So you fancy yourself as a modern-day Frank Sinatra. And you want to throw the best karaoke party of all time to prove it? Want to show the world (or just your poor friends) whos the new boss in town since James Brown left us?
Well, one of the best karaoke microphones on the market is a great start! But with so many options, how do you choose the perfect one?
That’s where we come in. We have searched far and wide to bring you the absolute best range of microphones to make your karaoke party as good as it can be. From budget offerings to the higher range of prices, we are sure you will find exactly what you are looking for within this list!
So, let’s go through them and find the perfect karaoke microphone for you…
Top 10 Best Karaoke Microphones On The Market 2021 Reviews
1 Shure SM58-LC Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone
We are going to kick things off with, possibly, the most well known and acclaimed vocal microphone on the market. The Shure SM58-LC Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone has been a true standout on the market since its inception all the way back in 1966. Being the direct descendant of the Shure 565 (made famous by bands such as The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix) meant that it was always destined for greatness.
The SM58’s features a high gain-before-feedback design, along with its groundbreaking integrated pneumatic shock mount, and consistent cardioid polar pattern. These are directly responsible for it being the first mass-produced microphone to combat the problems of handling noise and feedback.
Of course, there have been some major design changes since 1966, but essentially it is the same microphone. It is more than capable of producing the sound and tone we have come to know and love. The frequency response has been tailored specifically for vocals, with bass roll-off and a brightened midrange to control proximity effect.
In terms of the SM58 being used as a karaoke microphone, the only drawback we can see is it not being wireless. Now, this will not necessarily be a problem in all situations, but it is worth noting. If this is not an issue, then we would recommend this microphone for pretty much any usage nine times out of ten.
If wireless is needed, and only an SM58 will do, then you can always check out the Shure SLX2/SM58 Wireless Handheld Microphone Transmitter with SM58 Capsule (Receiver Sold Separately), or the microphone and receiver package. They are exactly the same microphone, but this time it is cord-free! Understandably you will have to pay quite a bit more for the wireless technology.
- Large frequency response.
- Tailored to suit vocal use.
- Known as one of the best on the market.
- If it’s good enough for the majority of superstars, it’s good enough for you!
- Not wireless, although a wireless version is available.
2 Shure BLX288/PG58 Dual Channel Wireless Microphone System
Second on the list, and we have another offering from Shure. This time we are looking at the Shure BLX288/PG58 Dual Channel Wireless Microphone System with 2 PG58 Handheld Vocal Mics. This Wireless System is part of the BLX wireless systems family, which has been around since 2013 when Shure replaced the Performance Gear and PGX wireless systems.
The microphones (yes plural, you get two thrown in with this package!) are based on the incredibly popular industry-standard SM58, which we just reviewed.
Actually, not a whole lot when we tested them side by side. They both use the cardioid polar pattern, which means they both offer the same isolation and block out most unwanted sound. However, the PG58 is slightly, but noticeably, heavier than the SM58. It is also a little more peaked in the midrange and does not handle higher SPL’s as well as the SM58.
It also produced more handling noise when it was not on a stand. However, what we did find it slightly better for announcing, spoken word, and narration. A friend recorded the latest episode of his podcast using the PG58 and was extremely pleased with the results.
We would not swap the SM58 out for live performances, especially if wireless connectivity is not an issue, but for the budding home karaoke star, this set up might be perfect!
The other big difference we saw was the price. The PG58 is a far cheaper microphone, so if price is an issue, then we definitely recommend checking this one out!
- Two microphones included.
- Wireless system for ease of movement.
- Cheap (for a Shure product).
- A little noisy when in hand.
3 Sennheiser Consumer Audio Compatible
When you hear the name, Sennheiser, a few adjectives probably spring to mind. Phrases like “high quality,” “unbreakable,” and “beautifully designed” certainly come to mind for us. The Sennheiser Consumer Audio Compatible with Sennheiser EW 135 G3-A-US handheld cardioid EW system is no exception!
