I used to play the acoustic piano back 10 years ago when I was in my home country, China. Now I am studying in the US.

Over the summer I bought CASIO PX160 at home and was amazed at how much digital piano has been advancing over these years. At first, I am only playing popular music songs for entertainment so CASIO PX160 seems to be good enough for me. However, as I am playing Croatian Rhapsody and River flows in you, I find the touches of the keyboard unsatisfactory. I sometimes feel the keyboard get "sticky" and I have to press really hard to make the sounds of the node very clear. I do wish to play more classic music in the future so I want an upgrade for my piano. I have done some researches online, it seems I should choose between CASIO, Roland, Yamaha and Kawai but I don't know which brand is best in terms of mimicking the performance experience of a true acoustic piano. Also, some series seem to have too many redundant functions that I really don't need.

So my requirement is as follow: feel and sounds like an acoustic piano (upright piano would be fine, I don't have enough room space for a grand piano)>>MIDI connectivity > Bluetooth connection. I am setting the budget at $2000 but if some series with higher price has series upgrade in terms of its feeling I am also willing to take that option into consideration.

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    Hello, welcome to MPTSE! As it is, this question is off topic as it asking for hardware recommendation. If you want to avoid it to get closed you can try to rephrase it, for instance asking what are the characteristics needed for a digital piano to get close to a real one.
    – Tom
    Nov 17 '20 at 15:22
  • with a budget of $2000, you DON'T NEED to be asking this question!
    – progy_rock
    Nov 17 '20 at 15:26
  • Welcome! Questions asking for gear recommendation are off-side on this site, so the question won't be here long, sorry. But your best bet, instead of asking complete strangers what might suit you, is to turn up at some music stores and try out various pianos. They won't turn you away. I spent hours and several visits before I decided on what was best for me. $2000 will see you into the higher eschalons of digital keyboards - there's really no need to spend that.
    – Tim
    Nov 17 '20 at 15:48
  • Getting that sound is pretty tricky. The sound of a live, acoustic piano performance does not come from a pair of speakers. High-end electronic pianos can do a very good job of reproducing the sound of a stereo recording of a live piano performance. Hopefully that's enough. Nov 17 '20 at 22:41

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