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Casio PX-160 Review

UPDATED REVIEW | January 1, 2021 – Casio PX-160 portable digital piano – When it comes to new 88-key digital pianos priced at under $600 internet discount price, there are a few choices from the top name manufacturers including Yamaha, Casio, Korg, Roland, and others. In this price range the PX160 is one of the top digital pianos at its lower price of $549.NEWSFLASH: The Casio PX-160 is DISCONTINUED and no longer made. Please read my review about it’s replacement model for 2021/2022 called the PX-S1100 at the following link: Casio PX-S1100 Review 

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Please read my review below to learn more about the prior PX-160. There are 4 companies worth considering when it comes to digital pianos in this low price range and those companies are Casio, Korg, Yamaha, and Roland. All the

others (off-brands) pale in comparison in my opinion with some of those other brands being of very poor quality. In my opinion one of the best digital pianos out there is the lightweight (weighs only 26lbs) Casio Privia PX 160 at $549US internet discount price not including optional stand or triple pedalbar. The PX-160 is the first PX model in a large lineup of the popular Privia series digital pianos which Casio has been making for a number of years. If you are looking for something special in this lower price range and you want an instrument with attractive looks (offered in a satin black and also a champagne gold color) which can give you a satisfying key action, piano sound recreation, pedaling realism, a very good internal speaker system to hear the music coming out, then I definitely recommend this model.

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The Casio company is well known for a lot of high quality products including watches, keyboards, calculators, computer products, cameras, commercial electronics, etc, but they are also well known for their home and pro digital pianos. In my opinion the PX-160 portable digital piano has risen to the rest of the brands in its price range when it comes to offering a very good piano playing experience. There certainly are other digital pianos to consider including the popular Casio PX-S1000 portable digital piano for just $100 more at $649 discount price so that model may also be a great option for someone looking for a quality piano playing experience in the lower price range.

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The PX-160 has the only key action in this price range with 3 sensors under each key as opposed to two key sensors in the other brands and models. Having three key sensors under each key generally allows for better sensing of the key movement for key repetition. Also, the tonal dynamic range of the stereo grand piano sound is noticeably wider and more expressive than many of the  other models or brands in this price range and the piano sound now includes hammer response, damper noise, and damper resonance sound reproduction which adds to the authenticity of the piano sound by introducing these natural organic piano elements. The key tops have a synthetic ivory and ebony material on them in trying to recreate
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the original acoustic piano feel that was once available on real acoustic pianos. The look and feel of the PX-160 keys are more substantial and realistic because of this and the synthetic ivory/ebony material helps absorb sweat from the fingers when playing for longer periods of time. 

So when it comes to the actual piano sound and key movement, the Casio PX-160 is very authentic as compared to some other brands near $500. With regard to the weight and physical movement of the keys, they are graded in weighting from left to right getting incrementally lighter as you move up the keyboard. I personally find the key movement more satisfying to play than the other Casio pianos below this price range as well as many of the Yamaha portable digital pianos under $1000. Key action movement is the number one most important aspect of any piano and is something which cannot be altered or changed. Some key actions are noisier than others depending on brand, models, and price range. 
The Casio key action has fairly quiet keys when going down but are somewhat noisier when coming back up. When the volume of the piano is at low levels you can hear this key movement noise more easily but key noise is “relative” and I have heard much noisier key actions on other digital piano brands. This “key up” noise on the Casio pianos is typically not an issue for most people and also not an issue for me, and in fact I have played regular acoustic pianos with much more noise than that, but acoustic pianos are always so loud that you cannot hear the key noise as easily:). So overall I like the Casio key actions for what they do and how they allow me to express myself musically.

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Most every new and older digital piano has additional instrument sounds including extra acoustic piano tones, strings, choir, harpsichord, organs, brass, woodwinds, guitars, etc. Some digital pianos have over one hundred or more different instruments, but most digital pianos in this price range have approx 20 or less. It’s really not the number of instrument sounds that count but it’s the realism of that instrument which is most important because it costs more money to produce higher quality instrument authenticity. The new PX-160 has upgraded new sound samples beyond what previous models have had and it’s especially noticeable with the more traditional instruments such as strings, organs, choirs harpsichords, electric pianos, etc. Those sounds are the best they have ever been and far outshine some of the other brands and models in this price range. You can play the sounds by themselves, layered along with another instrument tone, or splitting two sounds on either side of the keyboard. With 128-note polyphony it’s very difficult to run out of notes when playing solo or with two sounds combined together.

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As far as the sustain pedal of the piano goes, Casio includes one small plastic pedal with the piano which allows you to control the sustain on & off. Like many of these low priced portable pianos, the small plastic pedal can slide a bit on the floor because it is so light in weight, so if you are using the pedal, it works fine but it can have a difficult time staying in one place. Also, the plastic sustain pedal does not trigger half-damper effect which is what real acoustic pianos actually allow you to do with the right pedal and the half-damper feature allows for a middle amount of sustain instead of just on & off. So the down side of the pedal (and this is true for Yamaha as well) is that it’s small and light in weight and that it also does not trigger half-damper effect. 

