In a perfect world, money would be no object when it came to purchasing a digital piano—we could customize and add features until our hearts’ content. However, here in the real world we have other financial obligations that can put a damper on our plans for an expensive, top of the line instrument.
Thankfully, spending an arm and a leg is not a prerequisite for finding a great piano. In fact, with a little bit of research, it’s possible to find an affordable digital piano that is just as good, if not better, than the more expensive models.
Below, I’ll take a look at some of the best digital pianos that clock in at under $2000. These instruments prove that buying a high quality digital piano doesn’t have to be an affair that breaks the bank—you have plenty of options for good instruments, even with the most limited of budgets!
Our Piano Buying Guide
Below, use our table to compare some of the best high end digital pianos available on the market today:
|Roland RD-88||PHA-4 Standard action, ZEN-Core sound engine|
|Nord Stage 3||OLED Display|
|Casio PX5S||Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action II Keyboard|
|Nord Piano 5||Polyphony: 120 Notes (piano section), 46 Notes (sample synth section)|
|Yamaha YC88||128 Notes (AWM2/Organ), 128 Notes (FM)|
Phaser, Flanger, Chorus, Vibe, Pan, Tremolo and more
|Casio PX-560||5.3” Color Display|
The Best Digital Pianos Under $2,000
Below, please take a moment to view some the best selling digital pianos under $2000 that have quickly become our favorites (all of which we will discuss in-depth today):
|1) Casio PX-770|
|2) Yamaha YDP-144|
|3) Roland RP-102|
|4) Yamaha YDP-164|
|5) Casio PX-870|
Now, with that out of the way, let’s dive right into what we consider to be your best bets to find a great piano under $2,000:
At only $999.99, the Casio PX5S blows all the other similarly priced models out of the water. Judging by its features, this instrument could easily clock in at over $2000, but for whatever reason, Casio is able to keep it at a quite reasonable price. The thing that stands out the most about the Casio PX5S is its sound quality—it’s powered by their patented AiR (Acoustic and intelligent Resonator) sound source which delivers some of the most realistic and high quality piano sounds that you’ll find on the market today. Plus, with their hex layer options, you can program up to six different samples to create one unified hex tone which will give you all sorts of different atmospheric and layered sounds.
On top of this high quality sound system, the Casio PX5S comes with all the standard features you have come to expect from a digital piano—recording and playback capabilities, USB connectivity, and customizable stage settings. Plus, at only 32.5 pounds, this is an incredibly light and portable instrument that won’t be a hassle to lug around. In terms of quality, you’re not going to find anything much better than the Casio PX5S!
For more of our thoughts on Casio pianos, please visit: What’s the Best Casio Digital Piano?
The Yamaha ARIUS YDP V240 is the top of the line model from Yamaha’s signature ARIUS line. At $1999.99, it barely squeaks in on this list, but it’s definitely worth every penny you’ll spend on it.
If there’s one thing that Yamaha gets right when it comes to digital pianos, it’s their sound quality. With their AWM (Advanced Wave Memory) sampling technology, Yamaha is able to almost perfectly recreate the rich and luscious sound of an acoustic Yamaha grand piano in this instrument. All in all, there are over 130 voice options to choose from with this model as well as 12 percussion sets. Granted, some of these voice options are a bit more questionable in quality than say, the Casio PX5S, but all in all they’re still not too shabby.
The ARIUS YDP V240 also offers a wide range of effects that can be applied to its voices, but I think you’ll find that it’s all-natural, unadulterated grand piano sound is where you’ll want to spend most of your time. If you’re looking to recreate the acoustic piano experience as closely as possible, then this is the piano for you. And to really sweeten the deal, Yamaha doesn’t gyp you on damper pedals with the YDP V240—they come with the standard package as opposed to being sold separately as an accessory!
For more of our thoughts on Yamaha pianos, please visit: How to Pick the Best Yamaha Arius Digital Piano?
With the Casio PX5S, the WK 7500 Workstation Keyboard is another instrument that is almost suspiciously well-priced. In fact, it’s one of the best digital piano deals that you’ll find on this list—at only $499.99, the WK 7500 represents another great attempt by Casio to combine quality functionality with an affordable price.One of the big selling points of this model is its drawbar organ options. When it comes to digital pianos, organ sounds can often be a bit hit or miss in terms of quality, but that’s not the case with the WK 7500.
Unfortunately, Casio doesn’t give you the authentic drawbar experience, instead creating “drawbars” with only three preset options; however, if you don’t have any need to get super fancy with your organ options, the WK 7500 can offer you’re a pure, simple, and realistic organ experience.
