Casio CDP-S100 - Redefining Entry Level Portable Pianos

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Casio CDP-S100 - Redefining Entry Level Portable Pianos

Unread post by Saul » Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:26 pm

As we all know by now Casio have recently released the new CDP-S100 portable piano. Full Story Here and having seen it before the launch I can say with some certainty there is nothing of this quality out there and at this price that compels at the moment.
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A fully weighted 88 note hammer action keyboard with textured Ivory feel keys for just £399 is quite an amazing thing! Plus of course it sounds great too.

Casio completely redeveloped the key mechanism for their new range of portable pianos and you can tell when you play the CDP-S100 that a lot of time and testing has gone into it in order to get it just right.

To me the CDP-S100 "feels" like playing a real acoustic piano and at this price point that is something most of us definitely would not expect. Sure there are other 88 note "controller" keyboards out there that might cost less but none feel like this and of course they are just empty box controllers with no sounds of their own. The CDP-S100 can also be battery powered and has some great built in speakers. It weighs around 10kg so although not featherlight it is easily transportable.

The Spec:
Ultra Slim and Portable.
88 Weighted Keys with Smart Scaled Hammer Action II Keyboard.
10 Dynamic Stereo Tones.
8W + 8W Loudspeaker System.
Battery Power Option (6 AA Batteries give up to 13 hours of playing time).
Headphone Output (3.5 mm Jack).
Audio Input (Stereo 3.5mm Jack).
USB Connector to PC, Mac or smart device (iOS and Android).
Compatible with AC Adaptor AD-A12150LW (Included).
SP-3 Sustain Pedal Included.
Weight 10.5kg (excluding batteries).
Dimensions 1322 x 232 x 99 mm
Music Rest included.
UK Price £399 (correct as of 14th Jan 2019)

I think Casio have done a great job with the CDP-S100. It sounds wonderful, the keys are superb and the price is definitely appealing.

If you get a chance to try the CDP-S100 or you have bought one please let us know what your thoughts on how it sounds and plays.

For more info visit https://music.casio.co.uk/cdps100

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Re: Casio CDP-S100 - Redefining Entry Level Portable Pianos

Unread post by SeaGtGruff » Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:02 am

Saul, do you know what sound engine the new CDP-S models use? I thought I’d read somewhere that it’s AiX, but now I can’t find any mention of it.
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Re: Casio CDP-S100 - Redefining Entry Level Portable Pianos

Unread post by Saul » Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:24 pm

SeaGtGruff wrote:
Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:02 am
Saul, do you know what sound engine the new CDP-S models use? I thought I’d read somewhere that it’s AiX, but now I can’t find any mention of it.
I thought it was AiR as used in the PX range but I will check.
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Re: Casio CDP-S100 - Redefining Entry Level Portable Pianos

Unread post by Saul » Fri Jan 25, 2019 4:33 pm

So I checked with Casio and they said The CDP has AHL ii with improved dynamic range from pianissimo to forte.
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Re: Casio CDP-S100 - Redefining Entry Level Portable Pianos

Unread post by SeaGtGruff » Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:51 pm

Okay, thank you!
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Re: Casio CDP-S100 - Redefining Entry Level Portable Pianos

Unread post by SeaGtGruff » Sat Jan 26, 2019 6:49 am

According to Mike Martin at Casio USA, the CDP-S100 does indeed use AHL ii, but the CDP-S350 uses "a variant of AiX." I don't know what the differences are, although the CDP-S350's MIDI Implementation Chart shows that it doesn't respond to all of the messages that the AiX models do-- most of them, but not all of them.
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