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Review and Opinion of the Casio PX-560 Privia and Where to Buy It?

Casio is an electronics manufacturer founded in 1946 and based in Tokyo, Japan. Now let’s take a look at another keyboard from the ultra-sold Privia series: the Casio PX-560 Privia, which is priced at about $1086, we have its features here:

  • 88 weighted keys (Weight that the keys of an acoustic piano have and that digital pianos try to imitate to equal the touch of the piano. The keys in the high register are heavier and in the high register less. This is different from the sensitivity on the keyboard which serves to regulate the volume of the note. But a weighted keyboard always has sensitivity in the hammer-action keys and synthetic ebony/ivory texture
  • 650 sounds (Different sounds of piano and other instruments)
  • 220 styles (Accompanying styles that adapt to the chords we are playing. For example they will put a bass and a drum kit that will adapt and synchronize with the notes we are playing on the keyboard)
  • 30 user-configurable styles
  • 256 notes of polyphony (Number of notes that can be played at once. This includes accompaniments that also consume notes. So if you play over an accompaniment more notes will be accumulated)
  • Multi-Dimensional Morphing AiR system, which is a chip that assists in sound processing
  • Dual function (Dual mode allows you to combine two sounds to create a more complete one. Typical is the combination of piano + stringed instrument sound)
  • Split function (divide the keyboard into two different instruments)
  • reverb (reverberation effect)
  • chorus
  • Master Equalizer or Master QQ
  • DSP (Digital Signal Processing) effects. These are digital effects that modify the sound of the keyboard)
  • Transposition (Transposition allows you to move the note spectrum of a keyboard. This is to be able to play with transposing instruments. It is not an easy concept but it is made to facilitate the writing of an orchestration for instruments with very different bass and treble registers)
  • Metronome (Basic study element to study and practice the tempo of a piece of music)
  • Pitch bend wheel (Functionality that changes the sound wave of what you play and then returns to its original state)
  • Sound modulation wheel
  • Quality TFT colour LCD display
  • Midi input/output (MIDI allows you to do such wonderful things as connect your keyboard to your computer, record a sound track, and with certain programs, click through what you’ve played to musical notes on a score. MIDI tracks store the information of the musical notes)
  • 2 headphone outputs for playing two people at once in silence
  • Input for sustain pedal (The sustain pedal of a piano or keyboard is used to keep the note playing even if you stop pressing the key)
  • Line input/output (L/Mono, R) to be able to play live without any extra to increase signal strength (injection box)
  • USB port for interacting with other devices
  • 2 x 8W loudspeakers suitable for a restaurant for example
  • Includes SP-3 sustain pedal
  • It has dimensions of 1322 x 293 x 147mm (height x width x depth) and a weight of 12kg

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Now that we’ve listed and described the features of this keyboard, there’s no better way than to take a look at the following videos where they tell us more about the Casio PX-560 Privia and you can hear how its different sounds sound.

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Now let’s compare the Casio PX 560 with its more common alternatives. Also at the end of the post you will find a section with the best shopping possibilities for this digital piano. But you can go directly to that part of the post by pressing the following button.

Casio PX-560 Privia vs Yamaha DGX-660

In the first comparison we will have the following devices: the Casio PX-560 Privia keyboard with a price of €1089 and the Yamaha DGX-660 with a price of €749/$899/£685, with a difference of €354. We will therefore see their differences and similarities in the following face-to-face:

