Do you want to buy karaoke for your home but don’t have a clue what model to choose? The reviews provide little to no useful information and Internet-store descriptions weigh you down? Then this article is for you. We will have a closer look at what karaoke equipment you can buy for your home and what factors can determine your choice.
Karaoke consists of at least three elements: a karaoke console itself, acoustics, and TV set. If you are going to buy karaoke, then, most likely, you already have a TV set, yet you might not own an audio system. Many are quite happy with what TV set has to offer, but it is not enough for karaoke. The technologies are not so perfect yet to transmit the sound from a microphone without any delays.
Many producers knowingly block such transmission to a TV set because of such delays, as they ruin the impressing from your singing. The only way to avoid unsynchronization between the vocal and image on the screen is to get a direct connection to the karaoke or home cinema system.
You have to make a careful choice of the audio system for karaoke. Plain acoustics won’t cost you much, while the more profound solution can make you spare a significant share of your budget. This aspect is particularly important if you buy a karaoke console as a present for someone who is simply short of exterior loudspeakers for the TV.
Not to get into a scrape with a present, we recommend you to buy one of the ready-made Evo sets that already include a karaoke system, wireless karaoke mics, and EvoSound soundbar with a subwoofer, designed in close integration of the karaoke equipment. The cost of such a set starts from USD 1,500, that is very economical against the amount of money you would have to pay for each item separately.
Moreover, the audio system EvoSound offers one of the best solutions for home karaoke and VIP rooms in karaoke clubs. Sleek and easy-to-assemble, it allows for 270° sound release, immersing the performer into an enshrouding stereo sounding thanks to 14 loudspeakers, directed in different sides.
If you already have an audio system, let’s decide on a karaoke system. Apparently, they can be quite simple in terms of quality of assembling, back-up tracks, and options but there are also very professional solutions for domestic use.
A professional karaoke system, besides its obvious advantages we are going to speak about below, ensures playing songs in any place, be it a downtown apartment or a summer cottage away from the Internet coverage. All the songs are already installed in the karaoke system, while the updates are uploaded to the hard drive as soon as they are released or purchased.
- Home karaoke system with professional properties.
- Sleek device body, made of aircraft-grade aluminium.
- Six colour solutions.
- 2,000 of pre-installed songs in the basic package + 100 tracks you can pick for free from the catalogue Evolution, amounting to over 85 thousand songs.
- Unique LiveFX karaoke effect.
Don’t forget that EVOBOX, just like most of the premium karaoke systems, is supplied without the microphones. The reason behind it is that all mics have their unique properties of sounding and should be selected individually. Professional karaokers often use their own microphones during the karaoke tournaments and championships. The cost of a pair of mics may start from a hundred dollars to several thousand.
As a match to the karaoke system EVOBOX, we recommend using digital microphones SE • 200D. They are designed specifically for convenient karaoke performances, last 9 hours on one charge, and transmit your singing crystal clearly. Besides karaoke parties, SE • 200D will do well for conferences, festive events, and any other events where you need a high-quality and clear sound transmission. The mics cost USD 285.
If your budget is limited but you are not ready to sacrifice quality, the best option for you will be a karaoke console X-STAR. Paying a little over USD 500, you will get modern karaoke together with the wireless microphones, 3 months of free subscription, an extensive range of functions, and unique vocal effects.
Among the advantages of X-STAR KARAOKE BOX, there are the following:
- Easy to connect and control.
- A minimum number of wires.
- Excellent song recommendations and selections for any holiday or occasion.
- Quality digital anti-roller microphones with gyroscopes.
- Bluetooth remote control.
Subscription for other users and an option to record your performance at just several clicks to then share it on social media.
The two important questions you should answer before buying karaoke for domestic use: who is an end-user and how often you are going to use it? If we speak about someone who just starts their karaoke journey or a kid, X-STAR is more preferable. The possibilities of a professional karaoke system, intuitive operation, smart approach to content selection and user-friendly system of subscriptions for 2, 7, or 30 days make the console perfect for novices.
