Karaoke is fast becoming one of the world's favourite past times, both at home and at pubs, clubs and restaurants. Some people and certain cultures take it very seriously but at it's heart it is simply a fun and lighthearted interactive activity. My own personal karaoke journey began many years ago with a Christmas gift of an Australian Idol Karaoke Machine; I loved it but it didn't come with any built-in songs so buying karaoke CD's became expensive over time, plus there was usually only a few songs on the CD that I actually wanted.
Australian Idol Karaoke Machine
But my friends and family loved belting out a few tunes at parties and gatherings, so a couple of years ago I splurged and upgraded to a Magic Sing karaoke system from the Phillipines - and what an upgrade it turned out to be.
I went for the ET18K model which came with dual wireless microphones, a programmable remote, a comprehensive song book and a whopping 2,000 plus built-in songs. Admittedly there are a number of songs by an artist called P.D., who I'm assuming is a mega pop star in the Phillipines, but largely it's an incredibly eclectic mix of popular music spanning several decades. If you want to add to your collection song chips which slide into the base can be purchased from various websites.
The system comes in a small and convenient portable case making it easy to store and to take along and set up at other people's houses.
The system is a simple RCA cable hook-up to the television and you're off and running, or singing rather. Sadly there was no getting away from the corny and incongruous background images but I believe they can be customised with an SD card.
The system boasts several features, including the ability to change the key, tempo or echo of a song, song reservation, three level scoring, record and playback, and a 'How to Sing' function for practise.
Magic Sing is now available for purchase in Australia from various websites and retail outlets and although the product is generally cheaper overseas the postage costs make it about even; bargains can also usually be found on eBay.
Magic Sing is a fantastic, fun way of livening up any event and is now an affordable option for home entertainment.