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Casio Privia PX-160 Review 

 December 7, 2021

By  Zen Chung

Casio Privia PX-160BK 88-Key Full Size Digital Piano with Power Supply,...
  • The AiR engine provides highly-accurate grand piano sounds with seamless...
  • The Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action II keyboard has an incredible feel and...
  • Features a chassis designed for an elegant look and to house a 8w x 8w speaker...
  • Features newly developed string ensemble sounds that sound wonderful by...
  • Provides split and layer capability allowing you to play bass in your left hand...

Casio PX-160 is one of several keyboard pianos Casio has manufactured in the latest years. It’s an inexpensive, portable, Privia line electronic keyboard and the PX-150 model’s sibling.

The PX-160 inherits many of its predecessor’s characteristics. It comes with the renowned Casio Multi-Dimensional Air Sound Source and the Hammer Action II tri-sensor.

Even better, the model has taken a step further in improving some of its predecessor’s fragile sides and adding some excellent characteristics you can appreciate.


Features and Specs of the PX-160

  • Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action II
  • 60 built-in piano songs
  • 3 level of touch sensitivity
  • Bluetooth, headphone and sustain connectivity
  • MIDI Recorder
  • 88-key weighted keyboard with ivory and ebony key-tops
  • Lesson function
  • 17-type temperament
  • 128-note polyphony
  • Split, Dual, Duo Mode


Design

Casio PX-160 is a digital piano that is lightweight and compact. Under design, we will lightly cover all its components that come together to make up the Privia PX 160 design. Primarily, its design depicts a professional feel of a real piano with a background of authenticity for building trust with its players.

The Casio Privia px 160 digital piano has a length of 52 and 11.5 inches wide without a music stand and 52, 11.5, and 30.2 inches for the digital piano option with a music stand. In addition, it averages about 25.5 lbs (11.5 kilograms) without an optional keyboard stand, making it one of the lightest electric pianos. Even though this Casio Privia PX digital piano is classified as a heavy instrument at its weight, it is still a worthy purchase due to its durability and stability.

This is quite normal for complete range piano, particularly if you consider the 88 hammer action buttons and most of their characteristics, as you will see in this evaluation by Casio PX-160. Also, in producing authentic piano sound, the Casio Privia PX hammer action comes with a tri-sensor scaled keyboard II ebony and ivory textured keys.

In addition, this piano comes with a pedal system and redefined sound system for excellent aesthetics. These features work together to give you the real piano experience.

The piano comes with a triple pedal system with a sleek black finish and redesigned speaker system that gives it an elegant look. The great aesthetics of this piano make it the perfect piano for both professionals and beginners. 

With its size, it is very portable, enabling you to play concerts and exercise room. Moreover, it is sufficiently compact to accommodate a tiny room as you can even put it on a table.

The piano’s build quality is fantastic. Although the material is produced of plastic, it looks good to touch and is of good value.

The control panel can be navigated easily. For standard settings and features, you will discover dedicated buttons here.

If you are looking for extra characteristics, you may need to access the labeled keys by clicking the labeled keys and keeping the control key. For some individuals, this may be difficult, but it’s an excellent way to prevent overcrowding and simplify the control panel.

The Privia px 160 digital piano comes in three colors that are not too flashy, white, black and gold but look fresh and contemporary. In particular, its sleek black finish gives a modern and elegant impression, making it neutrally ideal for all categories of piano players.

Typically, it does not include a stand on the purchase, but you can choose from multiple alternatives accessible on the market.


Keyboard

With 88 full-size keys, the PX-160 features a fully weighted keyboard. Furthermore, it includes the renowned Casio Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action II, which guarantees a realistic reaction from the keys. Despite the Casio Privia PX 160 being a budget digital piano, Casio has ensured it gives the best key outputs similar to its expensive counterparts. Therefore, the Privia PX 160 is a worthy bargain even for experienced digital piano players.

It uses actual hammers that boost the movement of the hammer to give it an acoustic piano feel. This alone makes this Casio Privia PX model a top competitor in its cost spectrum for the finest weighted keyboard. More on the acoustic piano impression, the Privia PX 160 offers an enhanced pivotal motion for better professionalism with damper resonance and damper noise.

