Connections and controls
Charging the internal battery
The WS858 is equipped with an internal Li-ion rechargeable battery. Before first use, it is recommended to fully charge the battery.
Recharge the battery by connecting the microUSB socket to a USB power supply (5V, 800mA) using the USB to microUSB lead provided.
To switch the WS858 on, press and hold the Power On/Off button on top of the control panel and a blue LED will light. Speak into the microphone and push the Mic Level slider upwards to hear the sound from the internal speaker.
The slider on the right side of the control panel adjusts the amount of echo effect mixed in with the microphone sound. In addition to the echo effect, press and hold the FX button to select a harmony effect – repeated pressing of the FX button will step through different harmony settings.
Short presses of the Power On/Off button will step through the playback modes, as described below.
Mp3 player mode
For playback of tracks to sing along to, the WS858 has a microSD card slot and a USB port. Connect either of these memory devices (formatted to FAT32) with mp3 tracks stored on them and playback should start automatically.
Volume for the media player is controlled by a pair of + and – buttons on the right side of the panel. Track navigation is controlled by pressing Prev or Next track buttons. Pressing Play/Pause will alternately play or pause the track.
FM tuner mode
In addition to mp3 playback, the WS858 has a mode for FM radio. In FM radio mode, press and hold Play/Pause to auto-tune the available radio stations and store them into internal memory. These can then be stepped through these using the Prev and Next buttons.
The final mode for the media player is for Bluetooth playback from a smartphone or other Bluetooth-enabled audio player. Search for “WS858” device, pair for media playback and play a track on the smartphone or player. Navigation is controllable via Play/Pause, Prev and Next buttons.
For quiet practice, connect a pair of stereo headphones to the 3.5mm output jack, which disconnects the speaker. Alternatively, this can be used to connect to further powered speakers or recording devices.
Recording to a smartphone
Some smartphone karaoke apps are designed to allow playback of backing tracks from the smartphone with simultaneous recording back to the smartphone memory. The WS858 is compatible with these apps by connecting via the supplied 3.5mm jack to microUSB lead.