Casio’s AP Digital Pianos are ideal for the ambitious pianist, with a range of high-end sounds and Scaled Hammer Action keys. But how do these Casio pianos compare to our very own Axus AXD2? Let the battle commence!
In the lineup today, we have…
A nice little fact to start off with here. The clear majority of Digital Pianos will have 88 keys, which is the same as any Grand or Upright Acoustic Piano. All three of our pianos have 88 keys, all with a Weighted Hammer Action. For any new player, this may feel slightly odd, due to using more force to get a note out.
The AXD2 is incredibly suited for beginners, allowing you to have a weighted action but not as heavy as some other models. As you’d expect, move higher in price to the AP-270 & AP-470 and the inbuilt Tri-Sensor technology simulates the note perfectly. This is commonly more popular with musicians playing more classical based pieces, which solely depend on dynamics and expression.
Musicians looking for a full size digital piano aren’t often too interested in the different ‘bells & whistles’ they have to offer. It is standard to expect something to play around with though, and our line-up don’t disappoint!
With the Axus AXD2, you get 128 on-board voices, which effectively let you play a full orchestra! With a range of sounds varying from E. Pianos to Strings, it has enough to keep anyone busy!
Compared with the sounds in the casio pianos, AP-270 (22) and AP-470 (18), the AXD2 offers fantastic value for money and lots of other features which aren’t commonly found in cabinet pianos.
More ‘Techy’ Specs
OK, so let’s get down to some other key points. First, the polyphony. This is the maximum number of notes that can sound simultaneously. When you start playing complicated classical pieces, you want to make sure that every note you play can be heard. The AXD2 has a maximum of 64, which is standard in most digital pianos and keyboards at this price. As you’d expect, the more you pay, the higher the number. With the AP-470 coming in with a maximum of 256, you’ll hear every single note (even the ones you hit by mistake!)
Regarding other digital features, all 3 of our line-up have very similar specs. Things like Recording, USB Connection and the Metronome are all as standard. One of the big things that changes is the weight, as shown in the below table.
It’s important to consider the weight when making your decision, in-case this is something that will need to be moved often. The AXD2 is the heaviest of our selection, which could also be viewed as the most sturdy and secure.
Pedals – again, all included. Soft, Sostenuto & Sustain. Typically not introduced until a Grade 4 / 5 standard, but good to have for when the time comes.