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Yamaha Genos2 comparison with PSR-SX900 and PSR-SX700

With Yamaha announcing the launch of the Genos2 it’s clearly a step up from the Genos but also is pitted alongside Yamaha’s other high-end arranger workstations, the PSR-SX900 and PSR-SX700. We have already compared the PSR-S and PSR-SX models but now we provide a summary and spec sheet for the Genos2 versus the two high end PSR-SX models.

Yamaha Genos2
Yamaha PSR-SX900
Yamaha PSR-SX900
Yamaha PSR-SX700


The Genos2 is clearly a little bigger and heavier than its PSR-SX counterparts, due in part to it having 76 keys rather than the 61 on PSR-SX models. This is despite the PSR-SX models having built-in speakers, which the Tyros2 doesn’t.

All models have organ-style keys, though the PSRs are FSB while the Tyros2 is FSX. More noticeably, the Genos2 has aftertouch whereas the PSRs don’t.

The Genos2 has rather more controls, including three times the control knobs, nine Live control sliders with LED gauge, and three articulation switches. Pitch bend and modulation is handled on all three models by the joystick, which is more freely assignable on the Genos2.

AWM stereo sampling sound generation technology is available on all three models, with the Genos2 also offering AEM and FM.

All models have a large functional colour touchscreen display. The Tyros2 has an additional sub display. As a result of this, the Genos2 has around three times the polyphony, at 384 versus 128, but this is due to the additional sound engines and some restrictions may still be in place depending on which sounds are used.

Genos2 has significantly more preset voices and drum/SFX kits and featured voices. It also has at least three times the space for expansion voices, at 3GB compared to 1GB on the PSR-SX900 and 400MB on the PSR-SX700.

Similarly, there are considerably more of most types of effect on the Genos2, although the PSRs do hold their own very well and certainly could not be seen as lacking.

The Tyros2 and PSR-SX900 both have identical vocal harmony presets and settings, where the PSR-SX700 has none. The number of accompaniments is also greater on the Tyros2, though all fingering modes still exist including AI Full Keyboard. The Genos2 has many more multi pad presets than the PSR-SXs.

When it comes to onboard recording, there’s still a 16 track limit on all models, but unlimited number of songs (dependent on drive capacity) and around 3MB limit per song.

Most of the other specifications are very similar, with the notable addition of a USB audio interface on the Tyros2, standard HDMI video output, and a wireless LAN.

Price wise, the RRPs are as follows:

  • Tyros2: $6,599 (currently retailing at $5,599.99)
  • PSR-SX900: $2,799 (currently retailing at $2,299.99)
  • PSR-SX700: $1,999


