November 10

Memorex MKS-SS2 SingStand 2 Review


Memorex MKS-SS2 SingStand 2 Review

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Karaoke systems and programs have been used for decades to provide people with entertainment and create a warm and comfortable atmosphere. Many couples have bonded under the romantic spotlight while singing a duet, many friendships have been made, and everyone enjoys showing off their vocal skills. The Memorex MKS-SS2 karaoke machine provides a convenient way to recreate this atmosphere at your home. It doesn’t take up much space, it’s rather powerful, and it’s quite inexpensive. The specific details of just “how good it is” are the point of this whole review, so let's take a look.

Memorex MKS-SS2 SingStand 2 Home Karaoke...
  • Singstand 2 can connect to any audio device equipped with a...
  • Instrument input compatible with a variety of instruments;...
  • Built-in auto voice controls (avc) which amplifies your...

What makes the MKS-SS2 system special?

At first sight, you might get the wrong idea that the MKS-SS2 being a modest standing karaoke system. You wouldn't be completely mistaken because the one of the main benefits of the system is the fact that it's a standing, fully integrated unit - most other karaoke setups are standard “box” speakers that come with an attached microphone, and often leave leave something to desire. Ultimately, the Memorex setup is definitely not modest – quite the contrary.

First of all, it’s incredibly powerful for such a lightweight contraption. The unit comes supplied with amplified speakers which provide a full, clear tone and improve the acoustics of the location where it’s placed. The enhanced voice controls further complement this feature.

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Secondly, you won’t ever find yourself stuck in a routine of songs. The MKS-SS2 comes outfitted with a special program that you can use to pull songs directly from the Internet. You use this app via a tablet, smartphone, or Mac computer. Unfortunately, this machine is not compatible with Windows machines or with standard CDs CD-Gs.

Thirdly, the feature that makes it so superior is the cost. You will have a really hard time finding a karaoke system with similar features and capabilities for the same price. It’s affordable for almost anyone, and the features it comes equipped with make it extremely valuable for the money paid.

Memorex MKS-SS2 Specifications

We’ve mentioned the most important features in the section below, but it would be useful to know the exact components of this karaoke system:

The Design of MKS-SS2 is very plain – it’s a simple, yet durable pole that connects the base with the microphone. This is the main reason why this karaoke machine is so lightweight. Next, the Instrument Input is a program that can be used with various instruments. You can play or practice your songs, support your singer, or do whatever else comes to mind – be creative!

As a bonus, this unit features premium AVC – The Auto Voice Control is used to amplify your vocal output in order to automatically adjust the volume and balance proportions of the music and your voice. It makes sure that the original voice of the songs played is muffled, so you can easily hear yourself.
Lastly, the 59-inch Stand is easily adjustable and high enough for a tall person to enjoy this karaoke machine.

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Memorex MKS-SS2 Features

There’s a lot we can talk about if we consider the pros and cons of Memorex MKS-SS2. It’s a great karaoke system that comes equipped with various outstanding features, but it’s still not perfect as there are a couple of flaws. You can best decide on your own when you see the good and the bad whether this karaoke system is capable of meeting your needs.

The Good

Convenient and easy to use

First of all, there’s the matter of convenience and portability. Memorex MKS-SS2 doesn’t take up much of your space, and it’s fairly lightweight for a karaoke system (considering it weighs only 9.1 pounds while most systems weigh over 20). You can carry it around with ease and you can put it just about wherever you want.

Pick from an unlimited amount of music

The system comes supplied with a special program/app that lets you stream karaoke songs for free. This is an exceptionally useful feature, especially if you are new to karaoke systems. This can end up saving you a ton of money – most standard karaoke units require you to buy CDs or CD-Gs in order to expand your song options, and those costs can add up fast. With the included app, you can basically pick any song available on the Internet and sing along for free!

Exceptional audio performance

The MKS-SS2 has enhanced controls when it comes to your voice. This means that the responsiveness and the audio output of this karaoke system are greater and superior than hose of similar setups. Singing is easier and your voice will have more clarity. Far too many karaoke machines muffle your award-winning performances by overpowering them with the original music, backup vocals, and more. With the MKS, you're always the start of the shoe!

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Amplified speakers

The amplified speaker is located at the very base of this karaoke system, and it’s not lacking – it’s capable of emitting strong and clear sound. Because it's located at the bottom of the unit, the speaker has surprisingly great acoustics for your performance. Before you know it, your dulcet tone will fill the room with its beautiful melodies.

Extremely cost-effective

Last, but not least, the Memorex MKS-SS2 karaoke system is relatively inexpensive. Most karaoke models offer similar features at the higher price, or inferior settings at an equal price.

The Bad

Incompatible with Windows

Even though this is not a major flaw, Windows users will be disappointed to find that they can’t connect this wonderful karaoke machine to their PC. Mac users, people who own Apple products, and all smart phone and tablet wielders will be able to easily connect.
In case this is not reassuring enough, you can simply use the program that comes supplied with it to download songs for free, so you won’t be in a situation where you don’t have options. This won't matter for many people but it's still something to keep in mind before purchasing.

No CD or CD+G input

This is probably the biggest con of the setup. While most people do have smart phones and tablets nowadays, not everyone does. Many karaoke enthusiasts have also built up quite the collections of CDs and CD+Gs by this point, many of which are rendered useless if you opt for the Memorex MKS-SS2 model. It does not have input options for CD or CD+G formatted discs.

Static feedback

The MKS-SS2 works magnificently on most smartphones, but some units can produce small feedback when plugged into an iPhone device. Although this is not a case with the vast majority of products, if you happen to be the one with this problem, notify the company and your model will be replaced (Memorex offers a warranty for these situations).

Memorex MKS-SS2 Conclusion

The Memorex MKS-SS2 karaoke machine is a very attractive solution to fulfill your singing needs. It's standing setup is a refreshing change in the world of otherwise boxy and squat karaoke machine, and it's decked out in high quality equipment. The auto voice modulation is perfect for highlighting your singing skills. This karaoke machine is perfect for home users, as a gift for kids, and for adults as well – everyone can appreciate the magic of karaoke on an awesome system like this!

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