The Casio PX-5S is a great value synthesiser with fantastic sound choice and quality but without a set of speakers. Casio say the ‘S’ stands for ‘studio’ or ‘stage’ and it’s perfectly suited to both.
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About Casio digital pianos
Casio digital pianos have historically catered for the lower-cost end of the market, bridging the gap between the keyboards that they’re famous for and digital pianos. Casio make a lot of their own components and hence costs have historically been lower than competitors. At the time of writing, their range currently comprises a few entry level digital pianos (CDP range), the Privia range (of which the Casio PX-5S is one) and the Celviano range but nothing more expensive than £1,100. Casio products are best-suited for beginners and those on a particularly tight budget. For more information about Casio digital pianos, please click here: http://www.casio.co.uk/products/musical-instruments/
About Casio Privia range
Casio describe their PX range as “small and compact, yet stylish and feature-packed, for today’s lifestyle”. The range comprises products that are generally between £450-£850 in price and they are generally considered good value for money and products that don’t take up much space. However, whilst they are neatly packaged, it is agreed by many that they lack the tone and touch quality versus their Yamaha rivals (although this is being addressed in new releases including in the Casio PX-5S).
Launched in late 2012 and like so many of the more recent Casio instruments, the Casio PX-5S sees a real leap forward in the quality of sound produced by the instrument mainly down to Casio’s AiR sound source. With 256-note polyphony (allowing you to play multiple notes at once with no loss in sound quality – something that’s crucial in a synthesiser) it’s a step forward too versus its younger, older cousin the Casio PX 3. Aimed “squarely at the professional stage piano market”, the 340 sounds incorporate improvements to the electric piano and harpsichord voices and users are reporting they’re really happy with the Rhodes and acoustic piano sounds too. Crucially, you’ll need speakers if you want to play the instrument through anything other than headphones.
The 88-key Casio PX-5S, like the majority of the Privia range, can be considered a medium-weighted piano – the most cost-efficient option but behind a fully-weighted or heavy-weighted digital piano in terms of real piano likeness. The new “tri-sensor scaled hammer action” (three touch sensors on each note versus two previously) on the Casio PX-5S upgrades the responsiveness you get whilst playing. It should be noted that instrument ‘touch’ probably isn’t one of the most important influences when purchasing a synth.
Value for Money
The Casio PX-5S is currently only available in black.
The Casio PX-5S is highly recommended for those wanting to use the instrument as a synth for electronic music production or for gigging musicians who want the wider repertoire of sounds available and are part of a set-up where there is already amplification. At only 11kgs, it’s a phenomenally versatile digital piano.
Other pianos for consideration
Whilst price is important, for those looking to purchase this kind of instrument, it tends to be more about the versatility and weight of the instrument coupled with the sounds available. For a younger cousin of the Casio PX-5S, you might consider the Casio PX 3 (or even Casio PX 350) but if your focus is on the synth element, you might consider instruments like the Korg LP 350 or Nord Electro 3 if your budget is a little more flexible.
Full technical specifications can be found here: http://www.casio.co.uk/products/musical-instruments/privia-digital-pianos/Product/PX-350M/
There’s a great YouTube comparison of the Casio PX-5S with the Korg Kross that’s worth a watch by PianoManChuck:
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