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Yamaha YDPV240 digital piano
Yamaha YDPV240 digital piano

? UPDATED REVIEW – Jan 1, 2021 – RECOMMENDED – Casio PX-780 Privia furniture cabinet Digital Piano – Recommended – This piano continues to be a big hit for the Casio company since it came out some years ago and it offers many upgraded features under $1000 that other digital pianos do not have in a furniture cabinet digital piano. The Casio PX-780 ($899 internet discount price) has a fairly realistic graded hammer style piano key action that feels very nice in its price range along with a clear acoustic piano sound quality and a large compliment of useful educational and fun features all together in a contemporary compact furniture style cabinet with sliding key cover. There are many great piano brands which produce some fine digital pianos in a variety of price ranges including Yamaha, Kawai, Roland, Casio, Korg, and others. Normally, furniture cabinet digital pianos with lots of useful features that play & sound good are difficult to find under $1000 so the Casio PX780 is a great choice in its price range based on my playing experience with it. 

Casio companyThe Casio company has its worldwide headquarters in Tokyo, Japan (left
pic) and has been producing digital pianos for over 30 years.
They also
produce keyboards, pro synthesizers, as well as being famous for
calculators, advanced digital cameras, sports & consumer watches,
advanced digital technology for communication devices, and some very
impressive new digital computer technology. Casio produces their own
computer chips and proprietary micro technology and is able to do it at a
fraction of the cost of some of it’s biggest competitors. That is why
Casio tends to have lower prices. Some people equate lower prices with
lower quality but in my opinion these new Casio digital pianos are quite
impressive. Beyond that, Casio has a new 3-year parts & labor
warranty (with on-line registration) which shows they are serious about giving consumers product
protection and have confidence in their new pianos. Many warranties on
digital pianos under $1000 have no more more than 1-year labor or maybe 2
at the most, so 3 years is outstanding in my opinion.

Casio calls it Tri-SensorThe following list of features are just some of the things this Casio PX-780 piano can do:

  • Realistic key action with new & improved graduated weighted hammer style movement. (feels more like an  acoustic piano)
  • 3-sensor (Casio calls it Tri-Sensor) dynamic response key action (above left pic) for more piano sound range and expression (Yamaha does not have this on their Arius series under $2000). 3-key sensors per key make a big difference in key repetition response and your ability to express your music. If you want further info on this, please ask me.
  • A good key-bed with less noise than others as the keys are pressed down  
  •  New synthetic textured Ivory & Ebony key tops for smooth finger movement.
  • 128-note polyphony with piano resonance & longer piano sustain decay times to produce noticeably more realistic piano sound along with enough polyphony for sound layering and using accompaniment & MIDI recording features.
  • Big piano sound through a 4-speaker 40 watt (total) stereo sound system.
  • 3-pedal soft/sostenuto/sustain pedal system with “half pedal” sustain function for proper pedaling response.
  • USB class compliant core MIDI high speed direct connection to iPad or laptop computer to utilize some outstanding piano education & notation apps now available for tablets.
  • 360 drum rhythm patterns for timing and rhythm training (most digital pianos under $2500 offer 0 up to 100 rhythm patterns depending on model).
  • 250 nice instruments for use with song creation, arranging, composing, and playing just for fun (most digital pianos under $2000 offer approx 10-25 instruments.
  • wav file audio recording so you can make live recordings of your playing 
  • Plugging a microphone into the piano to record live vocals while you’re singing & playing at the same time or separately and then saving it all to a USB flashdrive in a .wav audio file!
  • General MIDI 16-track instrument playback for use with Alfred, Faber, and other piano teaching methods. For important info about General MIDI lesson song accompaniments & lesson practice, I recommend you go to the following link: General MIDI & digital pianos
  • General MIDI 16-track instrument recording for song creation, arranging, composing, etc. up to 16 instruments played back simultaneously
  • Arranger style chord system with 360 music styles for full accompaniment on your left hand. This allows for integration of a live band or orchestral backup while playing “chord style” using a variety of music accompaniments in the piano including Jazz, Classical, Latin, Country, Rock, Oldies, Waltz, Big Band, Blues, Folk, Contemporary, World Music from other countries, and many other music genres. This feature helps with allowing you to integrate rhythmic music styles into your playing to make your playing music even more enjoyable.
  • LCD user display screen directly in front of you for easy to read control panel information.
  • 86 “Jam Session” chord progression loops for learning song improv. This unique feature allows the player to learn how to “jam and improvise” with built in chord progressions with 86 recognizable “song loops” that make learning to play “by ear” fun and enjoyable. Ear training is a great way to play piano and helps with understanding music.
  • Layering & splitting any two sounds anywhere on the keyboard.
  • Duet “4-hand play” for two people playing on the piano simultaneously.
  • Grand piano “stretch tuning” function to give a more realistic grand piano sound based on the way piano tuners tune grand pianos.
  • Transpose and modulate to any key up & down half-steps while playing the piano.
  • Variable reverb, brightness, key sensitivity, octave shift, song & accompaniment volume.
  • Panel control button lock to protect your settings for inadvertent button pressing along with auto power shut off function.
  • Connectivity: Stereo 1/4″ audio outputs, stereo audio inputs to run your iPad or computer volume back through the piano, MIDI in & out ports to connect with MIDI sound modules, other keyboards, and other MIDI devices, Dual 1/4″ headphone jacks.
  • Console type furniture cabinet with full control button panel and sliding key cover for panel and keyboard protection
Casio PX780 digital piano
Casio PX780 w/closed key cover

