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Casio Digital Piano CT-X700 Review Complete. Is it a good choice?

Casio Computer Co., Ltd. is an electronics manufacturer founded in 1946 and based in Tokyo, Japan. Today we examine an interesting keyboard that deserves several comparisons below. It is usually around 200 euros and has some improvements compared to the super famous Casio CTK 3500 that make it a very interesting option, its price is €209/$174/£189, let’s see its specs:

  • 61 Sensitive keys (You can adjust the volume of the note depending on how you press it. And it’s different from the weighted keys that is the weight of the keys on a piano) to the touch.
  • 48 notes of polyphony (Number of notes that can be played at the same time. This includes accompaniments that also consume notes. So if you play on top of an accompaniment more notes will be accumulated)
  • Sound source with AiX technology.
  • 600 sounds (Different sounds of piano and other instruments).
  • 160 songs already incorporated.
  • 195 types of rhythms (accompaniment rhythms that adapt to what you are playing. There are bossa nova rhythms, etc. Sometimes they are also known as accompaniment styles).
  • Various types of effects: Reverb, Chorus, Harmony, 100 types of Arpeggio (The Arpeggio function allows you to play an entire passage of notes by pressing just one key. Many come pre-recorded and some keyboards allow you to create them)
  • Configurations that can be changed at the press of a button.
  • LCD screen.
  • Transposition (Transposition allows you to move the note spectrum of a keyboard. This allows you to play with transposing instruments. It is not an easy concept but it is made to facilitate the writing of an orchestration for instruments with very different bass and treble registers)
  • Headphone jack and line output. (great line output for plugging into large amplification equipment)
  • USB to host. (USB MIDI)
  • Midi recorder (MIDI allows you to do such wonderful things as connecting the keyboard to the computer, recording a sound track and with certain programs to pass with a click what you have played to musical notes on a score. MIDI tracks store the information of the musical notes).
  • Connection for sustain pedal (this pedal is important to keep the note in time sounding after you stop pressing it)
  • Two 2.5W speakers (for home rehearsal)
  • It works with batteries and comes with a power supply.
  • It has the following dimensions in mm 948 x 350 x 109 and weighs 4.3 kg.

 

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Now that we’ve listed and described the features of this keyboard, there’s no better way than to take a look at the following video where they tell us more about the Casio CT-X700 and you can hear how its different sounds sound.

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Now let’s compare the Casio CT X700 with its more common alternatives. Also at the end of the post you will find a section with the best shopping possibilities for this digital piano. But you can go directly to that part of the post by pressing the following button.

Casio CT-X700 vs Casio CT-X800

In this section we will discuss two very similar keyboards from Casio’s CT-X series of keyboards. The price difference is very small, about 25 Euros (at the time of reviewing this article the CT-X700, the first hand price could be found for about €209/$174/£189 and the CT-X800 for about €229/£209)

Both feature the same sound characteristics, polyphony notes, rhythm types, one-touch settings, speakers, etc

The differences that separate them are minimal, but we go on to describe them:

  • Pitch Bend Wheel: Functionality that changes the sound wave of what you play and then returns to its original state.
  • Additional USB connection that allows you to record and load your songs from a pen drive.

We are going to put the characteristics of each of these pianos in 2 different columns to make it easier for the similar ones:

Casio CT-X700

Casio CT-X800

  • 61 touch-sensitive keys.
  • 48 notes of polyphony.
  • Sound source with AiX technology.
  • 600 sounds.
  • 160 songs already incorporated.
  • 195 types of rhythms.
  • Various types of effects: Reverb, Chorus, Harmony, 100 types of arpeggio.
  • Configurations that can be changed at the touch of a button. Also configurable.
  • LCD screen.
  • Balance, sound volume and metronome functions.
  • Transposition.
  • Headphone and line jack output.
  • USB to host.
  • MIDI recorder.
  • Connection for pedal.
  • Two 2.5W speakers (for rehearsal at home).
  • It is battery operated and comes with a power supply.
  • It has the following dimensions in mm 948 x 350 x 109 and weighs 4.3 kg.
  • 61 touch-sensitive keys.
  • 48 notes of polyphony.
  • AiX sound source.
  • 600 different sounds.
  • 160 songs already configured and ready to use.
  • 195 types of rhythms.
  • Pitch Bend wheel.
  • It brings the following basic effects: Reverb, Chorus, Harmony, 100 types of arpeggio.
  • Functionality for activating presets at the touch of a button
  • LCD display for easy settings.
  • Transposition.
  • Balance, volume and metronome functions.
  • Headphone and line jack for connection to an amplifier or mixer.
  • USB connection (type A).
  • USB to host.
  • MIDI recorder.
  • Connection for pedal.
  • It has 2 2.5W speakers which is a power for home rehearsal but has line output.
  • With batteries or with an adapter included.
  • It has the following dimensions 948 x 350 x 109mm.
  • And a weight of 4.3kg which is quite light.

