Karaoke machines are an excellent addition to most parties. There is perhaps no better way to break the ice among a large number of guests than to simply invite everyone to sing, whether it’s a compelling solo or a fun duet. Though there are many machines available to today’s hosts, a karaoke party might be made just a bit better by choosing from among the top 10 karaoke machines currently on the market.
1. Karaoke USA GF829 Karaoke System
Karaoke USA’s GF829 system is easily one of the most compelling models on the market. Its central display measures seven inches diagonally, making it one of the largest among competing models. The system comes with a built-in smartphone and MP3 player dock, support for optical media, and two microphones that make it a duet powerhouse right out of the box. An included remote control allows for volume and equalizer adjustment from afar, while the large speaker housed below the lyric display can provide booming bass and clear vocals even from a significant distance.
2. The Singing Machine SML-385W
With its bright, front-facing disco lights and two available colors, this karaoke machine is designed to impress. Though it lacks a central LCD screen for lyric display, the SML-385W does come with numerous audio/video inputs and outputs, and digital number indicator for volume and other controls, and the ability to connect up to two microphones. The disco lights on this model are bright and colorful, easily making it the star of any karaoke party.
3. Electrohome EAKAR300 Karaoke Machine and Speaker System
Electrohome’s EAKAR300 karaoke system is designed to cover a few essential functions. It can act as a karaoke system, a CD or DVD storage mechanisms, or a powerful and crisp speaker system. The round design allows for storage of CDs in the center of the EAKAR300, while its controls on top permits easy adjustment or voice and audio quality while singing. The system comes with support for audio input and output, video output, and smartphone connections, which makes it an all-in-one force to be reckoned with in the crowded market for a high-end, highly compatible karaoke device and speaker system. Two mic inputs make this a great system for duets as well.
4. Singing Machine SML-283P
Available in bright pink or a sleek black design, the Singing Machine SML-283P is an excellent “beginner” karaoke machine. The system comes without a central LCD display, but does feature a two-digit numerical indicator that lights up when controlling volume or other inputs. The system comes with its own front-facing disco lights that will help to illuminate and enhance any performance space, and its convenient handle allows for easy relocation of the machine at a moment’s notice. The system comes with one microphone as standard, though two microphone jacks are included if buyers wish to add a second mic for duets.
5. Electrohome EAKAR535 Portable Karaoke System
Featuring one of the most unique designs among the ten listed here, the Electrohome EAKAR535 karaoke system is highly portable and designed to allow for performance on the go. The system isn’t much bigger than roughly two iPhones put together. Its round shape and thin design makes it easy to put in a backpack or a smaller piece of luggage. With its own microphone, a USB port for smartphone connectivity, and a color LCD panel, the portable Electrohome EAKAR535 will make it easy to perform karaoke with friends on the go. Better yet, this system can connect to a TV for even better lyric display when it’s docked at home.
6. Karaoke USA GF830
Karaoke USA’s GF830 is an all-in-one karaoke entertainment machine. The system features its own, full color LCD display panel as well as two standard microphones and a smartphone dock at the top of the equipment. With additional support for karaoke CDs and DVDs, and a large speaker that can be adjusted using a few controls on the front panel, this entertainment system is a sure bet for individual karaoke enthusiasts and larger karaoke venues alike.
7. Memorex MKS-SS2 SingStand 2
The SingStand 2 is not a conventional karaoke system. Instead of featuring its own lyrics display, the SingStand requires a smartphone to be docked in a central panel. The smartphone then uses a special karaoke app to display song lyrics and produce the music that will play in the background. Though it resembles a traditional microphone, the SingStand 2 comes with a control panel near the floor that allows for music and voice quality adjustments as required by any karaoke performer or performance space.
8. Akai KS-213 CD+G Karaoke Player
The Akai system is an all-in-on karaoke machine that breaks the mold and ups the ante among competing karaoke machines. Unlike most models on the market, this one comes with front-facing disco lights that pulse to the beat of the music and make the singer the star of the show. The Akai KS-213 features a full-color central screen for lyrics display and more, two microphone inputs, support for various audio input sources, and auto voice control that will adjust based on song, music type, and ambient noise in the performance area. This makes the Akai system one of the best for overall quality no matter what type of music is playing through its impressively large speaker.
9. Singing Machine iSM1030BT Bluetooth System
The iSM1030BT from Singing Machine is one of the most impressive karaoke machines on the market. Unlike all-in-one models, this particular machine comes with a central music and lyrics unit as well as two standalone speakers. These larger speakers allow the Singing Machine system to produce superior sound compared to many other models. The system comes with a central lyrics display that utilizes LCD technology, and features two separate microphones that make duets a breeze. In addition to Bluetooth audio streaming, the machine can dock with most smartphones and MP3 players. It also features a CD slot and support for voice recording, making it easy to capture memories along the way.
10. Emerson Portable Karaoke MP3 Lyric Player
The Emerson Lyric Player is one of the more established models on this list, with more than four years of successful retail sales and counting. The system comes ready to dock with iPods, iPads, iPhones, and a wide variety of smartphones through a built-in USB slot. It’s worth noting that the system does not include a 30-pin connector or an Apple Lightning connector, so an adapter will be needed to dock these devices. Even so, with a monochrome display for song lyrics and a respectable audio system that produces clear sound, the Lyric Player is a strong contender for any karaoke enthusiast.
Sing Along with One of These Great Karaoke Machines
Whether it’s an all-in-one system that features karaoke capabilities and disco lighting, or a machine that simply docks with smartphones and acts as a really powerful microphone, the options are virtually endless. The 10 best karaoke machines allow for excellent sound, easy reading of lyrics, and fun duets that will make any party a bit more fun, more interactive, and certainly more memorable.