As karaoke machines go, the Electrohome EAKAR535 has a stylish and portable design that makes it easy for kids and adults alike to use. Its small and sleek build lets it easily blend in with other electronics and makes it easy to transport if you want to take your karaoke party on the road. It ships with only one microphone but has ports for two if you want to buy an additional one for duets.
This machine was decently easy to set up, with a plug and play design. However, it really struggled at sourcing songs. The bulk of the design on the front is dedicated to its CD option. It comes with a demo CD with five tracks; if you want to continue using CDs, you’ll have to buy more or burn your own. You can download songs to a jump drive and plug it into the USB 2.0 port at the front of the machine, or you can connect your smartphone or tablet via line-in and source your songs from YouTube. The machine shows its age slightly by focusing so much on CDs and not having a Bluetooth connectivity option.
You can read song lyrics on the machine’s built-in 3.5-inch LCD screen, but the display’s small size isn’t ideal. If your TV is old enough to still have RCA connectors, you can connect the EAKAR535 to it and read the lyrics on there. But, again, as a statement to this machine’s age, there is no HDMI option for connecting to new TVs. If you want a machine with similar portability but more modern connections, consider the Singing Machine Vibe.
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In our tests, we were underwhelmed by the Electrohome EAKAR535’s sound projection ability. The machine’s small speaker struggled to fill the medium-sized theater where we tested karaoke machines and definitely isn’t recommended for large venues. However, it’s ideal for small rooms. Sound quality was weak and didn’t feel like it could keep up with loud singers or boisterous parties.