Korg SP-280 (Black)Item ID: SP280BK
88-key Digital Piano with 30 Instrument Sounds, Natural Weighted Hammer Action, 2 x 22W Stereo Sound System, and Stand - Black
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Perfect for Playing Onstage and at Home!The Korg SP-280 digital stage piano follows closely in the footsteps of the popular SP-250, providing you with excellent sounds, exceptional feel, and easy portability - all for a price that's too good to pass up. Loaded with over 30 top-notch sounds, you can call up anything from grand pianos and EPs to organs and strings on your SP-280, even layering sounds with ease. An impressive 2 x 22W stereo sound system makes playing at home or small gigs extremely simple, and at a touch under 42 lbs., you'll have no reservations whatsoever about gigging out with your Korg SP-280 digital piano.
Korg SP-280 Digital Stage Piano at a Glance:
Thirty rich, detailed, and expressive sounds onboard
When you start tickling the ivories on your Korg SP-280 keyboard, you're far from limited to acoustic piano sounds. That's because Korg loaded this portable performance piano with a total of 30 wonderfully expressive instruments. Choose from electric pianos, organs, clavs, and more. Not only does the SP-280 provide you with full and realistic sound, it also delivers subtleties such as key release noise, and other ambient incidentals that make each sound come alive.
Powerful full-range stereo speaker system built in
Onstage or in your parlor, the SP-280's onboard stereo sound system delivers all the sound you desire, without the need for an external amplifier. In fact, the SP-280 keyboard's 2 x 22W speaker system is more than powerful enough to hold its own in smaller venues, making it perfect for cafe and bar gigs. And if you need to run to the PA, don't worry, Korg also equipped the SP-280 with standard 1/4" outputs.
Great for gigging, but also for home practice and lessons
One of the wonderful things about the SP-280 is its delightfully lightweight construction. Even with the stand, the SP-280 weighs under 42 lbs., which is impressive for a piano with a naturally weighted hammer-action keybed. In addition to the standard layer mode, the SP-280 also gives you a convenient partner mode, which allows you to split the keybed into two identical parts - perfect for playing with a student or teacher. On top of that, there are two headphone outputs onboard, allowing you to play with a partner, without disturbing the rest of the house.
Korg SP-280 Digital Stage Piano Features:
Play out with style with a Korg SP-280 digital stage piano!
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Reviewsbased on 4 reviews
Excellent Digitial Piano
by Mick Seven from New Yorkunlike the previous reviewer, I am actually a professional and not using this as a midi controller. First of all, it is not a grand piano with "hammer" action. I paid $560 for mine and it is an excell... read more [+]ent apartment digital piano for someone that does not want a console.
April 12, 2013
Music Background: professional musician on side (lawyer by day)
2nd, the speakers are better than any thing else in its price range- forget about 22 watt speakers vs 6 or 8 watt speakers the sound is clear.
Piano sample- it sounds natural and pleasant unlike an electronic sounding Casio. Is it Ivory? No? It is very good though.
The bottom line is if you are looking for something $500-$600 all in one unit and not a console than consider this. close [-]
Very nice keyboard
by Steve Nanny from Marshall, TXI bought this to teach myself how to play. I can play a little, took lessons years ago but forgot most everything. Some of it coming back as I sit and play more. The ease of playing and the sound is... read more [+] great. I have a real piano, Baldwin upright, but this Korg is just what I wanted for the different sound capability and features it offers. I have owned inexpensive smaller keyboards but they don't come close to this sound. close [-]
May 9, 2013
Music Background: hobbyist, playing guitar for over 40 years
Excellent with Limits
by Dennis Adams from Northeastern CaliforniaAll the voices are excellent, except for the electric piano voices. They are not what I expected. They are good, just not great. This is a great entry level Korg. If I had it to do over again, I'd buy... read more [+] the more expensive model SV-1. Oh, well, live and learn. close [-]
April 16, 2013
Music Background: Semi Pro musician
Didn't live up to my expectations
by Rich from SF Bay areaThe idea of this piano is great. Built-in speakers, built-in sounds, built-in stand. Unfortunately, if you have an expectation of reasonable dynamic control and come from a grand piano, spend more mon... read more [+]ey on something better. I'll start with the MIDI control issues. I thought I could use it as a reasonable priced controller for my Ivory II sounds. For me, it was impossible to get any decent dynamic control when playing quietly (or even how I normally play on my grand). I inspected the MIDI velocities and can see when playing anything quiet, it always comes out at 1. Play slightly harder and it jumps up to about 32. Getting anywhere in between was an impossible feat. You also can't press a note down and get a velocity of 0 like a real piano or higher quality controllers and the key needs to go all the way down to sound a note. This is not at all how a piano action works; apparently there is no hammer to throw in this action although the marketing says "Natural Weighted Hammer Action." Seems misleading. The same problem exists at higher velocities also but it's most problematic when playing gently (try Moonlight sonata, for example). For a beginner, this piano is probably just fine. For me, it's unusable.
March 29, 2013
Music Background: Pro musician
Second; the internal sounds: They are not very good (nor do the speakers sound good to me) and the dynamics of the internal sounds is totally different than when playing through MIDI. There seems to be a huge gap in the lower velocity range when using the internal sounds. All in all, it doesn't work for me. Maybe for someone learning who doesn't mind pounding on the keys it would be OK.
Third; the built-in stand: definitely not something you want to setup and take down often as it is very time consuming. It's also tricky to get it to sit flat on the floor without rocking. Mine had a bent leg and that didn't help.
The good aspects? It's a complete system on it's own. If you don't mind the sound quality and dynamics limitations then it could be right for you. It's not terribly expensive. Not for the pros. I wish I had more good things to say :( close [-]
Jon, Cushing, MN
Korg SP-280 (Black)
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