Do you want to upgrade your karaoke experience to the next level? Do you use karaoke CDs but find them quite tedious to locate and play your songs? If you want a karaoke with thousands of built-in songs, then Grand Videoke Symphony is what you could be looking for.
It is designed to be compact and portable, comes with a great scoring function, and is voice-operated as well.
However, it still has its own set of limitations that might disappoint you if you’re not aware of. Read the rest of our detailed review and learn if this karaoke system is the right fit for you.
Grand Videoke Symphony Review
The Symphony series of karaoke machine from Grand Videoke is one of the popular systems used in karaoke and KTV bars. In this review, we will be focusing more on the latest Symphony 3.0 Pro, which is a superset of all the older iterations.
The 2 of the unique features that we absolutely love about this model are:
- Lyric Videos: An animated lyrics presentation similar to those you see in music videos like Just Give Me A Reason by Pink.
- Perfect Pitch: A built-in vocal coach that helps you master every song with visual pitch guides and detailed scoring.
Instead of being just voice-activated like the older Symphony 2.0, it now comes with an app. The app allows you to control the karaoke from your smartphone. If you have an older model, this improvement is more than enough reason to upgrade to Symphony 3.0 Pro.
This is our our top karaoke machine if you want to truly improve your singing voice. As you get to enjoy singing your favorite songs, you naturally get better over time as well.
Grand Videoke Symphony 3.0 comes with 7,900 built-in songs right out of the box. There are 80s love songs and duets, 90s hip hop and alternative songs, and even contemporary ones from Taylor Swift, Rhianna, etc.
If you want to add more songs, you can certainly do so by downloading them via the GV Smart App. Once you have authenticated with the code tied up to your unit, you can update or download new songs and song packs for free.
You can also load your songs via USB. If you want to display the lyrics on the screen, it has to be in an MP3+G format, otherwise, it will only play the music as is. On the other hand, this is also a great functionality in case you just want to listen to your playlist.
This karaoke machine does not have Bluetooth connectivity or an audio-in jack. This means you won’t be able to play karaoke videos on YouTube directly. It’s an almost negligible setback considering the number of songs already included in the system.
Grand Videoke Symphony comes with 2 high-quality professional microphones. They are both wireless and are custom designed specifically for this type of karaoke machine. That is because it has a remote control pad on the mic handle.
The remote on the mic allows the singer to choose the song and play or add it to the queue. You can also make other adjustments to the song and the voice output with the remote. This is especially useful if you’re using the song’s code to select and play it.
Each of these wireless mics is equipped with their Grand Voice Technology for loud and clear voice pickup.
If you want to add more microphones, you can certainly do so as Symphony 3.0 Pro comes with 2 additional 6.3mm jacks for wired mics or wireless mic receiver.
It has an HDMI port for clear and crisp A/V hookup. There’s also a 3.5mm jack for RCA or basic audio output connection to your home theater or existing speaker system.
Symphony 3.0 is also equipped with its Dream Sound technology. This allows the machine to produce high-definition audio which is of much higher quality than CD.
Having no built-in speaker allows the Grand Videoke Symphony to produce much better sound quality when connected to external speakers.
The additional functionalities that Grand Videoke Symphony has are what makes it a cut above the rest. They surely make up for the lack of a built-in speaker, monitor or LED lights that other mid-level karaoke machines have.
Although you can use this karaoke model with just the remote control on the microphone, downloading and using the free app opens up more ways to enjoy this unit. The GV Smart App is available for both Android and iOS. You can add your own background videos, make your own playlist, or even send fun messages on the TV screen.
This model is designed to deliver HD quality videos and sound. The built-in background videos that play together with the lyrics are shown in full 1080p HD quality. If you want to add your own slideshows or video in the background, you can use the GV Smart app or by loading them via USB.
Another feature that we like about this karaoke model is the ability to record your own performances. You can store up to 500 recorded songs and download them to your device for sharing or for review.
As with the previous 2.0 version, you can still use voice commands to play your songs instead of entering the song code. However, with Grand Videoke Symphony 3.0, queueing the songs can now be done through the app which makes it more precise. You can also use the app to quickly scroll through available songs, then select the one you want to play next.
