The best way to karaoke at home will largely depend on your current budget and how frequently you’re going to do it. However, choosing the wrong setup at the start could end up hurting your wallet or worse, discourage you from pursuing your passion.
There are different methods to go about this so to make it easy for you, we have classified them into three. From the cheapest to the most expensive, the lowest to the highest quality.
While singing at karaoke bars helps build confidence in front of an audience, singing at your own place has its own benefits as well. This includes being able to sing your favorite song over and over again, aside from the fact that you can get better at controlling your pitch, etc.
Owning a good karaoke machine does not necessarily equate to having an optimal singing experience. At the very least, the setup should be personalized based on your preferences.
Best Way To Karaoke At Home: The 3 Methods
These methods are by no means static. You can certainly mix and match them. Read on as we discuss each of them in more detail in the sections below.
1. The Cheap Way
The cheapest method does not detract you from the fun, however, your options for maximizing the sound and voice quality is quite limited. We recommend doing this for either of these 2 most common reasons (a) you’re short on cash to buy equipment, or (b) the gang wanted to go karaoke-ing at the spur of the moment.
I remember when we were at my sister’s place and we suddenly got the urge to do karaoke. Instead of going to the nearest karaoke bar, we decided to just do it at her home. The only purchase we had was a single low-end microphone. We had one of the best get-togethers in years, to say the least.
What You’ll Need:
- TV with mirroring capabilities
- iOS or Android device
- optional – microphone
How To Setup:
Setting this up can be as simple as just mirroring (or Chrome casting) a YouTube karaoke video to your TV. If your TV does not support this setup, you can still achieve this through set-top boxes like Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV.
However, not all songs on YouTube have awesome sound quality. If you’re planning to continue using this setup for quite some time, you can subscribe to karaoke apps like Red Karaoke, Smule or KaraFun for a better selection and more consistent quality of music.
If you want to use a microphone, you can certainly do so but you’ll have to shell out some cash for that. Additionally, you will have to make sure that your receiver or home theater has a mic in jack. If there is none, you will have to purchase a mixer to connect your microphone.
2. The Amateur Way
This is a great upgrade from the first method. If you will be doing karaoke on a regular basis, this is the preferred setup. The main idea behind this method is to be able to sing through a microphone. You’ll be surprised how your voice will sound a lot different.
The goal is not only to get used to hearing yourself singing through a mic but to get better at it. This setup will help you to develop the necessary skills which will give you that thundering applause the next time you go to a karaoke bar. At the very least, you will be able to develop the confidence and technique to sing better.
What You’ll Need:
- Karaoke Machine
- TV for streaming lyrics
- Additional microphone
How To Setup:
Expect to spend around $50 to $200 with this setup. It will all depend on which karaoke machine you decide to purchase. Did you know that even those affordable kiddie karaoke players can do the trick? That is even if the sound quality is very basic.
To set this up, you’ll just have to connect your karaoke machine to your TV. These units have built-in speakers so you can hear both your voice and the instrumental in them. The TV is where you’ll read the lyrics. Some of them allow you to connect to an external speaker for added volume.
To get the most out of this method, what you’re looking for are karaoke machines like the Karaoke Machine Speaker System from Electrohome or the SDL9030DB Carnaval from Singing Machine. These are designed to have multiple music sources including CD and CD+Gs. The latter model even has its own built-in TV screen so you can bring the complete system with you anywhere.
3. The Professional Way
If you have room to spare in your house, and you just can’t get enough of singing, then this method is for you. This is the beginning of your road to stardom. You’ll be a star in your next get together and your place the premier destination.
In this setup, your focus is to have the best sound quality for a home karaoke. That’s why you will be adding more equipment like equalizer, additional speakers, etc. You will also be adding a stage, a curtain, and some additional lights. It’s sort of like I would call a singers’ den.
What You’ll Need:
- Professional Karaoke Machine
- Mic Stand
- optional – external speakers
How To Setup:
You will need to connect your professional karaoke system to your TV to display the lyrics. To make your setup stand out, add a mic stand and throw in some additional lights to help to set the mood.
Although, you can always use your home theater’s speakers to amplify the sound, what makes these karaoke machines a lot better is that their speakers are designed for live performances. You don’t have to fiddle around with the volume every time someone sings loudly or softly. The Rockville Dual 15” Karaoke System is one such product which includes two powerful speakers.
There is also the Singtrix Karaoke Party Bundle, which includes a mic stand and a high-quality PA speaker. The unit itself has the 300 vocal effects to make you sound better effortlessly including a natural pitch corrector. It can also strip away the vocals from an original song so you don’t have to sing with midi instrumentals.
Wrapping It Up
We do hope that this article has provided you with ideas on the best way to karaoke at home. You’ll surely have fun regardless of the setup you choose. But if you have the budget, better go for the 2nd or 3rd so you won’t be missing out on the great features and amazing sound quality that karaoke machines have to offer.