Karaoke (’empty orchestra’ would be its translation from Japanese) has become a regular guest at all kinds of parties. When this form of entertainment of Japanese origin began to expand, the usual thing was to end up in a place that had these machines.
But today it can be enjoyed at home thanks to domestic karaokes that have been growing in features and models.
Basically, a karaoke is made up of an audio input, a pitch modifier, and an audio output. On these three axes the possibilities are varied and the sound quality as well.
Its function is therefore to mix the voice of the person in front of the microphone with the music of the music video that is played so that both sounds make up a single audio signal that is heard.
Although the range of models is extensive, and therefore also their prices, it must be said that nowadays it is possible to acquire a satisfactory product for amateurs at an economical price.
It should also be clarified that the vast majority of karaoke, and more so if it is domestic, require the connection of other terminals such as the screen or speakers. And it is that unless we are buying a professional device, the homemade and affordable does not offer by itself the musical and visual part at the same time.
From the following selection we choose the model that, located in the mid-price range and with all the necessary functions to have a good time with family or friends.
How does it work?
In the case of domestic karaokes, which are the ones we are dealing with here, they all connect in a simple way to the television to see the lyrics of the song on the screen.
All connections go through the fundamental element, which is the amplifier. Both the one that goes to the television, as the speakers and the microphones.
The karaoke of a lifetime, in a home version, therefore needs four elements to function: the amplifier, the monitor, the speakers and the microphones.
There are other options such as ‘buy’ and install the applications available to play voice and music through a computer.
What is it made of?
Amplifier: It is the central core of the product since it carries the image and sound through their corresponding terminals. And in it you can alter the different parameters of the sound such as volume or bass, middle or treble tones.
Monitor: It is responsible for the reproduction of the videos whether in TV screen format, desktop computer monitor, laptop, tablet …
Speakers: Obviously, they are the fundamental piece in the quality of the sound that is generated. We must not forget, in addition to their technological features, the space they can occupy in the house, to adapt to the place we have.
Microphones: In plural, because it is common to share songs with family or friends. As in the case of loudspeakers, the fidelity with which they pick up the voice marks their quality and also their price.
Characteristics to consider
Portability.- It is a factor to take into account depending on the use to be given to karaoke. That is why the reduced size and weight are parameters to take into account when it is used frequently and we usually take it to the house of family or friends. There are models that do not exceed 30 cm in height or a kilo and a half in weight.
The design is also important since there are models built in the shape of a tower that are uncomfortable to transport even if they do not weigh excessively.
Connectivity.- Technological advances have significantly expanded its options and importance. So much so that it is worth paying a little more if it results in a greater range of connections.
The connection, of course, depends on the terminal to be used. It can be HDMI in the case of televisions, RCA cables also for TV, USB input, Jack plug or Secure Digital (SD) memory cards that together with the USB socket, have clearly imposed themselves on the old compact disc.
Bluetooh.- It already comes in the vast majority of karaoke speakers. In this way, wireless playback is facilitated by synchronizing from the tablet or mobile.
Autonomy.- In those models designed to be used outdoors it is also a factor to consider. The duration of a battery can vary, depending on the model, between 1 and 7 hours.
Microphone input.- It is highly recommended to check if you have tickets for one or two since karaoke is almost always a shared entertainment.
Types of karaoke
For children.- Very light although, for obvious reasons, resistant. Easy to use and, usually, with a small built-in screen for the little ones to read the lyrics of their songs.
They are usually designed as a toy with prints and drawings. The mics have cables to prevent them from getting lost.
Domestic.- They have a wide range of possibilities depending on the objectives sought and the money that you want to invest in them.
The karaoke type in this range is usually light, inexpensive and of a reasonable size so as not to take up too much space.
Professionals.- Designed for businesses, they combine great technical features in line with their prices. they are usually very durable, much more bulky and with a high power adjusted to the type of premises that installs it.
The mics are wireless to facilitate the movements of those who take to the stage. And they usually have additional screens to continue reading the letter regardless of the position of who uses it.
The Favorite, Singing Machine
- Top loading CD Player plays music CDs plus CD + Graphics
- Bluetooth for wireless digital audio streaming from compatible devices
- USB connectivity to record your performance or to play your saved songs
- 54 LED Disco lights with dimmer setting lets you control the party ambience
- 2-digit LED display lets you know your song track
A mid-range home karaoke to have a good time with family or friends. Lightweight (barely three kilos), a suitable size (28 x 40 cm) to be transported easily.