Here’s a video explaining the performance features of the Casio CT-X800, such as the layer function, split function and the one-button preset function:

If the differences don’t make up for it, the Casio CT-X700 is well suited as a starter or beginner’s keyboard

Casio CT-X700 vs Yamaha PSR-E363

In this comparison we will buy Casio and Yamaha keyboards oriented as low-end keyboards and for beginner students or people who want to start playing a piano.

The price difference between both keyboards is small about €10, and this difference can change. The Yamaha PSR-E363 is a bit cheaper, it can be found first hand for about €198/$400 (PKS)/£180 and the Casio CT-X700 for about €209/$174/£189 (prices at time of review of article).

Among its similarities The AiX technology sound source:

  • Both are 61-key keyboards with touch-sensitivity. This means that the more forcefully a key is pressed, the more note is produced.
  • Same notes of polyphony, 48 notes.
  • They have controls and functions for metronome, transposition and arpeggios.
  • They feature Reverb and Chorus effects.
  • Both have a USB to Host connection for recording MIDI pans by connecting them to a PC or other devices.
  • They have inputs for the Sustain Pedal.
  • Both have headphone outputs.
  • 2.5W speakers. This power is only for listening at home.
  • They have a power supply to connect them to the electrical current and can be equipped with batteries.
  • They have the possibility of saving settings.
  • They include support or lectern for scores.

Enter your differences we can stand out:

  • Different repertoires and number of sounds, pre-recorded songs or demo and rhythm types or styles. In the Casio we can find some more in each case:
    • Sounds: In the Casio CT-X700 we can find 600 different sounds and the Yamaha PSR-E363 we have 574 sounds.
    • Songs: In the CT-X700 we can find 160 pre-recorded songs and the PSR-E363 154 demo songs.
    • Styles or rhythms: In the case of the Casio CT-X700 we can find 195 different rhythms and in the Yamaha PSR-E363,165 different styles.
  • The Yamaha offers to record up to 5 user songs (which you can create and record yourself). This is not possible with the Casio.
  • Duo function of the Yamaha PSR-E363: Allows the keyboard to become two different keyboards, so that it can be played by two people at once, like a teacher and a student. A very useful function if you are a beginner or are just starting to play a keyboard.
  • The PSR-E363 offers a Master EQ system.
  • Similar weight and dimensions:
    • Casio CTK-800: Weight 4.3 kilos and dimensions (width x depth x height) 948 x 350 x 109 mm.
    • Yamaha PSR-E363: Weight of 4.6 kgy and dimensions (width x depth x height) of 945 x 368 x 118 mm.
  • The Yamaha PSR-E363 offers a mini-jack auxiliary input, which allows a microphone, instrument or playback device to be connected to it, and a song to be played over the keyboard and played on its speakers. In addition, the Casio CT-X700 offers a line output for connection to a powerful amplifier system. This can make the difference if you want to take it to a concert.

It has to be said that the Yamaha is the best-selling one in its category.

