 5||$$$||Click Here!|
|Casio Privia PX-150 88-Key Digital Piano Bundle||4.4 / 5||$$$||Click Here!|
|Williams Overture 88 Key Digital Piano||4.1 / 5||$$||Click Here!|
1. Yamaha DGX650B Digital Piano
We have to warn you, the Yamaha DGX650B Digital Piano is not the very best digital piano on the market today, but it is our top pick because they took out all the features that most piano players would not need anyway, still they kept the very best things, and they drove the price way below what this piano deserves. To be more precise, they have a very life like 88 notes, with weighted GHS action. That means not only are the keys just about as heavy as the ones on a grand piano, but they are actually lighter towards the high end and heavier towards the lower end. The hardware behind those keys is sophisticated enough that it can easily keep up with two pianists, playing at the same time, due to its 128-note polyphony ready software. The sounds themselves are sampled from Yamaha’s own top end concert grand piano, although, admittedly, the Yamaha DGX650B Digital Piano’s speakers do not sound as good as the original, but if you hook it up to a high quality speaker system, you may get very close to that experience.
2. Casio PX850 BK 88-Key Touch Sensitive Privia Digital Piano
Although the Yamaha digital piano is our top choice, there is a better alternative for those with large enough pockets, with the Casio PX850 BK digital piano. It still is a much cheaper alternative to a grand piano, but we have to admit that, unless you already are a concert pianist, you could hardly tell the difference between the two. Not only are the keys weighted in accordance to their position on the piano, but they also have a tri-sensor hammer action, that will adjust the sound of the note you are playing in accordance with how hard you are sticking a particular key. The keys themselves feel differently between the ebony and ivory keys. The sound is actually a proprietary Casio 4 layer sample taken from multiple concert pianos distinguishing between a closed and an open lid, and whether the sustain pedal is used. The Casio PX850 BK actually comes with the 3 pedals you would get on a regular piano and they bring both the sound and the feeling of real pedals.
3. Yamaha DGX-650 88-Key Graded Hammer Action Digital Piano
If you are just now learning to play the piano, the best digital piano for you will be the Yamaha DGX-650. It has those weighted keys that you are going to come to appreciate a few years from now when you will be playing for the first time on a concert piano, and it comes with several other accessories that are going to prove essential during the first months of learning. For the money, you get the piano, a padded bench similar to the one used by all pianists, a copy of Alfred’s Teach Yourself to Play Piano book and DVD, and, most importantly, a set of JVC headphones. The headphones are crucial at this point because they are of a far better quality than the speakers on the piano and they will allow you to hear a lot better the sounds of the piano. The sounds, by the way, are sampled from the same Yamaha concert grand piano as the ones from the DGX650B so the headphones will prove to be incredibly useful.
4. Casio Privia PX-150 88-Key Digital Piano Bundle
As you would expect Casio too came out with a mid level digital piano that keeps some of the features of their top end product, but skips on the non essentials to give you a better price. The key features of the Casio Privia PX-150 are its perfectly weighted keys and tri-sensor hammer action. They also include in the package the standard 3 pedal system and a padded piano bench. The only real problem we have with the Casio Privia PX-150 is that several clients have complained about the quality of the workmanship on the piano keys. However, if you follow the links we have provided here you will be covered by the Amazon quality warranty and Yamaha will have to repair or change the piano for free.
5. Williams Overture 88 Key Digital Piano
If, and only if you are in a position where you need to go even lower in price when buying a digital piano, the Williams Overture 88 Key Digital Piano should be your bottom choice. This is not to say that it is not a very good choice, but that, of the best digital pianos on the market, the Williams is our bottom choice. It has standard weighted hammer action keyboard and the 3 standard response pedals. However the sound sampling is average, and the speakers are not that impressive either. Still, the Williams Overture 88 Key Digital Piano does come with samples of not only a grand piano, but also church organ, jazz organ, guitar, clavinet and several others. These features may make it a perfect tool for learning because, while practicing, you can change the sounds and keep yourself amused through what will seem endless hours of practice.