I remember when I was a little kid I absolutely loved Dragonball Z (trust me, I’m going somewhere with this). It was the coolest thing ever. Now, whenever I watch it again, it’s just not that great. Sure, it brings back some memories, but it’s just not as great as some of the cartoons and animes that are airing now. Simply put, the quality has improved since Dragonball Z. That’s what I think when I look at the Casio CDP-100. Great analogy, right?
The CDP-100 uses old technology. Sure, the piano is cheap, but it’s just not as impressive as some other digital pianos that are out in the market.
Casio CDP-100: Feel and Sound
First, the keys are definitely weighted. It does feel ok to me, but not quite as good as some of Casio’s other models (like the PX series). The weight of the keyboard is actually not that bad, but the feel of it is a different story. To explain, some people don’t like the “plastic” feeling of the keyboard. It feels somewhat like a toy.
The keys also “snap” back into place and creates this “clanking” noise. It’s certainly possible that this doesn’t happen for all models, but it did happen when I tried it.
I’ve also heard similar complaints from others. It’s something to take into consideration. If you don’t mind, then continue on. If this is going to peck at you every single time you play a key, then just move onto a different model.
The sound is…alright. If you’ve never played the piano before, you probably won’t notice any negative qualities. However, for everybody else (most likely the people reading this), you can get better sound quality from other entry-level pianos. It’s not because of the built-in speakers either. It doesn’t sound that great even if you use headphones or an amp.
Casio CDP-100: Portability, Affordability, and Other
It is portable. It’s only 25 pounds so if you are looking to move around with this digital piano, you can do it. It’s also one of the cheaper models out there, which is why some people recommend it as an entry-level model. However, in my opinion, there are better models out there.
Still here? Ok, well, it also comes with 32-note polyphony, but as I mentioned before, the Casio PX-130 is just better. The sound is better. The keys feel better. It even has more polyphony. As of this moment, it only costs about $30 more than the CDP 100.
Other Reviewers’ Opinions
- “What was really disappointing was the sound…it sounds a little masked, not sharp/crisp.”
- “The sound is decent… The weighted-hammer keys feel just like a real piano, really great.”
- “The keys are very noisy. With the sound off, they clatter.”
- “The sound via the headphones is great. Speakers are not great.”
I suggest you not to buy this. As you can see, the other reviews show a mixed reaction. Some people like it. Some don’t. I think you’re much better off buying the Casio PX-130.
It comes with better sound, better keys, and more polyphony. It’s just all-around better. The Yamaha P-85 is also another option. If you really can’t afford that, then there are other options like the Yamaha NP-30 for much cheaper. Make sure to read my other reviews before purchasing them though!