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Casio PX 560 portable -- any owners here ? #2698042
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the guy who does youtube demos and reviews, 'piano man chuck' seems to like them, but most users on this forum seem lukewarm to casios or thumbs down. if you are an owner/operator, would appreciate getting your feedback. very appreciated, thanks. peace be with you all

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Re: Casio PX 560 portable -- any owners here ? [Re: huaidongxi] #2698061
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Re: Casio PX 560 portable -- any owners here ? [Re: huaidongxi] #2698066
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herr doktor professor Lovell, danke sehr. it's a fairly long commute between georgia and wisconsin - - do you write reviews of personal-size aircraft too ?

Re: Casio PX 560 portable -- any owners here ? [Re: huaidongxi] #2698072
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Haha...nein. I changed venues, and am very much enjoying my new(ish) academic position down south...along with some of the perks that the absence of winter (of any circumstance) and an extremely low cost of living can provide on a middle class income.


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Re: Casio PX 560 portable -- any owners here ? [Re: huaidongxi] #2698398
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I have one. Got a good deal on it, and it replaced a Casio 310. So, for me, I was used to and generally liked the Casio sound/action. I usually mix in Pianoteq with the onboard sound for better responsiveness/sound. I prefer the mix to either alone.

I tried most similarly priced pianos and preferred the 560. Also, very useful connection options (1/4" inputs and outputs, plus an additional 1/8" input. USB and 5 pin MIDI, and a USB flash drive connector). It has a lot more bells and whistles than I actually use--but somewhere in the back of my mind I always think I'm going to dive in more.

The action is the same as the 160, 360, and CGP 700, and the piano sound is nearly indistinguishable between them--you can find at least one of them in many stores to try out. I generally agree with the review that terminaldegree posted above.

My opinion is if you're looking at it for just piano sounds, and you want to go Casio, you can get a cheaper model from Casio without giving up anything. If you're looking for a self-contained unit with a lot of additional sound options, and possibly gigging, you'd be hard-pressed to find anything equivalent at the price-point.

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dankon, Philistine. had the impression, which could easily be mistaken,from other reviews that the sound spectrum/characteristics were more detailed and complex relative to the cheaper models, and all the features and options were easier to access because the display screen and controls were easier to use. briefly tried a 360 but preferred the yamaha 115 or kawai ES 100 (since superceded of course). if the 560 has better piano sound than the 360, it might alter my impressions. the library of synthesized instrument sounds intrigues me because it includes south and east asian instruments.

Re: Casio PX 560 portable -- any owners here ? [Re: huaidongxi] #2698445
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All the casio privia line use the same basic piano sound. However, the PX-560 gives you A LOT more control on how that sound is shaped. String resonance, hammer response, touch response, temperament, brightness, reverb, chorus, delay, EQ, damper noise level, damper resonance, etc... are all highly adjustable through the onscreen menus. You can even treat the piano sounds as if they were synth sounds, i.e. edit the envelope of the sound (attack release decay), filter, portamento, etc. to generate some rather funky piano-ish/synth-ish sounds.


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Re: Casio PX 560 portable -- any owners here ? [Re: huaidongxi] #2698457
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Originally Posted by huaidongxi
briefly tried a 360 but preferred the yamaha 115 or kawai ES 100 (since superceded of course). if the 560 has better piano sound than the 360, it might alter my impressions.

There may be some differences in resonances, tweakability whatever, but overall, the character of the PX560 and PX360 piano sounds are the same, they use the same sample set, and if you preferred the Yamaha/Kawai piano sound over the PX360, I'd say you'd prefer them over the 560 as well. The 560 and 360 also have the same action.

The 560 is a great board. The size/weight, action, interface, variety of sounds is pretty unbeatable, if you want a board with speakers, and it's priced well too. But if you don't care about all the extras and are looking at it just as a piano, it's a tougher call.

Really, it all depends on your priorities. The PX560 has a unique set of attributes that will make it the perfect choice for some people. But maybe you don't need such light weight, or maybe you don't need speakers, or maybe you have more available budget, and then the equation can change. What is it you're looking for?

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fizikisto, anotherscott, appreciate your expertise. from your responses on the other thread about weight conscious organ options, you sound like professionals who've worked with many portable keyboards. my primary need is a portable practice keyboard that's close to the action and sound of my acoustic pianos (very old school, 98 and 120+ years old, respectively). because serious travel cases add another 13-14 kilos, weight is a consideration, and one or two octaves in reduced length would not hurt, though that completely changes the options available, especially with fully weighted actions. the minetti custom chop jobs add another $800. or so in cost, and the warranty is of course voided.

the most choices are for 88 keys, the lightest with weighted actions are 12-14 kilos in weight. the stage pianos with 72-73 keys that look promising aren't very light, or the cost gets boosted to $2 k.and over, rather than $ 1 k. early next year it appears that the Dexibel keyboards might reach the dealers in my area. reviews of the more affordable korgs seem very mixed, but sometime before my next trip to a place without a piano, would like to have something.

thanks again for sharing your detailed knowledge.

Re: Casio PX 560 portable -- any owners here ? [Re: huaidongxi] #2698549
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Originally Posted by huaidongxi
my primary need is a portable practice keyboard that's close to the action and sound of my acoustic pianos (very old school, 98 and 120+ years old, respectively).

Remember that you can always get other piano sounds by connecting to your computer, so in the situation you describe, it sounds like action would be more important than sound. Do you need the board to have internal speakers? If so, and if you may want to use a computer to generate the sound (at least some of the time), then you may want to choose a board that has a line input so you can hear the computer-generated piano sound out of the the piano's built-in speakers. Either that, or you can rely on headphones, or outboard speakers.

In lightweight boards with speakers, line inputs, and sub-$1k price, off-hand, I think the options are Casio PX-350/PX-360, and the Kurzweil KA90 and its cousins (Alesis Coda Pro, etc.). I think most people would say that the Casio has the better sound and action, and it's smaller. But the Kurzweil has much beefier speakers, so might serve better if you'll primarily be using an external sound. It's also cheaper.

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thanks again. my budget is $1500-1600, about what the custom minetti choppers go for. headphones get a separate budget. a few hundred bucks less for an action that feels like plastic and springs is a poor trade off, was not aware though that kurzweil even used a fully weighted keyboard. speakers and amp are a plus, but not requisite, because a small speaker isn't hard to transport separately. the Roland RD64 leaves off two octaves, has no speakers, just a poor excuse for a headphone amp if it even has one, and still didn't save much weight vs. the competition's 88 key portables. there are plenty of compromises making portables, and have to choose which manufacturer made theirs more tolerable, and easy for me to use.

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Originally Posted by huaidongxi
a few hundred bucks less for an action that feels like plastic and springs is a poor trade off, was not aware though that kurzweil even used a fully weighted keyboard.

All Kurzweil 88s are hammer action boards. They also make a 76 hammer action, the Forte 7, but it's still on the heavy and pricey side.


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