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Music centers are a full-fledged alternative to home acoustics with a number of additional features. Their system unit is equipped not only with programs for reading information from media, but also with FM modules for listening to radio, and even karaoke.

The editors of Expertology magazine, together with the team of the portal rankquality.com, conducted a comprehensive analysis of the market and identified 11 of the best music centers with karaoke available to consumers at the moment. The following parameters were used as criteria for selecting goods for the rating:

  1. declared acoustic power;
  2. workmanship and reliability of structural elements;
  3. reviews of consumers and experts;
  4. price;
  5. availability of special functions and additional equipment.

How to choose a quality music center with karaoke

The choice of a music center is in many ways similar to the selection of acoustics for a home theater or a personal computer. However, there are some peculiarities that should be known and taken into account. To make the right choice of a music center with karaoke, be sure to pay attention to the following parameters:

Number of columns. The main indicator, which is determined by the set of acoustics. As a rule, according to the completeness, they are divided into:

  1. 1.0 is a special type of music center that can switch sound sources alternately. You buy a control unit with Bluetooth, and then buy additional speakers that are part of the same system (for example, LG’s X-Boom). By placing them throughout the house, you can set the sound switching mode to the source next to which the music distribution device (smartphone) will be located. This is a very interesting and rare version of the center.
  2. 2.0 – classic type with two front speakers. It copes well with the reproduction of mid frequencies, but is weak at low frequencies and can cut highs.
  3. 2.1 – a system with speakers and a built-in subwoofer. Realistically reproduces low sounds. In inexpensive centers, bass can prevail over mids and highs, so if you are a music lover, be sure to check the sound quality at high volumes. Also, be sure to ask about the depth of the equalizer settings.
  4. 2.2 – centers for large rooms, combining as many as 2 subwoofers. Allows you to achieve the perfect surround bass. If you are planning to have parties with loud music, then it is not necessary to take expensive models, but if sound quality is above all, it is better to invest in something more solid.

Sound quality. This parameter depends on the number of speakers and the number of bands. There are single-band, two-band and three-band music centers. The first two types reproduce sound in a limited frequency range, with distortion and insufficient quality.

If the question of the budget for the purchase is not in front of you, then we recommend choosing a three-way type system. They consist of at least three speakers, which are responsible for the separate reproduction of low, medium and high frequencies. This ensures better sound transmission without interference. You can also pay attention to premium two-way acoustics, but in no case take centers with one speaker.

Support for audio sources. Music centers can read information from USB flash drives, DVDs or CDs, receive tracks via Bluetooth or play playlists on the Internet thanks to Wi-Fi. They can also be equipped with an FM module and interfaces for connecting micro-flash drives. Choose what suits you. Our recommendations – must be Bluetooth.

Body material. Everything is simple here: the thicker and denser the speaker cabinet, the clearer the output sound will be. Most modern acoustic elements are installed in wooden cabinets made of beech, oak or pine. They are responsible for the total weight of the product. You can make it a rule: if the speakers are very heavy, then their sound will be better (if the acoustics themselves are not cheap).

Plastic is an alternative to wood. To minimize noise in plastic cases, their corners are smoothed. Therefore, it makes sense to pay attention to such models.

Rating of the best music centers with karaoke

Nomination place Name of product price

Rating of the best music centers with karaoke

one

LG CK99

63 439 ₽

2

Sony MHC-V90DW

63 030 ₽

3

LG XBOOM OL100

47 680 ₽

four

Panasonic SC-MAX3500GS

35 990 ₽

5

Sony SHAKE-X10D

31 950 ₽

6

Panasonic SC-UA7EE-K

26 990 ₽

7

LG OM7550K

19 990 ₽

eight

Sony MHC-V11

13 880 ₽

9

Panasonic SC-UA3GS-K

16 560 ₽

ten

Sony MHC-V21D

16 990 ₽

eleven

Hyundai H-MC180

5 190 ₽

See also: 13 best music centers

LG CK99

Rating: 4.9

LG CK99

The winner of our rating is the LG CK99 music center, which belongs to the same X-Boom line. Its leadership is due to one single factor: the colossal output sound power. 5000 W is hard to imagine, and you can only listen. The main emphasis, of course, is on low frequencies. However, there is a dedicated band for reproducing high frequencies, thanks to which they come out clean and not “cut”.