Yamaha, Roland, Kawai, Kurzweil, and other brands  have some fine pianos as I’ve mentioned earlier, but for the internet selling price of $899, it hard to argue with the Casio PX-780. I will say that one of the advantages of some of the more expensive pianos near or over $3000 is their more powerful internal speaker-audio systems and nicer furniture cabinets. But for many families the PX-780 speaker system and compact furniture cabinet is a perfect choice in a price range like this and compared to some of the other brands, it actually offers more in terms of sound output and functional cabinetry. The piano can fit in smaller spaces, has a protective key cover, and is fairly lightweight. I have seen some more attractive pianos in or near this price range in terms of cabinet design and color offerings, but once you get “under the hood,” then the piano key action, sound, and pedaling can be a big disappointment. So don’t be fooled by the outside of the piano as to what you think the inside might be like. You need to judge those things independently of each other so that you get the most for your money in terms of a good musical instrument.

PX780 Piano
The PX-780 has built in stereo audio outputs and inputs (left pic and also showing USB device in & computer out) so you can easily connect a small external speaker system to the PX-780 for an even fuller if you feel that’s necessary.
In fact I have personally played this piano through its 40 watt, 4 speaker internal speaker system and the results are very good without any external speakers connected. If you use a good pair of headphones for private practice, then the sound is equally as good that way and it stays right in your head without anybody else hearing it…which depending on how you play, may be a good thing:)
Casio PX780 digital pianoSo when you boil it all down and look at what the Casio PX-780 has to offer as compared to other pianos for the same price on up to over twice its price, this new Casio piano is definitely offers a lot of bang for the buck. By the way, if you choose not to use all the extra on-board features and if you just play the piano sound by itself, you have a selection of 10 different acoustic piano sounds and can play any kind of music with them such as classical, jazz, rock, church, etc. So just playing traditional piano on the PX-780 is quite enjoyable and if that’s all it did it would still be a great buy compared to other brands & models in this price range based on my experience with it. It’s my belief that just because a digital piano has many built-n features and buttons on the piano does not mean the piano cannot stand on its own as an instrument for people who mainly want to play piano. In its price range it really does a good job in that way and then perhaps later you can use some of the extra features that can make your music even more enjoyable than it already is.

Casio PX780 digital piano control panel
PX780 w/LCD screen

As far as any drawbacks or downsides to the PX-780, the only ones I can see is the cabinet itself in that some people may want a cabinet that looks even more like a piano such as the newer Casio PX-870 ($999 internet price), the Casio AP-470 ($1499 internet price) or other brands in a higher price range (as I mentioned earlier). Also, the PX-780 does not normally come with a bench like some other piano brands do. However, good piano benches are relatively inexpensive and easily purchased on the internet or at local stores and I can give you recommendations on those benches too. As the old saying goes, you don’t get something for nothing, but for $899 internet discount price, it’s hard to complain, and the cabinet itself is fairly sturdy and stable for most situations and actually looks very nice in its price range as compared to the Roland RP701 ($1499 internet price), Yamaha YDP-144 ($1099 internet price), and Yamaha YDP-164 ($1499 internet price).

