OK, I will provide a full review soon, however in the meantime, have a listen to the Casio AP 450 Celviano in action here.
Is Casio giving Yamaha real competition (and also Roland) for a great sounding digital piano.
This is one of the new Casio digital pianos and keyboards for 2012 and 2013!
OK, here it is!
I tried the Casio AP 450 Celviano today.
This new Casio digital piano for 2012 and 2013 really show why Casio is a contender when it comes to the top quality digital pianos for under $2000.
The piano looked really good with its upright piano look about it, instead of just being a keyboard.
And a lid you can lift as well.
It was the sound that captured my attention more.
Get the Casio AP 450 Celviano here.
The real pleasure of this Casio AP 450 Celviano piano, which was more impressive than most digital pianos available for under $2000, is the beautiful experience of playing its notes.
Especially the treble, from, just below middle C to the top note, the sound in this range is rich, full and real.
I could almost imagine that the notes played were from a really good acoustic grand piano, as I felt the overtones were there, plus, the speakers were able to produce these sounds amazingly well.
It is this combination of a well sampled sound source, and quality speakers that makes you almost forget that you are playing a digital piano.
If one of these is out, then you start hearing a synthesized or artificial sound. Not good.
However, the treble and top end of the Casio to my ears, always are the strong suit of the Casios.
The Rolands are great overall, however, when you compare the high notes, the Casios almost win everytime.
The Casio Privia 330 and 130 PX high end notes sound surprisingly good for its price range. And the Casio AP 450 Celviano is where they take it to the next level, with a full body in the sound and the overtones to create the neccessary complexity to make it sound good. Not plastic sounding, but good.
When you hear this, you start listening to the sound, and enjoying the sound, instead of wondering why it sounds plastic.
This is where a good digital can sound actually more pleasing than a low quality acoustic.
On the lower notes, the sound samples sound good, however sounds not as impressive as the upper range, as the speakers seem to be not quite enough to make it sound like a grand.
But then, it is always the lower notes that are difficult to make it sound like a Steinway grand.
You probably need the huge speakers of the Yamaha “Modus” to get close, and even then at over $10000 and very large speakers, you can still tell its not an acoustic.
However, for the amazing price range of under $2000, the sound overall is exciting.
I compared it with the treble of the Privia PX 850 and….
I preferred the treble of the Casio AP-450. The Privia 850 in this range sounded flatter, less convincing and more artificial in sound.
If you have never heard the AP450 then you may not know any different. However, for me, the AP450 is more impressive here.
I would say that the touch is perfectly fine, with 3 sensitivities that you can adjust.
I would suggest a medium response to mimic that of acoustic pianos.
They are simulated ivory keys, so they have a slightly textured feel to the surface which is nice.
4 types of reverb to choose from to suit your style of piece or desired effect.
2 Headphone jacks are available, a must for living in an apartment or with others.
USB to computer connection, and also line outs.
Adjustable-height piano bench and music stand are included.
The technical specs mention the following features:
1. Multi-dimensional Morphing AiR Sound Source
2. Adding string resonance sounds to enhance the sound – when a key is truck, there is resonance from other pressed keys
3. Lossless compression
4. Fast and slow key releases resulting in different resonances
5. Damper resonance – when damper pedal is pressed, there is resonance (in varying degrees) from all 88 keys
6. Includes resonances when damper pedal is lifted
The damper resonance is what made me want to try it out to test it out!
The best way to test this is with a piece of music that uses the damper pedal of course.
The sound that comes out sounds more like that of a piano than many keyboards or digital pianos that just sounds like multiple notes put together.
However, when you have added resonance from other notes, the sound you get here is more complex, like you have the sustain pedal actually pressed down.
It’s not overdone in any way or gimmicky, it is just there to add the realism.
The Casio AP 450 Celviano is a must have for anyone who wants a digital piano, cabinet style piano that has great sound, for under $2000.
Yes, you can go for $5000-$10 000 with the higher end digital pianos such as the larger Yamahas including the Modus.
However, this Casio represents good value for money.
Get the Casio AP 450 Celviano here.