Unlike most home karaoke machines, the Memorex Singstand 2 MKS-SS2 doesn't include a CD+G player. Instead, it plays MP3 tracks from virtually any MP3 player, smartphone or tablet. It's a fairly bare-bones machine with small speakers and no built-in display screen. However, owners find it very easy to set up and use and also very sturdy, two features that make it great for kids.
Covers the basics. The Memorex Singstand 2 is an all-in one unit with a microphone, a stand, two small speakers in the base, and a cradle for your phone or tablet (which must also serve as a display screen, since there's none built in). A universal line-in lets it connect to virtually any device, and there's a separate input for a guitar or keyboard so you can play along with the music as well. The machine also has a few basic vocal effects, like echo and auto voice control (AVC). There's a jack to plug in a second microphone, but only one is included.
Ideal for kids. Most owners who review the Singstand 2 at Amazon.com and ToysRUs.com say that kids (from toddlers to teens) absolutely love it. One feature that makes it great for kids is that it's so easy to set up and use; one owner at Amazon.com says, "We put it together in minutes (without instructions)." However, some reviewers think this karaoke player isn't ideal for adults because the built-in speakers and microphone produce such poor sound -- inaudible at low volumes and distorted at high ones. There is an audio output that should make it possible to connect to an external sound system, but Memorex doesn't explain how.
Problems are few and far between. Both professionals and users describe the Singstand 2 as ruggedly built. We found only a few scattered complaints about durability in user reviews, and there's no particular problem that pops up repeatedly. Memorex backs the Singstand 2 with a 90-day warranty, which appears to be pretty standard for a home karaoke machine. However, one user at Amazon.com warns that the warranty does not cover shipping costs for replacement parts. Also, a couple of users who had problems complain that repeated emails to Memorex's customer support went unanswered.
KaraokeMachineCritics.com names the Memorex Singstand 2 MKS-SS2 its number-one karaoke player for home use, with a perfect 5-star rating. The reviewer says that although the speakers are a bit underpowered and there's only one mike included, the machine is versatile, solidly built and "loads of fun."
Review: Memorex MKS-SS2, Editors of KaraokeMachineCritics.com, Not Dated
The Memorex Singstand 2 MKS-SS2 is the top-rated karaoke machine at Amazon.com, with an overall score of 4.5 stars from over 300 users. Owners say this machine is great for kids, assembles easily and works with a variety of devices. Some find the speakers a bit weak, though.
Review: Memorex MKS-SS2 SingStand 2 Home Karaoke System, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2014
More than 25 users at ToysRUs.com give the Memorex Singstand 2 MKS-SS2 an overall rating of 4.4 stars out of 5. Owners say it's easy to use, easy to set up and well built, and they have no significant complaints about it. More than 95 percent say they would recommend it.
Review: Memorex SingStand 2, Contributors to ToysRUs.com, As of March 2014
Editors at KaraokeMachineReviews.org award the Memorex Singstand 2 MKS-SS2 4 stars out of a possible 5. They say the system is reliable, sturdy and easy to put together, and they describe the 90-day warranty as "super" (though it's actually pretty standard).
Review: Memorex MKS-SS2 Review, Editors of KaraokeMachineReviews.org, June 8, 2013