So here’s the thing: the Akai KS808 is a great karaoke machine, except when it isn’t. If you’re on the market for something that gets more mileage than a simple plug-and-play unit but you’re not quite interested in a fancy professional-grade model, this karaoke machine may be well within your range. The sleek tower unit is decently priced, doesn’t take a lot of effort to assemble, does all the things you’d expect a karaoke machine to do, and even boasts a set of deceptively modest built-in speakers—all things that make it perfect.
However, both customer and expert reviews reveal an uneven range of experiences with the machine. Karaoke experts are left wanting more from a machine in this price unit, while a small but not insignificant number of consumer reviews note issues with everything from assembly to audio playback. However, when all goes well with the unit—and for the majority of customers, it does—most everyone agrees that the KS808 is an affordable, easy-to-use machine that’s great for private home use.
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Akai KS808 Conclusion
If you’re in the market for a good karaoke machine, don’t let these negative reports deter you. They’re far outweighed by the good things users have to say about the machine. The vocal few who do run into trouble take advantage of Akai’s 90-day limited warranty to get parts replaced. Let’s face it: try as we might to find the perfect combination of convenience, functionality, and price, you’ll never be able to find a machine that meets all of your expectations perfectly.
That said, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a system that’s both as decent and and affordable as the Akai KS808. Between its quick-and-easy assembly, its ample range of voice control functions, and excellent speaker system, you’ll want to consider purchasing the KS808 if you’re looking for a no-frills karaoke machine that can be used without much fuss. It’s especially suitable for older children, families, and adults who’d like to have a karaoke machine on hand for use either on their own, with a singing partner, or in a small group.