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#1159070 - 03/07/09 02:49 PM Comparison of CASIO: CDP200CSPB AND PX120CSCBSP.
Elie Offline
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Registered: 03/07/09
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Great forum!
I will be starting as a beginner again after 20 years of not touching a musical keyboard.
I am in the market to buy one of these two CASIO: CDP200CSPB AND PX120CSCBSP.

Any idea what's the meaning of all these suffixs? I don't get responds from Casio so far.

I read a lot of the posting here in respect to these two models as well as in general. These two models are in my price range. Either of the two is C$599.99. I read their specs several times and have attempted to compare them. I am look to have a fair balance between price, quality of DP sound, the feel, and certainly its features and so on.

Please, I would truly appreciate if you could offer me your own personal review, opinion, pros, cons, and or comparison of the two.


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#1159241 - 03/07/09 09:14 PM Re: Comparison of CASIO: CDP200CSPB AND PX120CSCBSP. [Re: Elie]
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no idea about the suffixs, but after all it's just a CDP200 or a PX120. i haven't seen CDP200 in stores, but PX120 has been around for a while already. so, if you want to compare the 2, then first check each one's specs, and secondly, try them out in stores to see which one you like the best.

#1159543 - 03/08/09 02:22 PM Re: Comparison of CASIO: CDP200CSPB AND PX120CSCBSP. [Re: signa]
avko Offline
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Registered: 11/20/08
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Loc: Brampton, ON
Costco.ca has CDP200 on sale online for $499 till March 15


Here is comparison of some Casio and Yamaha DP.


CDP 200 looks like to have more features than PX120. If you truly want a portable too checkout PX320. My daughter learns on a PX 720 bought at Costco and it sounds awesome.

#1159554 - 03/08/09 02:52 PM Re: Comparison of CASIO: CDP200CSPB AND PX120CSCBSP. [Re: avko]
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As far as I can tell, the technology in the CDP200 is pretty much the same as in the Casio CTK-5000 and WK-500. From hearing the sounds in these models, I would suggest that the base samples used for the pianos and electric pianos are the same as in the PX-120/320/720. However, the method of reproducing the sounds appears to be different. The CTK/WK keyboards use AHL (Acoustic & Highly-compressed Large-waveform)whereas the Privias use AIF (Acoustic & Intelligent Filtering System).

The difference in practice seems to be that the grand piano sounds have more presence, body and expressivity in the AIF Privias. Maybe the very high compression in the AHL-driven keyboards sucks some of the life out of the samples. When it comes to EPs, the difference may not be so great - both systems seem to use only two sample layers for EPs and the sound is not so hot anyway (IMHO). I would hazard a guess (again from listening to the two systems) that the tri-element AIF Privias employ (as the name suggests) three sample layers for acoustic-type pianos, as opposed to two on the AHL keyboards.

You would need to play them side by side to decide which you like best, but if you can't do that I would suggest sticking with the PX-120, if you don't need all the extra sounds and features of the CDP200.
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#1159561 - 03/08/09 03:06 PM Re: Comparison of CASIO: CDP200CSPB AND PX120CSCBSP. [Re: voxpops]
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I forgot to mention that polyphony is far better on the PX120 - 128 notes as opposed to 48. Although 48 sounds plenty, you have to take into account that stereo piano samples use half of the available polyphony for each channel, so the effective polyphony is cut to 24 on the CDP200 and 68 on the PX-120. Do a long sustained run on the CDP and you'll soon get notes cutting off. Add in some strings as a layer and you'll be down to 12 notes on the CDP.

The PX-120 also has piano-oriented features such as half-pedaling (with a suitable pedal) and acoustic resonance. I don't know what the differences in action are, but the PX series has been praised for having a good piano-like action in a very lightweight, compact body.
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#1159570 - 03/08/09 03:27 PM Re: Comparison of CASIO: CDP200CSPB AND PX120CSCBSP. [Re: voxpops]
avko Offline
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Registered: 11/20/08
Posts: 3
Loc: Brampton, ON
Thanks for adding the Polyphony, I was just thinking about it.

The PX 720 that I have has a wonderful sound system. The speakers do not distort on high volume setting and are built separately in box. The piano comes with 3 pedals.

For entry level PX120 is good but when PX720 goes on sale it as at the same price as PX120.



#1160069 - 03/09/09 01:31 PM Re: Comparison of CASIO: CDP200CSPB AND PX120CSCBSP. [Re: avko]
derekp Offline
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Registered: 08/28/08
Posts: 106
Loc: Chicago Area
I can give a partial answer to the numbers after the model number. Usually they indicate a particular bundle. For example, Best Buy sells the PX120 bundled with a stand and 3-pedal unit (which is why their price is $100 more than normal). So their part number has the "CS" (Casio Stand) and "SP" (Sustain Pedal) added on it. The "CB" means that the Casio Bench is included.


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