As a proud owner of a Korg SP250 for the past few years I cannot say enough good things about the quality and great sound of a Korg Digital Piano. While not as nice (and expensive) as my SP250 I had the chance to get to play a Korg SP170 88-key digital piano for the first time last week and I was pleasantly surprised with the quality and sound.
Before writing this review I want to give a brief overview of judging pianos in general. As a piano teacher for over two decades I am very hesitant to take an online review from a site without knowing much about the author. From my past experience many retailers and piano companies will either pay people to give positive reviews of their product or make up false names to do a review. This is what they called “reputation management” and is not only very prevalent in electric piano reviews, but also instruments in general. With this being said I will give a review based on me playing it and my expertise on the subject.
The Korg SP 170 in the intermediate price range (I usually estimate the pianos that are approximately $300-700). Like I said previously, I am somewhat biased towards Korg as I love their SP250 stage piano and have used it for years. While being about 1/3 of the price of the SP250 the SP170 does offer many of the same characteristics that the higher end models have at a lower price. Listed below is three things I would like to judge the Korg digital piano on sound, feel, and extras.
Sound: While this model doesn’t quite have the booming sound and deep noise that the SP250 has it does have a very good sound for a model in this price range. When I compared it to the Casio CTK 240 that I previously reviewed here I found the sounds to be very comparable with the Korg being slightly louder and having better sound quality. With this being said, both pianos sound great when hooked up to my speaker system and I wouldn’t be able to notice a difference if I didn’t play them right next to each other.
Feel: The natural weighted hammer action of the Korg digital piano is very similar to the SP250. As an experienced pianist, I take feel very seriously as it can mean the difference in a good sounding note and a bad one. One drawback of this model is the sustain pedal isn’t the greatest and it looks like it could break very easily with extensive play.
Extras: The Korg SP 170 is a beautiful white piano and for those that care about how their electric piano looks, this is a beauty. Also, unlike many other models on the market, this model comes with a nice stand so that you don’t have to play it on a table or another hard service. Like I said previously it also has a sustain pedal, but I don’t think that it is that great. I would recommend buying a different sustain pedal as there are many better ones on the market.
Overall the Korg SP 170 is a great beginner-intermediate Korg electric piano for any pianist. The look and feel of it are well worth the price, but the sustain pedal seems very cheap. I would recommend this model with a different pedal for anyone looking to purchase this item.
Learn more about Korg Digital Pianos here: http://digitalpianoreviewssite.com/korg/