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This last Christmas (2012) I wasn't sure what to get my daughter for Christmas, we had been told however at nursery that she absolutely loved music and dancing so we thought we'd try and get her a children's CD player and some music so she could listen to it whilst playing and also so she could use it for books on CD when she gets a little older (she's 2).
I had a look in John Lewis and ELC and the CD players there were retailing at £30 - £40 which I thought was pricey for a CD player, and I was pleased to find the Chad Valley My First Sing Along CD Player for only £14.99 down from £19.99 at my local Argos, so I reserved and collected it.
The Chad Valley My First Sing Along CD Player doesn't come with batteries, it takes 3 x D batteries, which we buy from the pound shop. Luckily it doesn't seem to gobble up batteries like some kids toys do, though you can use a wall charger with it (not supplied) if you prefer.
The CD player looks lovely, very age appropriate, mainly styled in red with yellow accents and blue controls, so it's suitable for both boys and girls up to say 12 years of age (they might want something a bit less childlike after that!), but if it lasts that long, I'll be happy.
The great thing about the Chad Valley My First Sing Along CD Player is that it has 2 wired microphones with on/off switches clipped on to the sides meaning you can have a sing along with the music - a great bonus, especially for something at such a reasonable price.
The CD player is very easy to use, with a pull down CD cover and with the standard operation buttons as little shapes (star, square, circle and so on). It has play/pause, stop, forward 1 track, back 1 track. It is very very easy to use, as you'd expect. The microphones are pretty good quality too and have lasted well despite all the drool a 2 year old can dribble into them! They're on curly phone type cords so stretch far, and the CD player has a carry handle so you can walk around and sing to your heart's desire!
The Chad Valley My First Sing Along CD Player comes boxed, with an instructional pamphlet and 12 month guarantee. I'm very, very happy with it not only for the price but how well made it is and how nice it looks, plus with the added bonus of the microphones. My little girl loves it and since then my Mum has actually bought one for my nephew and she is equally as pleased with it.
I will award the Chad Valley My First Sing Along CD Player a big 5 stars out of 5, it's absolutely brilliant, and a lovely inexpensive gift which we can keep buying CDs for. Don't buy the more expensive ones, this is just as good and over half the price. Highly recommended!
For my son's third birthday his Granny and Grandad bought him the Chad Valley my first sing along CD player as he loved to listen to music. We had been looking at the ELC CD player but it was almost double the selling price of the Chad Valley one from argos and so we decided to tell them to purchase the cheaper one.
The my first sing along CD player came well packed in a cardboard box and on the front was a picture of the product inside so we had a good idea what we were getting before the box had been opened. Inside the box there was plenty of polystyrene holding the CD player in place so that it wouldn't be damaged and so we were more than happy with the packaging to be honest.
The actual CD player was blue with some purple accessories when we got it but it seems that it is now offered in red instead. The product is a proper CD player in that you can play real music CD's through it as opposed to one of these that comes with fake CD's for younger children! The CD player also has a really handy carry handle part and so your child is able to take it from room to room with them if they want which is something that my son used to do. Apart from the fact that the player would play real CD's for my son the main selling point with this one was the fact that it came with two microphones as my son loved to sing along to music when he was younger. The microphone's slot in to each side of the player and are attached with a curly, thick wire and so you cannot detach them from the player and dance around the room singing or anything. My son used to love singing in to the microphones and in terms of quality these are fine and what you would expect from a product such as this to be honest.
This CD player requires four size C batteries and these are easily inserted once you have used a screwdriver to remove the back of the player. The batteries lasted quite well so long as we reminded our son to switch off the power when he wasn't using it but sometimes we would find it switched on still and then the batteries would seem to drain faster. There is a place for an adapter to be inserted to plug this in to the mains but the adapter isn't included and so you would need to purchase this separately.
The front of the player opens up when you apply pressure to the button and so you can slide in a CD making sure it is fully attached before closing the door. The led light will tell you how many songs are on the CD and of course change to what number you are playing as you go through the CD. You are able to play and pause music as well as skip it using this product and so it is perfectly functional and certainly meets a child's needs in my opinion. The buttons are large enough and clearly marked so that a child can learn to work the player themselves. After a couple of months of owning this product the front door section of the player snapped and argos were great at replacing the product as they agreed it was probably a product fault instead of the player being mishandled. The replacement that we were given lasted my son a good few years before it again broke on the door part and unless we taped it down when playing a CD the door would just fall open and so we threw it away in the end.
