Casio CTK-2300 Review

Casio CTK-2300 ReviewThe CTK-2300 is a 61 key/48 note polyphony keyboard recently released by Casio. It’s a terrific choice for aspiring pianists because it actually teaches you how to play using a built-in feature called the Step-Up Lesson System (see details below). The CTK-2300 is also a great option for experienced players looking for a keyboard that won’t break the bank.

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The keyboard includes a large library of 400 sounds covering a vast array of musical styles. Some of the sounds are more authentic than others but that’s expected of an entry-level keyboard. You simply can’t compare the piano sound of a $600 keyboard like the Casio PX150 to a $130 model.

The Casio CTK-2300 also comes with 150 different rhythms to accompany your playing. Sounds can further be enhanced by 10 different reverb effects and an optional sustain pedal.

[wp-review] PROS:
Great for learning piano; Lots of sounds, rhythms, and built-in songs

CONS:
Lack of touch sensitivity; Below average quality of premium package items

The keyboard offers a great learning tool for beginners: the Step-Up Lesson System. While not a substitute for real piano lessons, the system is pretty effective at teaching the basics.

The learning system is comprised of 4 sections modeled after traditional music lessons: Listen, Watch, Remember, and Auto. Each part allows you to focus on any aspect of your playing while working at your own pace (e.g., left hand technique, right hand technique, etc.) The Step-Up Lesson System also offers performance evaluations to help gauge your progress.

The Casio CTK-2300 comes with a sheet music book and 110 built-in songs to play along to and improve your skills. Luckily, you’re not limited to the factory supplied tunes—you can easily play along to your own favorite tracks as well. All you have to do is plug in a CD or mp3 player using the 1/8″ input, or connect to a computer using the USB MIDI interface. What’s more is that music played on any of these devices can be sampled and triggered using any of the 5 onboard voice pads included with the keyboard—a pretty impressive feature.

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Casio CTK-2300 Review The keyboard isn’t touch sensitive, meaning that the keys sound the same regardless of how hard or soft they’re played. This affects beginners in particular because they won’t be able to learn about dynamics—a crucial component to piano playing. So depending on your circumstances, the lack of touch sensitivity may or may not be an issue.

Lastly, the premium package includes Nady HP03 headphones, an AD5 power supply, and a World Tour Single X Style keyboard stand. The headphones, while functional, won’t win awards for high fidelity anytime soon. And surprisingly, the keyboard stand is more difficult to assemble than you’d expect. Still, it’s hard to complain about these premium items considering how inexpensive they are.

Overall, the Casio CTK-2300 is a great entry-level keyboard that’s easy to use, portable, feature-laden, and affordable—all attributes that make it a worthy contender for someone just starting out.

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