So now you have had your karaoke machine for a while, had some parties and some fun, and you have suddenly realized something? The microphone that came with your unit isn’t that good, and you could really do with something a little better.
You can get away with what they sent as part of their unit, but you just know there are some people that wish the sound was a little better. It’s not the karaoke manufacturers fault necessarily. They provided you with a microphone they knew wasn’t the best, but they are not mic specialists.
But now it’s time to upgrade a little or maybe a lot? Let’s see what the mic manufacturers provide to help the karaoke fun.
The best karaoke microphones are all wireless.
So, let’s have a look at the best karaoke microphones, and see if we can find the perfect one for you…
- Top 10 Best Karaoke Microphones
- 1 GTD Audio G-380H VHF Wireless Microphone System
- 2 Shure SLX2/SM58 Handheld Transmitter with SM58 Microphone
- 3 Sennheiser EW 135 G3-A-US handheld cardioid EW system
- 4 Sony ECMAW4 Wireless Microphone
- 5 BEHRINGER PA System
- 6 Wireless Microphone, Fifine Handheld Dynamic Microphone Wireless Mic System for Karaoke
- 7 PYLE PRO PDWM2100 Professional
- 8 Samson Concert 99 Handheld Wireless System
- 9 Movo WMIC70 Wireless 48-Channel UHF Lavalier Microphone System
- 10 Sennheiser EW 500-945 G3 – Wireless Vocal System with Dynamic Supercardioid Handheld Mic
- Time to upgrade the Karaoke microphones – Best Karaoke Microphones Buyer’s Guide
- So, what’s the Best Karaoke Microphones?
Top 10 Best Karaoke Microphones
1 GTD Audio G-380H VHF Wireless Microphone System
GTD is an audio equipment manufacturer that has been producing products for the audio industry for nearly thirty years. The HQ is in the US, but they have their own manufacturing plant in China. The products are distributed and sold worldwide.
The G-380 is a four-channel VHF wireless microphone system that is made to a high quality. It’s a handheld system that makes it ideal for karaoke and other activities where to hold the mic is important. It uses Surface Mounted Technology (SMT), and care is taken to ensure the finest components available are used.
Featuring four microphones, which are operated from a four-channel receiver. Each channel has its own volume control. The operating range is approx 300 feet or 100 meters. And it has one ¼” mixed output and four individual XLR outputs. The controls are simple to operate and have a volume control for each mic/channel and an LED readout of levels for each channel.
The handsets are powered by AA batteries, and it is worth noting that the handsets do not recharge while in use but the handsets do take rechargeable batteries which must be recharged separately. The battery life expectancy is about nine hours.
Built to last…
These best Karaoke microphones are not heavy, but they are well-built and quite sturdy. They don’t come with pop filters so that might be worth considering, but they are very cheap to buy. Another potential issue is that when removing the batteries after use, the clip to release the is plastic so care will be needed not to break it as you will be using it often.
It is a decent system that does its job quite well. The microphones themselves are quite strong and the receiver well made with simple controls. The price is set very realistically, which makes it a very attractive package.
- Four microphones.
- Four independent channels with individual controls.
- Microphones are well made and quite strong.
- Some plastic fittings need care.
2 Shure SLX2/SM58 Handheld Transmitter with SM58 Microphone
The Shure SM58. The standard when it comes to performance vocals by rock bands and singers alike. It’s actually used by more professionals than any other microphone of it’s kind in the world. A classic microphone.
Shure provides in both their SLX2 transmitter system and the SM58, proven quality that is still producing great results today. The SLX offers easy setup features and an auto frequency scan with transmitter setup and delivers exceptional wireless clarity.
Rugged, tried, and tested…
The SLX system supports up to twenty compatible systems across multiple wavebands and will easily integrate. It is a rugged, tried, and tested system that is renowned for its efficiency and reliability. When coupled with the SM58 microphone, it is hard to think of a better system for the cost.
