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We love going to car boot sales with my daughter as she knows we'll probably buy her something as it's so cheap. One of those times, we found this CD player and she desperately wanted it so we eventually agreed we would buy it for her. We bought this for her when she was 3.
---About the product:
The ELC Sing Along CD Player is available from the Early Learning Centre and can be bought in either pink or red. It is a portable CD player that combines this with two working microphones so that you can do your own karaoke. It is designed for ages 3+ and is built from a durable plastic with a nice thick handle which makes picking it up easy for small hands. It has a small LED screen that tells you what number track you are playing and 6 buttons (3 down each side) which allow you to play, pause, stop, change track, repeat and program the CD player. On either side there is a microphone that clips into its own holder and has an on/off switch on it. There are also two dials that can be turned to change the volume of the CD Player and the volume of the microphones. Lastly it has a button on it to open the CD lid. The player takes 6 x 'C' batteries or can be run off the mains with a mains lead although this is not included.
---Using the product:
My daughter was thrilled to get this home and see if it worked and we were equally thrilled that it actually did! We started off using it with the batteries but as my daughter had a tendency to accidently leave it slightly switched on, these didn't last very long at all. Instead my husband bought a mains adapter for it so we could leave it plugged in and it didn't matter as much if she forgot to turn it off. She uses it now every evening when she goes to bed. She is able to change the CDs on her own and will turn the volume dial so that she can hear the music and is able to control it without any extra help.
She has also worked out how to use the microphones and will sing into them happily and play with the volume as necessary. The microphones are easy for her to get out of the clips although slightly harder for her to get back in but she's working on it. She understands the sliding on/off button on the side of the microphones and is able to use that herself effectively.
I have loved having this in my daughter's room and have been really pleased that she has been able to work it on her own. It is chunky enough for her to be able to handle all the controls easily and the buttons are large enough for her to press on her own. As she has a good memory, she is able to find the correct button to press without any problems and she has worked out what the repeat button is for! It means that I can leave her to use this in the evening and then I can go up and switch it off once she is asleep. It has helped her to be more independent as she liked having music in her room and this has allowed her to control it.
We have been really pleased with this buy and I am so happy we found it. it costs £30 new from ELC and although part of me thinks this is really expensive, another part knows that for what it does, it is actually quite reasonable. It is not a toy, but is an effective, functioning piece of equipment that she should be able to use for many years to come. The fact we got ours for such a bargain price is just a bonus, but I would recommend buying it. I have taken off a star in the rating because it doesn't come with its own mains power lead which is very annoying. The amount of use we get out of this would have cost us a fortune in batteries! I would highly recommend buying an adapter for this is you decide to buy one so that you minimise that cost. The only other thing I would like changing is that the on/off for the overall device is controlled by the CD volume dial which means that you have to make sure it clicks when turning it off which young children are not very good at doing. These points aside, I would and do recommend this product if you want a fun CD player with the added benefit of karaoke for your child.
I bought this for my daughter as she loved playing it at a friend's house. I was really disappointed with it. It won't play CDs on battery power alone so we had to but another charger which cost us another £15! It also won't play my daughters CDs which are a bit scratched, unlike our standard CD player which plays them fine. We have another standard CD player which she used before and has since gone back to using. The mikes are ok but they need to hold them too close to their mouths to make them work and the result is muffled shouting! Very annoying. This product looks great but unlike other ELC products just isn't well. It was also fairly expensive. What a letdown! The buttons are clear and this would appear to make it more children friendly but most kids today are so ICT savvy i don't find they have a problem using devices designed for an adult!
Our daughter loves Mama Mia and just before Christmas we decided we didn't want to keep listening to the same tracks over and over again on the CD in the lounge. On this basis, we decided to buy her a CD player of her own that could go in her bedroom when we were fed up of listening to the noise.
After looking around we settled on the portable CD player from the early learning Centre. The main attraction was the colour - pink! It is also available in a red / black however for non pink fans.
The CD player has two microphones attached which I thought was quite nice for listening with friends. I could foresee accidents however when two girls both wanted the same microphone, or both wanted to run around the room singing. As the microphones are attached to the player by a curly cord, I thought perhaps one would be less accident prone. Thankfully we haven't experienced two girls trying to sing at the same time yet.