If we discard the performance indicators, then the model is seriously inferior in equipment to the Sony MHC-V90DW. From the “technologies” it has only two ports for a flash drive, a headphone output and another subwoofer, as well as Bluetooth and two microphone inputs for karaoke. The FM module is much more tenacious, capable of storing up to 50 radio stations. Oh yes, we completely forgot to mention compactness. However, few can compare with the dimensions of the model from Sony, and any other center against its background will have an advantage in ergonomics.

Advantages

  • 5000 W of power – the largest figure in the ranking;

  • very clear reproduction of high frequencies and deep bass;

  • pleasant design;

  • ergonomic;

  • high speed.

Flaws

  • not detected.

Sony MHC-V90DW

Rating: 4.8

Sony MHC-V90DW

Calling this music center otherwise than grandiose is unlikely to succeed. Its total weight is 50.5 kg, of which 37 kg is reserved for the subwoofer alone with two speakers. In general, a rather complicated scheme with 10 sound sources is implemented here: in addition to the subwoofer, the column has 4 tweeters and midrange speakers of different diameters. Combined, they deliver 2,000 watts of power and sound a bit cleaner and better than the LG XBOOM OL 100.

In general, the level of this musical center surpasses everything that was before. In addition to Bluetooth and USB input, it has an Ethernet port and a Wi-Fi module. Thus, you get the opportunity to play music directly from the network. In addition, it should be noted support for 7 audio formats, incl. and FLAC. The FM module has not gone anywhere either. It works not only mediocre, but also without any innovations. The karaoke function is also introduced for show, since its quality is very good.

Advantages

  • excellent build quality;

  • very good sound split into 3 bands (low, medium and high frequencies are reproduced by different sources);

  • excellent design and impressive appearance;

  • the ability to connect to the Internet;

  • gesture control and via smartphone.

Flaws

  • not detected.

LG XBOOM OL100

Rating: 4.7

LG XBOOM OL100

Very cool midi system of the X-Boom line with very deep sound settings and powerful equipment. Its power is 2000 watts, and it is worth saying that it sounds really great. At the same time, two front speakers give out 550 W each, and the main “pressure” comes from a 900 W subwoofer. In this way, you can easily determine the prevailing playback frequencies.

Indeed, the bass here is very voluminous and deep. However, the midrange / tweeters did not let us down in quality. The reason for this, in part, is the equalizer with 18 presets. In general, it should be understood that this music center is designed for discos and parties. Therefore, you should not be surprised by the presence of features such as Pro DJ and wireless linking of X-Boom Plus/Party Link devices into one system. Among the features of the music center, we can highlight three USB slots and a long-awaited headphone output! It seems that the ideal solution for music lovers has been found.

Advantages

  • beautiful design (red projection on a black case);

  • 2000 W power;

  • functions for DJing and the ability to combine devices of the X-Boom series into one large unit;

  • updating the firmware using a smartphone;

  • 3 USB interfaces.

Flaws

  • not detected.

See also: 22 best speaker systems

Panasonic SC-MAX3500GS

Rating: 4.7

Panasonic SC-MAX3500GS

MIDI system made in a visual style similar to the Panasonic SC-UA3GS-K. Slightly futuristic design with blue backlight looks just great. At the same time, manufacturers have not forgotten about functionality: two dedicated speakers have as many as three bands for reproducing low, medium and high frequencies. Their total power is not disclosed so as not to mislead consumers, and this is a very competent business policy.

