Pros / It has excellent sound quality and projection for its small size.
Cons / It doesn’t have a built-in monitor to display lyrics.
Verdict / The Singing Machine Vibe is a solid and affordable performer with outstanding connectivity options and features.
The Singing Machine Vibe is a great karaoke machine for entry-level singers and enthusiasts alike, with its compact design and stellar performance. Though it has a small, modest build, we were surprised at how well sound projected from it during our testing and how easy it is to use. It was easy to set up and provides plenty of connectivity options, which, in addition to its performance power, makes it a great deal, especially considering its low price.
The Vibe is mostly ready to use right out of the box, though you’ll need to connect it to a TV or an external device like a tablet or smartphone. It also has plenty of song source options to choose from. You can download a song onto an SD card or the included USB drive or connect a tablet or smartphone to it via line-in or Bluetooth, which is the best option as you can choose from the latest popular songs. It doesn’t provide a CD option, however, nor is there a built-in library of songs. If you do want a machine that can play CDs, the VocoPro Karaoke Rock-On Roller is a great option. The companion mobile app stocked with songs is available, but it does require a paid subscription and is only available for Apple users.
Two corded mics are included, and you can adjust their volume and echo levels before, during or after each performance. The Vibe’s wood cabinet contributes to its excellent sound levels. In our tests, the Vibe was easily able to fill a theater with its sound capacity. Where other machines were barely audible over the singer when its volume was turned all the way up, the Vibe did a great job amplifying the singer while ensuring the instrumental part of the song was audible.
The only downside to the Vibe that we could see is it doesn’t have a built-in monitor, which prevents it from being a truly portable all-in-one karaoke system. Instead, you need to connect external screens, and it has a slot on top where you can rest a phone or tablet. It ships with a limited 90-day warranty.