Introducing the Casio PX-870 digital piano
The Casio Privia PX-870 marks Casio's biggest update in the top end Privia PX model for a while and is such an improvement over the old PX-860. A more intuitive design with a control panel hidden away on the left cheek block is a nice touch, giving the air of a more 'acoustic piano' experience, while new piano samples and a specially designed speaker system bring a much richer and natural sound quality. The top of the range Privia model has always represented fantastic value for money, with a touch and tone akin to instruments that are significantly more expensive and is worth a look if your budget tops at sub-£1000.
Realistic Feel Keyboard Action
One of the most important considerations when buying a digital piano is the keyboard touch (also known as key action). The Casio PX870 has a full grand piano range of 88 keys and is fitted with Casio’s Tri-sensor Scaled Hammer Action Keyboard. This key action has simulated ebony and ivory keys and can be adjusted to suit different playing styles with 3 sensitivity levels.
19 Instrument Voices With 256 Notes Polyphony
The PX870 uses Casio’s Multi-dimensional Morphing AiR to create life-like piano tones. In fact, there are 19 different voices from which to choose, including acoustic pianos, electric pianos, strings, organ, harpsichord, and many more useful tones for all different styles of music. The Duet Mode on the PX870 splits the piano into two equal pitch ranges, allowing a student and teacher to sit at the same instrument.
Create Your Own Unique Piano Tones
The acoustic piano sounds in the PX870 can be tailored to your own requirements. Various parameters can be altered including Hammer Response, String Resonance, Lid Simulator, Key action Noise, and Damper Noise.
Digital Effects To Further Enhance The Sounds
The Casio PX870 has on-board professional quality effects which enhance the sound even further, Reverb effects simulate the sound of performing in large concert halls, and chorus effects can be applied to electronic pianos to give a warm, detuned effect - this was always popular with Fender Rhodes and Wurlitzer style piano sounds for the ’60s and ’70s! There are additional digital effects which are preset for some of the other instrument voices.
Transpose & Tuning
A benefit of a digital piano is the ability to be able to tune it to play with other instruments without employing a specialist piano tuner! The piano can also be transposed up or down +12 / -12 semitones for playing in different keys. This function is ideal for playing with singers and other instruments that perform in different keys.
Powerful 4-Speaker System
The PX-870 is fitted with Casio’s Sound Projection System to fill your room with a warm sound with extreme clarity. The 40-watt amplification system powers four speakers which are placed to immerse the player in sound. The Volume Sync EQ ensures that the same depth of sound is heard at whichever volume level you play.
There are two headphone output jacks on the Casio PX870 which allow two people to enjoy “silent practise” when headphones are connected. The ‘headphone mode’ optimises the sound so you get similar sound quality through a good pair of headphones that you would when playing the pX870 through its own internal speaker system.
Record Your Performances!
Using the two-track MIDI recorder, you can record your own performance in multi-track, or when a USB stick is inserted, your playing can be recorded as stereo audio .WAV file, for simple sharing via computer. The built-in metronome helps you keep in time when practising or recording.
Concert Play allows you to play along with ten recordings of well-known orchestral pieces, with the ability to either listen to the piano part or silence it so you can play it yourself. To facilitate practice, you can even slow down these recordings without affecting their pitch.870