Yamaha PSRE253 Introduction
If anyone wishes to learn how to make a great portable piano they should ask Yamaha. Any model, design or make from Yamaha always manages to get rave reviews. They really are clear with their objectives and target market. The Yamaha PSRE253 portable keyboard is targeted towards kids and beginners mostly. This joy thing is 61-keys in all but what it loses in the number of keys, it more than makes up for in terms of digital features. Total of 385 high quality voices that include variations and synthesizer versions of drums, pianos, strings, orchestral instruments, flutes and much more. Each voice is stereo sampled and thanks to reverb effect, the concert hall comes to your home. If that wasn’t enough, Yamaha decided to add 100 styles that provide a good backdrop for you to play out your chords. All this in a tiny package that weighs less than 9 lbs. The Yamaha PSR-E253 is in fact a compact and portable digital piano that can operate off batteries for hours.
What truly sets Yamaha pianos apart though is the education suite. Total of nine stages, three are for the left hand and three are for the right hand. The remaining are for both hands. This division in lessons to target each hand separately and then together is sufficient to teach any beginner the absolute basics of piano playing. But what if someone doesn’t really match the pace of the education program? Well, this piano comes with a waiting function that basically adjusts to a person’s pace by changing the lesson’s tempo. Finally, if you run out of tracks to play with then just connect an audio player to the Yamaha PSR-E253 portable digital piano and continue having fun.
- 61 full-sized keys are great for learning and developing keyboard playing technique.
- Duo mode splits the keyboard into two halves, each with their own "middle C" for practicing with a partner
- The Aux Line Input allows you to connect any music device with a headphone output, such as an MP3 player, a computer, a mixer or even another keyboard, and hear it through the internal speakers. The Portable Grand button and instantly resets the keyboard to the grand piano Voice
Yamaha PSRE253 Review & Experience
Request to review the Yamaha PSR-E253 61 key digital piano has been building up for quite some time now. We kept putting it off simply because we are a bit biased towards anything Yamaha. In fact, in our opinion, Yamaha pianos are far better than anything in their price range. However, with this entry level “enjoyment mostly” piano, we wanted to wait so we could compare it to the Casios and other such entry brands and models. Now that we have a few entry level digital keyboards reviewed, it is time to meet the popular PSR-E253 digital keyboard.
First off, it doesn’t look like it but this keyboard is a featherweight if you compare it with a Casio. Not only is it small but so light that it can give the false impression of being fragile, which it is not. How do we know this? Because we accidentally dropped it during the unboxing! So, that’s something we can safely say Yamaha has maintained with this digital keyboard – the construction quality. Even the keys seem plastic but not cheap. The speakers though could have used a little more power as they don’t necessarily fill up a room even at full blast.
Let’s get to the meat of the review and speak on its sound. First off there are so many voices on this beauty that we haven’t had the time to test them all. We have however managed to cycle through the most basic ones such as flute, organ, guitar, digital piano, electric flute, electric guitar and even the acoustic grand piano voice. A few more synthetic voices too but those aren’t really our concern. The standard equipment sounds are well reproduced. Don’t expect a DGX-660 like quality. As long as you aren’t too keen on perfection, this digital piano will flatter you. Did we mention that we couldn’t go through all the voices yet? There’s like 500 or so of them and to properly sample them it would take ages. Oh! Before we forget, its reverb function is amazing.
As for the additional features, we love the fact that you can not only play to a backdrop of over 100 pre-recorded tracks but also to any of your favorite music by connecting a music player, computer and whatever you have in mind. Yes, its input port takes in a standard 3.5mm connection. As for output, it has the basic AUX port that you can plug into a pair of headphones or amplifiers. Unfortunately, Yamaha has decided not to sell the PSR-E253 digital keyboard with a power supply. We aren’t surprised though as Yamaha markets this model as a portable digital piano and no truly portable instrument ever runs off anything other than batteries. You can get the stand and power cord together as a complete add-on bundle.
Yamaha PSRE253 Conclusion
A piano that costs less than $100 should never be better than those that cost over $1000. The target market for these kind of digital keyboards is different. Recreation is probably what Yamaha had in mind when it designed the PSR-E253. 61 keys in a compact box made from plastic that weighs absolutely nothing and runs off batteries – if these sound alluring to you then you are Yamaha’s favorite customer. Remember, so long as you don’t keep your expectations high, you will not be disappointed. But, if you plan on any serious learning with a tutor, don’t go for this model. Take a higher version Yamaha such as a DGX if you can afford one or at least a YPG model.