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BEST DiBest digital pianos under $1500 - Review for 2023gital Pianos under $1500 | UPDATED REVIEW | Feb 1, 2024 | LOWER PRICE HERE Korg LP-380UCasio AP-270, Casio PX-870Casio PX-770, PX-S5000Kawai ES520, Kawai KDP120, Kawai KDP75, FP-60X, and FP30X. I am a digital piano expert and well known throughout the US with over 40 years experience. 
I have personally examined all of these digital pianos and have done in-depth reviews. There are also portable digital pianos which are available with optional furniture stand and triple pedal unit. 
But in this review I will be focusing mainly on furniture cabinet digital pianos that automatically come with a furniture stand, triple pedal unit built into that stand, and also a built-in key cover that closes over the keys which portable digital pianos do not have. I also have a detailed review of digital pianos under $1000 here at the following link: Digital Pianos Under $1000
Furniture Cabinet Digital Pianos Under $1500 - 5 top name brandsIn this price range for new digital pianos under $1500 down to about $700, there are a total of 16 models of furniture cabinet digital pianos among the 5 major brands. The Casio PX-770 at $899 internet price is the lowest priced furniture cabinet digital piano of the major brands. Some of these cabinets are more traditional in style and some are more contemporary so it depends on what you really want as to which one would be the best for you. Besides cabinet differences, there are obviously big differences in functions and features among all these models.
digital pianos under $1500However, what almost everyone is looking for when shopping for a new digital piano is natural quality piano sound and natural piano “feel” when playing the music. This is also true when people are shopping for real acoustic pianos but it’s no different when shopping for a new digital piano. So when it comes to a big, beautiful sound and a satisfying key action in a digital piano under $1500, I like a variety of models but am personally impressed with the Korg line of digital pianos, a brand that some people may not be familiar with. In this review I will mainly be focusing
Korg Kronos Stage Digital Piano
Korg Kronos Pro Stage Piano

Korg is a company that is well known among professional musicians, recording studios, and teachers, among others, but Korg is not as well known in the mainstream world of families, churches, and schools. This is because Korg does not make acoustic pianos like Yamaha and Kawai do and they don’t make consumer products like watches, calculators, and other consumer products. Also, Korg does not produce band instruments such as flutes, violins, guitars, and other similar instruments like Yamaha does.

Korg only does one thing…they design and produce higher end music products in many categories directed towards people who appreciate more advanced and realistic digital technology in their musical instruments. Korg builds top rated keyboard and digital piano key actions along with impressive digital piano sound technology and they have been in business building music and percussion technology products for over 50 years.
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 Korg Piano

Korg home digital pianos are not normally available at the more well known US consumer stores such as Costco, Guitar Center, Sam Ash, etc. This is because the Korg Home Digital Pianos are considered “special order products” at those places and are normally equated with higher price ranges when it comes to how they are rated by users, both professionals and beginners. Korg home digital pianos can sometimes be found on-line in a variety of on-line music stores as well as some local piano stores so it is possible to find them and play them, but the other mainstream brands such as Yamaha, Kawai, and Casio are generally easier to find. However, we do recommend that you seriously consider all of the Korg home digital pianos from $500 to $2000 because they are super impressive and have new digital piano technology that the other brands do not have, especially in this lower price range under $2000 and under $1500

Korg LogoI have personally and professionally played on a variety of Korg music products over the years including their pro keyboards and digital pianos that are up in the $5000 price range along with having used their pro stage organs, digital piano workstations, drum machines, recording devices, and other technology products. So I know this company quite well and have always been impressed with what they put out there in terms of very cool stuff. I also like the fact that their digital pianos are designed and made in Japan unlike most of the other brands that may design their products in Japan but have them built in China, Indonesia, or Malaysia.


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The size, power, and quality of an internal speaker system in any digital piano has a lot to do with the quality of piano sound that you hear. Starting off with Yamaha in this $1500 and under price range is the new lower priced Yamaha YDP-105 entry level model at $1099. The YDP-145 at $1299 internet price follows that one and has just 16 watts of total power going through 2 amplifiers and 2 speakers pointing down towards the floor.

