We often get headphones to the editorprofessional players and speakers. That is how I, for example, met the Astell & Kern brand, FiiO and many other well-known manufacturers in the audio market. But here hands rarely reach musical instruments: after all, a niche thing, and not everyone owns at least one instrument. Keyboards can be attributed to one of the universal ones: the piano can be mastered quite quickly (with skills and predisposition).
Therefore, when on the verge of editing were twoCasio's digital piano models, there was no limit to joy. Not to say that I professionally own such instruments (in general, my specialization is an accordion, where, by the way, there are also keys), but for 7 years of study at a music school, I had a little chance to play various instruments, I even took a couple of flute lessons (spoiler - ). Nevertheless, I have not taken the same accordion in my hands for several years now, but the digital piano at home is worth it - the whole family is quite musical with us. This is the average model from Kurzweil, it looks something like this:
The design is very massive (usednatural wood), looks as authentic as possible - the most it is on the Sonata Balls No. 14 Beethoven to play. But it’s very cumbersome: you can’t call this solution mobile. Yes, and the smoothness of the keys as close as possible to an ordinary piano is not bad, but if you want to try a different timbre, it hinders a little.
Casio PX-S1000 and Casio PX-S3000, about whichtoday we are talking about - models from a completely different world. They came out only in 2019 and have a much more modern design: such a tool can be seen not only at home by the fireplace, but also in the hands of a professional DJ during a stormy party. Plus, they have an important feature - the ability to work without power (on battery). 6 alkaline elements provide about 4 hours of battery life at an average volume level. Not to mention that this is a very compact instrument - these two combinations easily allow you to take a piano with you and give on-site concerts (or just to the country house - for pleasure).
Both models have a similar appearance, although there areseveral significant differences. Of the similarities - the entire front part of the instrument is made of glossy plastic. It looks gorgeous even when it is turned off, although black gloss is a little marquee, you cannot see such artifacts on white at all. The button is generally one - Power, which is responsible for turning the piano on and off. Only after pressing it you can see that there are still other controls. But all of them are already sensory, while they are beautifully highlighted by white digital indicators.
However, there is one more on both modelsthe physical control is just a huge volume control. And it looks cool and comfortable, because even blindly, you can find the regulator (I know that many people like to play the piano with their eyes closed). For such a regulator really want to take, it is pleasant to feel tactile. Such a tribute to the sources: it’s nice that Casio managed to strike a balance between modern solutions and proven classics.
If you pay attention to the white model (andThe PX-S1000 is just in white), you don’t have to carry a microfiber cloth with you. No, the gloss is the same, but on white, none of this will be noticeable. Although I still have a weakness for black shades.
Of course, here we are not fully musicala resource, but when you talk about the digital piano, one cannot help but mention the keys - this is how to make a review of a smartphone without saying a word about the screen. In both models, two-touch mechanics are used: this standard of keys is called Smart Scaled Hammer Action and created specifically for musical instruments with small dimensions. Our guests are about 130 centimeters long, about 23 centimeters wide, and 10 centimeters in height (the most compact body in the world, by the way) with a weight of 11 kg. For a digital piano, this is really a bit (my homework with a stand weighs almost 80!), So the Japanese from Casio have developed a new standard for keys.
Notably, the Smart Scaled Hammer Action,as well as the three-touch mechanics, it allows performing double rehearsals without releasing the key to the end. In terms of responsiveness, they are also the same, and there is absolutely no difference in sensations: on the PX-S3000, on the PX-S1000 you can easily perform the most complex nuances of the game.
How did this manage to be realized? Here our pets come into play - technology. In case of incomplete release, the program controller performs the role of the third sensor here. The tool itself determines when to release the key, that is, the computer plays the role of mechanics. Therefore, this solution is more accurate than three-touch mechanics. Another feature of it - in the lower octaves of the key - harder, in the upper - lighter. Plus technology allows you to select one of 5 levels of sensitivity and adjust the response of hammers under the force of its pressing.
