I’ve been checking out some karaoke machine reviews for the past few days and see what’s out there. Kind of inspired with James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke and I thought what a genius, where big-time celebrities sing and act candidly while traveling in a car.
Well ok. Everyone has their opportunity anywhere to have fun, don’t you think?
Today, I found a few things that piqued my interest that will help you have yours as well and I want to share them with you.
Karaoke USA GF845
Although this one is a bit pricy, it’s also jampacked with features. Its 7-inch LED screen displays the playback of the karaoke CD you’d use to sing. Note that a demo disc is included in the package and the CD contains about 300 songs.
It also has a 35-watt speaker that can easily fill a small function hall with your beautiful singing voice. Thanks to its excellent PA system. You can also use this machine to treat yourself to songs you love to listen to. You have the Bluetooth, SD Card, Aux line, and USB connections to play the songs from your phone, MP3 player, or storage devices.
The GF845 comes with two microphones. It’s basically duet-ready when it comes to your door. And you can plug it in, take the remote, and start singing.
The only downside with this karaoke machine is that it’s on the heavy side. It weighs 10.33 lbs and the microphones that come with it are not wireless. If this doesn’t bother you, you have a good buy.
The Earise T26 has a simple design and it’s powerful enough to perform for at least 50 people (imagine a jam-packed classroom). It only weighs 5.5 lbs. and you can lug and use it anywhere you want.
It is battery operated, and this baby can operate for more than four hours even at max volume. Charging time takes around six hours, by the way.
It comes with a wireless mic. And it has some of the common features that karaoke machines have like Bluetooth, audio recording, and remote control.
Vtech Kidi Star
If you have a little kid between 5 to 9 years old, you should take a close look at this one. It’s so cute, and it’s a real nice way to introduce children to singing. The Vtech Kidi Star comes with a single microphone and the karaoke machine itself is integrated into a stand. The design is childish but cute. And I’m sure any kid, especially girls, would love to have one of these.
Its main feature is its built-in songs. The volume of the songs’ vocals can be adjusted, which can allow its users to sing along, alone, or with a bit of guidance. You can also connect it to your mp3 player or mobile device. This allows you or your kid to sing using your song collection.
Another unique feature that this machine has is that it has built-in games. It also has a voice changer function that can make singing more fun. It can even produce some cutesy sound effects.
Lastly, it has a twisting disco light, which can make it appear like your kid is performing live under strobe lights. It has a recording function that can record at least five minutes’ worth of audio.
To be honest, it’s more of a toy than a karaoke machine. The machine’s audio can fill a kid’s bedroom. The microphone that comes with it isn’t sensitive enough. You just need to move your mouth closer to the microphone.
Lastly, the price can be considered a bit high for a toy. Nonetheless, I believe the fun it can bring to your child and the effect it can have to make him or her love singing is worth more than its cost.
BONAOK Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone
I personally like this one. You turn the mic on, connect it to your smartphone, press some buttons here and there, and you’re good to go. Unlike the Vtech Kidi Start, the BONAOK Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone looks like a toy, but it’s actually a portable karaoke machine on its own.
This is also a bit versatile. You can connect it to karaoke apps or you can just connect it just like a regular microphone and play Karaoke songs on YouTube.
I’ve seen one in the Philippines while traveling there a year ago. The main difference between what I saw and this one is the price. It’s a different currency, so I guess if you convert it to the US dollar, it’s less expensive at a low cost of $10.
Singing Machine SML625BTBK
The speakers on this one aren’t as powerful as the Earise T26, but it’s as cheap and contains a complete set of karaoke features.
You can use a line-in connection to plug in your mp3 player, smartphone, and other audio devices to play your background music to sing with.
The Singing Machine SML625BTBK has a simple led display, which weighs only 6.55 lbs., which makes it easier to carry with you around. The only problem is that it doesn’t come with batteries as an option and needs to be plugged into a power outlet to make it work.
It plays regular CD+G karaoke CDs and you can connect it via RCA cables on your TV to display the graphics and lyrics of the songs you want to sing.
Singing Machine iSM1030BT
You can say that this is SML625BTBK’s more luxurious older brother. It comes with the usual Bluetooth feature and DVD player. The biggest difference is that it has a rechargeable battery which makes it more portable.
Aside from a microphone, you can also connect your electric music instruments in it like an electric guitar.
The Singing Machine iSM1030BT has a recording function, too. It has a built-in 7” LED panel. However, it only displays the machine’s control panel. It has a built-in dock for iPods and iPhones. And a USB slot to connect your phone, SD card reader, or USB mass storage device.
The only downside with this device is that you need to subscribe to its online service to get or download new songs. The subscription costs $10 per month. Not bad if you’re streaming thousands of songs on a regular basis. You’ll never run out of choices at a party.
There you have it. What’s your pick? Let me know what specific features you like from each. Please leave your comments below.