If you're looking for an extended karaoke experience, the pedestal-mounted Singing Machine STVG-1009 might be a good investment. It plays karaoke CD+Gs and CDs, has audio video input/output jacks (for connecting to a TV or stereo), and features a built-in video camera that allows you to watch your singing performance on the machine's display or a television. This model also has a built-in AM/FM radio so users can sing along with whatever's playing on the tuned-in station.
A whopping 85 percent of customers who purchased this karaoke machine at Walmart.com would recommend the system to a friend. Owners enjoy its ease of setup and usability, and especially like being able to connect the system to their TVs. Negative comments focus on broken CD players, which many users acknowledge may have happened during shipping.
The Singing Machine STVG-1009 receives excellent user feedback for sound quality and usability. The video monitor, pedestal and freestanding tower speakers give owners a comprehensive karaoke experience. As one Amazon.com customer says, the STVG-1009 is "overall, a fun product for house parties."
The similar Singing Machine iSM-1028 (*Est. $230), which adds an iPod/iPhone dock to the face of the unit, receives fewer owner reviews at both Amazon.com and Walmart.com.
If you plan to travel with your karaoke machine quite a bit, consider an all-in-one portable model like the Memorex MKS-SS1 SingStand Home Karaoke System (*Est. $75). It won't match the sound quality of the Singing Machine STVG-1009, but it'll be less of a hassle to get in the trunk to take to your next family get-together.
Eighty-five percent of the 40-plus customers who review the Singing Machine STVG-1009 here would recommend it to a friend. Users appreciate this unit's easy setup and ability to connect to a TV. Negative comments focus on defective or broken CD players, which some owners believe happened during shipping.
Review: Singing Machine STVG-1009 Pedestal CD+G Karaoke System, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of Nov. 2011
Averaging a 3-star rating out of 5 from about 10 user reviews, Amazon customers say that with the Singing Machine STVG-1009 "you can get hopping and it doesn't skip a beat." They appreciate the detachable speakers and video camera, but say the latter doesn't work well in low-light situations. A few owners received defective units and ultimately had negative experiences trying to buy a working karaoke machine.
Review: The Singing Machine STVG-1009 Pedestal CD+G Karaoke System with Tower Speakers, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Nov. 2011