The keys are produced of plastic, but they have ebony and ivory finishes that give you a good grip and avoid pushing your fingers when playing. Moreover, the PX 160's solid keys have a red velvet touch at the edges for a classical look. Unlike other popular digital pianos in the market today, this model comes with large gaps between the white and black keys. These gaps are meant for smooth piano playing for accurate piano sounds coupled with the moisture-absorbing key textures.

It also makes repetition fast and easy with a favorable susceptibility to variable volume depending on key pressing power. Its keys are graded from left to right for a lighter resistance on a higher register and a heavier resistance on a lower register. As part of the keyboard aesthetics, the Privia PX 160 comes with a smooth string ensemble for electric piano tones derived from the Casio PX-5S stage piano.

The keyboard supports full 128-voice polyphony, which is quite standard for many higher-end Casio keyboards. That being said, we were very happy to see it included here. It’s clear that Casio truly set out to create a piano that allowed beginners to have a competent instrument to learn on, instead of simply slashing features and quality to meet a rock-bottom price point. Everything about this keyboard makes it seem like it’s competing with a few weight classes above its own, which is a testament to Casio’s quality and consistency.

The speakers included internally with the PX-160 were another surprisingly impressive high point for the keyboard. All too often, keyboards at this price point simply do not offer anything in the way of bass response, but that isn’t the case here. Not only is the bass even and full (relatively speaking), it’s also loud enough to fill most rooms without connecting to anything externally.

When turned up near the limit, we did notice a bit of peaking when multiple voices were being expressed simultaneously, but nothing bad enough to be more than a minor annoyance. All in all, we were very pleased with the sound on the piano itself.

The Privia PX-160 keyboard has many impact customizations that make it a great option for beginners and professionals. In addition, the impact specifications can be made to the piano voice.

Regarding the playability of the Privia PX 160's digital keyboard, it allows for versatile playing styles. Overall, Privia PX 160 comes with a customizable range of impacts for efficient playability across all classes of players. Even more, its newly developed string ensemble simulates the sound quality of an acoustic piano. Subsequently, here are playing feel options that can be experienced on the Casio Privia PX:

  • Fixed: This option is best suited for beginners training to play the piano. Ideally, a piano's arrangement should be prioritized before the pressure used to play the keys. Therefore, the fixed option helps eliminate key sensitivity for a consistent volume regardless of the pressure put on the keys. Therefore, the same volume on all key pressures ensures an ample learning experience.
  • Hard: Alternatively, the Casio Privia PX offers the hard option meant for wider volume ranges with minimal pressure application on its keys. The hard playing option is most appropriate for aggressive players who desire to move straight to extremely hard grand piano sounds. Unlike the soft piano sound option, this second option is ideal for advanced and intermediate piano players. Such players enjoy the wide sound ranges of this option since they can play both ends of the digital keyboard volume spectrum.
  • Soft: Besides the fixed option, there is also the alternative of a soft arrangement for players who enjoy playing softer music. However, unlike the fixed digital piano key action, this option comes with a volume range that is however limited. Even so, the key action feels sensitive on the soft version but is appropriate for lighter music. Generally, the soft playability comes with standard customization, ideal for people who don't wish to make slips and misplays while playing.
  • Medium: Additionally, if you desire a neutral ground between soft and hard key arrangement, you can apply the medium impact option. This key action version ensures piano players achieve a balanced range of volumes. Accordingly, the medium impact offers two equal ranges for customization to achieve a realistic feel like that of a traditional acoustic piano. Therefore, the medium option gives out incredibly rich sounds based on the adjustable impact of the Privia PX 160.


Sound Quality

Moving deeper into the value you get from the Privia PX 160 digital piano; we will extensively cover its remarkable sound quality. Most uniquely, the Privia PX 160 has a multi-dimensional Air Sound Source for significant sound improvements from the previous generation. In addition, the memory storage capacity is significantly improved triple-fold in the Privia PX 160. This sound enhancement will help you pick out minor grand piano sound nuances due to this model's high-quality samples.

Additionally, the Morphing Air Sound Source reproduces grand piano sound through lossless audio compression without distortions, unlike other formats like AAC OR MP3. Having such sound additions is essential while still prioritizing the core piano sound. Moreover, the Casio PX 160 offers high-quality stereo sounds of a real grand piano with five authentic grand piano sounds. You can also pick the most suitable tone that matches your taste since each of the five options offers a uniquely different timbre.

To back this sound quality premise, the grand concert tone you get from this Casio Privia PX model gained accolades for being natural with a close similarity to the acoustic piano. Other sound components that come with the Privia PX 160 include polyphony, speaker system, engine and sound features.

