Why is karaoke so amazing? Well, because for one night, we all can, at least, pretend to be rock stars. It’s just like a perfect Cinderella story till everyone sobers up the morning after and goes “ Oh crap! I totally embarrassed myself!” Lol. Anyway, our article today will be talking about the best karaoke machines.
Karaoke machines differ greatly from one another. So, naturally, what you might need for a simple house party wouldn’t be same as what a bar owner needs to outfit their bar. You get that, right?
Well, even if you don’t, that’s why we are here. You’re going to learn loads from our article today about karaoke and karaoke machines.
Of course, you’ll first meet our ten amazing karaoke machines – the absolute best in the market. And then from there, we will segue into the buying guide as well as other tips and tricks to make your karaoke fun.
- Top 10 Best Karaoke Machine You Must Buy In 2021 Reviews
- 1 Ion Audio Block Rocker Plus
- Other Things To Note…
- 2 Memorex MKS-SS2 SingStand 2 Home Karaoke System
- 3 LP Kids Karaoke Machine
- 4 Ion Audio Party Rocker Max-Rechargeable Speaker
- 5 Singing Machine SML385UW Bluetooth Karaoke System
- 6 Electrohome Karaoke Machine Speaker System
- 7 Behringer Minimix Mix800 Ultra-Compact Karaoke Machine
- 8 Pyle PSUFM1235BT Bluetooth PA Loudspeaker Karaoke Entertainment System
- 9 Karaoke USA GF842 Karaoke System
- 10 Singing Machine STVG785W Karaoke Machine
- Best Karaoke Machine Buying Guide
- Understanding Karaoke Machines (Using Guide, etc)
Top 10 Best Karaoke Machine You Must Buy In 2021 Reviews
Ion Audio Block Rocker Plus
8 inches woofer, 100 Watts
50 hour rechargeable battery
9.85 x 17.33 x 14.57 inches
Built-in stereo speakers, 5 Watt
59 inches (extended height), 12 inches diameter base
LP Kids Karaoke Machine
4 AA batteries
40 inches (fully extended height)
8 inches woofer, 100 Watts
Built-in rechargeable battery
11 x 15 x 20.4 inches
2-digit LED display, (RCA cable to connect to TV)
11.1 x 10.9 x 16 inches
10.1 x 8.2 x 9.1 inches
9.6 x 4.7 x 1.9 inches
12 inch woof, 2400 Watts
17.3 x 16.6 x 42.0 inches
Karaoke USA GF842 Karaoke System
35 Watt speaker
7 inch TFT Digital Color Screen
Polaroid 9V batteries (2 AAA batteries), AC adapter
13 x 10 x 17.8 inches
7 inch LCD Color Monitor
9.5 x 11.4 x 16.4 inches
1 Ion Audio Block Rocker Plus
First off, we feature this awesome karaoke machine from Ion Audio called the Ion Audio Block Rocker Plus. This system is from one of the best in the business. So, you’ll be right to expect a lot from the machine.
The Ion Audio Block Rocker features Bluetooth connectivity which makes it super easy to stream your music seamlessly and conveniently from any device, provided it is Bluetooth-enabled. And if it isn’t Bluetooth-enabled, there’s always the 1/8 inch aux input which allows you to plug in using a cable.
Furthermore, we found this to be a professional karaoke setup. On here, you’ll find several options to modify your voice with cool sound effects as well as EQ controls. And if you want more, all you have to do is to access them through your Block Rocker app which is available both for Android and iOS users.
More so, to ensure that you can enjoy karaoke right out of the box, this system comes with one microphone. But in addition to these, there are also other inputs to connect more microphones. And if you want to do your own song, there are inputs for instruments as well.
Other Things To Note…
Other features we love on this system are the USB charging feature. That’s correct, you’ll be able to charge your phone using the USB port.
Again, this is a super sturdy unit. So, don’t expect it to go away anytime soon. It will last many years of use. And since we are on the turf of durability, now might be a good time to add that the battery here lasts long! You’ve got 50 hours tops here at moderate volume.
