Roland FP-30X Review – Practical, Powerful, & Impressive

FP-30X

The Roland FP-30X is the newest addition to the Roland FP-series. For the keyboard world, this is some pretty big news as this series was extremely popular last year for Roland.

One of the main questions that you’re probably wondering is, “is the FP-30X better than the FP 30?” I believe that it is definitely slightly better. We will be diving into the comparisons between the two later in this article, as well as breaking down what it does so well.

It is important to note that Roland is still currently selling the FP-30 and at this point it is unclear for how long. The main thing to note here is that there is a $50 price difference between the FP-30 and the FP-30X.

Let’s get into the full review below.

Roland has managed to improve the FP series with an extremely powerful and innovative portable digital piano. The FP30X impresses right out of the box with its impressive key-bed and its sleek and slim design.

While the original FP30 was impressive, Roland has set out to make some improvements to give us all a look at a very professional digital piano near this price point.

Let’s take a quick look at the technical specs that make the FP30X impressive in our eyes.

Tech Specs Of The FP30X

  • 88 fully weighted keys
  • PHA-4 Stand keyboard-bed with escapement and Ivory touch
  • Touch sensitivity, 5 types (fixed)
  • Supernatural Piano Sound (Roland staple)
  • Presets: 12 piano, 20 electric pianos, 24 other tones = 56 presets
  • Polyphony: 256 note polyphony
  • Effects Types: Rotary, ambiance, modulation
  • Playback: 30 internal songs
  • Metronome: Yes
  • Audio Outputs: 2 x 1/4″ (L/Mono, R)
  • Weight: 32.7 LBS with rest
  • USB: 1 x Type B, 1 x Type A
  • Bluetooth & USB
  • Bluetooth: v3.0 (audio), v4.0 (MIDI)
  • Headphones: Yes, 1 x 1/8″, 1 x 1/4″
  • Power Source: AC Power adapter (Common)
  • Speakers: 2 x 4.7″
  • Amplifier: 2 x 11W
  • Width: 51.1″
  • Depth: 36.6″
  • Colors: Available in black or white

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Design

FP-30X design

The FP30X is available in both black or white with both versions being very sleek and slim to the eye.

Similar to the FP series, the FP-30X aims at delivering a portable and powerful digital piano that can fit in smaller spaces when needed.

When you compare this to the FP series, you will notice the specs are pretty close to identical as far as height and weight go.

As far as weight goes, the FP30X is slightly heavier than most of its competitors, but with this being said, it feels extremely durable.

The weight difference is not significant when compared to a couple of the other options near this price point and it is about one LB heavier than the FP30.

I personally think the FP30X has a very neat look to it, especially with the illuminated buttons. The layout is clean and everything is very easy to navigate.

FP 30 X Layout

As far as changing different settings, you will need to look at the manual as it does require you to hold down one button while navigating.

The lack of an interface is what leads to this, and if you compare it to its predecessor, it’s the same. It’s all very similar to any digital piano near its price point.

I’ve always preferred an interface with my keyboards, but in terms of slimming down the costs and providing a super-solid digital piano, I totally understand.

If you’re going to cut costs, you would rather not have to take away from something like the key-bed or speakers.

As far as the buttons go, they are sturdy and feel like they’re built to last.

Keyboard Bed

In terms of the key-bed, we are dealing with the PHA-4 from Roland, which is impressive. The keys are designed to feel like real ivory and they do a very good job at imitating this overall.

Note: PHA-4 stands for progressive hammer action. The way this works is that the key-bed has a different weight for each key ultimately giving the digital piano an incredibly realistic response to your fingers.

Down below, you will notice we compare the FP30X to the FP30 and you will find that the key-bed is the same on both models. With this being said, it’s a super impressive key-bed for this price point.

As far as touch sensitivity goes, you will notice that most digital pianos near this price only offer 3 different settings. The FP30X offers 5 different touch sensitivity settings to try and accommodate for all levels of pianists.

