Yamaha PSR-S710 Arranger Workstation Keyboard

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Meet the future of the digital workstation. This Yamaha keyboard features 850+ voices, 16-track sequencing and a dual 12-watt stereo speaker system.
The PSR-S710 represents a significant leap forward in the evolution of the Arranger Workstation keyboard. The addition of USB audio recording delivers tremendous benefit for all musicians -- beginner, hobbyist or pro.

Features:

- 128-note polyphony
- Huge sonic palette with over 850 incredible instrument Voices, including some from the PSR-S900
- Realistic built-in accompaniment with enhanced guitar styles
- 16-track sequencer
- Audio recorder
- large, easy-to-read screen
- Internet Direct Connect and USB connectivity
- Dozens of effects

Power Supply: PA-301 Power Cord (Included)

The PSR-S710 is an impressive arranger for home, studio, or stage offering the perfect balance of functionality and affordability.
Specifications
- Keyboard: 61 Full-size w T Response
- Display: Large 5.7 in. QVGA B/W
- Lyric/Text/Score: Yes / Yes /Yes
- Voices & Comp.: 891 GM / XG / GS Compatible
- Dual/Split: Yes - L1, R1, R2
- Polyphony: 128 Notes
- One Touch / Reg.: 4 per Style / 8 pads x Unlimited
- Music Database: Yes
- Y.E.S. / Lessons: No
- Styles: 216 Pro + 16 Session + User
- Style Sections: 3 Intro/Endings + A-D + Fill x 4
- MIDI: In/Out + USB Slave
- Storage Device: USB Device
- Effects: 42Rev/71Chor/DSP (271X1,130X3)
- Harmony: 17 Types
- Multi Pads: 4 x 80 Banks + User
- In/Out Jacks: HP,FS x 2,L/R Out+Fixed,AUX in
- Speakers: 12cm x 2 / 5cm x 2
- Amplifier: 12W + 12W
- Power Supply: PA-301 (Included)
- Included Acc.: Manual, M. Rest, Data Disk
- Dimensions: 17 1/7 x 39 5/8 x 5 7/8 in.
- Packaged Dim.: 20.75 x 45.5 x 9.5 in.

Power Supply: PA-301 Power Cord (Included)
For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 714-522-9011
Web: https://usa.yamaha.com/support
(28 ratings)
Submitted March 31, 2010 by a customer from yahoo.com
"Good Arrangements & Styles, but VERY cheap keys"
I've decided to pass on the S710 and keep looking.

Sound
I have owned and used extensively the following keyboards: Roland E-60, Roland E-09, Korg I30, Korg TR, Ensoniq KS-32, Alesion Fusion, and other Alesis QS-series keyboards. Most of the sounds on the Yamaha PSR-S710 are really good to excellent. I use my keyboards exclusively for performance (no studio recording) and I really like the strings and synths on the S710. I would say strings are on par with Korgs and synths on par with Rolands. I am not into in piano sounds on the non-weighted keys. That's reason I always come back to my Ensoniq KS-32 when piano sounds are needed (some may say outdated Ensoniq piano sounds). The styles are where the S710 out-shines both the Korg I30 and Roland E-60. The arrangements are definitely very good and could easily be used for one-man band performances. I suspect these would also be good for quick composition.

Features
Definitely have a lot of features for my needs. However, since I am not into recording, can't comment on all those features. Consult the specs.

Ease of Use
Not too complex but not very easy either. The S710 seems to have too many buttons. While I could figure out the styles and the basic sounds fairly quickly, layering voices took some guesswork (too lazy to read the manual). This could affect the ability to change sounds quickly during live performances.

Quality
The S710 read more is all plastic. For $1,000 this seems to be very cheaply made compared to some of my older boards. What's even more surprising is the S910 bigger brother($1,700) is also plastic. I can't believe Yamaha put so much into these keyboards and then house them in cheap plastic cases. What is even more shocking? The keys! These keys have the worst (and the cheapest) feels of all the keys that I have ever played. In fact, the keys on some Casio and Yamaha student keyboards are even better than the S710/S910. What is Yamaha thinking?

Value
The S710 has a lot of features for its price. Although considering its weaknesses as described above, I probably would not buy it.

Manufacturer Support
Never try.

The Wow Factor
Compared to the nearest competitors, Roland GW-8 and Korg PA500, I probably go with the Roland GW-8 for the keybed feels as well as the more professional looks. I like the styles and arrangements on the both the S710 and PA500, but the PA500 looks just too "un-stylist" and the S710 feels just too cheap.

Musical Background:
Active Musician

Musical Style:
Rock, Techno, Gospel
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