The biggest flaw with this model (and there will always be flaws when you’re talking about keyboards under $500) is its 76 key setup as well as a lack of vital accessories. If you made it 76 keys, Casio, then why not just go ahead and go all the way for the full 88? As far as accessories go, I think it’s a real tragedy that Casio couldn’t even be bothered to include an AC adapter with this model. I have a feeling that maybe that’s one of the reasons that they can keep the WK 7500 at such a low price. Don’t get me wrong though—overall, this is still a great instrument for the price you’ll pay.
- Kawai CE 220
Kawai is another great name in digital pianos, and at $1,899.00, their CE 220 Digital Piano has deservedly earned a spot on our list. As with the Yamaha ARIUS YDP V240, the CE 220 is a great instrument for someone looking for an authentic acoustic piano sound that doesn’t have the space or budget for the real thing. This is not an instrument with lots of frills and special features, but you do get a few—and really, the focus should be squarely on the great sound quality of this instrument.
The Yamaha acoustic piano sound, great as it is, is not for everyone, but thankfully, Kawai has the technological capabilities with their Harmonic Imaging setup to create an alternative but equally high quality sample of their own grand pianos in the CE 220. It remains a faithful reproduction to the original—top to bottom, pianissimo to fortissimo. The one drawback is that this model offers only piano sounds. However, in reality this is probably for the best—there are too many digital keyboards out there that attempt some adventurous sounds but only end up with something really hokey and cheesy.
The CE 220 offers both split modes and layered modes for combining piano sounds, and they also offer a unique “four hands” option, which splits the full keyboard into two “mini” 44 key pianos, which is great for teachers or people with a passion for piano four hands music. Overall, the CE 220 is not the most revolutionary instrument out there, but it is a solid choice for someone that simply needs a reliable instrument.
- Korg KROME
The Korg KROME is a perfect choice for the serious stage performer or music producer, and at only $1,599.99, it’s well within your reach! Like many other high end models, the Korg KROME offers you a wide range of high-quality sounds that include:
- Keyboard (Acoustic and electric)
- and Percussion
However, keep in mind that a keyboard with a lot of features also can come with a pretty steep learning curve, and the KROME falls under that category. While you’re sure to get the hang of it eventually, if you’re a complete beginner to high end keyboards such as this, you may find yourself a little lost at first.
One of the standout features of the Korg KROME is its touchscreen interface. While lots of digital pianos these days comes with an LCD screen, very few allow you to interact with it as the KROME does. However, button lovers don’t fret—there are still plenty of knobs and levers ready to be set on the KROME if you’re not quite ready to drag yourself into the 21st century!
And check out our in-depth review of the Korg Krome here.
- Roland RD 300NX
Roland is not necessarily as popular a brand as, say, Yamaha or Casio, but they regularly produce some high quality instruments, and the RD 300NX Stage Piano is a great example of this.
This piano comes equipped with Roland’s signature SuperNATURAL Piano sound engine that is easily on par with both the Acoustic and intelligent Resonator and Advanced Wave Memory programs from its competing brands. Plus, fans of the electric piano will be happy to know that the RD 300NX comes full of sound options meant to replicate all of their favorite classic electric piano sounds.
The RD 300NX uses Roland’s Ivory Feel G Keyboard that’s meant to replicate the experience of acoustic piano keys. While this will work perfectly fine for most musicians, if you’re a real digital piano aficionado, you’ll probably notice that this system misses the mark a bit more than some other weighted key digital pianos. However, this is not to say that the system is unusable—just not quite as good as some would expect.
This piano comes in at $1,799.00 (although can certainly be found cheaper nowadays), which, in my opinion, is a little bit higher than what I would expect to pay for a piano of this quality, and you’ll have to spend a bit extra on accessories like a stand and damper pedal. Overall though, this is a quality instrument if you’re looking to try something new.
For more on Roland pianos, be sure to read our thoughts on: The Best Roland Digital Pianos
- Korg SV 1
If you can’t get enough of that vintage electric piano sound, then the Korg SV 1BK Stage Piano is the choice for you. You’ll also be happy to know that Korg doesn’t skimp with the acoustic piano options either, which include both Japanese and German grand pianos. All in all, there are six sound groups:
Each of these groups contain samples from all of the most popular electric piano models of the 70s and 80s, but they don’t stop there—they also contain lots of rare sounds that you may have forgotten about! If there’s one drawback to this piano, it’s that it’s not a standard 88 key digital piano. Instead, it’s only got 76 keys.
However, it’s obvious that this piano was manufactured more for the sound options it offers, and most players will not have any trouble adapting to this smaller model.
Everything about this piano is truly a blast from the past—its buttons and knobs have been designed to give you that slightly chunky, electronic feel of vintage instruments from the 70s and 80s.
The SV 1BK comes with all the connectivity you’ll need—you’ve got space for 3 pedals, MIDI, and USB, plus output options for connecting your keyboard to an external sound source. At only $1,499.99, this is a great instrument to consider if you’re looking for a keyboard that can give you a wide range of authentic vintage keyboard sounds.
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