Casio PX780 digital piano
Casio PX-780

Whether you and/or family members are taking piano lessons, just playing
recreationally, or you play at a higher skill level, I believe you will
enjoy the Casio PX-780 digital piano very much.
I do recommend you research other brands & models in a variety of price ranges (I have many reviews on this blog which can be helpful) before you make your final buying decision because making music is what it’s all about along with having fun doing it:)…there are few things better than that! For me personally, playing piano is my “relaxation therapy” and a way for me to express myself that is very satisfying. So make sure you give yourself, your spouse, and/or your children the opportunity to have that same experience, you’ll be very glad you did. Do your research and homework and be sure you contact me before you purchase anything anywhere and I can give you some helpful advice:)

If you want more info on new digital pianos and lower prices than internet, Amazon, Bundles, and store discounts, please email me at or call direct at 602-571-1864.

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  1. They are completely different pianos for different musical goals. You can read my blog reviews about them more closely or email me direct for additional info.

  2. Hi Tim!
    Great article with good information.
    I'm choosing between this PX-780, as I have not seen available yet, and the more expensive Kawai ES7. Does the ES7 has both better piano sound and more realistic key feel?

  3. Yes, the ES7 would be better in my opinion in those ways, but it should be as it is more than twice the price when you add pedals & stand to the ES7. If you want more detail please email me direct

  4. Hi tim,
    If i were to choose a digital piano between the YDP162, PX850 and PX780, which would you recommend? also i'm looking for the realism of an acoustic piano(weighted keys and the sound of a piano/grandpiano), extra sounds and features are just a fun plus.

  5. not a fair comparison…two totally different pianos for different applications. Both excellent choices based on specific musical goals and skill levels. For more info you can email me directly or if in the US you may call me during my studio hours

  6. The PX-780 sounds like a PX-350 housed in a better cabinet, with upgraded amps and speakers, and a "continuous" half-pedal. [A good deal for the price.]

    Is there anything else different between them?

    Thanks —

    . Charles / Richmond BC

  7. I don't see any information on a 3 year warranty for the PX-780? Even on Casio's US website I can only find a 2 year extended warranty for registering online. I do see a 3 year for the European .uk site but is it for sure available for US customers?

  8. Which of Casio new digial piano's would you recommend if I plan on using PianoTeq to supply sound?
    Right now I am looking at the PX150, PX350 and PX780.

    If they are all the same in terms of the realism of an acoustic piano, then I would go with the cheapest one.


  9. Identical key actions but the PX150 does not have audio outputs or audio inputs and that can be an important feature for many people. Also the 150 does not have LCD display so it can be more difficult to know what functions you are using and how to activate them on that model.

  10. Can you comment more on the specific speaker systems that would sound better for $200 – $400. Thanks!

  11. Thanks for your reviews.

    My daughter (13 year old) has been taking piano classes – and has outgrown the touch sensitive 61 Key model (Yamaha).

    Based on your reviews, it appears our choice is between Casio PX-780 and PX-850.

    Please advise as to which one would be a better choice.

    Thank you very much.


  12. Hi Tim – thank you so much for the incredible effort you put into this.

    It's 40th Birthday time for my wife and she's returning to piano playing after many years away.

    We, too, are wondering between:

    – Casio AP-450 (only a little more expensive than the 850 but more than a little better?)
    – Casio PX-850 (I thought this sounded like best value at the $1100 level until your 780 review)
    – Casio PX-780 (seems to be a choice below $1000 but not if I could go up to the 45- price?)
    – Kawai CE-220 (sound & key feel, your best recommendation if $1900 can be afforded?)

    Priorities are:

    – Sound & touch (I must admit to liking the Acoustic LId on the Casios, but I'm not sure if an equivalent sound is effected via software on the other brands)
    – Essential software features like iPad connectivity, etc but that seems to be the same across the board
    – We're happy with a modest number of excellent voices rather than bajillion options that we'll never use
    – Must admit to liking the full backed look the AP-450, but not sure if the others have better looking sides / front / top / finish
    – Budget is probably between $1300 and $2000
    – Basically something that we can keep and grow back into over several years
    – We have a 2-yr old son who we can imagine we'd like to start enjoying music (casually) over the next few years

    If it were you, would you have a preference?

    Before your excellent site, I thought we were looking for a Roland (e.g. 507) until I found out the price differences!

    Thank you so much in advance. I have read your reviews but with releases being staggered in time it's a little harder to know which your choices would be in a side by side comparison…

    Best wishes and many thanks again for the excellent site


    a.k.a. indecisive husband!

