What type of karaoke machine would you recommend and why?

@Pigglies (9335)
United States
December 22, 2006 2:01am CST
I'm currently looking into a karaoke machine. I want one that can have two microphones hooked up and can plug into a TV. It doesn't necessarily need a screen on it, because it's going to be plugged into the TV anyhow. I want decent quality speakers to or the ability to be hooked up to a home theater system. Anyone have a karaoke machine they like and want to recommend it? Give me a price range of what I'll find it for too if you know. Have a karaoke machine that's been nothing but trouble? Please tell me what to watch out for as well!
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
25 Jan 07
I have 2 DVD players, both CDG compatible. You can plug two microphones into them, and hook them up to your TV and speakers. They work great. I bought the first one 2 years ago on ebay for around $100 and won the 2nd in a karaoke contest so I cant tell you exactly what it cost, but probably about the same. They play regular karaoke disks, plus DVDs. They work great, and I have had no problems with either one of them. Let me know if you want more details.
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@Pigglies (9335)
• United States
25 Jan 07
Oh cool. How do you know if your DVD player is CDG compatible? I have like 5 different DVD players... maybe one of them is? Some were fairly pricey, but more because it was when DVD players just came out, not that they have many features.
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
29 Jan 07
If you happen to have a karaoke disk, thats the easiest way to find out for sure. Other than that, check the documentation on the box if you still have it around. Sometimes they will even say on the machine itself, but I wouldn't count on it. Most of the older machines wont be compatible but many of the newer ones are, so if you have a newer one you might be in luck. If there is a place to plug in a microphone, it is probably CDG compatible. If not, it probably isn't.
• Canada
23 Jan 07
Hey Pigglies :) I hope it's not too late to respond but I happened to come across this discussion today. My daughter has the "on key karaoke" microphone. It plugs directly into the tv so you read the lyrics that way. You can buy and download songs from their website for a reasonable price. It's only a single mic though, not two, like you mentioned in your post. We have a ton of fun with it and, although it's certainly not the best on the market, it works well :) It's a hit when we have a party or guests over. If you go to their website at http://www.onkeykaraoke.com/ you'll see two different models. We have the older one which you can still get from their overstock for only $40 or so! The newer one is about double the price but I've never tried one. We figured the older one was a good one to try out to see if she would even like or use it before we spent any more money (she got it when it was a new model so we paid about $100 for it at that time... $40 is a real bargain!). She's actually really happy with it and isn't in a hurry to get anything else. Hope this helps :)
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@Pigglies (9335)
• United States
24 Jan 07
Not too late! I still don't have one. Thanks for the information, I will definitely look into that!
@cheenlly (3483)
• Philippines
2 Jan 07
i dont know what kind of karaoke machine your referring but here in our country. we have a lots of commercial karaoke. You know the one that use publicly like in beach resort, karaoke bars. You put coins on it to work or if you rented it you dont need a coin just only select and select. Unlimited use. But if you need just for home, we have also local one. Its a microphone only that has all the songs, you have just to connect to your home theater system. Its called magic sing and i forgot the other brand name. I think that would cost $200 or up. Its really works good.
@Pigglies (9335)
• United States
2 Jan 07
I mean like the karaoke machines for in home singing along. They play a special type of CD (CDG I think?). We don't need a monitor on it, as we have a TV. But we'd like a high end model, even one that hooks up to our nice speakers would be great (like a home theater system, as you mentioned). One that can hook up two microphones is preferable. So the one you're talking about for home use is just a microphone? You can't add more songs though? I'll have to look into that and see. We want to be able to use the CDs with it because we like all sorts of songs. $200 isn't bad for something nice though. I'll look into it, thanks!
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@Pigglies (9335)
• United States
2 Jan 07
Ah, ok... something like this? http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-2006-MAGIC-MIC-SING-KARAOKE-MICROPHONE-PLAYER_W0QQitemZ230069970910QQihZ013QQcategoryZ50590QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem I can't tell from that if you could put the songs from the CDs on the chip... but it sounds like there are no words across a TV screen for these? That's what we need, words on the TV to sing along with (okay, that's what I need... I am not good at already knowing a ton of songs!).
@cheenlly (3483)
• Philippines
2 Jan 07
that is much convenient because you can just sing along with the lyrics with the voice but if you don't like to sing with voice with it and just sing your own with the song background you can also adjust it. That's why we call it karaoke. Its much fun singing with your family with it. You can see the lyrics on the screen. Its a great bonding for family.
@bcc23488 (883)
• Thailand
11 Jan 07
I don't like music
@Pigglies (9335)
• United States
11 Jan 07
So why respond?
@Melizzy (1381)
• United States
2 Jan 07
I know nothing about Karaoke machines, but you need to check out Frye's. They will have the absolute best price. Hit the one in Burbank and the one in Woodland Hills.
@Pigglies (9335)
• United States
2 Jan 07
Oh that's a good idea! I've looked at Wal-Mart and Best Buy so far. They just built a new Fry's near here too, off the 605. Well, I guess not too near here, but I pass by it all the time on my way to volunteering.
• China
10 May 10
I recommend you to visit this web: www.unifymall.com. I bought karaoke machine there, and it works perfectly for 2 years. there you will find anything needed to build a karaoke system. hope that can help u.