Aside from these robust features, Grand Videoke Symphony 3.0 Pro also comes with standard song tuning controls like Melody, Tempo, and Key adjustments.
With so many functionalities that this Grand Videoke Symphony karaoke machine has, we have pulled out this table directly from GrandVideoke.com website so you can easily check them:
|Smartphone Connectivity||GV Smart App on Android and iPhone/iPad Free download on Google Play and Apple App Store, featuring special features and functions including:|
• Direct Song Download
• GV Air Transfer™
• Voice Command+™
• Screenshot and Recording Social Sharing
• Virtual Remote and Song Book
Up to four (4) devices can be paired and used with the Grand Videoke simultaneously on Wi-Fi AP mode.
|Voice Command||Voice Command+ on GV Smart App for Android and iPhone/iPad. Search for English and OPM songs as well as artists.|
|Perfect Pitch™||All built-in and GV Smart Song Pack songs except duet and rap can be played on this mode. Experience Grand Videoke’s exclusive 4-Point Scoring System that allows you to experience singing as if you have your own virtual vocal coach.|
|Song Search||• Unified On-Screen Search — just type in the title of the song or the name of the artist without changing search modes|
• Virtual Song Book on GV Smart App for Android & iPhone/iPad
|Max Number of Favorite Songs||100 songs|
|Score Check Difficulties||Amateur, Professional, Perfect Pitch™|
|Score Check Formats||Normal Videoke Mode|
• Points Format (0-100)
• Grades Format (S-F)
Perfect Pitch™ Mode
• 4-Point Scoring System
|Real Time Score||• Normal Videoke Mode — Can be turned on or off|
• Perfect Pitch™ Mode — Always on
|Song Tuning Controls||Melody, Tempo, Key Adjustment, Male/Female Modes|
|Applause Function||Activated via remote control, GrandVoice™ microphone controls, and GV Smart App|
As Grand Videoke Symphony 3.0 doesn’t come with any built-in screen or speakers, you will need to do some considerable setup to get started. In a nutshell, you will need to connect the Symphony unit to your TV and/or external speaker.
If you already have your TV connected to your home theater, you will need to hook up the karaoke machine to just your TV. Using the included HDMI cable, you just plug it into the karaoke’s HDMI port and your TV’s HDMI port as well. The video will go out to your LED screen and the sound will be redirected to your home theater.
On the other hand, you can also connect the karaoke directly to your home theater or an external speaker.
If you do not have an HDMI-capable TV, you can connect using the 3.5mm-RCA A/V cable already included with the package. Again if your TV is already setup together with your home theater, you can just plug them all into your TV.
Otherwise, you can plug the yellow into your TV’s video-in and the white and red to your home theater’s audio-in jack.
This unit has a dimension of 7.5 x 8.3 x 8 inches, making it very portable. If you’re going to spend the weekend on your folk’s place, you can certainly bring it with you. It only weighs around 1.3 lbs too.
You also don’t have to worry about the power voltage regardless of where you’re going to use it. This is because it has an Autovolt adapter, which is compatible with voltages from 100 to 240.
Buyers from Amazon gave Symphony 2.0 and 3.0 Pro model a high-rating. They are pleased with the song selections and the sound quality. The ability to choose and play songs via voice command is what most of them were so happy about.
Most of the buyers who gave a low rating were because of wrong expectations. They were expecting that the unit has the capability to strip away vocals from original songs. Similarly, they’re also disappointed that the instrumentals are not from the original song. Fortunately for you, reading this review has given you enough knowledge on what to expect from this karaoke machine.
If you like to have a karaoke machine with built-in songs, then the Grand Videoke Symphony 3.0 Pro is for you. It has its own vocal coach that will literally help you improve your singing. You’ll be able to master the songs you love to sing, in perfect pitch and clarity.
Grand Videoke Symphony 3.0 Pro is a great investment in the long run and is worth more than its cost. It says so much about your dedication in improving your singing performances. Your family gatherings and get-togethers will always be unique and unforgettable.
This system proves that good things come in small packages. Although it doesn't come with built-in speakers, it's installed with a revolutionary scoring system and your very own vocal coach. Plus, being able to create your own playlist from the thousands of songs already installed, you'll spend most of your time singing instead of searching.
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