If you’re looking for an exciting new digital piano from Casio, then have a close look at the new Casio PX-330 Privia digital piano.
A few years ago, as I mentioned in the review of the Casio PX-130, I would have just gone to a Yamaha as they had a good series of digital pianos in the past. But now the Casios are getting more popular and I can see why. Meaning I can hear why.
This digital piano by Casio is currently on sale with a 22% discount on Amazon.com
When I tried the Casio Privia sounds in the latest series with their all new Grand Piano samples and linear morphing, the sound was very clear, exciting and above all responsive. This responsiveness to touch is not just the touch, it is the sound as well. This is where the realism of playing a piano comes in. When the touch responds and the sound responds, you have the ability to express your playing.
This is where the Privia shines, and is what makes you play more and more on it. The Yamaha in some models can be quite bland in their sound, but the Privia has the voicing that changes with how hard you strike the notes and gives you the expression of a real grand with 88 keys. The treble and high trebles in particular are rich, full and ringing like a real grand. The bass is rich and powerful as well and has a richer sound than many Yamahas. The scaled hammer action keyboard is a must for realism and satisfaction in playing as it feels real, which is so important.
The Privia 330 has their Tri-Sensor 88-note scaled hammer action keyboard and Acoustic Resonance DSP which means the samples are taken with pedal down as well as pedal up to capture the overtones that comes from pedal down samples. This is essential for realism when playing and recording. And there’s 128-note polyphony which should be plenty for playing with pedal down.
The Casio Privia PX 330 is currently on sale with a 22% discount on Amazon.com
There are effects available as well including 4 reverb, 4 chorus effects, brilliance effects and acoustic resonance effects.
If you’re interested in recording, there’s a 16-Track Recorder, a Pitchbend Wheel as well as 250 on board sounds to use and 180 rhythms.
There are two 8 watt inbuilt speakers, music stand and AC adapter.
There’s a built-in USB MIDI interface for recording MIDI into your computer if you want to produce music and edit it. And there are 2 headphone jacks for practicing with silence, and a second pair for a friend to listen too.
I always prefer the wooden stand which looks better than an x stand if you[re not playing in gigs, and also supports the pedals properly instead of them able to move unattached. The keyboard looks great and has plenty of buttons to access the various tones. For studio or stage, you can put it on an x stand and it weighs 36.2 pounds.
And pedal? Yes, I would get the standard pedal as well. If you want sostenuto, then get the 3 pedal optional extra SP-30 pedal unit to emulate the pedals of a grand.
Casio PX 130 vx PX 330
The difference between the Casio PX 300 and the Casio PX 110 Privia is that the Casio 330 has much more tones – 250 compared to 16 tones, has a 16 track recorder, 180 rhythms and a pitchbend wheel.
They both look great in black and is uncluttered. That said, there are more buttons on the PX-330 vs the PX-130 as there are more tones and rhythms to access, so there are more buttons to enable this.
Is it s winner? Casio has placed themselves into the market very effectively as they are offering a ton of features and superb sound at a price that is lower (much lower) than what you’d pay with other brands.
I particularly enjoyed the playing experience on them, especially the clarity and brilliance of the treble and high trebles. With headphones or speakers they sound rich and contains the right overtones and a great voicing and makes playing enjoyable and exciting.
If you want all the tones and instruments to use, and to record multiple tracks, and use rhythms then the Casio PX-330 is the one that will suit, otherwise if you mainly want the piano sound, then the PX-130 is the one to get.
The Privia PX 330 is currently on sale with a 22% discount on Amazon.com
Here’s a video on the Casio PX330 digital piano in action: