Karaoke, Microphones and TVs!

With the popularity of The KARAOKE Channel Video on Demand service as well as the recent introduction of The KARAOKE Channel TV App, many people ask what type of microphone they need to amplify their voice while singing along to The KARAOKE Channel on their TV.

Microphones and The KARAOKE Channel on TV

The KARAOKE Channel TV App for Google TV

The KARAOKE Channel TV App for Google TV

To amplify your voice and mix your vocal performance with the music, when singing along with karaoke on your television there are multiple solutions available. However since there are many varieties of microphones, mixers, televisions and speakers, we can only provide the following information as a guideline as to what equipment you might want to purchase.

Microphones require amplification and will not amplify your voice if plugged into an “audio in” port on your television. In addition, depending on the television, plugging anything into the “audio in” may cancel the sound from the television itself.

If you would like to mix the vocal performance with the music, an external mixer will be required in addition to amplifiers and speakers (some of these may be combined in one piece of equipment).

The type of audio mixer to look for is one that accepts a microphone input (usually with a 1/4″ or XLR type connection) as well as an “audio in” (most likely a 1/4″ connection). If the microphone you are using requires “phantom power”, please be sure to purchase a mixer that provides phantom power to the microphone. An audio cable from the television “audio out” to the mixer will also be required to mix the music with the vocal. You will need to ensure that the TV audio out is compatible with the mixer’s line in. Finally an audio cable from the mixer’s “audio out” to the speakers will be necessary. You will need to make sure the mixer’s audio out is compatible with your speakers. It is not recommended to plug the mixer’s audio out in to the television audio in, as this may cause feedback or a delay to occur.

As mentioned, there is a wide variety of equipment and microphones to choose from, and not all will be compatible with specific television sets and sound systems. If there is a music supply store in your area that sells microphones and mixers, they may be best to help you choose a microphone, mixer, amplifier and speakers that will work best with your TV setup.

An alternative would be to purchase wireless microphones to amplify your voice, while letting your TV play the music (without mixing via a mixing console). A search on Amazon.com for “Dual Wireless Microphones” will display a list of results for all budgets. Or you could opt for a standalone microphone and speaker system like the Memorex SingStand.

Updated: May 21st, 2015


Posted by Ed 12. January 2012 at 11:21 am :

Thanks for the article. Unfortunately, that doesn’t help too much. The sound from my logitech revue google tv is via an hdmi cable. There is no way to connect that to standard mixers (as far as I can tell), although I may be missing something. It seem like you might be missing out on a segment of the population that wants to use your product but can’t figure out how to do it
thanks again

Posted by esmaas 25. January 2012 at 2:20 am :

check if your tv has an RCA audio output, if it does connect that to the mixer input then hook your mixer output to your stereo amp/receiver then you’re good to go. You can buy decent mixers for $50 from any music/audio store. Hope that helps.

Posted by Rusell Daley 2. February 2012 at 12:52 am :

Personally, I love karaoke but there is way too much crap and money involved and required, and such little product! I filled out all my personal info yesterday, and it tells me today that I don`t exist! It was right! I don`t exist on this website! Thanks anyway!!!

Posted by Shaik 7. February 2012 at 9:20 am :

if you want ivudniidal control over the 3 channels, yes you will need a 3 channel mixer, and it should be a STEREO 3 s channel mixer too, not mono

Posted by Teresa 10. February 2012 at 1:24 pm :

Hi Russell, We’ve submitted the issue that you are experiencing to the customer support department. They will be in touch with you soon.

Posted by Vanessa 18. February 2012 at 8:25 am :

Any idea of if and/or when there will be an app for Samsung Smarttvs?

Posted by Ron Van Wegen 23. February 2012 at 2:00 am :

Please, people, get a compressor. You must have a compressor because the vast majority of people have no idea how to use a mic properly. The compressor will stop the amp from being overloaded when you suddenly blast into it. The compressor stops the huge distortions that happen at that time. Please buy a compressor – probably about 50 dollars on ebay… I should have a look… I had a look I was right! Good luck!

Posted by Bob 27. December 2013 at 5:37 pm :

We just got uverse and were excited by the karaoke channel, but cannot figure what we need to buy, much less how to plug it all in. Audio & video go from the modem to our reciever, then to the TV & Speakers (not TV speakers). So where would the mixer & microphone fit in this scenario?

Posted by Teresa 30. December 2013 at 4:49 pm :

Hi Bob,

The microphones would be plugged into a mixer / amplifier. If you can, you could also connect the receiver into the mixer. But all of these will depend on the equipment you already have. Is there a musical equipment store in your area that you can visit for help? The easiest thing to do would be to let the audio com from your TV/Stereo system and purchase a small amplifier with microphones to amplify your voice. Prices vary – There is a link to an economical solution in the article or this Mackie portable miniPA system might work for you http://www.mackie.com/products/srm150/ Again it would be best to visit an electronics/music store to make sure the equipment you have is compatible.

Best wishes,


Posted by Suhas 10. February 2014 at 1:29 pm :

Hi Teresa
I have access to online Indian Karaoke music that I can play via my laptop. I have a home theater system using Denon receiver. Hence, I can hook the laptop to the Denon receiver via a HDMI cable. This will allow the Karaoke music (without the singer voice) through the home theater speaker system and allow the lyrics being scrolled on the TV connected to the home theater system. Now, what are my options for connecting two microphones to the home theater system and the laptop? Thanks.

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