Appearance, the CD player looks nice. With the two tone pink and silver, the colours go well and at the same time they appear to look neutral and would fit with many colour schemes within the bedroom.
The buttons are nice and chunky, easy for children to press and the symbols on the buttons are large and bold. Once we had told our daughter which button did what, she seemed to pick it up quite quickly, despite only being three years old.
You can carry the player around by its large chunky handle, and it doesn't make the CD skip if the child is bouncing it up and down which is a plus point to the player. We found the CD's easy to insert and they click into place easily despite being vertically placed inside the player.
The player is powered by batteries and this is the one area we felt ELC let the product down. It takes four large C sized batteries, and these do seem to need replacing too often for me liking. It would be wise to invest in rechargables if you are purchasing this player. It's a shame there is no mains adapter that comes with it.
I think possibly, the other area letting the player down is the on / off button. It operates with a twist button and it clicks faintly when off, but a small child doesn't always wait for it to click, or even turn it all the way off, as we have found out when the batteries have run down too quickly in the past.
We weren't expecting great sound quality to come from the microphones due to being designed for children, however we were fairly impressed. It's by no means clear, but the sound does travel through well. As the microphones just sit on the sides of the player, they are easy to hold and put back quickly.
We paid £28 for the player at Christmas time, but now it's available for £30. I think this is the highest end of the market for what I would be happy to pay for a child's CD player, but it is solid, bright, and works well. It certainly looked a lot more appealing than others we looked at.
Suitable from 3 years
As my daughter has turned into a right little performer who loves to sing and dance it seemed idea to buy her a music player of some description for Christmas. I was looking for either a personal cd player or little stereo for her when I came across a cd player in The Early Learning Centre. It immediately grabbed my attention as it is bright pink and the fact it came with a microphone made it the perfect present.
The CD player as I said earlier is a lovely bright pink in colour and is made out of a hard wearing chunky plastic which makes it ideal for those little, sometimes clumsy, hands! At the top of the player is a chunky ridged handle so it is easy for the child to carry it around and it is big enough so an adult can also carry it should the need arise. On the front of the player you will see various buttons surrounding the large silver door in which you will put the cd. From left to right the buttons are:
* Program - this button is to be pressed if you wish to have the songs on your cd played in a certain order. You simply press the button, then use the + and - buttons to determine which number song you wish to play for example: Program, then number 1 and 4 and press play and the two chosen songs will play.
* Skip/Search (-/+) - these two buttons are used to scroll through the cd to find any particular songs. You can also use this button to skip through some of a song should you so wish.
* Open - this button stands out a little more than the others as it is an oval shape rather than circular like the others and is a little larger. Pressing this button makes the front of the player pop open so a cd can be put inside.
* Play/Pause - this button is simply to make the player play the music, and can be pressed again to pause the song (and pressed a third time to restart the song).
* Stop - this button just stops the cd when pressed.
* Repeat - should you wish to keep on song on repeat, press this button and one particular song will stay on replay until the button is pressed again to cancel.
Above the central open button you will see a digital display which tells you which track is currently being played, and when you initially turn the player on it will display how many songs are on the cd. At the bottom corners of the front of the player you will see two pastel pink knobs, the left being the microphone volume control and the right being the power on/off and volume control. Finally, at each side of the cd player you will see a microphone, each of which are held in their own holder and have their own on/off switch. The microphones are pastel pink (to match the buttons) and silver (to match the front of the player) so they look really funky.
The back of the cd player is where you will find the battery case and this is screwed on so you need to make sure you have a mini screwdriver to get in! The player does come with batteries but we found that they needed replacing quite quickly so I would probably advise you have some new ones ready. It does take 6 x C batteries, which is quite a lot for a toy and I would advise some strong batteries such as Duracell as if it is anything like our house it will be used a lot!
Loading the cd player is very simple, the child will press the open button and the cover will just pop open, then the cd is just placed flat inside. To turn the cd player on, you turn the right hand knob and the player will click on and the cd inside will start to turn. After a few seconds the display will show at the top which indicates that the player is ready to begin and play can be pressed. When the music is playing there are three red lights at either side of the track number which will flash throughout the song.
