We purchased this karaoke machine for my son for his birthday and it was a HUGE hit! He had originally asked for a much cheaper version without all the bells and whistles. While shopping for the one he asked for, we came across this one and just had to have it. I loved that it has an iPad cradle so that he can play all of his music directly from his iPad. This is mainly what he uses it for. I also loved that it has lights on both sides. This made his birthday party so much fun. What is karaoke without all the flashing lights? This particular machine is a little pricier than other models, but it does have a lot more features. The sound is amazing. We actually set it up outside and it worked perfectly for our party. I would recommend this karaoke machine to anyone who is looking for some party fun or who just likes to play around and sing to their favorite tunes!