Obviously, the number one benefit of buying a karaoke machine is that it’s a great source of fun and entertainment. Who doesn’t love to sing? What makes karaoke so great is that it doesn’t matter if you’re a great singer or not—some would even argue it’s better if you can’t sing. It’s an accessible and amusing way for non-musicians to enjoy making music.
Socialization is another key benefit of buying a karaoke machine. Singing, whether poorly or epically, brings people together. It’s that simple. So, if you’re hosting a birthday bash or NYE party, and you’re looking for immersive entertainment that forces people to bond in the best way possible, then you really need look no further than to the humble karaoke machine.
Of course, karaoke machines aren’t so humble anymore. While, special audio augmentation features like reverb and echo have been present in karaoke machines for decades to spiff up your voice, these basic features have improved tremendously. But there are also key additional features karaoke machines possess these days that you may not have thought of yet. For instance, some of the best karaoke machines today feature an integrated AM/FM radio. Not a lot of people are really into shelling out for a radio, which in its most basic form is a one-trick pony. Buying a karaoke machine with an AM/FM radio included is a great 2-in-1 product that allows you to have something (in this case a radio) that you may not have considered buying on its own, but you might find worth it if it’s included with another device.
Modern karaoke machines have even more advanced features like being wireless with Bluetooth connectivity. Some have USB ports so you can charge your smart phone and other mobile devices, while others may synch with your smartphone. In short, karaoke machines have moved into the digital age, and they’re taking your other devices with them. While karaoke machine-radio hydrides have been around a while, these other features are new, innovative and exciting. And they’re also cool extras where, if you may have never considered purchasing a karaoke machine before, one that has such versatility and capability might just be up your alley simply because you get more bang for your buck.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING A KARAOKE MACHINE
The main thing you want to check is whether or not its corded or wireless—or both. Both are great options; you can’t really go wrong. Rather, it’s important to know which you’re getting so that you can be sure the karaoke machine fits your needs. For instance, you may want to avoid a wireless-only karaoke machine if you’re not going to be able to charge it. Or you may prefer wireless if you’re going to be toting it to different venues. It’s really about choosing the power option that’s best for you.
Always look for additional features other than its ability to play songs and hook up to a microphone. These additional features are truly what makes today’s karaoke machines so different from their antiquated counterparts. Look for neat features like Bluetooth compatibility so you can synch with your phone and get access to karaoke apps that make the experience richer.
Then there are practical things to look for. Today’s karaoke machines ideally have USB ports, because you want to be able to connect any devices that are either necessary or just enhance the experience. Also, check for important points like durability—especially if you’re looking for a portable karaoke machine that you can carry to different venues. You want something that can stand up to transport.
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Finally, if you go with a wireless-only option, make sure that you take a look at how long the battery life lasts to ensure that it meets your needs.
TIPS ON HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST KARAOKE MACHINE FOR YOUR NEEDS
There are a few things to keep in mind to ensure you find the best karaoke machine for your needs. Consider the following:
- Go for a karaoke machine that already has the necessary accessories included, like a microphone and all required cables—it just simplifies things
- If you will be transporting your karaoke machine often, consider a wireless model so you can simply charge and go, without having to worry about a power source. This is also a great idea if you will be hosting a lot of outdoor parties, especially near water.
- Also on the topic of portability, a USB port is a great thing to have if you’re going to be on the go, because you can use it to charge your phone and other mobile devices. This is great for professionals like party planners who require efficiency and utility.
- If you don’t already own a radio, consider a model that has an AM/FM radio included. That way, you get a 2-in-1 product.
- Some karaoke machines may be CDG, which means CD + graphics; this typically means that they have the ability to display the lyrics either on the karaoke machine or on a connected device, like a TV.
- The ability to synch up with your phone or connect to apps is always a cool bonus.
BEST KARAOKE MACHINE 2017 – REVIEWS
ION AUDIO BLOCK ROCKER (IPA77)
The ION Audio Block Rocker is a wireless karaoke machine made extra portable with cool features like recessed wheels and a telescopic handle, making it a great choice for party planners and others who foresee themselves traveling a lot with their karaoke machine. The battery life is up to 50 hours and it features a handy USB port so you can charge your devices with it. It comes with a mic and all the necessary cables, and as an added bonus, it doubles as an AM/FM radio.
SINGING MACHINE SML-385
The Singing Machine SML-385 is a CDG karaoke machine with a retro disco aesthetic, making it great for parties. It comes with 2 microphone jacks with microphone, and features nifty audio-enhancing features like auto voice control and more to ensure your duet sounds amazing. It also has the ability to hook up with your TV to display lyrics so you’ll never get lost, no matter how deep in your cups you are. It’s AC-powered, so you don’t have to worry about charging it, and it has a track indicator so you can easily navigate through songs.
SINGING MACHINE SML-283P CDG KARAOKE PLAYER
The Singing Machine SML-283P CDG Karaoke Player is a pink standout with disco lighting effects which are sure to be a hit at parties. The speakers are built in, and it comes with voice effects like Auto Voice, Echo and Balance. The 2-digit LED display lets you know which track you’re on, it features two microphone jacks so you can sing an epic duet with your go-to karaoke partner.
MEMOREX SING STAND 3 MKSSS3 HOME KARAOKE SYSTEM
The Sing Stand 3 is Bluetooth compatible so you can synch with your phone or tablet to enrich the experience. It has a universal in-line so you can connect a wide array of devices, giving you the ability to access your custom playlists on your tablet, phone or any other compatible device. You can also connect your guitar or keyboard for a more immersive experience, and there are dual mics so you and your karaoke buddy can rock out. The 5-watt speakers and the Auto Voice Control ensure sound output is crisp and clear.
SINGING MACHINE STVG785W KARAOKE MACHINE
Like most Singing Machine karaoke machines, the STVG785W features LED disco lights to get the party going. It’s compatible with CD, CDG, and MP3G music and has a 7-inch LCD screen to display lyrics; alternatively, you can connect it with your TV to display the lyrics. There are two microphone jacks and one microphone is included.
GRAND VIDEOKE SYMPHONY 3.0 PLUS
The Grand Videoke Symphony 2.0 Plus comes preloaded with 6,000 songs from new hits to 80’s and 90’s, party favorites and more. Finding your favorite song is easy thanks to a very intuitive and impressive voice command technology. It comes with two wireless, professional grade microphones that stand on a base when not in use. Both the mics and the base feature an array of controls (LED graphics equalizer) and connections (USB port, SD slot, etc.). There’s an additional mic hookup, so four singers can be accommodated in total. The audio output is designed to be clear and ensure that your voice is not only audible, but sounds great.
BEST KARAOKE MACHINE – TO SUM UP
Though this roundup features several great karaoke machine options, there can be only one best karaoke machine. The ultimate winner is the ION Audio Block Rocker (iPA76A). With its superior performance, modern features like USB ports and Bluetooth compatibility, as well as its ultra-portable design, it is the clear leader of the pack.