The Singing Machine SML-383 offers portability and some fun extras at a low price. It has a vertical-loading CD+G player, and comes equipped with two microphone jacks, balance and echo controls, and auto voice control. The unit also has built-in speakers and disco lights to help you quickly establish a party atmosphere. A video output lets you display song lyrics on your television; there's no built-in screen. This karaoke machine weighs 11.3 pounds and has a carry handle built into the top, making it completely portable for on-the-go karaoke needs.
At this low price, the Singing Machine SML-383 is a good starter unit for first-time buyers. Owners say that despite the price, it's easy to set up and delivers solid performance. Customers who purchased the SML-383 at ToysRUs.com offer mixed reviews. While many say their kids love it, others criticize the sound quality and poor sampler CD+G song choices. Amazon.com posters say the machine works well, offering hours of fun for the family. Some owners complain that sound quality isn't all they had hoped for, but a more positive review calls these claims "far too picky for a $50 karaoke machine." A fair percentage of users also report receiving lemons, so be sure to test your machine before your party.
If you want a machine that's similarly portable and connects to an iPod or MP3 player, the Memorex MKS-SS1 SingStand Home Karaoke System (*Est. $75) is worth a look and is still well under $100.
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More than 90 customers give the Singing Machine SML-383 an overall rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Users say the echo controls add a lot to the experience and the machine is "worth the money." One reviewer calls the included songs "cheesy," and some users say the unit had minor problems or quit working altogether shortly after arriving.
Review: Singing Machine SML-383 Portable CD+G Player Karaoke Machine, Black, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Nov. 2011
Less than a dozen ToysRUs.com customers review the Singing Machine SML-383 and give it mixed reviews. While some owners say their kids love the machine, others grumble about its poor sound quality and lame song choices. Overall, the unit is rated 3 stars out of 5.
Review: Portable SML-383 CD+G Karaoke Player - Black, Contributors to ToysRUs.com, As of Nov. 2011