Yamaha PSR “PortaSound” Models 1984-2022


For nearly 40 years, Yamaha has created a host of portable musical keyboard instruments under the “PSR” branding. This article sheds light on those models, from 1984 when the first “PortaSound” models emerged, right up to the present day with versatile, high-technology instruments good for both beginners and seasoned keyboard musicians.

There have been close to 150 models with the PSR branding, including very basic keyboards but also those with more high-end features. As technology has improved and prices have dropped, later models have often included more functionality at less expense. Build quality has usually been reasonable at least for amateur home use, and they are usually marketed as being ideal for younger and beginner players.

We’ve tried our best to be as thorough as possible, but with some models now long extinct, and the diminishing availability of accurate information and resources for electronic equipment from the 1980s and 1990s, we can’t automatically cover everything in great detail. We will continue to add to this page as more data becomes available. We’ll also link to other pages, both on this site and elsewhere, when good archive/comparison information and resources are available.

First Models

The first model Yamaha released in its PSR range was the PSR-15 in 1984.

Yamaha PSR-15

Not the lowest numbered PSR created, but the first. While basic by today’s standards, it featured 49 keys (four octaves), six sounds, accompaniments with various finger modes, ability to add an expression pedal, and battery or power adapter usage.

It isn’t clear from the manual which sound generation technology was being used, although we presume some kind of PCM but not Yamaha’s much developed AWM system as this didn’t really come into its own until the 1990s. No MIDI, as this was still a very young technology in the mid ’80s and not really of much value on such a basic keyboard.

Amount of polyphony is unknown but it certainly wasn’t monophonic as it allowed for playing at least one note alongside rhythms and accompaniment sounds. Our guess is perhaps around 8 simultaneous sounds.

MIDI and Buttons

In 1985 Yamaha launched five more PSR models, with control panel interfaces containing more buttons for tone and accompaniment and other function section. MIDI ports also found their way onto the higher end models, including the PSR-50 and PSR-60.

Yamaha PSR-70

A very rudimentary system for saving program and performance data was introduced on the PSR-60 and PSR-70, by means of connecting a tape recorder to the special “tape” audio jacks and recording data (probably much like home computers of the era did) for subsequent retrieval.

Overall functions were still quite rudimentary but we can already see an increase in number of sounds, polyphony and overall functionality.

PSR Models by Model Number

PSR-100
PSR-1000
PSR-11
PSR-110
PSR-1100
PSR-12
PSR-125
PSR-130
PSR-140
PSR-140PC
PSR-150
PSR-15
PSR-16
PSR-160
PSR-170
PSR-1700
PSR-172
PSR-175
PSR-18
PSR-180
PSR-185
PSR-19
PSR-190
PSR-195
PSR-195PC
PSR-2
PSR-200
PSR-2000
PSR-201
PSR-202
PSR-21
PSR-210
PSR-2100
PSR-215
PSR-22
PSR-220
PSR-220PC
PSR-225
PSR-225GM
PSR-225PC

PSR-230
PSR-240
PSR-248
PSR-2500
PSR-260
PSR-262
PSR-27
PSR-270
PSR-2700
PSR-273
PSR-275
PSR-28
PSR-280
PSR-282
PSR-290
PSR-292
PSR-293
PSR-295
PSR-3
PSR-300
PSR-31
PSR-310
PSR-310M
PSR-32
PSR-320
PSR-330
PSR-340
PSR-350
PSR-3500
PSR-36
PSR-37
PSR-38
PSR-40
PSR-400
PSR-4000
PSR-403
PSR-410
PSR-420
PSR-450
PSR-4500

PSR-4600
PSR-47
PSR-48
PSR-50
PSR-500
PSR-500M
PSR-510
PSR-510M
PSR-520
PSR-530
PSR-530PC
PSR-540
PSR-540PC
PSR-550
PSR-5700
PSR-6
PSR-60
PSR-600
PSR-6000
PSR-62
PSR-620
PSR-630
PSR-6300
PSR-640
PSR-6700
PSR-7
PSR-70
PSR-73
PSR-730
PSR-74
PSR-740
PSR-75
PSR-76
PSR-77
PSR-78
PSR-79
PSR-80
PSR-85
PSR-90
PSR-A3

