We offer up a complete Roland Digital Piano comparison guide to discuss the major differences so you can make the right choice
We’ve made it easier to choose your ideal Roland piano with our complete Roland Digital Piano comparison guide. In this blog, we’re going to highlight the key benefits of each model, but if you want the quick comparison chart including a Roland FP series comparison guide, scroll down to the bottom for the key specs.
First up here’s a run down of each Roland Digital Piano and the key features to get you started:
Roland FP Series Comparison
First up we have the Roland FP series comparison. These are often the entry level options for those who either want to start playing piano, already play and need something easy to use and those who want a high-quality option to hone their skills.
Roland FP-10 Digital Piano
The first digital piano in our comparison list is the Roland FP-10 Digital Piano – an affordable beginner digital piano that offers a range of high-end features. Users of all levels will appreciate the incredible performance on offer here, including a PHA-4 standard keyboard, host of SuperNATURAL piano tones and Bluetooth connectivity which allows you to stream music and hook up smart devices for learning alongside Roland’s Piano Partner 2 app.
We love the PHA-4 Standard keyboard which responds beautifully to your playing thanks to high-resolution sensing and escapement and the incredibly realistic ivory feel keyboard.
Finally, you have 15 in-built tones ranging from lush grand pianos to electric keyboards.
Roland FP-30 Digital Piano
Next up we have the Roland FP-30, which has now been replaced by the above FP-10 as the entry level standard. This is still a fantastic beginner digital piano of course, except it has a few extra features intermediate players will appreciate. You have 35 built-in tones here which utilise Roland’s highly advanced SuperNATURAL Piano engine as well as upgraded speakers that offer a richer sound. You also have more control over sounds sonic features as well as a built-in recording functionality that allows you to record direct to USB or through the Piano Partner 2 app.
Another key feature of the FP-30 is the twin headphone outputs which gives you two separate ways of listening – ideal for two people playing at the same time when using ‘Split Mode’. You can check out more of the differences in our video below.
Roland FP-60 Digital Piano
The next in our Roland FP series comparison and next in line when you’re thinking of upgrading is the Roland FP-60 digital piano. This offers quite the jump in terms of sounds as you have 350 sounds to get to grips with. Again, you have the PHA4 keybed, which provides a lush, realistic feel and the SuperNATURAL sound engine, but you also get MIDI connections, allowing you to add it to your studio workflow with ease.
In addition, you have improved speakers and 3D stereo sound for a superior headphones experience. In fact, the speakers and integrated amplifier have been crafted to mimic the sound of an acoustic piano delivering an impressive sound that eliminates the need for an external amplifier.
Roland FP-90 Digital Piano
The final option in the FP range comes in the form of the Roland FP-90 Digital Piano. We actually covered the differences between the FP-60 and the FP-90 in this blog. But in short, the Roland FP-90 is heavier at 24kg and designed mainly for static operation in Churches, Schools and Theatres for example.
There are 4 speakers instead of two, a built-in microphone input with dedicated vocal effects and a premium selection of sounds including electric pianos, strings, organs and synths.
Finally, the keyboard is a PHA-50 (Progressive Hammer Action with Escapement) which combines wood and moulded materials to provide an incredibly realistic feel and response.
Roland RP Home Piano Series
The Roland RP home piano series offer incredible playability for players of all levels, but there are some key differences between the RP102 and the RP501R.
Roland RP102 Digital Piano
The Roland RP102 Digital Piano is the entry level home piano designed for those who want to start their piano playing journey and old hands who want something that they can use to refresh their skills or just enjoy playing at home.
With this option you get a complete home piano set up including piano stand, music rest and pedals making it a great option for those who want a complete package. Again, you have the PHA-4 standard keyboard which offers beautiful playability and the SuperNATURAL sound engine for perfectly recreated sounds from Roland’s impressive catalogue of piano samples. There are actually 15 built-in sounds as well, so you have a wide breadth of tones at your disposal as well as over 200 on board songs to play along to.
An ideal first piano for home that also includes a range of onboard learning features to help you along the way to music superstardom! We believe in you!
Roland RP501R Home Piano
The Roland RP501R-CB Home Piano is designed for those experienced players out there who want a hard working and great looking home piano that they can use to play a wide range of genres. You have over 300 sounds including traditional piano styles, electric pianos, strings and more all of which utilising Roland’s SuperNATURAL sound engine.
The PHA-4 Standard keyboard features high-resolution touch sensing and you can use the included Progressive Damper Action pedal for greater response including half pedalling and other traditional piano techniques.