The piano sound on the YDP-145 is good but unfortunately a bit thin and tinny because of the smaller 16 watt total amplifiers in that model. The new Roland RP701 and F701 digital pianos has just 24 watts of power going through 2 amplifiers and 2 speakers with the speakers mounted inside the piano pointing down to the floor. Like the Yamaha, the Kawai KDP120 digital piano has 40 watts of power going through 2 amplifiers and 2 speakers mounted inside the piano pointing down to the floor.
If it were a choice between the 40 watt Kawai KDP120 at $1499 or the higher priced 40 watt Yamaha YDP-165 at $1799, I would take the Kawai over that Yamaha, especially considering the Kawai is $300 less than the Yamaha and sounds somewhat better to me. Even the newer Casio AP-470 digital piano at $1699 internet price with 40 watts of power going through 2 amplifiers and 4 speakers mounted inside the piano sounds better to me than the Yamaha model and  more realistic as compared to the Kawai KDP-120, but the KDP120 is still pretty close.

This is because the Casio AP-470 has a top lid speaker projection system that helps the higher sounds come out towards the player. So when it comes to a digital pianos priced at $1699, I like the Casio AP-470 better than the Roland RP701 or Yamaha YDP-165. Even though the Casio is a bit higher priced than the Yamaha and Roland, it is definitely worth the difference and worth mentioning here in this “under $1500” price range, even though they are more money.

Korg LP-380U pianoBut when it comes to Korg home digital pianos, the most surprising and impressive piano in terms of piano sound under $1500 comes from the new LP-380U which has a discount internet price at $999.The LP-380U has 44 watts of power going through 2 amplifiers and 2 speakers so it has more power than the Casio and Yamaha I mentioned, and almost twice as much power as the Roland RP701 and Roland F701. However, the Korg speaker system is a newly developed sound that replicates a full, bass response grand piano sound as opposed to a smaller more treble small upright piano sound that is found on most other digital pianos near or under $1500.
The Korg LP-380U achieves this big beautiful sound by offering specially designed speaker system components mounted into a sealed rectangular speaker box which is mounted under the piano. The speaker box is also uniquely electronically “tuned’  permanently within the speaker box and the speakers are pointing towards the player rather than down to the floor away from the player like most other digital pianos.

The sound coming out of this model is produced in such a way that you “feel” the piano sound (like on a real grand piano) as well as hear it, which the other digital pianos cannot do. Even playing at lower volumes on the LP-380U still gives you the sense that it’s a grand piano you are hearing instead of a smaller, more metallic sound that you would normally get out of other digital pianos such as the Roland digital pianos.

Korg LP-380U Control panelThe key action of the KorgLP-380U as compared to the Roland and Yamaha is much more expressive and moves a bit easier than the more noticeably heavy key actions of the Roland pianos and Yamaha YDPS-55 and YDP-165. In fact the Korg key action in the LP-380U at $999 (after $350 factory instant rebate) and same key action used in their higher priced Korg G1 Air piano which currently sells for $1999 but now has an instant factory rebate on it of $200 while supplies last which makes its final price at just $1799 (after $200 factory instant rebate – rebate ends at the end of Feb)…which is a really good deal in my opinion. So you might also consider the G1 Air at this point.
Another thing I like about the LP-380U is that it is easy to operate, has some very cool features along with offering USB Audio Streaming and can close up flat when the key-cover is put down over the keys.
picture of Casio AP470 piano
Casio AP-470

There are certainly other good choices under $1500 for a furniture cabinet digital piano including the newer Casio PX-870 ($1199) which I like very much and it is well under $1500 price, and has some impressive features along with the Casio AP-270 ($1199) and Korg LP-380U ($999) that I already mentioned. Finally, Korg makes a higher price model called the G1 Air which is priced at $1999 internet price and is certainly over this approx $1500 review. However, it is definitely worth mentioning if you can go up in price towards the $2000 price range because the G1 Air piano sounds are upgraded even further with more advanced piano reproduction technology and all of that going through an amazing internal 80 watt sound system which goes through 4 discrete amplifiers directed through 4 speakers.

