The Memorex MKS-SS2 or the SingStand 2 is a complete karaoke system that can connect to a mp3 player or tablet for custom playlists. It requires a stereo speaker system but comes with a built-in display to read the lyrics plus one microphone. An additional feature of this karaoke player is an instrument input to plug in a guitar or keyboard. The universal line-in lets you interface just about any audio device such as smartphones, mp3 players while the cradle on top helps secure the device in place. It also provides an additional microphone input although by default it ships with just one mic. The Auto Voice control feature or AVC is what makes the Memorex MKS-SS2 SingStand 2 Home Karaoke System stand out. Actively amplifying your voice to match with the music, it taps into the original vocals used in the song to precisely configure your voice adding an extra level of fun. All that remains is to dynamically adjust the volume, but wait, it does this for you as well. For those who lack speakers, it comes with two 5 watt speakers that deliver a low but crisp audio.
At first glance, the single stand setup of the Memorex MKS-SS2 deceives with its petite nature but look closely and you will find almost everything necessary in a decent home karaoke machine. It has a large cradle surface clear enough to hold a large tablet and watch karaoke videos, a universal line-in to stream directly from tablets, smartphones, mp3 players or even the computer, a set of two speakers at the base and dual microphone inputs (it ships with just one microphone). Plus, you can also hook it up to a keyboard or guitar with the instrument input jack and even interface with a larger television screen or speaker system.
Yes, the Memorex MKS-SS2 is a portable home karaoke machine thanks to its compact nature. The stand collapses on itself so you can carry the entire thing around if required. However, don’t expect it to fit into your pockets, this beast is heavy on features so it tends to take some space even when folded down.
Additional Buyer’s Information:
The Memorex MKS-SS2 comes with a single microphone but two inputs, so purchase a second mic along with this karaoke machine. Also the base speakers are just 5 watts so don’t expect a really booming performance. You will have to amp up the volume to full with any track so it is best to compliment the SingStand 2 with a larger set of stereo speakers. You will need a streaming device such as an iPhone, tablet, mp3 player or something with a display to read the lyrics as it lacks a display or screen.
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I haven’t yet heard anyone complain about the longevity or durability of the Memorex MKS-SS2. If anything, folks have branded it as a definite improvement over the SingStand model that suffered from durability and quality issues. The SingStand 2 on the other hand is a pleasure to use and I believe it will last much longer than the 90 day return warranty provided by Memorex. And even if anything goes wrong with this karaoke player, you can return it for a full refund or replacement in the first three months.
Memorex MKS-SS2 Karaoke
If by versatility you mean karaoke, it is a highly versatile home karaoke machine. To start with, it accepts two microphones, comes with dual speakers and a cradle for your preferred audio device while being able to source directly from the universal input along with an instrument input. Play your keyboard or guitar to your favorite tracks, sing along, have duet performances or just listen to music. It even mutes live vocals from songs letting you sing to the tune, although I haven’t yet tried this feature out since I can never really remember the lyrics right.
Super reliable, the Memorex MKS-SS2 is one of the easiest karaoke machines to use with automatic voice controls that are separate from the music volume and microphone volume. Retailing for less than $100, this karaoke system is definitely a good investment for a family. Great sound quality, decent features and a rugged pedestal design makes it one of the best home karaoke machines around.
- Audio Voice Control lets you concentrate on the singing while it takes care of voice modulation and music volume.
- Stand design integrates with every component, even the stereo speakers.
- The base of the stand pack in 5 watt dual amplifiers.
- Comes with a universal line-in that works with any audio device.
- Total of 90 days limited warranty cover.
- Dual microphone jacks allow for duet performances or face-offs.