Digital Piano Casio Privia PX-850 Review
Casio px850 reviewToday, we bring you the detailed digital piano review of the Casio Privia PX-850. The PX-850 is currently the most expensive model in the Privia line of digital pianos. This top-of-the-line model features an upright design.
According to Casio, “the flagship of the new Privia line, the PX-850 has the advanced AiR sound set providing an additional level of realism including grand piano lid simulation and sympathetic resonance. The PX-850 has a dual 20w speaker system and a cabinet that opens providing a rich concert sound.”
The Privia PX-850 was released in the summer of 2012 along with the PX-150, PX-350, and PX-750. Of these four, the PX-850 is the flagship model. With realistic grand piano sounds and excellent features bundled, the PX-850 is the best choice in its price range. It’s like having a grand piano, but for a fraction of the cost.
Before going into the pros and cons of this digital piano, let’s take a look at some of the features:
- 88 key Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer-Action keyboard with 3 sensors/key
- Ivory feel white keys; Ebony feel black keys
- 3 levels of sensitivity; Stabilizer Off velocity
- Acoustic intelligent Resonator (AiR) sound source
- 256 polyphony notes; 18 built-in tones
- Duet mode; Layer/Split/Octave Shift
- Selective Hammer, Damper, and String Resonance
- Selective Lid Simulator Key Off Simulator
- 4 Reverb and 4 Chorus types
- 60 preset songs and 10 user songs
- Lesson function; Metronome; 20~255 BPM tempo
- 2 track/1 song real time recording
- 3 built-in pedals; half-damper operation
- USB to host/device; line out; 2 headphone outputs
- 20W+20W amplifiers; 12 cm x 2 speakers
- Music stand, score book, pedal board, headphone hook, AC Adaptor included
- Weighs just over 80 pounds
- And more features not mentioned here…
- The Casio Privia PX-850 comes in 3 different color variations: Ebony, White, and Brown.
The improved 256 polyphony note sound memory is unlike any other technology on other models within the price range. Many high-end digital pianos that cost 10 times as much as the PX-850 uses the same technology.
The grand piano sounds are overwhelming, in a good way. We didn’t expect it from a mid-range digital piano. We found the sound quality was better than it is on the slightly pricier Yamaha ARIUS models (YDP-161).
The touch response is also great, but not the best. For a better key action and touch response, you will need to spend more. It is one of the reasons this instrument is best suitable for beginners and intermediate pianists. If you’re highly experienced, this may not suit your style. But for the price you pay, the touch response is excellent.
The unique and new Lid simulator feature is one of the top features. There is a lid you physically open and you are left with an excellent sound projection system. Normally, we find the speaker systems in most digital pianos as dull. However, this Lid sound projection system makes it seem like you’re playing a grand piano. It improves the sound you hear and the overall playing experience.
Features such as the duet mode, built-in metronome, recording capability, preset songs, tempo settings, and two headphone outputs make are highly suitable for new learners. It can improve the learning experience during lessons.
Easy to assemble and also quite portable due to its simple stand design. It doesn’t take up too much space.
The connection capabilities of this instrument are also good as they are on other Casio models.
Playing the ebony and ivory feel piano keys give the same feeling you get from playing an acoustic piano.
The sliding cover is great for protecting the keys from dust and spills.
The matching bench has to be purchased separately.
Lacks features such as rhythm patterns, a large number of instrument sounds and styles, and MIDI recording.
As a mid-range digital piano, the Casio Privia PX-850 is the top choice. It is the flagship model of Casio’s Privia line of digital pianos. It’s similar to the less expensive Privia models, but the extra bucks you pay will give you top notch sound quality, and excellent features, such as the innovative Lid sound projection feature. As always, the Privia models have always satisfied their owners. It may be the reason why they are in great demand and are becoming more popular by the day.
Good for: new learners, and intermediate pianists
Not so good for: highly experienced players
Final Verdict: Recommended