Casio CT-X700

Yamaha PSR-E363

  • 61 touch-sensitive keys.
  • 48 notes of polyphony.
  • Sound source with AiX technology.
  • 600 sounds.
  • 160 built-in songs.
  • 195 types of rhythms.
  • Various types of effects: Reverb, Chorus, Harmony, 100 arpeggio types
  • Configurations that can be changed at the press of a button.
  • LCD display.
  • Balance, sound volume and metronome functions.
  • Transposition.
  • Headphone and line jack output.
  • USB to host.
  • MIDI recorder.
  • Connection for pedal.
  • Two 2.5W speakers (for rehearsal at home).
  • It is battery operated and comes with a power supply.
  • It has the following dimensions in mm 948 x 350 x 109 and weighs 4.3 kg.
  • 61 keys with touch sensitivity.
  • 48 notes of polyphony.
  • 574 sounds with a brutal variety.
  • 165 styles.
  • 154 demo songs.
  • Supports 5 user songs.
  • 1-touch configuration.
  • Reverb effect.
  • Chorus effect.
  • Master EQ.
  • Arpeggios.
  • Duo function.
  • SMF playback formats 0 and 1.
  • Registration memory for saving settings.
  • Metronome.
  • Transposition.
  • Illuminated LC display.
  • Sustain pedal input.
  • Auxiliary mini-jack input.
  • Headphone output.
  • USB MIDI.
  • 2 speakers with 2.5W low-medium power.
  • Can be battery operated.
  • Includes PA-130 power supply and score holder
  • A weight of 4.6kg and dimensions of 945 x 368 x 118mm (width x depth x height).

And now a video of the Yamaha PSR-E363:

If you want to know more about this model do not miss our review of the Yamaha PSR-E363

Casio CT-X700 vs Casio CTK-3500

The Casio CTK-3500 is similar to the Yamaha PSR 363 in terms of performance but is usually even cheaper than the PSR 363 making it a highly recommended option. I do like the sounds of the Yamaha better, though.

Let’s summarize your similar features:

  • Both are 61-key touch-sensitive keyboards.
  • They feature 48 notes of polyphony.
  • MIDI connection via USB to Host,
  • Incorporate transposition and metronome
  • They feature sustain pedal input.
  • They come with their own power supplies and can be powered by batteries.

Let’s highlight your main differences:

  • This is a more basic model than the CT-X700 and offers less variety of sounds, songs and rhythms than the CTK-3500, but includes a variety of modern rhythms such as Hall, Dance and Virtual Room.
  • The Casio CT-X700 features an arpeggiator or arpeggios, while the Casio CTK-3500 does not.
  • The CTX 700 has a line output and the Casio CTK 3500 has a less powerful output. I don’t consider it a line output although you can connect it to a small normal amplifier without any problem.
  • Present Pitch Bend wheel on the CTK-3500. It is not available on the CT-X700 but on its brother Ct-X800.
  • Slightly more powerful speakers on the CT-X700 (2.5W) compared to the 2W speakers of the CTK-3500.
  • The CT-X700 is offered as a heavier piano (4.3 kg) than the CTK-3500 (3.4 kg).
  • The Casio CTK 3500 as well as the Yamaha PSR E363 has no line output and the CT-X700 has line output.

Casio CT-X700

Casio CTK-3500

  • 61 touch-sensitive keys.
  • 48 notes of polyphony.
  • Sound source with AiX technology.
  • 600 sounds.
  • 160 songs already incorporated.
  • 195 types of rhythms.
  • Various types of effects: Reverb, Chorus, Harmony, 100 types of arpeggio.
  • Configurations that can be changed at the touch of a button. Also configurable.
  • LCD screen.
  • Balance, sound volume and metronome functions.
  • Transposition.
  • Headphone and line jack output.
  • USB to host.
  • MIDI recorder.
  • Connection for pedal.
  • Two 2.5W speakers (for rehearsal at home).
  • It works with batteries and brings the power supply.
  • It has the following dimensions in mm 948 x 350 x 109 and weighs 4.3 kg.
  • 61 touch-sensitive keys.
  • 48 notes of polyphony.
  • 400 sounds.
  • includes the following effects: Hall, dance music, virtual room.
  • 60 pre-recorded songs.
  • 100 types of accompaniment – rhythm presets.
  • 100 types of One-Touch Presets with easier switching while playing.
  • It comes with a learning system but it’s not a big deal in these ranges.
  • Pitch Bend wheel.
  • Transposition.
  • LC display for improved usability.
  • Metronome.
  • USB-MIDI port.
  • 3.5mm mini-jack audio input so you can plug in another instrument or player and play over it.
  • Combined stereo headphone and line output to be plugged into an amplifier, for example.
  • It has a sustain pedal connection.
  • 2W speaker system (can be improved but for the price it is not bad).
  • It is very light and easy to carry with a weight of 3.4 kg.
  • It can work with batteries but includes a power supply AD-E95100.