However, Casio has a couple of pedal options
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and one of those options is a heavier, larger and more authentic metal piano pedal which sells for about $30 and it stays in place on the floor better but still does not trigger half-damper. The other option is the triple pedal pedalboard unit at approx $75 which attaches to the PX-160 optional furniture stand. The advantage of the optional triple pedalboard is that it has all three pedals built in and it attaches to the Casio furniture stand and permanently stays in place. The right sustain pedal also triggers half-damper sustain effect which is useful for students and players who can play at a higher skill level. The downside of that triple pedalboard is that it cannot be used apart from attaching to the furniture stand, so if you need the PX160 to be portable and want to take it with you or don’t need a permanently attached pedalboard, then the triple pedalboard may not work for you.

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PX160 champagne gold 

The internal sound system in a digital piano is very important because not only do you want to hear the sound come out through the speakers, but you want that sound to have good power and volume along with a quality sound with good resonance and bass response. The PX-160 is a big step up from the previous model and I am happy to say that I liked what I heard when playing it. One of the big downsides of the previous model as compared to other models and brands was the lack of a good, powerful resonant sound with adequate bass response, but the PX-160 has definitely been upgraded in this way sounds great. The stereo acoustic piano sound coming through a good pair of headphones also sounds good on this model, but the sound coming through speakers is very satisfying for a self-contained portable instrument without the need for connecting to other speakers. The upgraded internal speaker components including 2 new redesigned speakers going through 18 watts of power gives the piano enough volume and fullness for most rooms, although as with any regular portable piano in the price range, the bass response is a smaller, but that’s expected on these portable pianos.

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Speaking of connecting to other speakers, one of the downsides to the external audio connectivity in the previous Casio PX model was that there was no separate audio outputs…you had to connect using one of the headphone jacks and that does not always translate well to external speakers and it cuts off the internal piano speakers, and when you do that so you cannot monitor your sound through the piano speakers. That issue has been taken care of on the PX-160 with the addition of separate right & left channel audio outputs built into the back of the piano. Now the connectivity to other sound systems is easy and works correctly and that’s the way it should be.
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Another connectivity upgrade are the stereo headphone jacks. In the previous model the headphone jacks (which were 1/4″ connectors) were on the back of the piano and were difficult to find, difficult to use, and made for the headphone cord having to be stretched out over or under the back and front of the piano…very inconvenient. On this new model, Casio put in two standard mini stereo jacks on the front of the piano where it should be for convenient headphone connection. This is a welcome and needed improvement which shows that Casio was “listening” to people about their prior connectivity issues. Casio continues to include a USB/MIDI “plug & play” output for instant connection to computer, iPad/Android tablet, etc for use with software programs and useful educational and music apps, which I have had much experience with and use them to teach students in my studio.

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The PX-160 has a very impressive array of digital features for this low price range including being able to layer any two of the 18 different instrument sounds together, split two different sounds with one on the left hand and one on the right hand, record two parts one at a time (left & right hand) and well as two different sounds and then play them back simultaneously, transposing the key up or down into a different key for singing or play-along purposes, change the octave up or down, access a duet mode so that two people can play and/or practice a song at the same time while playing in identical octaves, being able to modify and change the
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brilliance control for a more overall mellow or brighter sound coming through the speakers, selecting from a variable digital metronome for adjustable follow along to help with timing & rhythm training (great for students), as well as selecting from 17 scale temperaments. 

One of the newest digital features the PX piano has which previous models did not is to include some impressive Concert Hall reverb/echo effects to reproduce the large natural echo sound you get from an acoustic concert grand piano when playing in a concert hall. The reverb sound effects are quite convincing and definitely adds to making the stereo piano sound more life-like than found in other digital pianos. If that’s not enough there is also two different song libraries built into the piano including 60 classical solo piano songs along with another ten fully orchestrated classical music songs in CD quality reproduction, although all of the songs are on a bit more advanced playing level so some people may not actually be able to play along with the songs from the included music…but the songs are certainly beautiful to listen to and play along with if you can:). 
The control panel of this piano is fairly simple and intuitive and allows for direct button access to the main piano sounds, recording features, and metronome along with a a power button and big master volume knob instead of a small button or slider. Accessing the other sounds, effects, and digital features is also fairly easy using a function button and specified key on the keyboard. Other digital pianos work the same way although some models have more or less direct push buttons than others. But overall, this model is pretty easy to use.

