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Tips for buying karaoke machines
Whether you love to host your friends for wild weekend parties or you enjoy a family fun night at home with the kids, karaoke is the perfect activity. It's a great way to let loose, show off your skills and have some fun, no matter your age. However, not all karaoke machines are created equal, so before you unleash your inner rock star, check out these tips for what to look for when you shop:
Age matters: There are karaoke machines aimed specifically at young children, and the rest are suitable for adults, older children and teens. So, consider the age of the people who will use it most before you shop. Kids' versions often feature beloved characters, are easy to use, small enough for little hands to carry around and don't offer many advanced features. Some even come with kids' music preloaded. On the other hand, adult and older child and teen versions typically have more options for advanced features and allow you to play any and all music you want. Adult karaoke machines can be simple enough for basic home use or advanced enough for big parties and events.
Audio input and output: Something else to consider is the machine's audio options. Some karaoke machines are all-in-one and come with built-in speakers. Others connect to third party speakers, computers and TVs for audio output. The equipment you have on hand and your preferred audio quality will play a role in your decision. As for input, will your music come from CDs, streaming services or devices, like your tablet or smartphone? Whatever your music source, make sure you choose a karaoke machine that is compatible and able to play or stream your songs, or you might end up paying a lot more for new music.
Viewing the lyrics: You'll also need to consider how you'll want to view the lyrics of the songs you want to sing. Some machines come with a display screen built in, while others connect to computer monitors and TV.
Easy to use: If you're a DJ, event planner, audio expert or someone else who deals with karaoke machines regularly, ease of use may not be important. However, if you're looking for something fun to use at home with your family and friends, ease of use is something to consider before you buy. Look for a karaoke machine that doesn't require too much setup. You want to plug it in, turn it on and get started with few steps in between. Once it's turned on, there should be no question about how to play music, adjust the volume or make more advanced selections when you sing.
Quality machines: Naturally, you'll want to look for a high-quality karaoke machine that's designed to last. Reading reviews is a great way to see what others have experienced with a particular machine. When you shop for karaoke machines on our site, you can sort your results by customer ratings. You can also check for warranty. If the company backs up the machine with a product warranty, that's a good sign that it's a decent investment.
Portability: Before you shop, decide where you plan to use your karaoke machine. If you have a playroom, basement, studio or home entertainment area, you may want to invest in a larger machine that typically stays in a permanent spot. If you plan to take the machine to parties, friends' houses and other places, a smaller one that is easy to carry back and forth is best.
Power and connectivity: Karaoke machines may come with AC adapters that you plug into the wall, while others are battery-operated. Many come with both options. Some offer Bluetooth options so that you can make a wireless connection to your devices, while others have USB slots that allow you to connect to computers and smart devices.
Extras to consider: Now that you have a basic idea of what you need, it's time to consider some extra optional features you may want. For example, if you want to see how you performed, look for a karaoke machine with recording options. These machines typically feature slots for SD cards or USB ports, so you can transfer your music. Some machines come with video cameras, so you can record your entire performance, not just the audio. Some machines light up to add to the party-like atmosphere when you perform. Depending on how serious you take your karaoke, you may want to look for machine with various sound controls that allow you to manipulate things like tone, echo and pitch."