Yamaha YDP142 VS Casio PX860 Review

Yamaha Arius YDP142 VS Casio Privia PX860

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Yamaha YDP142 VS Casio PX860
Yamaha YDP142 VS Casio PX860

On this particular post we will compare two most versatile digital piano in the world. Yamaha YDP142 and the Casio PX860. Yamaha YDP142 is one of the signature product in the Yamaha Arius Series line and Casio PX860 is one of the signature product in the Casio Privia Series line. Most of pianists will be in dilemma of these two products(Yamaha YDP142 vs Casio PX860) during purchase. These two amazing digital pianos(Yamaha YDP142 vs Casio PX860) are even more difficult to compare as you get to know deeper about them. As you learn the remarkable detail of these two absolutely amazing pianos, you will feel even more perplexed.

This is where we come in to help: to guide you practically in your purchase decisions, focusing on applicable and practical aspects of digital pianos to show you full detail on benefits and gains with a complete disregard on ineligible traits that can only confuse the shoppers. This simple comparison will help you discern between Yamaha YDP142 Arius Series and Casio PX860 Privia Series. Your decision making in comparing digital piano will make a dramatic results.

 

Sound Comparison

  • Yamaha YDP142

Sound of Yamaha YDP142: Whereas Yamaha YDP142 Privia Series uses the sound samples from the Yamaha 9′ Concert Grand Piano CFIII.

Yamaha YDP142 has 128 Polyphony.Yamaha YDP142 has sound power of 12W X 12W=24W

3 different piano sounds:Concert, upright, bright.
plus 7 more sounds such as organ, string E-piano, harpsichord, vibraphone and more.

Low-pitched sounds are thick and grandeur and High-pitched sounds are pure, lively and clear-cut.
As a whole, the mixing of the sound is very well harmonized therefore the sound can be clear and beautiful during performance.

  • Casio PX860

Sound of Casio PX860: The sound of Casio PX860 Privia Series uses the “AiR Sound” System with smooth dynamic sounds upgrades from Casio PX850. Casio PX860’s AiR Sound produces great resonance.

Casio PX860 has 256 Polyphony.Casio PX860 Privia Series has sound-power output of  20W X 20W =40W

The sounds include Piano, E-Piano, string, organ, and other 13 different sounds.

Lid opens and closes like a real grand piano emulating the surround sound of an authentic grand piano.

Casio PX860 Privia Series’ “Stereo Resonance Simulator” system can naturally allow user to gain deep, beautiful resonance with use of damper pedal.

Keyboard Action Comparison

  • Yamaha YDP142

Keyboard Action of Yamaha YDP142:Yamaha YDP142 Arius Series keys are made of exceptional material of Polished Keys that are of high quality and is made to have a prestigious look and sophistication.

Yamaha YDP142 Arius Series  uses the 88-key Weighted Grade Hammer Action system.Yamaha YDP142 Arius Series uses the popular GHS action which is widely used in Yamaha digital pianos.Yamaha YDP142 Arius Series is made to match the acoustic piano: This means the lower note keys have heavier touch and keys become lighter as notes get higher.

Weight of the keys will feel lighter but responsiveness control is possible with the use of 3-sensor.

YDP142 Keys are smooth because they are polished keys
Yamaha YDP142 Keys are smooth because they are polished keys
  • Casio PX860

Keyboard Action of Casio PX860:Casio PX860 Privia Series’ keys are made of exceptional material of Ivory and Ebony keys that can be effective absorbent with even sweats on performers finger when played for an elongated hours.

Casio PX860 Privia Series’ unique action is 88-key Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action Keyboard which has same size and action as an acoustic piano.
This means the lower note keys have heavier touch and keys become lighter as notes get higher.Casio PX860 Privia Series  has no spring in the action making an emulation of grand piano action system instead of an upright piano which absolutely requires spring system.

Casio PX860 Privia Series  keyboard has 3-sensor that allow users to feel even the small strength changes in responsiveness.

Casio PX860 have ridges on the keys because they are Ivory Keys
Casio PX860 have ridges on the keys because they are Ivory Keys

Finish Comparison

  • Yamaha YDP142

Finishes of Yamaha YDP142: Yamaha YDP142 Arius Series is a Home-style digital piano with
stand, 3-pedal and bench included, so there aren’t many accessories necessary. However, headphones are optional.

3-Pedal of Yamaha YDP142 is has the length of 4 inches which emulates the same pedal size as an authentic acoustic pianos.

Yamaha Arius YDP142 3-Pedals
Yamaha Arius YDP142 3-Pedals

Yamaha YDP142 Arius Series has two different type of finishes:

  1. YDP-142B Black Walnut (Black)
  2. YDP-142R Dark Rosewood (Brown)
  • Casio PX860

Finishes of Casio PX860: Casio PX860 Privia Series  is a Home-style digital piano with stand and 3 pedal included and top of keyboard includes sliding cover. Bench can be bought additionally.

3-Pedal of Casio PX860 is the length of 3 inches which is a slim style..