  13. I just bought a PX780 through Tim, and I'm very happy with it! Here are the major pros and cons that I've noticed:

    Synthetic ivory/ebony – makes a huge difference to me not having the plastic "keyboard" feel
    Key action – much better than the Yamaha, Korg, and Kawai models I tried while shopping around. I can still tell it's not a real piano, but it's close enough for me, and I've played for 9 or 10 years!
    Sound quality – It's good enough that I can pretend I'm playing for an audience in a church. I'd say a concert hall, but I've never done that in real life. The high notes are a bit shrill for my liking, but I'm still getting to know the different piano sounds that are programmed in, so this may only be temporary till I find the one I like.
    It actually came with the sheet music for the songs that are programmed in. Don't know if I just missed it in the description, but I was pleasantly surprised by this!
    Good instructions and easy assembly. It's meant for two people, but I managed it on my own.
    Lots of digital extras – I haven't explored these very much just yet, but I know it's probably smarter than me, and can do lots of cool stuff as Tim describes.

    Volume – it's quieter than I expected. To really "fill the room" I have to turn it all the way up and still play what feels like forte on an acoustic.
    Touch sensitivity – It's great until I get to what I would call fortissimo on an acoustic. Somewhere around there, it seems to get disproportionately louder for the increase in pressure. I don't play there very much, but it does tend to be in climatic sections of songs, so it's a bit frustrating. I believe the touch sensitivity is adjustable, but I haven't explored that yet.
    Music stand – it's just a bit too short for bigger sheets, but I'm sure I can rig a DIY solution to that.

    Overall, the pros far outweigh the cons, at least in my opinion. I was astounded at the quality of piano I got for under $1000 and have been playing it every chance I get since it arrived. Also, Tim was extremely helpful in the process. He answered every question honestly and correctly. Every fact and price that I checked elsewhere was exactly what he told me. So if you haven't already, send him an email!

    Hopefully someone finds this helpful. Now if you'll excuse me, I'd like to stop typing and go play a song or two ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Hi Tim,

    I can't decide between the Privia 780 and the 850. Which one is better? Do they have the same action? Do they sound the same? Which one doesn't make thumping noise (or more quiet) when you press the keys? If the 780 is newer and better, why does it cost less than the 850? What are the differences? Please help me decide. Thank you.

  15. Cons:
    Volume – it's quieter than I expected. To really "fill the room" I have to turn it all the way up and still play what feels like forte on an acoustic.

    This above concerns me. I am in the market for a Casio Privia PX150. However if the 750 is an upgrade in speakers over the 150, and the 780 over the 750…with the statement above I wonder how weak the 150 speakers would be?

  16. 40 watt speaker systems can fill up a room but all speaker systems and their performance definitely depends on the acoustics and size of the room as well as your ability to hear well or not. That situation is going to be different for different rooms, homes, piano placement, and individual people. Many people consider the PX780 & PX750 more than loud enough and never play it at full volume so it just depends who you are. The nice thing is that you can connect an external speaker system or inexpensive monitors to boost volume and fullness if you want to do that.

  17. I have never touched a piano in my life and wanted to buy it once, but it good. I've narrowed it down to px350 full package or the px780. Which should I get?

  18. I just want to say "Thank You" for your wonderful insights. I've been researching digital pianos to replace my old Casio CPS-85. After much deliberation (and going by what you've written), I chose the PX-780 and I am so happy with it. It's got plenty of power (for me, at least) and it is a lot of fun. I attached my old 60 watts subwoofer and it now sounds even grander.

    Again, thank you.

  19. Hi Tim,
    How does the white key surface texture look like for this model PX780? Is it smooth like any other brand (Yamaha, Kawai, etc…) or does it have multiple wavy lines which I guess are called "synthetic ivory keytop"? Thanks.

  20. the synthetic ivory keytops that are offered on various digital piano brands and models differ in texture because they are a proprietary material for that manufacturer. Casio has texture grains on the keytops and many people seem to like it. However touch will always be subjective so please play the pianos with ivory texture before you buy if you are concerned how it will feel

  21. Hello Tim you mentioned in this review fpr tje 780 that is comes with (General MIDI 16-track instrument recording for song creation,etc) is this a built in multi-track sequencer? The Casio website for this model only mentions a 2 Track recorder. Can you clarify this for me. Thanks Eric

  22. The PX780 does have a General MIDI 16-track multi instrument MIDI recorder built-in. You can also call it a sequencer but actual full function sequencers can do more.The PX850 has only two tracks and is not general midi.

