I used this karaoke machine for a recent "fun" outing and it delivered. We hooked up our ipad and were away.
I must admit that we did use karaoke songs from you tube rather than the ones suggested from ION. The microphone that came with the machine was adequate. However, knowing that there was only one and that people like to sing duets, I bought another "cheapie" and it had much more sound and power.
We had a great deal of fun. The sound was ample. I feel I made a good purchase for the money!
Addition 11/5/2013. This system withstood additional abuse throughout August when it became the go-to for a fun evening for visiting friends and relatives. It went to the beach and came home and probably had about ten uses in that time. I have read reviews that said that this system does not have power. While I did not find that to be true, I do believe, however, that it may be linked to the microphone that comes with the system. The additional mike I bought was definitely more substantial and powerful. Seeing as how one was so cheap, a second could easily max out the sound.
Also, seeing the comments that others have had regarding power and problems, I have had none so far...definite knocking on wood. The only problem was that we did drive some sleeping visitors from our home because of the noise. :(
Finally, we didn't need any additional cables despite the review of one commenter. Perhaps his was missing from his box or he tossed it out with the trash. It was small, barely three inches and could have been overlooked.
I stand by my review. This is a good product for those just looking for fun and not investing a lot. If anything changes, I will add to this review.
The product is not worth $100 the volume is so poor on both the speaker and microphone. My daughter needs to press her lips against it in order for any type of volume to come out and even then the speaker has no sound. This product is not even toy worthy very disappointed