Welcome to Digital Piano Reviews!
Hopefully, this will be the place where you will find what you are looking for – the best digital piano in your price range. We are determined to create the best and most accurate digital piano reviews you can find online. Who is “we”, you ask? We are the Singers! Tom and Martha Singer, to be more precise. We both love music, and we both play a range of instruments, from flute and ukulele to piano and guitar.
But both our favorite instrument is by far the piano. Both of us started with affordable Casios when we were in high school, and we slowly went “up the food chain” to our current Yamaha and Roland digital pianos. At first we were thinking of eventually getting a real acoustic grand piano, but now we’re not so sure anymore! And you know why? Simple: because these days digital pianos manage to replicate the real deal almost to the letter!
They are not there yet, and maybe they’ll never be there, but in Martha’s opinion (and mine too) the quality models are now close enough even for very dedicated musicians that a mere 10 years ago would have never touched “those plastic abominations”.
Why read our reviews?
Because we owned a number of digital pianos and before buying we always researched the marked thoroughly. We don’t like to throw our money out the window, and we presume you don’t either. We have many years of experience in this matter, experience that you should benefit from.
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The criteria we use for our digital piano reviews
What do we look for in our digital piano reviews? Well, there really are a few things that you can’t do without:
- Look and Feel
We write down if the piano has a simple, elegant look, or a modern, cluttered look. It matters a lot for people who will be playing in different kinds of places (today in a jazz bar, tomorrow in a church) to have a piano that blends in different environments.
Bad design can sometimes cause more than visual discomfort, because if some buttons are too close to the keys, you can press them by mistake when playing your songs, instantly changing settings and rudely interrupting your mojo.
The quality of weighted keys is paramount; if you don’t get the feeling that you are playing a real piano when you press those keys, then your product downright sucks!
- Dynamic range
It is important to ask ourselves how does the piano respond to velocity, and how does it sound when played softly or loudly. If the timbre responds well to dynamic shifts, you know you have a keeper!
- Sound localization and polyphony
When writing a review on a digital piano we try to find out if one gets the impression that the sound is coming from the left when pressing the bass keys, and from the right when playing treble keys. Then, what happens if we sustain multiple notes? Does the piano just kill some of the notes, or does it solve the problem in a subtle way, so that it remains unnoticed? 12-16 polyphony is bad for your musical health. The more the better.
Well, the truth is that you’ll see a lot of plain plastic in our digital piano reviews. We would love to talk only about sophisticated polycarbonate materials in this section, but reality is different.
After all, the word “digital” guarantees a lot of flexibility. All good digital pianos must have some other voices than just the classic piano voice, and they must have effects and allow you to play around and modify those effects at will. Some products allow you to split the keyboard to play different sounds, they have libraries of songs and allow you to download more songs from your computer, and they easily trigger the MIDI in music creation software to avoid hassle. Low latency in music programs is always appreciated.
So let’s get right to it. Enjoy our digital piano reviews, friend!