Yamaha PSR e343 keyboard is the most recent version (replacing the psr e333) and is loaded with tons of useful features. Its a beginner keyboard with 61-key touch sensitive keys, and is also rightly-priced for beginner students who want to learn and practice. Besides having built-in piano lessons, the keyboard also has a sequencer and a melody suppressor function that allows you to practice on your favorite songs.
Competitively priced considering the number of features, has Touch Sensitive Keys, has 2-track sequencer where you can record your own songs, lets you connect the keyboard to iPhone/iPad, Melody suppressor makes your practice session more effective when playing songs from external sources.
AC power adapter isn’t included
Best Place to Buy
On Amazon, Yamaha psr-343 for $130-$160
Who Is It For?
If you are serious about learning, touch sensitive keys are recommended. The PSR E243, which is one level below this product doesn’t have touch response keys.
This is where you will find the PSR-e343 a good buy, considering the price, the several features, and the overall sound quality.
For around 150 dollars, this is a nice keyboard with lots of features and a good sound.
For best experience, you may want to check out the bundled package kit, which ships for another $30 or so. This package includes a power adapter, stereo headphones, and a keyboard stand.
With one touch of the Portable Grand Button, the entire keyboard plays as a piano. For such a low-priced keyboard, it’s a pretty good piano sound.
The recording feature is great for practice as well as composing. With the Easy Recording feature you can record up to five original songs and save them to the onboard memory.
With the Y.E.S., you can practice preset songs using more advanced lesson functions.
The Auto Power-Off Mode feature conserves power when operating using batteries. The keyboard automatically turns off if it hasn’t been played for a set amount of time.
One great feature of this keyboard is the addition of “Aux Line Input and Melody Suppressor”. Now you can connect any device with a line output (mobile device, computer, mixer) to the AUX-in port and hear yourself play along with your favorite artists. The best part is that you can suppress the melody line in your favorite songs so that you can play along with the song. I think its a cool feature, something that will really help you learn to play your favorite songs much faster.
If you’re thinking of buying a good entry level keyboard, then this is worth checking out. It has all the features for learning as well as practicing.
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