Whether you enjoy singing along to your favorite tunes at a family gathering, or you are a professional singer, karaoke machines are the perfect way to add some extra entertainment to any party or get-together.
Karaoke has also been the key to a singer´s success, which is why it has becoming increasingly popular in recent years. With such a wide choice available on the market today, it can be rather challenging to pick one that gives you the most value for your money.
Many first time buyers often fall into the trap of paying top dollar for a karaoke machine, wrongly assuming that it will be an all singing, all dancing top of the range piece of technology.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case and you could end up highly disappointed if you don´t look out for the following features when making your choice.
Multiple Music Sources
One of the most important features to keep in mind when buying a karaoke machine, and one that is particularly important if you will be using it for professional singing gigs, is the option to have multiple music sources.
The better karaoke machines offer you the option to stream backing tracks from your computer or mobile device, as well as enabling you to play and record high-quality music files from a USB port or SD memory card.
This means that even if your machine of choice isn’t sold with preloaded songs, you can still sing along to anything you choose. You should also consider the audio quality of the machine and be sure to try it before you buy.
As a general rule, the karaoke system should include either a decent set of built-in speakers or an audio output to connect it to your home stereo’s speakers.
Most of the portable karaoke machines these days follow the simple “plug and play” method, which is handy if you will be travelling around with your karaoke machine.
However, the more options your machine has, the more complicated the set-up tends to be. This video gives a good comparison of the best karaoke machines 2016.
Make sure you spend some time researching which systems offer easy set-up to avoid last minute panic before you take the stage!
Don´t Forget The Accessories!
The cost of karaoke machines tends to be misleading if you don’t carefully read the small print outlining what each product includes. A particular machine might appear to be a real bargain, but it may not include any microphones, connective cords or a monitor.
Add this to it having a limited number of music sources and you are looking at paying considerably more than you intended to.
Always remember to take this into account when weighing up the prices of different machines; pay attention to the features and benefits and not just the initial cost.
Finally, take some time to accurately predict what your usage and audio needs will be, when looking to purchase a karaoke machine.
Even some of the more affordable machines will have enough features and accessories to suit most people´s needs.
Karaoke machines have a wide range of features matching all budgets, thus making it easier to find one that is a good fit for you.