1. Polyphony

In connection to the piano sound, polyphony refers to the notes produced by a digital piano at any single time. In particular contemporary digital pianos come with a polyphony of either 64, 128, 192 or 256 notes. Such numerous notes might leave you wondering if it's possible to play them all in a single turn, while the Casio PX 160 has 88 keys, and they're never played together.

To begin with, most modern digital pianos apply stereo samples which often require two notes for every key played. Additionally, the use of a sustain pedal and sound effects such as the layering dual-mode, chorus, metronome, and reverb make use of additional polyphony notes. As such, you end utilizing diverse tones without noticing. A further example of note consumption is that the earliest produced notes continue to resonate even after adding new tones in the case of depressing a sustain pedal.

Moreover, when you play your Casio PX 160 alongside a song playback or a self-recorded performance, the polyphony tone consumption tends to be very high, explaining the earlier scenario of numerous tone production. Accordingly, the Casio PX 160 is built with adequate memory for ensuring all notes sound at the same time. In addition, this PX 160's polyphony also serves the role of supporting backing tracks.

Specifically, the Privia PX 160 comes with 128-note polyphony. To ensure you hear all played notes without cutting the most recent notes quickly, this digital piano starts with dropping the earliest notes to create room for more new tones. Subsequently, the Casio Privia #160 is an ideal music companion for achieving the fullness of quality sound. In the end, the Casio Privia #160 will allow you to record multi-track recordings.

2. Speakers

Moreover, the Privia PX 160 comes with speakers that produce a rich sound, unlike other preceding Casio Privia models. For instance, owners of the Casio Privia PX 150 complained of its weak speaker output and that they had to use headphones for quality audio. Fortunately, we bring you good news about the excellent Casio Privia 160-px speaker system.

In particular, this Casio Privia model comes with two built-in speakers, each with a measurement of 12cm. Considering the positioning and size of these speakers, it is without a doubt that the sound will be clear to every detail with a satisfying resonance. So, the Privia PX 160 digital piano speakers are loud enough for an adequate resonance within small and medium spaces without the need for an external amplifier.

In cases of lighting up bigger rooms, you can connect Privia PX 160 speaker system to an external amplifier or PA system for a more enhanced audio output. Even more, the Casio Privia acoustics are enhanced due to the speakers' circular shape that ensures a clear depiction of heavy and deep sounds. Moreover, with the help of luxuriant reverberations, this Casio Privia PX model will efficiently handle a wide range of tones, from high delicate high tones to low heavy sound. Ultimately, if you wish to catch the best quality acoustics, feel free to use quality headphones.

3. Engine

At the center of the Casio Privia PX, sound production is its multi-dimensional Acoustic and Intelligent Resonator. This source of the sampled grand piano stereo is the engine of this Casio Privia PX model. Specifically, the authentic grand piano being referred to here is the carefully recorded dynamic stereo of a real Grand concert piano.

Notably, the Acoustic and Intelligent Resonator (AIR) ensures this Casio Privia PX model produces a powerful audio performance with four dynamic grand piano sound levels. Also, the AIR engine stimulates the damper resonance to achieve a more realistic sound while using the damper pedal. Another component of the AIR engine is the Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action II keyboard, which has also been covered in this review.

As if that's not enough, the Casio Privia PX engine comes with enhanced string ensembles and sound elements from other better Casio Privia PX pianos, such as the PX-55 stage piano. Eventually, the AIR engine delivers a stellar sound output either through the rea-placed speakers or dual headphones.

4. Versatility

In light of the incredibly rich sounds, this Casio Privia PX model boasts the versatility of different musical instrument voices. For instance, this Casio Privia features instrumental voices of electric pianos, organs, and harpsichords. It also has complimentary sound features in the name of the layer, split, duet and octave shift.

As a result, these versatile sound effects make this Casio Privia model have an amazing value capable of fitting the bill of a stage piano. Even so, we wouldn't tackle heavy sound terminologies without shedding light on their role. Accordingly, the following section will tackle the different sound effects individually for a better understanding of why the Casio PX 160 is preferred by all players from beginner, intermediate, to professional levels.


