Fun meetings with family and friends often end with dancing and, of course, songs. It is unlikely that anyone would argue that it is most convenient to perform compositions when the correct backing track is turned on, there is a text in front of your eyes, and a microphone is in your hands - this is exactly what karaoke systems give.
We offer you a small review that will make the right choice when buying equipment for home or professional use.
Home karaoke system is a set of technical equipment, which includes:
- a player with the option to play audio from different media;
- speakers responsible for the accuracy of transmission of sound frequencies;
- microphone - usually 1-2 units are included.
Karaoke allows you to sing songs to the backing track. In addition, some models provide additional options, for example, the ability to process voice, change the tone, tone and some other functions . In most cases, home equipment is no different from expensive professional counterparts. The only thing is that components in professional karaoke systems are more wear-resistant, as they are designed for intensive use.
The equipment is multifunctional, therefore, it allows not only to perform songs, but also to correct tonality, record your own performance and transfer files to any medium.
Karaoke technology is a leader in the Hi-Fi and Hi-End segment. The only significant drawback of the product is the high cost of the equipment and the complexity of the initial installation.
Modern karaoke systems are presented in a wide variety of options. Let us dwell on them in more detail.
This system is based on the very first, introduced by the Japanese. Such a prefix is connected to a TV or computer, and the text of the selected song is displayed on the screen.
Almost all such devices are equipped with a rating function in terms of singing quality, so each user has the opportunity to see their own level of professionalism.
This is a more complex version of the technique, here the sound of the recording is fed to special speakers, the same as those of the music center. In this case, you must either know the song by heart or have a printed text in front of your eyes. A successful distillation mixer mixes with the original sound.
Creating a portable device usually does not provide any additional options with regard to improving sound parameters, the tone also does not change. In fact, this is the most common player, the only thing that resembles karaoke is the connected microphone.
Enhanced karaoke systems are very popular. This equipment does not have any noticeable differences from typical video players. However , the device does not provide the possibility of processing sound, and there is no function of practicing vocal abilities . Management is carried out using the remote control or a modern mobile application.
Can create sound effects.
Rating of the best models
Madboy PRESENT MIX
This is one of the most popular models, including a karaoke player, a digital mixer, a pair of microphones and a DVD-ROM with recording audio tracks of popular songs (500 tunes).
The equipment supports all standard formats: DVD, CD, as well as MP3, MP4 and others . The menu is displayed and can display information in 6 languages. It has a stylish concise design, easy to operate.
The mixer provides audio processing capabilities and its settings, and microphones provide its high quality.
This is a compact karaoke system that is optimal for use in small apartments. It has a built-in voice processing option, so there is no need to purchase a separate device as a mixing console.
The system can work through a cable, and can connect via Wi-Fi. Thus, the user is able to control the system from any gadget , for example, from a tablet or smartphone.
AST Mini provides the ability to upload recordings to your music library, play the background melody during pauses, and record high-quality performance. The player can be used to view slide shows and videos.
In addition to private apartments, the device is widely distributed in small cafeterias, restaurants and bars.
MAC Sound FAT BLACK
This karaoke equipment provides for about 17 thousand installed songs, so users have a wide choice of tracks.
The control is wireless, which allows you to install the device in any convenient place . The kit includes a pair of microphones, supports SD-cards with a memory capacity of up to 64 GB.
Performance is usually evaluated in real time and can be recorded in MP3 format with further transfer to any other media.
The karaoke system allows you to adjust the tempo and tonality, gives you the opportunity to sing a duet and uses backing vocals .
Evolution Lite 2
This is a professional equipment, in the creation of which special algorithms were applied that allow you to change the tonality and tempo of the sound in a fairly wide sound range so as to do without visible effects.
There is an assessment of singing, built on the basis of comparing the tonality with an exemplary performance, which is prescribed separately for each melody, which is why the volume is not so important here - it is important to get into the notes.
If you wish, you can record singing, as well as start creating an original video clip. There is a clear interface, the equipment is suitable not only for home use, but also for small restaurants and karaoke bars.
Multifunctional karaoke system, which is used professionally: in bars, various clubs and many other entertainment venues. It stands out among the analogs for its sound, which is provided by 32-bit premium DACs, an improved tone adjustment algorithm and a reinforced DSP converter .
The device has an extensive card index of 50 thousand records, allows you to create high-quality video clips. It is controlled using the remote control.
Evolution Lite 2 Plus
This is a universal music station with a built-in 24-bit DAC, as well as an equalizer. The presence of these options allows you to configure microphones and carry out professional vocal processing of the user's singing, interesting voice effects are provided.
The system has a clear and accessible interface and monthly updates its music library automatically. Among the shortcomings, cumbersomeness, complexity of system configuration and high cost of equipment are noted.
This technique is intended for use at home.
Home party drive
One of the most budget models for meeting friends. It has the minimum equipment: microphone input, RCA, DVD-player and HDMI karaoke, as well as a microphone and a ball rating system.
The advantages of technology include compact size, ease of installation, the ability to support any audio and video formats . However, the disadvantages are significant - there is only one microphone in karaoke, it corresponds to Bluetooth, there is no indicator of song playback accuracy.
How to choose?
In order to choose the right quality equipment for the home, it is necessary to clarify the following points in advance:
- what type of equipment does the prefix connect to;
- what audio file formats are used;
- Is there an option to update software over the Internet;
- whether a microphone and a microphone cable are included;
- what sound functions are possible.
Based on these parameters, the budget models and devices of the premium segment are allocated on the market.
When choosing karaoke systems, you should first evaluate the sound capabilities of the equipment. It's no secret that budget models so far, unfortunately, continue to upset their users with outdated sound and an extremely meager base of audio files, while professional equipment is being improved more and more every year.
Make sure that modern systems will be easy to connect and accessible for each member of your family - the kit should include clear instructions in your native language.
Pay attention to the following characteristics:
- device power - the higher this parameter, the better the sound reproduction;
- dimensions of the structure;
- the presence in the set of acoustic equipment;
- device memory for storage;
- the presence of a system with points.
For home use, models with overall acoustics and a subwoofer will be optimal, for a large family, units with several microphones will be needed. Warranty period and the possibility of maintenance of the device deserve special attention.
There are a variety of options for connecting to the console. Most often it is connected to a TV, the work involves several stages:
- speaker connections and subwoofer;
- bringing the cable to certain wiring;
- turning on the TV;
- launch of a karaoke program;
- music selection.
After that, you can watch on your TV and sing your favorite songs.
You can connect the system using the Internet, as well as through the special mobile utility Smart. This program allows you to not only install karaoke, but also record new melodies into the system.
If you make a purchase in a store, then you should not completely exclude the possibility that periodically the backing track will interrupt the vocals. If there are no other defects in the purchased equipment, then try connecting another microphone to the installation so that its power does not exceed 72-80 dB.
Today in shopping centers you can find kits consisting of 2, 3, 4 and even more microphones .
When choosing a karaoke system, carefully evaluate all the characteristics of the products offered and try to choose the option with the best price / quality ratio - only in this case the purchase will meet your expectations and will please you for many years.
An overview of karaoke systems see below.