Casio Goes High-End With Mid-Century Modern Styled Privia Digital Pianos

Casio has introduced the Privia PX-S7000, a $2,699.99 keyboard that they say is “the best-sounding, best-feeling, best-looking Privia ever made.”

Casio’s Privia PX-S7000 design recalls the classic mid-century modern look of the iconic Clavinet D6.

The Privia PX-S7000 is striking – looking a bit like a modern take on the iconic mid-century modern Hohner Clavinet D6 design.

It features Casio’s Smart Hybrid Hammer Action keys, which the company says offer the response you’d expect from a well-regulated concert grand. The keys feature spruce sides and subtly textured surfaces and offer natural performance by replicating the hammer behavior of each of the 88 individual piano keys.

The PX-S7000 features the sound of three of the finest pianos on Earth, dubbed Berlin, Hamburg and New York. Each piano has its own unique personality, and the Multi-Dimensional Morphing AiR Sound Source brings them to life with damper, string, and aliquot resonance, plus subtle mechanical sounds.

The keyboard features 400 Tones, including 50 electric piano Tones, and a variety of Tones inspired by the keyboard parts of well-known songs.

The PX-S7000’s wooden stand features a modern design and three generously sized pedals. The main body of the PX-S7000 can be detached from the stand and played anywhere, thanks to its optional 8xAA battery power. An optional SP-34 three-pedal unit can be connected for portable use, and the optional SC-900 carrying bag lets you take PX-S7000 anywhere.

The PX-S7000’s features a 32-watt 4-way Spatial Sound System. Casio says that the speakers are tuned to resonate within the PX-S7000’s wood and resin body. Using the Piano Position function, you can configure the Spatial Sound System to sound its best when placed against a wall, in the center of a room, on a table, or anywhere else in your home.

Other features include Bluetooth connectivity, Class-Compliant USB connectivity, a MIDI recorder, a microphone input & USB audio recording.

Features:

  • 400 Tones including three legendary concert grand pianos (Hamburg, New York, and Berlin)
  • New Smart Hybrid Hammer Action keys with spruce sides
  • Beautiful design in your choice of Harmonious Mustard, Black or White finishes
  • Matching beech stand with three fixed pedals
  • Illuminated touch sensor controls with assignable multi-function buttons
  • LED touch ring and bright, backlit LCD display for easy navigation
  • Illuminated pitch bend wheel and assignable buttons
  • Microphone input with volume control and 25 dedicated microphone effects
  • Includes WU-BT10 Bluetooth Audio & MIDI adapter
  • Dual headphone outputs plus 1/4″ L/R outputs and expression pedal input
  • Class-compliant USB port with no drivers or installation needed
  • MIDI recorder, USB audio recording and audio/MIDI file playback
  • Optional 8xAA battery power (AC adapter included)
  • Designed to work with the Casio Music Space app for iOS/Android

Pricing and Availability

The Casio Privia PX-S7000 is expected to be available in October, in three color options, for $2,699.99.

16 thoughts on “Casio Goes High-End With Mid-Century Modern Styled Privia Digital Pianos

  1. My observation tells me that typical Casio’s key beds often had issues resulting in sunken keys in the longer-term of ownership. Best feeling I guess probably do not mean best enduring.

    1. Since I’ve only gotten to play with Casios in a store, I obviously have no experience with their longevity. However, I was very pleasantly surprised by how good the keybeds felt on even those keyboards that were selling in the $650-$850 range. Also, I agree that this is a very nice design, especially for a “home piano”. I wish I had room for something like this in my living room. It would be nice to be able to just sit down and accomplish something after turning only one switch on.

    2. I put years on an entry Privia (PX-110, paid $450), bought mainly as a MIDI controller to run piano plug-ins, but it was handy having piano built in. The key bed never aged, and it was quite playable, it beat weighted MIDI keyboards that cost much more, to my taste. The left output died after a few years, but I continued using it for my purposes until recently (replaced with Yamaha P-515).

      A limitation that I wouldn’t like about the keyboard, personally, that is obvious from the video, is due to the ultra-compact design. The lack of physical depth necessitates short keys—a pivot point that doesn’t extend much beyond the point at which the keys disappear into the enclosure. You can see that in the steep angle when black keys are pressed in the video. This means that voicings that put your fingers at the back edge of the keys will have little control, you’ll basically have to play it hard to make sure it sounds.

      I played the Privia PX-S1100 a couple of months ago at NAMM, with similar depth as the PX-S7000. In general it’s a good feel, I’m not saying the short stroke is an absolute deal killer, but it is a significant drawback.

      To put it bluntly, there is no way in my mind that the keys can attain the level present in the P-515 at a lot less money ($900 lower street price, or $550 less with stand and pedals). And the furniture (upright style) choices, without depth limitations, are available in a similar price range. The PX-S7000 seems to be aimed at the narrow niche of a homeowner or designer who wants a minimalist piece of furniture that’s also a nice piano.

  2. It’s nice that they included a wheel on the left. Most “digital pianos” omit that, which makes them not as good to use as midi controllers for other sounds.

  3. I’ll give Casio credit – this is good looking and it sounds good, too.

    Their higher-end keyboard actions are completely different than what you’d think of, if you’ve played one of their entry level keyboards. They basically have the wooden mechanism out of a traditional piano, so it has the right feel, and add sensors to it.

    I’d love to see Casio take another try at the pro synth market. They made some fantastic synths and samplers in the 80s – even their synth toys were fun – but it seems like they haven’t taken synths seriously for decades. The XW-G1 that came out four or five years ago was a step in the right direction, but felt very lightweight and didn’t have a great UI.

  4. Hip looking piano but that display how could you decide to put that on there. How crappy just like that irritating display on my Roland TD-50.

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