Sound Features

We acknowledge that the Casio Privia PX digital piano isn't made with fancy sound features or add-ons for full-scale music production. Nonetheless, it is made up of essential piano features as follows:

  • Modes
  • Preset songs
  • Playback and recording
  • Transpose, active shift and tuning
  • Intelligent Acoustic Control (IAC)

1. Modes

The PX 160 digital piano comes with various modes, including duet and duo modes. Ideally, piano modes come in two distinct versions, which are split mode and layer mode. Starting with the split mode, the Casio Privia PX digital piano automatically splits bass into two for designation on the left side of the keyboard, leaving the right section open for any other sound to be played. Unlike the Yamaha brand, the Casio Privia PX Digital piano only splits one sound, which is bass, and the split section cannot be changed from the left.

Split mode enables the splitting of two different instrumental sounds into two separate sections for a harmonious melody. Fortunately, the Casio Privia PX split mode allows for split ratio adjustments. How ingenious you can play two different tones separately on the same instrument!

On the other hand, the Casio PX 160 also accommodates the layer mode, which allows you to play 18 diverse instrument sounds at the same time. You can also layer two sounds for a simultaneous sound every time you press your keys. For instance, you can use the layer mode to produce a pleasant melody by combining the piano and string sounds.

In the context of the split and layer modes, your Casio Privia PX digital piano can operate under the following sub-modes:

  • Dual Mode: This mode doesn't limit you to a single sound in a given note. Also known as the duet mode, you can simultaneously layer two sounds for a melodious recording. Ideally, the dual or duet mode works by splitting your piano into two identical sections with similar pitch ranges. Therefore, the duet mode provides two equal ranges in two identical parts of the piano and is ideal for piano learning. For instance, a student and a teacher can sit next to each other and play similar tunes at the same time on the same for easy following.
  • Duo mode: This type is a split mode that allows for adjustments of sound ratios on the different piano sections. Accordingly, you can apply the duo mode to play two musical instruments in two sections with similar pitch and tone ranges. This mode is also effective for beginners as a piano instructor can play the same pitch ranges on the same keyboard at the same time.

2. Built-in Songs

The Casio Privia PX digital piano comes with 60 preset songs from which you can choose the song to play or play them in sequence from first to last. Moreover, you can play the preset songs along with your piano practice as you change the playback tempo as you learn to use the right and left sections of your piano separately. For instance, you switch off the right section of this Casio Privia PX model as you practice, and the left section will automatically play.

Besides the 60 preset songs, this Casio Privia PX model also comes with 10 user songs for loading as you play it. Fortunately, Casio has provided alternatives for free downloading the PX 160 user songs from different websites in the MIDI format. You can thereafter transfer your preferred songs to this Casio Privia PX model using a USB drive. Also, you can modifications to the 60 built-in songs, but always remember that the PX 160 digital piano can not hold many downloaded tracks and always be prepared with a backup system for your record.

3. Recording and Playback

In addition to its preset songs, the PX 160 has the ability to record multi-track MIDI formats of your piano performances. This feature will later allow you to playback the saved recordings at any time. Ideally, its recording capacity is for two tracks with the capability of recording your second track as you playback the first track.

Alternatively, you play the recorded tracks back together or just one as you practice different playing parts. This premise is similar to the separation mode of playing built-in songs under which you can play either the left or right section of your tracks while the other is turned off as you practice each section separately.

However, the recording features only allow the user to record only one song, meaning on recording new tracks, the previously recorded tracks will be deleted to clear up space. Therefore, we recommend backing up your recorded tracks in a separate system such as a computer and then copying them back to your Casio Privia PX as your desire for playback during your piano practices.

With the help of an external storage option, you should feel free to record as many songs as you desire on your Casio PX 160. Interestingly enough, the recording and playback functions come in handy in listening to completed recordings for insights on where to make corrections. Therefore, the recording consists of duo and duet mode learning for beginners.

The duet mode or duo mode can be applied in layering the two recorded tracks for simultaneous playbacks in the same tone or splitting them between the left and right sections of the piano. Each of these modes enhances the learning experience by providing a chance of being creative and improving on your Casio PX 160 skills.

4. Transpose, Octave Shift and Tuning

Even more, the Privia PX 160 digital piano provides additional functions for adjusting the keyboard to match another vocalist or instrument. For instance, you can play a song written using a difficult key. One of the additional sound features is the transpose which allows a Casio Privia PX user to lower or raise the pitch of this digital piano using semitone steps. Using the transpose function, you can play a song using a different key action without requiring to play it using a new key.