  23. Thanks for the clarification. I have read your reviews and believe I have started to narrow my choices. Like most acoustic piano players I want realistic action/sound, but I also own a Korg O1W-pro and want the flexibility of multiple sounds and the creativeness that this allows. You seem to favor the Casio for the action & sound- so I'm comparing the differences between the PX-350 and the PX-780.
    My primary usage will be in my own home, though may take it out, like to church. With this said, are there any major advantages to the 780,knowing its not as portable as the 350, that would sway me to go with the 780 over the 350?

  24. Hi Tim, I'm a noob in piano, my sons started to take a piano lesson, they are studying in Y Music school, noob question will there be any difficulties for them if I bought a Casio rather than a Yamaha piano ? 2nd Q, I do like the performance of Clavinova 605B as display in their outlet, but the price is way to high, Is PX-780 is in the same level with that unit ? If it is not, what Casio product can head to head with CVP 605B ? What product would you suggest for 4 and 6 years old child who start to learn piano, my friend suggest me to buy a second hand Yamaha U1 series (around USD 2100), but I'm not very sure about a second-hand product ? Thanks for your advice…

  25. Hi. I'm having trouble finding the exact parts of your reviews that compare the PX780 to the PX850. Can you show us where they are?

  26. Hi Tim, So i'm wating to buy the casio PX780 and I'm going to buy it off of amazon, does it always come with a key-cover-lid? It's really important in my house.

  27. Hi Emery Katherine,

    The Casio PX780 does have the built-in sliding key cover. I have a picture of that on my blog review if you take a look. With regard to buying it on Amazon, I have some info for you on how to buy that model brand new with free shipping and no tax for less money than Amazon. You may email me directly if you are interested in more info.

  28. Tim & Erik,

    Thanks for all the help you provided last fall when I purchased the Casio Privia PX-780. It is everything I need to get back to playing after a 25 year absence. I am enjoying it and am slowly getting my technique back. Thanks again for the great service you provide!

    Rick Beltz

  29. Thanks for your amazingly helpful and thorough reviews! You made the process of selecting the best digital piano for me so much easier! Keep up the great work!

  30. Hey, I bought a digital piano on Amazon and it came with a hole in the box, stuck keys, and I had to repackage and return the thing. I bought through Tim and got TLC delivery straight from the warehouse–the box was pristine and the digital piano was in PERFECT condition. Just a word of warning…

  31. Thanks for the review. How do you think the PX-350/PX-780 compare to the twice as expensive Roland FP80? Is the FP80 worth the extra money?
    I'm thinking about getting one PX-350 and one Roland FA-06 instead of the FP80. I hope getting a lot of fun with thousands of sounds and features and still a good piano key action.

  32. Your review says that you can use a microphone on PX780 and then get both your piano playing and voice recorded into a .wav file. I have read the manual and cannot find how to do that. Could you please explain?

  33. Plug the mic into the audio input and then use your audio wav file recorder to record any vocals or live playing onto a USB flash drive.. The flash drive must be formatted first in the piano.

  34. Bought this piano from Tim based solely on his recommendation here. I've had it for 18 months and absolutely love it for self-teaching. Been to the Guitar Center to try out similar priced pianos-double the price. This is indeed a very good feel and sound and great value.
    Professional musician with a 35k Kawai grand at home came over to check it out and said it has a very nice feel. Our small house with family of 4 could never deal with a "real" piano. This is definitely the next best thing with headphone jacks, great sound and great feel. Thanks Tim!

  35. Excuse me, Sir Tim. I'm thinking of buying a digital piano and the only two available Casio decent keyboards in my area is the PX-760 and AP-250. They have the same price range, more or less. What are their differences? and which one would be most likely the better choice?

  36. I bought this piano for my daughter a year ago. All I can say the piano fullfiled all the expectations as Mr. Tim wrote in review. Thank you very much, you guided me on right path to get a good product within a budget. Keep up a great work ๐Ÿ˜‰

  37. Hi Tim, thank you for your excellent review. I am extremely tempted to purchase this piano for my daughter, as well as a home piano, but there is still a piece of information I don't have: the dynamics. I witnessed a demo betwwen px860 and px760, clearly in favor of px860 regarding this spec. Can you please detail if the dynamics of px780 is better than 760's? Thank you very much

  38. Hi. Is this still a good apartment piano – the Casio Privia X780 (I've had a Korg in the 1990's and a Yamaha Clavinova I played at my Church 2016-2018? And,can you get it – not from Amazon with free shipping, still? Thanks! I didn't realize this Casio was so old. Is there something newer/better now (2020) in the same price range? Thanks for your reply!

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