The SM58 is a cardioid pattern mic that will isolate the main sound source and reduce background noise. The cardioid mic is a unidirectional dynamic mic. It has a shock mount system that reduces handling noise and a built-in spherical wind and pop filter.
Built-in to the microphone is a mute button and select option. The mic has a steel mesh grille and is made to exacting standards. It uses two AA batteries. Battery life is about 8 hours, and it will take rechargeable batteries.
Of course, all of this is built to Shure’s policy of manufacturing sturdy and rugged equipment that is designed to be used on the road. It is admirably suitable for karaoke, and with the quality of the SM58, you might find a star in your midst.
This is an excellent system that is priced quite reasonably.
- Shure quality
- Lightweight but a tough build.
- If it’s good enough for Bono, it’s good enough for you!
- Only works with the SLX system.
3 Sennheiser EW 135 G3-A-US handheld cardioid EW system
Sennheiser is one of those companies that you know are going to manufacture quality items. Highly regarded in the world of the microphone this German company excels in all things to do with audio and are well-known in recording studios around the world.
The EW 135 G3 is a wireless system for vocal pick-up. The included handheld microphone/transmitter, the SKM 100-835 is a dynamic cardioid pattern microphone that picks up the user whilst at the same time eliminating most of the unwanted background sounds and in the process avoids feedback.
Quality, accurate vocal reproduction…
It comes with a rackmount receiver which has access to over 1500 UHF frequencies across a 42MhZ bandwidth. This will provide an interference-free reception. Whatever the environment in which it operates this unit will provide quality, accurate vocal reproduction.
It is versatile and will suffice for every operation, style of music, and venue. The handheld microphone has the added advantage of being able to charge the optional rechargeable pack while it is in use.
Easy to read in all conditions…
A single touch will link up the transmitter with the receiver through the automatic scanning feature and to show operational status the receiver has lit display, so it is easy to read in all conditions. And it has a frequency bank system with up to 12 compatible frequencies.
The receiver is made from a metal housing, and the microphone construction is likewise metal-based and is therefore sturdy and secure.
The system includes a rackmount receiver and handheld microphone/transmitter: two antennas and 2 AA batteries, microphone clip and of course operating instructions.
It is a great piece of kit and produces amazing results with quality audio reproduction. Excellent for karaoke and one of the best microphone setups for karaoke out there. In fact, it would not be an exaggeration to say that this is the mic for serious karaoke fans.
It is not cheap, but quality like this rarely is.
- Sennheiser quality in audio reproduction.
- Well made and sturdy.
- Some are going to think of it as very expensive.
4 Sony ECMAW4 Wireless Microphone
You don’t really need to say too much more than Sony when you are discussing electrical items. This microphone comes with all the technical and design know-how Sony can offer. It has a nice modern design and is sleek and not bulky and compact and lightweight.
This can also be a Lavalier (hands-free) mic if you wish, giving you the freedom to move around and really rock the joint. Wireless it is, so there are no cables to fall over or pull out of sockets and it has a rather impressive range of over 120 feet.
Connect it up…
The mic and the receiver take AAA batteries, and the receiver can actually be connected to an iPhone.
As there are two mics in the system in a Karaoke environment, they can be used to duet, but there are other situations where this feature may be useful. Film making, for example, where two can communicate easily.
What’s in the box?
It is supplied with recording cables, wind and pop screen and filter, carrying pouch and armband to wear it easily.
One of the greatest testimonials for this mic set up is that it is used a lot by filmmakers both for communication and actual recording. Filmmakers do not use poor quality equipment; they can’t afford to, so when you transfer its use to karaoke, be prepared for some great results that may just surprise you.
Relatively inexpensive and it is very good value for money.
- Good design and well made.
- Range of over 120 feet.
