Casio Privia PX-130 88-Key Digital Stage Piano Review

The 88-key Casio Privia PX-130 digital stage piano takes portable digital piano playing to the next level with excellent piano sound and a combination of features and technological enhancements. In this review, you'll discover the pros and cons of this Casio digital stage piano model and other important things you need to know.

The first thing that struck me about the PX-130 when I sat down to play it was the sound: Casio really manages to achieve that authentic grand piano sound. The next thing I noticed was the new reduced scale hammer-action keyboard (88 notes and trisensor). After playing it for a while in the shop, I noticed other interesting features such as a built-in metronome and a two-track recorder, as well as a duo mode and other recording functions such as the built-in USB MIDI interface and the USB connection that allows you to save the songs you've recorded.

An optional but much-needed addition to the PX-130 is the Casio CS-67 keyboard stand. You really need this support to get the most out of your piano.

Optional Piano Stand CS-67

Here are the advantages and disadvantages of the Casio Privia PX-130...

Casio PX-130: The property

As I mentioned earlier, the PX 130 has a surprisingly realistic grand piano sound and an acoustic piano feel, two qualities that are always at the top of any discerning piano buyer's list. With the Casio, you don't have to compromise like you did with the PX-130, because you get excellent grand piano sound for a very competitive, low price.

Thanks to the variety of its features, Casio truly offers 128 notes of polyphony, 16 different built-in voices that can be combined or layered, as well as four available digital effects such as reverb and other digital effects.

One last thing I'd like to mention is the library of 50 built-in classical and popular songs. This piano is an incredible jukebox if you want to sit back and be entertained with classy background music.

Casio PX-130: The Bad

When I check the pianos, I always make sure to look at the back of the piano to see how many inputs and outputs there are. A potential problem is that there is no 1/4′′ connector. You will need to purchase a conversion jack for one of the headphones if you want to send the signal to a professional external amplifier.

When I review pianos I always make sure to look at the back of the piano to see how many inputs and outputs there are. One potential problem is that there is no 1/4″ jack. You’ll have to purchase a converter jack for one of the headphones if you want to send the signal to a professional external amplifier.

Another potential problem is durability; the model is made of plastic which can easily be damaged or broken when mishandled or dropped from a ten-storey building. It is therefore important to handle it carefully or find a durable case to protect it during travel.

The Casio PX-130 is perfect for :

  • Musicians who like to play occasional live performances, since you can take it everywhere with you.
  • Piano students can practice at home as it has a built-in metronome to help them improve their piano technique and the ability to record their performances for evaluation.

  • As a bonus, it is also very useful for piano teachers, as they can play with their students using the Privia Duo mode.

The final verdict

In many ways, Casio has reached the level of traditional digital piano makers such as Yamaha and Roland in terms of sound and playability, except for the high price. The 88-key Casio PX-130 digital stage piano is an excellent purchase for those looking for an affordable and versatile digital piano that they can take anywhere with them.

My final recommendation is that the PX-130 scores top marks for overall sound quality and consumer value.

-Bob

A review of the owner of the PX-130

By Robbie B. Johnson

This casio sounds much better than 90% of the pianos I've played in the houses of the people I've visited. The speakers are more than sufficient for most common uses. The high notes seem to come from the right of the center while the opposite is true for the low notes, as you would expect from an acoustic piano. Such a complete and realistic sound in such a compact package is impressive. You won't be disappointed...

It's worth every penny of the selling price. But you can find better offers if you're willing to look around. Yes, it's a Casio. No, it's not even the top-of-the-line Privia model. Don't be fooled by the low price or the make to pass up this opportunity. From now on, I'm going to be looking at the Casio...

Despite minor complaints, I was happy to give it five stars. In fact, I intend to buy another one especially for traveling. I don't write a lot of reviews, but I felt it was important to do my part to make this product known. Casio should be rewarded for what he has done. They have managed to reinvent themselves and we are the beneficiaries. You won't be disappointed.

Comments

  1. I have a question about the inputs and outputs: is there a jack for a sustain pedal or would I need a converter for that as well? Thanks!

  2. Christopher Braun says:

    Hi M, yes there is a jack for the sustain pedal. :)

  3. cool, where is it possible to buy one?

  4. Casio PX130 the best sound and and combination of features and other.The best of it is the capability of player were everyone can easily use it in all levels of player.

  5. Wife just started learning, I picked it up at Best Buy (03/15/2011 they had the best price after extensive research and visit to all my local misuc stores) for $549.00 and it included a kit the CS-67 piano stand and three pedals that go together with the stand. Piano also included the base pedal. The only thing that concerned me was the one yr warranty but i purchased the Geek Squad coverage for 2 yrs for $54.00 (if you wanted 4yrs is $90) and that gives me peace of mind. I had a 10% coupon so i saved a bit or got the warranty for free! The piano and stand look great and it was easy to assemble. The internal recording are supper good. It feels just like the real one she uses to learn with at the music school.

    Thanks Mr Braun for the review it helped me a lot when purchasing this brand and equipment.
    Now I just cant wait for her to get good and play songs for me to drink my wine!!!

  6. Between the PX-130 and the Yamaha P95, which do you recommend? Is there another digital piano in the same price range that you would pick over these two?