Straight out of the box, we see this cord-free audio system has a fantastically user-friendly menu operation. The backlit graphic display (easy to read in all lighting conditions) combined with the simple four button configuration was a breeze to use during setup/installation. With a single touch of the sync button connecting the transmitter with the receiver.
In the box, you have everything you will need to plug into your mixer, with the microphone, the wireless rack-mount receiver, two antennas and a holding clip for a microphone stand (although there is no stand itself included, but that’s understandable and would need a far bigger box!)
There are a wide range of accessories available to adapt this system to most requirements. The housing is made from extremely sturdy metal and has a bandwidth of 42 megahertz, meaning you have access to 1680 tunable UHF frequencies with 12 easy presets.
The microphones weigh in just under 1lb, light enough to use for extended periods without discomfort. The optional rechargeable battery system is a great addition also.
Sound-wise, we found this setup to be well balanced, if lacking a little in the bottom end at times. However, we were easily able to remedy this after tweaking on the external mixer we were plugged into.
- Quality you can trust.
- Large UHF range.
- Great all rounder.
- Lacking in bottom end.
4 Pyle Professional Dynamic Vocal Microphone
Dropping right to the budget end of the price scale for the best karaoke mics, we have this option for Pyle, the PDMIC59. They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery, and if that is true, then the Shure SM58 should definitely have rosy cheeks after seeing this one. This great little microphone is pretty much a straight clone of the SM58 (as are many of the mic options out there).
Well, the first difference you will notice is the price! This microphone is in a much lower price bracket. However, in terms of construction and styling wise, the PDMIC59 is very similar to the SM58. The steel mesh grill mic head coupled with the rugged zinc alloy metal body makes for an extremely durable mic that is able to tolerate rough treatment.
The Pyle PDMIC59 also features an on/off switch, a feature missing on the SM58, giving you greater control. Both are dynamic and unidirectional microphones helping minimize feedback and background noise. Again this offering is not wireless, but it does come with a whopping 15’ (5 m) XLR connection cable, so you should be fine unless you are singing in an Arena.
In testing, we were pleasantly surprised with this microphone. It produced acceptably clear and concise tones, if slightly lacking in the mids. We did not find this a huge issue, and at the price, this one is very hard to beat.
- Low price.
- Rugged design.
- On/off switch.
- Not wireless.
5 GTD Audio G-380H VHF Wireless Microphone System
Looking for the best karaoke mic system for multiple singers straight out of the box? If so, it might prove difficult to pass up on the GTD Audio G-380H VHF Wireless Microphone System with 4 Handheld mics.
As the name suggests, this is not for the faint of heart! Four wireless microphones (that’s right, four!) come as standard with this package. It also includes a high-quality receiver capable of handling all four signals simultaneously. The system also supports four XLR individual outputs along with ¼ inch mixed output.
Each separate channel has its own dedicated volume control switch, which we found super handy. In testing, we found it gave very acceptable sound quality when the microphones were within 150’ (45 m) of the receiver and gave satisfactory results all the way to 250’ (65 m) away. The tone and sound spectrum produced by this system were warm and balanced, if sometimes a little tinny.
Sure, there is an abundance of systems that come with multiple microphones as standard. But for the price, there is no other system on the market offering what the GTD Audio G-380H offers!
The microphones are well made and strong enough to deal with some punishment whilst still being light enough to use for longer periods of time. However, keep in mind that the GTD Audio G-380H does not come with a rechargeable battery option, so be sure to keep some spares at the ready!
- Low price.
- Four microphones included.
- No rechargeable batteries.
6 Shure PGA48-XLR Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone
We are past the halfway point now in our rundown of the best karaoke mics on the market, and next up, we have the Shure PGA48-XLR Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone. This is another non-wireless offering from Shure, and what a cracker it is!
This is a microphone specifically tailored for clarity in the standard vocal range, and boy does it do a good job. Here we have an updated industrial design, featuring a black metallic finish and classic silver ball grille and three purchasing options (with 15’ XLR to XLR, 15’ XLR to Quater inch, or without a cable). Included in all purchases is a mic stand clip and zip carry pouch.
