When it comes to pianos that strike a chord, Casio has always been considered as one of the best brands for competitive musical instruments.
The Casio PX-160 is one of the brand’s more affordable models which promises the same quality that has made the brand timeless.
However, Yamaha is making up ground fast by offering a similar, albeit slightly more expensive piano that may give Casio a run for its money.
So, which one is worth your money? Here are some factors that can help you make an informed decision:
The PX-160 offers a larger selection of instrumental sounds that beautifully mimic several instruments such as the harpsichord, organ, bass, string, and 13 more sounds. This allows artists to create a medley of their own creations. It also comes with a layer function that allows them to play multiple sounds at the same time as well as a transpose setting that recreates the sounds of the keyboard in different keys. This allows the user to retain complete control of the myriad of instruments the PX-160 has to offer.
However, the P45 does not fall short of Cassio’s newest offering. The P45 digital piano offers a lot of value for its high price. For instance, it has a set of 88 full-size keys that are weighted to give users the feel of an acoustic piano courtesy of Yamaha’s GHS key action which has 2 sensors on each key.
However, the PX-160 offers 3 sensors per key, which means that repetitive notes sound more expressive. This is apparent to veteran players who can pick out the hammer response and damper noise from the 160.
On the other hand, the P45 is designed to play 2 sounds at once, which is critical for chords. Users can pick from a range of sounds such as bass, organ, jazz and even reverb. Plus, the keyboard can be split into 2 for a dual mode that allows 2 people to play at once. Each gets 44 keys to play with that come with their own metronomes and separate sounds. This makes the P45 ideal for duets or for music teachers. In fact, it can also be linked to an iPad or other devices that have a music app installed.
Build and Looks
The body of the PX-160 is a marvel of engineering. Despite its size, the instrument weighs just 25.5 pounds which is ideal for musicians who prefer portable options.
Yamaha’s P45 is similar in height as its predecessor, the P-115 but it is wider in comparison, and it has all 88 keys as well as mentioned before. The matte finish on the keytop is smooth which adds an extra layer of authenticity.
Another nice addition to the P-45 is the fact that its keys are weighted relative to their position on the keyboard and each offers a smooth and satiny touch that feels quite realistic. However, the PX-160 falls short in this regard which is smaller and more light-weight in comparison.
Besides boasting 88 keys, the P45 also has 64-note polyphony, which allows users to create music that sounds good without accompanying annoying note stretching. The PX-160, on the other hand, boasts an impressive 128 notes of polyphony, allowing users to create music that is more expressive in comparison.
The PX-160 boasts the Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action II keyboard which Casio has become famous for. This feature takes the speed of the different sized hammers in a grand piano into consideration relative to the speed of the keys that are being played. This timing benefit allows users to benefit from a key to sound experience that few keyboards or brands can match.
The P-45 boasts a complete Grade Hammer Standard keyboard (88 keys) which is considered to be Yamaha’s most affordable feature. It is a common feature in most entry-level digital pianos that the brand offers. The key action is akin to an acoustic piano since the P-45 comes equipped with actual tiny hammers rather than springs. This feature gives the keyboard a heavier touch in the low end and a lighter one at the high end – a characteristic that is similar to that of an acoustic piano.
The PX-160 comes with 2 in-built speakers that are accompanied with a headphone jack. Users can also connect them to amplifiers and/or tablets or a computer if they wish to transfer MIDI files. The bass is even and full to the point that you won’t need to add anything extra.
The P45 also comes with 2 speakers that are in-built, but they are not as powerful as the ones on the PX-160. You will need to attach an amplifier for live audiences. Even though the quality of the sound from the speakers is decent and does not distort at max volume, it can get lost in a room full of people. You may need to get a decent pair of headphones for a personal immersive listening experience.
The Bottom Line
Even though both Yamaha and Casio have been making amazing keyboards for decades, that doesn’t mean both are good for you. You should choose a keyboard that meets your exact needs. For instance, if you are looking for an affordable option that can help you get your feet wet as a digital pianist, the P45 will be a good choice since it can make you feel as if you are playing a grand piano. If you are a veteran player on the other hand, the PX-160 can give you a more rewarding playing experience since it offers a classic sound.
Now its time for you to decide which one suits your needs the best. Once you do this, you will be on your way to enjoy this instrument for years to come.