What we think of the Yamaha YPT230 portable keyboard:
The Yamaha YPT230 portable keyboard is the cheapest model in the Yamaha range. That said, the sound quality is excellent and they are very well put together units, and as such are ideal for young beginners or for use in schools. It is an upgraded version of the popular YPT220, with a slightly different cabinet design, an upgraded speaker system and a few extra sounds. It also features Yamaha's proprietary YES Yamaha Education Suite, designed to assist with learning. It is worth noting however that this doesn't have touch sensitive keys...
61 full size keys
Custom LCD display
92mm x 32mm screen
AWM stereo sampling
32 note polyphony
Stereo Grand Piano + 371 XGlite + 13 Drum/SFX/SE Kits
9 reverb settings
Ultra wide stereo
100 preset rhythm accompaniment styles
One Touch Setting (OTS)
YES6 Yamaha Education Suite with 102 preset songs
Portable Grand Button
Lesson/Guide Y.E.S. (Listen & Learn, Timing, Waiting, Chord Dictionary)
AUX Pedal: 1 Footswitch (optional)
2 x 2.5 watt amplifiers
2 x 12cm speakers
Includes PA-130A power adaptor
Dom, piano and keyboard adviser, reviewed the YPT230 on 26th January 2016:
'The Yamaha YPT230 is the most popular YPT model to date. Its sound quality is superb and streets ahead of the competition, in part thanks to the speakers but it's really Yamaha's instrument samples that are the star here. Much of its content is shared with significantly more expensive Yamaha keyboards, and their rhythm accompaniment styles are incredibly dynamic and realistic, even at this entry level price point. Highlights for me are 70's disco style with a strings voice in the right hand and the big band styles, they're great fun! With a Yamaha badge you can be assured of great quality and reliability, and with built in tuition features and supplied in a colour box it would make a great present too!'
Yamaha's YPT Series keyboards enrich, educate, entertain, and empower
The YPT-230 features 375 natural sounding voices, including Stereo Grand Piano, 371 XGlite voices, 13 drum kits and a sound effect kit. The YPT-230 also has 100 accompaniment styles and 102 built-in songs. Use the Portable Grand button to instantly call up an authentic stereo grand piano sound. The instrument also has a rich reverb effect that adds concert-hall ambiance to any performance. The Yamaha Education Suite feature makes learning and practising music more fun than ever before.
Ultra Wide Stereo
Enjoy the experience of an extended, wide, dynamic sound field. Various Ultra Wide Stereo presets can be selected.
More Advanced "Y.E.S 6"
Practice at your individual level with the new advanced Yamaha Education Suite (Ver.6) lesson functions. Now, the playback of the selected song is continuously adjusted to the tempo of the player's performance.
High Quality Voices & Styles and Digital Effects
In the YPT-230, You will find 385 high-quality instrument voices and 100 accompaniment styles.
It features a wide variety of voices, including preset digital effects. You will also find preset dual voices, like e.g. Piano plus Synth Pad, so you can easily (simply?) enjoy beautiful rich sounds.
Portable Grand Button
The Portable Grand button instantly recalls a great sounding piano "covering" the keyboard's full range.
Auto Power Off mode
This is a new, eco-friendly mode. The YPT-230 comes with a function that turns off the power automatically if the keyboard has not been used for a set amount of time in order to avoid using power unnecessarily. This supports long battery life.
Manufacturer's warranty: 2 years