Again, you can connect to Roland’s Piano Partner 2 app to hone your skills and play along to tracks. We also love the 3D ambience feature which provides a multi-dimensional sound experience when you’re using your headphones.
This is essentially a digital piano for those who don’t like digital pianos – a beautifully designed contemporary option for the discerning players out there.
Roland F Series
Roland F140R Digital Home Piano
Next up in our Roland Digital Piano comparison, we have the Roland F140R Digital Home Piano. This is designed to fit into smaller living spaces and apartments and is essentially a slimmer version of the RP501R.
You have 316 tones at your disposal including 11 Grand Piano Voices, 8 drum sets and even a complete set of SFX to sculpt your sound. A set of 2 x built in stereo speakers provide a rich and full sound, whilst the headphones 3D ambience immerses you in the sound when you hook up a set of headphones.
One of the cool features comes in the form of the onboard rhythm accompaniments and recording features. You have control over a virtual backing band that automatically follows the chords you play and the ability to record your sessions via internal memory – it’s like jamming and recording with a full band!
Roland HP series comparison
Next up we have the Roland HP series comparison. Short for ‘Home Piano’ the HP series basically provides players with a beautiful looking, stylish home piano that acts and sounds like an acoustic model but never needs to be tuned or serviced!
Roland HP601 Digital Home Piano
The Roland HP601 Digital Home Piano is designed for experienced players who need a great sounding option that also fits beautifully within the home. This has been designed with enough features for the pro-level players, but also provides a great learning platform for first time players too.
This includes a PHA-50 Keyboard which delivers that authentic grand piano touch with progressive hammer action and escapement that acoustic players will appreciate. You have 319 tones at your disposal as well as over 350 onboard songs to play along with.
You can also store 25 of your favourite sound setups within the unit for recalling in an instant and even completely customise your acoustic piano characteristics via the onboard Piano Designer function for further personalisation.
Roland HP603A Digital Home Piano
The Roland HP603A digital home piano is a concert-class piano designed to fit in beautifully within your home, rehearsal space, church or theatre offering up a vast amount of tones and incredible playability.
The SuperNATURAL modelling found within the HP603A effectively recreates the response and full bodied tones of an acoustic piano, without any of the unreliable quirks. This feature really comes through when you use the acoustic piano sounds within. There are actually 350 tones within this home piano including strings, wood and brass instruments as well as 353 songs to play along with.
You have onboard recording features , Bluetooth connectivity for streaming and connection to smartphones and tablets as well as Piano Designer functionality for further tweaking of your sound.
Finally, the PHA-50 Progressive Hammer Action with escapement keyboard has been designed to offer a real feel experience. These keys look and feel like ebony and ivory and respond beautifully to your playing thanks to moisture absorbing properties – no more slipping off the keys!
Roland HP702 Digital Piano
New for 2019, the HP702 and HP704 models improve upon the previous two options and are inspired by the award winning LX700 series.
The Roland HP702 features a PHA-4 Standard keyboard as well as Progressive Damper action pedals so it responds beautifully to your playing. the key benefit here is that you won’t need to upgrade as your technique improves. However, if you want the pinpoint accuracy of an acoustic (this isn’t far off) then the HP704 might be better suited to your needs.
Both this and the HP704 feature Bluetooth connectivity and are compatible with Roland’s Piano Every Day app which encourages you to play piano more often and learn new techniques – ideal for players of all levels.
Roland HP704 Digital Piano
The key difference between the HP702 and HP704 comes down to the keyboard and acoustic projection. The HP704 features a responsive PHA-50 keyboard that combines the look and feel of wooden keys with the durability of modern materials, so there’s no need to ever maintain or replace the keys – something that users of acoustic pianos have to pay out for eventually.
Finally, you might want to upgrade to the HP704 if you want greater acoustic projection system. The HP704 features higher quality onboard speakers that deliver dynamic full-range sound making them ideal for practice sessions, performances and parties.
Roland DP Series
Roland DP603 Digital Piano
The Roland DP603 Digital Piano is a slimline home digital piano made for those with limited room. A minimalist look will appeal to those who like to keep things orderly, but don’t be fooled – this is a powerhouse full of onboard tech made for experienced players.
You have 307 tones available with limitless polyphony for piano tones and a maximum of 384 for other tones – plenty to play with. The 88 key PHA-50 Keyboard with Escapement and Ebony/Ivory Feel makes it a joy to play, mimicking the feel of an acoustic, whilst the Damper Soft and Sostenuto pedals offer extra control. You also have 2 x 30W speakers built in offering incredible sound quality.
