Yamaha PSR E453 Review – Fantastic for Portability
If you have been reading our reviews here at Digital Piano Reviews, then you will already know that we are big fans of Yamaha digital pianos. Yamaha is perhaps one of the biggest names in the music world and we have seen for ourselves that they produce consistently high quality instruments.
Of course, we like to give these pianos a thorough testing before we write our reviews so that we can make sure that we only give you honest, accurate and non-biased information to help you find the best digital piano for your needs.
The model that we have tested for you today is the Yamaha PSR E453. If you are interested in this piano then please carry on reading below to find out what we thought of it after we tested it over a couple of days.
Features: 61 Keys – Touch Sensitive – LCD Display – AWM Tone Generation – 48 Polyphony Notes – 758 Voices – Dual Mode – Track Recording – Lesson Mode – Grand Piano Mode – USB – MIDI – 105.2 x 50 x 21.2 cm – 6kg
- Incredibly lightweight so it is perfect for performing live in terms of portability.
- This keyboard is perfect for total beginners.
- Nice bright LCD display is really helpful for choosing different modes.
- AWM tone generation is great because it produces realistic sounds.
- The grand piano mode is very realistic, especially for a digital keyboard.
- There are a huge 758 voices to choose from.
- Dual mode allows you to combine two different voices such as piano and strings.
- Lesson mode is ideal for those who are starting from scratch.
- There are only 61 keys, so if you progress quickly with your piano playing skills then you will likely need to upgrade to a full size keyboard.
- It is quite expensive for a digital piano aimed at this level of proficiency.
The Yamaha PSR E453 Review
First thing’s first, we’re going to take a look at the design of the Yamaha PSR E453. It is important to remember that this is not designed to be an elegant piano. It is geared towards the studio and live performances. It certainly doesn’t feel as high quality as some of the others in the Yamaha range, but it is good for what it is.
One of the things that we liked was how lightweight it is. We found that this made it perfect for live performances. There are only 61 keys with this digital piano, so it is definitely more suitable for the beginner. However, there are easily enough keys to get you to a moderate skill level.
One of the design features that we particularly liked with the Yamaha PSR E453 was the LCD screen. Backlit in blue; we found that it was crystal clear and very easy to read. It makes accessing the different voices and modes much simpler.
Where this piano really stands out is the sheer amount of features that it offers; especially for a keyboard that is geared towards players of this proficiency level. This Yamaha digital piano uses AWM generation to produce the different voices which makes them sound much more authentic.
The one thing that really blew us away was the number of voices that you get with this keyboard. There are a staggering 758 voices to choose from so your composing opportunities really are endless. It also features an easy to use grand piano feature which is very close in sound to the real thing.
We also really liked the lesson mode. This is ideal for complete beginners because it allows you to start learning from scratch and takes you through all of the basics that you could possibly need in order to start playing the piano.
As with a lot of the high end Yamaha digital pianos, the Yamaha PSR E453 has a Duo Mode. With this, the keys are split down the middle to allow a student and teacher to play the same notes at the same time.
We did feel that this keyboard is perhaps a little expensive given that it is more suited to beginners, however, you are paying for a reputable brand. It is also worth keeping in mind that there are only 61 keys which does limit the amount that you are going to be able to learn.
However, the plus points far outweigh those two negatives, so we definitely think that the Yamaha PSR E453 is worth the money and we still highly recommend it.
- 61 key touch response keyboard
- 758 high quality voices - 48 note polyphony
- 6W + 6W amplifiers with 12 cm Bass Reflexed speakers
- Assignable real-time controllers, dsp effects, and pitch bend
- Connectivity with audio and midi capabilities