Casio CDP-200R
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Casio CDP-200R

CDP-200R, Digital Piano from Casio in the Compact series.

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Audiofanzine FR 10/08/2008

Casio CDP-200R : Audiofanzine FR's user review

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Value For Money : Excellent
(Originally written by stoemp/translated from Audiofanzine FR)

- How many octaves?

Velocity-sensitive keyboard with 88 full-size keys

- How many presets and effects are available? Is it possible to edit them?

Over 600 excellent sound presets. + Arranger with lots of different rhythms. + Basic sampler. Multi-track recording capability
I haven't tried all effect and sound editing possibilities.

- Type of connections? (audio, MIDI, pedals, etc.)?
Damping pedal connector, USB/MIDI connector. Headphone output also usable as line out. Rather low overall output level (it's not even loud enough for headphones). I haven' tested the connector as line output for my mixer yet.

UTILIZATION

- Does the keyboard feel pleasant? Does it fit your needs?
The feel is half-weighted to weighed (very subjective)
The plastic keys and the playing feel are good enough for me.
- Is it easy to make settings?
Quite intuitive use of main functions. The user's manual is essential to get to know all the details.
- Is the selection of MIDI channel and patches easy?
I haven't used the Midi functions in multi-timbral mode yet. I had already experienced with easier patch selection systems but this one is simple enough, even if the best solution is to keep an eye on the (huge) patch list.


SOUNDS

Do the sound presets fit your music style?
Yes it provides enough classic sound presets (nearly 20 piano patches...)
- Are they authentic?
Very authentic.
- Are the effects effective and do they suit your application?
Not used yet.
- Is the expressiveness good? (velocity and aftertouch sensitivity)?
Yes
- Which sounds do you prefer / hate?...
+ Piano and rhythm presets
- ?

OVERALL OPINION

- How long have you been using it?

One week

- Which feature do you like the most / the least?

+++ Good-quality 88-note keyboard with comprehensive arranger and 600 sound presets for a nice price.

--- Output volume is too low with headphones
-- Damping pedal is too small and doesn't comply with a real piano pedal.
- The display screen is made out of soft plastic (!?!)

- Did you try any other models before buying it?

I tested an arranger piano from Thomann and I sent it back because the sounds were awful and the playing response was disastrous.

- How would you rate its value for money?
Better than excellent.

- Based on your experience, would you buy this product again?
Time will tell if it was the right choice but until now it has been...