At 329£, the RX17 was a very basic entry-level drum machine, but slightly more advanced than the RX21 and RX21L that used the same box.
The 26 samples available have a distinct 80s lo-fi feel, and are pretty much the same ones that can be found in similar low-end machines by Yamaha from that era.
The sound chip is the same found on the RX11 and RX15, defining these late 80s drum boxes as a new package of that older technology while the high-end RX7 and RX5 had much better processors and DACs inside.
Playback supports up to 11 mono sounds simultaneously.
256Kbit wave ROM
999 maximum parts within songs
Connection terminals and interfaces
Output L, Output R, Output Phones
Cassette IN, Cassette OUT
MIDI IN, MIDI OUT
Dimensions and weight
350w x 54.5h x 202d (mm) / 13-25/32” x 2-5/32” x 7-31/32”