Best Karaoke Machine
Best Karaoke Machine Overall:
Karaoke has gone from obscure Japanese pastime to international phenomenon. And with the advent of American Idol, everybody wants to be a star. Karaoke systems used to be big and bulky, but the digital age has slimmed down these machines and made them affordable for just about any household. Most systems include music and a microphone – simply plug into a television to get the lyrics and you're off and running.
For the young karaoke enthusiast, this is a great (and inexpensive) way to start. This machine basically turns your ipod into a karaoke system. A specially designed mic stand holds the ipod, a microphone, and two speakers on the base. With a push of the button, it eliminates the vocals on the track, allowing you to sing along to all your favorite music. Lyrics are not included, but since its music you already own, chances are you already know the words. Read Full Review
Good things can come in small packages. This sturdy little microphone is a karaoke system in itself, holding a whopping 2064 songs in its memory. The songs are in MIDI format, but surprisingly solid renditions of some of your favorites. Other chips are available in different languages and with more songs, but this is a great system for a Christmas party or family gathering. Read Full Review
This stylish unit is a great combo system at a reasonable price. It includes a small monitor, allowing you to read the lyrics from your CD + G discs without hooking it up to a TV. A USB and flash drive offer you more format options. You can even record your performance to share with friends or upload to the Singing Machine website. Read Full Review
This little monster is truly a party in a box. The RSQ accepts a multitude of different formats, including mp3, dvd, vcd, NEO + G, CD + G has an ipod input, and even an input for an electric guitar! And at 100 watts, it offers blaring sound for those wild-and-crazy office parties. Hooks up to any tv for the lytics, and away you go. Read Full Review
This karaoke system is a great compliment to your home theater setup or as a portable system on the go. It plays all the popular karaoke formats, and comes with a disc of over 30,000 songs in 6 languages! Plus its extremely friendly user interface means you can find a song by title or artist handy if you can’t find the karaoke book. When you’re done singing, it plays all region DVD movies in 5.1 sound. Read Full Review
Best Karaoke Machine for Kids:
Singing can be one of the best -- not to mention the most fun -- ways for children to develop language and of course music skills. In addition, it can be a great group activity that can bring families together. As manufacturing costs have gone down with respect to karaoke machines in general, a new product category has developed in recent years aimed squarely at kids. The best of these machines integrate both fun, kid-oriented design and color, and quality hardware that won't break after the third time your kid drops the mic on the floor. Most machines take CD-G discs, which contain music as well as lyrics on a separate track. The microphones that ship with these systems vary in quality, but for many the overall experience using the machine is more important. Some picks on this list are for older kids, and some are better suited to younger kids all the way down to toddlers. All in all, they represent a snapshot of the best karaoke machines currently available for kids.
The best-of-the-best, The Singing Machine SML-390 is loaded with great functionalities like Auto Voice Control and a TV output, not to mention a built-in 5.5" monitor that displays not only the output of the included video camera, but also the lyrics that are read from the standard CD-G discs. Two disco balls on top of the unit finish it with a level of sparkle that makes kids go wild. Our number one pick, the SML-390 is the machine to beat. Read Full Review
It might not have the features of our number one pick, but the SML-383 from Singing Machine is a great value and is solidly built. Included is a single mic and the much-praised Auto Voice Control featured in a number of this companies units. A vertical loading CD compartment makes it easier for kids to operate, and although only one mic is included, there are two microphone inputs in case you can rustle up another one for duets. Read Full Review
Relying on a different kind of technology, the Memorex MKS-SS1 can, more-or-less, eliminate vocals from any recording, allowing you to eschew the pricey CD-G discs that normally play in these karaoke devices. Unfortunately, the trade-off is that users report distortion in the music, likely a cause of the vocal frequencies being eliminated and therefore in turn eliminating those same frequencies in the musical backing. Whatever the case, there are also fun additions, like an echo effect, and a connection for a keyboard if you want to augment your performance. Read Full Review
Although not one of the more impressive units and intended for the youngest members of the kiddie karaoke market, the Disney DKS7000-P is a fun product that's been a good seller among young girls. The "Perfect Pitch" function is not the best pitch control add-on, but for its price its a fair value. Read Full Review
Aimed at kids who are a little too young for karaoke fun as we know it, the ABC 1-2-3 Sing Along is a great buy for parents of toddlers who want to croon in a way that's achievable. The speakers aren't the greatest, but your toddler likely isn't the biggest stickler for hi-fidelity audio resolution. A USB connection allows parents to upload more songs than come included. Read Full Review