Putting together a quality complete karaoke system in your house isn't as difficult or expensive as you may think, and you don't even need to buy much. Here are the six things you'll want to get to have a nice system with good sound that you can enjoy for years to come.
1. Karaoke player
A multi-format karaoke disc player is your best option, as it'll work better than a cheaper CDG player that only plays songs in the CDG format. Multi-format players let you play mp3s, DVDs or VCDs so you have more options without spending much money. The most important features are key controls, play and a song selector that's easy to use. Remember: if there's features you don't understand advertised, you probably won't use them, and they'll just cost you extra money.
If you have a laptop or computer at home, you probably don't even need a karaoke player to play karaoke discs, so you can probably save yourself some money right off the bat!
2. Two microphones
It's important to invest in some good-quality karaoke microphones. If you want to sing duets, you'll need two, but one is good enough if it's just for home use with the family. There are two main options: wireless and wired microphones. Both work perfectly well, so it comes down to your personal preference. Wireless models tend to be costlier, and you'll need noise-canceling filters to avoid annoying feedback.
If you have a flat-screen TV at home, you can use this as your monitor to display lyrics while you sing. Otherwise, you can find an affordable monitor that may come packaged with a complete karaoke system online.
4. Stereo speakers
While your TV will work just fine as a monitor, your home television speakers probably won't, because karaoke speakers amplify your voice and make it sound better. If you go with cheap speakers, your voice will be very hard to hear over the music, or you'll get a crackle effect if you turn the volume up. Spend a little bit more on the speakers for the best experience.
A good mixer/amplifier will give you clean, powerful sound and mastery of the controls of your karaoke performance. You can control the quality of your vocal and music mix, and the mixer/amplifier will include features like echo controls, echo repeat adjustment, echo speed adjustment, digital feedback controls and more.
Finally, you can't have karaoke at home without the music. You can find karaoke CDs with any type of music you like, from Disney karaoke discs for the kids to current hits, country and classic rock. Some people like to buy karaoke CDs with hits by month, decade or genre, but you can also invest in a large compilation to start your library. You may even want to begin with free karaoke songs or downloads on your computer to get started.