- Battery life is quite short
5 BEHRINGER PA System
Always good to see our old friends, Behringer, producing something to offer the audio market. They have a great reputation in the music industry for manufacturing quality effects for live and studio work. And do so at a very competitive price. Being a German company, the quality of manufacture and the components used are of the highest available.
This offering is a package of two handheld best Karaoke microphones designed for vocal applications and have a high-quality microphone capsule to ensure a great sound is produced. They are supplied with a USB receiver with a dual analog/digital mode.
Put on quite a show…
They are good news for karaoke lovers as the sound is great and they have a range of about 100 meters from the source. That will allow your performers quite a bit of room to put on quite a show if they choose to, as they are free to roam around.
A further asset to this system is that the receiver will automatically pair the receiver with the transmitter. So there will be no problems or delays in frequency matching. Just plug in and away you go. The digital 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity will provide superior sound quality.
Look good and feel good…
Power is supplied by two AA batteries. You can expect to get about eight hours of battery life. The unit will take rechargeable batteries, which we recommend.
We are always impressed with Behringer equipment. Firstly because of its quality, and secondly because it is always well priced, they look good and feel good and substantial in the hand without being too heavy.
- Behringer quality.
- Good audio reproduction.
- Plug and play.
- The microphone will power off if the signal is lost.
6 Wireless Microphone, Fifine Handheld Dynamic Microphone Wireless Mic System for Karaoke
Wireless best Karaoke microphones have a great advantage when they are being used for karaoke. Using them, you have the freedom to move around freely without worrying about cabling or disconnecting yourself.
Of course, when you have a system like the Fifine, it will provide options for use other than at karaoke. Live performances on stage, weddings, and other professional engagements like conferences all fall into the category of possible uses.
A clear, strong signal…
From the Karaoke perspective though it has a UHF wireless capability. This will provide a clear signal that is quite strong with good quality. UHF will reduce the possibility of interference and dropouts.
The range is not great at about eighty feet from source. So that probably needs to be borne in mind if one of your performers gets a bit carried away, disappears out of the door and everything suddenly goes very quiet. Eighty feet is still a reasonable distance, though, so it isn’t really that much of a negative.
It is an easy system to use with twenty selectable frequencies, so it’s just plug in, select and play.
Eliminate any unwanted sounds…
The microphones are well made, but whilst they feel substantial in the hand, they are not heavy. They are Dynamic Cardioid polar pattern microphones, which mean they pick up what is sung or spoken right into them and eliminate any unwanted surrounding sounds.
They have feedback rejection ensuring a maximum practical gain in volume. On the microphone, there is an off/on switch and a low battery warning light.
What you have with the microphone is a decent extension to your karaoke system. It is not the best microphone you will ever find, but at the price, it is a very good buy if you would prefer to spend a little less.
- Good price.
- Options for use are varied.
- Not the best quality, when compared to many mics we have featured.
7 PYLE PRO PDWM2100 Professional
Pyle, yes those people who build rather noisy karaoke systems, have come up with a dual wireless microphone system and receiver. Two microphones, of course, brings so many more options in karaoke. And it is actually is an asset for people that are a bit nervous who can then join in with someone else to get the feel of it. Both are high-quality microphones.
They have a range of approximately 50-150 meters. There is a very useful LED indicator light on the receiver called AR/RF, which will let you know if you are getting too far away from the receiver.
A lot of feedback…
A further thing to bear in mind when your performers move around with the freedom that a wireless microphone gives them is to always stay in the line of sight between the microphone (the transmitter) and the receiver. If you don’t do this, then there is likely to be a lot of feedback.
With a system like this is a good idea to place it up high so that this line of sight is easy to maintain.
The receiver has two telescoping adjustable antennae and independent controls for each microphone channel. The microphones are battery operated.
No Roger Daltrey impersonations please…
These best Karaoke microphones are dynamic, moving coil, and unidirectional. They are well made with a metal base and a steel mesh ball grille. They are therefore able to take a little punishment though that shouldn’t be a reason for Roger Daltrey impersonations.
