Casio Privia PX 160 BK Review 2021 -Buyer’s Guide

Anyone who loves playing the keyboard will love the Casio Privia PX 160 BK full-size digital piano for its maximum hearing pleasure. Its multi-dimensional AIR, sound generation system, makes its 18 authentic piano tones sound so much better to the ear.

Its new 2×8 watts speaker system provides for maximum hearing pleasure while playing the instrument alone at home while its new line-out slot easily connects the piano to external loudspeakers while performing on stage or at home.

​With its five subtly distinguishable grand piano voices, stimulator, four reverb and four chorus settings, 18 authentic sound tones and 60 songs to listen or play with, this is the digital piano any music enthusiasts will look forward to owning!

Casio PX 160 BK Privia Review in Details

The Casio Privia PX 160 BK 88-key full-size digital piano is perfect for Serious students looking for an affordable piano Gigging musicians to use as an add-on board

Features of Casio Privia px160bk Digital Piano

Acoustic and Intelligent Resonator (AIR)

The grand piano sounds you hear from the digital piano are all attributed to Casio’s proprietary sound source, AIR (Acoustic and Intelligent Resonator). After meticulously recording the sound of a 9-foot concert grand at four levels, the sound is delivered by AIR with seamless dynamics to provide for an expressive and powerful performance while playing the piano.

AIR system piano

To add to the effects, AIR also simulates Damper Resonance to create an uncanny realism whenever the damper pedal is used. The 88-keyboard is a fully weighted scaled hammer-action one which comes with a USB MIDI.​

Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action II Keyboard

The specialty of the PX-160 is that it uses Casio’s famous Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action II Keyboard comprising of a simulated Ebony and Ivory textured keys which give a terrific feel while playing. Its three sensors work hard at capturing the dynamics of performance with great speed and accuracy.

This is because Casio’s trademark Hammer Response feature works by the speed of the movement of different sized hammers inside an acoustic grand piano relatively to the velocity of the played keys. It is this ultimate timing nuance which creates the penultimate key-to-sound experience unparallel to the sound produced by any other brand.​

Epic sound system

This digital piano comes with a redesigned chassis which not only gives the instrument a more elegant look but is also big enough to accommodate a new 8w x 8w speaker system. It is this speaker system which is responsible for delivering the PX-160’s remarkable sounds with its deserved richness.

Epic sound system

Not only does this epic sound system open to the front, but it also ports to the back. This is how and why the PX-160 produces such a remarkable sound when placed against a wall. Moreover, it is this feature which makes this piano useful in a classroom, or any place where the sound produced has to be projected to the audience. And the feature which makes this digital piano stands out from the other brands which have their speaker systems mostly aimed downwards.

Fresh sounds

The PX-160 has some newly developed stereo strings sounds added to its ensemble. These sounds are wonderful to listen to on its own, or when layered with the piano’s harpsichord, electric pianos, grand pianos and other sounds. In addition to these string sounds, the electric piano has also been updated with some dynamic sounds derived from Casio’s PX-55 stage piano.

Fresh sounds

With its split and layer capabilities, the PX-160 now lets you play bass with your left hand with two layered tones in your right. Its duet mode feature splits the keyboard into two equal ranges, making it perfect for a teacher and student to simultaneously use the piano. If required, all practice and performance sessions can also be recorded by the piano’s two track reorder.​

​Stay connected

Keeping in mind Casio’s class compliant’ tradition on Privia digital phones, the PX-160 also provides USB connectivity. This means that the keyboard can be easily used with Windows or Mac computers without any need of downloading any drivers to do so. In fact, the Class Compliant USB MIDI feature of the digital piano also lets it be used as a controller with the Apple iPad just by using the Apple’s Camera Connection kit.

​Stay connected

In addition to its USB connectivity, the PX-160 also provides for quiet individual listening. It has two headphone outputs located on the front of the digital piano to connect your headphone to and listen to your recordings and songs. In case you want some amplification, there are ¼ inch left and right line outputs located on the rear panel.​

The Good Stuff

  • 2 x 8 watts speaker system provides amazing sound
  • Its 18 authentic piano tones are pleasant to the ear
  • Line out slot connects to external loudspeakers
  • AIR sound generation system
  • Lightweight and comes with Duet Mode
  • Keyboard has tri-sensor hammer action
  • four chorus and four reverb settings
  • Easy to set up right out of the box

The Bad Stuff

  • Some piano sounds are not realistic
  • The keyboard produces too much noise when some keys bounced

FAQ Of Casio Privia px-160 bk Digital Piano

FAQ About Painos

Is there a music stand extension atop the PX-160?

Answer: Yes, the PX-160 comes with a music rest.

Does the keyboard work on batteries for portability?

Answer: No, it doesn’t.

What comes with the digital piano?

Answer: The piano comes with an adapter, music desk, and sustain switch pedal.

The Casio PX-160 Privia Piano is just right for performers and music enthusiasts. It has so many features to boast of like USB connection, built-in recorder, duet mode and high quality, good touch keys. While speakers are great, headphones or external speakers give better sound.

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8 thoughts on “Casio Privia PX 160 BK Review 2021 -Buyer’s Guide”

  1. I just bought this piano. The PX-160 is the most authentic portable piano i’ve tried that actually feels like a full blown grand piano. I’ve only played piano since June of 2018, and i am so glad i bought this. I might not be the best piano player around, but this beats some plastic cheap synth. Also, it sounds utterly beautiful.

  2. I find the keys much harder to play with, along with a slight bounce back action… not sure if this is a normal behaviour of this piano.

  3. Nice review thanks – however I’m planning on using this for recording, and more detailed information on the midi/USB capability would have been very useful. You say it’s there, but from what I can see in the Casio digital piano brochure, unlike the higher spec models, it does not have dedicated midi, but somehow shares the USB connection for this? An explanation of this would have been very helpful – is it a disadvantage over the higher models? This information would make my purchasing decision much easier.

    • it just has a USB connector, but this is all you need to connect to the computer. the upgrade adds the old-style round midi plugs that let you connect directly to other gear without a computer


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