Casio CT-X700 Review and First Impressions

The Casio CT-X range provides a massive leap forward in sound quality, giving you much more than you would expect at this price point.

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Casio CT-X700 Review and First Impressions

Unread post by Saul » Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:53 am

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As previously mentioned, Casio have been kind enough to loan me their new entry level keyboard the CT-X700 for review and it arrived today.

It comes in a very sturdy box, well packed so should be no problems ordering one of these online.

In the box is of course the CT-X700 itself, a music rest which slots into the top of the keyboard and the power adapter which I have to say could benefit from having a slightly longer lead. I have the keyboard situated next to my desk with a power strip underneath and it was only just long enough.

The keyboard is a matt black and looks quite stylish with it's nicely curved key surround. The speakers are understated on this particular model, I believe they are housed in see through grills on the CT-X3000 and CT-X5000 and sport a red finish which I think looks pretty cool :)

The front panel is actually quite minimalist and most of the functions are accessed via button combinations. It's all quite simple once you get the hang of it. The display is large and clear so that helps.

The first thing that surprised me was the quality of the keys on the CT-X700. At this price point I was expecting springy, noisy and cheap but that is not the case at all. These are quite pleasant to play on and certainly as good as quite a few much more expensive keyboards out there. So big thumbs up to Casio for this.

The next surprise was the quality of the acoustic piano sounds. As many of you will know I am a big acoustic piano fan and it is probably my "go to" sound 90% of the time on any keyboard so it needs to be good. I think I cans safely say...keeping in mind this is a £200 keyboard here that Casio have done a great job and the acoustic pianos on the CT-X700 will get a lot of use over the coming days :)

Casio have also included a 'Step Up Lesson' system on board which enable beginners to learn built-in songs at their own individual pace.

There is also a Free 'Rockschool Piano & Keyboard digital book' serial number in the box which lets you download a free book from : http://www.rslawards.com/rockschool/gra ... -keyboard/

I have only briefly skimmed through the other sounds but the ones I have tried have been pretty good.

Will go into more depth over the next few days but I think I can safely say Casio definitely got it right with the CT-X and if you were in the market for an entry level keyboard I would put this at the top of the list.
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Re: Casio CT-X700 Review and First Impressions

Unread post by SeaGtGruff » Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:12 am

I'd be interested in knowing how well the CT-X700 responds to various CC messages. I already know which messages it responds to, as listed in its MIDI Implementation Chart-- but just how much can you modify the various preset tones by changing sound parameters such as Attack/Decay/Release and Cutoff/Resonance? I'm assuming the R1, R2, and L keyboard parts don't directly respond to incoming channel messages, and that you'll probably need to use the CT-X700 as a tone generator by sequencing MIDI data to it.
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Re: Casio CT-X700 Review and First Impressions

Unread post by Saul » Thu Mar 01, 2018 12:59 am

I asked Casio about this. It will certainly respond to some MIDI CC, giving you access to Reverb Time, Reverb Send Level etc (which means that the Reverb settings ARE changeable via MIDI only).

As regards to the ASDR settings their product specialist is going to do some testing and get back to me.

There are three things I would like to see on this keyboard. Variable reverb via rotary control, easy oct +/- from the front panel, you currently have to press and hold a button to bring up the octave function. It's not a big job of course just would have been nice to see a +/- switch instead. Also a pitch bend wheel as on the CT-X800, I keep reaching for one and not finding it :(

I think also in order to keep up with Yamaha, Casio need to implement audio over usb. The PSR-E363, E453 and E463 have this....the latter also has variable reverb, pitch bend wheel and transpose button.

Of course normally the E453 would be way more expensive than the CT-X700 but the price has now dropped to only £221. The CT-X700 is £209 so you that does change things slightly although in my opinion the AiX sound engine on the Casio takes a lot of beating.
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Re: Casio CT-X700 Review and First Impressions

Unread post by Swithin » Thu May 16, 2019 10:09 pm

I had a chance to try the CT-X keys yesterday. I went to the shop thinking they had the PX-S1000 in stock, but they didn't. I did get to try a CDP-S100, comparing it to a PX-870 and to an older CDP model. But what really impressed me was the feel of the keys on an older WK-245. It was on a rack with two CT-X keyboards and another Casio model from a previous generation. The keys on the CT-X felt exactly like those on the WK-245. Extremely comfortable, very expressive, and overall really, really pleasant to play.
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Re: Casio CT-X700 Review and First Impressions

Unread post by Saul » Thu May 16, 2019 11:05 pm

Yeah it's often a surprise to people when they play a Casio these days, especially if they have either never played one before or not played one for some time. I know this is a mainly 'Yamaha' focused website but I have to give credit where it's due and right now Casio are on a roll.

I'm collecting a white PX-S1000 tomorrow for a give away. More news on that soon!
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