The price is amazingly low for such a product. You won’t get the same audio reproduction as the very expensive options. But for the money, this represents great value. If you were considering upgrading your karaoke equipment microphones, you wanted two microphones but didn’t want to spend a lot of money then this system is worth considering.
- Two microphones included.
- Tough and well-built.
- Excellent price point.
- Line of sight needed between the microphone and receiver.
- Range a little bit short.
8 Samson Concert 99 Handheld Wireless System
Samson is a well-known manufacturer of quality audio. Based in the US, they have only been in existence since the early ’80s but have already forged a reputation for producing great products.
With the Concert 99 handheld system, they have created a rack-mountable system that is rugged and built to withstand a few knocks in its metal casing.
The handheld microphone/transmitter has a variable gain control and a one-touch mute option. The mic is a dynamic Q8 capsule that gives good quality and a high level of reproduction to the vocals. It is made from metal and given a steel mesh grille.
Setup is easy through the Group scan and IR synchronizing functions, and it has an impressive operating range of about 100 meters. You should receive about eight hours of battery life from two AA batteries.
It employs the UHF frequency band which will cut down on interference from other devices and has 80 channels across a 24MhZ bandwidth from which to choose.
The receiver is nicely laid out and easy to read and understand. There are volume control and two antennae and an LED display giving information on channels and frequencies in use.
Flexibility and stability…
It is an efficient system that provides flexibility combined with stability. The UHF bands and onboard systems mean there are very few dropouts, and little degrading of the voice is very low. With a good range that doesn’t depend on line of sight, this represents a good option.
Possibly a bit on the expensive side but it operates very well.
- Well made and robust.
- High-performance level and continuity.
- Some might think it expensive.
9 Movo WMIC70 Wireless 48-Channel UHF Lavalier Microphone System
Movo creates systems to deliver quality audio at competitive prices. They work in all fields of audio sound capture but are primarily involved with film. But occasionally their products can spill into other areas, which is the case with this system.
This Lavalier microphone system has 48 selectable UHF channels from 584MHz to 608MHz and a range of about 300 feet in line of sight or about 200 if there are obstacles in the way.
The two AA batteries give up to 8 hours of continuous use. And the microphone is a polar pattern omnidirectional that is compact and has a locking 3.5mm miniplug that will lock.
A little confusing…
It seems that while Movo has attempted to put some effort into creating a good audio capture unit, they may not have been so precise with the way the product is presented. It is quite difficult to tell from the two units, which is the receiver and which is the transmitter, which is rather an important point.
Each of the units has an antenna, and there are a couple of differing markings, one has a line in and a mute, but that is all.
Will do the job…
The sound reproduction is ok, but you sometimes get a burst of static that interferes but generally speaking they work fine. They are not the highest quality either in build or in sound reproduction. But at the price, you wouldn’t expect them to be. A budget range that will do the job.
- Versatile units.
- Competitive price
- Not the best you will find.
10 Sennheiser EW 500-945 G3 – Wireless Vocal System with Dynamic Supercardioid Handheld Mic
Well, there is an expression if you want the best, then you have to pay for it. Just say, hello.
Sennheiser makes some of the best recording studio kit around, and they use that superior technology in some of their other products. This unit is a case in question. They understand that to have great vocals; you need great microphones. And to have great microphones, you need a great capsule driving it.
The sound is staggering…
In this 500 range of equipment, they have utilized the capsules fro their 900 series microphones that have a world-wide reputation. This unit mic has that benefit, and therefore, the sound is staggering. The 900 series is a proven winner on stages around the world and is the chosen mic by many artists.
It incorporates a feedback resisting super-cardioid capsule that cuts through but whilst also keeping its warm ambient tone. It is a classic sound that has been created from years of research and monitored use — German engineering at its finest. When audio engineers and professionals are looking for new equipment, then they often look at Sennheiser first, and this piece of kit tells you why.