DimensionsWidth1,234 mm (48-9/16″)1017 mm (40″)
Height151 mm (5-15/16″)139 mm (5.5″)
Depth456 mm (17-15/16″)431 mm (17″)
WeightWeight14.2 kg (31 lb, 5 oz)11.5 kg (25.35 lb)
Packing BoxWidth1,460 mm (57-1/2″)1,181 mm (46-1/2″)
Height270 mm (10-5/8″)251 mm (9-7/8″)
Depth540 mm (21-1/4″)524 mm (20-5/8″)
Control Interface
KeyboardNumber of Keys7661
TypeOrgan (FSX), Initial Touch/AftertouchOrgan (FSB), Initial Touch
Touch ResponseNormal, Easy1, Easy2, Soft1, Soft2, Hard1, Hard2Normal, Soft 1, Soft 2, Hard 1, Hard 2
Other ControllersJoystickYes (Assignable)Yes
Control Knobs6 (Assignable, with LED gauge)2 (assignable)
Sliders9 Live Control sliders (Assignable, with LED gauge), Cross Fader
Art. Switches3
Pitch Bend
DisplayTypeMain Display : TFT Color Wide VGA LCD | Sub Display: VA (Live Control view)TFT Color Wide VGA LCD
SizeMain Display : 800 x 480 dots (9 inch) | Sub Display: 512 x 48 dots800 x 480 dots (7 inch)
Touch ScreenMain Display : YesYes
LanguageMain Display: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian | Sub Display: EnglishEnglish, German, French, Spanish, Italian
Tone GenerationTone Generating TechnologyFM, AWM Stereo Sampling, AEM technologyAWM Stereo Sampling
PolyphonyNumber of Polyphony (Max.)384 (128 for Preset AWM Voices + 128 for Expansion AWM Voices + 128 for FM Voices)128
PresetNumber of Voices1,991 Voices + 75 Drum/SFX Kits1337 Voices + 56 Drum/SFX Kits986 Voices + 41 Drum/SFX Kits
Featured Voices106 S.Articulation2, 437 S.Articulation, 141 FM, 40 Sweet!, 81 Cool!, 188 Live!, 25 OrganFlutes, 123 MegaVoice, 11 Ambient Drums/SFX, 11 Revo Drums/SFX252 S.Art!, 54 Mega Voices, 31 Sweet! Voices, 87 Cool! Voices, 131 Live! Voices, 24 Organ Flutes!131 S.Art!, 30 Mega Voice, 31 Sweet! Voices, 74 Cool! Voices, 89 Live! Voices, 24 Organ Flutes!
CompatibilityXGYes (for Song playback)
GSYes (for Song playback)
GMYes (for Song playback)Yes
GM2Yes (for Song playback)Yes
ExpandabilityExpansion VoiceYes (approx. 3 GB)Yes (approx. 1 GB)Yes (approx. 400 MB)
EditingVoice Set
PartRight 1, Right 2, Right 3, Left
TypesReverb85 Preset + 30 User59 Presets + 30 User
Chorus107 Preset + 30 User106 Presets + 30 User
DSP363 Preset (with VCM) + 30 User322 Presets (with VCM) + 30 User322 Presets + 30 User
Insertion Effect1-28: 363 Preset (with VCM) + 30 User1-8: 322 Presets (with VCM) + 30 User1-5: 322 Presets + 30 User
Master Compressor5 Preset + 30 User5 Presets + 30 User
Master EQ9 Preset + 30 User5 Presets + 30 User
Part EQ28 Parts
OthersMic effects: Noise Gate, Compressor, 3 Band EQ, Vocal Effect: 23Mic/Guitar Effects: Noise Gate, Compressor, 3 Band EQ, Vocal Effect: 23Mic/Guitar effects: Noise Gate x 1, Compressor x 1, 3Band EQ x 1
Vocal HarmonyNumber of PresetsVocal Harmony: 54, Synth Vocoder: 20
Number of User Settings60 *The number is the total of Vocal Harmony and Synth Vocoder
Accompaniment Styles
PresetNumber of Preset Styles800525400
Featured Styles720 Pro, 69 Session, 11 Free Play463 Pro Styles, 46 Session Styles, 10 DJ Styles, 6 Free Play353 Pro Styles, 34 Session Styles, 10 DJ Styles, 3 Free Play
FingeringSingle Finger, Fingered, Fingered On Bass, Multi Finger, AI Fingered, Full Keyboard, AI Full Keyboard
Style ControlINTRO × 3, MAIN VARIATION × 4, FILL × 4, BREAK, ENDING × 3
Other FeaturesOne Touch Setting (OTS)4 for each Style
Chord LooperYes
Style Section ResetYes
Unison & Accent
ExpandabilityExpansion StyleYes (Internal Memory)
Expansion Audio StyleYes (Internal Memory)
CompatibilityStyle File Format (SFF), Style File Format GE (SFF GE)Style File Format, Style File Format GE
PresetNumber of Preset Songs9 Demo Songs, 1 Preset Song5 Sample Songs
RecordingNumber of SongsUnlimited (depends on the drive capacity)
