Everyone loves karaoke. It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional karaoke performer, an aspiring singer who uses karaoke machines to practice, or a tipsy patron at a bar singing your heart out. There’s some kind of karaoke for everyone – as long as you have the right karaoke machine!
The 4 Best Karaoke Machines of 2017 Reviewed:
After a lot of singing, testing, and debating, I’ve narrowed it down to these 4 karaoke machines being the top picks of 2017.
|Model||Our Rating||Price||Review Link|
|iON Audio Block Party Live||8.2||$$$||Read Our Full Review|
|Memorex MKS SS2 SingStand 2||7.8||$||Read Our Full Review|
|Electrohome EAKAR300||7.6||$$||Read Our Full Review|
|Singtrix SGTX1||7.2||$$$$||Read Our Full Review|
1. ION Audio Block Party Live Karaoke System
This is one of the best karaoke machines I’ve used, period. It’s honestly more of an all-in-one PA system than strictly a karaoke setup, but it serves as a fantastic karaoke machine either way. The PA system aspect is really a bonus – the ION Audio Block Party is definitely the most versatile system I’ve reviewed.
It features a 50 Watt / 106 decibel speaker, which can blast audio out to the far corners of even the largest rooms and venues with ease. It’s completely bluetooth compatible – which many other premium karaoke machines do seem to lack – and also comes with a standard auxiliary hookup so you can plug smartphones, iPods, mp3 players, and just about any other audio payer in quickly and simply.
From an aesthetic point of view, the unit is housed in a fairly nondescript black casing – other than the half disco ball embedded in the top of the system, of course. The disco ball may seem a bit cheesy at first, but it’s a surprisingly high quality addition. It’s basically a complete light show solution built into your karaoke machine. The disco ball can project lights in time with the music, and you can actually download a separate app that affords you very granular control over the scope of the light show.
The unit obviously comes with a standard A/C adapter so you can plug it in wherever you go, but it also includes an amazing rechargeable battery that promises up to 75 hours of power (depending on how heavily you use the system, though). You can get the whole thing with wheels and an extendable handle to boot, which makes it super easy to wheel this thing wherever you might need it.
Overall, the ION Audio Block Party Live is definitely a more professional / premium solution for your needs. It is ultimately one of our top rated professional karaoke machines. Don’t let that deter you if you’re a home user, though – this thing is perfect for karaoke enthusiasts of any level.
2. Memorex MKS-SS2 Singstand 2 / Singstand 3
This MKS-SS2 unit is actually rather rare in the world of karaoke machines. Rather than the typical speaker box + attached microphone setup, the Memorex MKS-SS2 is a completely integrated unit. It’s designed as a microphone stand setup, with high powered speakers built into the base of the stand.
These speakers – called “amplified speakers” by the manufacturer – really are no slouch. The speaker’s strategic positioning in the base of the unit allows for fantastic acoustics while performing, and all audio output is loud but crystal clear. You may need to invest in more powerful, external speakers if you’re a bar owner looking to make use of the MKS-SS2, but the built-in speakers are perfect for any home user out there fresh out of the box.
As for music input, the Singstand comes with a standard line-in hookup that fits any device with a headphone jack – that’s basically any smartphone, iPhone, or media player out there. The Microphone is clipped on to a one-size-fits-all cradle that does a great job of holding your audio device of choice while in use.
Another great features of this karaoke setup is the “Audio Voice Control” feature it comes with. This “AVC” integration automatically balances the output of your voice with the output of whatever song you’re singing over, so that you’re not drowned out by the music and vice versa. This is a really cool features – I’m sure you’ve all heard “loud” and “quiet” singers, and neither one is especially fun to listen to.
The 59-inch microphone stand is perfect for performers of all heights, and the mic itself is of superb quality. As another bonus, there is also an “Instrument Input” hookup that’s compatible with guitars, keyboards, and most other instruments out there. You can plug in and play along while the singer sings, or you can just use the system as an AMP and practice your music whenever you want.