With a sound quality of medium up, it offers several connectivity options. Dust off the CDs because the Singing Machine has a CD player and controls.
But do not despair, if we do not have any lost CDs out there, we can also use the Bluetooth connection to transmit content from any device to karaoke or even use the USB connectivity to play the tracks and record our performances.
An advantage of the connectivity of this karaoke is that if we connect the tablet, we can use any application that allows us to follow the lyrics as we listen to the music.
It has an echo control for the voice and to complete and enhance the scene, it has 54 dimmable LED lights, with effects that light up to the beat of the music.
Through the RCAL cables it is connected to the television, which allows us to also see the lyrics of the songs. It allows the connection of two microphones, but beware that it only brings one of them together with the necessary cables for a unit.
The control panel on the front is very accessible and comes with four volume controls (mic volume, echo, balance, another that lowers and raises the music when the singing stops, and the master button that regulates all the volume in set with a decibel indicator to avoid overshooting and out of tune)
Highly recommended for parties with friends or family reunions for just over $ 70.
KaraoKing, a mini disco
- 🎵 Great for all ages (4 - 104!); Stand adjusts from 2’ to 6’ height and anywhere in between
- 👩🎤 Bluetooth: Connect your smartphone or tablet for thousands of songs/karaoke videos from YouTube and all your favorite karaoke apps; No CDs needed
- 🎤 Voice effects: 10 different effects including harmonize, high pitch, low pitch, chipmunk and many more; 8 sound effects to make your performance even more fun (air horn, cheers, DJ scratch and more)
- 👨🎤 Put on your own concert with 16 different room and ceiling-filling light shows
- 😎 Best sounding stand-up all-in-one karaoke machine available
To its technical qualities and its portability thanks to the trolley design, it is joined by its striking design with a ball of lights that change to the rhythm of the music. A mini disco that offers excellent performance also in its sound, especially for the price it has.
Optimal connectivity that allows you to use mobile phones, tablets, computers and easily access YouTube since it allows you to link any device via USB and Bluetooth, or the classic AUX connection. It even allows you to connect the FM radio, in case our favorite song sounds and we want to sing it out loud.
The volume, echo and other controls are similar to the rest of karaoke. The difference is that the KaraoKing incorporates an equalizer to adjust bass and treble and offer us a much more professional experience.
Its portability is very good despite its weight and size, since it is enough to pull the handle to carry our mobile disk with wheels everywhere.
In addition to its use as karaoke, it is very effective as a portable speaker to listen to music sent from different terminals. It comes with two wireless microphones for children and a holder for smartphone or tablet.
Among the objections is the slowness that the Bluethot connection sometimes has and that because it is a karaoke for the home, for some it is a bit expensive.
BONAOK, a quality minimalist
- 【4-in-1 Karaoke Microphone】— Besides as a wireless karaoke microphone, BONAOK microphone can be used as a speaker and a recorder, with colorful LED light.
- 【Controllable Dynamic LED Light】— Music~ 48 colorful LED lights of BONAOK microphone will flicker with the rhythm. Higher volume, brighter light. If long pressing "M", the LED light will appear/ disappear.
- 【Excellent Live Show】— Multi-layer denoising head, powerful speaker, professional buttons，all allows you to enjoy an aural carnival.
- 【Easy to Use】— Via bluetooth, BONAOK karaoke wireless microphone can be easily connected with your phone,wherever you go, you'll like this moving speaker.
- 【BONAOK Rechargeable Battery】— 2600mAh rechargeable multi-protect lithium battery(18650) ensures a longer sing time. Quicker charging, long-time lasting.
A more minimalist model, but very versatile. It can be connected to the smartphone via Bluetooth or cable. It can also be used with a micro SD card with a maximum of 32 GB, although it would be great if the card is included, but it is not.
We can even connect headphones directly to the microphone or a compatible speaker and improve the sound experience.
The sound quality is good, always bearing in mind that the power of a portable device will never be the same as a larger karaoke.
Very, very easy to use, it has multifunction buttons to change the mode, adjust the volume, sing and play music.
