Casio PX150 Review

Casio PX150 ReviewThe Casio PX150 is the perfect keyboard for beginners and professional pianists alike to practice and perform with. The realistic sound of the tones and natural feel of the keys are what make this product exceptional. It also happens to be attractive, easy to use, portable, and great for the price.

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As a practice and performance-based keyboard, the Casio PX150 doesn’t offer many bells and whistles which you’d otherwise get with more production-centric models. As such, you won’t find advanced sequencers, arpeggiators, or an array of outputs and ports. What you do get, however, is of great quality almost across the board.

[wp-review] PROS:
Fantastic key action; Superb tone sounds

CONS:
Built-in recorder limited to one recording at a time; Average speaker sound

The Casio PX150 includes 18 built-in tones which isn’t a lot but they’re all terrific, especially the 5 acoustic piano settings. The 88 weighted keys are touch sensitive and have great natural response which isn’t surprising considering the famous reputation the PRIVIA line has for key action. It seems like with each new model, Casio gets that much closer to replicating the tone and feel of an authentic piano.

Casio revamped the key tops from the previous PX130 model with a classier, textured look that outdoes many of their competitors such as Yamaha, who normally use white plastic key tops. Although less important, it’s worthwhile noting that the buttons, knobs, and damper look and feel a bit on the cheap side.

The Casio PX150 includes 2 speakers and 16 watts of audio power which is more than enough for practice and performance-based purposes. However, as sufficient as the power looks on paper, the actual sound emitting from the speakers is a bit on the weak side. Another option is to listen to the audio using the 2 included headphone jacks.

The Casio PX150 has a built-in 2 track MIDI recorder but it’s not terribly useful as it can only record one song at a time maximum. You’re probably better off using a portable recorder like the TEAC VR-10 if you plan on recording several practice sessions or performances. It’s also strange that recordings can only be exported as .csr files instead of the more standard mp3 or wav format. This means that in order to hear a recording, you’ll have to convert the file after transferring it to your computer. The manual, unfortunately, doesn’t walk you through this process. A built-in USB/MIDI port allows you to connect the keyboard to a tablet or computer to transfer your recordings and/or use together with music composition/education software and apps.

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Another minor complaint we have is that the keyboard takes around 30 seconds to boot up which can seem like an eternity if you’re roaring to go.

The Casio PX150 has other useful features including a music library consisting of 60 preset songs, key transpose, duet/4-hand playing mode, and various simulators (Hammer Response, Damper Resonance, String Resonance, and Lid Simulator).

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Casio PX150 Review Unlike the new Casio PX750 and PX850 models, the PX150 is light-weight (about 25 lbs.) and portable which makes it easier to carry around and set up. It comes with the SP-3 sustain pedal and power adapter. An optional furniture style stand (CS-67) and 3-pedal unit (SP-33) can also be bought separately.

The Casio PX150 is a terrific option for those looking for a solid practice and performance-based piano. Its realistic sounds and great key action overshadow any of the minor shortcomings noted. It’s definitely one of the best portable pianos selling today for under $1000 and therefore we wholeheartedly endorse it.

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