It has a powerful handheld transmitter, and the important information regarding performance and frequencies are displayed on the receiver on a clear screen.
Charge them up…
If you choose to use rechargeable batteries which we always advise if the unit will take them, they can be recharged by placing them in the charging station.
Just superior quality? Oh yes. Expensive? Oh yes, but if you want the best, as they say. This system might not be for kids parties or small social gatherings. It is made for professionals who demand excellence. It is unlikely you will find better.
- Superior Sennheiser quality.
- Amazing audio reproduction.
- The price will scare you a bit.
Time to upgrade the Karaoke microphones – Best Karaoke Microphones Buyer’s Guide
So having had your karaoke machine now for a few months and realized what fun they can be. But, for whatever reason, you now want to improve or upgrade the microphones facilities.
As we said in our introduction, it’s not really the manufacturers’ fault. They supplied the machine and equipment of course but unless you have bought a pro machine they have supplied a mic that will suffice for home or party use. You can understand that. But now you have decided that you actually want this to be a bit better and the place to start is with the mic.
What are your karaoke plans?
Depending upon what you propose to do will largely decide what you buy. We are assuming that it will not be for very young children as they are probably more than happy and excited about what they have already, so maybe it’s for teenagers.
They will want to impress their friends, of course, they will, so a better mic will help them do that. And there are a number of mid-price range microphones that will make a huge difference to the vocal sound. That situation though is still largely for home use and perhaps a few parties each year so the quality can be better without reaching a big price figure.
Getting a little serious?
But what about if you are suddenly put in a situation where you have bought a decent karaoke machine and are being invited to functions. Maybe to functions for people you do not know, who have heard you have a karaoke machine and want to join in the fun.
Now it has become a different scenario, and now you are looking for microphones that people are going to use and listen to and go wow! Now you are looking for professional microphones from professional manufacturers who specialize in audio and who will provide transmitters and receivers that will not let you down.
Can get expensive…
Most of the reviews we did were centered around the mid-price range units, and good they were as well. Some having benefits others did not have but nevertheless all improvements on the microphone that was delivered with the unit when you first bought it. But the step from good quality home use to the pro level is big and can be expensive, and unfortunately, there is no real way around that one.
If you want to sound like a pro, then you need the equipment to do so. And some would argue that the most important element of that is the microphone and they would not be far wrong.
In that case, we looked at a couple of the systems the pros use.
Some other things to think about…
There are other considerations that are important. Are you expecting your performers to move around? In the home and at family gatherings probably not. But if you are hired into a big function, there is bound to be someone who thinks they are a Tina Turner or a Mick Jagger and is giving it ‘the moves.’
In that case, a good reception is called for, so you don’t have dropouts. And the mic will need to be tough and sturdy to withstand a few bumps. But that is one of the reasons it is fun. You just have to make sure you don’t have an equipment failure, and the pro stuff won’t let you down because it is built for it.
Get it all set up…
Ease of setup and use will also be important and especially in a situation where any sound adjustments need to be made. You need a receiver that is easy to operate practically and visually.
One final issue to be aware of is the line of sight. Does your receiver need to be in a direct line to the transmitter? Some do and won’t function properly unless they are, whereas others are fine.
Whatever your intentions, the microphone is key to a huge improvement in the audio reproduction. And if you are keen on Karaoke, then it is a worthwhile investment.
So, what’s the Best Karaoke Microphones?
People who are familiar with our reviews on other topics will know that we rarely choose expensive items. We prefer to see the best in all the products if we can, and then choose one that does the job we want it to do, at a reasonable price.
This time we will be different. There are some very good systems we looked at, but this manufacturer we know. We use their kit in other areas. It is superior and hence, worth the money you pay. Therefore, we have chosen as the best Karaoke microphones the…
Sennheiser EW 135 G3-A-US handheld cardioid EW system
Pure quality in what it does and how it does it.