This cd player is simply fantastic, the cd compartment is easy to load, the buttons and control knobs are a really good size for little hands to use and the microphones are a good size for little ones also. My daughter had just literally turned three when she received this last Christmas and I wondered if she would be able to work it with ease, I tried to show her but being the independant little girl she is she wanted to do it all by herself so I left her to it, and not many seconds later we had Disney tunes blaring out! I dare say this was more luck than judgement on her part at the time, but now just over two months later she knows exactly which button to press and when, and she can even use the program button correctly which amazed her Grandma!!
I made my little girl a CD with all her favourite songs on, and she will sit for ages at a time either just listening to the music and reading a book, or more often up dancing and singing with the microphone. The sound quality through the microphone isn't fantastic, but it is perfectly good enough for a young childs "toy" and it is lovely listening to them singing into it from a different room when they think you can't hear them - something my daughter has taken to doing when she having one of her "shy" moments! Sometimes she will bring the player to me and ask me to sing with her - we do a cracking duet to the songs from Alice In Wonderland!
The quality of this ELC CD Player is brilliant. It has an anti-shock function built in so can take plenty of knocks and the cd when playing won't jump. That has been tested many times when my daughter has knocked it over when dancing, dragged it when singing with the microphone and even dropped it!! The only way I can think that this cd player could be improved is to maybe have the possibility of it being powered from the mains, but as the batteries seem to last a good amount of time I don't see it as an issue as such. One thing I would say about the cd player is that it is very very loud! My daughter always has to have it turned to full blast and it surprised me how loud it acutally gets, so much so that after a while I can't even hear myself think!!
I would say that this cd player has been played with at least once every single day since Christmas and the batteries that we put in are still going, although I think they are almost ready to be replaced but I can't complain at that with how much use it has seen! The cd player is aimed at children aged three plus, and I think it would be a great present for any child even up to the age of maybe six or seven! The price of the cd player is £30.00 at The Early Learning Centre, and from the amount of fun my daughter has had with this I really think that is an absolute bargain! I really cannot recommend this highly enough, I am so happy with it and for any budding little performer it is an ideal buy.
The sing-along-cd player is great for little children. My daughter is only two but has many many story cd's that she loves to listen too.
The volume is good although not so high that you'll be yelling for them to turn it down. The controls are easy to use and although my daughter is not yet able to read she has learn't which is stop and which is play within a matter of hours.
The microphones are a good volume and quality too although we have noticed that one is noticibly quieter than the other.
The battery consumption is reasonable but 6 C batteries a time is some hefty power!! Would be nice if it came with a power cord.
My daughter carries this everywhere with her and it seems tough and durable however every slight little knock causes it to cut out momentarily. We've yet to have scratched and damaged cd's from this though!!
This is one of the presents my daughter received for her sixth birthday earlier this year . It's basically a CD player aimed at children 3 years and over, and as my daughter has recently developed a bit of an interest in singing along with music, I decided this would be an ideal present for her . There are red, blue and pink ones, the pink version was chosen for my daughter .
This isn't a toy - its a real CD player, but with big chunky buttons which clearly tell you what they are for, its so very simple for a child to use . The Cd's load in at the front, where there are some attractive flower decorations, and it's easy to open the player by pressing the button the release the catch . At the sides of the player are clips housing two microphones (with their own separate volume controls, which allow my daughter (and me when I get roped into it) to sing along . It has a handle at the top to enable it to be carried around .
It has all the usual buttons - play, stop, skip, repeat, pause etc. The buttons all have the name of the function written on them , which I think is good, although the writing is perhaps a tiny bit small. The volume controls for both the CD and the microphones are chunky and easy to turn .There is also a small LCD display that tells you what number track you are on, and either side of this are lights that flash in time to the music .It has a headphone slot, but headphones need to be purchased separately.
The sound quality on this is decent, and the volume goes up fairly high - certainly high enough to annoy me when I have a headache . Don't get me wrong, you're not going to produce window rattling bass with this CD player, but I can, for instance, leave it on upstairs and still hear it downstairs in the kitchen, or even outside in the garden. And I will confess that I do steal this when my daughter is at school - not having a CD player of my own, only my computer to listen to music on .
The handle at the top is chunky and makes it easy for my daughter (or me) to carry this around and reposition it , and with it running on batteries (although you can buy a separate adaptor ) its pretty handy for taking on picnics .
Whilst all this is good, it really comes into it's own as a karaoke machine . My daughter and I have had hours of fun singing along with the songs, and the microphones do produce some decent volume . They do however make our voices sound a little robotic, but for a six year old they do the trick, and many an hour has been spent with my daughter, her friends, and I having mock X-Factor auditions .
