To perform all your favorite karaoke hits at home, you will need a microphone, a player and a song collection. One of the cheapest ways to accomplish this is to buy a karaoke DVD player for as little as $30.
Although some would argue that setting yourself to perform on your computer is the least expensive way because you need only a $20 microphone and 79-cent karaoke downloads. If you are computer savvy and are willing to spend $49 for karaoke software, then you can create your own custom DVDs using your current mp3 collection.
You don’t have to break the bank buying home karaoke machines. For instance, the Cavs 105G DVD ($119, Sumamic) comes with a microphone, remote control, audio-video cable and karaoke DVD machine that plays music CDs, DVD movies and special karaoke CD Gs. Singers will enjoy key control, voice cancel, volume control, microphone mixing and superior 5.1 Dolby Digital sound.
Another option is the VocoPro DVG399K ($110 at Zzsounds), which works exactly the same way. Or, if you would like a professional looking karaoke system, then you can try The Singing Machine’s STVD-1001 Pedestal DVD/CDG Karaoke System with Tower Speakers ($79 at Amazon), which allows you to play both CD G and DVD karaoke songs.
According to online retailer Amazon, the kid karaoke DVD offerings tend to sell best. Disney’s “High School Musical” 1 & 2, “Hannah Montana,” “Disney Radio Hits” 1 & 2, as well as “Jump & Jive with Hi-5” and Sesame Street’s “Sesame Sings Karaoke” are all karaoke hits. For older teens and adults, Billboard released a “Top 10 Karaoke Box Set” that includes 40 songs including John Lennon, Neil Diamond, Dolly Parton and Sting, to name a few artists.
Also, Party Tyme offers a multitude of karaoke songs on DVD for $13.99, with themes including: Broadway, Country, Old Country, Greatest Hits, Oldies, Pop, Rock and Love Songs. Startrax offers fun genre DVDs too, including 80s movies, 80s pop, alternative anthems, another top 20 hits, at the movies, back to school, boogie nights, classic R&B, country classics, dancing in the streets, disco classics, girls night and kids, to name a few.
Of course not every genre is easy to find on DVD, although it can be done. For instance, fans of Hip Hop/R&B can check out R&B Classics by Startrax, which includes cover artists doing “In Da Club” (50-cent), “Hot In Here” (Nelly), “S.O.S” (Rihanna) and “Shut Up” (Black-Eyed Peas). Punk rockers will love the newly released Punk Rock Karaoke DVD that features stars from the bands NOFX, Bad Religion, Social Distortion and The Adolescents, as well as performances/sing-a-longs for “Gimme Gimme Gimme” (Black Flag), “California Über Allies” (Dead Kennedys), “Minor Threat” (Minor Threat) and “What Do I Get” (The Buzzcocks), to name a few.