Finally, at 20 pounds, this unit is decently weighted. But to make movement even easier, Ion Audio equipped this with wheels as well as a telescoping handle.
2 Memorex MKS-SS2 SingStand 2 Home Karaoke System
The Memorex MKS-SS2 SingStand 2 is one of the bestselling karaoke systems in the market. It’s a great system for home use and also works for other smaller venues. Kids, adults, teenagers, everyone can enjoy karaoke using the SingStand 2.
Let’s check out the features here without further ado…
This system comes with one microphone already, so you can begin using this right out of the box. However, additionally, there is another microphone input as well where you can plug in another microphone.
Now, just like the Ion Audio Block Rocker Plus, this system does not come with a display. However, you can connect your smartphone or tablet to this system to display the lyrics. You can also decide to use the app, Musixmatch or you can simply use YouTube karaoke videos.
Small issue here though, you cannot use this system with a TV.
Alright, moving on, the SingStand 2 does not come with Bluetooth connectivity. So, if you’re going to connect your device, you’re going to have to use the aux input here. Fortunately, as long as your device has a headphone jack, you can definitely hook it up to this system.
Plus, besides, smartphones, tablets and all, you could also choose to go old school and attach a CD+G player. Really, anything that works for you also works for this system. Connectivity is that versatile.
Moving on to the speakers, this system comes with two speakers which you find at the base. And at 5 Watts each, you can’t exactly call them powerful. Nonetheless audio quality is pretty impressive with crisp, clear sounds. However, volume is still pretty weak as should be expected.
But then again, if you recall correctly, we did say this is for small venues. So, there’s that.
3 LP Kids Karaoke Machine
Do you have an aspiring pop star under your roof? Then you should gift that child their very own karaoke machine. And we’ve got just the thing – the LP Kids Karaoke machine. It’s a straightforward machine that’s easy for kids to use.
Firstly, there are two microphones – one comes with the system, while the other is for the collaborating act. As you know, sharing is caring. And in karaoke, it’s twice the fun.
Furthermore, to ensure that the stand is the perfect height for your kid, it comes adjustable. Plus, at the max height, this stand stands at 40 inches with a minimum length of 18.5 inches. So, you can see, a great variety of kids can use this from the toddlers to the preschoolers.
The speaker part of this system is pretty lightweight. We know some kids are pretty adventurous and might want to lift this while singing. Fortunately, that is definitely possible even without your help. The flip-out handle on the speaker makes it possible.
To make the performance even more interesting for your child, there are a host of songs and sound effects your child can play with. All they need to do is to tap with their foot. The two pedals at the base of the stand make switching between effects and songs breezy.
4 Ion Audio Party Rocker Max-Rechargeable Speaker
Another high end speaker from Ion Audio, the Ion Audio Party Rocker is up next on our review. It might seem like you’re paying a lot just for a karaoke machine. But trust us, when you begin this, you’ll find that every cent you spent was totally worth it.
The speaker is super powerful as it packs 100 Watts of power. Plus, with the 8 inch woofer and wide-dispersion tweeter, you get a loud volume and an evenly distributed sound as well.
To stream your music, this machine comes Bluetooth-enabled. So, it broadens your options. And with the Next/Previous buttons, as well as the Play/Pause buttons, it’s super easy to control your music.
Now, besides all of these, there’s something we really love about this speaker. It might not seem like a do-or-die aspect of a karaoke machine, but we think it’s a nice touch. And that’s the bright, shining lights! It just adds to the ambience of your party.
Well, if this does not entirely excite you, then you can also go for the ones without lights. Although we don’t think you should because the lights are so pretty.
Anyway, there is the echo effect to polish the performer’s voice. And for long-lasting entertainment, this model also comes a rechargeable battery. It lasts kinda long too.
Lastly, this unit is super easy to move around thanks to the handles and wheels. So, overall, you’ve got a pretty good deal in your hands choosing the Ion Audio Party Rocker.
