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Digital Piano Korg Havian 30 Full Review. Is it a good choice?

Korg Havian Digital Piano 30 Review Complete. Is it a good choice?

Korg is a Japanese company of electronic musical instruments and guitar tuners. And among their models of keyboards for arrangements we find the Korg Havian 30, which has an approximate price of  €1100. And we can already tell you that it is a really interesting digital piano:

  • 88 weighted hammer action 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 keys)
  • 950 sounds (various piano and other instrument sounds) and variations
  • 256 user-configurable sounds
  • 420 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) pre-configured
  • 128 rhythm kits (Rhythms of accompaniment that adapt to what you are playing. There are bossa nova rhythms, etc. Sometimes they are also known as accompaniment styles) and drums
  • 128 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)
  • 4 stereo master effect groups
  • 125 types of effects
  • 3-band equalizer for each track
  • 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)
  • Split function (dividing the keyboard into two different instruments)
  • Metronome (Basic study element to study and practice the tempo of a piece of music)
  • Full colour screen
  • Joystick control for improved usability
  • Records MP3 and SMF files. You can record keyboard tracks and effects
  • USB midi (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)
  • USB for pendrives
  • Exit hulls
  • Sustain pedal (The sustain pedal of a piano or keyboard is used to keep the note playing even if you stop pressing the key)
  • 2 super powerful 25W speakers. Tremendous for playing wherever you want without extra amplification
  • Includes lectern, network connector, DVD with extras and DS-2H damper pedal used as a sustain
  • A weight of 15.1 kg and dimensions of 1312 × 389 × 146mm (width x depth x height)

 

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As we mentioned at the beginning, we found an arrangement keyboard with good functions and performance, its foot pedal and Miri USB function gives them an advantage as it can be used in a music production studio or also in order to study piano in a decent way.

Now that we have listed and described the features of this keyboard there is no better way than to take a look at the following video where they tell us more about the Korg Havian 30 and you can hear how its different sounds sound.

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Now let’s compare the Korg Havian 30 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.

Korg Havian 30 vs Casio PX-560 Privia

First we will buy the digital keyboards: the Korg Havian 30 which as we mentioned has an estimated price of £1100 and the Casio PX-560 Privia which has a very similar price. We will see their features and differences in the following face-to-face:

  • Both digital keyboards have 88 hammer-action weighted keys with sensitivity. However the Casio’s have a texture of synthetic ebony and ivory, giving a greater simulation to a real acoustic piano. Therefore the Casio keyboard has an advantage. Let’s remember that the weight of the keys of a real acoustic piano is the weighted keyboard, in the low register it has heavier keys while in the high register they are lighter. Sensitivity refers to the fact that we can play dynamics in our performances, i.e. when we press a key with force it sounds louder than when we press another one with little force that will sound lower.
  • When it comes to sound, the Korg has 950 sounds and variations, 256 user-configured sounds and 420 pre-configured accompaniment styles, plus 128 polyphonic notes. On the other hand the Casio has 650 sounds, 220 styles pre-configured for accompaniment and 30 styles that can be configured speech by the user, in addition to 256 notes of polyphony. Polyphony is the largest number of notes that can be played simultaneously in a computer.
  • The Korg Havian 30 features: 128 drum and rhythm kits, 4 stereo master effect groups, 125 effect types and a sustain pedal.
  • The functions of the Casio PX-560 Privia are Multi-Dimensional Morphing AiR System, Pitch Bend Wheel, Sound Modulation Wheel, a joystick for enhanced control, three-pedal input and a sustain pedal included.
  • The Korg has 2 super powerful 25W speakers while the Casio PX-560 Privia has 2 8W speakers.
  • The Korg Havian 30 weighs 15.1 kg and measures 1312 × 389 × 146mm (W x D x H) and the Casio PX-560 Privia weighs 12 kg and measures 1322 × 293 × 147mm (H x W x D).

