Digital pianos are wonderful instruments, especially considering how versatile they can be. Some pianos are aimed towards live performance, for example, while others can be more focused on music production. And in this article, we’re going to focus on both, helping frugal shoppers best determine the best digital pianos under $300 you can buy on the market.
And, to help you get started, please take a look at our interactive guide below, which will help you compare and contrast some of the top digital pianos on the market:
|Casio PX-S1100||192-note polyphony; 18 built-in tones|
|Yamaha P-45||64 Note Polyphony|
|Yamaha NP12||Uses Six AA Batteries|
|Yamaha P-515||40 Voices, 18 Drum/FX Kits, 480 XG Voices|
|Yamaha NP32||Graded Soft Touch (GST) Keyboard|
|Casio CDP-S350||700 built-in tones|
|Korg LP-380 U||Now features USB Audio/MIDI|
|Yamaha DGX 670||601 Voices, 29 Drums, SFX Kits|
1) Casio CT-X3000
This 61-key keyboard is adaptable to any level of expertise. Its weight (15.2 lbs.), keyboard stand and battery operation (6 D) make it highly portable, too. A 12V DC power supply is combined in this instrument for those using this keyboard in their living room or bedroom.
The sound library includes 800 tones and 260 styles with the AiX Sound Source technology. DSP effects consist of 151 amp models, a rotary speaker simulation that lets you dial in a cool vintage tone. The CT-X3000 is an excellent piece of technology for under $300
Overview Of Specs:
- The AiX Sound Engine library consists of 800 instrument tones and 260 Accompaniment Styles
- 17-track MIDI data recorder with a 42-part mixer
- Record up to 100 different phrases, can replay with phrase pads
- Pitchbend Controllers
- 64 Notes Polyphony
And below, please take a look at some of the best selling digital pianos currently online (and see how they compare to the pianos we discuss in this article):
|1) Casio PX-S3000|
|2) Casio PX-870|
|3) Roland RP-102|
|4) Alesis Prestige Artist|
|5) Korg D1|
2.) Yamaha NP-32
Looking for a sleek, lightweight, and highly compact digital piano? The 76 note NP-32 has advanced Wave Memory Stereo Sampling and Graded Soft Touch action. A 64 note polyphony puts the icing on the cake.
The Piaggero NP-32 is equipped with USB-to-host to connect your favorite DAW. Compatible with Yamaha’s iOS apps, including the Controller App, giving you a faster user interface on your Piaggero NP-32 (Requires Lightning Camera Adaptor, sold separately). Pick your favorite colorway, from black to white. Simplicity runs the show whether it’s on the stage, in the park, or a performance in the mall.
Overview Of Specs:
- 64-note polyphony
- Half-damper control with optional FC3A pedal
- Built-in speakers
- Includes music rest
- 5 hours of battery operation on 6 AA batteries
- 10 presets (Piano1, Piano2, E.Piano1, E.Piano2, Organ1, Organ2, Strings, Vibes, Harpsi1, Harpsi2)
- You can read our Yamaha NP-32 review here.
3.) Alesis Melody 61 MKII
For under $200, the Alesis Melody 61 MKII keyboard gives you all you need for your price range. There are 61 piano-style keys with 300 built-in sounds on the Melody 61 MKII, covering mallets, pianos, brass, Fx(s), strings, woodwinds, percussion, guitars, and synthesizers.
Keyboards should give players with an adventurous outlook on life some new sound scenery. I love that this handles the job. With an easy-to-assemble bench with three adjustable height settings, you can travel, giving your new scenery some luxurious background music.
Layer mode can be activated with the Dual mode ability on the LCD display. Mount multiple sounds or split two sounds across the keyboard in Split mode. When ready to change the world of music, hit the record button to lay out your next tracking.
Three months of Skoove Premium, (Piano instructional website) is involved in this package. Gain access to online courses and personal feedback for your evolution as a piano warrior. New lessons are added each month as an extra.
Overview of Specs:
- Built-in speakers, headphones, and mic for performance
- 40 built-in demo songs (Variety of genres)
- Weight: 11 lbs.
- Speakers: 2 x 4.7”
- Audio Inputs: 1 x 1/4″ (mic)
- Headphones: 1 x 1/8″
- 2 x 5W Amplifiers
- 6 x AA batteries / 9V DC power supply (included)
4.) Yamaha PSR-EW410
This 76-keys piano is for the determined beginner player—it has everything you need in a starter kit.