On the other hand, you can use transpose to play songs differently in easier keys, using fewer black keys, and still obtain the original key action feel of the songs. Accordingly, the transpose function enables a PX 160 user to play original keys for replayed songs on the piano.

Alongside the transpose, there is the octave shift which works through changing the entire keyboard pitch using octave units. For a better understanding, the octave shift can be illustrated by playing the middle C, which will be received or heard as a soprano C or tenor C on the Privia PX #160, based on how many octaves have been shifted. Therefore, this feature can help a beginner play a song in a simpler version even if its original version is recorded in difficult keys.

Furthermore, the Casio Privia PX 160 also comes with the fine-tuning function, meant for raising or lowering the pitch of the entire digital piano in 0.1Hz steps based on a standard A4 pitch key of 440Hz. Based on the fine-tuning function, you can adequately adjust your entire keyboard from its standard to achieve an equal temperament using its 16 custom set temperaments. This sound adjustment feature ensures that PX 160 users customize their playing styles for satisfactory plays.

Cumulatively, these extra sound adjustment features help improve the key action of your digital piano to produce melodies as users learn to be creative on the Casio PX 160. Coupled with the recording and tune playing modes, you can easily identify your best playing style.

5. Intelligent Acoustic Control (IAC)

As one of the best Privia digital pianos, the PX 160 also comes with the IAC meant for adjusting the quality of your piano's audio. In that case, if you are playing your Privia PX #160 at a low volume, you will still obtain balanced and clear piano audio due to the IAC.

6. Metronome

Last on the Casio Privia PX sound profile; we present the Metronome. This sound tool is excellent for practicing steady tempo and timing of keys. Ideally, the metronome is an essential sound refining tool in most electric pianos, including the Privia PX 160 digital piano in this case. In the end, the PX 160'S metronome will enable a user to adjust the beats per measure depending on the metronome volume that suits different playing needs.


Other Functions

Even as the Privia PX 160 targets to provide the best color and texture for your music, it is also a quality build for power conservation. An additional PX 160 function is the auto power saver mode that enables an automatic powering-off function for preventing unnecessary power usage. In practice, the power saver mode is programmed to automatically turn off after four hours of no piano operation. This function will save you the worry of draining battery power.

In addition to the power saver function, this digital piano has an operation lock for precise operations. The operation lock ensures that your PX 160 is protected against any unintended button commands to preserve good music tunes.


Connectivity

Another admirable aspect of the PX 160 digital piano is its interdependence with external elements that enable the creation of beautiful music. Indeed, this digital piano comes with dual headphone jacks with two headphone mini ports on the front panel for simultaneous audio connection. The dual headphone connectivity is very resourceful while playing in the duet mode. Using the dual headphone jacks in duet mode is ideal for a player who wants to play in silence, especially for a beginner.

In addition to the front headphone mini-jacks, the rear Casio PX 160 panel also has ports for USB connectivity. Specifically, this digital piano comes with USB (type B) ports for seamless USB connection of type A or B cables. This USB connection panel makes a user's work easy, needing only to purchase the USB cables.

Moreover, the USB connection ports help link your PX 160 digital piano with your computer for extra storage. Also, you can use USB connectivity to exchange MIDI files or an additional MIDI controller in the form of an instrument. Fortunately, the PX 160 is built with a plug-and-play feature that doesn't require any driver installations for compatibility with your Windows and Mac computer. As earlier highlighted, you can only load a maximum of 10 songs into your PX-160, but the USB function increases the space for extra recordings and downloads for occasional changes and customizations.

An extra connectivity option that comes with the PX 160 is its compatibility with a range of music software such as Musescore, GarageBand, and FlowKey. This broad compatibility is effective in expanding the recording, editing, learning and composing capabilities of the PX-160 digital piano.

Additionally, the PX-160 digital piano comes with a digital controller app, an iPhone exclusive app that allows you to perform different controls using this piano. The moment you connect to this app, you will be able to undertake detailed modifications to this PX 160 keyboard. Another connection option of this incredible digital piano is the Line Out R, L/Mono for connecting the px-160 to external devices. Some of the external devices that can be connected to the Privia 160 include mixers, external amplifiers and PA systems for an enhanced sound volume for bigger audiences.

