Is PSR SX900 Worth The Price Tag ?
Howdy fellow keyboard lovers in this detailed review of PSR SX900.
When Yamaha engineer started to design the PSR SX lineup they would have in mind that which features and functions they would eventually want to have their flagship product of the PSR series which is PSR-SX900.
However they would want a different model for a different price market so in economics this is called market differentiation.
The resultant product of market of differentiation is the SX700 which also has tons of similarity with upper version.
So In this detailed analysis, not only will I go through all of the features of SX900, but also compare it with its little brother PSR SX700.
And will check that whether the price difference of both models is a fair judgement or is just a marketing gimmick to make you feel superior if you pay more. Just like the apples do.
As the Yamaha PSR SX-900 has a price of approx $2200 and the Yamaha PSR SX-700 (approx. price $1499) is a whopping $700 cheaper than the SX 900.
And Yamaha has removed a total of 10 features from the SX700 to judge the price tag. What’s your opinion are these features really worth $700 let us know in the comments below?
And will also find out that do you really need SX900 because not everyone needs all the bells and whistles that is found in the PSR flagship model.
So let’s begin this detailed comparison and review.
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What Makes PSR SX900 Different From SX700 - Functionalities and Specs
Difference in Physical attributes
In terms of the physical attributes of both PSR SX 900 and 700 is pretty much 99% similar.
Even the weight of both keyboards are exactly same and so does the glorious seven-inch full-color touchscreen.
Just like the SX 900 both keyboards now has three upper layer voices which is new on this PSR SX series. This this feature was previously only available on the flagship Tyros and the Yamaha geno's.
And instead of a pitch Bend and modulation wheel now the PSR SX-series comes with a joystick which is quite cool.
Above the joystick there’s 2 buttons 1 modulation hold button and 1 assignable button, on both the keyboards.
Chord Looper In PSR SX 900
One of the notable feature missing from the PSR SX 700 is the chord looper function.
The Chord Looper is a brand new feature and found only on the SX 900 and Genos keyboard.
The function allows you to record a sequence of chords that you can play along.
It helps in freeing up your left hand from playing just the chords for the accompaniment.
Additional SUB (AUX) Output
SX 900 comes with an additional pair of sub auxiliary output other than the usual main output.
What does the extra sub auxiliary output does ?
The Sub Auxiliary Output allows you to connect an additional pair of speakers where you can route a specific voice or a specific track of the instrument through the extra pair of outputs.
2 USB to Device Port
The PSR SX-900 comes with two USB to Device port so you can connect two thumb drives to store your songs and styles.
Whereas SX-700 has only 1 USB To Device port.
SX900 has 351 more main voices and 120 more super articulation voices.
But from my opinion I think you don’t need all those extra voices unless you are a professional.
SX700 comes close to almost 1000 voices and that should be more than sufficient for many of the home keyboard players.
The number of Voices here comes in handy when you also are a 'Learner' and are trying to experiment with new choices that can help you in the long run.
These will help you practice and understand that there are so many options of music choices that you can learn from.
The SX-700 has in-built 400 different styles whereas the bigger brother has an additional 125 extra styles and that is what you get for paying an extra $700.
However that is not really a big issue because you can always download more third-party styles whenever you want.
Monitor Connecting Option
The SX 900 has the ability to output the display to an external monitor or a display device via an optional USB option. This is something that is not found on the PSR-SX700.
You can use the monitor connecting option for a better experience and this will help you transfer any music files or songs that you want directly to the instrument.
Vocal Harmony and Vocoder Function
Both of the SX series model has a microphone and guitar input.
But only the Yamaha PSR SX 900 has vocal harmony and vocoder functions if you intend to sing along with a harmony that is automatically added based on the chords that you play.
On the SX900 you get the option of connecting via bluetooth to your mobile phone as well as other Bluetooth enabled device. It allows you to stream your backing tracks from your mobile device through the speakers.
However on the SX700 you only have the option of sending audio via the external audio input.
More Internal and Expansion Memory
In terms of internal memory for you to store your own settings the SX-700 comes with 1 GB of internal memory whereas SX900 comes with 4 GB of internal memory.
If you intend to load more expansion memory as well as third-party user voices on the Yamaha PSR S x900 you get the option of an extra 1 GB of expansion memory space.
On the other hand PSRSX-700 has only an additional 400 MB of expansion memory.
If you enjoy playing with multi pads to spice up your play then the SX 900 comes with an additional 100 or more multipads banks that you can use to play along with your styles.
Where SX-700 has about 229 multipath voices.
More Powerful Sound System
Check The Audio Quality and Review Of PSR SX900 in this detailed video
When talking about the speakers on Yamaha PSR SX700 we can clearly see that they are less powerful when compared with PSR flagship model SX-900.
SX700 has about 15 watts of amplification on each side so for about pair you get 30 watts of total amplification.
However on the PSR SX 900 you get a 15 watt + 10 watt amplifier on each side, giving you a total of a 50 watt amplification.
This extra 20 watt amplification gives a fuller and bigger sound if you intend to use it to perform in a bigger venue.
My Experience With PSR SX900
So I have mentioned every difference in both of the latest PSR SX series model.
So are these difference really worth the $700 price value.
And from my frame of mind if you are really just a home player playing among your friends, gatherings, birthday parties, and you won't be performing outside professionally or you are not paid to perform then PSR SX-700 is more than sufficient.
In my suggestion with the additional saved $700 you can look online and find some special offer on third-party voice packs as well as third-party styles which suits your genre to get the most out of it.
However, if you are a professional musician or you will be singing on stage and you need the vocal harmony, you need to stream your backing tracks on your mobile devices via Bluetooth to the instrument itself or you need to be able to connect to more powerful speakers then of course PSR SX900 is worth the money to buy.
From my opinion if you are regularly go on paid gigs then the instrument will pay for itself many times over.
But my recommendation for students will be to get the PSR SX700 over the PSR SX 900.
I hope my detailed analysis helped you in making a better decision blah blah
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Yamaha PSR SX900 Manual
That's All From Our End, I hope my detailed analysis of SX900 helped you in making a informed decision.
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