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

The Casio Privia PX-130 88-Key Digital Stage Piano takes the portable digital piano to the next level with a great piano sound and a combination of features and technological enhancements. Through this review, you will discover the pros and cons and other important things you need to know about this particular digital stage piano model from Casio.

The first think I noticed about the PX-130 when I sat down to play it is the sound — Casio really nails down that authentic grand piano sound. The next thing I noticed is the new scaled hammer action keyboard (88 notes and tri-sensor). After playing it for a while in the store I became aware of the other nice features such as a built-in metronome and two-track recorder together with a duet mode and other recording features like the built-in USB MIDI interface and the USB connection which enables you to save the songs you have recorded.

An optional yet very necessary addition for the PX-130 is the Casio CS-67 Keyboard Stand. You really need to get this stand to get the most out of your piano.

CS-67 optional piano stand

So here are my pros and cons of the Casio Privia PX-130…

Casio PX-130: The Good

As I mentioned earlier, PX 130 has a strikingly realistic grand piano sound and acoustic piano feel; both qualities that are always at the top of the list of any discerning piano buyer’s list. With the Casio you really don’t have to compromise as the PX-130 as you’re going to get a terrific grand piano sound for very competitive and rock-bottom price.

Casio really delivers with the variety of their features you get 128 polyphony notes, 16 different built-in voices which can be combined or layered together with four available digital effects like 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 makes for a very amazing jukebox if you just want to sit back and entertain yourself with some classy background music.

Casio PX-130: The Bad

Some people have found the keys a bit too heavy compared to equivalently priced Yamaha models. Normally though, all it takes is a few days of playing the PX-130 and your fingers will develop the necessary strength and you won’t notice it anymore.

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 issue is one of durability; the model is made out of plastic which can be easily damaged or broken when mishandled or dropped from a 10 story building. So it’s important that you handle it carefully or find a durable case to protect it while traveling.

The Casio PX-130 is Perfect For:

  • Musicians who like to occasionally play live as you can take it with you anywhere
  • Piano students who can practice at home as it has the built-in metronome to help them improve their piano technique and the ability to record one’s performances for evaluation

  • As an added bonus, it’s also great for piano teachers as they can play with their student using the Privia’s duet mode

Final Verdict

In many ways Casio has come up to the level of traditional digital piano manufactures like Yamaha and Roland in terms of sound and playability except without the steep price. The Casio PX-130 88-key digital stage piano is a great buy for those who are looking for an affordable and versatile digital piano they can bring with them anywhere.

My bottom line recommendation: the PX-130 gets top marks for overall sound quality and consumer value.

-Chris Braun

A PX-130 Owner’s Review

By David M. Johnson

This casio sounds so much better than 90% of the pianos I’ve played in the homes of people I have visited. The speakers are more than sufficient for most common uses. High notes sound like they originate from the right of center while the opposite is true for low notes, just like you would expect from an acoustic piano. Such full and realistic sound from such a compact package is shocking. You will not be disappointed…

It is worth every penny of the asking price. Even so, you can find even better deals if you are willing to do a bit of searching. Yes, this is a Casio. No, this is not even the top model in the Privia line. Do not let the low price or the name brand trick you into passing this one up. From now on, I will look at Casio…

Despite the minor gripes, I gladly gave it five stars. In fact, I plan to buy another one specifically for travel. I do not write many reviews, but I felt it was important to do my part in getting the word out about this product. Casio should be rewarded for what they have done. They have successfully reinvented themselves and we are the beneficiaries. You will not be disappointed.

Here’s a good demo and review of the Casio PX-130 that I found on YouTube:

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?