Are you struggling over the choice between a karaoke player and a karaoke machine? Here is an explanation of how they differ.
The history of a home-based karaoke
The first-ever karaoke player was produced in the early 1980s. It was designed by the Japanese company Pioneer on the basis of their know-how technology called LaserDisc. LaserKaraoke was able to show the subs on the video featuring the music. A laser disc of the player held 5-20 karaoke backtracks.
Up until the mid-1990s, Pioneer was the leader in home-based karaoke. Actually, thanks to this company and its numerous “copycats” we now have karaoke so widely spread around the world.
Meanwhile, the modern karaoke systems trace back to the legendary karaoke console X2000 by Taito. It was receiving its tracks through the switched telephone network, not through the CD or magnetic media. The functions of the music and graphic editors were quite limited, however, in the meantime, they were getting smaller and regularly updated, so eventually, consoles superseded traditional karaoke players.
Karaoke machines did not take part in this “competition” and they’re still quite popular in the US. Practically every American karaoke rating will include several such devices. The karaoke machine has easily recognized features: the player is bundled with the big speaker, microphone, light music, and LCD panel for the subs. Some models have a projection camera instead of the digital camera – they reproduce the image on the wall; some models can synchronize the subs with the tablet or smartphone app.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the largest segment of the showy karaoke-machine consumers is the children. It’s a practical and inexpensive solution that doesn’t require any additional expenses for the stereo system and microphones. Karaoke machines are also portable and autonomous, with the option of the parent control of what exactly the children sing. As long as karaoke machines use CDs, it’s quite easy to prevent the kids from the adult repertoire.
What is the difference between karaoke players and karaoke machines?
The key difference between karaoke systems and players is a disk player. Karaoke is just an additional function, broadening the capabilities of the device. By connecting a microphone, you can sing from the TV screen, however, most of the options for improving the vocal, as well as the effects and functions of the professional karaoke system are not available on the player.
Another serious limitation is imposed by the fact that most karaoke players only operate with CDs; some models are compatible with USB media, too. So, your record collection is only as large as the number of CDs you’ve bought. Of course, you’re not getting even close to the 80,000+ songs, available for you on EVOBOX.
Karaoke players operate with almost all the types of compact disks: CD, CD+G, DVD, and major formats of video and audio files- MPEG, WMA MP3, and others. The image resolutions Full HD 1080 are okay for watching a movie but in the era of super-clear, 4K and 8K are not enough.
As for the other functions, the karaoke player is identical to a regular CD player:
1. Resuming from the point the record was paused.
3. Watching videos, images, and listening to the audio from the flash drive.
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Meanwhile, the karaoke system provides many more options. Let us highlight just the major ones:
1. Online update. No disks. All catalog updates come “from the air”. Depending on the type of karaoke machine, the updates can be monthly or as a one-time purchase of your favorite songs.
2. Sing in a duet, trio, or quartet. Karaoke systems maintain the connection of up to 4 microphones. Throw loud karaoke battles with your friends and family.
3. Licensed backtracks. Karaoke is a huge industry that offers its customers only top quality, including that of the backtracks. Karaoke songs are the original studio tracks, recorded by professional musicians – one can experience that from the very beginning.
4. Voice processing. Home-based karaoke machines incorporate the best practices, applied in the karaoke clubs: advanced effect, change of the tonality and tempo of the song, as well as an objective assessment of the performance.
5. Control. Any modern karaoke system comes with a convenient remote control with a full-fledged keyboard and functional keys. An alternative option for karaoke control is a smartphone app.
Let’s sum it up. A karaoke player is a good option for people who’d like to have a home-based media center to watch movies, listen to music, and sing from time to time. The basic level of most players is more than enough to meet the minimum need in the at-home karaoke.
A karaoke system, in its turn, is meant for the ultimately strong emotions from the performance. If you are going to sing often, develop your music talents, and throw music parties at home, a karaoke system is the best solution.
That’s all for today. Enjoy your karaoke!