VJ Starz Video Karaoke Machine (2002 – mid 2000s)

The VJ Starz Video Karaoke Machine was introduced in 2002 by Toymax Inc., and allowed users to create video recordings of themselves singing (and dancing).

The VJ Starz unit used cartridges containing ‘digitally recreated’ music (i.e. not recorded by the original artist) along with subtitled lyrics that could be displayed on a TV. The unit had a built-in video camera as well as a microphone, and by hooking it up to a video recorder, users could make a recording of themselves (the recorded version did not show the subtitles). For the cost of the unit, video quality was considered good.

Tempo, key and volume could be controlled.

Three cartridges were available, each with a selection of five pop hits.

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