Number of Tracks16
Data CapacityApprox. 3 MB/Song
Recording FunctionQuick Recording, Multi Recording, Step Recording
Compatible Data FormatPlaybackSMF (Format 0 & 1), XF
RecordingSMF (Format 0)
Multi Pads
PresetNumber of Multi Pad Banks507 Banks x 4 Pads329 Banks x 4 Pads226 Banks x 4 Pads
AudioAudio LinkYes
RegistrationNumber of Buttons108
ControlRegistration Sequence, Freeze
PlaylistNumber of Records2500 (max.) Records per Playlist file
Lesson/GuideLesson/GuideFollow Lights, Any Key, Karao-Key, Your Tempo
SearchYesRegistration Bank
Overall ControlsMetronomeYes
Tempo Range5 – 500, Tap Tempo
Transpose-12 – 0 – +12
Tuning414.8 – 440 – 466.8 Hz (approx. 0.2 Hz increments)
Octave ButtonYes
Scale Type9 types
Sub Scale SettingYes
USB Audio InterfaceYes
BluetoothYes (Audio) * May not have this functionality depending on the country
MiscellaneousDirect AccessYes
Text Display FunctionYes
Wallpaper CustomizationYes
Display OutHDMI (1,280 × 720p max.)Yes (by using a commercially available USB display adaptor) * For a list of compatible devices, access the “Yamaha Downloads” website.
VoicesHarmony/EchoYes (with Arpeggio)
Panel SustainYes
Voice InformationYesYes
StylesStyle CreatorYes
OTS InformationYes
SongsScore Display FunctionYes
Lyrics Display FunctionYes
Song CreatorYesYes
Multi PadsMulti Pad CreatorYes
Audio Recorder/PlayerRecording Time (max.)approx. 0.8 GB (80 minutes) per Song80 minutes/Song
RecordingWAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bit, stereo).wav (WAV format: 44.1 kHz sample rate, 16 bit resolution, stereo), .mp3 (44.1 kHz sample rate,128/256/320 kbps, mono/stereo)
PlaybackWAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bit, stereo), MP3 (44.1/48.0 kHz, 64/96/128/256/320 kbps or VBR, mono/stereo).wav (WAV format: 44.1 kHz sample rate, 16 bit resolution, stereo), .mp3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3: 44.1/48.0 kHz sample rate, 64-320 kbps and variable bit rate, mono/stereo)
Lyrics Display FunctionYesYes (.mp3 only)
Time StretchYes
Pitch ShiftYes
Vocal CancelYes
Storage and Connectivity
StorageInternal MemoryYes (approx. 15 GB)Yes (approx. 4 GB)Yes (approx. 1 GB)
External DrivesUSB flash driveUSB Flash Memory (via USB to DEVICE)
ConnectivityHeadphonesStandard stereo phone jack (PHONES)Yes
FOOT PEDAL1 (SUSTAIN), 2 (ART.1), 3 (VOLUME), Function assignable1 (SUSTAIN), 2 (ARTICULATION), Function Assignable
MicrophoneYes (Combo Jack), Phantom Power (+48 V) availableMicrophone/Guitar x 1
AUX INL/L+R, R Standard phone jackStereo mini jack
LINE OUTMAIN (L/L+R, R), SUB (1,2), SUB (3,4/AUX OUT) Standard phone jackMAIN OUTPUT (L/L+R, R), SUB (AUX) OUTPUT (1,2 (L/L+R, R))MAIN OUTPUT (L/L+R, R)
USB TO DEVICEYes (x 3)Yes (x 2)Yes
Wireless LANYes (*) Standards: IEEE802.11b/g/n (IEEE802.11n 5 GHz: not compatible), Range of transmit frequency (channels): Models for Europe and Brazil: 2401–2483 MHz (channels 1–13) Others: 2401–2473 MHz (channels 1–11), Maximum RF output power: 14 dBm, Security: WEP, WPA-PSK (TKIP), WPA-PSK (AES), WPA2-PSK (AES), WPA/WPA2 mixed PSK, SAR value: 0.258 W/kg * May not be included, depending on your area. Check with your Yamaha dealer.
Amplifiers and Speakers
Amplifiers(15 W + 10 W) x 215 W x 2
Speakers13 cm x 2 + 2.5 cm (dome) x 213 cm x 2 + 5 cm x 2
Power Supply
Power SupplyAC power cordPA-300C or an equivalent recommended by Yamaha
Power Consumption37 W24 W21 W
Auto Power Off FunctionYes
Included AccessoriesOwner’s Manual, AC power cord, Music Rest, two Music Rest bracketsOwner’s Manual, Online Member Product Registration, Music Rest, AC Adaptor(may not be include depending on your area. Check with your Yamaha dealer.)