We noticed that we found two good arrangement keyboards, with their respective advantages and disadvantages. On the other hand, the Korg gives us a greater amount of sounds both in terms of precept and configuration of speech by the user, has many defects reaching 125, and has powerful speakers of 25W. While the Casio offers us synthetic ebony and ivory keys, a greater amount of polyphony notes, a multi-dimensional Morphing AiR system, a triple pedal input and a lighter weight making this keyboard very portable. Depending on the user’s needs, a decision will be made, although to be honest the Korg’s 300+ sounds appeal more to me.

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

Korg Havian 30

Casio PX-560 Privia

  • 88 weighted hammer action keys
  • 950 sounds and variations
  • 256 user configurable sounds
  • 420 preset styles
  • 128 rhythm and drum kits
  • 128 notes of polyphony
  • 4 stereo master effect groups
  • 125 types of effects
  • 3-band equalizer for each track
  • Transposition
  • Split function
  • Metronome
  • Full color display
  • Joystick control for improved usability
  • Records MP3 and SMF files. You can record keyboard tracks and effects
  • USB MIDI
  • USB for pendrives
  • Exit hulls
  • Sustain pedal
  • 2 super powerful 25W speakers. Tremendous for playing wherever you want without extra amplification
  • Includes lectern, network connector, DVD with extras and DS-2H damper pedal used as a sustain
  • A weight of 15.1 kg and dimensions of 1312 × 389 × 146mm (width x depth x height)
  • 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

And now a video of the Casio PX-560 Privia

If you want to know more about this model don’t miss our review of the Casio PX-560 Privia.

Korg Havian 30 vs Yamaha DGX-660

Now we will buy these two digital keyboards the already mentioned one that has a price close to €1100 and now the Yamaha DGX-660 that has a price of €749/£685, with a big difference of €365, with a relevant difference, we will see its similarities and differences in the next section:

  • Both digital keyboards have 88 hammer-action weighted keys with sensitivity. Let’s remember that weighted keyboard is the weight that the keys of a real acoustic piano have, in the bass register it has heavier keys while in the treble register they are lighter. Sensitivity refers to the fact that we can play dynamics in our performances, that is, when we press a key with force it sounds louder than when we press another one with little force that will sound lower.
  • When it comes to sound, the Korg has 950 sounds and variations, 256 user-configured sounds and 420 pre-configured accompaniment styles, plus 128 polyphonic notes. On the other hand the Yamaha has 554 sounds, 205 styles pre-configured for accompaniment, plus 192 notes of polyphony. Polyphony is the largest number of notes that can be played simultaneously on one instrument.
  • The functions of the Korg Havian 30 are: 128 rhythm and drum kits, 4 stereo master effect groups, 125 effect types and a sustain pedal.
  • The functions of the Yamaha DGX-660 are: 41 reverb effect types, 44 chorus types AND 237 DSP sounds, triple pedal input and sustain pedal included.
  • The Korg has a two 25W speaker system, while the Yamaha has two 6W speakers.
  • The Korg Havian 30 has a weight of 15.1 kg and dimensions of 1312 × 389 × 146mm (W x D x H) and the Yamaha DGX-660 has a weight of 28Kg and dimensions with the stand of 1399 x 445 x 761mm

Once again we have two good digital pianos, this time the Korg has some more advantages. The Korg offers almost twice the sound and style to go with it, a joystick control, and a very powerful 25W speaker system, which allows us to play very well in an enclosure without extra amplification. For its part, the Yamaha does not offer a greater amount of polyphony notes, a greater amount of effects in general and, most importantly, a triple pedal input.

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

Korg Havian 30

Yamaha DGX-660

  • 88 weighted hammer action keys
  • 950 sounds and variations
  • 256 user-configurable sounds
  • 420 preset styles
  • 128 rhythm and drum kits
  • 128 notes of polyphony
  • 4 groups of stereo master effects
  • 125 types of effects
  • 3-band equalizer for each track
  • Transposition
  • Split function
  • Metronome
  • Full color display
  • Joystick control for improved usability
  • Records MP3 and SMF files. You can record keyboard tracks and effects
  • USB MIDI
  • USB for pendrives
  • Exit hulls
  • Sustain pedal
  • 2 super powerful 25W speakers. Tremendous for playing wherever you want without extra amplification
  • Includes lectern, network connector, DVD with extras and DS-2H damper pedal used as a sustain
  • A weight of 15.1 kg and dimensions of 1312 × 389 × 146mm (width x depth x height)
  • 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 do not miss our review of the Yamaha DGX-660.