The Shure PGA48-XLR is part of the PG ALTA Microphone family, which have been tailored to performing at any level. The PGA48-XLR has a dedicated on/off switch, giving much greater control of the output and instantly solving a feedback problem if it occurs.
This microphone is priced at the lower end of the scale when it comes to Shure products, but that does not mean that quality has been lowered. Plus, the Shure PGA48-XLR comes with a standard two-year replacement warranty, which we think is very generous.
Although we found this microphone to be slightly quieter overall than the SM58, we did find that feedback was almost non-existent. The sound produced was crystal clear, with an extremely balanced tone.
- Shure quality.
- On/off switch.
- Available with different cable options.
- Cheap for a Shure product.
- Not wireless.
7 BEHRINGER PA System, Black (ULM202USB)
The BEHRINGER PA System, Black (ULM202USB), is part of a new wave of wireless microphone and receiver systems. Included in the package are two wireless microphones and a USB receiver. The receiver is a simple ULM200D dual-mode USB, which is capable of being plugged directly into a compatible PA, mixer, or even your computer!
The USB receiver is a different technology from others we have reviewed, but the outcome is essentially the same, right? Wrong!
With the USB being able to be directly plugged into any PC or MAC, the signal can be sent straight to your DAW of choice, giving this system a huge boost in your ability to record! The signal is encrypted digitally before being sent to the USB on the 2.4 GHz bandwidth, which is above the operating frequencies of cell phones or other common devices, which could cause interference.
With its German design and heritage, you can be sure that this system will be able to handle all of the rough and tumble involved with live performance. There are volume control buttons directly built into the microphones (handy and unusual) themselves and a panic mute button in case things really go bad, and feedback is taking over your performance!
No rechargeable batteries is just about the only con for this system, but we were able to squeeze eight hours of use off cheaper AA batteries. I
However, in testing, we found the sound to be a little cold and tinny at first, but with some nominal tweaking of the mixer, we found a much more inviting sound.
- Inbuilt volume and panic mute buttons on the microphones.
- Two microphones included.
- Direct DAW connectivity.
- Not the cheapest.
8 Behringer Ultravoice Xm8500 Dynamic Vocal Microphone
Rounding out our rundown today is the ever-present Behringer Ultravoice Xm8500 Dynamic Vocal Microphone, Cardioid. The Xm8500 has been around for many years, and it quickly became known as one of the premium low-cost karaoke mics on the market.
Looking at this microphone, it’s easy to see why comparisons are made to the Shure SM58. And it’s not just the looks, inside we have a very similar setup also.
Here we have a dynamic, cardioid polar pattern that helps reduce background or unwanted noise. The frequency range of 50Hz- 15kHz, the impedance of 150 ohms, and the lack of on/off switch also mirrors the Shure SM58.
Amazingly well is really all we can say! We blind tested this one against an SM58, and the results were very surprising. Out of the five singers to participated in the blind test, two actually preferred the Behringer Ultravoice Xm8500 over the Shure SM58.
The marriage of the warm subtle tones, great build quality, and fantastic dynamic response really won us over. It also performed admirably when used to record our favorite guitar amp.
- Bang for your buck price.
- Real contender to the SM58.
- Not wireless.
- No accessories, only the microphone.
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So, What Are The Best Karaoke Microphones?
So, after hours of testing and careful consideration, were we able to come up with a clear winner? Well kind of! Finding one in this list really depends on what you are looking for and what your budget is.
You don’t care about price or wireless systems? Then the best of all these best karaoke microphones is easily the…Shure SM58-LC Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone.
…every day of the week. Yes, some of the other contenders performed well in categories that the SM58 is known to dominate, but it is still impossible to beat this legendary industry-standard microphone.
The price is an issue, and cord-free is what you need? We think the… BEHRINGER PA System, Black (ULM202USB).
…is the one for you. With the extra options provided by the inclusion of a USB receiver and two fantastic microphones (so you and your bestie can belt out the bangers together), this one is hard to beat.