5 Singing Machine SML385UW Bluetooth Karaoke System
The Singing Machine is another great karaoke system that looks to be well built. However, from the looks of this model, you can immediately tell that it’s for a child. Nonetheless, we wouldn’t exactly recommend this for the younger ones. Older kids though will love this like crazy.
In the first place, the controls might be a bit too difficult for the younger child to comprehend. In fact, even though we recommend this for older kids, adults too will enjoy using this machine.
Furthermore, the Singing Machine SML385UW is super easy to set up. It simply follows the standard method of setup. Plus, all the cables you need are already included too.
Fortunately, this system comes with Bluetooth connectivity. And in addition to that, you can also stream your songs using an aux cable. But to broaden your options even more, this system also features a CD+G player for your CD+G discs.
And it gets better cos you can also record your performance with the USB connectivity. This feature also enables you to play your favorite karaoke songs as well.
Now, there’s a display unit here which is great. However, it only displays 2 digits, so don’t expect it to display your lyrics. It only lets you know what track you’re on. But then again, there are RCA cables. So, you can hook this up to your TV and have your lyrics displaying.
Another reason we love this system is that it is easy to operate. The buttons are labeled and pretty simple to locate. But as we said earlier, younger children will still struggle with the controls.
In our opinion, this system is best for kids over seven years old.
6 Electrohome Karaoke Machine Speaker System
The Electrohome Machine Speaker System is another stylish portable karaoke machine you should check out. We really love the design of this machine because it’s super sleek and blends in with other electronics rather nicely.
Its plug and play design makes the system really easy to use. Plus, it also comes with a number of options to stream your music.
First off, there’s the CD player if you care for. Or you can also download your songs to your jump drive. Also, there’s the line-in cord which allows you to connect an external device to the machine.
However, there seems to be more focus here on CDs and there’s no Bluetooth connectivity. This makes the system slightly old school.
For display, this machine comes with a built-in 3.5 inch LCD screen. While the tiny size of the screen isn’t exactly ideal, it will display your lyrics, at least. And if that’s way too inconvenient, there are RCA connectors to hook this up with your TV. There’s no HDMi though.
Lastly, the speaker is just decent. It doesn’t project so loudly, so don’t expect this to fill larger venues. This machine is best for smaller venues.
7 Behringer Minimix Mix800 Ultra-Compact Karaoke Machine
The Behringer Minimix Mix800 is a decently priced karaoke machine that also seems to be a bit old school. It does not feature Bluetooth connectivity but comes with stereo line inputs to connect your MP3 or CD player or a tape recorder, or any other similar device.
This machine is really compact. So, it’s really easy to move this about. Plus, it won’t take up such a huge space when you set it up.
Furthermore, there are a number of features here which make this machine worth buying. For instance, the Voice Canceller helps to eliminate very hint of vocals from any stereo source you connect to your machine.
Next, there’s the 2-band EQ which helps to shape and enhance your sound. And let’s not forget the Clip indicators and Level controls which help you adjust the mic levels to your tastes.
Finally, made in Germany, you can trust that all parts of this machine are solid. It’s a super durable unit and we see this lasting you a long time of use.
8 Pyle PSUFM1235BT Bluetooth PA Loudspeaker Karaoke Entertainment System
Next, check out the Pyle PSUFM1235BT. It’s an impressive karaoke system with the power and looks to boot. It actually features those amazing disco lights that we love so much. But much as we love the lights, there are more reasons we love this system.
First off, it comes with its own mics as well inputs for another microphone.
Next, the power this speaker packs is overwhelming at 2400 Watts! You can only begin to imagine the power and volume this system will bring to your songs! This system will easily hold its own in a large venue.
Moreover, the speaker comes with a 12 inch woofer which means that your bass will thump! The Pyle PSUFM1235BT certainly doesn’t play. This dude means business.
As for connectivity, this system is Bluetooth-enabled which means it convenient to stream your songs from any device. And if there isn’t any that is Bluetooth-enabled, then there’s always the audio connection which allows you to plug your device into the system.
We are thoroughly impressed with this system!
