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Casio PX-320 Privia Digital Piano

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List Price: $699.00
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The Casio PX320 Privia is lightweight and fully portable stage and studio digital piano weighing under 30 pounds. It includes the advanced AIF sound source providing 128-note polyphony as well as 88 weighted, scaled, hammer action keys. Other features include over 200 tones including organs and drums, 60 built in tunes, 70 rhythms, digital effects and 1/4 inch stereo outputs.The PX-320 is perfect for stage and studio use. Along with the advanced AIF sound source and the 128 notes of polyphony (where notes reverberate naturally without being cut off) make it right at home for any musical style. It also has 1/4 inch line outputs for connecting to a mixer or PA system. The 202 tones (including organ and drum tones) make this the ideal keyboard for practicing at home and then going out on a performance. The 88 weighted and graded keys provide the look and feel of a real acoustic piano.Main FeaturesTwo Piano Setting KeysPiano sound tailored to your own taste: The piano setting key switches to grand piano sound at the touch of a button. Two settings are available:classicfor a soft, discreet sound andmodernwith a more lighter, brighter character.High-quality DSP EffectsThe PX-320 digitally reproduces the high-quality sound of a concert grand piano, complete with first-class reverb effects. The simulation of the resonating strings that is provided by theAcoustic Resonanceeffect rounds the sound experience off perfectly.Awesome SpeakersThe powerful 2-way system with four speakers and 2x8 watts of output power ensures a realistic, lush sound.128-Voice PolyphonyThis permits the keyboard to produce up to 128 notes simultaneously for full musical expression. It lets you play sweeping chords and make extensive use of the damper pedal.Scaled Hammer Acti

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  • 128 Voice Polyphony^Scaled Hammer Action^202 Tones and 70 Rhythms^SD Card Slot and USB^60 Songs and 8 Digital Effects

8 Comments

  1. Vincent Lasfargues says:

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    For the price paid, the Casio Privia PX-320 delivers much more than the products from competitors. See the description.

    The multiple voices provided sound ok through the speakers, but they sound better through a decent pair of headphones.

    I bought mine to replace a Yamaha P-120, that was too heavy to carry around.

    I consider the action of the Casio to be very close of the Yamaha’s in terms of quality – even if they feel different.

    Out of the box I would say that the Casio action feels lighter and more dynamic – it is not good or bad, as it is a question of taste.

    I have no issue going back to my Yamaha C3 grand piano after I practiced on the Casio. That is what matters to me.

    The PX comes with a lot of additional voices that are actually, for many but not all, quite usable. The piano allows to layer 2 voices and to set the volume of each of them. You can even add a 3rd voice if split the keyboard. 128 polyphony allows to play without the PX-320 to drop notes, even during sustained phrases.

    A the PX-320 offer a lot of settings, check out the doc (online on the Casio website) to feel your confort with its interface.

    It takes some time to get what you want but you can store your settings in the 96 registration slots for instant setting retrieval. A must that lacks the PX-200.

    In addition the drum sets are dynamic (sound soft or loud depending on your strike speed) and that allows very decent drum play and midi edition.

    Over all a great DP that delivers way more – it would even be a perfect Midi studio controller if it would come with the usual modulation and pitch bend wheels.

    Time for me to get back to it and play my preferred classical pieces. BTW, it comes with the 60 classical pieces score book that the PX-320 has in memory. Very nice.

  2. P. Rhode says:

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    The Casio PX-320 is the best keyboard out there under $700, bar none. I have demo’d them all, I mean all of them. The PX-320 has the best grand piano sound period, and the Rhodes EP is excellent as well. I know, you think of Casio as a major player amongst the Rolands and Yamaha’s and most snicker. STOP! The engineers at Casio really put their soul into this one. Another VERY important feature here is keyboard action. No thunk here! Keyboard action is far superior to the Yamaha CP-33 and even the Motifs. Again, the grand piano sound is excellent. My HighSierraBassPlayer top choices for Digital Piano under $1000 is indeed the Casio PX-320. It’s light, the piano sounds are perfect for jazz, classical, rock, and yes, my fave, the blues! Over $1000, definitely get the Roland RD-300GX. That, friends, is the best digital keyboard today.