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In the final analysis, for some people, even the low price of $549 for this PX-160 piano (not including adding stand, 3-pedal unit, or bench) may be a bit of a financial stretch. However, if there is any way for you to move up in price to the PX-160 from spending less money on most of the other models under $500, you would find a big difference and improvement in your piano playing experience whether you are a beginner or more advanced player. The key action and piano sound differences in this upgraded model are superior to most of the lower priced options so I would encourage anyone to try to stretch to this new PX-160 if at all possible because it’s definitely worth the difference, even if you cannot discern the difference yourself  right away because you are a beginner. You will be glad you made the choice for the PX-160 and it will likely last you well into the future.

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Casio PX-770

One other final consideration that I recommend for digital piano shoppers who are considering the PX-160, is to also consider the Casio PX-770 “furniture style” digital piano at $749US internet discount price. With the PX-160, when you add a basic Casio furniture stand and triple pedals to the PX-160 price, that additional cost brings the PX-160 almost up to the price of the PX-770  which already comes with a furniture stand and triple pedal unit and it sounds and functions more like a real piano including having a built-in sliding key cover to protect the keys. The PX-770 piano sound sampling chip, key action, ivory-key feel, and pedaling sound response is highly upgraded over the PX-160 and is something piano students and recreational playing would enjoy for many more years than the PX-160 in my opinion and worth the slightly higher price. It also comes in your choice of three cabinet colors including matte black, brown walnut, or snow white. I would recommend you do you homework and research before making any purchase and then contact me for free personal assistance and even lower prices on new digital pianos.

If you want more info on new digital pianos and LOWER PRICES than internet discounts, please email me at or call direct at 602-571-1864.

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0 Responses

  1. Hi Tim,

    I'm not sure if my email reaches you but if it does, please advise me, I reapply appreciate your help.

    This is the new situation: in my country the CDP-120 is sold at $500 includes the CS44 stand and a free bench. And the PX160 price is $800 includes a stand with 3 pedals, and a free bench as well.

    My question is: is the PX160 worth for $300 extra? (there is no option to go lower than that, the stand comes in bulk). Should I pay the extra money for it? I'm not even a beginner, not yet, so I don't know much about this.

    Thank you very much.


  2. I'm looking for a digital piano for my 16 year old son. He plays guitar and is keen to start learning piano, and I've been looking at the Casio PX-160 and the Kawai ES100 which are priced quite closely where I live for the keyboard on its own with the Kawai being about $50 more expensive than the Casio. Would you recommend the Kawai or the Casio?

  3. How does the Casio PX160 (2015) compare to the Casio PX350 (2012)? I was wondering as I can get a pretty good special on the Casio PX350 (2012) as I think it is on clearance to be replaced by the Casio PX360 (2015).

  4. Just to follow up with my previous post as I should have been more specific. My major focus was on key action and I found a great quote from the REVIEW – Casio CGP700 & Casio PX360 Digital Pianos:

    The CGP700 and PX360 key action are identical and also the same as in previous models from last year including the PX350, PX780, and the newer PX160, PX760, and PX860. All Casio key actions are the same so there won't be any confusion there, unlike other brands that offer multiple models of different key actions.

    Thank you so much for your informative blog!

  5. I was set on a P-115 upon arriving at Guitar Center to purchase on my 2nd visit after trying it and all other digital pianos in my price range. I played both it and the PX-160, and found some notes on the P-115 that did not sound natural. The PX-160 came home with me. Very satisfied I made the right decision.

  6. Thank you very much. I know you have limited time to respond, Tim, but I have a question. For anyone, actually. I just traded my PX-150 in for a PX-160 and don't seem to like the key response as well. The keys seem "heavier," i.e. is not as springy and seem to require more pressure. They feel different to me in a way that, subjectively, I don't like as well.

    Most reviewers say it is the same keyboard, but one did say it was weighted a little heavier and that to him that was an improvement.

    Is the keyboard different on the PX-160, or am I just experiencing irrational buyers remorse?


  7. Scott,

    the two models definitely share the same key action. However, over time key actions can loosen depending on how and the amount of total time you play them. A new PX160 obviously won't have had the play time and usage that a used PX150 has so you would likely feel a difference until you have "worn in" the PX160. Also, the key mechanism inside has grease applied by the factory to reduce noise and friction so that can make a slight difference over time. Personally I like the PX160 key action and the way it moves…even from the beginning:). I hope this info helps you.

  8. Thanks so much for these detailed reviews. Without it I would have made the horrible mistake of buying the Williams Allegro 2. Now instead I've ordered the Casio PX160. Can't tell you how much I appreciate in particular the incredible detail you go into it.

  9. I recently purchased a Casio PX-160 and was surprised to hear a very audible buzzing sound coming through the speakers even when I play quietly. Is this an issue with all Casio keyboards or did I just buy one with a defect. I can exchange it for a Yamaha P-115 and I am undecided what I should do. I am now questioning Casio quality. Can you give any advice?

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