  • Both digital pianos have 88 weighted keys and sensitivity and hammer effect. The Casio has a texture of ebony and synthetic ivory. Weighted keyboard is the weight of the keys of a real acoustic piano, in the bass range it has heavier keys while in the treble range it has lighter keys. Sensitivity refers to the ability to make dynamics in the performances, that is, when we step with force it sounds higher than another step with less force.
  • The Casio offers 650 sounds, 220 styles, 30 of which are configurable and 256 notes of polyphony, and the Yamaha offers 554 sounds, 205 styles and 192 notes of polyphony. Remember that polyphony is the largest number of notes that can be played at the same time on a computer.
  • The functions that characterize the Casio are Multidimensional Morphing Air System, dual function, split function and how-to effects: Reverb, Chorus, Master EQ and DSP (Digital Signal Process) effects, pitch bend wheel and sound modulation wheel, plus 2 x 8W speakers
  • The functions that characterize the Yamaha are: intelligent acoustic control, 41 types of reverb effect, 44 types of chorus, 237 DSP sounds and Master EQ by presets, in addition to 37 DSP sounds, plus 2 6W speakers.
  • The Casio has 2 headphone outputs for playing two people at the same time in silence, Input for sustain pedal and input/line output (L/Mono, R).
  • The Yamaha has Auxiliary Sound Input, including a sustain pedal. Headphone output, plus 2 speakers with 6W average power. Something important is that it has NO line output.
  • Both digital keyboards have USB MIDI, this means that they can be connected to a computer and work as MIDI controllers in a music composition and production program.
  • The Casio measures 1322 x 293 x 147mm (H x W x D) and weighs 12kg. While the Yamaha weighs 28kg and has dimensions with the stand of 1399 x 445 x 761mm.

Although the Casio is surpassed by the Yamaha in some respects we must consider the difference of €354 between them. The Casio outperforms the Yamaha in terms of the number of style sounds and polyphonic notes, but both have almost the same performance and function. We should also consider the Casio’s keyboard which has synthetic ebony and ivory. The truth is that this price increase is worth it with all the features it offers.

We will put the characteristics of each of these pianos in 2 different columns to make it easier to see the differences:

Casio PX-560 Privia

Yamaha DGX-660

  • 88 hammer-action weighted keys with ebony/ivory texture
  • 650 sounds
  • 220 styles
  • 30 user-configurable styles
  • 256 notes of polyphony
  • Multi-Dimensional Morphing AiR system, which is a chip that assists in sound processing
  • Dual function
  • Split function
  • Reverb
  • Chorus
  • Master Equalizer or Master EQ
  • DSP effects
  • Transposition
  • Metronome
  • Pitch bend wheel
  • Sound modulation wheel
  • Quality TFT colour LCD display
  • MIDI Input/Output
  • 2 headphone outputs for playing two people at once in silence
  • Input for sustain pedal
  • Line input/output (L/Mono, R) to be able to play live without any extra to increase signal strength (injection box)
  • USB port for interacting with other devices
  • 2 x 8W loudspeakers suitable for a restaurant for example
  • Includes SP-3 sustain pedal
  • It has dimensions of 1322 x 293 x 147mm (height x width x depth) and a weight of 12kg
  • 88-key GHS weighted keyboard
  • Imitates the sound of the Pure CF Grand Piano
  • Includes IAC intelligent acoustic control for sound improvement
  • 192 notes of polyphony
  • 554 sounds
  • 205 styles
  • 41 types of reverb effect
  • 44 types of chorus
  • 237 DSP sounds
  • Master EQ by Presets
  • 100 pre-configured songs
  • Single-key configurable settings
  • One-key adjustment
  • Recording audio to a USB device in WAV format
  • Color screen with lyrics so you can sing while you play
  • Metronome
  • Transposition
  • Microphone input and Harmony vocal effect
  • USB MIDI
  • Auxiliary audio input
  • Includes sustain pedal
  • Hull exit. A penalty but no exit from the line
  • 2 speakers with 6W average power
  • A weight of 28Kg and dimensions with the support of 1399 x 445 x 761mm
  • Includes lectern and power supply. Triple footswitch available Yamaha LP-7A

And now a video of the Yamaha DGX-660

If you want to know more about this model don’t miss our review of the Yamaha DGX-660

Casio PX-560 Privia vs Casio PX-360 Privia

Now we will buy two keyboards from the same brand: the Casio PX-560 which as we mentioned before is priced at €1089 and the Casio PX-360 Privia which is priced at around €800 and as we see there is a difference of around €200 between them. We will see their similarities and differences in the following face-to-face:

  • Both digital pianos have 88 weighted keys and sensitivity and hammer effect with synthetic ebony and ivory. They use the same technology. Weighted keyboard is the weight of the keys of a real acoustic piano, in the bass range it has heavier keys while in the treble range it has lighter keys. Sensitivity refers to the ability to make dynamics in the performances, that is, when we step with force it sounds higher than another step with less force.
  • The Casio PX-560 Privia offers 650 sounds, 220 styles, 30 of which are configurable and 256 notes of polyphony, and the Casio PX-360 Privia offers 550 sounds, 200 styles and 128 notes of polyphony. Remember that polyphony is the largest number of notes that can be played at the same time on a computer.
  • The functions that characterize both: Multidimensional System Morphíng Air, dual function, split function and effects how: Reverb, Chorus, Master EQ and DSP (Digital Signal Process) effects, pitch bend wheel and sound modulation wheel. And 8W speakers.
  • Both have 2 headphone outputs to play two people at the same time in silence, Input for sustain pedal and line input/output (L/Mono, R).
  • Both digital keyboards have USB MIDI, which means that they can be connected to a computer and work as MIDI controllers in a music composition and production program.
  • The Casio PX-560 Privia measures 1322 x 293 x 147mm (H x W x D) and weighs 12kg. The Casio PX-360 Privia weighs approximately 12 kg.

We find with very similar models of keyboards, where logically the Casio PX-560 Privia will always be the winner by being a superior model and more current, however, for its price the Casio PX-360 Privia is not a bad choice.

We will put the features of each of these pianos in 2 different columns to make it easier to see the differences:

Casio PX-560 Privia

Casio PX-360 Privia

  • 88 hammer-action weighted keys with ebony/ivory texture
  • 650 sounds
  • 220 styles
  • 30 user-configurable styles
  • 256 notes of polyphony
  • Multi-Dimensional Morphing AiR system, which is a chip that assists in sound processing
  • Dual function
  • Split function
  • Reverb
  • Chorus
  • Master Equalizer or Master QQ
  • DSP effects
  • Transposition
  • Metronome
  • Pitch bend wheel
  • Sound modulation wheel
  • Quality TFT colour LCD display
  • MIDI Input/Output
  • 2 headphone outputs for playing two people at once in silence
  • Input for sustain pedal
  • Line input/output (L/Mono, R) to be able to play live without any extra to increase signal strength (injection box)
  • USB port for interacting with other devices
  • 2 8W speakers that are suitable for a restaurant for example
  • Includes SP-3 sustain pedal
  • It has dimensions of 1322 x 293 x 147mm (height x width x depth) and a weight of 12kg
  • 88 weighted keys that simulate hammer action and ebony/ivory synthetic textures This popular Casio system is called Scaled Hammer Action II (Tri-Sensor)
  • 550 sounds
  • 200 styles
  • 10 user-configurable styles
  • 128 notes of polyphony
  • Multi-Dimensional Morphing AiR Sound Enhancement Technology
  • Dual function
  • Split function
  • Reverb
  • Chorus
  • Master Equalizer or Master EQ
  • DSP effects
  • Transposition
  • Metronome
  • Pitch bend wheel
  • high quality colour TFT LCD screen
  • MIDI Input/Output
  • 2 headphone outputs
  • Input for sustain pedal
  • Line input/output (L/Mono, R) to be able to connect to any live equipment without injection box
  • USB port for connecting other devices
  • 2 x 8W speakers, enough to play in a restaurant
  • Weighs about 12 kg so it’s easy to carry in the car

And now a video of the Casio PX-360 Privia

If you want to know more about this model don’t miss our review of the Casio PX-360 Privia.

Casio PX-560 Privia vs Yamaha P125

Again, we will look at the Casio PX-560 Privia keyboard with a price of €1089, and now together with a best-selling Yamaha P125 which has a price of €566/$649/£518, with a difference of almost €500 we will see its differences and similarities in the next section:

