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5 Things You Need To Know When Buying a Karaoke Machine

Aug 13, 2008
So you've decided to take the plunge and get your own karaoke machine? Whether you are getting one to perfect your own skills, or looking to find great entertainment for your family and friends, having your own karaoke machine is a fine choice. But how do you choose from the many styles and accessories available on the market today?

The perfect karaoke machine for you depends on YOU! What do you want it for? Is it for you or the kids? Do you want to be able to pick it up and take it with you? Do you want to be able to keep it hooked up all the time for convenience, but unobtrusive? Do you need to be able to hear the vocals when you're learning new songs? Will you be using it for duets? The answers to these types of questions will help you to determine your own perfect karaoke machine. Let's examine some of these choices.

If you are getting a karaoke machine just for your small children, then buying a professional quality model with all the bells and whistles is overdoing it. What you want to look for in this case is one of the types specially made for children. They come in bright colors, have large buttons, and are very easy for children to operate. There are not a lot of choices or accessories.

Now, back to the adults. Are you going to be using your karaoke machine only at home? Or do you want to be able to take it with you at a moment's notice?

If you want to take it with you, then there are stand-alone models with a karaoke monitor included right on the machine itself. With these models, you also need to build up your collection of karaoke CDs to use in it, so that you will have a selection of karaoke songs to sing. Plus, you need to have a way to organize all these CDs, and keep an updated list for your friends to be able to choose their songs. Plus you need to take these with you, too.

So if you choose one of these models, also take into account in your pricing the costs of whichever type of disks your karaoke machine uses. Being portable also lets you put the machine away when you are not using it, and then bring it out when you are ready to party or practice.

If your main purpose is to use your karaoke machine at home, then you also have some great choices. You can choose a style that hooks up to your own entertainment system, and you can read the lyrics right on your TV.

Do you want the capability to sing duets? If so, make sure your karaoke machine has inputs for two microphones. Also, some machines make it possible to alter the pitch, key, and volume separately for each microphone to better complement each singer's voice and range. But some machines only have a single control for both microphones.

Do you want to host your own karaoke contests? Some karaoke machines have the capability to score the contestants based on certain criteria.

If you would like to use your karaoke machine to learn the songs and improve your performance, then be sure to purchase one that allows you to hear the songs with the vocals turned on or off. That way you can turn the vocals on to learn the words, then turn them off to practice your own karaoke show.

Answer these questions, and you will be able to find a karaoke machine that is perfect for you, and will fit into your own lifestyle. Once you find your perfect machine, look at the accessories and package deals available to you, along with the warranty.

There is one karaoke machine which is versatile enough to fit any occasion -- The SongStation Karaoke Machine. It's the size of a slim, stylish DVD player, yet has 53,000 inbuilt kareoke songs. It hooks up to your TV in 5 minutes, so it is portable to anywhere that has a TV. There is no muss, fuss, or clutter, and you can have an instant party at any time with the push of a button!

It has the dual microphone controls, the automatic scoring, the vocals on/off switch, and a 12 month warranty. Perfect for most people, it is also a great value on the price. All in all, it saves you time and money. And the quality is unbeatable. Be sure to check it out in your search for YOUR perfect karaoke machine!
About the Author
Christine D. is the founder of The SongStation Studios. Listen to the raving testimonials of The SongStation, the machine with 53,000 songs. Check out the #1 homedvd karaoke machine today.
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