  3. C. Purvis says:

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    I have a px-320 and a yamaha p-85 sitting right next to each other. I couldn’t decide which to get so I got both and plan on returning one of them. I’m not a concert pianist, but I’ve played many pianos in my time, and I can honestly say that both of them feel, gloriously, like real pianos. And if you’re going to try them out, you have to do it with the sound on – contrary to intuition, the feel of a piano is very much dependent on its sound.

    It was a hard decision, but ultimately I decided on keeping the Casio, the main reason being because it gave me a greater library of sounds and output options. However, they are both excellent products as they feel and sound like real pianos. I’ve spent some time at the stores trying keyboards out and nothing comes close to Casio or Yamaha in the same price range.

    The Yamaha feels a tad better IMO and has a tad more dynamic range, but playing the Yamaha through its speakers, it sounded too bass-ey and muddled. I don’t like the idea that I only have two piano sounds to choose from when the Casio has a number of them, plus ways to brighten or darken the tone. Plus, the Casio’s speakers just sound better. I actually think I could play at a low-key place with the Casio’s speakers, where the Yamaha’s speakers are just worthless.

    The keys on the Casio are a tad harder to push, and that makes it harder to play softly and limits the dynamic range. Also, sometimes there are bizarre tonality issues, like the some keys sound just a little off tune – but I can’t nail this down as they seem completely fine at other times. But unless you’re super anal, this probably won’t be an issue. Overall, I’d say the Yamaha is more dark and the Casio is more bright.

    Ultimately I went with the Casio because the only good sound on the Yamaha is the piano while the Casio has a wealth of decent stuff. I don’t want to get stuck with a dark piano tone when I’m looking for something else.

    One other thing…it annoys me that the p-85 only has stereo 1/4″ outs – meaning you have to split its stereo out into two lines. That’s just not right on a keyboard I’m spending so much money on. The Casio has two 1/4″ Ins and Outs. It might be silly and overkill, but that makes me happy – like Casio is taking me seriously.

  4. Gary Zupan says:

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    I have played the Casio PX-320 for a couple weeks and am a beginner/intermediate piano player. The PX-320 keys have texture and shape and pressure and volume range and return speed that invites making music. The PX-320 is scaled (graded) so that treble notes are easier and quicker versus bass notes are harder and slower. The keys are weighted and have a simulated hammer action. For my taste the keyboard is a joy to play and is close to an acoustic piano.

    I think the Yamaha YPG-635 and Yamaha P85 have at least as good touch and piano sound. I liked the Yamaha YPG-635 display and controls and features and sounds. The YPG-635 is too wide to lay flat in my car while the PX-320 lays on my back seat or back floorboard. The PX-320 base is flat and as large as the top, unlike the P85 that has a base smaller than the top. The P85 has 10 voices. The PX-320 weighs 26 lbs (12kg).

    The PX-320 has 11 one-touch sounds like grand piano, electric piano, organ, strings and synth-voice. The PX-320 has 60 wide ranging Casio voices. The PX-320 has 128 General MIDI (GM) voices and 2 Drum Sets. I am pleased with the variety and quality of the voices. I like the large 3-character display and miss a numeric keypad and graphic display. The speakers are fine for a bedroom or living room. If the recessed screws underneath the back are loose the speakers can cause plenty of subtle or annoying noise.

    I like the Casio PX-320 price, car fit, finger action, voices, 5 song recording or playback with as little as 2 key pushes, and usable speakers. I look forward to exploring 2-track recording, quick registration, 70 play-along rhythms, and flash memory slot. The Casio PX-320 is enjoyable to play and delightful to hear and easy to learn.