It works with a rechargeable lithium battery with an autonomy of 5 to 10 hours depending on the use. We can get it in various colors and it is undoubtedly the ideal karaoke to take on vacation.
EARISE T26, compact and with multiple connections
- FIT ALL YOUR MEDIA: This karaoke PA speaker has multiple connectivity. Built-in Bluetooth with a wireless range of up to 33ft. It has two ports for audio input & output, you can connect with other audio devices such as amplifiers and other speakers. Besides, it provides guitar input, extra AUX and Micro SD/USB input. Works with all of your favorite devices and perfect match with your guitar. You can also connect other microphones via the two microphone ports.
- COMPACT AND POWERFUL: This all-in-one 30 watt Bluetooth indoor/outdoor PA sound system is equipped with 8” subwoofer and 1” tweeter for full-range stereo sound reproduction, you can adjust the echo, bass, and treble according to your preference. It's perfect for outdoor parties and speeches.
- AUDIO RECORDING: This amplifier Speaker can record audio as streamed through the speaker via the included wireless microphone with USB/Micro SD card inserted, which is perfect for rehearsing or singing practice.
- FLASHING DJ LIGHTS: This DJ karaoke speaker features flashing disco LED lights that add vitality to any occasion, which is great for patio parties or gatherings at night. Impress your audience with active LED strobe lights that flicker with the beat of your music. Looks great and makes the atmosphere of the party dynamic and boisterous.
- LONG-LASTING BATTERY: The rechargeable built-in 7.4V/3600mAh high-capacity Li-ion battery provides up to 5 hours of non-stop music on maximum volume. Equipped with an adjustable shoulder strap, just make it easy to carry like the backpack. Perfect for patio parties, traveling, speeches, events, meetings and outdoor activities. Take your guitar and DT21 to enjoy the journey filled with wonderful music!
Medium price and good audio performance. It is easy to connect to any type of terminal such as a smartphone, tablet or even a computer. Bluetooth 5.0, TF / USB input and the classic AUX allow us to have it in operation for about 4 hours with the volume at maximum.
Its power and sound have little to envy other devices. An output power of 6W x 2, a frequency of 20 to 90 HZ, and supports up to 60Db.
It is small and portable, ideal for use outside the home as it works with a rechargeable battery that takes 6 hours to be ready to use.
It can be operated from the various controls or use the remote control. The disadvantages is that it does not come with a microphone included, but for the price that the EARISE has, it is enough to buy a microphone.
Singsation All-In-One, to give everything on stage
- ULTIMATE FAMILY PARTY EXPERIENCE | MAKES BAD SINGERS SOUND GOOD & GOOD SINGERS SOUND AMAZING - from creators of Guitar Hero, featured on Shark Tank, Ellen, The Kardashians & more. Singtrix will be your go to device for home entertainment.
- MOST ADVANCED KARAOKE – designed to sound like a million-dollar recording studio & a live concert event in your living room. 375+ effects, skill levels, natural pitch-correction, hard-tune (Auto-Tune), harmonies, reverb, delay, extreme effects & more
- 4-PART HARMONIES | CHOIR OF VOICES | AT THE TOUCH OF A BUTTON – built-in HIT button & effects controller instantly transforms your voice into a 4-Part Harmony making you sound larger than life. It’s like having backup singers at the touch of a button!
- QUALITY | POWER | SIMPLE PLUG & PLAY – 40-Watt Stereo PA w/ built-in subwoofer offers portable immersive sound! Fully adjustable Pro Mic Stand with built-in boom-arm. Singtrix Microphone perfectly weighted & balanced w/ 10-foot Mic Cable.
- AMAZING VALUE | PRICELESS MEMORIES – an exciting party experience for family & friends, fulfill dreams of making music, vocal training, a confidence-builder in kids, inspiration for the next music icon.Works w/ YouTube karaoke vids, MP3s, streaming music
Although it is one of the most expensive in the comparison, it has great power and is totally easy to use, which is why many point it out as an ideal karaoke for children.
It has very specific functions in terms of sound, it allows to modify the echo and the volume. As extras, it incorporates controls for sound and voice effects.
Another plus is that a ball with light and color effects that can be customized to our liking.
The height of the mic can be adjusted from 5 to 15 centimeters and it has a support to support the smartphone or the table and not lose track of the letters.
It connects to any device via Bluetooth and does not need any type of battery recharging.