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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Re: Casio CT-X700 Review and First Impressions

Unread post by shelly0624 » Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:45 am

I've narrowed my search for a lightweight, inexpensive pack-around keyboard down to the Casio CT-X700 and the Yamaha PSR-E363. (Both in my price range right now. Both can be found for under $200).

I've heard that you can't adjust individual volumes on layered tones with the Casio CT-X700? I was leaning toward that one and now I'm leaning toward the Yamaha PSR-E363.

Which one has the best sounds?
I know that's subjective but I'd value input. I don't like sharp, brassy, or treble-y sounds. Not crazy about super-bright piano. I like ambient sounds like breathy flute, warm piano, smooth synth, acoustic guitar, and sweet strings. Those are the sounds I would use the most. (I sure expect a lot for $200 bucks!) :D

Also, I'm wondering which one is the most simple and intuitive to operate.

Are there any capabilities missing on either model that would make it really limiting in the future when I learn to operate it?

Is the only difference between the Yamaha PSR-EW300 and the PSR-E363 the number of keys?
Sorry.. too many questions.
My business was making jewelry to sell. When my hands couldn't do that anymore, finances changed, so I have to look at the low-cost keys. (I'm thinking about renewing my license and selling jewelry components, not ready-made pieces, which might help..)
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Re: Casio CT-X700 Review and First Impressions

Unread post by Saul » Sun Aug 11, 2019 1:11 pm

They are both nice keyboard but in terms of sounds I would very firmly put the Casio on top. The acoustic pianos are much better than Yamaha's and also the key action is better.

Interesting comparison here by Jeremy See.

It is a personal thing but I think the Yamaha acoustic piano sounds very washed out with reverb to compensate for a not particularly good piano sample? The Casio sounds more "real" if I can put it that way?

It is subjective of course and there is no right or wrong here. You have to go with what works for YOU. (click through to 1:52)



Also see his video here where he does a comparison of specs. It's not all about the numbers of course but in the most important areas the Casio also wins out although I totally agree with his criticism of the number pad on the right of the CT-X700.

Click through to 7:38 to get to the actual comparison because the bit before that is just a preamble about Casio's history.

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Re: Casio CT-X700 Review and First Impressions

Unread post by shelly0624 » Sun Aug 11, 2019 5:18 pm

Thank you Saul! The youtube videos help. Regarding sound, the demos on youtube for the CT-X700 were really impressive,. And when it comes down to it, sound and touch response are the most important. I was having second thoughts but I think I'll go back to my original plan; to get the Ct-X700 or 800.
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Unread post by Saul » Sun Aug 11, 2019 5:39 pm

Glad it helped a little Shelly. If you can get the CT-X800 go for it as that has the USB to device function so you can save to a usb stick. Also it has a pitch bend wheel which the CT-X700 doesn't have. Apart from that they are identical.
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Re: Casio CT-X700 Review and First Impressions

Unread post by shelly0624 » Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:03 pm

I'm going to save enough for the CT-X800. It will take a little longer but I want to be able to use a thumb drive. Another advantage of the Casio is Chordana Play. I don't really have any direction at this point. Of course the challenge after learning chords right now is -- what do I do with my left hand? If I remember right, there's a place to put your cell phone on the Casio, which means I could also get instruction from YouTube tutorials. Chordana Play would be a great help so I need to save $ quickly.
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Unread post by Saul » Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:22 pm

The CT-X comes with a music stand so yes there is a space on the keyboard itself to put your phone but you can also put it on the stand. Also of course big enough for an iPad or Android tab.

Regarding what to do with your left hand? I am sure there are plenty of people who will advise you to learn in the very rigid standard fashion but I don't hold with that at all. You do what "feels" right.

Interesting video here from one of my favourite pianists Phil Best. And he explains it far better than I can. Definitely worth a look.

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Re: Casio CT-X700 Review and First Impressions

Unread post by shelly0624 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:06 am

Thank you Saul, this is a a huge help. I've subscribed to his YouTube channel.
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Unread post by Saul » Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:12 am

He is an incredible talent and a great teacher :)

Also when you have time perhaps check out some of his videos where he talks about Pianoteq software such as the one below and remember...everything you are hearing is generated through software! So for example you could plug your Casio CT-X800 when you get it, into the computer and use Pianoteq as your sound source. Incredible sounding pianos in a piece of software that is no bigger than 40mb!



https://www.pianoteq.com/
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Re: Casio CT-X700 Review and First Impressions

Unread post by shelly0624 » Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:20 am

We went to Guitar Center in Tacoma, not far away. I was really curious to hear the difference between the PSR-E363 and the CT-X700. They had the Yamaha PSR and also the Ct-X800. Oh my gosh. I couldn't believe the Casio sounds. Crisp and authentic.. the instrument sounds captured the natural nuances. Striking the keys with different intensity added even more variations. Big difference between the two models. I wanted to settle it in case a really good deal came up and I'd need to nail something quickly. Really excited to make that one a goal. :D
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Re: Casio CT-X700 Review and First Impressions

Unread post by EB5AGV » Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:32 pm

Saul wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:22 pm
The CT-X comes with a music stand so yes there is a space on the keyboard itself to put your phone but you can also put it on the stand. Also of course big enough for an iPad or Android tab.

Regarding what to do with your left hand? I am sure there are plenty of people who will advise you to learn in the very rigid standard fashion but I don't hold with that at all. You do what "feels" right.

Interesting video here from one of my favourite pianists Phil Best. And he explains it far better than I can. Definitely worth a look.

HI Saul,

I should write to say you THANKS!, because even being already a subscriber of Phil Best channel (I enjoy quite a lot his Pianoteq videos), I had missed that one.

I will copy here what I have just written on the comments section of that video, so you will understand:
As a beginner (just about 20 months of piano playing), this video is crucial to me. Because I had found that my playing, not sticking to written fingering, was lots more natural and enjoyable. But I felt bad thinking I was doing wrong and fought myself trying to do it 'correctly'. Now you have opened my eyes!. Thanks a lot, this is for me a lifesaving video
So, as you can see, this may be a life-changing event on my piano playing learning, which right now is a very important part of my musical life :)

Thanks!

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