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The Yamaha DTX720K and DTX760K aren’t quite the company’s top of the line electronic drum sets, but they’re close. Both of these DTX700 series kits are high quality sets of instruments.
It’s unfortunate, then, that it is so hard to find complete information on these kits. Yamaha’s own videos no longer match their offerings. The videos are about the DTX700K, DTX750K, and DTX790K, as of this writing. But they sell only the DTX720K and DTX760K.
In this review of the Yamaha DTX700 series, I’ll do my best to explain what you apparently do get when you purchase one of these kits. I’ll also show the differences between; that is, upgrades and additions from the Yamaha DTX720K to the Yamaha DTX760K.
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What Is Included in the Yamaha DTX720K Electronic Drum Kit?
If Yamaha has a listing of the pieces (not just a picture) included in the DTX720K (or the DTX760K), please let me know where it is. I couldn’t find one.
The list of pieces below is one I found at Sweetwater.
- KP100 Kick Drum
- XP80 Snare
- 2 XP70 Toms
- XP70 Floor Tom
- PCY135 Crash Cymbal
- PCY135 Ride Cymbal
- RHH135 Hi-Hat
- HS740A Hi-Hat Stand
- DTX700 Sound Module
- RS502 Rack
Note that no pedals are mentioned. I assume that, as usual, you do get the hi-hat pedal but not a kick drum pedal. It is not uncommon at this price point for a drummer to be expected to bring his or her own kick pedal to the party. Most drummers who are willing to spend this much on a quality set already have a kick pedal they prefer, having used it on an earlier kit.
The XP80 snare is the same as the one used in the DTX502 series. The three XP70 toms are the same as those you find in the DTX562K.
The cymbals are the higher quality pads you also get in the DTX502 series. Here you would assign one as the crash cymbal and the other as the ride cymbal.
The hi-hat comes on its own stand (as in the DTX532K and DTX562K). Here they are higher quality than those in the DTX502 series.
The sound module is obviously specific to the DTX700 series. The RS502 rack is just as obviously the same as the one in the DT502 series.
The assembly manual for the DTX720K indicates that this kit is very similar to the DTX582K, which is apparently no longer produced. There is likewise a similarity between the DTX760K and the DTX920K.
This video by Yamaha shows a rep at Kraft explaining the DTX720K and later playing the DTX760K. There is unfortunately no description of the latter kit at all.
What Is Included in the Yamaha DTX760K Electronic Drum Kit?
You will notice some similarities between the DTX760K and the DTX720K, but you will also see more upgrades and additions.
Here is the list of pieces included in the DTX760K.
- KP100 Kick Drum
- XP120SD Snare
- 2 XP100T Toms
- XP120T Floor Tom
- 2 PCY135 Crash Cymbals
- 1 PCY155 Ride Cymbal
- RHH135 Hi-Hat
- SS662 Snare Stand
- HS740A Hi-Hat Stand
- DTX700 Sound Module
- RS700 Rack
The snare drum and all three toms are upgrades from the DTX720K. The snare (and the hi-hat again) comes with its own stand, so you can easily position it wherever it feels best for your style of playing.
You get one more cymbal for a total of 3. You can now have 2 crash cymbals and 1 ride cymbal. The ride cymbal appears to be an upgrade since it is now a PCY155. All the cymbals are 3 zone and chokeable. These are the same cymbals used in the top of the line 900 series.
The hi-hat is 2 zone with edge and bow sections. This gives you open, closed, and foot splash sounds.
Largely to accommodate these differences, you get a new rack, the RS700.
What Are the Similarities and Differences in the DTX720K and the DTX760K?
I have hinted at the differences already above, but here is a more concise listing in the table below.
|Rack Toms (2)||XP70||XP100T|
|Kick Drum (pad)||KP100||KP100|
|Crash Cymbal(s)||PCY135||PCY135 (2)|
Since the sound module, the DTX700, is the same for both kits, there will be no differences in the brains of these sets.
The DTX700 has 1268 total sounds, many taken from Yamaha’s MOTIF XF synthesizer. I can’t imagine that not being enough, but you may have some unique sounds you want to play. Of course, you can add them to the 64MB Flash-ROM via a thumb drive, computer, or other USB storage device.
You can have a maximum of 128 voices and 64 note polyphony, though again, why even the above average drummer would need all of that is beyond me. This feels like one of those features that the manufacturer included just because they could.
That said, I suppose there are the rare cases where something like this could be desirable in a symphonic setting.
Much more pertinent to the majority of drummers are the 6 reverb and 6 chorus effects built into the sound module.
You get a 4 band kit EQ and 3 band master EQ for making those tiny adjustments that are sometimes necessary depending on your venue.
There are 50 preset kits and 10 that are open to you as the user. However, since you can edit and overwrite the original 50 kits, you have, in effect, all 60 kits that you can setup as you like. (There is a reset button that will restore the original settings whenever you want.)
There is a 1 track sequencer on board for those who like to record their playing. You can play over 150,000 notes before running out of space.
You get a number of different types of songs in the sound module, all of which you can edit and overwrite. There are 2 demos, 44 practice songs, 17 pads, and 30 open user songs spaces.
The click track supports from 30 to 300 beats per minute. You can play time signatures in virtually any range.
For practice time, you can get help with Measure Break, Groove Break, and Rhythm Gate features. When you play with Rhythm Gate, the pads will only make a sound if you are playing on the prescribed beat. It can be a little disconcerting at first. Sometimes you’ll hear yourself and sometimes you won’t, depending on how good you are.
The ports on the sound module are pretty much the standard ones you would expect. There are the USB port, standard output jacks, pad (drum and cymbal) triggers, headphone jack, pedal jacks, Aux and MIDI in and out ports.
The drum pads are all DTX-Pads – Textured Cellular Silicone (TCS) heads – which are really quiet and greatly appreciated by experienced drummers for their realistic feel compared to acoustic sets.
What’s the Verdict on the Kits in the DTX700 Series?
If you don’t want to take out a second mortgage (or equivalent loan) to get a kit in Yamaha’s top flight DTX900 line, get one of these two sets in the DTX700 series. Either the DTX720K or the DTX760K will do wonders for you.
Noting the differences I mentioned above, if you think the corresponding difference in price is worth it, you will probably want to go with the Yamaha DTX760K.
However, if you’ve found that you’re not as interested in either of these kits as you thought, check out the other offerings from Yamaha in this overview article.
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