  • Both digital pianos have 88 weighted keys and sensitivity and hammer effect. The Casio has a texture of ebony and synthetic ivory.
  • The Casio offers 650 sounds, 220 styles, 30 of which are configurable and 256 notes of polyphony, and the Yamaha offers 24 sounds and 192 notes of polyphony.
  • The functions that characterize the Casio are: Multidimensional Morphing Air System, dual function, split function and how-to effects: Reverb, Chorus, Master EQ and DSP (Digital Signal Process) effects, pitch bend wheel and sound modulation wheel
  • The functions that characterize the Yamaha are: intelligent acoustic control, reverb effect and Master EQ, Resonance Attenuator and Sound Boost.
  • The Casio has 2 headphone outputs for playing two people at once in silence, Input for sustain pedal and input/line output (L/Mono, R). And 8W speakers.
  • The Yamaha has auxiliary sound input, including sustain pedal. Headset output, plus 2 speakers with 7W average power. Also the free “Smart Pianist” App for iPhone/iPad.
  • Both digital keyboards have USB MIDI, which means that they can be connected to a computer and work as MIDI controllers in a music composition and production program.
  • The Casio measures 1322 x 293 x 147mm (H x W x D) and weighs 12kg. While the Yamaha weighs 11.8 kg and has dimensions with the stand of 1326 x 166 x 295 mm.

With two digital pianos of good brands and models, the Casio offers a large number of sounds, rhythms and polyphony notes in addition to its keyboard with its ebony/ivory synthetic texture, making it the best choice. However, the Yamaha is still a great option for the price it has.

We will put the characteristics of each of these pianos in 2 different columns to make it easier to see the differences:

Casio PX-560 Privia

Yamaha P125

  • 88 hammer-action weighted keys with ebony/ivory texture
  • 650 sounds
  • 220 styles
  • 30 user-configurable styles
  • 256 notes of polyphony
  • Multi-Dimensional Morphing AiR system, which is a chip that assists in sound processing
  • Dual function
  • Split function
  • Reverb
  • Chorus
  • Master Equalizer or Master QQ
  • DSP effects
  • Transposition
  • Metronome
  • Pitch bend wheel
  • Sound modulation wheel
  • Quality TFT colour LCD display
  • MIDI Input/Output
  • 2 headphone outputs for playing two people at once in silence
  • Input for sustain pedal
  • Line input/output (L/Mono, R) to be able to play live without any extra to increase signal strength (injection box)
  • USB port for interacting with other devices
  • 2 x 8W loudspeakers suitable for a restaurant for example
  • Includes SP-3 sustain pedal
  • It has dimensions of 1322 x 293 x 147mm (height x width x depth) and a weight of 12kg
  • Graded-Hammer-Standard Keyboard (GHS) with 88 weighted keys
  • Pure CF Sound Engine
  • 24 sonorities
  • Maximum polyphony of 192 voices
  • Dual, Split and Duo functions
  • Two-track recording function (one song)
  • 20 rhythms (drums + bass)
  • Intelligent Acoustic Control function
  • 21 Demo songs and 50 Piano songs
  • Integrated effects: Reverb
  • Resonance attenuator
  • Sound Boost, EQ
  • MIDI via USB for connection to computer or iOS devices
  • Integrated metronome
  • Adjustable Tempo/Transpose and Tuning
  • Integrated 2x 7 W speaker system
  • Line output 6.3 mm stereo jack
  • 2 headphone outputs 6.3mm stereo jack
  • Sustain pedal input
  • Includes sustain pedal, score holder and power supply
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 1326 x 166 x 295 mm
  • Weight: 11.8 kg
  • Color: Black
  • Free “Smart Pianist” app for iPhone/iPad as an online download (requires additional connection cable not included

And now a video of the Yamaha P125:

If you want to know more about this model don’t miss our Review of the Yamaha P125.

Casio PX-560 Privia vs Roland Juno DS88

Again, we’ll look at the Casio PX-560 Privia keyboard which is priced at €1089, and the Roland Juno DS88 which is priced at €939/$1099/£855, with a difference of almost €150. We’ll look at their differences and similarities in the next section:

  • Both digital pianos have 88 weighted keys and a hammer effect and sensitivity, plus a synthetic ivory and ebony touch. Both have good keyboards, referring to key quality.
  • The Casio offers 650 sounds, 220 styles, 30 of them are configurable and 256 notes of polyphony, and the Roland offers more than 1200 sounds between different instruments and drum kits and 128 notes of polyphony.
  • The functions that characterize the Casio are: Multidimensional system Morfíng Air, dual function, split function and effects how: Reverb, Chorus, Master EQ and DSP (Digital Signal Process) effects, pitch bend wheel and sound modulation wheel. In addition to sustain pedal input.
  • The Roland’s signature features include: sample import, eight phrase pads to trigger audio samples and songs stored on the USB stick, plus dedicated microphone and reverb input, automatic vocoder and tone effects for impressive vocal performances, and DAW and USB Audio/MIDI Control Mode. Plus pedal hold jack and pedal control jack.
  • The Casio has 2 headphone outputs for playing two people at once in silence, input for sustain pedal and line input/output (L/Mono, R). And 8W speakers.
  • The Roland has: Output (L/MONO / R) 6.3 mm jack, Headphone jack and also Headphone output 6.3 mm stereo jack. And no speakers included.
  • Both digital keyboards have USB MIDI which means that they can be connected to a computer and work as MIDI controllers in a music composition and production program.
  • The Casio measures 1322 x 293 x 147mm (H x W x D) and weighs 12kg. While the Yamaha weighs 11.8 kg and has dimensions with the stand of 1326 x 166 x 295 mm.

We found good equipment, which for the most part the Roland has an advantage over the Casio. Its greater number of sounds that doubles it, more effects and functions, a DAW (Digital Audio Workstations) control mode and Audi/MIDI USB, make the Roland one of the best digital stage pianos at a price of less than $1000. The Casio outperforms it in polyphonic notes and this one if it has included speakers.

We will put the characteristics of each of these pianos in 2 different columns to make it easier to see the differences:

Casio PX-560 Privia

Roland Juno-DS 88

  • 88 hammer-action weighted keys with ebony/ivory texture
  • 650 sounds
  • 220 styles
  • 30 user-configurable styles
  • 256 notes of polyphony
  • Multi-Dimensional Morphing AiR system, which is a chip that assists in sound processing
  • Dual function
  • Split function
  • Reverb
  • Chorus
  • Master Equalizer or Master QQ
  • DSP effects
  • Transposition
  • Metronome
  • Pitch bend wheel
  • Sound modulation wheel
  • Quality TFT colour LCD display
  • MIDI Input/Output
  • 2 headphone outputs for playing two people at once in silence
  • Input for sustain pedal
  • Line input/output (L/Mono, R) to be able to play live without any extra to increase signal strength (injection box)
  • USB port for interacting with other devices
  • 2 x 8W loudspeakers suitable for a restaurant for example
  • Includes SP-3 sustain pedal
  • It has dimensions of 1322 x 293 x 147mm (height x width x depth) and a weight of 12kg
  • Keyboard with 88 ivory feel-g keys
  • Weighted Touch
  • Polyphony of maximum 128 voices
  • More than 1200 preset patches: More than 30 drum kits and 64 performances:
  • 256 user memory patches: 8 drum kits and 128 interpretations
  • Powered by power supply and batteries
  • Includes all Juno-DI sounds plus recently upgraded acoustic and electric pianos, additional organs, and other stage essentials
  • The virtual wave expansion slot allows new sound waveforms to be downloaded
  • The sounds are available free of charge on the Axial de Roland website
  • Sample import function
  • Easy sound manipulation and editing
  • Eight phrase pads to trigger audio samples and songs stored on the USB memory stick
  • Microphone input
  • Dedicated reverb, vocoder and automatic tone effects for impressive vocal performances
  • Intuitive eight-track pattern sequencer with nonstop recording for fast-developing song ideas
  • DAW and USB Audio/MIDI control mode
  • Pedal retaining jack
  • Foot Control Jack
  • 6.3 mm jack microphone input
  • External stereo mini-jack input
  • Output (L/MONO / R) 6.3 mm jack
  • Headphone jack
  • 6.3 mm stereo jack headphone output
  • MIDI connectors (input and output)
  • USB memory stick port
  • USB computer port (supports USB Audio/MIDI)
  • DC power input jack
  • Includes power supply
  • Dimensions: 1415 x 341 x 144 mm (width x depth x height)
  • Weight: 16.2 kg

And now a video of the Roland Juno DS88:

If you’re interested in learning more, we invite you to check out our Review of the Roland Juno DS 88.

