How to Hook up a Karaoke Machine

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You can hook up your karaoke machine to either your television or your VCR. You can get the best sound from your karaoke machine by adding extra speakers or a karaoke mixer to your basic karaoke machine. Most add ons can be hooked up easily with speaker wire or red, yellow and white cable connectors.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Karaoke machine
  • TV
  • Patch cords
  • VCR
  • Video cord
  • Speakers
  • TV or stereo
  • Speaker wires

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Instructions

    Hook Up a Karaoke Machine to Your TV

  1. 1

    Locate the colored patch cords that came with your karaoke machine. Place the yellow (video) cord into the video-out port on the karaoke machine and the other end into the video-in port on the back of your TV set.

  2. 2

    Connect the audio-out cord to route the sound through your TV speakers. Take the white cord and plug it into the left audio-out port on your TV. Then plug the other end of the code into the white auxiliary left port on the karaoke machine.

  3. 3

    Finish hooking the audio up to your TV by connecting the red cord to your karaoke machine. Place one end of the red audio cord into your television's audio-out right port. Plug the other end into your karaoke machine's right auxiliary port.

    Connect Your Karaoke Machine to a VCR

  1. 1

    Hook your karaoke machine up to your VCR to record your vocal performances. First, be sure that your VCR is correctly connected to your TV. This will ensure that the karaoke lyrics appear on the TV screen.

  2. 2

    Use the yellow video cord to connect the VCR and your karaoke machine. Place the cord into the video-out port on the VCR and plug the other end into the video-in port on your VCR.

  3. 3

    Hook up the audio connections to your TV as explained in the section above.

    Hook Up Additional Speakers to Your Karaoke Machine

  1. 1

    Buy some professional karaoke speakers to get the most vocal clarity for your karaoke performances. Look for speakers that have feedback reducers or eliminators to ensure the cleanest sound.

  2. 2

    Connect the speakers to your TV or stereo with the wire that comes with the speakers. Just place the two-pronged wire into the output ports for extra speakers on your TV, VCR or stereo. Connect the other ends into the new speakers.

Tips and warnings

  • Always plug your karaoke machine into a surge protector strip. Electrical surges can damage your karaoke machine.
  • Buy extra speaker wire when you buy external speakers. You will be better able to move speakers around and hide the wiring if you have plenty of speaker wire on hand.

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