Light-weight and portable design with USB to HOST audio and MIDI connectivity, it’s easy to expand by interfacing with creative or educational apps on your iOS device or computer. The new Touch Tutor gives on-board lesson functions to regulate regular piano lessons.
Want to spark things up a bit? Plug in your portable music player to the Aux Input and use the melody suppressor to soften the lead vocal, allowing karaoke so you can sing and play along with your favorite jam!
Overview of Specs:
- Two sets of four AA batteries
- A power supply
- A sustain pedal
- A pair of stereo headphones
- 2-year extended warranty
- Hundreds of dollars in Rebate Coupons
- 48-note polyphony
5.) Williams Allegro III
The Williams Allegro III is an 88 weighted-key digital piano with stargazing sounds and attributes that are ideal for the player who values key control. A compact digital piano with 10 high-resolution sounds, this custom sound library includes electric pianos, basic pianos, basses, strings, and organs.
The finest instruments in the world with full dynamic ranges were recorded for this piece of art. The Allegro III can run on batteries or with an AC power supply (Included).
Bluetooth MIDI connectivity and a free downloadable iOS app for sound adjustment make this piano stand out from the competition.
Overview Of Specs:
- Built-in metronome
- Full-frequency dual-driver speakers
- Solid music rest supports tablets
- Sustain pedal songs
- McCarthy Music piano software with a free live remote lesson is included
6.) Alesis Recital
The Alesis Recital is a full-sized digital piano with 88 semi-weighted keys with an adjustable touch response for your preferred playing style. Customize 5 meticulously curated instruments (Acoustic Piano, Electric Piano, Organ, Synth, and Bass) by combining two of them at once with Layer Mode. Customization offering a fuller and richer sound.
Also, you can assign voices to the left or right hands with Split Mode. The built-in 20W speakers can fill up a room with a delicate sound. Stereo RCA outputs to connect to a recorder, mixer, amplifier or any other sound system. The Alesis Recital is a piano for a minimalist that can maximize the potential of any piece of gear.
Overview Of Specs:
- Skoove 3 month premium subscription online piano lessons
- Power adapter involved
- Adjustable chorus and reverb effects
- Built-in 20W speakers
- ¼” (6.35mm) sustain pedal input (pedal not included)
- Maximum 128-note polyphony
- 6.35mm Input for headphones
- Check out our Alesis Recital review here.
7.) Williams Legato III
The Williams Legato III features a full-size digital piano with 88 touch-sensitive keys, Bluetooth MIDI, an iOS app, and speakers. More than just a piano for playing, practicing and performing. The Legato III offers a lifestyle rather than random sounds. Streaming from the incredible Williams Custom Sound Library, this keyboard features a collection of gnarly vintage pianos.
10 of the best voices ever heard morph into a sparkly library. The dual-driver speakers deliver all those lush tones with outstanding and room-filling clarity and volume. Bluetooth MIDI allows connectivity to your iPhone or iPad to run educational applications like the McCarthy Music Teaching app that’s included. The Williams iOS app is for the self-taught, providing guidance to the Legato III advanced menus. No accessories are involved. One of the biggest flaws in my words.
A Williams ESS1 Accessory Pack ( AC adaptor, sustain pedal and headphones) can be added on for $29. 6x D-cell batteries can be used instead of a power supply (Not included either). One of the most affordable digital 88-key piano on the market, you cannot get a better Legato at a price like this. Low-quality plastic with cheap buttons, knobs, and design. If you’re not about looks, then disregard that message. Otherwise, it’s lightweight at 19 pounds with high-quality instrumentation.
Overview Of Specs:
- Music rest
- Battery Operation Guide
- Optional: Williams ESS1 Accessory Pack (includes AC adaptor, sustain pedal and headphones)
- 88-key touch-sensitive piano keyboard
- 10 Sounds including Piano, Electric Piano, Organ, Synth and Bass from the Williams Custom Sound Library
You really can’t go wrong with any of these affordable digital pianos, but the Yamaha PSR-EW300 is a very nice keyboard in and of itself. The price is around $269.99 (Under $300.00 as promised), plus it gives you everything needed in a digital piano including sound selection, sleek design, portability, and reliability.
The most important qualities in a piano. Picking an instrument requires some observation, but don’t overanalyze it. The specifications should cater to your own personal needs. The fact they’re affordable makes it all better. Although they have fewer features than the advanced digital pianos, these pianos rank high for its durability, accessibility and unique features. Quality doesn’t always have to be expensive and this list beats the point.
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