Korg Havian 30 vs Thomann SP-5600

Now we will find the following digital keyboards: the Korg Havian 30 which as we mentioned before has an approximate price of €1100, and the Thomann SP-5600 which has a price of €369/£333, a big difference approximately €730, with such a big difference, we will surely find a big difference in its functions and features too, let’s see:

  • Both digital keyboards have 88 hammer-action weighted keys with sensitivity.
  • When it comes to sound, the Korg has 950 sounds and variations, 256 user-configured sounds and 420 pre-configured accompaniment styles, plus 128 polyphonic notes. On the other hand, the Thomann has 600 sounds, 230 styles pre-configured for accompaniment and 10 of them configurable, in addition to 128 notes of polyphony.
  • The functions of the Korg Havian 30 are: 128 rhythm and drum kits, 4 stereo master effect groups, 125 effect types and a sustain pedal.
  • The functions of the Thomann SP-5600 are Effects like Reverb and Chorus, and a microphone input.
  • The Korg has a two 25W speaker system, while the Yamaha has two 10W speakers.
  • The Korg Havian 30 weighs 15.1 kg and has dimensions of 1312 × 389 × 146mm (W x D x H) and the Thomann SP-5600 weighs almost 14 kg and has dimensions of 1365 x 366 x 137mm (W x D x H)

We found a great difference in keyboards for both quality and price, the Korg takes an extremely great advantage to the Thomann for both its amount of sounds, styles and speaker power. In polyphony both are equal, high very interesting due to its great difference in price. However, for a person with a limited budget, the Thomann SP-5600 is really a great choice.

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

Korg Havian 30

Thomann SP-5600

  • 88 weighted hammer action keys
  • 950 sounds and variations
  • 256 user-configurable sounds
  • 420 preset styles
  • 128 rhythm and drum kits
  • 128 notes of polyphony
  • 4 stereo master effect groups
  • 125 types of effects
  • 3-band equalizer for each track
  • Transposition
  • Split function
  • Metronome
  • Full color display
  • Joystick control for improved usability
  • Records MP3 and SMF files. You can record keyboard tracks and effects
  • USB MIDI
  • USB for pendrives
  • Exit hulls
  • Sustain pedal
  • 2 super powerful 25W speakers. Tremendous for playing wherever you want without extra amplification
  • Includes lectern, network connector, DVD with extras and DS-2H damper pedal used as a sustain
  • A weight of 15.1 kg and dimensions of 1312 × 389 × 146mm (width x depth x height)
  • 88 weighted keys with touch-sensitive keys
  • 600 sounds
  • 230 styles including 10 user-configurable
  • 120 songs
  • 128-note polyphony
  • Duo mode
  • Split function
  • Dual function or layer
  • Metronome
  • DSP sound effects
  • Master EQ
  • Reverb Effect
  • Chorus Effect
  • 5 demo songs
  • Sustain pedal included
  • Transposition function
  • Pitch Bend Wheel
  • 2 helmet outputs for duo mode
  • Input IN for micro
  • Stereo line input and output
  • USB MIDI
  • 2 speakers with good power of 10W
  • A weight of almost 14 kg and dimensions of 1365 x 366 x 137mm (width x depth x height)
  • Includes lectern and feeder

And now a video of the Thomann SP-5600

If you want to know more about this model don’t miss our review of the Thomann SP-5600.

