AKX10 first review!


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For those interested here is first proper English review of Medeli "unicorn keyboard" AKX10. It looks like Medeli managed to build a very solid arranger-workstation hybrid for 700 EUR. AKX10 is expected in EU after March 15.

I think that with this model Medeli actually cleared with ease all arrangers up to Korg Pa1000 and Yamaha PSR-SX900 keyboards. Its a direct hit to Korg and Yamaha arranger monopoly. No more sleeping on minor upgrades every 5 years or so for this two brands. Competition is always good for us end customers.:)


P.S. Medeli is OEM manufacturer for many respectable brands including Kurzweil and Yamaha so I suspect that AKX10 is actually a demo for upcoming products for those brands.
 
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Well that is a pretty impressive demo, thanks for posting it.

Just checked and here in the UK it is still priced at £545 which is what it was when you posted about it last year.

The demo probably changes my mind on it compared to the likes of a Korg Pa700 which is currently c£950, the Yamaha PSR SX700 which is c£999 and its more limited SX600 version which is £650.

Downsides of the Korg Pa700 that I had were:-
Memory, very limited, in fact I filled it without really trying.
Keybed, I could not find a setting that suited me.
Touchscreen, required a good stab to action plus the resolution is lacking

The Medeli seems to have none of these downsides with nearly twice the memory, more keybed settings and a much larger and responsive screen.

Sound wise the demo did not seem as rich and balanced as a Korg Pa or a Yamaha SX in most of those that he used in the demo but for its price point then it is probably OK for most users.

Polophony at 256 is at the same level as a DP and twice that of the Korg and Yamaha arrangers, quite possibly the probable limited sample size of the Medeli tones is a factor in how they can achieve what they have.

I do like his comments about the OS being very quick and easy to navigate, in fact he comments that it is far easier than a Yamaha SX, which goes along with my own experience of Yamaha’s overly complex menu systems.

As it is there is only one outlet here in the UK currently selling it and I have never bought from them as they seem to be just box shifters. Buying from the EU is a definite no, no.
 
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Sound wise the demo did not seem as rich and balanced as a Korg Pa or a Yamaha SX in most of those that he used in the demo but for its price point then it is probably OK for most users.

Yeah I noticed that too but with tons of FX and editing options I suspect all sounds in AKX10 are probably unedited or raw for lack of better word. Its like portable DAW or "workstation" system but in very practical arranger keyboard. I think the warranty is 3 years so the build quality must be good. This gives you additional peace of mind and really excellent value for money.

Yamaha and Korg will definitely have to change something for their upcoming keyboards. Will see soon with PSR-E467 and new entry models of Korg Pa.
 

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