The Casio AP-650 Celviano Digital Piano is an affordable piano, considering that it is available in the classic design, and comes with several features including several accompaniments and 256-note polyphony (an improvement over the AP-620). It’s easy to use and has a good keyboard actions (Ebony and Ivory textured keys) with some realistic piano sounds. With this piano, Casio definitely has a product that will give the likes of Yamaha and kawai a run for their money.
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Casio CELVIANO Casio AP-650
- Pros – Affordable, Easy to Use, Realistic Sounds, Good Action
- Cons – No pitch-bend, Small LCD display
A couple of downsides: If you like to play with more of non-piano sounds, you will miss the pitch-bend control. Secondly, even cheaper models nowadays come with bigger displays; in that regard this one comes with a slightly smaller LCD display.
Who Is It For?
- This is for everybody who wants to own a digital piano, with the classic upright design, but doesn’t have the budget to buy something high-end.
- This is perfect for learning (for those who are really serious about learning to play the piano) and even for practicing as the keyboard feel is excellent, courtesy the “Ivory Touch” weighted graded keyboard.
- The Overall packaging and finish is also good and can be a nice piece of furniture in your living room.
Casio CELVIANO Casio AP-650: Review
This is the top-end product in the Celviano series of upright pianos. Not only they look excellent, this one also has sounds & features to match, with the triple weighted keys making the keyboard feel like a real piano. Take pianos from the other brands that cost a few hundred dollars more than this product and you would still find reasons to go for the AP-650. The sound & craftsmanship is top quality, it also looks like a high-end furniture in your room.
Ease of Use
Usability has never been an issue with most of the Casio digital pianos, so same applies here as well. Its easy to access all the features, sounds and rhythms, and your selections can be seen on the LCD screen.
This one also comes with a pull down keyboard cover that not only adds a nice look and also protects the keyboard, its not mentioned in the specs and its difficult to make it out from the images/videos.
Nothing beats the Casio when it comes to the value-for-money proposition and you get the best of everything in one instrument.
Even if you are an experienced musician and own a synth or stage piano, this one can be an excellent piano for the family, where you or your children can come and play together.
If you have played on a cheaper Casio piano before, you may already have some misconceptions about this brand, but this model is different. The sound is much better and on par with other brands at this price.
The Casio Celviano piano series definitely seem to offer a good package, considering their price and the amount of features that are thrown in, in an attractive package.
There are feedback from users, saying that they don’t have the best piano sound, or in some cases, some users even say that they are not built to last.
If you look at it price-wise, there is no beating it. I would agree that the sounds may not be top-notch, especially their non-piano sounds, but they have reasonable sounds and look like an upright piano.
But then, there is no other alternative in this price range, from any other brand. So if you really plan to upgrade from a portable keyboard to a digital piano, this can be a really good option.
Casio AP-650 vs AP-620
The Casio AP-650 replaces the outgoing AP-620, and features a few improvements. One of them is the polyphony; the Casio AP-650 has 256 notes of polyphony, whereas the AP-620 had only 128 note Polyphony.
Casio Casio AP-650: Technical Specs
Here are the key features:
- Keyboard: 88-key, Tri-sensor Scaled Hammer Action Keyboard II, Simulated ebony and ivory keys
- Touch Response: 3 sensitivity levels, Off
- Maximum Polyphony: 256
- Tones: 250 built-in tones
- Layer/Split: Layer, Split
- Rhythms/Patterns: 180 built-in rhythms, 10 user rhythms
- Digital Effects
- Built-in Songs: 60 (Music Library) + 6 (demo tunes)
- Song Expansion: 10 songs (320KB maximum per song)
- 16-Track Recorder
- Key Transpose: 2 octaves (-12 to +12 semitones). Tuning Control: A4 = 415.5 Hz ~ 440.0 Hz ~ 465.9 Hz
- Pedals: 3 pedals (damper, soft, sostenuto)
- Display Screen: Full-dot LCD with backlight
- Speakers: 16cm x 2 + 5cm x 2 (2-way 4 speakers)
- Amp Output: 30W＋30W
- Input/Output Terminals: Headphones (standard stereo jack) x 2, LINE OUT (L/MONO, R), LINE IN (L/MONO, R), USB: type B, MIDI IN/OUT
- Dimensions (W x D x H): 1,377 x 427 x 911mm (Excluding music stand). Weight 50.2kg
- Included Accessories: Adjustable-height piano bench, AC adaptor (AD-E24500LW), score book, music stand, headphone hook
Casio AP-650 Video Review
Casio AP-650: Overall Ratings, Buying Links & Pricing
If you want an affordable piano for learning or for practicing on top of the excellent accompaniments, this piano is a good fit. It comes with an Ivory Touch keyboard for a fantastic touch. The several features and 256-notes of polyphony make the Casio AP-620 Celviano Digital Piano suitable for advanced playing as well.
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