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Are there Digital keyboards that hook-up to earphones and let the notes come out of the earphones only? I'm attending university so I am living inside student housing, and I do not want to create disruption to my next door roommates.

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This is a standard feature of electronic keyboards. I can't think of one that does not have this feature. In any case, instrument recommendations are off-topic on this site. –  Ben Miller Mar 26 at 16:17
    
Go to a music store and play the instruments they have on hand and ask them questions. You cannot make a decision based entirely on what you read about online. You have to play some instruments yourself, and hear how they sound. –  Wheat Williams Mar 26 at 19:06
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All digital keyboards will allow you to plug a pair of headphones in and use it via them.

As far as brand is concerned, it's really down to personal preference and your budget. I myself am a Yamaha fan, but you may prefer Casio, for example.

The type of keyboard you should buy is down to how you will be using it. If you are learning playing classical piano then you will need something with weighted keys and graded hammer-action. I own a Yamaha P-105B and I think it is as good as any of the upright acoustic pianos I have ever used. It also allows me to play using headphones, without decreasing the sound quality (if anything it increases it). Digital pianos like the P-105 go for ~£450 (~US$745), but there is a wide range of models available across several brands, and you would probably have to try some out in a store to really make your mind up.

If you don't need the feel of a real piano, then you want a digital keyboard. Digital keyboards are far cheaper, and they usually come with hundreds of in-built voices and backing styles, if that's your cup of tea. However, instruments of this type often have a fake, plasticky feel and are completely useless if you want to learn anything vaguely classical. They function as well synthesizers and 'My first piano' type things, but if you are a serious pianist then digital pianos are the way to go.

I do hope I haven't over-answered slightly.

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I owned a similar Yamaha, and while I found it better than most vertical pianos, it wasn't as responsive and accurate by any means as a good grand piano such as one of Yamaha's own. –  BobRodes Mar 26 at 18:23
    
I agree @BobRodes - nothing can beat a good grand. I've added 'upright' in there, to make my answer slightly more accurate. –  Poben Mar 26 at 18:28
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You definitely should try out various keyboards in the store with sound off, and once you put this in your appartment, see how you can decouple it from the floor.

If you are studying piano, you won't get by without weighted action, and weighted action will make noise and vibrations even when you turn the sound off. This is not necessarily a primary design criterion of digital pianos, so you better check out the noisiness of the action for various keyboards if the main incentive is retaining peace in your appartment.

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