For the first time in the rating, the connector panel of the music center has a second USB Type A input. Among the basic options, one can note the function of recording to a storage device, the presence of the device’s own memory and the connection of two microphones. There is an FM receiver with 30 slots for memorizing stations and a CD drive for activating the karaoke function. We also note that the system is quite bulky and weighs 19 kg as an assembly. But the ratings from users are ideal: only sharp high frequencies are considered disadvantages.

Advantages

  • The optimum ratio of price and quality;

  • stylish, recognizable design;

  • duplicating slot for USB Type A;

  • three-channel breakdown of the speakers in the columns.

Flaws

  • treble reproduction is a bit harsh.

Sony SHAKE-X10D

Rating: 4.7

Sony SHAKE-X10D

Prefabricated acoustics of three modules with a very beautiful design and average ratings from consumers. It is an exemplary example of good horn technology with a power of 1200 watts. Each front speaker has one woofer and one tweeter, which are connected to the system unit with a Dolby Digital decoder and an equalizer. The total weight of the entire center is 17.8 kg, but the dimensions are very compact.

The SHAKE-X10D music center supports Xvid, MPEG-4, MP3 and VCD formats. The main unit has a built-in DVD receiver, FM module and Bluetooth interface, as well as a bunch of inputs and outputs (including HDMI, composite input, stereo audio, USB type-A and 2 microphone jacks). The only nuance of this center lies in the high purchase price – it is unlikely that many will allow themselves to spend more than 30 thousand rubles on its purchase.

Advantages

  • beautiful design, nice design;

  • high power and very good sound;

  • the presence of deep bass settings;

  • a large number of supported audio formats;

  • an abundance of connection interfaces.

Flaws

  • high price;

  • no connection cable included.

Panasonic SC-UA7EE-K

Rating: 4.6

Panasonic SC-UA7EE-K

A 14-kilogram mini-system with a fairly simple look, but a very large internal “potential”. Gives out up to 1400 W of power with a set of acoustics 2.1. The main load falls, of course, on the subwoofer, but high and medium frequencies also do not suffer from a lack of quality. It sounds quite clean and voluminous, incl. thanks to the wide range of equalizer settings.

The SC-UA7EE-K has 2 microphone and stereo audio inputs, an FM module with 20 station memory and a Bluetooth receiver. It has NFC support and the function of recording the stream to a USB drive. Management is carried out incl. using smartphones, but the application itself is quite strange and inconvenient. In some cases, there is a “crackling” of plastic in the upper part of the column after turning it off. This is a feature of the assembly, but if you are sensitive to extraneous sounds, then it is better to test it once again before buying.

Advantages

  • high power;

  • moderately clear and high-quality sound;

  • 2 microphone inputs;

  • controllable via smartphones.

Flaws

  • inconvenient control program;

  • the radio receiver unit may fail.

See also: 13 best radios

LG OM7550K

Rating: 4.5

LG OM7550K

The midia speaker from LG has a very interesting appearance and belongs to the famous X-Boom series of heavy-duty audio systems. The total power of the central channel for the reproduction of midrange and high frequencies, as well as a dedicated subwoofer, is 1000 watts. Naturally, the output sound is very loud and voluminous. Moreover, if in the case of the previous competitor there are doubts about the overestimation of the characteristics, then here the power is indicated correctly – experts confirm the declared number.

The OM7550K package includes a DVD drive and a karaoke disc in the kit, as well as an FM module with the function of storing 50 frequencies. There is an HDMI output, there is a USB Type A and a Bluetooth receiver. The system itself is quite bulky, but these are the costs of high power and an abundance of additional elements in the system.

Advantages

  • very loud sound

  • cool combination of black panel and red backlight;

  • wide range of equalizer settings;

  • Dolby Digital codec for better sound.

Flaws

  • 30 kg of weight;

  • no headphone output.

Sony MHC-V11

Rating: 4.4

Sony MHC-V11

In essence, the appearance of this mini-system is very similar to the Sony MHC-V21D model. It uses the same set of 2.1 speakers with a dedicated subwoofer for bass reproduction. That’s just the sound quality here is much better: 470 watts of power guarantees the creation of loud and surround sound. An equalizer with 9 preset settings plays an important role in this.