My daughter also likes to pretend to interview me with the microphones, so I imagine that with a little imagination the microphones could provide all kinds of different play ideas for children.
The CD player is pretty hefty . It has been dropped, dragged, and dripped on (six year olds sadly are never too careful with their toys) and is none the worse for wear .
The only slight issue with this CD player is that, if for example we are dancing about shaking our booties, and happen to (as we often do) hit the floor with the grace of the average drunken hippo, the CD player will cut out for just a few seconds .
This was £40 at the time of purchase, not including the 6 C batteries required . A quick look on the ELC website reveals that you can buy it now at a cheaper price - £32 .
I think this present would be ideal for any music loving child (don't forget it comes in red and blue too!) and also that it could provide some great fun at sleepovers and childrens parties . I think the button are ideally sized, the player itself is sturdy and produces good sound at a variety of volumes, and I would certainly recommend it . My daughter has used this on a daily basis for the last 3 months, and the batteries are still going strong,despite her occasionally forgetting to turn off the microphones.
Overall, highly recommended.
5 stars .
We have this singalong CD player in blue for our son. He is 5 and loves it.
He got it as a gift and at the price, currently £40, I am so glad as I would not have paid that for it.
It is a really robust cd player and is still in perfect condition after nearly a year of being carried around. The carry handle on top make this ideal for taking in the car or to Grannys.
It has really clear large buttons and dials so that children can easily use it by themselves. It opens at the touch of a button and inserting the disc or removing it is simple and straight forward. It has an added benefit of the anti shock feature meaning if the cd palyer is moved while playing the cd doesnt jump.
The 2 microphones really come in handy when my son has friends round or his sisters want a shot.
The repeat function is also really good so that you can set it up to play there favourite song over and over again.
A downside is that there is no adapter included with this and it really eats the batteries. Luckily we had a spare adapter lying around that fits so we use this when he is listening to his bedtime stories. If you dont have one it can cost around £10 to buy one and unfortunately the ELC dont provide details of which on eot buy so it is best to take this with you to make sure you buy the correct one.
I would recommend this but look out for discounts that they sometimes offer.
The ELC Singalong CD Player is a first CD player for children 3+. Although it is sold by Early Learning Centre this isn't a toy as such, it is a fully functioning CD player. Our eldest daughter loves music and also has a lot of books that have story CD's so we decided to buy her this for her 3rd birthday a few weeks ago. She was delighted when she unwrapped it and we have been really happy with it too!
The CD player is basically like any other with all the functions you would expect to find - play, pause, stop, random, repeat, skip track, etc. The CD's load in the front by pressing a button to release the door. It also has two microphones (with volume control separate from the CD) so you're little one(s) can sing along to the favourite songs!
So what's good? As it's made by ELC it really is made with children in mind and is therefore very sturdily built! The buttons are quite nice and chunky for little fingers and it has a nice big handle on top to make it easy to carry.
And what's bad? I can't fault it too much but my couple of niggles about it would be... the door for the CD's opens very slowly and frustrated children tend to want to pull at it to open it quicker!! I can see that it's potentially only a matter of time before it could break off! The other slight flaw is that the buttons are marked with their functions but the writing is all quite small and they don't have the normal symbols (e.g. triangle for play) that you would expect to see and that might be easier for children to recognise and remember. However, our daughter seems to have figured most of them out already and remembers them well so this really hasn't been much of a draw back! It also drinks batteries but an adaptor is available to buy separately (£12.50).
Other info? The Singalong CD player retails at £37.50 however, with ELC 20% off vouchers/codes floating around basically all of the time (especially coming up to christmas!) you should be able to get it for £30 which I think is quite good value for something that they're unlikely to outgrow for a good few years! We have the pink version but it is also available in red or blue. You can also buy co-ordinating CD storage boxes and other microphones, etc from ELC too. The CD player takes six 'C' batteries OR you can buy the adaptor (mentioned above).
Overall I think this is a really good CD player. Our daughter loves it and even our youngest daughter (14 months) loves singing into the microphones! I can only imagine how noisy they'll be with them as they get bigger and start trying to do duets....what were we thinking?!?!!
With large dials and easy to load cd player, this cd player will be the life of the party. Sing along into one of the two microphones.