It comes with its own stand, but in our tests the keyboard action was springy and didn’t feel like a piano. The Alesis Recital was the least expensive model in our original round of tests, and the corner-cutting was obvious—it was everyone’s least favorite model. It doesn’t come with a sustain pedal, and its keyboard felt more like that of a synthesizer than a piano. Brent commented that the simplistic piano sound lacked detail.
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It doesn’t sound or feel as realistic as our other picks, but it’s still a great choice for the price. Our bare-minimum requirements for a budget digital piano are that it has 88 keys and internal speakers to facilitate practicing without needing to attach an amplifier. Beyond that, some amount of weighted key action (either semi-weighted or hammer action; more on this in a moment) and an accurate piano sound are the primary deciding factors for our picks. An included stand and sustain pedal are nice but not requirements, as third-party options are readily available and inexpensive. A decent piano/keyboard with some useful features, presets etc., If I could change one thing about it would be to add a numeric keypad for entering presets oppose to scrolling through them.
The CDP-S150 has only a single 3.5 mm audio/headphone output, which would then require an adapter or a 3.5 mm–to–¼-inch cable to connect to an amp. And since there’s only one output, a splitter would be necessary for both a teacher and a student to use headphones. Jack Smith was an editorial assistant for Wirecutter for over two years. He is a lifelong musician and works with other musicians in production and mixing out of his own studio.
A few keys could not be pressed and made no sound at all. The console itself is pretty heavy compared to others this size/price. Sound is decent for price, though more different types of piano tones/voices would be a nice addition. For a real professional full acoustic piano sound you will need drop closer to $1,000, but this is a good starter for the price. The sound quality is better than I think but of course it cannot be compared with other famous brand.