3. Electrohome EAKAR300 Karaoke Machine
The Electrohome EAKAR300 is without a doubt one of the most popular karaoke setups out there. Electrohome clearly wanted to make a simple yet comprehensive home karaoke solution, and I have to say they did a fantastic job with this little unit.
From a family perspective, the EAKAR300 ticks every box – it’s lightweight, portable, durable, but also quite powerful when it comes to audio input options and it’s built-in speakers.
This unit really has two different “modes” – standalone, and as an integrated part of your home media setup. As a standalone karaoke machine, the EAKAR300 has a built-in CD player that can take advantage of CD+G discs (audio discs with encoded graphics, so you can have lyrics displayed on-screen as you sing), a standard aux jack so you can hook up your smartphone, iPod, or mp3 players as an audio source, and dual microphone inputs should you want to break out the duets. The unit does have integrated speakers as well, which definitely perform at an acceptable level given the unit’s size and affordability.
That all being said, this Electrohome karaoke setup shines even more so when you hook it up to your TV or computer via the included RCA cable. You can now take advantage of huge on-screen lyrics and powerful external speakers to enhance your karaoke experience, with the EAKAR300 serving as a centerpiece that routes audio and accepts microphone inputs.
The unit also comes with a neat Audio Voice Control features, which tries to detect when you’ve forgotten a line or lyric, and will automatically play the forgotten line from whatever song you’re singing. This AVC does only work with certain media input types, however.
Overall, the EAKAR300 really is one of the best home karaoke setups out there, and you won’t be disappointed by the little guy’s awesome performance capabilities.
4. Singtrix SGTX1 Karaoke System
The Singtrix is hands down the single most publicized karaoke system out there, having appeared on SharkTank, Ellen, The View, The Today Show, and more – and with good reason!
To quote Singtrix themselves, the SGTX1 system “helps make bad singers sound good, good singers sound amazing!” Essentially, the Singtrix setup is based around integrating professional-grade vocal effects technology into the karaoke process. Plenty of karaoke machines boast “voice correction” technology or “automatic pitch control,” but the Singtrix technology blows all other attempts out of the water.
The system includes over 300 unique vocal effects, and comes with natural pitch-correction, HardTune (think AutoTune), 4-part harmonies and choir effects, more voice morphing capabilities than you can shake a stick at, gender-switching effects, and much more.
The system is definitely one of the most “modern” karaoke setups as well, and it comes with all of the bells and whistles you could want – it can play YouTube videos as karaoke tracks, mp3 music, smart phone audio, computer audio, tablet audio, and more. You can even plug in an instrument and sing along to live music, or just use the system to practice your guitar!
The included microphone is proprietary, and features even more vocal controls available at the touch of a button. The entire Singtrix setup aims to make you feel like a true rockstar, performing in the biggest concert venues of all time.
The price point can definitely be a little heftier than many other karaoke options out there, but for good reason. You won’t regret the luxury karaoke experience afforded by this awesome Singtrix system.
Buying A Karaoke Machine
If you’re on my site you probably know what a karaoke machine is, but we’ll start with the easy stuff anyway before diving into the more technical info.
A karaoke machine is a machine that lets you perform like the greatest singers of all time. You can pick any one of the many songs that come with the machine, and then you sing along with the lyrics using a real microphone.
Some karaoke machines grade you on your performance compared to the original, and some just display song lyrics on your screen along with the rhythm and timing of the song.
Why Buy A Karaoke Machine After Reading My Reviews?
I love singing, so I’m a bit biased, but a karaoke machine is one of the most entertaining purchases you can make.
Deep down, everyone wants to be a star – karaoke lets you be one of the greats for as long as you want! You can be Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Elvis Presely, and Shania Twain all in one sitting. It doesn’t matter if you like rock, pop, hip hop, rap, country, opera, or any other genre of music. You can be whoever you want and sing whatever you want with a high quality karaoke machine – and that’s where my reviews help!
Karaoke machines are also perfect for fun with friends and family. Some of my best memories were made sharing the microphone with someone I care about and singing our hearts out together. It’s almost like magic – if you have a karaoke machine, your house is the place to be!