Speakers

FP30X side view
You will notice the speakers are located on the bottom of the FP30X, on both the left and right sides

The speakers on the FP30X are plenty to fill an entire room with a beautiful piano sound. You will notice that the FP30X is packed with 2 x 4.7″ built-in speakers with 2 x 11W amplifiers.

While these speakers aren’t as powerful as some of the keyboards at a higher price point, they do a great job for their price point.

These speakers are perfect for your house or apartment and they could even be used in a small coffeehouse.

If you’re playing for a considerable amount of people in a larger room, I would suggest running the FP30X through the PA or through an amp.

What makes these speakers so great for the price point is that the digital pianos from Casio, Yamaha, and Korg don’t matchup in this department.

This being said, while the speakers are quite powerful, they are facing downwards. I, personally think this is a little bizarre and would prefer them to upwards.

You may notice upon first playing that the sound might seem a little bit muted if you’re used to upward speakers. Have no fear, I adapted in about 15-20 minutes of playing and I couldn’t really tell the difference anymore.

Should you choose to want to mix it up, I always recommend a set of headphones for your keyboards. Not only are they great for when you’re wanting to keep the noise down, but they also can provide a different environment for practice.

Connectivity

The FP30X provides pianists with an easy way to connect via Bluetooth for audio and for MIDI. On top of this, you can also use a USB to connect.

For the audio outputs, we are looking at 2 x 1/4″ (L/Mono, R) and for USB you will need 1X type B and 1X type A.

As far as headphones go, we are looking at 1 x 1/8″, 1 x 1/4″ which is pretty nice for this price point. This means you could have dual headphones going at the same time, should you be practicing late night a friend or instructor.

One last thing to point out is that you have the option to upgrade to a 3-pedal unit should you want to spend the extra money.

I personally think the DP-10 which is included is more than enough and wouldn’t recommend upgrading.

Overall, the connectivity for the FP30X is far superior to anything near its price point and this is a big win for Roland. Having Bluetooth for audio and for MIDI is something I really like.

Accessories

The FP30X includes a Roland DP-10 damper pedal, which is a great sustain pedal we heavily recommend. This pedal retails for about $55, so this is a great deal to be included with the digital piano.

The FP30X includes the following accessories:

  • Roland DP-10
  • Music rest
  • Ac adapter
  • Owner’s manual

Software

Roland has included some additional software that includes “Piano Every Day,” and “Piano Designer.” These programs work with iOS and with android.

The FP30X is also fully compatible with GarageBand, should you have a macBook or iOS.

FP30X VS FP30

Let’s take a quick look at the differences between these two digital pianos. When it comes to the key-bed we are looking at the same one being the PHA-4. This is a solid key-bed, but it is the same for each digital piano.

Aesthetically, we are looking at a very similar digital piano in which not much has changed.

When it comes to polyphony, the FP30X outshines the FP30 giving you 256 note polyphony vs 128 note polyphony.

So, what does this mean? Having greater polyphony is important to a certain point. It is most important when it comes to layering sounds.

If you’re holding down 12 notes and each note has 4 layered sounds, you have to multiply to get to your polyphony.

This is the same for when you’re using your pedal. Generally speaking, 128 note polyphony is usually more than enough, and 256 is quite impressive.

Bluetooth Capabilities Of The FP-30X Are Superior

The FP30X has Bluetooth V 3.0 for audio and V 4.0 for MIDI. The FP-30 has V.40 for Bluetooth MIDI and I believe it is very similar to the FP-30X in this department.

This is actually a great advancement for digital pianos near this price point.

As far as the speakers go, you will find identical speakers and amplifiers on the the FP30X and the FP30.

To sum up the main differences between the FP-30X and the FP30, the FP-30X has greater polyphony, more presets, and more Bluetooth capabilities. It also weighs in at about a LB more than the FP-30, however, you won’t really be able to tell this difference.

