So I finally received my new digital piano Korg SP-170 yesterday in the mail and got to test it out a little so I thought about writing a little review since there is so little talk about this wonderful piano on this forum.
Let me start off by saying that before the purchase I have tested in person Yamaha P95, Casio CDP-100 and Yamaha NP-30.
Yamaha P95 was very nice and sound was good, but for me perhaps the price was a bit too high considering I had a budget and I needed also piano stand, headphone as well as piano bench.
NP-30 was my first interest but I forgot about it after I got interested in fully weighted keys. NP-30 is a weird mixture of weighted and non-weighted spring action keys. Didn't like it at all. The sound of grand piano was good though.
Casio CDP-100 was at first a good choice for the money and features, but when I tested it live at my local store I experienced the same key clicking sound problem that has been mentioned a lot on the internet. It really was annoying especially when playing fast tunes. In addition, the piano itself felt cheap.
Unfortunately, the music stores nearby didn't have the Korg SP-170 for me to try out live. I read a lot of specs and viewed some Youtube videos. Call me nuts, but I placed an order based on the facts I received from the internet. For the price of P95 I got the DP itself, two headphones, wooden piano stand for SP-170 as well as adjustable piano bench. The whole set costed me 650 euros.
First things first. I received the set by mail in three packages which were delivered to me by post office. First I opened the piano package and it was quite a bit cold. I placed it on kitchen table and tried out the key action but it was quite sticky, the return was slow. First I got scared the action on this piano is like this. Well, the reason for the stickiness was that the piano was in cold temperature for some time.
I then started building the piano stand which was by Korg as well. It took six screws to be tightened and it was complete. Took me five minutes to build. I then placed the piano on it and attached it to the stand with two screws and that was it.
SP-170 comes with power adapter and sustain pedal. I waited some for the piano to warm up and then plugged in the power and sustain pedal.
Turned it on the piano sound was just amazing. By default the grand piano 1 is selected and reverb and chorus on. Sound of the grand piano is just beautiful and didn't have a need to do any adjustments throughout the evening. I quickly tested other nine sounds, but to be frank I bought a piano not a choir or organs so didn't really get excited about those. I might use the E-piano from time to time though.
After few hours the action of the keys got more and more realistic and the stickiness disappeared. It must have been the cold temperature. Anyway, what a joy to play. Even my kids 6 and 7 years old love the new piano and got excited to practice playing chords. They both said the keys feel much better than on my M-Audio Oxygen 49 MIDI keyboard
Even before I received the piano I liked the fact that there were no buttons or nobs on top of the piano, just like a real thing. The volume, on/off switch and headphone inputs are on the left back of the piano and easily accessible. This way, the look of the piano is stylish and simple. In addition, my kids were focused in playing the piano and not with the settings and sounds.
When the younger went to bed, it was a joy to put headphones on for both me and my older daughter so that we could play together while not disturbing others. This is really neat feature to have two headphone inputs, perfect for teacher/student combination.
The DP itself is not as portable as others might be, but having a light piano is not good either as it moves easier when you get more excited while playing. I think this piano has perfect weight and with the wooden piano stand makes a really sturdy setup.
I have only played with it for one day but I can already recommend this to anyone who wants a digital piano with full weighted keys and is on a budget. Or perhaps you want a DP that look stylish? Anyway this one is a real joy to play for your fingers and ears.