How to Connect a Karaoke Machine to Any Device


If you’re setting up karaoke at home, or just want to connect a karaoke machine up to an existing device, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ll go through all the best ways to connect a karaoke machine to following devices individually, so keep reading!

  • Smart TV
  • Laptop
  • PC
  • Phone
  • Tablet 

If you’re not sure what the connection types are, then skip ahead to the end of the article for some more information on each type of connection mentioned.

We’ll give you plenty of options to try, but keep in mind that they won’t all work, it depends which type of karaoke machine and model of device you’re using, so check the user guide of each device and karaoke machine to confirm which methods are compatible. No matter what device or microphone you’re using, here are the main steps you need to follow.

  1. Check the connection-type on your device  
  2. Check if your karaoke machine has an input connection for this type of cable
  3. If you already have the cable, go ahead and connect them
  4. If not, check the links on Amazon to purchase one
  5. But if they don’t have the same connection, consider using an adaptor

How to Connect Karaoke Machine to a Smart TV

There are usually two main ways of connecting a karaoke machine to a smart TV: wireless and wired. The method you can use will depend on the model of your karaoke machine and TV.

Wireless

  • First, turn on the bluetooth discovery setting your karaoke machine.
  • Then go into your TV settings and go into the bluetooth section, and search for devices.
  • Your karaoke machine will show up in the list of options, press pair (or connect to this device) and your karaoke machine and TV will be connected.
  • If your karaoke machine isn’t showing up in the list of options on your TV, then make sure your machine isn’t connected to any other device via bluetooth. If it is, then turn it off and it should work.
  • If your TV isn’t connecting, then make sure your TV is not connected via bluetooth to any other device. 

Wired

  • Most karaoke machines to connect to a TV using an RCA connection cable. This is usually a cable split into 3 different connections, a white, yellow and red wire.  
  • You’ll need to connect each colour wire to the corresponding colour in-put on your TV (usually at the side or back). Then your karaoke machine and TV will be connected. 
  • This is known as an AV connection. Your TV will probably have a few different AV connections available (usually 3-4). Remember which number AV you connected to. 
  • Now you need to locate this on your TV.
  • Go into the input sections of your TV and then select the number AV connection that you used and then the display should show on your TV so you are ready to get started!

Not sure what these connections look like? Skip ahead to the connections explained section. 

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Connect a Karaoke Machine to a Laptop or PC

Usually there are two ways you can connect a laptop or PC to a karaoke machine.

  1. Using bluetooth: simply make your karaoke machine discoverable by turning the bluetooth on, and then go into your laptop or PC settings and search for a bluetooth device and press pair.
  2. Use an AUX lead to connect your karaoke machine and laptop. 
Sometimes your karaoke machine/ laptop or PC won’t have these connections available. In which case, you can try a USB connection or even an RCA connection as we described above. Or you can consider using an adaptor.
 
Not sure what these connections look like? Skip ahead to the connections explained section. 

Connect a Karaoke Machine to a Phone

Usually connecting a karaoke machine to a mobile phone is really simple and involves pairing your device via bluetooth.

  • Just make sure your karaoke machine’s bluetooth discovery setting is turned on, then go into your phone settings, go into connections and then bluetooth and press search for device. 
  • Your karaoke machine will show up and you can then press it to pair the two devices. 
  • If this doesn’t work, then check that your phone and karaoke machine are not connected to any other devices. 

If you don’t want to use a wireless connection, then you’ll be able to connect them using an AUX cable in most cases. You just connect one end of the cable into the AUX-in line on your karaoke machine. Then connect the other end into the headphone jack of your phone. 

Not sure what these connections look like? Skip ahead to the connections explained section. 

Connect a Karaoke Machine to a Tablet

Connecting a machine to a tablet, is very similar to connecting it to a phone. There are two main methods you can use:

  1. Connect the two devices via bluetooth. Make sure your karaoke machine bluetooth discovery setting is on and then go into the settings on your tablet, then into connections, then into bluetooth and press search for device. Your karaoke machine will show up and then you can press it to pair the two devices. If this doesn’t work, check that both your karaoke machine and tablet aren’t connected to anything else. 
  2. Use an AUX lead to connect the AUX-in line on your karaoke machine to the headphone jack on your smart device/ tablet. 
Not sure what these connections look like? Skip ahead to the connections explained section. 

Connections Explained

Here are the most common connections used for smart devices and karaoke machines. You can click the image to take you to Amazon to purchase these connections if you don’t already have them. Don’t worry if you aren’t from the USA, the link will take you to the Amazon store for your region. 

RCA Connection Cable 

Used to connect a karaoke machine to a TV. The yellow cable is for composite video, the red for the right audio channel, and the white or black for the left channel of stereo audio

AUX Cable

Used to connect a karaoke machine to a TV, laptop, PC, tablet or other smart device. Connect one end to your karaoke machine and the other to the headphone jack of your device. 

What Next?

So now you’ve connected your karaoke machine to your smart device, what do you do next to get started?

The easiest way to start playing karaoke, is by using YouTube or a karaoke app that you’ve downloaded to your smart device. Setting karaoke up with YouTube is super easy. If you want to learn how to do it, then head over to our guide on how to set up karaoke using YouTube

How to Connect TV and Laptop

If you’ve connected a smart device to a laptop and you’d like to connect this up to a screen so you’ve got a larger display for your lyric video, then you can use a HDMI cable. You can find one on Amazon for really cheap. Here’s a great value HDMI cable that will allow you to connect your laptop and TV. 

Final Words

Hopefully this guide has made things a bit clearer and given you some options to be able to connect your karaoke machine to your smart device. Remember these steps:

  1. Check the connection-type on your smart device 
  2. Check if your karaoke machine has an input connection for this type of cable
  3. If you already have the cable, go ahead and connect them
  4. If not, check the links on Amazon to purchase one
  5. But if they don’t have the same connection, consider using an adaptor 

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