The volume on the CD player and the microphones is adjustable and whilst it won't make the walls shake with volume it is certainly loud enough for a child's needs in my opinion. In terms of music quality it was always fine unless my son was bouncing around really close to the player in which case sometimes the CD would skip a little but this wasn't really a big issue at all.
From memory this CD player cost £25 approximately but argos are currently selling it for just £14.99 and I think this is a great price for the player to be honest. I would recommend this CD player for children aged around three to five years.
Thank you for reading my review!
My Daughter turned 4 at the beginning of the month and when picking things she would like she picked this CD player out of the Argos book, this was something Santa had on his list to get from the Early learning Centre, and however on closer inspection I discover this one had two microphones and with two children a far better idea I thought!
What is it essentially this is a cd player it comes in red with little yellow microphones which work independently so you can either not sing (my favoured option) or only have one microphone on. The controls on the CD player are really easy for little ones to use each button is fairly small but they are all different shapes which of course helps aid memory the on off button is a dial which is very easy to use and when switched off makes a click so easy to confirm off.
Cost and Stockist
Nana got this from Argos and paid £18.99 you can also get this from Amazon at a cost of £29.10! Plus of course the 4 size C batteries.
This is an excellent well made CD player it is robust and really easy for children to use and of course with two microphones it is a really good toy to play with a friend or of course your sister my two love singing mamma mia and pretending they are on x factor Daddy gets to be Simon Cowell!!
I really do recommend this Cd player I am really glad my little girl spotted this as with two microphones it's a toy they can share meaning we only had to get one not one each!
I am also very impressed at the easy to operate design and at how robust this cd player is just be warned does hurt your ears at their tuneful warbling!!
The Chad Valley Sing a long CD player is one gift I requested as a gift for his third birthday as he loved sons and would lie on the floor in front of my CD player and shout song time. I didn't want a personal stereo as I wanted to protect his ears from loud sounds going directly into his ears so this seemed an ideal choice.
The CD player is mainly blue which may not appear to a girly pink girl but is ideal for my son. It comes with two microphones and large knob for easy turning.
My son was delighted to receive his CD player and we needed to fit 4 C cell batteries which are secured by a small screw which I do find reassuring. To insert a CD you need to pull down a semi transparent cover and place CD over a central turning wheel. It is clearly adequately secured as my son does tend to disconnect any toy item that does have joints. The CD player has a large knob which does click when switched on and then controls the volume. M y son has had no problem operating this from the beginning. The functions of the CD player have different shapes and alternate between grey and orange. This makes it simple for my son to understand. He will say shall I press the triangle to start the player.
One of the unusual features of this CD player is that it holds two microphones and these have a volume control and both are turned on by an on off switch on the actual microphone. I did have a problem with one of the microphones as when my son first received this he would sing putting it in his mouth and it actually stopped working which I believe to be down to the saliva .I left it to dry hanging upside down and it did restart it working and since have been very strict on making sure my son sings with it out of this mouth. The sound from the microphones is clearly audible but not crisp. I do like the fact there are two microphones as it does cause less arguments when children come to play. This also can be a disadvantage when he wants me to sing along as I don't have the greatest singing voice.
The design of this product is very good it does have a fixed carry handle and it made of a sturdy plastic. It has been dropped both inside and outside the house and shows no signs of damage. It doesn't have any sharp corners which makes it much safer especially when little one's are swinging it around.
It does have a digital display for the song numbers which is not only helpful for discovering how long is left on the CD but also it is a reminder if it is left on. My son was bought this in may and it goes through periods where it is frequently played with then left alone for a couple of weeks and I am surprised to say I have only had to change the batteries once. I however do not buy cheap batteries as I do think they are false economy. I am actually surprised how well this has lasted.
The sounds are adequate for the level needed. I would imagine as a child gets older they would want a more technically enhanced sound but for this level it is clear although not crisp but plays at an adequate volume to sing and dance in the garden.
Although this toy does not come with a power adapter it does have a jack that a power lead can be attached to which would reduce on battery usage it also has a socket for headphones which while I don't This toy is currently priced at £19.99 in Argos and I personally think great value for money. I do think this is a toy that will be useful for a few years and not something quickly grown out of.