How to Choose the Best Digital Piano
A digital piano can be a great choice for a number of reasons. For one, they don’t take up nearly as much space as a conventional acoustic piano. This makes them ideal for people who live in small apartments or who otherwise just don’t have room in their current home for something larger. Digital pianos also don’t cost as much as acoustic pianos. Whether you’re on a budget or you’re just exploring the option of playing piano and don’t want to invest too much yet, a digital piano is a winning choice for your pocketbook. Digital pianos don’t take as much maintenance and you won’t have to worry about tuning. Additionally, if you don’t live alone and don’t want to disturb your roommates or family with piano practice, you can usually adjust the volume of or plug headphones into your digital piano.
Digital Piano Versus Keyboard
Digital pianos and keyboards are not one and the same. Electronic keyboards can be much smaller than an acoustic piano and are quite portable. They usually feature 61 keys. The keys will feel light and small to the touch.
A digital piano, on the other hand, is more similar to an acoustic piano. They usually have 88 keys like your traditional piano does, making them larger than a keyboard. The keys also typically feel heavier, which makes it feel more like playing an acoustic piano. In an acoustic piano, the keys are heavy because they force the hammer to hit the string that produces sound. Digital pianos also are known to produce better sound quality than electronic keyboards.
One of the most important factors for your digital piano decision is going to be sound quality. You most likely want your digital piano to sound authentic and similar to an acoustic piano. Digital pianos may also offer additional sound options like electric piano, harpsichords, guitar, or brass. While these can be fun to play with, they certainly aren’t necessary.
We think built-in speakers are a good choice. Without them, you’ll need to hook your digital piano up to an external amplifier, which would mean an additional purchase on your part.
Like an acoustic piano, you may want to choose a digital piano with three pedals for the most authentic experience. From left to right, these pedals include a soft pedal, sostenuto pedal, and a damper (sustain) pedal. Granted, if you are a beginner, you may not feel that pedals are necessary, but as you progress, you’ll probably be grateful to have them.
Some digital pianos offer additional accompaniments and sounds. You’ll have to decide whether this is important to you personally. These can include jazz, pop, disco, and more.
How does the keyboard itself feel to play? Do you like the weightiness of the keys? Do they feel too stiff? Too light?
There are a variety of connectivity channels available. You may be able to connect your digital piano to your computer, different keyboards, and other devices. MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is found in almost every digital piano. You can connect to your computer this way to record your music and even print out scores. Some digital pianos also offer USB and even Bluetooth connection. With Bluetooth, there are a number of useful apps you can enjoy. For example, there is one app for your tablet or phone that shows you sheet music, and automatically flips the pages for you as you play when it is synced to your digital piano.
Some digital pianos come with attached stands whereas others require that you purchase your own stand separately. An attached stand may feel more secure to you than a separate stand, but the choice is ultimately yours. You will probably not only be interested in the overall security and stability of the stand but also the overall aesthetic and how easy the assembly is.