Well, an aesthetically pleasant feature of the keys -cover under ivory and ebony. Casio is notable for the fact that even in budget models it uses expensive spraying. Believe me, there is nothing worse than an erased cover of keys (and I saw a lot like this in a cheap piano).
What is the difference between these two models, you ask? Let's start with the number of built-in timbres: if the PX-S1000 has 18 of them, then the PX-S3000 has as many as 700! Plus, the latest pre-installed 100 types of visual effects, 200 built-in styles and a matrix LCD display with backlight. To control all this, there is another control unit for touch keys, which is located slightly to the right: if the younger model has 7 touch buttons, then the older one has 18, plus there is a registration memory, auto-harmonization and an arpeggiator.
Another feature of the PX-S3000 is the abilityaudio recordings on a USB device, for this there is an additional output. The rest of the ports are similar: 2 for headphones, 2 line-out (left / mono, right for standard jack), line-in and USB.
There are several other differences, like the number of demonstration compositions (in the PX-S1000 it is one, but what is Nocturne No. 2 by Chopin), the mode of training and recording, but otherwise the models are similar to each other.
The package is the same - the instrument itself, the power supply, the stand for the notes and the single pedal are sustain.
Both models use the same sound.AiR processor, which offers 192 note polyphony. For this price category, this is really impressive, although polyphony is not the most important thing in the digital piano, the samples used are important here. And this is all good.
By the way, the first timbre in the list is the New York Steinway, already almost Casio's business card. I remember going to the concert in the Kremlin Palace, so there stood the real Steinway A-188 ... however, they did not let me play.
This timbre reveals the built-in imitationstring resonance. Perhaps the most important call of all available. Thanks to him, any digital piano comes to life. In addition, the pianist receives 17 more timbres of other instruments for the PX-S1000 and 699 for the PX-S3000.
Among other things, there is also a damperresonance and noise dampers. In addition, the simulated fading sound of the Touche-controller is implemented: short-term extinction with the rapid lowering of the keys or long fading with a soft release. There are also the effects of chorus, reverberation, concert hall imitation and brightness settings. Acoustic instruments here are really a whole arsenal - for their segment this indicator is much higher than the average.
All this is reproduced using the built-inthe speaker system, which in both the PX-S1000 and the PX-S3000 is two oval loudspeakers, in a total of 16 W. Not very much, but it was enough for us to fill the half of the floor of the business center with sound during the performance of Beethoven’s composition “To Elise” (there is still powder in the powder box, as they say). But I would connect more stationary or portable acoustics of greater power - the benefit of the line outputs contribute to this.
And more about technology
Here is another high tech present.from the Japanese - Bluetooth 5.0 support! And the area of its application is very wide: for example, you can include any song from your playlist for playing together. Or just listen to your favorite track.
In addition, using USB, you can connect to the piano a proprietary Chordana Play for Piano application that allows you to study and learn interactively.
The only thing - when playing tracks in.MP3 quality is not the best, but the fact that Casio is moving in this direction causes respect and admiration. Nevertheless, modern technologies are rapidly moving forward, and it would be strange if innovators in the field of musical instruments would avoid them.
Music to the masses!
Both Casio models are very interesting.and for the set of features offered by the PX-S1000, it is not a pity to give 50,000 rubles (or pay about 15,000 rubles more for the PX-S3000). The question “what to choose?” In this case does not exactly make sense, since the older model boasts a large set of timbres, controls and functions. The only thing - you will need to purchase a rack, but here everyone chooses what they like best - the original wooden or foldable X-shaped, which will fit perfectly, for example, for outdoor concerts. In any case, there are simply no analogues on the market: no one else can offer the hammer mechanics of the keyboard and autonomy in such a compact package. And this Casio is captivating.
But the Japanese made me take a completely different look at the world of modern musical instruments, and it seems that I know what I will soon change my “old man” from Kurzweil.