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Old 06-08-2011, 04:51 PM   #1
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Default home karaoke set up

I want to set up some sort of karaoke system for the wife and I'd like to have something nice. We don't have/want a console gaming system to run it.

I've seen some cheapy machines online... also, I saw someone on craigslist selling a harddrive full of CD+G music (i'm sure it's not legit) and i'm a bit confused on how that works.

From what I understand, you can output the karaoke software from your laptop/htpc to the TV. Do you just hook up the microphone to your home entertainment receiver?

Any suggestions on how to go about this? she's a great singer so I'd like to have something nice for her.
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Old 06-08-2011, 05:35 PM   #2
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You have several choices.

1. All in one machines. Single unit that has a small screen, CD or DVD player, mic inputs and speaker. Plays CD+G and DVD karaoke discs.

2. Set top DVD player with karaoke. Basically a dvd player that has mic inputs. Plays CD+G discs and DVD karaoke discs. Can be easily connected to your HT system.

3. MagicMic. All in one wireless unit where songs are stored on a chip that plugs into the mic. Buy new chips with new songs.

4. There are numerous karaoke software for the pc but a free one I use is Winamp with MP3+G plugin. You can use the mic input on the PC but it's hard to control volume and echo so I recommend a karaoke mixer between the PC and receiver. My mixer comes with wireless mics.
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i have singstar on the ps3, but i want a home one also
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jt, do you have ballpark $ estimates for the different options?
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Old 06-09-2011, 10:40 AM   #6
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You have several choices.

1. All in one machines. Single unit that has a small screen, CD or DVD player, mic inputs and speaker. Plays CD+G and DVD karaoke discs.

2. Set top DVD player with karaoke. Basically a dvd player that has mic inputs. Plays CD+G discs and DVD karaoke discs. Can be easily connected to your HT system.

3. MagicMic. All in one wireless unit where songs are stored on a chip that plugs into the mic. Buy new chips with new songs.

4. There are numerous karaoke software for the pc but a free one I use is Winamp with MP3+G plugin. You can use the mic input on the PC but it's hard to control volume and echo so I recommend a karaoke mixer between the PC and receiver. My mixer comes with wireless mics.

let's say option 4 - are you talking about a mixer like this http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...=SPM3174746102 ?

So you run video from the PC to the TV, then audio to the mixer to the home entertainment system?

EDIT: what mixers would you recommend? I don't need something high end, but I'd like it to be decent.

EDIT2: that Hisonic had 2 poor reviews on amazon.
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jt, do you have ballpark $ estimates for the different options?
If you're not looking for anything professional then the hardware isn't that much. About $60-80 will get you a good mixer. It's buying all the discs that's expensive.


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let's say option 4 - are you talking about a mixer like this http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...=SPM3174746102 ?

So you run video from the PC to the TV, then audio to the mixer to the home entertainment system?

EDIT: what mixers would you recommend? I don't need something high end, but I'd like it to be decent.

EDIT2: that Hisonic had 2 poor reviews on amazon.
Yep, that's pretty much it. I think I picked one of those Hisonic awhile back and it died shortly after. And I didn't even use it that much. I'd go wireless cause its much more convenient. I think mine is a philips. Not too sure what model since I just got it as a gift. It's been great so far. Antennas are a bit fragile but SQ is good and no dropout of the mics.
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Old 06-09-2011, 01:23 PM   #8
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Thanks! I think this is all coming together.

Previously, I built a touchscreen jukebox and it's hooked up to my receiver. it's laptop based inside an old wooden school school desk.

Currently, it has ports for RCA out and 1 USB in. I'll need to add some sort of video out to the TV and re-route the RCA cables to the mixer, then to the receiver.

So, it looks like i just need to pick up a mixer, load the software (i'll try WinAmp + the plug in first) and find some music.

thanks a ton for your input.

EDIT: I just realized i already have video out from my laptop to my touchscreen.. so i need to buy some sort of splitter to output to the TV as well.
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doing more research, I do see set top boxes that play CD+G with USB ports... but I would really like to find one that will play MP3+G from the USB port (ideally from a large HDD).

nothing so far.. will continue to look as this would be the easiest technology for the wife to handle.
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OK.. i decided on buying this mixer - http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-Mini...QK2RQNXB64FHEA

and a couple of mics.

I'll be able to capitalize on the touchscreen jukebox (powered by my old laptop) I already have connected to my home theater system. I bought a VGA Y-splitter (one to my touchscreen and the other to my LCD TV).

My next question is how do you keep your mp3+g files organized? I plan to use Winamp with the karaoke plugin.. but how do you store the files and do they appear in Winamp with the actual ID3 tags?
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Old 10-13-2011, 10:50 PM   #11
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Here's the setup if you are serious and want to please the Wife..

1) BMB DX-3000 Mixer (it has a remote, and controls to prevent people from turning the volumes to the max and blowing your stuff up)..
1) Carvin UX-16 Wireless Microphone (because corded sucks, people step on the and trip especially during parties).
1) Pair of RCF ART-312a Powered PA Speakers <- Proper Speakers are important.. Don't try doing Karaoke with your Home Theater speakers, you'll blow them up.
1) Pair of XLR Cables
1) CAVS IPS-11G
1) 64GB USB KEY (Transcend 64GB JetFlash USB 2.0 FLash Drive TS64GJ500)

You can stuff around 25,000 songs (MP3+G) in that USB KEY. The CAVS is great, it has a MENU setup called INXMENU which gives the singer a straightforward UI to select songs (plug in 4-digit code from the Songbook). Can search via Song Title, or Singer too. It does play MP3+MCG files though (easy to convert CD+G's, or MP3+G's to MCG+MP3) to said format with the MCGManager program. MCG's are just compressed .CDG files making it take up a lot less space.

If the songs your wifey wants to sing is primarily in english, then I suggest sticking to MP3+G (or CD+G) Karaoke. Much better Quality (has background singers and such) than that MIDI sounding Magic Mic BS. If your significant other is Filipina though, might not have a lot of options - lol. Not very many Filipino songs in CDG, or MP3+G format.

If your wife really loves singing and you want to get laid 3x a week, get her this setup - lol. As for songs, you buy MP3+G Karaoke Songs from the following

KaraokeDownloads.ca

Stick to "ZOOM", "CHARTBUSTER", "SUNFLY" brand.. Sound Choice has the best sound quality out of all the Karaoke Brands - they don't release CD+G's anymore but you can buy their rebranded MP3+G tracks from

www.thekaraokechannel.com


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Old 10-13-2011, 11:18 PM   #12
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I'm surprised no one has asked. Are you korean?
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