What we think of the Yamaha PSR-E263 portable keyboard:
The new entry level Yamaha keyboard builds on the success of previous models with improved sound quality and better functionality. Including a record facility for the first time on a PSR-E2** series model it has 400 sounds including XGLite and drum kits, along with 130 rhythm styles to choose from. Ideal for the beginner or classroom it also includes a number of built in lessons so you can learn to play the 112 built in songs. It is however worth noting that the keys are not touch sensitive to allow dynamic and expressive playing and it does not have a USB MIDI port. If these features are required we recommend that you go to the next model up, the new PSRE363 (see alternative products bar).Specification:
61 note keyboard (not touch sensitive)
AWM stereo sampling with 32 note polyphony
400 voices including XGLite and Drum/SFX kits
9 reverb settings
5 chorus settings
6 types of master EQ
3 ultra-wide stereo settings
Dual/split keyboard mode
130 preset rhythm accompaniment styles with multi-finger chord mode
112 built in songs
1 song, 1 track record facility
3-step 'Keys To Success' tuition system
Built in metronome
Adjustable tuning 427.0 - 440.0 - 453.0 Hz
Transpose -12, 0, +12
Stereo headphone socket for phones/output
Sustain pedal port
Aux in stereo mini-jack socket
2 x 2.5 watt amplifiers
2 x 12cm speakers
Runs from included PA-130 power supply or 6 x AA batteries
The better an instrument sounds, the more it inspires us
Yamaha has a proud history of manufacturing just about every kind of musical instrument. When it comes to reproducing the sound of these instruments in a keyboard, the results are detailed and high-quality. The PSR-E363 features a comprehensive library of 400 instrument Voices that will allow you to enjoy playing any musical genre.
Real-time backing band tracks
130 auto accompaniment Styles provide real-time band backing tracks based on the chords you play.
"Keys to Success" and other on-board lessons support learning to play
"Keys to Success" is based on teaching techniques shared with Yamaha over many years. Through short and easy, step-by-step lessons, players learn how to play entire songs. To help build your skills, the the new "Touch Tutor" takes the mystery out of learning dynamic expression. A downloadable songbook includes not only the musical scores of the built-in songs, but also provides tips for the on-board lessons with images, glossary and more.
Customise your sound using digital effects and Master EQ
9 new Reverb effects add ambience to your playing making it sound like you're in a concert hall, a small club or a cathedral. Chorus adds warmth and makes the sound more spacious. The Master EQ is easily adjusted to get the best sound depending on whether you are listening through headphones, the built-in speakers or connected to an external sound system.
Play with a partner
Duo mode allows two people to play together on the same instrument by creating two middle C notes. Enjoy playing the piano with friends and family!
Play along with your favourite songs
Connect your portable music player to hear your favourite music through the instrument's speakers. Play along and you feel like you've joined the band!
Manufacturer's warranty: 2 years