Casio PX-560 Privia vs Kawai ES8

Finally we will have the comparison of these digital keyboards: the previous Casio PX 560 and as we had mentioned before has a price of €1089 and the Kawai ES8 that has a price of €1.175/$1650/£1,099, having a difference close to €100. We will analyze their differences and similarities:

  • Both digital pianos have 88 weighted keys and sensitivity and hammer effect. The keys of the Casio also have a touch of synthetic ivory and ebony. Those of the Kawai have pressure point simulation and triple sensor.
  • The Casio offers 650 sounds, 220 styles, 30 of which are configurable and 256 notes of polyphony, and the Kawai offers 34 sounds and 256 notes of polyphony.
  • The functions that characterize the Casio are Multidimensional Morphing Air System, dual function, split function and how-to effects: Reverb, Chorus, Master EQ and DSP (Digital Signal Process) effects, pitch bend wheel and sound modulation wheel. In addition to sustain pedal input.
  • The functions that characterize the Kawai are Transposition function, Intonation, String response, ModeS: dual, split, 4 hands, internal 2 track recorder AND Metronome.
  • The Casio has 2 headphone outputs for playing two people at once in silence, input for sustain pedal and line input/output (L/Mono, R). And 8W speakers.
  • The Kawai has: 2 headphone jacks, MIDI In/Out, Stereo Line In and Line Out (L/Mono, R).
  • Both digital keyboards have USB MIDI, which means that they can be connected to a computer and function as MIDI controllers in a music composition and production program.
  • The Casio measures 1322 x 293 x 147mm (H x W x D) and weighs 12kg. While the Yamaha weighs 11.8 kg and has dimensions with the stand of 1326 x 166 x 295 mm.

As you can see, there are two slightly different keyboards, the Casio offers a better keyboard and a large number of sounds, while the Kawai offers only 34 sounds and 256 notes of polyphony, and functions mostly for a digital piano, some modes, but powerful 15W speakers, so you can play in an enclosed space without extra amplification. Depending on your needs, you will surely make the best decision.

We will put the characteristics of each of these pianos in 2 different columns to make it easier to see the differences:

Casio PX-560 Privia

Kawai ES8

  • 88 hammer-action weighted keys with ebony/ivory texture
  • 650 sounds
  • 220 styles
  • 30 user-configurable styles
  • 256 notes of polyphony
  • Multi-Dimensional Morphing AiR system, which is a chip that assists in sound processing
  • Dual function
  • Split function
  • Reverb
  • Chorus
  • Master Equalizer or Master QQ
  • DSP effects
  • Transposition
  • Metronome
  • Pitch bend wheel
  • Sound modulation wheel
  • Quality TFT colour LCD display
  • MIDI Input/Output
  • 2 headphone outputs for playing two people at once in silence
  • Input for sustain pedal
  • Line input/output (L/Mono, R) to be able to play live without any extra to increase signal strength (injection box)
  • USB port for interacting with other devices
  • 2 x 8W loudspeakers suitable for a restaurant for example
  • Includes SP-3 sustain pedal
  • It has dimensions of 1322 x 293 x 147mm (height x width x depth) and a weight of 12kg
  • 88 sensitive hammer action keys ‘Hammer III’ (RHIII) with pressure point simulation and triple sensor
  • Harmonic Imaging XL
  • 34 sounds
  • 256 notes of polyphony
  • 100 styles with variation
  • Transposition function
  • Tuning
  • String response
  • Dual mode
  • Partition mode
  • 4-Hand Mode
  • Internal 2-track recorder
  • Metronome
  • 2 headphone jacks
  • MIDI Input/Output
  • Stereo line input
  • Line output (L/Mono, R)
  • USB to Host
  • USB to device
  • 15″ 2-speaker system
  • Dimensions: 1362 x 361 x 149mm (width x depth x height)
  • Weight: 22,5kg
  • Includes F10H sustain pedal and lectern

And now a video of the Kawai ES8:

If you are interested in knowing more, we invite you to see our Review of the Kawai ES8.

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