Brand: Karaoke USA
With so many karaoke brands on the market, it’s hard to differentiate yourself from the pack. Karaoke USA has met that challenge with flying colors.
They have a unique feature
What’s included in most karaoke systems?
- Speakers to play the music and output your voice
- A microphone
- Audio controls
- Some have a screen to display lyrics
Overall, most are the exact same. Yawn.
The unique feature that most Karaoke USA systems have is the ability to record what you sing.
Why is that important?
On the surface, a recording feature might just seem like a cool addon. It actually serves quite a few purposes, though.
Recording your own songs
While a karaoke machine will never be able to match the quality of a professional recording studio, the machines from Karaoke USA are surprisingly good at capturing audio input without the “tin can” effect.
The tin can effect is when a voice sounds like it’s being recorded into a tin can. You get an effect where the sound vibrates in a way that just isn’t appealing to the ear. Lots of very basic machines have this problem. Listening to yourself with the tin can effect isn’t pleasurable – that’s why recording studios are still in business.
Karaoke USA keeps its hardware secretive, but they have managed to reduce the tin can effect to almost zero. Sure, listening to tracks recorded on a karaoke machine won’t sound the same as a song downloaded off of iTunes, but as far as bang for your buck, it’s pretty decent.
Fun with friends
Don’t get me wrong – singing karaoke with your friends is one of the most fun things to do in a group. You know what’s even better, though? Listening back on the chaos.
Lots of families purchase karaoke machines for the purpose of spending quality family time together. Usually, you’d have to take a break from your activity to grab a camera and start recording. With most Karaoke USA machines, you can just set it to record all audio, burn that audio to some CDs, and have memories forever.
Who knows – maybe your kid will become a famous singer, and you’ll be able to compare his first songs with his latest hit release!
Karaoke USA combines portable and stationary
Lots of brands will have two type of karaoke systems – one for portable use, and then one for stationary use.
The problem with this is that not a lot of people want to shell out cash for two separate karaoke machines. One is probably already stretching it – it’s not like karaoke is in the same league as food, water, or shelter.
With Karaoke USA, they charge a little bit more, but they mix elements from portable systems and stationary systems. They’ll give you the sound quality of a stationary system with the featherweight of a portable system. They’ll give you durability without making it seem like the shell is made from heat-treated steel.
Stuff like that makes Karaoke USA excel.
One Karaoke Machine To Rule Them All
^ Before we go over this system, know one thing – this is the #1 Best Seller on all of Amazon.com in the portable karaoke machine category.
Designing karaoke systems is tricky. On one hand, you want them to be as small and compact as possible. On the other hand, you need room for a lot of the components – speakers, screens, buttons, dials, etc.
While it’s subjective to say that Karaoke USA has come up with the best design, if you take a look, we think you’ll have the same opinion.
Let’s start at the top. There are two docks for the microphones. Instead of awkwardly laying the microphone down next to the system and hoping it doesn’t roll away, Karaoke USA allows you to just pop it into one of the docks and have it stay secure. This seems like a basic feature, but, believe it or not, most karaoke manufacturers – even the major name brands – don’t include it.
All of the dials and controls are on the top. This makes it look good and leaves more room for the speaker.
There is one giant speaker at the bottom of the unit. Some people might argue that multiple speakers will produce a better sound, but here’s why they’re wrong…
A karaoke machine is only a foot or two wide. Even if you have two speakers on the edges of them, you’re still only getting an audio variation of a couple of inches.
It’s much more efficient to just put one big speaker in the middle like Karaoke USA does.
Finally, you have the buttons on the side, a 7″ screen in the middle, and a remote to control the device.
What’s that? A remote?
Yep – a remote.
Imagine you could watch TV, but you didn’t have a remote – instead, whenever you had to change the channel, you had to get up from the couch, walk to the TV, press the channel up or down button a certain amount of times, and then go sit back down.
It’s almost painful to think about.
The same goes with karaoke machines. If you want to change the song, you’re usually forced to get yourself to the machine. And if you’re entertaining guests, it’s unlikely that any of them will be able to operate the system, which means you’ll be stuck with the arduous task of changing the song every time.
It’s not the end of the world, but, at the same time, if you’re spending $100+ on anything, it better have the features to make it convenient for you. Other systems don’t have remotes, but ones from Karaoke USA do.
A couple companies do have the ability to record audio and burn it to a disc. But very few have the capability to burn it to a USB stick.
You can plug in a flash drive and record each separate audio recording onto separate MP3 files. When you’re done recording, just plug that USB into a computer and you’ll see all of the different MP3 files in a list. This allows you to go further with them – layer them, add effects, take parts out, etc. It’s basically the same thing as a recording studio minus a little bit of audio quality.
Karaoke USA knows karaoke machines. They don’t just offer you a box to sing on – they offer you an all-in-one solution.
If you want the bare minimum, then Karaoke USA might not be for you. But if you want a sturdy system that will give you years of use and fun, grab one of Karaoke USA’s models. They all come with free shipping, and, if you don’t like it for some reason, you can return it without paying return postage.