You keep talking Kronos 88 putting down Montage say different beast altogether but I spent several hours or so just on video on Guitars Brass and those E pianos and the Piano muzikfest side by side and the Montage seriously sound clearer better on all of them not over bass and muddy mid high like Korg and it seriously got beat most with no tweaking forget the weigh. I wouldn't throw my wife out for few pound over and would not throw out my love for few pounds ...Montage is amazing beast keyboard but it's the best I ever heard clear pristine precise mid and high probably best I ever heard ever ...seriously...smell a Korg burning...watch out for that super knob wow
Sorry that's is the truth and that is my opinion and that's basic fundamentals.
If basic aren't right on instrument get anything else right Montage is winner and new generation is born superb piano...and the ear don't lie Bravo Yamaha
Dear Roger, my specific comment about montage vs Kronos was a out its size... when you put them next to eachother, the Kronos looks like a dexterious kitten, where the Montage looks like a voluminous whale..
First of, i need you to understand that i think both the Kronos as well as the Montage are incredible instruments, but there are some very fundamental differences...
Now about the sound, you do realise that the Kronos sound by default is a dry sound, where current Montage performances are wet sounds and all come with a lot of effects added... also the samples of the Kronos are much more clean then the samples of yamaha which traditionally come with some reverb on them... so witouth tweaking the Montage indeed sounds more refined.. (exception most kronos drum sounds, they are sampled with effects on them)
On top of that, i agree that out of the box, yamaha brass, dp and guitars are better then Kronos... and Brass and Guitars on my T5 and PA4x as well...
But where they differ most is the workstation part, Kronos still is a fullfledged workstation with sequencers, Karma and 9 incredible flexible sound engines ... where Montage is a performance synth with an almost non excisting sequencer... if you compare Karma to arps and moton sequencing, i do beleive Karma is even more flexible and more powerfull, however, Montage is much much easier to get into and build your own stuff with (sadly you can not create new arps on the montage you will need a motif to do so).
In the end, Yamaha has much less tools to offer, yet is much more easier accessible... i think soundwise you can get top knotch results with both...
And so they are 2 very different beasts in nature... Kronos looks like a dexterious kitten, but comes with much much more tools in the box...
Whats best? Totally depends on the needs and wants of the musician.