Karaoke machines are always a lot of fun. There’s something wonderful about the idea of getting a group of people together to sing cheesy songs in front of the TV for hours on end. It doesn’t matter if you can sing well or are tone deaf; the point is that you tried and had fun doing it.
Karaoke machines have become so popular that people wanted to take them from the club to the living room. The advent of home machines meant one thing—it is now so much easier to host your party in the comfort and privacy of your own home. So how do you select the right machine for your needs? Here are some tips to follow:
First, consider the aesthetic qualities of karaoke systems. Of course, you wouldn’t want to end up with a machine that sticks out like a sore thumb amongst your furnishings. Karaoke equipment now comes in a variety of styles, colors and shapes that can fit into most any home theater setup. Shop around to see which style is right for your personal living space.
Next, check out the features on the machine. Older machines were very crude and simple. They would just feature moving colored text beneath a random video. These days, karaoke machines have evolved to the point that you will be able to control the tempo, pitch, bass, treble and echo of the song and your voice. Also, you may want to get a machine that gives you a score or rating for how well you can sing! This can lead to a complete and utter riot in your living room, as each of you compete to see who the best singer is!
Another important feature of any karaoke machine is its capacity for playing new songs or for upgrading your play list. Older machines used to rely on CDs or DVDs in order to play new songs, and you would, in all likelihood, end up with a huge library of discs—not necessarily the most enticing sight. New units have their songs loaded into multigigabyte cartridges. These cartridges can contain thousands upon thousands of songs, more than enough to satisfy even the most discerning of karaoke fanatics. There are even newer models that have the capability of connecting to the Internet via a LAN cable. They can download songs directly to your player from an external song server—all you need to do is subscribe to the service, and you will get all the latest hits (and even a few golden oldies) in karaoke form straight to your machine at the push of a button.
There are many other features that you should consider when purchasing a karaoke machine. It would be a good idea to spend some time in your favorite electronics store and have a chat with the store clerks there, just so you can get an idea of the different features, strengths and weaknesses of each individual model. With any luck, you’ll be able to purchase the perfect system for your home theater.