A Twin Piano mode also enables a teacher and a learner to sit side by side and play in the same key range making it an ideal option for schools and home tutors. Bluetooth MIDI and USB cable connectivity allow you to connect your iPad or Android tablet and access a world of intuitive learning apps like Roland’s Piano Partner 2.
Roland LX Series Pianos
Next up in our Roland digital piano comparison guide is the LX700 series. The Roland LX Series pianos are the ultimate goal for those who want a quality digital home piano that acts as if it’s an acoustic. The LX stands for luxury and includes the likes of the LX705, LX706, LX708 and LX17 – all of which are at the higher end of the Roland piano series offering the ultimate piano experience in terms of playability, sound and appearance.
The major differences between these digital home pianos are the number of speakers onboard, keybed and tones included.
Roland LX705 Digital Home Piano
The Roland LX705 is the most affordable in the LX700 series, but still includes an array of great features you find in the higher end models. The PHA-50 Keyboard and Progressive Damper Action Pedals offer incredible playability whilst you enjoy Authentic Acoustic Tone thanks to Roland’s PureAcoustic Piano Modelling Technology. You have 324 tones to enjoy including two world-class piano models built in – European Grand and American Grand.
You also have 4 x 2way speakers on board offering an incredibly immersive experience.
Roland LX706 Digital Home Piano
The next in line is the Roland LX706 Digital Home Piano. The key difference between this and the previous model is the inclusion of Hybrid Grand Keyboard and Progressive Damper Action Pedals. In addition, you have an upgraded 3-way, 6-speaker system for enhanced sound.
This is slightly shorter than the flagship LX708 and only comes in a closed lid configuration.
Roland LX708 Digital Home Piano
Next up we have the Roland LX708. This is packed with all the great features of the LX706 but comes with an upgraded sound system featuring eight-speakers. Again, you have a Hybrid Grand Keyboard and Responsive Damper Action Pedals at your disposal as well as a larger cabinet and opening lid for further sound projection.
Just like the others in the series, you have the 'My Stage' feature which allows you to combine piano sounds and ambience for emulating specific stages and studios across the globe.
Roland LX17 Digital Piano
The Roland LX17 is the final instalment in the LX series. This differs from the rest of the LX7 series as its the tallest in the range and features a four-way, eight-speaker system and updated SuperNATURAL Piano Modeling system. It also makes more of a visual impact, being the sleekest offering in the range.
The larger size in combination with the 8 speakers allows the sound to resonate more, offering a far more acoustic sound than we’re used to. The functioning lid also allows for further sonic sculpting as the sound actually changes when you open it up!
Overall, you get a more authentic playing experience that, dare we say it, is actually BETTER than an acoustic piano!
Roland GP Series
Next up we have the Roland GP series which is the pinnacle of Roland’s piano design, offering players the opportunity to get a mini grand piano, without the associated hassle of acoustic pianos.
Roland GP607 Home Piano
When you want the ultimate visual piece for your home the Roland GP607 Home Piano is the way to go. This provides a lush playing experience thanks to the PHA-50 Keyboard which feels just like an acoustic grand. However, the combination of the Acoustic Projection system and powerful 4.1 multi-channel speakers ensures your sound completely fills the room.
In addition, the GP607 also utilises Bluetooth functionality so you can stream music wirelessly to the piano when you have guests – no need for an external speaker system. This Bluetooth connectivity also enables you to connect your smart device to learning apps like Roland’s Piano Partner 2. MIDI playback and USB memory are also great additions for performers.
Roland Kiyola KF Series Digital Piano
Roland Kiyola KF-10 Digital Piano
The final product in our Roland Digital Piano comparison is the Roland Kiyola KF-10 Digital Piano. These artisan digital pianos are made in Japan, featuring hand crafted solid wood cabinets and are the result of a unique collaboration between Roland and renowned Japanese furniture designer Karimoku.
These are designed to complement any living space and feature minimalist controls to preserve the natural organic design. You have the same acclaimed SuperNATURAL Piano modelling found in Roland’s flagship LX/HP digital pianos and 6 onboard tones that really come alive thanks to the PHA-50 Keyboard. There are 30 songs to play along to, Bluetooth and MIDI connectivity options and Piano design functionality which offers a world of customisable tonal qualities.
Finally, the included Karimoku designed ergonomic bench encourages good posture so you can play longer without discomfort or fear of health issues!
Complete Roland Digital Piano Comparison Table
Here’s a summary of the key differences between each piano to help you decide which option might be better for you including a Roland FP series comparison.