Casio Privia PX-160 Review

Casio PX-160 is one of several keyboard pianos that Casio has manufactured in 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. With a length of 52 and 11.5 inches wide, it averages about 25 lbs without stand.

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.

With its size, it is very portable enabling you to play concerts and exercise room. 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 common settings and features, you will discover dedicated buttons here.

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

The PX-160 comes in 3 different colors that are not too flashy, white, black and gold, but looks fresh and contemporary.

Normally, 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. It includes the renowned Casio Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action II, which guarantees a realistic reaction from the keys.

It uses actual hammers that boost the movement of the hammer to give it an acoustic piano feel. This alone makes him a top competitor in his cost spectrum for the finest weighted keyboard.

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.

The keys are susceptible to speed (three-sensor characteristics), so the volume and timbre vary based on how powerful or gentle the keys are pressed. The keyboard is also graded, meaning the higher register is lighter, and the lower register is heavier.

The keyboard supports full 128-voice polyphony, which is quite standard for many higher-end 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 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.

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