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Yamaha PSRE243 61-Key Entry-Level Portable Keyboard   

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Primarily geared toward learning musicians, the PSR-E243 offers the built-in Yamaha Education Suite, which enables students to teach themselves piano...Read More

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OVERVIEW

Great-sounding, features-rich beginner's model.

Primarily geared toward learning musicians, the PSR-E243 offers the built-in Yamaha Education Suite, which enables students to teach themselves piano as well as built-in accompaniment styles that make it possible to sound like full bands. USB TO HOST connectivity makes interfacing with personal computers and Apple iPad/iPhone/iPod touch easy.

For more seasoned music makers, the PSR-E243 can also be used as a MIDI controller for computers and high performance sound sources for music software applications.

The PSR-E243 offers built-in speakers featuring the Ultra-Wide Stereo DSP button that creates greater separation and a more spacious sound. It provides players with 385 voices and 100 accompaniment Styles.

Extend and enhance your keyboard by connecting to your iPhone/iPad/iPod. Add virtual pitch bend, mod wheels and an arpeggiator with Yamaha's Sound Controller app. Record your children's music progress as video and MIDI with My Music Recorder. Requires optional accessory i-UX1 (#H99901), sold separately.

Additional features include a new power-saving mode and 61 full-sized keys. This affordable model also lets users play along with a band or use the dedicated Portable Grand button to instantly call-up a great sounding grand piano.

Note: This keyboard does not ship with batteries or a power supply. We enthusiastically recommend the Yamaha SK-B2 Survival Kit, which contains the appropriate power supply for your keyboard, as well as a set of headphones, a footswitch, an extended warranty, rebate coupons and helpful software. #H65815

FEATURES Keyboard
  • Number of keys: 61 Key
  • Action: Non-weighted
  • Key size: Full
  • Aftertouch / Velocity: Velocity Sensitive
  • Key Type: Synth-style
Sounds
  • Number of voices: 385
  • Polyphony (max): 32-note
  • Layers: Not applicable
  • Split: Not applicable
Connectivity
  • AUX input: No
  • MIDI Connectivity: MIDI In/Out
  • Line output: Yes
  • Line input: No
  • USB Connectivity: Not applicable
  • Headphone jacks: 1
  • Pedal inputs: 1
  • Storage type: Not applicable
  • Expandability available: No
Onboard Features
  • Recording/Playback: Not applicable
  • Accompaniment styles: 100
  • Preset songs: 102
  • Display: Backlit LCD
  • Effects: Yes
  • Built-in speakers: Yes
  • Pitch bend/Modulation: Not applicable
  • Other controls: Not applicable
Effects
  • Reverb: Yes
  • Chorus: Yes
  • Delay: No
  • Equalizer: Yes
  • Arpeggio: No
  • Other: Ultra-wide stereo
Other
  • Width: 37 3/16" (945 mm)
  • Height: 4 5/8" (117 mm)
  • Depth: 13 11/16" (347 mm)
  • Weight: 8.8 lb. (4 kg)
  • Power: Adapter sold separately
  • Batteries: Sold separately
  • Stand or bench included: Not applicable
Power
  • Recommended power supply: Yamaha PA-3C/PA-130 or batteries

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YamahaPSRE243 61-Key Entry-Level Portable Keyboard
 
4.7

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (22)
  • Portable (17)
  • Responsive / good action (16)
  • Good audio (15)
  • Pre-programmed music (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Learning (20)
  • MIDI (6)
  • Electronic music (4)
  • Travel (4)
  • Accompaniment (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (15), Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

BEST PRICE and SERVICE on Yamaha

After buying and returning a no name brand keyboard, I read up on beginner keyboards. The consensus seemed to point towards Yamaha, so I shopped the brand. Musician's Friend had the best...Read complete review

After buying and returning a no name brand keyboard, I read up on beginner keyboards. The consensus seemed to point towards Yamaha, so I shopped the brand. Musician's Friend had the best price, and calling them they even beat their own price. They also heavily discounted the stand and power adapter (don't forget to buy!. The phone rep spoke unaccented American English, was friendly and answered the phone right away!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

NO AC adaptor

I bought this for my daughter for Christmas. Although the manual says an AC adapter is included, there was none in the package. How annoying to have to order it separately. It would...Read complete review

I bought this for my daughter for Christmas. Although the manual says an AC adapter is included, there was none in the package. How annoying to have to order it separately. It would have been nice to know this ahead of time!

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4.0

Good value for the price

By 

from Georgia

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Realistic Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Learning
    • MIDI

    Comments about Yamaha PSRE243 61-Key Entry-Level Portable Keyboard:

    The amp and speakers are not very good but I use an external system or head phones.

