ION Karaoke Machine

Last updated: February 4, 2019

ION Karaoke Machine

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We looked at the top Karaoke Machines and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Karaoke Machine you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 61 expert reviews, the ION Karaoke Machine placed 13th when we looked at the top 18 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Bluetooth range is affected by walls, obstructions, and movement. For optimal performance, place the product in your room at line of sight, so it is unaffected by walls, furniture, etc. Maximum range will be achieved when using devices with Bluetooth 4.0. Battery life may vary based on temperature, age, and volume usage of product. Troubleshooting If the sound is distorted: Try lowering the volume control of your sound source, musical instrument, or microphone. Also, try to reduce the overall volume of Tailgater using the Master Volume knob. If there is too much bass: Try adjusting the tone or EQ control on your so und source to lower the ba ss level. This will allow you to play the music louder before clipping (distortion) occu rs. You can also control EQ using the free ION Block Rocker app for iOS and Android. If there is a high-pitched whist ling noise when using microphones: This is probably feedback. Point the microphone away from the speaker. If there is poor AM reception: Disconnect AC power for optimal AM radio recep tion. To further adjust AM reception, move entire unit. If you can’t hear the microphone over the music volume: Turn down the music vo lume from your source. If you can’t play music from a flash drive: The USB port is only for charging USB devices.

Expert Reviews

What experts liked

We're happy to see that all of the Tailgater's audio inputs can be used simultaneously, allowing you to combine your iPod with a microphone or instrument input (karaoke anyone?), and the capability to adjust each input independently makes it easy to balance levels.
When it comes to the sound delivered by the Tailgater, you will be impressed by the quality here as well. The system’s spine is a solitary 7 inch woofer with a 2 inch tweeter that is powered by an amplifier of 16 watt.
The Ion Audio Tailgater includes a battery life that is lengthy. That’s to date the lightweight wireless audio we examined a battery life as high as 50 hours.
it comes with a massive battery life of about 50 hours, which is more than what you can ask for at this price.
Connect devices easily via NFC, Bluetooth, or cable.
When using the Tailgater as a PA system, you’ll appreciate the 90 inch cord on the high quality microphone which has a convenient on/off switch. This unit also has a separate mic volume control knob which allows you to adjust the microphone input in contrast with the music volume if you choose to talk over or sing along with the music karaoke style.
Extensive Battery Life – When you choose the ION, you don’t have to worry about your portable speaker dying mid-gig. The ION is equipped with a 50-hour rechargeable battery so you can enjoy DJing for an entire day at a tailgate if you wanted to do so.

What experts didn't like

The Tailgater is an oddity among iPod speaker systems, making it tough to assign an accurate rating. Given its rough design and monophonic sound, this is certainly not the kind of iPod speaker system we recommend for the living room or night stand.
Battery recharges slowly.
Something we didn’t enjoy was the bass output as it pertains to sound effects. The Ion iPA77 Tailgater Portable Bluetooth Audio didn’t catch-up.
Considerably larger and heavier.
No built-in effects like voice cancellation.
Does not include built-in lighting.


Few things can spice up a party like a couple of hours of karaoke. Even if you can’t carry a tune, firing up some lyrics and music and singing into a microphone can be a great way to get everyone laughing and cheering. At one time, karaoke meant heading out to a local bar or renting a pricey machine from a local party supply company. While you can still do either of those things, you can now buy in-home karaoke machines for the same price you’d pay to rent a karaoke setup for one night.

Before you buy, though, there are a few things to consider. If you’re just looking for a machine you’ll use occasionally to have fun with friends, you may come into it with different needs than someone who enjoys singing and wants features like being able to record and plug in an instrument. Many parents also invest in karaoke machines for their children, and there are machines that are more ideal for that purpose.

You may not think about it initially, but song selection is one of the most important features in a karaoke machine. Over time, you’ll grow tired of the songs that come with the machine and want to grab a few new ones. Some machines make it easy to link up to the many free karaoke videos available on sites like YouTube. Other machines provide access to an app where you can get more songs, although this feature isn’t always free. Pay close attention to this functionality before you buy.

Your karaoke machine will rely heavily on a microphone, which plugs into the device itself. Some machines let you use only one microphone at a time, which can make duets a little tricky. You can hand the microphone back and forth while you sing, but there are machines that offer two microphones. Even if you think you’ll never have a duet, it might come in handy to have that second microphone for a party you may throw a couple of years from now.

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