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An excellent portable keyboard
on October 31, 2011
I was all set to purchase the YPT-320 when I stumbled upon this model. At the time of my purchase, Amazon was offering a 10% discount and the price ended up being about the same as the 320, so I chose the YPT-330 instead. They are essentially identical, with the only differences being that the 330:
- has 15 more "natural sound voices"
- has 5 more preset voices (although this may somehow be combined with the above difference)
- is 1mm shorter in depth
- has the "Ultra Wide Stereo" feature
- may have a slightly newer version of the Yamaha Education Suite (Y.E.S.), but I'm not sure about that
- has 1.7MB of internal memory, as opposed to the 320's 373KB
- is charcoal gray instead of the 320's "champagne gold" color
Given all that, the biggest difference to me wasn't even any of the technical details, but rather the physical design. I simply like the charcoal gray color (with black and white buttons) better than the gold color (with orange and blue buttons) of the 320 model. Since the price ended up being about the same, I went with the color I liked more.
Aside from the design, I suppose the 330's biggest selling point over most other models is the "Ultra Wide Stereo" feature. This is a feature that you can turn on and off with the press of a button (similar to the touch sensitive feature), and it basically gives the impression that the speakers are spread farther out to your sides, rather than being "inside" the keyboard. It's a nice option, but I'm sure a lot of people might find it as much of a distraction or distortion as a helpful feature.
As far as the sound goes, I used to have a YPT-310 and the 330 sounds just as good as the 310 did, and I know that the 310 was highly rated. Though I haven't played with many of the other voices yet, the grand piano sound is very clear.
One other important piece of information is that the 330 does *not* come with an adapter. The 320 does, so if that's important to you and you don't care about the colors, I'd suggest getting the 320 instead.
Finally, in case anyone is confused by the model numbers, there is basically no difference between the PSR and YPT models other than the physical design. The PSR-323 and the YPT-320, for example, are the same (except for color). The different model numbers are a code used by Yamaha to designate to whom they are selling the keyboard, such as to a music outlet or a big-box store, or in different countries, and the prices may also be different.