Casio AP-250 Review

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Casio AP-250 Review
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Casio AP-250 has an average rating of 3.4 out of 5 based on 5 user reviews.
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Casio AP-250 Celviano features 18 built-in tones, 60 pre-recorded songs, 128 notes of polyphony, reverb and chorus. It also supports USB integration with Windows or Macintosh computers. The highlight of the piano is its four-layered stereo sound reproduction of a grand piano. Built into the keys is a scaled hammer action based off of spring-less sensors. This gives the piano a rich, authentic sound capable of nuanced and expressive performances. The sounds are integrated with Casio’s Linear Morphing System, guaranteeing improved dynamics and seamless transitions.

A high range of supported polyphonic notes guarantees a clear performance, even when demanding passages and extensive use of damper pedals are required. The pedals are additionally supported by further innovation on the part of Casio: Acoustic and intelligent Resonator (AiR) technology. This technology provides damper resonance, which enhances the sound of the sustain pedal by emulating the dampers lifting off the strings.

The AP250 is ideal for piano students – the 60 pre-programmed songs can be played at any tempo, which is especially helpful for beginning and intermediate players. The player can practice using the internal speakers or they can plug in their headphones, ensuring that no one else is distracted by the noise. The piano also comes with a “duet mode,” allowing for simultaneous play by both teacher and student. Included also is a score book, allowing students to read the music as they play, speeding up the learning process.

USB support means that the digital piano can be connected with any supported operating system. No device driver installation is necessary. Though a fairly rudimentary feature in modern electric pianos, this is nevertheless an indispensable feature for transposing, composing, or recording music from the keyboard to music software programs on the computer. Anyone familiar with music recording using GarageBand, LogicPro, MixCraft, Finale, or any other music composition/recording software knows firsthand that programming or transposing piano music is easily the most tedious aspect of music composition. With appropriate software installed, USB adaptability removes the tedious work required to capture performances or sheet music.

This is a professional-grade digital piano, but it would not be suitable for large arenas or outdoor concerts. It is intended for in-home use, and its features are optimized for this venue. In a café or small music venue, the piano would probably be adequate; connected to additional PA systems, some of the quality would be lost. For most users, this will not be a complaint.

The piano is heavy. It ships at over 125 pounds, and when set up, it weighs almost 90 pounds. It ships with a piano bench and is finished with an attractive oak brown color. The sound and quality is highly comparable to more expensive digital pianos, and it comes with many features. It makes an excellent introductory piano, particularly for those who are learning the instrument, or as an intermediary piano for those who are still saving for an acoustic model.

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5 Comments

  1. A. Moretti  - November 28, 2014 - 3:21 pm
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    Get this digital piano unless you can afford a real acoustic one. This doesn’t even feel like a digital device, it sounds and feels like you’re playing the real thing. I used to have a Baldwin years ago and I missed it a lot until I got the Casio AP250. This digital piano is just as good as the acoustic one but it doesn’t take up as much space and it doesn’t need to be tuned all the time.

  2. Kristin Moore  - November 28, 2014 - 3:27 pm
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    Excellent sound, solidly built and a beautiful piece of furniture. My wife says it’s easier to play than acoustic piano.

  3. Brad F  - November 28, 2014 - 3:34 pm
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    My daughter loves to play piano and she’s getting pretty good at it. She wanted a baby grand for Christmas. I couldn’t afford it but decided to buy this one instead. She loves it, this digital piano simulates all the important aspects of the real piano – sound, keyboard feel and action, pedals and to some extent looks – everything is there. Very happy with the purchase.

  4. Margie K. Smith  - January 31, 2015 - 2:24 pm
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    The piano sounds great. It was purchased for my kids who are taking piano lessons. What I liked: it had everything their piano teacher recommended in a digital. What I didn’t like: one piece came cracked and the whole thing seemed to be produced out of a low quality particle board. I am actually a little concerned that it might not hold up under the abuse my two little piano players will give it.

  5. Barry  - January 31, 2015 - 2:26 pm
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    Not happy with this purchase. For the price I would have thought it would have been better quality. The main issue I have is that the keys are loud. Even when using headphones anyone in the room is still bothered by my practicing because the keys are so dang noisy. They clunk every time you hit them. When practicing without headphones the volume must be up at least midway or the sound of the clunking keys will drive you crazy. They are also hard to push and seem unreasonably stiff.

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