I remember the first time I ever sang karaoke. My friend had invited me over for a dinner party at her house. I figured it would be fairly typical – we would all sit in the living room chatting until dinner was ready, then we would eat a delicious meal, and then return back to the living room to drink coffee and eat dessert.
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Are they going to expect me to sing? I don’t sing! Maybe I can fake being sick and leave early.
My friend must have seen the worried look on my face, because she came over by me and quietly told me that I didn’t have to participate if I didn’t want to, but she assured me that it was so much fun she was sure I wouldn’t be able to resist.
I had already decided I wasn’t going to sing, but as I sat there listening to everyone else sing all different types of songs from oldies to current pop songs, I began to get more comfortable.
I loved the fact that the karaoke machine had a TV hook up, so not only were all of us able to see the lyrics on the big screen, but the sound actually ran through the TV speakers as well. Finally, after listening to about 5 or 6 performances, I decided to give it a try.
I belted out my best version of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” and to my surprise and delight, I absolutely loved it! If you’re a guy with a sort of deep voice and you’ve ever tried to sing that song then you already know how I must have sounded but I was totally addicted! We sang until the wee hours of the morning, and by the time I went home, my voice was hoarse from all the fun.
I knew when I went home that I definitely wanted to purchase my own karaoke system for home, and I also knew that I wanted a karaoke machine that plugs into my TV because I really enjoyed that feature when we used my friend’s machine.
I didn’t want to get the exact same machine as my friend because hers was slightly bulkier than I wanted – I travel a lot to go and visit family and friends in other states, and I wanted something that would be easily transported (I was determined to get my friends and family hooked on karaoke too!) I began researching so I could choose the best home karaoke system, and find something that had all the features I wanted.
I was able to narrow it down to three really nice machines that not only had everything I was looking for, but were also very affordable. Here is what I found:
1. Karaoke USA Karaoke System with 7 inch TFT Color Screen and Record Function (GF829, GF830, GF839, GF840 and GF842)
This is the GF8xx series which over time improved and I will explain how. These Karaoke machines was at the top end of my budget, but it really does have so many great features. As I mentioned before, I was looking for a portable karaoke machine that hooks up to a TV.
This particular series has both of those attributes. It is portable and would be easy to transport, but even with its fairly small size, it has many unique and fun features packed into it. Besides the portability and ability to connect to a TV, here are the other main features that I found the most appealing:
Microphones: While most karaoke machines come with a microphone, these machine comes with two. I like that because I don’t have to worry about going out and buying a second microphone.
The machines have two microphone inputs, which means I can have friends over and we can sing duets (I think being able to sing duets is a lot more fun than just having one person singing all the time!)
And as an extra bonus, it also
comes with two microphone holders so when I’m ready to take a break for a few minutes, I can put my microphone in the holder as opposed to laying it on the floor where it could get damaged.
Easy to Operate: In my research, I also saw that most users found these machines very simple to operate, which is another good feature for someone who might be technologically challenged.
If I let my friends or family borrow it I didn’t want them to have to struggle with the controls each time.
To summarize my finding: The GF8xx series has a lot common between various models. Take a look at the table below and you will see the differences. One main important thing to remember is Bluetooth.
If you need wireless connectivity to your smart device you need to avoid the first model and go for higher ones as summarized in the table below. The other feature to have in mind is speaker output power. Models GF 839 and beyond offer more power and therefore are more useful for larger and outdoor gatherings where more power is needed.
As you can see from the table below, models 839 and above come also with DC capability on top of AC.
Furthermore, the last model, Karaoke USA GF842 comes with Disco Light which is great for your karaoke party and you can spice up your parties with this cool feature.
Like any products, over time the design and aesthetics have improved and the newer models are slicker and look more trendy. If you look at the price, you see there is not much difference from one model to another.
For such small price differences, I did not hesitate and the winner was GF842 and that is what I would highly recommend for all you guys …
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2. The Singing Machine iSM1028Xa, iSM1030BT and iSM1050BT
This is another karaoke machine that works with the TV, and I was impressed with the features it offers. This is a good quality machine, but is still fairly compact and portable.
It is capable of being plugged into a TV so everyone can read the
lyrics if I decide to have a party, but it also has a 7-inch built-in screen so if it’s just me and a couple friends, we wouldn’t necessarily have to connect it to a TV.
Some of my other favorite features on this machine include:
Digital Key Control, Echo Control, and Auto Voice Control: The digital key control is a really unique feature that enables the user to change the key of the song to best fit his or her voice.
This would be really useful for someone who has a favorite song that just isn’t in his or her vocal range. Auto voice control allows the user to mute the lead singer’s voice (on a multiplex CD only) which can be quite a useful feature.
Echo control is another nice feature which will add an echo effect to the singer’s voice. I was impressed that this machine had all of these different voice controls.
Remote Control: This machine comes with a remote, so you can easily control your karaoke machine from the comfort of your couch without having to get up every time you want to play a different song.
Important Note: Singing Machine offers an iSM series where there is two other options with many common features as iSM1028Xa and some differences. iSM1030BT and iSM2055BT both offer Recording and Bluetooth options. These are very nice and important features that don’t come with the base model iSM1028Xa.
Take a look at the table below for a summary of features and differences among these three models.
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3. Electrohome EAKAR300 Karaoke Machine
This home karaoke machine made the list because not only does it have the portability factor and the ability to plug into a TV, but it’s also on the more inexpensive side.
For anyone who is new to karaoke and purchasing their first machine, I wanted to consider something a little simpler like this model. Even though this is a cheaper machine, I found that it does still have some good features that can be a lot of fun. Here are a couple of my favorites:
Inputs for iPod/MP3 Player: I can use my iPod to store my favorite karaoke songs, then simply connect it to the karaoke machine and stream it.
This is a feature that I didn’t even realize I wanted until I started researching all the different home karaoke machines out there – now I know it’s something you almost have to have!
Nice Design: what I like about this machine is its unique and sleek design. The black color, the blue party light and the cylindrical design makes it very aesthetically appealing.
All in all, this is a product that offers most desirable features one would be looking for at a very affordable price.
There are not that many karaoke systems for home use out there that would beat this.
Those are the three machines I’ve narrowed it down to that I think would meet the needs of most consumers. The GF829 and the Akai KS are slightly more expensive, but are higher quality machines.
The Emerson GQ365 is less expensive, but also doesn’t come with a microphone (although it does have two microphone inputs so you can purchase your own microphones to use with it.)
All three machines certainly have different and unique characteristics, and depending on what you’re looking for, I’m sure one of these machines would be a good purchase for a karaoke machine that connects to your TV.