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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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AvS a hobbyist user from Denmark writes:
A friend of mine has got the S-80. I just tryed it a few days ago, and i must say that i is pretty darn good. It sounds so Cool. Very nice piano sound. And for techno, it it also very very good(!). So far this is one of the greatests synths, that I've ever tryed!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-30-2001 at 05:40
Eric Pelton a hobbyist user from Phoenix Arizona, USA writes:
There are a few words that can describe the S80...a GREAT F*%KING SYNTH!!! The piano voices are very deep and from the low end to the high, you can defiantly hear the ring. I purchased this synth based on feel. I practiced in a store for 3 hours comparing, side-by-side, the S80, the QS8, and the N1. Initially I liked the feel of the QS8, but the longer I played, the S80 felt more piano-like and the others felt more synth-like. Another requirement was the piano voices, which out of the box, the S80 is very capable. The entire piano voices are excellent, the harpsichords, and an added bonus the organs are amazing!!! I use to have a QS 6.1 with the Stereo Grand Piano ROM card and I would even wager that the S80s piano voices are just as good, if not better. I would say better, but that could be due to the better effects that the S80 has. The strings suck, in typical Yamaha fashion. The acoustic guitar voices suck, but it does have an acoustic plug in board that adds a specialized acoustic synthesis engine. I do not know if this would resolve the issue with acoustic voices, but I would imagine that it does quite a bit. Ohh yea, it is 70 lbs so realistically you need a hard case for it, if you plan on moving it at all or just keep the cardboard box until you can afford a hard case. The display is a little cramped, not DX7 or Akai S2000 cramped, but it is very reminiscent of those tiny little displays. Over all, out of the box it is fabulous synth and the keyboard is worth the name Yamaha, which I have found to make some of the best keyboards in terms of feel. The manual...is...well kind of bad, which isn't good for something as complex as this. So for an 88-key weighted-action synth, this is very affordable and it sounds and feels spectacular. I highly recommend picking one up if you are looking for an alternative to an electric or acoustic piano or just looking for a full range flexible synth. The upgrades is very nice, I just got the PLG100-VH and I cannot wait to try it out (vocode it baby!) and the A/D input is a very nice feature. It will be typically cheaper and although 70 lbs, it is easier to move than piano!!! Yamaha has done it again and made an EXCELLENT synth.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-02-2001 at 17:35
Steven a professional user from Washington, DC writes:
The Best!!!!!! For the price, nothing else could compare.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-18-2001 at 08:24
Jon Bart / Quiet Voice Audio a professional user from San Diego, CA, USA writes:
Sold a friend my Korg SGPROX and freaked out for a week checking out new keyboards. I showed up at rehearsal with an A33 and an anemic module and it's a good thing these are my friends. Very rare for me to sell a board and not have one lined up to replace it. The Yamaha S80 has been very quick and comfortable getting used to. The sounds are very musical for live and studio. I'm enjoying the fast and accurate action. I've played boards for more money that do not offer this performance. For laughs and giggles I put the "Hammond" patches through a TREK 2 Preamp and a Leslie 45 with tube 47 amplifier. YES, this is the ticket if you are a Hammond person. I would imagine the Motion Sound Pro3T would do the trick also. The Rhodes sound and feel is very cool. I'm a "meat and potatos" player who enjoys rock and blues so this board covers all my basic needs. I found myself composing some new material and reworking some old ideas. This to me is a sure sign that the S80 is the right tool for my needs, (until next year when something new comes out, and we get to do this all over again). The Yamaha S80 Manual is "Ah so" poorly written, but it does have a nice glossy card stock cover. JB

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-03-2000 at 13:11
Kim silverman a hobbyist user from U.S.A (Slicion Valley) writes:
I've used the S80 for 6 months. Pluses: 1) The electric guitar sounds. Great distorition. I use the "Feedback Guitar" to play Santana lead solos. IN combination with the pitch and modulation wheels, this sounds indistinguishable from the great Carlos himself, according to audience comments at our gigs. 2) The Rhodes/Wurli sounds are great. VERY responsive. I can do all the Stevie Wonder sounds, Supertramp, Sade, Motown, etc. 3) The hammond organ sounds are almost as good as the real thing, and in some ways better. For example the distortion would require a tube amplifier, and in all cases it would be difficult to mike a leslie as well as the S80 sounds. 4) The brass and string sounds are nice. For example there's a great set of brass ensemble sounds for songs like Sir Duke, 29 or 6 to 4, etc 5) The feel and responsiveness of the pitch and modulation wheels is the most playable of any keyboard I've owned in the last 20 years.

Minuses: 1) It's heavy, man! Others disagree, but it's way heavier than my Kurzweil K1200 2) The knobs stick out, and are easily bumped in transport. Combined with its weight, this makes it TOO EASY to damage those knobs. They should have been stronger. In general the case is a bit soft, and so is easily dented. Bad Design 3) The manual is incomprehensible. Understanding it takes too much time for a person with a life.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Oct-19-2000 at 14:38
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