9 Karaoke USA GF842 Karaoke System
The Karaoke USA GF842 comes with a 7 inch color screen, the first of its kind on our review today. But also similarly to a couple of system we’ve seen today, this also comes with flashing LED lights. To make things even more interesting, the lights sync and flash to the rhythm of your song.
The speaker here is okay with a peak power of 35 Watts. Plus, there are two nice microphones with this system. However that means nothing without the right effects to polish your voice so it sounds great. Thankfully, the Karaoke USA GF842 has all of that.
There are even more options which allow you to record your performance, replay it and even remix it! However, all these are made even better by the fact that this model works with a remote control which means that you can access the features at your convenience.
Before we run off, we would like to really give Karaoke USA some kudos for the nifty cradle idea. It doesn’t affect the performance of the system but it’s still a nice touch anyway.
10 Singing Machine STVG785W Karaoke Machine
Finally, we have the Singing Machine STVG785W. It is a rather nice, classic-looking system that gives you the nostalgia of times past.
Firstly, this machine features a 7 inch color monitor with LED lights that sync and flash to the rhythm of your songs. As you can already see, it bears a strong resemblance to the last karaoke machine we just reviewed.
Furthermore, there’s a CD/CD+G player on the top of the machine. And if you want to play MP3+G music, you can also so that by connecting your USB to the machine. Also, if that’s still not enough, you always have your aux in to connect any other audio device.
There’s only one microphone here but there are two microphone jacks. This means that you can connect another microphone here for double the fun. And guess what? There are Auto Voice Control and Echo Control to fine tune your voice to perfection.
Best Karaoke Machine Buying Guide
We know a number of people are probably wondering, “what is karaoke?” So, we promise to handle that in our article today. We will cover everything from the history of karaoke down to tips to picking the best karaoke machine. So, hang on!
History Of Karaoke
Karaoke came on scene first in Asia, Japan to be precise, as far back as 1971. And although it’s now popular all over America, the United States didn’t actually embrace the entertainment form until much later.
It was Daisuke Inoue that designed and invented the first karaoke machine in 1971, in Kobe, Japan. However, according to Inoue, the name “Karaoke” didn’t come from him. The story of the name is actually a pretty interesting one. So, keep reading.
Apparently, there was a certain situation in Japan when an orchestra went on strike. And then instead of the orchestra, the guys there had to play music with a machine instead. On seeing that, a certain Japanese entertainment group coined the name “karaoke”.
Guess what? The name karaoke in English means “empty orchestra”. Pretty interesting story, right?
So, what exactly led to this ingenious invention? Now, Inoue himself was a musician too. So, whenever he had guests over, they would always ask him for recordings of his songs so they could sing along. Side note: it was customary to entertain your guests to some music in Japan in those days.
Realizing this gap, therefore, Inoue decided to create the karaoke machine. Prior to this, he had already recorded some of his keyboard music for a certain company president with success. This provided a good knowledge base for Inoue to create what we now know as the karaoke machine.
What Is Karaoke?
So, in karaoke, people basically choose a song they like and then sing along to the instrumental version of the song. As part of the setup, there’s usually a screen which displays the lyrics to the song to help the singer sing along correctly.
Factors To Consider When Choosing A Karaoke Machine
One of a karaoke machine’s strongest pros is that it is portable. So, it can go places where your TV might not necessarily be able to go. Also, most karaoke machines can hook up to literally any kind of television.
We will advise you to get a screen when setting up your karaoke as it will encourage participation from all ends. On the one hand, the singer can face the audience while using the screen in front of them. And then, on the other, the audience can sing along following the lyrics on the TV behind the singer.
If you already have great speakers, then that’s great. If you don’t, then you’ll need to get a karaoke machine with good speakers. As you might already know, karaoke tends to get pretty loud and rowdy since everyone wants to sing along. So, you need speakers that can provide a solid backing track.
Before now, karaoke machines used to use CD+G discs. That is, audio CDs that also had the ability to display graphics. However, these discs have become outdated. We will explain why in detail much later, so hold that thought.
