The brand Casio is so familiar to the common man with their versatile products like calculators, watches, keyboards, etc. But Casio has become the synonym for keyboards with the wide range of models they offering at the entry and intermediate levels. The legacy of the Casio brand is carrying forward through the latest piano upgradations.
To its Privia range, Casio has just made an update with the PX-770 model. The most desirable feature of a piano is its feel along with the tone. Meeting up with all the customer expectations, the PX series presents so many exemplary feature set. The PX 770 replaces its predecessor PX 760 with a designed cabinet, controls, and many other improvements like 4-layer sound inclusions. The PX 770 promises better performances in the offered price ranges.
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Casio PX-770 Digital Piano Review
- The lightweight (69.4 lbs) makes them easy to carry
- 2-track MIDI recording
- Concert play feature
- Triple sensor system
- 128-note Polyphony
- It does not come with a display
- It does not have an audio recorder
- No USB to device port for flash drives
Top Specifications of the PX-770
- Tri sensor scaled hammer action 88-key fully weighted keyboard
- Three types of touch sensitivity
- 128 polyphony and 12 instrument sounds
- Acoustic simulator with hammer response and damper resonance
- 60 present songs with 2 MIDI recorder
- 2 x 8W speakers
- Best connectivity features
Check out: Casio PX-870 Review
Design Aspects of PX-770
The greatest design attraction of this PX 770 series is the integrated cabinet set and triple pedal unit. The minimalistic design considerations with lesser seams make the model more user friendly than the previous versions. The wooden texture offered on the cabinet helps in embracing an elegant and royal appearance. The inbuilt sliding cover helps to maintain the keys without any specks of dust. The whole package comes as separate functional modules, but the assembly of the whole piece is very easy and within half an hour one can do it.
The small dimensions of the piano set (54.7” X 11.7”) enable it to accommodate in small spaces. The peculiar designing with the left side alignment of the control elements make it more clutter-free. This series is available in three different appealing colors- white, black, and brown. The labeling above the different functioning keys at the setting side helps in easy navigation.
The Key System
The fully weighted 88-key functioning ensures an unparalleled performance of PX 770. Similar to all the Casio digital pianos; it works through the tri-sensor hammer action. Unlike the springs, these hammer action recreates the original acoustic piano sound. The scaled hammer system works in a weighted manner where the one can find heavier keys at the lower notes and lighter keys at the higher side. The intelligent touch sensor system produces volume changes according to the pressure you apply to each key.
It also has the provision to create equal volumes on all touches by turning off the touch sensitivity. The moisture absorption competency of the ivory and ebony textured key-tops is appreciable. With all these features on the keyboards, it offers a realistic and enjoyable playing experience to both the players and listeners. The richness of the conventional wooden keys is maintained even in the plastic keys with the weighted keys.
Related Reading: Casio PX-160 Digital Piano Review
Speakers and Volume
The invariable sound eminence across any volume at variant pitches is a very attractive feature of this product. Though it uses the same speaker as that of the lower Px-160 series, the versatile cabinet design with bigger keyboard blocks helps it produce resonant sound. It accommodates 2 speakers with 8W amplification each, delivering an output of 16 W which is quite decent for small indoor performances.
The Casio’s own multi-dimensional morphing AiR sound sourcing is used in the PX 770 series also. As we know, it offers the prime quality samples with its elevated memory capacity. Without compromising the quality of the output sound, the original piano sound is reproduced with the lossless audio compression technology. The player can experience the soft pianissimo to powerful fortissimo variations in the product. One can expect 19 sounds from different other instruments in the PX 770 series. The chorus feature delivers a wealthy sound with different pitch and tone variations in each note.
The Mind-Blowing Features
- 2 modes of operation
The notable feature of the PX-770 series is the functionality of the 2 modes in the instrument. One can use it in four-hand mode or Dual mode. Featuring the facility of simultaneous operation by two players, it expands the freedom of operation. And in the dual-mode one can overlay two different sounds helping them to create more complex sounds with a natural touch. You can adjust the volume of these intermixing sounds to effectively produce the dominant and subdominant sounds.
- Split mode
In this mode, the user can use the keyboard as two instruments by splitting the keys on the halfway. To the right and side, the player can assign certain sound and they can assign some different bass tone to the left-hand side.
- Duet play
This feature is greatly beneficial to the piano tutors. At a time the teacher and student can use the same instrument by splitting the keyboard into equal parts with same frequency ranges including the 2 middle Cs. Instead of using two pianos, people can play identical notes on the same instrument side by side with this feature.
- Concert play
The drawback of lacking an accompaniment function in the PX-770 model has overcome with the introduction of this feature. The concert play permits you to play along with any recordings of a live orchestra. The recorded ten tunes in this mode have two sections like the piano and orchestra. With a close observation on the concert play portion, you can perform the piano part in the orchestra. One can select the songs from the media library of PX-770 with more than 60 piano songs. Also one can customize the library with the uploading of user songs up to 10 which will expand the song list in the library to 70. The player has got full control over these songs regarding the listening, practicing, tempo changing, etc.
One can never overlook the 2-track MIDI recording in PX-770. by recording two tracks and combining them into the final product one can make a versatile set of music. The conception of intricate multi-instrument music is now very easy with this feature. One can record the different instrument parts on the different tracks for practicing and mixing facility. Allocating these recordings into the right (R), left (L) tracks, one can make separate practice sessions. Though it doesn’t have an audio recorder, you can hit upon a sequence of notes in the MIDI recording option.
- Onboard metronome – a tool to practice a steady rhythm
- Transpose function- pitch variations in semitone steps
- Tuning function- adjust the overall pitch in steps of 0.1 Hz
- octave shift – pitch changing in terms of an octave
- Temperament selection – 16 different temperaments from classical to Arabian music
Interfacing of the instrument with external devices is always of great use. Importing and exporting music, giving the proper amplification, and making it compatible with other formats may require these external connections. The stereo jacks at the front side enable the headphone connection to the instrument. The sound reinforcement with an amplifier connection can be supported through these ports.
For the PC connectivity and musical-data exchange, we can use the USB type B-port. When you are thinking of the expandability of the PX-770music you can surely try out music apps for windows and MAC operating systems. Developing the musical notations from the existing tunes, making novel music with existing algorithms and much more you can expect from these apps.
The whole PX-770 system comes with the following add on.
- Music rest
- Polishing cloth
- Austin Bazaar instructional DVD
- User guide
The user doesn’t want to spend extra on the supporting needs of the piano as it comes with the cabinet and 3 pedal systems. The inclusion of the bench aids in practicing at one’s comfortable position. The regular dusting with the polish cloths helps to keep the instrument fresh.
Most of the practicing sessions seek the help of the headphones. Without the disturbance from the surroundings, it gives a great private practicing experience to the users. Relative to the onboard speakers, the clearer sounds with minute detailing helps the player in self-improvisation.
Like all other models from Casio, the PX-770 series also comes with great user-friendly experiences. It offers a lot of value for money maintaining the great conciliation between the PX-870 and PX160 series. It acts as the wonderful pick for beginners and intermediate level pianists. In the budget-friendly availability, it still maintains the natural feel. If you wish to find the alternative to the traditional acoustic pianos, the PX-770 will satisfy your needs for sure. The brilliant design with 128-note polyphony, 19 high-quality tones, and MIDI recording, it recreates fairly realistic musical notes. In your bucket list, if you are having the budget-friendly, compact digital piano with a cabinet system, providing great feel and tone, the Casio PX-770 must be there at the top of the list.