The Electrohome EAKAR300 is a good, basic karaoke machine for home use. It can play both CD+Gs and MP3s from an attached player, and it offers a variety of features, including Automatic Voice Control (AVC). Users say the speaker is powerful but that the single microphone is cheap and interference-prone. This machine doesn't include a built-in display screen, but it's easy to hook it up to a TV set to see scrolling lyrics.
Plenty of options. One feature reviewers really like about the Electrohome EAKAR300 is the AVC singing coach, which automatically fills in the words from a prerecorded vocal if you stop singing. The machine also includes an echo-control feature, which adds resonance to your voice. The machine has two microphone jacks so you can sing duets, but only a single microphone is included -- which is just as well, since many users recommend upgrading the mike for better sound quality. What owners like best is the auxiliary input, which makes it easy to plug in an MP3 player and sing along to any song in your collection.
Simple setup. Most owners describe the Electrohome EAKAR300 as very easy to set up and use. One Amazon.com reviewer says it took only three minutes to connect the cables for audio and video input and output. The only complaint we saw is that the connecting wires aren't very long, so you'll need to keep the karaoke player close to your TV set. As for sound quality, reviewers say the EAKAR300's small built-in speaker delivers plenty of power -- almost too much, if your neighbors are easily annoyed. However, some users say the microphone is underpowered and picks up interference from nearby radio signals.
Occasional problems. The reviewer at KaraokeMachineCritics.com gives the EAKAR300 4 points out of 5 for durability, saying that while "my personal experience was pleasant," a few owner reviews complain about lemons. We did indeed see several reviews at Amazon.com that say the machine either arrived broken or broke soon after purchase. One common problem is that the sound cuts out unexpectedly. However, the machine is backed by a one-year warranty, so if you get a lemon, the manufacturer will either repair it, replace it or refund your money. (Unfortunately, the choice of remedy is Electrohome's, not yours.)
The unnamed reviewer at KaraokeMachineCritics.com awards the Electrohome EAKAR300 an overall perfect 5 stars out of 5. The reviewer says this compact player has "loads of volume and quality." An AVC coaching system that fills in with pre-recorded vocals when a singer falters comes in for particular praise.
Review: Electrohome EAKAR300 Review, Editors of KaraokeMachineCritics.com, Not Dated
We found more than 250 reviews for the Electrohome EAKAR300 at Amazon.com. Owners give it 4.3 stars out of 5 overall, saying it's easy to set up and delivers powerful sound. They also like the auxiliary port for an MP3 player. However, some say the microphones are of poor quality.
Review: Electrohome EAKAR300 Karaoke CD+G Player Speaker System, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2014
Editors at KaraokeMachineReviews.org give the Electrohome EAKAR300 a perfect 5-star rating. They're particularly impressed with the auto voice-control coaching system, but they seem to have some misconceptions about what this function actually does, which makes us wonder whether they really tested it personally.
Review: Electrohome EAKAR300 Review, Editors of KaraokeMachineReviews.org, Sept. 25, 2012