Singing Machine iSM1028Xa Review

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8.3 Total Score

A cross between professional and home karaoke machines, the Singing Machine iSM1028Xa comes with its own component dual speaker unit and a built-in 7 inch flat screen monitor and iPod dock. Dual microphone jacks, separate volume controls and plenty of voice modulation options plus real time performance displayed on screen make for an amazing sing-off between friends. Kids will absolutely adore the fun while karaoke enthusiasts will fall in love with the overall quality that the Pedestal CDG Karaoke machine provides. It can interface with an iPod and play all songs in the library along with streaming radio thanks to an AM/FM tuner. Sing in groups, perform solos and take karaoke to a whole new level with the iSM1028Xa from Singing Machine.

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A complete home entertainment center, the Singing Machine iSM1028Xa is a welcome sight in a market dominated by do-it-all average performers. This machine is made to do one thing right and the rest just average – karaoke is its life. The dual microphones are perfect, they work well in sync and the iPod dock helps to stream songs and sing along. Individual speakers with a built-in screen eliminates the need for interfacing with a larger television and home theatre system although it comes with RCA outputs for the same. Volume is expansive and clear while the disc player works only with CD+G discs.


While not exactly portable due to the size of the speakers and the pedestal karaoke main unit, it does come self-sufficient so you can take it along to family events or backyard parties provided you have a large enough vehicle. But don’t get your hopes high here because it takes time to dismantle and also set up.

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A word of caution, the dock works only with iPhones and iPods, the Singing Machine iSM1028Xa will not work with Android phones or any other device. It does accept a USB cable and can stream karaoke tracks, music files directly from a mp3 player or the computer. Another important piece of advice, don’t increase the volume over 80 percent as it tends to distort quite a lot.

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The Singing Machine iSM1028Xa is mostly plastic in nature with a few sturdy components but the overall feel is a bit of a bummer. While I can’t specifically comment about any problems, the piece I received works just fine. Some however have experienced faulty CD players but thankfully, Singing Machine has a replacement policy if in case something doesn’t work within the warranty period and it is not due to accidental damage.

Singing Machine iSM1028Xa

Singing Machine iSM1028Xa


I won’t say that the Singing Machine is super versatile but the fact that it has a display screen and a dual speaker unit makes it totally independent. This coupled with the dual microphone setup allows parties and song-off events. Besides it also packs in a radio and an iPod dock.


Honestly I could not find a single downside to this karaoke machine other than the fact that it features a universal line in cord, which some might find a bit disappointing. Overall, the performance is more than commendable and I for once actually advertised the Singing Machine iSM1028Xa to all my friends by calling them over the moment I got this for a karaoke bash. Well priced, brimming with quality and loads of fun, what more can you ask for from a karaoke machine? This is a great gift to kids, parents and even oneself!

  • 7 Inch flat TFT display with individual dual speaker setup.
  • Built-in AM/FM radio with iPod port.
  • Comes with a video camera and CD+G compatibility.
  • Dual microphone input with individual volume and voice controls.
Singing Machine iSM1028Xa

Awesome set of speakers, a large screen, dual microphones and an iPod dock.

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