Lastly, the PX 160 also comes with a sustain pedal jack for connecting the included SP-3 pedal and any other compatible pedal. Even more, the PX-160 has a pedal connector on its bottom panel used for an alternative connection to a three-pedal unit. However, it is important to note that this digital piano doesn't come with MIDI out/in ports, but this is where the USB connection steps in to make MIDI connectivity possible.


Build Quality

Another admirable aspect of the Privia PX 160 is the quality of its build which can be translated to the convenience it offers. Therefore, in this section, we will highlight the convenience of the Privia PX-160 as part of its build's benefits.

1. Simple and Elegant: Earlier under design, we highlighted that the Privia PX-160 is lightweight and compact. To further elaborate this description, this Casio Privia model is easy with a wide range of compatibilities. Additionally, its simplicity enables great versatility as coupled with an elegant impression.

You can comfortably place this Casio Privia model in any home interior without many complexities. For instance, this digital piano is compatible with most keyboard stands, such as the CS-67 stand. Additionally, this digital piano is simple to set up even when mounting it on a stand. Just on the side, it is recommendable to get a stand for your Privia PX 160 for stability at an optimal height that will ensure you don't strain while playing.

2. Saves on Space: Asides from this piano's simplicity, it is an excellent addition for most home setups because it doesn't take up much space. Also, you can place the Privia PX-160 in different areas in your house without worrying about space.

However, this doesn't mean it can for in every space. Notably, you can check the available space against its dimensions. Without a doubt, having an additional stand for this digital piano would be great for convenient placement in most home spaces. Beyond your home, this Privia PX -160 piano can be carried almost everywhere using a keyboard bag.

3. Simple to Set up its Hardware: When it comes to its hardware, they're easy to connect. For instance, you simply need to connect the music sheet and foot pedal to this digital piano. Its power cable is also easy to connect for a beautiful session of grand piano sounds. Its deluxe sustain pedal is also easy to set up and use.


Accessories

As we get near the close of this review, here are the accessories that can be used with the PX-160:

  • An AC corded power adapter
  • Music stand or rest
  • Sustain pedal
  • Piano stand
  • Headphones
  • Piano case
  • Piano bench
  • Owner’s manual

Read on for detailed analyses of each of these accessories.

1. AC Adapter

The PX-160 comes with an auto-switching adaptor that is universal. Luckily this adapter is compact and flexible for versatile powering up angles for your Privia 160 digital piano. This adapter has a range of 100-240 AC, a DC of 12 v output and 50-60hz input. Overall, the power ratings of this AC adapter are sufficient for this keyboard while still avoiding overloading your PX-160 with power.

2. Music Rest

A music rest is a detachable piano component for holding any accompanying scorebook. Accordingly, the PX 160 music rest comes in a sleek and compact design that doesn't get in the way of playing the piano. Unlike music rests of most budget digital pianos, the PX 160 music doesn't come hollowed, providing an adequate width for any scorebook you have. Additionally, its music rest is adequately tall for preventing the folding of printed sheets on the edges.

Another good thing about the PX 160 music rest is that it's detachable for use only when necessary. It is also sloped backward for an optimal viewing angle. Nevertheless, the backward sloping doesn't suit the placement of this music rest when the piano is against a wall since it goes past the back end of the PX 160.

3. Sustain Pedal

Another important accessory that comes with the PX-160 is the Casio SP-3 sustain pedal. The SP-3 is made with plastic which matches the price tag of the PX-160. However, the plastic feel and impression on this accompanying sustain pedal downplay the quality of the Casio PX 160 as a real piano.

Luckily, the PX-160 is compatible with other sustain pedal models that might boost the look of this digital piano. For instance, you can alternatively invest in an SP-2 chrome pedal for improved durability and an authentic feel at an affordable rate. Also, you can invest in the Pro Bundle, which comes with an SP33 triple damper pedal and a Casio CS-67Ps stand; but you can still buy the pedalboard separately.

Be it as it may, the plastic damper pedal that comes with the PX-160 is easy to attach. This pedal is adequate for beginners, but for expert piano players, we recommend choosing the SP-33 for a triple pedal functionality. Bottom line, these suggestions don't mean to downplay the damper pedal of the PX 160.

4. Stand

The Casio Privia 160 doesn't come with a stand of its own. The good thing is that it is adequately compact for placing on a table or desk. However, this placement is not convenient, increasing the need for a dedicated stand. One of the great choices for your PX 160 stand is the CS-67p which is sturdy but better for a stationary application.

