Digital Pianos vs Traditional Pianos

The two main kinds of pianos are traditional, or acoustic, pianos and digital pianos. There are multiple differences between the two kinds of pianos. Understanding these differences can help you to make the best decisions regarding the right type of piano for your needs. Here at Ogden Piano Gallery, we carry both traditional and digital pianos. Our experienced professionals can help you to determine the superior piano to meet all of your needs, taking into account your experience level, budget, available amount of space, and more.

Sound Production

The main difference between acoustic pianos and digital pianos are the way in which they produce sound. Acoustic pianos use a system of hammers and strings. When a piano key is compressed, it causes a hammer to fall, which causes the string to vibrate and produce sound. Digital pianos, however, reproduce sounds that are stored on computer chips inside of the piano. The sound is produced when you press down on a key, which tells the computer which sound to produce. The sound is then expelled through built-in speakers, headphones, or an external sound system. Certain digital pianos may be more sophisticated or complex than others, but that is generally how a digital piano produces sound.  

Mobility: Digital Pianos vs. Traditional

If you’ve ever attempted to move an acoustic piano, you’re likely aware that they are not mobile in any sense of the word. To move an acoustic piano, you will need to obtain the services of experienced piano movers, even if you merely wish to move the piano to another room. The complex mechanisms of an acoustic piano result in both a heavy and fragile piece of furniture that is difficult to move. Additionally, acoustic pianos tend to take up a significant amount of space, though that fluctuates between upright or grand pianos. Digital pianos are much more compact and easier to move. They are lighter and come in a large selection of sizes and designs to ensure that you can find a digital piano that will fit your needs and the amount of space available in your home.


Acoustic pianos produce their sound based on vibrations and vibrations have a way of cutting through walls and floorboards. There is no sound control on acoustic pianos and the only influence you have over the level of sound is the force you exert on the keys. This can cause you to disturb your neighbors, especially if you live in an apartment building. Some acoustic piano manufacturers provide silent systems with their pianos to combat this problem. Digital pianos have more effective sound control that allows you to lower or raise the volume with the touch of a button. Most digital pianos can also be hooked up to headphones to ensure that you are the only one that can hear it. They can also be hooked up to external sound systems for performances or other needs.

Sound Quality

Acoustic pianos provide the traditional piano sound. Different pianos may offer fairly different sounds, so you should certainly experiment with each piano before deciding on one, to ensure that it produces the sound that you desire. Digital pianos have come a long way from their monotone, electric notes. In fact, the technology that makes up digital pianos has become much more advanced and produces a sound that is often almost indistinguishable from acoustic pianos. In many cases, you will have to listen to a digital piano several times before you will be able to detect any differences in the sound between the digital piano and an acoustic variety. However, many people argue that acoustic pianos provide a more direct feel to the sound of the piano.   


Due to the digital nature of digital pianos, they require far less maintenance than traditional, acoustic varieties. Acoustic pianos use their strings to produce sound, which means that acoustic pianos need to be tuned on a regular basis. Other care and consideration must be taken to ensure that an acoustic piano remains in superior condition. Alternatively, digital pianos do not require tuning, as there are no strings that become loosened over time. However, if a digital piano requires repairs, the more complex mechanisms will be more costly to fix. Acoustic piano repairs tend to be less expensive than the repairs of their digital counterparts.

Overall Value

Acoustic pianos are often more expensive initially than digital pianos, though that depends primarily on the specific piano. They do, however, retain their value over time, which may make them an exceptionally useful investment. Acoustic pianos are often passed down over time, which may mean that an acoustic piano can be a great inheritance for both your lifetime and several beyond yours. Digital pianos are often cheaper initially, but don’t hold their value as effectively as an acoustic piano. Digital pianos also come in a broad range of prices to ensure that you will be able to find a piano that fits your specific budget.

Which is Best?

Whether you should choose a digital or traditional piano will depend largely on your specific preferences. Your budget, the space you have available, your skill level, the piano’s intended use, and more will all determine the ideal piano for your needs. Each type of piano has their pros and cons, though one type is not necessarily better than the other. It is vital to ensure that you try out the piano before you decide on which piano to buy for your home.

Digital Pianos and Traditional Pianos

Pianos come in a large array of styles, sizes, price ranges, and more. Choosing the best piano for your situation can be rather difficult, but our experts are here to help. Our experienced and knowledgeable professionals are able to provide you with superior guidance regarding the ideal piano for you. We carry a large selection of pianos to ensure that you will be able to find a piano that meets all of your requirements. To learn more about the differences between digital and traditional (acoustic) pianos, contact us at Ogden Piano Gallery today!


  • Loredana Walsh

    I learned the piano as a child in 1966 on an old cheap second hand piano. By my early 20s I was able to purchase a brand new acoustic piano which I still enjoy playing to this day.

  • Rajesh kumar

    Very useful introduction for a beginners in regards to the difference between acoustic and digital piano