So, what to say about Korg SP170s? It’s a lightweight portable digital piano that can be carried around without asking neighbors for their help. It comes in very simple, but stylish design, and an advanced keyboard that feels like playing on acoustic grand concert pianos.
Our Ultimate Korg SP170s Review:
Let’s talk about Korg as a brand first. It’s a Japanese corporation with more than 30 years of experience in developing pianos. Unlike some newcomers, it is a brand with established reputation, so there is no questioning about their quality and warranty terms.
If you are a beginner, SP170s offers everything you can expect from your first digital piano. It is one of the most affordable instruments, but it doesn’t come with a keyboard stand, so you should order it separately (it costs just about $100).
For a quick and professional review, watch the official presentation video down below.
List of Features:
Sound – There are 10 premium sounds provided which include harpsichord, strings and organs if we name a few. There are 2 concert grand piano sounds to choose from and they both provide surprisingly natural and authentic sound. One thing we have to mention is that SP170s is designed to be as simple to use as possible, so switching between different sounds is fast and easy.
Keyboard – It features 88 notes with natural hammer action which simulates natural feel that you can get when playing on acoustic pianos. Weighted keyboard provides heavier touch on lower notes and lighter on higher notes, so switching between digital and acoustic pianos isn’t a challenge for a piano player.
Connectivity – Just like most digital instruments, SP170s comes with variety of connectivity options. There are AUX 2 line outputs, so you can connect it to larger speakers or headphones. This is one of the best features of digital pianos because you can play on them without waking up your neighbors in the middle of the night. There is also a MIDI output and Sustain Pedal connection.
Design – It comes in 3 different designs to choose from and 3 different furniture style keyboard stands as well – Black, White and Red. Overall Korg kept its simple designs, so SP170s is one of the best-looking portable pianos in this price range in our opinion.
Warranty – SP170s comes with 1-year warranty on parts and labor, but it can be extended to up to 5 years (manufacturer extended) and it can be upgraded to include protection against drops and spills for a small additional fee.
Where to Buy it and What’s the Price?
List of Technical Specs:
- Dimensions – 57” x 8” x 17”
- Weight – 35 lbs
- Design – Black, White, Red
- Keyboard – 88 notes with Natural Weighted Hammer Action
- Touch Control – 3 Levels – Light, Standard and Heavy
- In-built Sounds – 10 – 2 Pianos, 2 Electric Pianos, Harpsichord, Clavichord, Vibraphone, Pipe Organs, Electric Organs, Strings
- Demo Songs: 10 songs
- Notes of polyphony – 120
- Amplifiers – 9×2 watts
- Speakers – 10cm + 5cm with Bass Reflex housing
The only reason why Korg SP170s didn’t make it into our top 5 digital piano list is because it doesn’t support 3-pedal attachment and it doesn’t have USB connectivity. But Korg is really stepping up in their competitiveness in the most affordable price range of digital pianos, so we can expect big improvements in the near future and better models to choose from.
We will most certainly keep you updated and if you want to check out some more products in this price range, we recommend you to check out our review of Yamaha P105. Do you already own one? You are welcome to share your experience with us in comments section down below!