Digital Piano vs Acoustic Piano – Which is Better?

28th May 2014

This is not an easy question to answer and it really depends on what you are looking for in a piano and the type of experience that you want to have. There are advantages and disadvantages to both so if you’re torn between a digital piano or an acoustic piano then hopefully the below will help you. Firstly, let’s start with digital pianos.

Advantages of Digital Pianos:

  • You can plug in headphones and enjoy the music privately
  • You can play and experiment with a variety of other sounds to enhance the playing experience
  • There is a volume control so you can turn it up and down
  • Digital pianos don’t need tuning or maintenance
  • You can record your piano playing onto discs and other external media
  • You can download songs from the internet and play them
  • They are significantly lighter and smaller than acoustic pianos
  • They are reasonably priced for the beginner

Now let’s take a look at acoustic pianos.

Advantages of Acoustic Pianos:

  • Natural sounding and more authentic than digital
  • Made from wood and very strong
  • Longer warranties are normally given with acoustic pianos
  • Hold their value
  • More impressive feature in a room

Digital Piano vs Acoustic Piano – compare and contrast

It’s really down to whether you have a modernist or purist view about pianos. Digital gives you flexibility and a cheaper entry level to pianos. Acoustic pianos are more expensive and need more maintenance, but they offer something that digital can’t – that deep rich tone that you only get with an acoustic piano.

Acoustic pianos are heavier than digital, need retuning at least twice a year and on the whole are more high maintenance. Digital pianos give you a wider scope but in the long term they don’t retain their value as much. New digital pianos are being developed all the time so it isn’t long before the model you buy becomes overtaken by the next all singing, all dancing version! This means that your digital piano can soon lose value on the second hand market.

On the other hand, a well looked after acoustic piano can actually gain value over time.

To re-iterate, the choice between digital and acoustic is not an easy one. Digital does more and costs less. Acoustic does less and costs more. However, we all know it’s not as simple as that. It’s all about personal taste, where you are on your piano playing journey and what ultimately will make you happy. If you need any further advice to help you decide then please do not hesitate to get in touch.