And now a video of the Casio CTK-3500:

If you want to know more about this model don’t miss our review of the Casio CTK-3500.

Casio CT-X700 vs Startone MK-300

The Casio CT-X700 and the Startone MK-300 are two keyboards with 61 touch-sensitive keys but with a significant price difference as the Startone can be up to 120 euros cheaper. The Startone can be found at a first hand price of about €115/£102 (at the time of the article’s revision). In some cases, the Casio is superior to the Startone and vice versa, so we will now describe in detail its most important features:

  • The CT-X700 offers 48 notes of polyphony and the Startone MK-300 offers 64 notes. This is important to note because it allows more notes to be played from the keyboard and accompaniment simultaneously
  • The Casio CT-X700 offers a larger range of 600 sounds and the Startone MK-300 390 sounds. Apart from the difference in quantity, the Casio offers a higher quality of these. This also applies to demo or pre-recorded rhythms and songs.
  • Both feature Reverb and Chorus effects, and Dual and Split modes.
  • They feature metronome and transposition.
  • They offer recording and MIDI connection through USB to Host ports.
  • They have a headphone output.
  • They have input for sustain pedal.
  • They work with batteries and power supply (including power supply).
  • Similar weights and dimensions.
  • Duo mode or keyboard partition (similar to the Yamaha PSR-E363) and Pitch Bend wheel on the Startone.
  • The Startone MK-300 has more powerful speakers, with a power of 10W (enough to accompany another instrument like a guitar, without much amplification). The Casio CT-X700 only has 2.5W speakers.
  • The Casio has line output and the Startone does not

The quality of materials is better in the Casio CT-X700 although the Startone is very competitive in terms of functionality.

We will put the characteristics of each of these pianos in 2 different columns to make it easier to see the differences:

Casio CT-X700

Startone MK-300

  • 61 touch-sensitive keys
  • 48 notes of polyphony
  • Sound source with AiX technology
  • 600 sounds
  • 160 songs already incorporated
  • 195 types of rhythms
  • Various types of effects: Reverb, Chorus, Harmony, 100 types of arpeggio
  • Configurations that can be changed at the touch of a button
  • LCD screen
  • Transposition
  • Headphone and line jack output
  • USB to host
  • MIDI recorder
  • Connection for pedal
  • Two 2.5W speakers (for home rehearsal)
  • It is battery operated and comes with a power supply
  • It has the following dimensions in mm 948 x 350 x 109 and weighs 4.3 kg
  • 61 keys with sensitivity on the no weighted keys
  • 64 notes of polyphony
  • 390 sounds
  • 110 styles
  • 110 demo songs
  • Dual mode
  • Split mode
  • Metronome
  • Recording with 4 tracks
  • Pitch Bend Wheel
  • Keyboard split mode
  • Modulation configurable in On/Off mode
  • 2 fairly powerful 10W speakers
  • Works with batteries or power supply included
  • USB MIDI
  • Hull exit
  • Input for sustain pedal not included
  • A weight of 4.5Kg and dimensions of 955 x 360 x 145mm (width x depth x height)

Now a video of the Startone MK-300

The Casio CT-X700 is offered as an entry-level keyboard with good quality sounds, effects and rhythms, as well as a MIDI connection so that it can be recorded in MIDI and is not too heavy.

The Startone MK- 300 is quite good, even if it doesn’t have the above features in the same quantity and quality. Furthermore, it is a keyboard with a MIDI connection (which is a bargain for its price), very economical and offers the Duo mode (very suitable if you are a beginner student and want to accompany yourself by playing with your teacher).

If your budget is very tight, and you don’t want to spend more than 120 Euro on a keyboard, the Startone is a good choice. If you are looking for more sound quality or better technical quality, any of the other alternatives above is good.

If you want to know more about this model don’t miss our review of the Startone MK-300

Where to buy Casio CT X700

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  • Sometimes better price.

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