  5. D. K. Rone says:

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    I bought this keyboard about 2 months ago and I have really enjoyed it so far. The piano tones sound great and about a thrid of the other tones are very usable. The others sound decent too, I just have no use for them. The action seemed a little heavy (slower) at first but I have gotten use to it now and it doesn’t affect my playing at all. As some other reviewers mentioned, it is kind of a pain to scroll through the tones becasue you have to hold a button on the right side of the keyboard and hit ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to scroll up or down through the tones on the left side. But as they also said, the memory registers allows you to store the tones you like for very simple access. I spent a couple of days listening to each sound and storing them as I like and now I get get any sound I need with about 3 button presses. Overall I think this is a great product for this price, the only issues that I have run into so far is this: First, some of the lower bass notes become muddled if you play in the lowest 2 octives. Sometimes it’s not so bad but it can be depending on the song. Second, the included pedal is ok but not great. But this can easily be solved by just buying a better pedal. Both of these issues are probably related to the price range but the pros outway the cons by far regarding this. I have not been playing piano very long but I have had people play this keyboard that have been playing for years and they had no complaints. I would definitely suggest this product to anyone intereted in a keyboard in the $700 range, although I think Casio just released PX-330 which has a pitch bend wheel, more tones, and a different sound source – none of which really mattered to me. But maybe that just means that you can get this great keyboard even cheaper.

  6. Consumer says:

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    For those thinking about buying this keyboard-

    There is already an update to this product. The Casio PX-330 has more sounds, better action, more realistic samples, a lettered display instead of just numbers, and is the same price.

    From my experience the PX-330 is an excellent keyboard.

  7. K. Boyle says:

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    Purchased this item for my 20 year old son. Has been playing it for 3 weeks. The sound is good and he says it is better with headphones. He uses many of the extensive number of features. This piano is full size and heavy so it needs a sturdy stand.

    Very pleased.

  8. Piano Man says:

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    I purchased the PX-320 in January, 2009 in Japan thinking to revive my skills having grown up playing on an upright. I was overwhelmed by the sound, feel and overall functionality of the keyboard. The onboard speakers weren’t great unless you crank up the volume but with the earphones – AMAZING!! The keyboard also included everything else I needed – pc connectivity for MIDI, learning mode, recording, accompaniment – you name it, it had it. It’s also portable with a very low footprint which was just perfect for a small apartment.

    Once ordered, I probably got one of the first batch manufactured. With that in mind, I made sure to spend a little extra and get an extended warranty which was probably one of my better decisions.

    Keyboard arrived, I unpacked and assembled all and started going to work. My prime goal was to exercise my fingers so I started with the Hanon exercises pretty much everyday. If you know these exercises then you’ll know that the keyboard will get used extensively!

    After approximately four or five months of Hanon, the keys started giving a rattling sound like something was loose inside. With more playing, more keys got worse. The problem seemed to occur principally on E & F, followed by C keys. I called Casio and got a service engineer whom proceeded to `grease up’ the inside of the keys which reduced the problem for a short time until I started with Hanon again after which the keys went really bad. Another call and they replaced the mechanical keys component.

    All was fine until E & F keys started failing again. Same problem, same symptoms and same gradual degeneration as the piano gets played more which is really sad given that Casio have worked hard on developing the sound system and the mechanical feel and they advertise this as a selling point.

    Anyway, to cut a long story short I called Casio again and they now refuse – yes, REFUSE – to service the item stating that the same problem will happen again so why fix it!?! They also refuse to refund my money. It’s ok. I still have a five year guarantee. They’re under contract!

    My point to this whole posting is to notify you, a possible purchaser, that I believe the manufacturing process for the mechanical parts in this keyboard is flawed and they do not test the keyboards rigorously under a strict quality control program. Otherwise, they would certainly have found the issue and fixed it. This problem will not surface under normal non-repetitive leisure playing 10 minutes a day – at least until the guarantee has well expired. The key module may also be used in other Privia models including the 700 series. Buyer beware!

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