On the other hand, karaoke machines are also perfect for aspiring singers. Some of the best singers in the world got famous in part because they spent hours and hours practicing their singing with the help of a good karaoke machine. If you know someone who wants to be a singer, there’s no better gift than a karaoke machine.
Lastly, karaoke machines are perfect for entrepreneurs looking to get started with their own business. Everyone in the world has been to a neighborhood party or holiday get together that had a hired DJ with a portable karaoke machine. If you have a decent karaoke machine and some good sound equipment to go with it, people will pay very good money to hire you for a few hours! I do this on the side and it’s way too much fun to be considered a job. Who wouldn’t want to be in charge of the karaoke machine at a huge party where everyone’s laughing, singing, and having a fantastic time?
There really is no wrong reason to buy a karaoke machine. No matter what you end up doing with it, you’ll be making yourself and other people happy. Let’s get started on my karaoke machine reviews, by identifying the different types of karaoke machines!
Benefits Of Owning A Karaoke Machine
- Socialization; You can’t help but be more social when you’re the proud owner of your very own karaoke machine! Whether you’re practicing in front of your family or with friends, karaoke machines bring people together in a way that is quite simply fascinating.
- Entertainment; I honestly don’t think I’ve gotten more entertainment out of a single device than I have from a solid karaoke machine. The possibilities – and the hours you’ll spend exploring them – are endless!
- Memories; It’s a fact that karaoke machines have contributed heavily to some of my most prized memories throughout life. You might laugh, you might cry, and you’ll definitely sing your heart out – the memories you make while singing karaoke will last a lifetime.
- Friends; You’ll make more friends if you own a karaoke machine. You just will – people can’t resist the allure of a stage and microphone, no matter how small or large the audience is.
- Fame; You never know! Practice enough and you could find yourself or a loved one making it big one day.
- Talent; Improve your musical talent across the board. Singing goes hand-in-hand with playing a digital piano for example!
Different Types Of Karaoke Machines
There are four general types of karaoke machines that I cover in my karaoke machine reviews: kids karaoke machines, home karaoke machines, portable karaoke machines, and professional karaoke machines.
It’s important to think about which type of machine suits your needs best. They all bring different strengths to the table, and you want to make sure you’re spending your hard-earned money as wisely as possible.
Karaoke Machine Accessories
While most karaoke machines come with everything you need to get started and singing ASAP, there’s always room for upgrades and accessories that will make your karaoke experience even more enjoyable.
Almost every karaoke machine out there comes with a microphone to start – they’re not much good to anyone without one, after all.
Unfortunately, plenty of karaoke units come with poor quality microphones that don’t do a good job of picking up your voice, break easily, or both – and that’s why it’s imperative that you thoroughly read through my reviews.
Luckily there are plenty of alternative microphones out there for you to pick from. All you need to do is determine whether your karaoke machine is compatible with a wired or wireless microphone, and then ensure that the new microphone you buy is also compatible with your karaoke machine.
Karaoke Machine Monitors And Screens
Plenty of karaoke machines come with screens built-in – like many kids and portable units – but these screens are often low quality, hard to read, and won’t last long before they start breaking.
You don’t want to be stuck with a karaoke machine but unable to read the lyrics, so it’s important to invest in a sturdy, high quality screen or monitor that you can use with your karaoke machine.
When buying a different screen or monitor for your karaoke machine, it’s important to make sure that the input/output types of the screen and karaoke machine match up!
Karaoke Machine Songs
Most karaoke machines come with some sort of built-in song catalogue, but if you love karaoke as much as I do you’ll be bored and wanting new material before long.
Some machines will connect directly to the Internet (or through your computer) and allow you to download and store karaoke machine songs directly on their internal memory.
On the other hand, some karaoke machines come with USB slots or disc drives and require you to transfer songs via a USB stick or to buy new songs on a compatible disc or DVD.
It’s important to make sure your new songs are in the right format for your specific karaoke machine. Otherwise, you might be able to hear the music but not see the lyrics, or vice versa.