The 2 main bass speaker system is in a separate speaker box but the 2 additional G1 Air speakers are mounted inside the piano near the top and pointing upwards to spread out the higher frequency sounds. The result of that system is incredibly impressive but it is higher priced than the Yamaha YDP-165 ($1799 price) and the Roland RP701 ($1729 price). The cabinet on the Korg G1 Air is also upgraded with the ability to hold twice as much sheet music along the top than any other digital piano in its class. It’s just good to consider bumping up your budget to consider a few of the other digital pianos that are between $1500 and $2000.
picture of Korg G1 Air rosewood cabinetI do like other digital pianos under $1500 and as I mentioned earlier, I have a separate review of the digital pianos that are under $1000 at the following link: Digital Pianos under $1000. 

But for digital pianos, let’s say from $1000 to $1500, in this specific price range then I would choose the Korg LP-380U at $999 and then the Casio AP-470 at $1699 (slightly over the $1500 price range) but it is worth mentioning it here because it is not a lot more money for a very impressive instrument.. The Casio AP-470 has the much more traditional furniture cabinet design as compared with the Korg digital pianos and it comes with a nice height adjustable bench whereas the Korg pianos do not come with a bench.

picture of Casio AP650 digital pianoSo if you want the best looking “traditional” furniture cabinet digital piano around or under $1500 that has a very satisfying piano playing experience, then I would recommend the Casio pianos, especially the PX-870 at $1199. However, if you want the bigger, better piano sound in a more contemporary but yet elegant compact style cabinet, then I would recommend the Korg pianos. If  a person could get closer to $2000 then I would recommend the new Yamaha CLP-725 furniture cabinet digital piano which I will review shortly. Factory warranties on both Korg and Casio as are Yamaha CLP models are 5 years parts & 5 years labor against factory defects, which is a very big warranty. Warranty on the Yamaha and Kawai pianos under $1500 range are 3 years parts & labor, and warranty on Roland is 5 year parts and 2 years labor.

Something I thKurzweil KA150 pictureink piano shoppers should be aware of is that there are a few (off) brands out there that I do not recommend, because very simply put…I do not like the piano playing experience I get from them. Those brands would include Williams,  Gewa, many Suzuki models, Artesia, and Adams. These brands generally look good on the outside, but really don’t offer that realistic piano playing experience that you would get in the top name mainstream brands. I have played and I have been very disappointed with them, especially with their key actions, piano sound and dynamic tonal expression, and pedaling. Some of those pianos do have a bunch of “bells & whistles” but many of those bells and whistle features sound like toys. Just because something is a cheap price and looks good on the outside does not necessarily make it good on the inside with regard to piano playing. Beware of these digital pianos when shopping.

Casio PX-870 digital pianoActually, I don’t think you can go wrong with any of the digital pianos I mentioned here between $1000 – $1500. When it comes to furniture cabinet  and even portable digital pianos under $1000, as I mentioned earlier, I already have reviewed those portable and cabinet pianos under $1000 and there are some good ones there too. Even though the Casio PX-870 ($1199) is not under $1000, I recommend that people consider it because in my opinion it’s worth the extra cost. Casio also has the entry level cabinet model Casio PX-770 at $899.

Casio PX-S5000 digital piano But in the $1000 to $1500 price in furniture cabinet pianos, the differences between the pianos that are priced under $1000 compared to the digital pianos that are priced at more than $1000 can be pretty significant. So when considering how much money you should spend on a digital piano to get a good piano playing experience that can last you for many years. Also, it’s good to be aware that Casio just came out with a 2024 model portable digital piano at $1199 that has a professional quality hybrid wood key action. This new model is called the PX-S5000. Go to the following link to read my review of this new and very impressive portable model: Casio PX-S5000 Review

I always recommend that if you can stretch your budget, you will reap a longer term benefit in having an instrument that you can grow into rather than owning something that you could more easily grow out of. Also, please make note that I can help anyone get these digital pianos for less money than internet and Amazon price. So don’t buy anything from anyone until you contact me first. More reviews at the links below:

– Review of electric 88-key digital pianos under $1000
– Digital Piano Reviews Under $999

If you want more info on these pianos and lower prices than internet or Amazon, please email me or call direct at 602-571-1864

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