Considering an additional stand increases the weight of this digital piano, you can consider a collapsible and adjustable stand option for increased portability. The X-type stands fit the bill for this latter type of stand and are ideal for musicians on the go, needing something that will fit easily into a car.

5. Headphones

A set of headphones is essential for players who desire private playing sessions. These accessories help concentrate on the quality of plays, providing a chance for amendments. Even more, headphones provide more detailed and clearer audio than onboard speakers. Even so, ensure to choose the best quality digital piano headphones for the best musical experience.

6. Piano Case

Earlier in this article, we highlighted that the PX 160 is compact and lightweight, making it ideal for carrying it on trips. Subsequently, you need to protect this piano while making trips. The PX 160 comes with a plastic case which might be prone to damage during transportation.

Even better, you can invest in a padded keyboard bag for optimal piano safety and convenience. Finally, there is a wide range of case products in the market, with the Casio PRIVCASE Privia case topping our list of recommendations at an affordable and amazing value.

7. Piano Bench

The PX 160 comes with a sleek black furniture style bench for a user's comfort. Besides the comfortable cushioned sitting area, this bench also gives a room professional aesthetics. 

8. Manual

To crown, all the accessories that come and may be used with the PX 160 is the user's manual. The manual is very comprehensive and detailed, answering any queries you might have about the PX 160 functionalities. Additionally, the manual also comes with information on how to set up this piano with best practices of optimizing on its 88 keys.


Control

The PX 160 comes with a no-brainer control panel for easy navigation and operations. Simply put, it only comes with a power button, volume knob and additional quick access buttons. Some of the quick access buttons are for playback functions and supporting different sound styles. If you are interested in more complex functions, the Casio PX 160 comes with combinations between the piano keys and function buttons.

On the bright side, each key or button on the PX 160 is well labeled for a seamless operation. Consequently, these controls are easy to master over, making it easy to find your way around this digital piano. However, the volume knob is not marked for specific volume settings, making the volume adjustment function a matter of trial and error. Nonetheless, the PX 160 generally has easy controls.


Maintainance

As opposed to the intricate maintenance of acoustic pianos, the PX 160 has an easier maintenance routine, similar to contemporary digital pianos. Ideally, you only need to use water and a mild detergent on a moistened cloth to clean this piano. Always avoid soaking it with water and ensure it is not exposed to harsh conditions.


Who is the Casio Privia PX 160 For?

The Privia PX-160 is ideal for beginners or entry-level players. Also, this piano is ideal for expert pianists working with a tight budget. Considerably, this piano's compact and lightweight features might also favor gigging musicians.

This entry-level digital piano comes with a rich mix of features that make it ideal for intermediate and professional players. However, the Privia PX 160 is not the ultimate model for intensive music tasks like karaoke or making your music.


Pros

  • Elegant keyboard design
  • Adequate keyboard spaces for quick playing
  • Excellent speaker performance
  • Wide range polyphony
  • Realistic sound output
  • Compact and lightweight for increased portability
  • Versatile music elements
  • Functional controls and accessories
  • Affordable digital piano
  • Easy learning mode
  • Auto power saver
  • Easy maintenance

Cons

  • No LCD screen display
  • Sustain damper pedal feels flimsy and cheap
  • Unmarked volume knob
  • Lacks MIDI connection ports
  • Squeaky key
  • Noisy key action compared to competitors

Conclusion

In closing, this entry-level digital piano is a perfect companion to start with on your musical journey. As such, this Casio PX 160 is known for highly responsive keys and great melodies. Additionally, its key action gives the feel of an acoustic keyboard with the addition of increased versatility to suit differently-skilled players. That being said, this digital piano doesn't lack its flaws, but it still holds its integrity in demystifying the music theory of how to make melodies.


Frequently Asked Questions on the Casio Privia PX 160

1. How do I reset my Casio Privia PX piano?

You can factory reset your Casio Privia PX model by powering your piano while simultaneously holding the function and GM Tones buttons. Please note that this reset process deletes any custom adjustments or recordings in your piano.

2. Can a keyboard be tuned?

Luckily, the digital pianos/keyboards come with pre-recorded sounds. So, it is highly unlikely they will gradually go out of tune, needing occasional tuning as the grand piano does.

Zen Chung


I'm Zen Chung, a piano and violin teacher based out of Plano, Texas. I started this blog because my students (and their parents) kept asking about the best musical instruments to buy online. Look no further I'm here to save the day! 

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