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Since getting my acoustic upright I had stopped touching my Arius altogether, so today I have finally sent it to a new owner. I would like to get a digital though, just for the rare situation I find myself needing quiet practice (as of now the U1 downstairs does not bother the 3 year old sleeping upstairs, but there may be situations when I still want a silent option), and most importantly, I would like the option to take the keyboard with me if I'm away on a few days car trip.
So, I have been searching extensively here, but as with everything my precise requirements aren't exactly covered in previous threads. What I would like is something under 1k (I sold the Arius for 850 so I want to match that roughly if I can) with the best key action I can find. One of the reasons I was never using the Arius, in spite of it sitting right next to me in the office, was that compared to the acoustic that keyboard was not really pleasant to play on any more. So, is there something in this price range that would actually be a step up? If not, at least NOT a step down? I have been looking at the Roland FP-30x, Yamaha p-125, Kawai ES 110, Yamaha DGX-670, Casio Privia Px-S1100, and the Korg D1 (the last one in case everything else is so much better than the competitors that it would make me reluctantly forego the built-in speakers). I could only find a couple of these at my local Guitar Center, and they were a bit beat up and poorly placed. But I played the P-125, the FP-30x, and the Privia PX-S1000 (predecessor to the 1100). Very hard to get a good idea, but I went back and forth between the FP-30X and the P-125, having a hard time deciding which I like more - very hard to do given that the FP-30X had to be played in its location high up on the wall.... I did not really like the Casio, felt toy-like.
Any thoughts on this? Is any of the pianos on this list standing out in terms of action? Sound would be second criterion, but I'm OK with less than great, I have the acoustic for when I want to full bodied realistic thing.
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I think the ES110 is probably the best among these (I haven't played the D1, it is also 2-sensor). But I'm not sure you'll find one remotely close to the U1 in this price range. Maybe the FP90X or ES920. The Yamaha P have a different key action force curve.

> that it would make me reluctantly forego the built-in speakers

Built-in speakers are convenient, but also leave a lot to be desired, also in midrange slabs. I understand iloud micro monitors are better than any speakers built into a slab, and one can get better ones.

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Originally Posted by _sem_
I think the ES110 is probably the best among these (I haven't played the D1, it is also 2-sensor). But I'm not sure you'll find one remotely close to the U1 in this price range. Maybe the FP90X or ES920. The Yamaha P have a different key action force curve.

> that it would make me reluctantly forego the built-in speakers

Built-in speakers are convenient, but also leave a lot to be desired, also in midrange slabs. I understand iloud micro monitors are better than any speakers built into a slab, and one can get better ones.

Thank you kindly. To clarify, I’m not looking for something that would come close to the U1 in this price range, that would be impossible. In fact I got the U1 after I went to the store and tested digitals from the NU1x and up and didn’t even find those comparable!
I need to find a ES110 to test. And a D1.
I also agree completely with the built in speakers weakness. It’s just for whenever I may actually travel with it. Otherwise they are indeed pretty terrible. I have a pair of Kef monitors I no longer use that would likely be in a different league, if I decide to go that way. But I would do that only if I gain things like a better action, better sampling etc.

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