1 on 1 Testing

In this comparison we put the Casio CTK2400 PPK and Yamaha DGX230 head to head in a battle to find out which wins the specifications war. You might think it all comes down to the price, but frankly there is a lot more to it. For more information and product comparisons, check out our longer article here.

Contestant number one is the Casio CTK2400 PPK.

Now we will have look at an alternative, the Yamaha DGX230. If you’re starting to feel lost among all the keyboards on the market and you just want to find one that is great and probably has everything you need and more, you’re in luck. The Yamaha DGX 230 is exactly that type of keyboard. It has 76 keys, 6-track recorder, 489 tones and double stereo speakers.

Taking a closer look at the features of the Yamaha DGX230

It comes with a stand and headphones, so you can start playing right away. Headphones are particularly useful if you live in an apartment or want to be able to play the keyboard after your kids have gone to bed, for example.


Casio CTK2400 PPK

Yamaha DGX230


+ 61key keyboard
+ 400 keyboard voices
+ 150 rhythms
+ Affordable

+ 76 keys
+ 6-track recorder
+ 489 tones
+ Stereo speaker

• No sustain pedal included


We think that this is the perfect keyboard for a child or an adult that just wants to learn for fun and doesn’t require an expensive instrument to do so. Its has a step-up learning system that helps you both to play melodies and read music, and it is a MIDI keyboard (click here for the full guide) which means you can connect it to a computer for music input, for example. The feel and the tone are of course not as good as more expensive keyboards, but it does what it says on the box and some people are perfectly happy with that. The step-up learning system makes it feel like a game to learn, but we have a feeling that you won’t become a great pianist from just doing that, and chances are that you will grow tired of it quite quickly, so don’t see it as a substitute for real life lessons!It’s nice that you get ok headphones and a stand with it, however it would have been nice to get a sustain pedal as well since they’re kind of important, but of course you can buy one separately and plug in later on.

This is a great piece of equipment, not only for beginners, but for anybody who wants a cool keyboard that has lots of nice sounds, but still is pretty affordable. This keyboard can almost feel a little bit boring, since it does what you expect, not more, not less. But sometimes all we need from a keyboard is great sounds and high quality, and for that reason we can’t really complain. Sure, it doesn’t have anything unique to offer, but at the same time it’s really good!Even though we’ve included it on our list of beginner keyboards, this keyboard will definitely stay with you a long time, most amateur musicians will not feel a need to replace it with something better since it already has lots of potential.

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You might also be interested in Music Critic's in-depth article on this topic, Top 10 Best Keyboards for Beginners on a Budget.

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