You’d better go for this option if you only intend to use karaoke several times a month, for instance, during weekends: select the subscription to your liking and pay only for the time when you are singing. Young families who are making their first steps in the grown-up life and your parents will appreciate the cost-efficiency coming with such type of subscription.
If the karaoke is intended for someone who sings quite often and appreciates the highest level of performance; for someone who uses karaoke not only as a device to have some fun but as a part of their lifestyle, and what counts most, has enough money to buy professional devices, then consider the equipment by Studio Evolution.
Same as X-STAR, EVOBOX suggests a reasonable approach to paying for the content. Pay only for the songs you are going to sing. A company’s 16-year experience and detailed statistics about playing certain songs give a very clear understanding that the playlist of most people is limited to several hundreds of songs. Why paying more if you can buy songs individually, without wasting a significant amount of money for large update packages with the songs that do not fit in your music preferences?
Of course, the basic version of a karaoke system has 2,000 pre-installed songs while the Plus Package holds over 40,000+ tracks. Besides, EVOBOX user can download any 100 songs from the Evolution catalogue, numbering over 85, 000 studio-quality back-up tracks.
What else must you know when buying karaoke for the home?
Size of the room
This question is more about your acoustic system. The formula is very simple: the larger space the more powerful sound you need. In the room of up to 50-60 sq. m with no columns and not cluttered with bookcases and wardrobes, the acoustics by Studio Evolution will be quite enough. For premises of a larger size or non-standard shape, you will need the 5.1 or 7.1 audio systems (5 or 7 loudspeakers + a subwoofer, placed along the perimeter of the room and ensuring stereo sound).
Mind your neighbours. Even the best soundproofing won’t prevent sound vibrations: glass shattering, possible falling dishes off the shelves, all-around roaring – this is a minimum set of misfortunes people next door can face when you crack volume up to a maximum on a pair of stage loudspeakers. So, power is not always the best or smartest option for home karaoke.
Karaoke system “stuffing”
The karaoke system of the new generation, be it professional equipment by Studio Evolution or a karaoke console X-STAR, are expected to have some features you should take into consideration before purchase. They include:
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- High-quality tracks
- Smartphone remote control
- Compatibility with 4K resolution
- Professional effects
Until recently, some of these requirements were not available, including for professional systems, but now these are must-have functions even for a home karaoke console. Especially, for the karaoke systems that self-describe as “professional”.
Because of the imperfectness of the media, the back-up tracks used to be recorded on synthesisers and compressed mercilessly before their distribution. Modern tracks you sing to are the original back-ups, recorded in a studio by professional musicians. You can easily catch the difference between midi and pro-tracks and it has a direct influence on how much a singer enjoys it.
Contemporary home karaoke is much more than just music equipment for playing tracks with captures. It provides opportunities and inspires a person once he or she is taking a mic in their hand. What do the singers get while singing: a song alone or something more? Is it something that makes them feel happy afterwards?
Even tactual sensations of touching a karaoke system remote control matter as well as visual aesthetics of video footage on the screen. You can hardly find a device that can lay claim being a perfect karaoke system, but some systems are close that – with unique effects, the diverse functionality, social media integration, quality sounding, and user-friendly control.
|Device materials ||Metal||Plastic|
|Access to songs||Uploaded to a hard drive||Online access under subscription|
|Microphones||Purchased additionally||A set includes two microphones|
|Remote control||Multifunctional Bluetooth remote control with a full-fledged keyboard||Bluetooth remote control|
|Back-up tracks ||Studio Evolution catalogue||Studio Evolution catalogue|
|Free songs||2,000 pre-installed + 100 of your choice||3 months of free access to the catalogue|
|Vocal effects||Advanced voice settings + LiveFX||Advanced voice settings + 15 cool presets|
|Warranty||12 months||12 months|
|Price||USD 1,000 /Basic package||USD 535|