How to buy a good karaoke microphone

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How to buy a good karaoke microphone
Compare features when shopping for a karaoke microphone. (microphone image by Richard J Thompson from Fotolia.com)

Buying a good karaoke microphone involves comparing features and identifying the best type for your needs. You must also keep your karaoke system in mind and purchase a microphone that is compatible with your components.

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Wired or Wireless

The choice of a wired or wireless microphone depends on your intended use. While wireless microphones may be convenient, they are usually more expensive than wired mics and involve the regular additional expense of batteries.

Microphone Type

Karaoke microphones use either dynamic or condenser elements to reproduce sound. Both mics are known for their durability and sound quality, but condenser mics require batteries or 48-volt "phantom" power from a mixer.

Connector Type

Microphones have either a 3-pin XLR or 1/4 inch connector at the mixer end. Evaluate your need for an XLR or 1/4 inch connector by looking at your mixer input.

Cable Type

Better-quality mics are equipped with detachable cables. The advantage of a detachable cable is that it is easily replaced on-the-spot when the inevitable cable malfunction occurs.

Body Construction

Choose a microphone with a metal body and grill. Plastic mics are naturally more lightweight, but are more prone to breakage if an accidental impact occurs.

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