To our office often fall headphones, professional players and speakers. So for example, I met the brand Astell&Kern, FiiO, and many other well-known manufacturers in the audio market. But to musical instruments hands reached very rarely: still a niche thing, and not all speak at least one tool. One of the universal can be attributed keyboards to learn piano can be quite fast (if you have the skills and predisposition).
Therefore, when on the threshold of the editors were two models of digital pianos from Casio, joy knew no bounds. Not to say that I professionally possess such tools (in General, my specialty is the accordion, which, by the way, also has the keys), but for 7 years of training at the school of music had little to play different instruments, even a couple of lessons flute took (spoiler — not much). However, the same accordion that I had never taken in hand for several years, but the digital piano home is worth — the whole family is pretty musical. This is an average model from Kurzweil, it looks something like this:
The design is very massive (natural wood used), looks the most authentic — the most on the balls Sonata No. 14 Beethoven to play. Here only very much it is bulky: mobile this solution will not name. And the smoothness of the keys as close as possible to a conventional piano is not bad, but if you want to try a different tone, a bit of a hindrance.
Casio PX-S1000 and Casio PX-S3000, which today will be discussed — a model entirely from another world. They came only in 2019 and have a much more modern design: this tool can be seen not only at home by the fireplace, but in the hands of a professional DJ during a stormy party. Plus, they have an important feature — the ability to work without power (battery). 6 alkaline elements provide about 4 hours of battery life at average volume level. Not to mention the fact that it is a very compact tool — these two combinations make it easy to take a piano with you and give outdoor concerts (or just to the country — for fun).
Both models have a similar appearance, although there are some significant differences. Of the similarities — the whole front part of the tool is made of glossy plastic. Looks great even when switched off, however the gloss black a bit soiled, white such artifacts are not visible at all. Button is actually one Power that is responsible for turning on and off the piano. Only after clicking it you can see that still there are other controls. But they already touch, beautifully highlighted with white digital indicators.
However, there is on both models another physical control is just a big volume control. Looks cool and convenient, because even the blind can find the controller (I know that many people love to play the piano even with my eyes closed). For such a regulator really want to take it nice tactile feel. So here is a tribute to the origins: it’s nice that Casio has been able to strike a balance between innovative solutions and proven classics.
If you pay attention to the white model (and PX-S1000 in white), a microfiber cloth to carry just do not have. No, the gloss is the same, but white none of this would be noticeable. Although I still have a weakness for black shades.
Of course, we’re not totally musical resource, but when you talk about digital pianos, not to mention the key is how to do a review of a smartphone, not saying a word about the screen. In both models used duhsasana mechanics: this standard is called Smart keys, Scaled Hammer Action and is designed specifically for musical instruments with small dimensions. Our guests have a length of about 130 cm, a maximum width of about 23 inches, and height are 10 centimeters (the world’s most compact case, by the way) with a weight of 11 kg. For digital piano is really a bit (my home with a rack weighs almost 80!), therefore, the Japanese from Casio has developed a new standard keys.
It is noteworthy that Smart Scaled Hammer Action, as tryokhsensornoy mechanics, allows to make a double rehearsal and hold down until the end. For responsiveness, they are also the same, and the difference in sensation there is absolutely no that PX-S3000, which is PX-S1000 is possible without problems to perform the most complex nuances of the game.
How it managed to do this? Here come our Pets technology. When a partial release for withdrawal of the sound the role of the third sensor here performs a software controller. The tool itself determines when a key is released, the role mechanics plays a computer. Therefore, this decision is rather tryokhsensornoy mechanics. Another feature in the lower octaves of keys are heavier at the top — easier. Plus technology lets you choose from 5 levels of sensitivity and to adjust the response of the hammers under the force of his pressing.
Well-pleasing feature keys covering of ivory and ebony. Casio is characterized in that even in the budget models use expensive spraying. Believe me, there’s nothing worse than erased the keys (and I’ve seen a lot of cheap piano).
What do these two models differ, you ask? Let’s start with the number of built-in tones: if PX-S1000 18, the PX-S3000 as much as 700! Plus, the latest pre-installed 100 types of visual effects, 200 preset styles, and a dot matrix LCD display with backlight. To control all this there is one control unit with touch keys, located just to the right: if the older model 7 touch buttons, high — 18, plus there is a registration memory, arpeggiator and avtoremontnaya.
Another feature of the PX-S3000 — ability to audio record to USB device, here, an additional output. Otherwise a similar set of ports: 2 headphone, 2 line-out (left / mono, right on the standard Jack), line input and USB.
There are several other differences such as the number of demo songs (in PX-S1000 it, but what — Nocturne No. 2 Chopin), the learning mode and recording, but the rest of the models similar to each other.
Equipment is the same — the tool itself, power supply, music stand and a single sustain pedal.
Both models use the same sound processor AiR, which offers a polyphony of 192 notes. For this price it’s really impressive, although polyphony is not the most important in a digital piano, it used samples. And it’s all good.
By the way, the first tone in the list is New York Steinway, it’s almost a calling card Casio. I remember went to a concert in the Kremlin Palace there stood a real Steinway A-188… to play, however, was not given.
This reveals the built-in tone simulated string resonance. Perhaps the most important sound available. Thanks to him, any digital piano comes to life. Additionally, the pianist gets another 17 tones of other tools for PX-S1000 and 699 for PX-S3000.
Among other things, present and dampremy resonance, and noise dampers. In addition, the implemented simulation of the extinction of sound Carcass-controller: short-term fading with the rapid lowering of the keys or long sinking in soft release. There are also effects chorus, reverb, simulating a concert hall and brightness settings. Acoustic instruments are really an Arsenal — for its segment this figure is much above average.
All this is played back through the built-in sound system, and PX-S1000, and the PX-S3000 is a two oval speaker, in the amount of outstanding 16w. Not very much, but we have enough to fill sound half floors of the business center during a performance of the song “fur Elise” by Beethoven (there is still powder in the flasks, as they say). But I would put a stationary or portable speakers more power — good line-level outputs contribute to this.
And about the technologies
Here is another gift of high technology from the Japanese — support Bluetooth 5.0! Moreover, its scope is very wide: so, for example, you can include any song from your playlist to play together. Or just listen to favorite track.
In addition, using the USB can be connected to the piano’s proprietary Chordana app Play for Piano, which allows you to practice and learn interactively.
The only thing — while playing tracks .mp3 quality is not the best, but the fact that Casio are moving in this direction, a matter of respect and admiration. Modern technology is rapidly moving forward, and it would be strange if the innovators in the field of musical instruments avoided them.
Music to the masses!
Both models from Casio was very interesting, and the set of capabilities that define the PX-S1000 do not mind to pay 50 000 roubles (or to pay about 15 000 rubles for PX-S3000). The question “what to choose?” in this case doesn’t exactly make sense, since the older model boasts a large range of sounds, controls and functions. Only — you will need to buy the rack, but here everyone chooses what he likes — the original wooden or folding X-shape, which will perfectly fit, for example, for visiting concerts. In any case, unique in the market just yet: more nobody can offer hammer-action keyboard mechanics and autonomy in such a compact package. And this Casio is greatly captivating.
Me the Japanese made a completely different way to look at the world of modern musical instruments, and I think I know what will soon change their “old man” from Kurzweil.