Recently, Casio has updated one of its best-selling home digital pianos under the $1000 price range (the PX-750), and created the new Casio Privia PX-760. This new piano boasts a handful of new features, and in this review, we’re going to discuss everything that’s new under the hood of this instrument, and ultimately help you better determine if it might be worth it to upgrade from the PX-750 to the PX-760.
Below, please use the interactive table to compare the Casio PX-760 against the likes of the PX-860 and other great digital pianos:
|Yamaha YDP-144||GHS action, CFX Grand Piano Voice|
|Casio PX-770||128 Note Polyphony|
|Casio PX-870||Redesigned Cabinet, Speaker System|
|Yamaha YDP-164||GH3 action, CFX Grand Piano Voice|
|Roland RP-102||Works w/Roland Piano Partner 2 app|
|Casio AP-470||256 Note Polyphony|
|Yamaha YDP-184||Graded Hammer 3 Action (GH3)|
- You can now read our brand new review of the Casio PX-770 right here.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE PX-760
The PX-760 ships for about $799 (MSRP is $1099) in three different finishes (Satin Black, Lucid White and Oak Brown) with the following:
- Casio PX-760 88-key digital piano
- Furniture-style stand with integrated music rest and three-pedal system
- Score Book
- AC adaptor
- Owner’s manual
Despite being an upright-like digital piano, the PX-760 offers a compact stand that can be easily placed inside any room. Of course, like all the pianos of this type, the Casio PX-760 is not designed to be carried around: while being one of the most lightweight models of its kind on the market, the PX-760 still weights nearly 70 pounds when fully assembled.
This updated version includes a more powerful speaker system than the PX-750 (now featuring two larger 8W-speakers), which is more than enough for playing in-house.
The overall look is quite similar to the previous iteration, and there aren’t many changes to the main interface. What you get here is quite standard: a Power switch, a Volume knob, the Function button, the digital recorder controls (Start/Stop and Recorder), the Metronome/Beat mode and finally three buttons for a quick access to the most used sounds.
On the rear panel there is a RJ terminal for connecting the triple-pedal system (soft, sostenuto and damper, which supports the half-pedal functionality as well), the USB port for MIDI capabilities, a stereo output and the power plug. The PX-760 includes two headphones ports, which are great for both teachers and students who wish to practice in silence.
Before moving on, take a look at some of the digital pianos that are currently best sellers online:
|1) Casio PX-770|
|2) Yamaha YDP-144|
|3) Roland RP-102|
|4) Yamaha YDP-164|
|5) Casio PX-870|
THE NEW FEATURES
The PX-760 includes all the most important features of the previous model, such as Casio’s renowned Multi-dimensional Morphing AiR sound engine and the 88-key Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer-Action Keyboard II, which is probably the most appreciated weighted keybed that’s priced under the $1000.
The PX-760 has improved with a new set of sounds too, especially the grand piano, the strings and the electric pianos. There are a total of 18 different sounds that are available in the PX-760, including five grand pianos. There are also organs, basses and other voices to boot.
The 760 also offers a maximum amount of polyphony set to 128 simultaneous notes, which is great for this price range and allows students to approach arpeggios and intermediate pieces of classical music without worrying about any dropped notes.
The realism and expressivity of the piano experience is enhanced by several emulations here too with the Damper Resonance, the Hammer Response and the Half-Pedal support. All three of these simulate the different mechanical nuances of an acoustic piano, which is what any piano player covets.
The spring-less hammer-action keyboard with ebony and ivory textured keys ensures a natural and realistic feeling under your fingertip. Also, the three available sensors on the PX-760 are able to capture even the most delicate changes of velocity with incredible accuracy and speed.
The keyboard is of course graded differently on each octave, so that the lower keys are heavier and the higher keys are lighter, just like any real piano. You can obviously adjust the key responsiveness choosing between four different strengths, as well.
When combined together, the revamped sound engine and the hammer-action keyboard provide one of the greatest piano playing experiences one could have in this price range. The new piano sound on the 760 is better than the 750, and this feature alone would be a strong reason to consider purchasing this upgraded model over its predecessor.
One of the problems with the old PX-750 was the lack of any advanced options beyond the built-in 2-track recorder or other available feature like Split and Layer or the Dual mode, which divides the keyboard in two parts and is particularly useful for teachers that are trying to aid students during practice sessions.
Now, with an estimated price of about $799, one would not expect to find lots of multimedia functionalities or extra modes in an instrument like this. But Casio has decided to challenge expectations and add a few surprises, such as the Concert Play feature (also available on the PX-860). Concert Play is a music library with a selection of ten pieces of classical songs recorded live by a real orchestra. You can also play along with the pieces and even adjust the tempo according to your needs.
The music library also includes 60 additional standard MIDI tunes that you can use for practicing, thanks to the integrated Lesson mode with assisted Left Hand and Right Hand exercises that you have to master before trying to play with both hands.
So, if you’re looking for a nice way to start your piano adventure and don’t want to exceed a $1000 budget, this solution from Casio might be the perfect choice. Otherwise, there are two other interesting pianos that you might be interested in: the Casio PX-780 and the aforementioned Casio PX-860.
The first model is an evolution of the PX-750 and PX-760, which includes an accompaniment section with 360 music styles, 16-track MIDI playback, 250 different sounds, a built-in audio recorder in both WAV and MP3 formats, a Mic input for karaoke and recording purposes, as well as a LCD display and other educational and fun features.
This model is shipping for $200-to-300 more than the PX-760, but if interested you can hunt for some great offers online and buy the PX-780 for approximately $1000.
The PX-860 is the new flagship model of the Privia-series and includes a better looking furniture stand, which is more robust, and a more powerful speaker system. On top of that, the sound set includes all the best voices of the Casio PX-5S stage piano, a huge polyphony set to a maximum of 256 simultaneously notes, and the great Lid Simulator mode (which emulates the different positions of a grand piano lid sound nuances).
All these features, along with the usual Multi-dimensional Morphing AiR engine and the Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer-Action Keyboard II, make the Casio PX-860 possibly the best-sounding digital piano of its category, also thanks to an extremely competitive street price of $1099.
Ultimately, the decision lies with you. If you can afford the investment, the choice between the PX-780 and the PX-860 depends on your personal interest in having a better piano sound or a more complete set of educational and fun features. Otherwise, if your budget can’t exceed the $800 range, the PX-760 is the best solution currently available on the market.
The Casio PX-760 is a very nice evolution of the PX-750. With a new sound set, and features like Concert Play to go along with a revamped speaker system, it’s clear that Casio has truly make a significant attempt to improve upon its much-appreciated PX-750.
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