Casio Privia PX860 3-Pedals
Casio Privia PX860 3-Pedals

Casio PX860 comes in three different type of finishes:

  1. Casio Privia PX-860BK Black wood tone finish(Black)
  2. Casio Privia PX-860BN Oak tone finish(Brown)
  3. Casio Privia PX-860WE White wood tone finish(White)

Function Comparison

  • Yamaha YDP142

Function of Yamaha YDP142:

  • Layer | With this technique, you can play two different sounds simultaneously on one key. You will be able to play ‘piano and string’ sound or ‘piano and organ’ sound simultaneously on one key. You will be able to make the performance more beautiful and will give you more enjoyment.layered_final
  • Duet Mode| You can divide the keyboard into two separate keyboards with the same chromatic scale. This is will become similar to playing two different pianos; it is fit for performance or a lesson between a student and a teacher.duetmode
  • Split | You can play two different instrument sound on each hand within a keyboard. For example, left hand can play vibraphone, right hand can play piano; it gives effect of one person playing two different instrument.split_final
  • Transpose | You can easily harmonize with different instruments. You can transpose within (-6 to 0, 0 to +6)
  • Sound | There are 3 different piano sounds: concert, upright, bright.
    Also includes 7 different sounds: Organ, string, electric piano, harpsichord, vibraphone and more.
  • Touch Sensitivity Control | You can control three different levels: Fixed, Medium and Hard
  • Here is a picture of function buttons on the Yamaha YDP142
    Yamaha YDP142 - Left
    Yamaha YDP142 – Left

    Yamaha YDP142 - Right
    Yamaha YDP142 – Right
  • Other functions include: record function, metronome function, and USB-TO-HOST. With USB-TO-HOST, you can use apps on ipads, iphones and connect to computer to use even more variety of functions.
  • For more of your information on YDP142 Function. Here is a function operation guide for the Yamaha YDP142. Pg.1
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  • Casio PX860

Function of Casio PX860:

  • Layer |  With this technique, you can play two different sounds simultaneously on one key. You will be able to play ‘piano and string’ sound or ‘piano and organ’ sound simultaneously on one key. You will be able to make the performance more beautiful and will give you more enjoyment.layered_final
  • Duet Mode | You can divide the keyboard into two separate keyboards with the same chromatic scale. This is will become similar to playing two different pianos; it is fit for performance or a lesson between a student and a teacher.duetmode
  • Split | You can play two different instrument sound on each hand within a keyboard. For example, left hand can play vibraphone, right hand can play piano; it gives effect of one person playing two different instrument.split_final
  • Transpose | You can easily harmonize with different instruments.. You can transpose within 2 octaves (-12 ~ 0 ~ +12)
  • Sound | Piano sound includes concert, classic, modern, mellow, and bright; The 5 different sound can allow user to a much deeper self amusement.
    Other instrument sounds include E-Piano, string, organ, and other 13 different sounds as a basic option that can be supplemental to other instrumental studies.
  • Touch responsiveness control | You can control the strength of touch responsiveness.
  • Lesson function | 60 demo songs that can play divided hands: assisted left and right hand lessons to practice each hand before playing both hands simultaneously. Casio PX860 Privia Series  also has Concert Play function and 10 orchestra songs can allow learners to listen into orchestra as they play.
  • Here is a picture of function buttons on the Casio PX860
    Casio Privia PX860 - Left
    Casio Privia PX860 – Left

    Casio Privia PX860 - Right
    Casio Privia PX860 – Right
  • Other functions include recording, metronome, USB function and it has an OUT IN plug that can connect to another speaker. Casio PX860 Privia Series also has USB function that connects to computer and enjoy composition and computer music. Also, OUT INPUT Jack can allow connection to another amp and speaker that can allow a better sound power output.
  • For more of your information on PX860 Function. Here is a function operation guide for the Casio Privia PX860. Pg.1

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Warranty Comparison

Yamaha will provide 3-Year Parts & Labor Warranty
Casio will provide 3-Year Full-Replacement Warranty

Size & Weight Comparison

Yamaha YDP142 – (w x d x h) 53.44 x 16.63 x 32.06 in / 83.75 lbs
Casio PX860 – (w x d x h) 53.82 x 11.77 x 32.95 in / 78.26 lbs

Specification Comparison

Here is a picture of Specification for Yamaha YDP142

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Here is a picture of Specification for Casio PX860

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Our recommendation based on our opinion:  Just be aware of the fact that this is our personal opinion based on facts. We do not unfairly recommend certain product in any biased ways. Personal preference may differ among different users.

  • Sound: Sound depends on customer preference. Most customers acknowledge, Yamaha YDP142 does have little bit more pristine and cleaner sound than Casio PX860. On the other hand, most customers acknowledge that Casio PX860 has deeper and smoother tones.
  • Style: Yamaha YDP142 has a similar finish as a acoustic piano. Casio PX860 has slim and modern style. It will just depend on personal preference.
  • Touch: This will depend on personal preference. Most customers acknowledge, Yamaha YDP142 has lighter keys than Casio PX860. Most customers acknowledge, Casio PX860 has heavier keys than Yamaha YDP142.
  • Function Controls: This will depend on personal preference and experience as well. Most customers acknowledge, Casio PX860 has convenient controls.

Other things to consider: Price…

-Yamaha -Arius– YDP 142– is priced at 1099.99
-Casio —-Privia– PX 860—- is priced at 1099.99

 


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