iKaraoke
Review

On April 24, 2007, in Review, by John Nemerovski

iKaraoke
Griffin Technology

Price: $50
http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/ikaraoke/

It’s hot. It’s cool. It works. It sounds good (but not great). It takes less than ten minutes to set up the first time, and ten seconds afterward. It speaks iPod, and iPod speaks and sings through it. So do you. It’s a terrific bargain, and a brilliant innovation. If you don’t have it already, stop reading and get it now.

It’s iKaraoke from Griffin Technology. Apple Store staff tell MyMac.com it’s flying off the shelves, week after week. (Editors note: this was one of the most wanted giveaway items during our AppleQuiz at the Apple Store in Grand Rapids. Everyone wanted this!) You use it to sing or speak via iPod through your stereo system. Fifty dollars? Ha! Once you try it you’ll be hooked, and go out of your way to find opportunities to use iKaraoke as often as possible. You’ll start telling friends and strangers about it, and drive them nuts until they obtain one and do the same ad infinitum.

Extract iKaraoke from its sealed plastic package, plug it into your iPod dock connector, configure a few basic settings, and sing along with whoever and whatever is playing on your iPod. Griffin gives you a choice of FM transmission or auxiliary cable connection to a stereo system. In our tests, “FM Mode” was inconsistent, so MyMac.com recommends “Line Out Mode” for best music and vocal quality. A printed manual is included with iKaraoke, so you don’t need to guess how to use the darn thing.

“The thrill of karaoke on your iPod” may not ring your chimes, but there are many other potential uses for iKaraoke. Music, dance, and other performing arts instructors will immediately see its benefits for enhanced teaching and rehearsing. Family sing-a-longs will never again be dull, assisted by iKaraoke. It “isolates the lead vocals and fades them into the background,” exactly like genuine karaoke recordings, using a physical Vocals switch.

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