Korg Havian 30 vs Korg PA-700

Finally we will have the comparison of two keyboards for arrangements of the Korg brand: the Korg Havian 30 that as we have mentioned before has a price of approximately €1100, compared to the Korg PA-700 that has a price of approximately €1.079/£999, reaching a very small difference of about €20, we will see then their similarities and differences in the next face to face:

  • The Havian 30 has 88 hammer-action weighted keys and sensitivity, while the Korg PA700 has 61 keys but only sensitivity. This gives the Havian 30 a great advantage.
  • In terms of sound, the Korg Havian 30 has 950 sounds and variations, 256 user-configured sounds and 420 pre-configured accompaniment styles, plus 128 polyphonic notes. On the other hand, the Korg PA700 has 1700 sounds and 512 customizable styles, 360 pre-configured accompaniment styles, and 128 polyphonic notes.
  • The Korg Havian 30 features: 128 drum and rhythm kits, 4 stereo master effect groups, 125 effect types and a sustain pedal.
  • The functions of the Korg PA700 are Sound synthesis technology, Defined Nuance Control, micro SD memory slot, sustain pedal input and other configurable, USB memory input, 2 guitar modes.
  • The Korg has a two 25W speaker system, while the Yamaha has two 10W speakers.
  • The Korg Havian 30 has a weight of 15.1 kg and dimensions of 1312 × 389 × 146mm (W x D x H) and the Korg PA-700 has a weight of 9.9 kg and dimensions of 1030 x 378.3 x 132mm (W x H x D)

We found two good keyboards for accompaniment, both of the color brand and in certain features each one has its own. The Havian 30 has more keys and the function of which are weighted, a greater amount of rhythms, and the PA 700 for its part has a greater amount of sounds both face and set, certain functions that have no rival and both have a great power in their speakers. So it’s not an easy decision to make. Depending on your needs, you can 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:

Korg Havian 30

Korg PA-700

  • 88 weighted hammer action keys
  • 950 sounds and variations
  • 256 user-configurable sounds
  • 420 preset styles
  • 128 rhythm and drum kits
  • 128 notes of polyphony
  • 4 stereo master effect groups
  • 125 types of effects
  • 3-band equalizer for each track
  • Transposition
  • Split function
  • Metronome
  • Full color display
  • Joystick control for improved usability
  • Records MP3 and SMF files. You can record keyboard tracks and effects
  • USB MIDI
  • USB for pendrives
  • Exit hulls
  • Sustain pedal
  • 2 super powerful 25W speakers. Tremendous for playing wherever you want without extra amplification
  • Includes lectern, network connector, DVD with extras and DS-2H damper pedal used as a sustain
  • A weight of 15.1 kg and dimensions of 1312 × 389 × 146mm (width x depth x height)
  • 61 touch-sensitive keys
  • 128 notes of polyphony
  • Enhanced Definition Synthesis-eXpanded
  • Defined Nuance Control also known as DNC
  • 1700 sounds with 512 user-configurable and 256 drum kits
  • 360 styles
  • 960MB internal storage memory
  • 128 MB compressed user memory
  • Compatible with MP3 and MP3+G formats
  • 2 guitar modes
  • TFT touch screen with good visibility
  • 16-track booster sequencer
  • Display with letter visibility
  • Micro-SD card slot
  • USB MIDI connection
  • Line input and output for live
  • USB MIDI
  • MIDI input and output
  • USB stick. It has recording capacity on pendrive
  • Input for sustain pedal
  • Configurable pedal input
  • 2 very powerful 25W speakers
  • Weight 9.9 kg and dimensions 1030 x 378.3 x 132mm (width x height x depth)
  • Includes lectern and power cord

And now a video of the Korg PA-700:

If you want to know more about this model don’t miss our review of the Korg PA-700.

Where to buy Korg Havian 30

Amazon

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  • Full Guarantee but they are no experts in music equipment.
  • Sometimes better price.
  • He’s got worse stock than Thomann.

 

Thomann

  • Free Shipping.
  • Full warranty. If you have any problems, they take care of everything.
  • 100% reliable payment.
  • Leader in trouble-free shipping.
  • Usually Best price.
  • Best Reputation: They are the leading online store in Europe and have the best catalogue and information.

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