The right choice of microphones for karaoke accounts for half of the successful performance and ensures good spirit. We selected 10 cost-efficient and top models which will give you many wonderful evenings.
What kind of karaoke microphones are there?
There are wired and wireless microphones. The latter as a rule comes with a better quality of sound, if we speak about the renowned trademarks, specializing on the qualitative musical equipment. Such mics are used at concerts and in record studios but the price for one item can be comparable with the price of a car. Besides, each model sounds differently and you’d better select the one that agrees with the individual features of your voice.
Wireless karaoke microphones can come as a pleasant surprise even for a die-hard karaoker. The characteristics of some models are as good as those of the wired microphones, while in terms of price/quality they can leave the wired versions behind. Yet, much depends on the producer and your stereo system. Even the most famous and expensive brand can be a disappointment if the acoustics fails to reflect the entire range of the voice.
Choosing and installing home-based karaoke equipment is a process that asks for certain expertise and a serious approach. What does it take to make professional karaoke, installed at your place, sound and operate perfectly well?
Top-10 microphones for karaoke
10. Defender Mic-155
Two inexpensive microphones for the beginners will be a great choice for those who have just bought their first karaoke system or are looking for an economical mic for kids. Don’t expect any wonders from this model in terms of the sound. For a reasonable price, you buy two microphones you can really use and it actually makes for all possible flaws.
Advantages: the price, no wires, two microphones in a set.
Disadvantages: sometimes has noticeable noise, sound quality, flimsy plastic body.
9. AKG P5S
The cost-efficient model of the wired microphone for karaoke which has no expectations to be labeled “professional”. AKG P5S is good both for the home-based parties and minor events out – like birthday celebrations in a cafe or lectures for the small audience. We’d call it a one-size-fits-all workhorse. However, we can’t fail to mention one considerable flaw – the cable doesn’t come in a package. You’ll have to buy it additionally.
Advantages: supercardioid microphone copes quite well with unwanted noise.
Disadvantages: no cables in the set.
8. Ritmix RWM-101
A cheap karaoke microphone that still has its good features. For example, Ritmix RWM-101 has two modes of connection: both wired and wireless. Unlike AKG P5S, this model comes with a cable, though its quality may not be quite satisfactory. This is a good option if you just want to sing at home without thinking too much of a range and frequencies.
Advantages: radio-transmitter as a set.
Disadvantages: flimsy cable, doesn’t cope with background noise, does not always reproduce high-pitches well enough.
7. DEFENDER MIC-140
Another inexpensive microphone that supports two types of connection: wired and wireless. The further you’re from a transmitter, the poorer the signal, still it’s quite okay as long as the room is not too big. The sound is not perfected, but quite clear. The microphone has a nice design and quite solid materials – it can easily live through falling on the floor from the table.
Advantages: metal body, good sound.
Disadvantages: quite poor quality of radio connection.
6. Thomson M135
It rounds out the list of the economical microphones for karaoke in our rating. The model has no impressive features. Its only competitive advantage is its price. You got a mic for USD 10-15 you get the mic, so you won’t regret if you crash it or have to give it to the kids. It’s a perfect option for the rare home-based karaoke parties.
Advantages: the price, quite lasting body.
5. SENNHEISER XSW 35-A
The TOP-5 of heavyweights starts from the microphone from well-known good-sound experts – SENNHEISER. Its price agrees with the brand’s big-name but for this money, you get an excellent receiver to which you can connect other audio equipment and, of course, a wireless microphone – highly sensitive and with very good sound.
Advantages: good sound, “omnivore” receiver, the LCD panel on the mic.
Disadvantages: plastic body.
4. Shure SH-200
The wireless microphones Shure have well-deserved high lines on any ratings. The SH-200 model is not an exception here. This is a high-caliber microphone with a qualitative, clear sound and 10-hour long charge. These microphones are not only good for home-based karaoke but also for the clubs, conferences, concert stages, and singing records.
Advantages: clear sound, long duration of operation, price.
Disadvantages: it sometimes asks for detailed settings for the specific manner of singing.
3. Shure Beta 87A
One of the best microphones for the karaoke singers – it’s well-known both to professional singers and amateurs. Apart from the perfect sound it provides, it also has the installed built-in noise protection and a triple pop-filter. This mic has only one flaw – the price. Given that home-based karaoke usually asks for two microphones, the cost of a couple of Shure Beta 87A is quite comparable with the cost of the entire karaoke system.
Advantages: excellent sound, lasting body.
Disadvantages: short cable.
2. AUDIO-TECHNICA MB4K
AUDIO-TECHNICA MB4K is believed to be one of the best options for home-based karaoke in terms of price/quality combination. This microphone uncovers the vocal softly and delicately. And the voice sounds very clear. Still, this cardioid microphone can pose a challenge for a beginner. You will have to make the correct setting and experiment with how exactly it “catches” your voice. You won’t be able to both sing and actively dance with it at the same time.
Adv: great sound, fits well for any singer.
Disadv: can give a hard time to the beginners.
1. SE • 200 D
A pair of wireless microphones SE • 200D by Studio Evolution is designed in close integration with the karaoke-systems and takes into account the smallest details of a performance. They can be praised for lack of noises, elaborated degree of detail, and volume of the voice. These digital microphones are a great option for both novice karaokers and professionals singers who appreciate a crystal clear and natural sounding of the voice. This mic can also boast with their autonomous features which make them last for 9 hours after just one charge – long enough for even a long party.
Advantages: excellent sound, lasting work, body, two microphones in a set, anti-rolling rings.
Disadvantages: detected none.
No matter what model you would go for, remember: a microphone is only half of your success. The other half comprises artistic nature, talent, and positive vibes, and these are all on you. Enjoy your karaoke!