PSR-D1
PSR-E203
PSR-E213
PSR-E223
PSR-E233
PSR-E243
PSR-E253
PSR-E263
PSR-E273
PSR-E303
PSR-E313
PSR-E323
PSR-E333
PSR-E343
PSR-E353
PSR-E363
PSR-E373
PSR-E403
PSR-E413
PSR-E433
PSR-E443
PSR-E453
PSR-E463
PSR-EW400
PSR-EW410
PSR-F51
PSR-GX76
PSR-I425
PSR-I455
PSR-J20
PSR-J20C
PSR-J21
PSR-J51
PSR-K1
PSRD1DJX

PSR Models by Year

1984:PSR-15 (1)
1985:PSR-40, PSR-50, PSR-62, PSR-60, PSR-70 (5)
1986:PSR-11, PSR-21, PSR-6300 (3)
1987:PSR-12, PSR-22, PSR-32, PSR-80, PSR-90 (5)
1988:PSR-16, PSR-36 (2)
1989:PSR-6, PSR-7, PSR-27, PSR-37, PSR-47, PSR-2500, PSR-3500, PSR-4500 (8)
1990:PSR-2, PSR-18, PSR-28, PSR-38, PSR-48, PSR-19, PSR-4600 (7)
1991:PSR-3, PSR-31, PSR-73, PSR-100, PSR-200, PSR-300, PSR-400, PSR-500, PSR-500M, PSR-6700 (10)
1992:PSR-75, PSR-150, PSR-403, PSR-600, PSR-5700 (5)
1993:PSR-110, PSR-210, PSR-310, PSR-310M, PSR-410, PSR-510, PSR-510M, PSR-1700, PSR-2700 (9)
1994:PSR-76, PSR-85, PSR-180, PSR-6000 (4)
1995:PSR-77, PSR-185, PSR-215, PSR-225, PSR-225GM, PSR-225PC, PSR-320, PSR-420, PSR-520, PSR-620, PSR-4000, PSR-A3 (12)
1996:PSR-78, PSR-190, PSR-220, PSR-220PC, PSR-230 (5)
1997:PSR-130, PSR-330, PSR-530, PSR-530PC, PSR-630, PSR-730 (6)
1998:PSR-79, PSR-195, PSR-195PC, PSR-270, PSR-D1, PSR-D1DJX (6)
1999:PSR-74, PSR-140, PSR-140PC, PSR-240, PSR-248, PSR-340, PSR-540, PSR-540PC, PSR-640, PSR-740, PSR-J20, PSR-J20C (12)
2000:PSR-160, PSR-201, PSR-260, PSR-262, PSR-282, PSR-550, PSR-GX76, PSR-J21, PSR-J51 (9)
2001:PSR-170, PSR-280, PSR-350, PSR-1000, PSR-2000 (5)
2002:PSR-125, PSR-202, PSR-290, PSR-292, PSR-1100, PSR-2100 (6)
2003:PSR-172, PSR-273, PSR-275, PSR-450, PSR-K1 (5)
2004:PSR-175, PSR-293, PSR-295, PSR-E203, PSR-E303 (5)
2006:PSR-E403, PSR-E213, PSR-E313 (3)
2007:PSR-E413, PSR-I425 (2)
2008:PSR-E223, PSR-E323 (2)
2010:PSR-E233, PSR-E333 (2)
2011:PSR-E433, PSR-I455 (2)
2012:PSR-E243, PSR-E343 (2)
2014:PSR-E253, PSR-E353, PSR-E443 (3)
2015:PSR-E453, PSR-EW400 (2)
2016:PSR-E263, PSR-E363, PSR-F51 (3)
2017:PSR-E463, PSR-EW410 (2)
2020:PSR-E273, PSR-E373, PSR-EW310 (3)
2021:PSR-E360 (1)
2022:PSR-E473, PSR-EW425 (2)

PSR Models by Category