Originally Posted by Alex Wyler
Which portable full sized keyboard/synth sounds the most like a real grand Piano when recording it directly from the outputs?
I am not interested in anything but hardware.
So far I have found this one to be the best -
The Clavia Nord Stage Piano.
Is there something better?
Roland RD700sx with the classical piano expansion card SRX-02, is by far the best!
I´ve got it and tested it thoroughly up against the Clavia Nord Stage Piano and the yamahas (P 250, P 300, P 90, CP 30, S90ES)
The sound of the nordstage (with piano expansion) is quite good, but the feel is nowhere near the league of the RD700sx.
Soundwise Yamaha S90ES and Roland RD700sx (without expansion card) are pretty close, it would be a matter of taste and aim of use. For me, I like the feel of the roland more, it has the best action of all pianos I´ve tried, and with the piano sounds of the SRX-02 card, it sounds better too, when it comes to classical grand playing and feel. Much more subtle and nuanced.
It´s a REAL joy to play, and I never felt that way before with a digital piano.
Also it has the advantage, that they keep developing new expansion cards of the highest quality. Fx also the SRX-11 card is the best rhodes and wurlitzer out there in my opinion.