Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

The Sing-Along Sounds of Music: Every Night Can Be Karaoke Night with These Cool Sing-at-Home Machines. (Gay Guide to Home Theater)

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

The Sing-Along Sounds of Music: Every Night Can Be Karaoke Night with These Cool Sing-at-Home Machines. (Gay Guide to Home Theater)

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Singing standards isn't just for Liza Minnelli (and the men who look like her) anymore, and karaoke machines aren't just for Tokyo families and rest home retirees. It's finally time to come out of the closet and add a microphone to your list of must-have holiday party supplies. Here are some easy ways to get your new karaoke lifestyle up and running.

For a nice kiddie-pool introduction to the world of vocal gymnastics, there's MTV Karaoke Vision by the Singing Machine ($200). It takes CD + Graphics discs as well as cassettes and even has a built-in seven-inch black-and-white TV receiver for lyrics. You can't have MTV without delightful pop trash, so there is also a series of MTV CD+G packs in various genres for sale. Crack your throat on Blink 182 or make goo-goo eyes at a party cutie while singing "You Gets No Love" by Faith Evans.

If you're looking to take your song stylings to other people's parties, there are pint-size options out there as well. The Vocostar VS-1800 Karaoke Boom Box ($109) weighs just six pounds and lets you sing along with CD+G discs with an included mike. …

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