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    5.0

    Beginning Again

    By 

    from NH & FL

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Portable
    • Realistic Sound
    • Responsive / Good Action
    • Touch Sensitive Keys

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Enjoy Playing Again
      • Learning

      Comments about Yamaha PSRE243 61-Key Entry-Level Portable Keyboard:

      After decades away from playing and teaching piano, I am thoroughly enjoying getting acquainted with an old friend. I'm sure I will upgrade to a full 88 key keyboard in the future, but this "fills the bill" right now. I am pleasantly surprised that this keyboard so closely feels like a piano. The key action has reawakened old memories.

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      5.0

      Excellent product at a low price

      By 

      from Southern Oregon Coast

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Portable
      • Pre-programmed music
      • Realistic Sound
      • Responsive / Good Action

      Cons

      • Not Pressure Sensitive

      Best Uses

      • Learning
      • MIDI

      Comments about Yamaha PSRE243 61-Key Entry-Level Portable Keyboard:

      This is a good keyboard to learn with. Although it was marked "blemished", I couldn't find anything wrong with it except that thd box had been opened. Keys are full sized. Great keyboard for the price.

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      5.0

      Perfect.....

      By 

      from None

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Portable
      • Pre-programmed music
      • Realistic Sound
      • Responsive / Good Action
      • Touch Sensitive Keys

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Learning

        Comments about Yamaha PSRE243 61-Key Entry-Level Portable Keyboard:

        Great for refreshing skills that have not been used for several years...and for introducing our granddaughter to the keyboard....

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        5.0

        Great price and portability

        By 

        from BC, Canada

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Pre-programmed music
        • Responsive / Good Action

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about Yamaha PSRE243 61-Key Entry-Level Portable Keyboard:

          I purchased this for portability so I can practice while out of town on holiday

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Unbelievable Deal!

          By 

          from michigan

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Awesome Keyboard
          • Easy to Use
          • Portable
          • Pre-programmed music
          • Realistic Sound
          • Responsive / Good Action
          • Touch Sensitive Keys

          Cons

          • Cannot Think Of One

          Best Uses

            Comments about Yamaha PSRE243 61-Key Entry-Level Portable Keyboard:

            Super company to work with. Incredible fast shipping. Product is unbelievable for the price. Best deal I have received in a long time!

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome Keyboard

            By 

            from Townsend, Ma

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Learning

              Comments about Yamaha PSRE243 61-Key Entry-Level Portable Keyboard:

              I bought this for my 10 year old for Christmas. He is taking piano at school and stated he wanted a keyboard of his own. This was much better than I thought it would be. This is a wonderful keyboard and he loves it.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Dime store price; High end quality.

              By 

              from Bowie, MD

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Portable
              • Pre-programmed music
              • Realistic Sound
              • Responsive / Good Action

              Cons

              • No Keyingfingering Assts

              Best Uses

              • Accompaniment
              • Arts Assimilation
              • Electronic Music
              • Learning
              • Therapeutic

              Comments about Yamaha PSRE243 61-Key Entry-Level Portable Keyboard:

              Being introduced to keyboard and as a novice I find this instrument fitting for performing arts activities. The controls and accompaniments allow me the ability to be creative, yet structured. I find this process to be soothing and cathartic.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Worked for my needs...

              By 

              from Bellflower, CA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Portable

              Cons

              • Poor Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Learning

              Comments about Yamaha PSRE243 61-Key Entry-Level Portable Keyboard:

              I needed a midi keyboard (no velocity sensitivity) to control VB3, GSI's Virtual B3 - the best tonewheel software synth ever!! This was for a reunion show for a band from the 80's. I hooked this up to my netbook (running VB3) via the USB hookup.

              The downside is a set fresh Duracell Alkaline batteries (not included) only lasted 5 hours of non-continuous use. Poor battery life - use an adapter (not included).

              Another bad thing is the volume knob does not transmit any midi data. That would have been a simple thing to include in the programming. I read the midi implementation PDF file on the web (again, not included), which said that it transmits midi volume (controller 7). This is incorrect, and a downright lie. This omission was a disappointment.

              But, for a kid's first keyboard, this would be great. It has decent voices built-in. And the price is dirt cheap!!

              4 stars when used as it was meant to be - a child's learning tool.

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              5.0

              Awesome!

              By 

              from Catonsville, MD

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Realistic Sound
              • Responsive / Good Action

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Accompaniment
              • Learning

              Comments about Yamaha PSRE243 61-Key Entry-Level Portable Keyboard:

              This is a great keyboard for the price! Just remember that you have to buy the power plug separately! It was bigger than I expected - harder to transport and store than I planned for. But still great.

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