So, these days, karaoke machines come with one form of audio input or the other. This way, you’ll be able to play a YouTube video using your phone while you run the audio via the machine. This means you’ll have to read the lyrics off your phone though.
Your most convenient option, therefore, would be a karaoke machine that can connect wirelessly (Bluetooth). Such machines pick up both audio and graphics which is why they are super convenient.
Another audio input option most modern karaoke machines also feature is a USB port where you can slot in your USB flash stick. This way, you can download countless karaoke videos and stream without being tethered by Wi-Fi and its constraints.
Many people shy away from karaoke because they feel like they can’t sing and they don’t want to embarrass themselves. Voice effects are great as they can help to put everyone more at ease.
Although the most common voice effect is the echo, there are other silly effects like alien or robot voices. Of course, if you’re getting this kind of machine, ensure you can also turn off the effect. You don’t want to shroud the next Beyonce’s voice in a silly alien voice effect.
Furthermore, in a professional setup, many often feature more advanced settings such as equalizers, echo effect, pitch control, and more.
There’s also the AVC feature. It’s another advanced feature which, in full, is the Auto voice Control. Auto Voice Control senses when you have stopped singing, probably to catch a breath, and then fills the blanks with recorded vocals. It stops this once you resume singing. Pretty cool, right?
You should be able to hook up at least two mics to your karaoke machine. Sure, two people might be able to share one mic. But what if the song demands 4 singers? Then what? Fortunately, most karaoke machines already come with one mic and one other mic outlet for a second mic.
You want to make sure that your machine is sturdy enough to take some beating.
Be super careful about connectivity because even professional units might be quite limited in this area. You want to be sure that the connectivity options your machine comes with works for you.
How do you wish to do your karaoke? CDs, SD card, smartphone/tablet, MP3 player? Consider these before buying.
As for audio output, some machines will come with RCA, HDMI, or stereo. These connections are super useful especially if you intend to use your machine commercially.
Furthermore, it’s definitely a huge pro if you can connect a musical instrument like a guitar or keyboard to the machine. This way, you can also play your own music.
If you go for a professional karaoke machine, then audio quality won’t be an issue. However, for lower end machines, you want to watch out for audio quality particularly. You want your sound to be crystal clear with powerful speakers especially with large audiences.
If you want to connect to professional speakers, then ensure that the speakers come with the right amplification to power the speakers.
A quick advice if you’re getting your own speakers: PA speakers are a better option than stereo speakers. If you get good 3-way PA speakers, you’ll get all the frequencies (highs, mids, bass) with outstanding clarity.
This allows you to balance your sound by adjusting the audio signals. Then the mixer also amplifies the power of your sound before sending it to your speakers.
Understanding Karaoke Machines (Using Guide, etc)
In this section, we are going to be discussing how a karaoke machine works and some of the things that go into using a karaoke machine. However, we will be doing this by discussing the types of karaoke machines. Under each type, we also discuss how they work. So, that should help us.
What Is A Karaoke Machine?
A karaoke machine is a home system which helps to facilitate or streamline a karaoke process. This machine allows you to stream the lyrics of the song, the song itself and vocals as well.
There are those that stand alone but also feature a screen and speaker for displaying lyrics and projecting audio respectively.
There are also some that you hook up to your home entertainment system. In this set up, you get to display the lyrics on your big screen while your home surround supplies the audio.
These days, there are all kinds of effects that come with karaoke machines. Some offer voice modulators, pitch correction, as well as echo which help to make karaoke a lot more fun and much less stressful.
How Does A Karaoke Machine Work?
In the beginning, karaoke machines could only work one way. That is, the user would slot in a CD+G disc containing the song they wanted to sing along to. And then they sing along with the karaoke machine or a TV screen displaying the lyrics.
For those who don’t know CD+G discs are pretty much the same as CDs. However, the “+G” factor there represents the ability to also playback graphics which, in this case, would be the lyrics of the song.
The Limitation Of These CD+G Discs Is That You Can Only Sing One Song Except you want to amass a giant library of CDs. Two words for that: cumbersome and expensive.
