If this does turn out to be accurate, not doubting that it is, I am interested. 88 key models with the sounds I like are heavier than I would like. Hopefully the weight won't be too bad. I love the sounds on the Motif XS so this shouldn't be an issue. I am looking to get a keyboard for live playing that I can use as a stand alone.
I've been looking for a new keyboard to gig with. My main keyboard is too heavy and I'm using two others to get the sounds I need. My hope is the S90XS will cover all the sounds I need. The Motif XS 7 and 8 were strong considerations because they had great sounds but were to heavy. Hopefully S90XS or S70XS will be to my liking.
I tried the Nord Stage, Fantom Stage, Juno G, PC3 and Korg M50. The Nord Stage was too expensive and didn't deliver the sound quality and other features i thought it would have for the hefty price tag. The fantom stage and Juno G would need to be supplemented even more than what I'm currently using and were really disappointing to me in a mix. The PC3 I can't find to try and won't buy something I can't play and try myself. I also am not a fan of the kurzweil piano sample which seems to be an echo from other PC3 owners I've talked with. I was actually considering the M50 as the best choice at this point even thought it wasn't the perfect fit until I heard about the S90XS. I hope the S90XS can do the trick for me.
Here's a video shot of the s70XS. no sound, but it's there in the living flesh,er,metal and plastic. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xtk3F0IFWU I have an S90 and been looking forward to the shorter keyboard update. The factory sent me a new keybed 2 yrs ago. They are aware that the S90 keyboards have a limited lifespan. (I had gone way past the slot car wheel silicon fix of the keys.) Original keybed lasted 2 yrs of 2 shows six nights a week.