Making the move to a full-size keyboard, but still need a lightweight and compact design? The Casio PX-130 or Yamaha P95 are both outstanding candidates. Each have an authentic keyboard touch and graded actions and reproduce acoustic level sound. Here's some guidance on how to decide which is right for you, including a PX-130 vs P95 review.

This Casio was designed to recreate the sounds and action of a grand piano. The sound goes through the company's Linear Morphing System. Four dynamic stereo sample levels are combined to create incredible realism. The designers introduced a 128-note polyphonic technology that virtually eliminates note cut off from polyphonic limitation. What this means is that the keyboard is actually capable of producing more notes than the keyboard itself can produce.

It features full-size, weighted keys that use a Tri-Sensor scaled hammer-action. This means that there is a heavier feel and resistance toward the bass end as on a real piano. It has a built in metronome and also records performances for simple playback and review. Combined with the piano-style sustain pedal, this keyboard can recreate subtle and realistic piano sounds.

The Yamaha creates acoustic realism through their Advanced Wave Memory sampling system. This technology accounts for nuances of playing strength by applying digital filters to recorded audio samples. This lets the full expression of pianissimo to fortissimo be heard. The keyboard features a built-in amplifier and 6-watt speaker system.

The keyboard has the same scaled hammer key action found on an acoustic piano. Lower notes feature heavier touch, recreating the sensation of a hammer on heavier strings. The Yamaha's keyboard sensitivity can also be adjusted to one's personal preference. Any universal sustain pedal with 1/4 inch jack can be added.

A head-to-head comparison reveals only marginal advantages of one over the other. For sound quality, the Yamaha gets a slight nod, even though the engineers at Casio introduced a wider polyphonic range system. This may be a result of Yamaha's experience in the high-end DP world. Keyboard feel and action favors the Casio by a slim margin. Most feel its heavier weighted action more closely resembles an acoustic piano. The Yamaha's somewhat lighter action is favored by a few however.

At the end of the day, both will provide high quality sound and realistic keyboard feel. A real PX-130 vs P95 comparison probably needs to happen in the showroom by playing each model. Like acoustic instruments, feel is an important consideration. The final choice will likely come down to subtle difference in personal preference.

Source by Anne Hurst