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YAMAHA PSR S710 or KORG Pa500?

I was having the same dilemma with three competing keyboards: Yamaha psr s710, Korg pa500 and
Roland GW-8 last year. I need to state right at the begining that I had owned only Yamaha keyboards
previously and at that point of time had no experience with korg or roland. I used to have a PSR 500
then a PSR 730 and still have a PSR 740 which is a good 13 years old.

On paper the Roland GW-8 seems to give a lot for its price of Rs. 47,000 (approx.), However, having
bought it initially I had to return it the same day and get a Korg PA500 instead. The GW-8 in person
sounded horrible. Its styles were muddy and the sounds thin and totally unusable. Moreover you could
not split and layer at the same time.

Sounds: Now I have a PA500 but it has all the pa50 sounds, so i can comment on it. You need to
understand that while the PA50 has the famous triton sound engine (so its sounds identical to the korg
triton classic and AR Rahman used it extensively)But it fall short by todays standards; it is a mere 32 mb
of waverom and sounds is about 10 years old. The PSR S710's sound is much more up to date. However,
the piano on the PA50 is not all that bad. Its better than my PSR740 piano any day. Main thing is that it
is not a multi velocity sampled piano. (I'm not sure if the PA50 piano is a stereo sample or not, the
PA500's is I know and so is the PSR s710's). Note that the pa50 allows upto 3 sounds on the right hand
(upper 1,2 and 3) while the psr allows only 2. But with only 62 notes of polyphony I dont know how
useful three right hand voices would be when using styles.

My personal opinion of the sounds on a scale of 1 to 5. 5 being best and 1 being worst:

Acoustic Pianos: Pa - 2; psr - 4


Electric pianos: Pa - 1; psr - 5
Accordions/Harmonica: Pa - 3; Psr - 4
Pipe Organs - pa - 3, psr -2
Rock/Jazz Organs - pa - 5, psr - 4 (however the psr has drawbar prgan feature which is absent in the pa)
Acoustic Guitars - Pa -2; PSR -5
Electric Guitars - Pa - 4; PSR -5
Bass Pa -4; psr -3
Trumpet/Trombone pa -3; psr -5
Brass pa - 4, psr -4
Solo strings pa -4, psr - -2
Ensemble strings pa - 4, psr -4
Synth leads pa - 4, psr -2
Synth pads pa - 5, psr -3
Sax - pa -4; psr -4
Woodwind pa -1, psr -5

Controls: PA50 has a more comprehensive set of realtime controllers: Assignable slider, Assignable
switch and X/Y Joystick (PItch bend and two modulation sources), while with the psr you only have pitch
bend and modulation wheels and no assignable slider or switch.

However, the sequences on the pa is more comprehensive,but who uses an on board sequencer
anyway.