Lastly, the FP30X has a built-in mic input, whereas the FP30 does not.

The FP30X has recently secured a spot on our best Bluetooth digital pianos list and I recommend checking that list out.

FP-30X VS Yamaha P-125

P-125 VS FP-30X

As far as the key-action goes, the FP-30X takes it home. If you’re familiar with my reviews, I almost always pick the digital piano that just plays most like an acoustic piano.

When we break it down spec-wise like below, we will also see the FP-30X takes it home overall as well.

The Yamaha P-125 lacks Bluetooth capabilities, which for some is a big deal. I am personally a huge supporter of everything Bluetooth for digital pianos. Roland has Bluetooth dialed in for the FP-30X, making it the winner here.

Wrapping Up

The Roland FP30X adds to an already impressive FP30 design & build, overall resulting in a state of the art portable option near its price point.

15 comments
  1. There were some issues with the FP-30 with the headphone output, resulting in very soft and not so good sound on a lot of headphones, Do you know whether that issue has now been solved?

    1. Hey Erik, I’m not positive on if this has been resolved as I really wasn’t too aware of the FP-30 problem.

      I would guess that if this was a major complaint, Roland would’ve fixed this issue. Another thing I would bring up is that because of the popularity of the FP-series, it would be in Roland’s best interest to fix this issue with the FP-X series.

      Hope this helps,

      Chris

    2. I purchased the FP30X and my only complaint is the volume on the headphones are low with the RH5 headset; I have the volume on the highest setting. I tried some other headphones (MPOW) and there is considerable improvement with the volume.

    1. I had the audio and Bluetooth mixed up for some reason in my blueprint!

      Thanks for the note, Greg!

      Cheers

  2. I think the FP-30 didn’t have Audio Outputs: 2 x 1/4″ (L/Mono, R) like in the FP-30X. If this is the case, this is the most important improvement, specially if you want to use it also for gigs (not only at home).

  3. Could you tell how noisy are the keys of FP-30X while playing compared to other pianos? I used to have Roland HP302 where thumping was really audible, even outside the room, even when playing softly. I ignored reviewers’ warning about that and then regretted it 🙂 I heard FP-30 has annoying clicking which develops over time but this should not be a problem for me (I hope), as I intend to mainly use headphones while playing. I just want other people outside my room not to hear me playing, often late at night.

  4. 1.. Does “Bluetooth Audio” mean wireless headphones would work with the FP-30X? Or is that something else?
    2. Does the Roland app include the same lessons (for beginners) and the same supplementary sounds/voices on all your digital keyboards (e.g., FP-10, FP-30, FP-30X), or is the material that I have access to depend on the model I purchase?

    Thanks.

  5. Hello, are you absolutely certain that the FP30X has a mic input? I have checked the Roland specification sheet.
    Looked at the image of the back of the keyboard, I can’t see the connection point. I believe it is available for the 60 and 90 in the series. It is shown as available on the RD88.

    1. Hi Ed,

      According to Sweetwaters specification page, I’m seeing mic input. Before purchasing, you could verify with their sales team, as I was unaware that mic input wasn’t on the specifications page of Roland.

      Chris

  6. I’m a bit surprised that you don’t mention the huge sound improvement of the e-pianos…
    That’s really night and day! For example, what was supposed to sound like a Rhodes (one of the Rhodes, should I say) was really ugly/terrible/atrocious/unplayable on the FP-30! As demonstrated by ThePianoForever on YT (“Hype or Truth? – Roland FP-30″ Full review” at 18:25), this “Rhodes” on the FP-30 has 4 to 6 different tones/voicings, which makes you feel like you’re playing on different instruments from one half-step or octave to another. I thought my FP-10 was defective until I watched his video… Hard to believe that Roland released such a shxxy tone and nobody except this guy mentions it in the reviews. Well… I know… And you know…. Anyway… sent back an FP-10 with the exact same issue (of course) and bought an FP-30x instead. Less than 200 bucks well spent!

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