Other features of the model include support for NFC tags for quick connection, support for VCD, WMA and MP3 formats, as well as the function of recording a stream to a USB flash drive. The device’s memory contains 20 radio stations, and the tuning range allows you to independently search for a wave at a frequency of 87.5 to 108 MHz. The MHC-V11 is much bulkier than previous competitors, weighing in at 10kg. The disadvantage of the model is “bass reversal” – too many low frequencies with mediocre reproduction of high and medium. If you want a center for noisy parties, then feel free to take it. If not, then it is better to look at other models.

Advantages

  • surround bass sound, especially for big parties;

  • pleasant appearance;

  • high build quality;

  • input for 2 microphones.

Flaws

  • too much bass – impossible to fix by adjusting the settings;

  • The power rating is way too high.

Panasonic SC-UA3GS-K

Rating: 4.3

Panasonic SC-UA3GS-K

Horizontal mini block assembly system with a set of acoustics 2.0. This means that it includes two speakers with a wide frequency range. Their total power is 300 watts. The model also has an equalizer and a CD receiver that reads CD-R and CD-RW discs.

A feature of Panasonic SC-UA3GS-K is small overall dimensions (650x196x274 mm) and light weight – only 6.1 kg. music for playback can be streamed via Bluetooth, or downloaded via a USB flash drive. The system also has a radio receiver with frequency storage of 30 radio stations. But the signal is often interrupted, and, according to users, this is due to the problems of the center itself. Many single out as a drawback the lack of an input for headphones and the impossibility of their connection with the device even via Bluetooth. Other than that, it’s a great model and well worth the money.

Advantages

  • purity and power of sound;

  • compact dimensions;

  • attractive design;

  • Convenient volume control via remote control.

Flaws

  • Can’t connect headphones

  • badly picks up the radio, often gets confused by interference.

Also Read: 11 Best Media Players

Sony MHC-V21D

Rating: 4.2

Sony MHC-V21D

One-block music center from Sony with a set of acoustics 2.1. Features two small speakers for mid and high frequencies and one large woofer for surround bass sound. The cabinet is finished in traditional black with stylish blue and white subwoofer lighting. The model has an equalizer, a Dolby Digital decoder and an optical DVD drive. So to speak, it was created for several eras at once.

Among the features of the MHC-V21D, it is worth highlighting the presence of a Bluetooth interface and an FM receiver, a USB Type A and HDMI slot for displaying pictures from karaoke discs on the screen. In terms of ergonomics, the center is also good: with dimensions of 324x600x286 mm, it weighs only 8.4 kg. But the cost is significantly higher than that of the previous representative. But the sound quality and build quality is better.

Advantages

  • small size;

  • wide connectivity options;

  • the presence of illumination;

  • Bluetooth and FM receiver with 20 slots for memorizing radio stations.

Flaws

  • not very clear bass;

  • inconvenient control via Android and a complete remote control.

Hyundai H-MC180

Rating: 4.1

Hyundai H-MC180

Single block mini sound reproduction system without optical drive. It features a pleasant design with a combination of black body color and several gradations of blue / purple on the speakers and decoration elements. It has fairly compact overall dimensions (230x572x220 mm) and weighs only 8 kg.

For sound reproduction in the Hyundai H-MC180, a set of two mid-frequency (MF) speakers with a total power of 80 watts is responsible. That is, when buying this model, you should not expect deep bass, since the subwoofer is not provided in the design. The center is capable of playing sound from Secure Digital and MultiMediaCard memory cards, from conventional USB drives (Type A), as well as tuning to FM wave and Bluetooth. Naturally, the kit comes with a karaoke mode and microphone support. But, again, do not rely too much on the quality of this feature.

Advantages

  • a large number of readable media + Bluetooth;

  • the presence of an FM receiver;

  • pleasant appearance;

  • low price.

Flaws

  • lack of a subwoofer and low frequencies;

  • just 60 minutes of battery life.