One of the most common questions we get asked by customers researching their digital piano or keyboard is along the lines of "Which is better, Casio or Yamaha?". I personally have always used Yamaha but if you compare the specifications 'under the bonnet' as it were, Casio are sometimes better on paper. There are a few things to help you choose -
- Casio have standardised their available finishes to Black only. There are no other available finishes for the new Casio Pianos. Yamaha, however, offer 4 for the YDP-162 - Black, Cherry, Rosewood or Polished Ebony.
- The YDP-162 is usually a little pricier than the AP-450. The AP-450 has a few different features (like the lid simulator) but the sound and feel are more realistic on the Yamaha. I personally however prefer the cabinet on the AP-450.
- Yamaha have a better reputation for quality - but - Casio are shaking off the "Watches and Calculators" joke to become a serious consideration.