How to hook a karaoke machine to a sound system

Updated February 21, 2017

Karaoke machines provide hours of entertainment, cueing brave singers to belt out their favourite tunes in front of friends and family. Unfortunately, many karaoke machines are equipped with small speakers that are low-powered, making for a less than enjoyable karaoke experience. Boost your karaoke machine by connecting it to your sound system and let the good times roll.

Locate the "Audio Out" connections on the back of your karaoke machine. "Audio Out" terminals include one red and one white terminal.

Plug your audio RCA cable into the "Audio Out" terminals on the back of your karaoke machine. Your audio RCA cable should have a red and white cable that match the red and white terminals on the back of your machine.

Plug the other end of your RCA cable into one of the audio in terminals on the back of your sound system's receiver by connecting each cable to its colour-coded terminal. Most sound systems have several audio in terminals. Any of the terminals will work as long as they have a white and red connection.

Pay attention to the label above the terminal so that you can select that input when you want to listen to your karaoke machine. Common terminal labels include "DVD," "CD," "Tape" and "AUX." Again, you can use any of these terminals for your karaoke machine.


If your karaoke machine has a "Video Out," you can hook up your karaoke machine to a big screen TV to display the song's lyrics.


Never cross your cables. Always plug the red cable into the red terminal and the white cable into the white terminal. Crossing cables can short your electrical equipment and damage it.

Things You'll Need

  • Audio RCA cable
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Patrick Hutchison has been doing freelance work since 2008. He has worked as a physical therapy aide and as a writer for various websites including Destination Guides and several travel-related companies. Hutchison has a Bachelor of Arts in history and anthropology from the University of Washington.