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Yamaha PSRE243 61-Key Entry-Level Portable Keyboard   

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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)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

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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(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BEST PRICE and SERVICE on Yamaha

By Neil

from Delray Beacj, FL

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • 61 Keys So For Beginners

Best Uses

  • Learning
  • Travel

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

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!

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great entry level keyboard !!

By riversnake

from Springville, Ca

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Learning
    • Travel

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

    I purchased this keyboard for a lady at church who was looking for an easy to use, simple keyboard to practice and learn on... This was a wonderful selection... she loves it, and at the low economy price, what a bargain !!!

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great beginners keyboard!

    By ggoldring

    from Tampa, FL

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Electronic Music
    • Learning
    • MIDI

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

    I decided to buy a beginners keyboard after not practicing the piano for about 9 years in order to get back into it. For about 8 years, I had played on my parents grand piano and wanted a similar experience for a much cheaper price as I am a college student. I loved that this keyboard had the 'portable grand' option and was a great price. Right now, I don't need anything super fancy so this was the perfect combination of sound, ease, and portability. I am currently working on a group of songs to perform for my boyfriend on our anniversary! So glad I ended up buying this keyboard!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    great buy

    By sally

    from ohio

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good To Use With Computer
    • Good value
    • Great value
    • Portable

    Cons

    • Keys Not Weighted
    • Not For Performance
    • Poor Action
    • Unrealistic sound

    Best Uses

    • Arranging
    • Composing With Computer
    • Learning
    • MIDI
    • Practice
    • School Bands
    • Students
    • Travel

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

    Most useful instrument to speed up note entry into computer. Great value - comparison shopped and was best price. Most sounds are pretty decent. Would not recommend for performance use.
    Best for personal use and beginning students.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Starter Keyboard

    By Ryker

    from Central, Texas

    About Me Novice

    See all my reviews

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Responsive / Good Action
    • Touch Sensitive Keys

    Cons

    • No AC Adapter included

    Best Uses

    • Electronic Music
    • Learning
    • MIDI

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

    Easy to use good range of Voice selections.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great entry level keyboard

    By kb

    from Oconomowoc, WI

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        Excellent service from Musician's Friend and excellent keyboard for the price. The quality, sound and features are very good for an entry level keyboard.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome Keyboard

        By moran0816

        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.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Yahama keyboard

          By Davjsaa

          from Orlando, fl

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Realistic Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Learning

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

            No power cord included.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome

            By Ulyssa38

            from Wilmington, DE

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            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:

              Thanks For The Keyboard , It's Perfect , Everything Works Perfectly Fine !

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent Starter Keyboard for 7 Yr old!

              By DLThomas

              from Marysville, MI

              About Me Novice

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Needs Kids Songs
              • Needs Starter Scales
              • Power cord not included

              Best Uses

              • Learning

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

              I bought as a gift for my 7 Yr old Nephew. He quickly learned how to select the Song, Voice and Style selections to get different sounds from the keyboard. I taught him the C scale, which he put to rhythm. I quickly learned the C Chord progression, but wish there were directions or a built-in sample on the keyboard. The action on the keys seemed good to me for a starter keyboard. The overall instrument impresses me as solid and durable. Jayse played a few notes with his toes - aaugh! kids. I am getting four lessons for him to see if he is ready to learn piano. In the meantime, he has an instrument he can experiment with for many years, and pick it up later when he gets the interest if not now. This is a remarkable product for the money. Since it is a starter keyboard, it would be better if the built-in music was better suited for a young starter, otherwise this gift was a 5-star success story. P.S. the AC power cord is not included and MS does not let you know. Be sure to purchase with the keyboard.

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