But thanks to technology, all that has changed and there are many more options than the CD+G era. You can use a USB flash stick and YouTube.
The YouTube part is a bit tricky though as many karaoke machines can’t really access YouTube wirelessly on their own. You need to have an HDTV with the YouTube app. So, your TV streams the song and lyrics while your machine streams the microphone sound.
Or, you can scroll through the lyrics on your phone while streaming the audio with your karaoke machine via an audio cable. There are several options.
Types Of Karaoke Machines
There are four types of karaoke machines which are:
- TV Monitor System.
- PA Systems.
- MP3 System.
Let’s explain each of them one after the other. Of course, we will also explain how each of them work.
As you can probably already tell from the name, “All-in-One” karaoke systems come with everything you need for your karaoke gig. There’s a CD player integrated to play your karaoke CDs. Of course they don’t also feature karaoke CDs. You’d have to get those yourself.
Anyway, these machines also feature a built-in monitor so singer and audience can sing along to the lyrics. But the small problem is that most of these pack a small screen usually about 14 or 15 inches max in height.
Nonetheless, all-in-one systems are an excellent option for those looking for a portable unit especially if you don’t want to buy extra equipment.
TV Monitor System
This is a great karaoke system to use when you’re hosting a crowd of people. So, instead of displaying lyrics on a tiny screen, you just use an RCA cable to hook up your machine to your TV. This way, the TV displays the lyrics.
Some of these systems already come with a cartridge containing a massive library of songs. And if you want to expand your song library, then you can buy additional cartridges too. For others, you’d have to purchase your songs differently.
Besides the TV, you can also hook your system up to an existing speaker system as well. For those who own their own speaker system, the TV Monitor Karaoke System is a great option for them for this reason.
Moreover, being able to hook up your own speakers is quite convenient. This is because even if the accompanying speakers are not as powerful as you’d like, then you can always use your own existing speaker systems.
Many of these systems also come with built-in microphones and a stereo-system connection so you can hear the performer through the speakers. Some even also feature voice effects as well.
The TV Monitor System is even more portable than the all-in-one system.
Well, these days, more and more people are beginning to use their PA systems as karaoke machines. Although these systems are pretty similar to karaoke machines, they differ in that they don’t display graphics.
What they do better though is produce much better sound quality with a much higher level of versatility. PA systems are great for dance parties, band practice, announcements, or even tailgating.
The downside though is that you’d have to go read your lyrics elsewhere. This could be a little tricky as half the fun of karaoke is audience participation.
All the same, there’s one way you can go about this. That is, you stream the video straight to your TV using Bluetooth connection. However, you’d need some pretty good tech skills on your side to do that.
So, in summary, PA systems are great for sound quality and versatility. However, get ready to do some work and probably get an intermediary device if you want it to work perfectly.
For access to all the latest songs, an MP3 system is your best bet. So, this boycotts the need to use karaoke CDs and whatnot since you can easily download them straight from the internet even before the singer releases the album.
When doing this, you want to ensure that you’re getting the karaoke version of your favorite track though. That is, a version where the vocals have been removed and just the instrumentals are left.
MP3 systems are pretty convenient systems as you can use your smartphone or a USB to play your favorite songs. Plus, the number of songs you can play are really up to you.
Furthermore, many MP3 systems come with a remote controller as well as microphones. Others might also feature built-in screens, while others might need a TV to display lyrics.
More so, these days, MP3 systems are becoming increasingly popular for connectivity and flexibility purposes. Fortunately, they are available in a wide range of prices. So, everybody can get their hands on one that works for them.
For the professional karaoke machine, we choose the Ion Audio Block Rocker Plus. It’s decently priced, packs a powerful sound, and even features an input for other instruments.
For the kids, we choose the LP Kids Karaoke Machine. It’s fun, it’s practical, and it does what it says it would. Plus, a competitive price tag isn’t so bad either.
Finally, we love the Memorex MKS-SS2 SingStand 2 Home Karaoke System. It’s our best home karaoke system!