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Victor Reader Stream (new generation)

Overview

Ready for the future of wireless content access

Imagine having the latest novels, magazines, your favorite music, audio-described films, texts and your own voice recordings, all in the palm of your hand. With its new lightweight and compact design, Victor Reader Stream delivers hours of listening pleasure ANYWHERE!

Far more than just another audio player, the new Stream’s wireless capabilities open up the world to people who are blind or visually impaired low vision.


Smaller
The new Victor Reader Stream is 28% smaller than its predecessor. Its new sleek design is thinner and features rounded shapes, making it more comfortable to hold.

Smarter

The new Stream opens new possibilities for receiving content wirelessly, from books and newspapers to podcasts and radio. It also features a louder speaker, superior text-to-speech, and improved recording.

Simple

The high contrast, robust, tactile keypad and popular Victor Reader bookshelf navigation still make this Stream the easiest to use hand-held player on the market.

A multimedia library in your pocket

Taking your books, music and much more everywhere you go is so easy with the new Victor Reader Stream’s excellent features:

  • Supports up to 32GB removable SD cards and external USB flash drives.
  • Read books from DAISY libraries: NLS, Bookshare, Learning Ally.
  • Enjoy books and music from iTunes.
  • Play text documents with built-in text-to-speech from Acapela.

Features/Specs

Exceptional user friendliness

The new Victor Reader Stream has been designed with user-friendly, real-world features.

  • Replaceable battery recharges via your computer USB or USB AC adapter
  • Built-in speaker and headphone jack
  • Self-voicing controls
  • Read at your pace by controlling playback speed
  • Sleep key – playback stops if you fall asleep
  • Information key announces book title, time elapsed/remaining, total pages and more
  • Where Am I key announces reading position such as page, chapter, or song title
  • Key describer announces the functions of each key
  • High contrast, robust, tactile keypad for ease of use and long-term service
  • Free software updates over wireless network

Record audio with a simple touch

Use the built-in mono microphone or your own stereo microphone to record voice notes, to-do lists, classroom lectures or from a line-in device.

Navigate quickly and easily

The new Stream has simple navigation to deliver the ultimate user experience. Locate files, books, audio recordings quickly and simply with just a key press.

  • Browse DAISY books by chapter, section, or phrase
  • Move through text files by paragraph, sentence, word
  • Go To Page key finds pages just like turning to a specific page in a printed book
  • Never lose your place: your Stream automatically resumes where you left off
  • Bookmark important passages — even record your own voice annotations
  • Navigate MP3 books and music by folder or file

Specifications

  • Dimensions:
    114 x 62 x 18 mm (4.5 x 2.4 x 0.7 in.)
  • Weight: 110 g (3.9 oz) including battery
  • DAISY formats supported:
    2.0, 2.0.2, and ANSI/NISO Z39.86 2002/2005 (DAISY 3)
  • Audio formats: MP4-AAC, AMR-WB+, FLAC, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, Speex, WAV
  • Text-to-speech: Acapela (2 voices) to play brf, txt, html, xml, DOCX, EPUB
  • SD slot supports up to 32GB SDHC cards
  • Li-Ion battery: Rechargeable via USB or USB AC adapter
  • Recharging time: 5 hours via AC adapter
  • Wireless protocol: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
  • Operating time: Up to 15 hours on headphones (may vary depending on content and player settings)
  • Built-in speaker and 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Micro USB port for connecting to external USB flash drives or computer
  • Recording format: PCM, Wav, MP3
  • Microphone: Built-in mono and 3.5 mm stereo jack
  • Power/data jack: Micro USB
  • Firmware upgrade via SD or online
  • Real-time clock with date/time announcement

Features/Benefits 

Usability Simple and Easy:

The Stream is unique among accessible DAISY MP3 players because its design emphasizes usability features both in the physical keypad and the easy to navigate bookshelf. User feedback indicates that the Stream is the most simple and intuitive to use

2.1        Usability - Keypad

Feature Benefit
Raised, mechanical type keys Easy to find and useful mechanical-type feedback to confirm key press unlike soft flat keys where it is difficult to find the key and ‘feel' the key press.
Key spacing Liberal spacing of keys helps to distinguish them compared to compressed keypads where keys are very close together.
Key regions Basic and most important keys (Rew, P/S, FF, Time/Sleep) at bottom of unit so user with simple needs can avoid advanced functions.
High contrast Comfortable and pleasant for low vision user.
Use of color Important keys are highlighted in orange. Orange for 2,4,6,8 keys also emphasizes their purpose as navigation keys.
Dedicated FF/Rewind Many are familiar with FF/Rewind from old cassette players so a dedicated key for simple movement forward or backward is welcomed. Also, a single tap moves backward or forward 5 seconds making it simple to repeat a small amount of narration that was missed
No multi-key press No features require user to press more than one key simultaneously.

2.2        Usability - Bookshelf

Feature Benefit
Separate bookshelves Each type of content (DAISY book, recorded MP3 book, music, text files, online content, and recorded notes each has its own bookshelf to simplify categorization. User need only press a single key (#1) to select a bookshelf.
Uniform navigation For every bookshelf, navigation is uniform. Press key 1 to find the correct bookshelf and then keys 4 and 6 to move back and forth along its list of titles. Simple to learn. Learn one bookshelf and you have learned them all.
Bookshelf Sub categories Optionally, advanced users may create sub-folders within each bookshelf folder to categorize titles. For example, you could organize the DAISY bookshelf by Fiction, nonfiction, and newspapers. Or, organize the music folder by artist and album. In this case, keys 2 and 8 choose the category.

2.3        Usability - Book/File Navigation

Feature Benefit
DAISY navigation Follows the structure of the equivalent print book by allowing user to navigate the audio by chapter, section, and page.
Non DAISY navigation For non DAISY recorded books allows navigation by file, folder, and choice of 1, 5, 10, or 30 minute time jumps.
Text navigation For text documents navigate by paragraph, sentence, word, character, and percentage time jump.
Text Search To aid in navigating large text documents, enter keywords to search for via multi-tap numeric keypad. Also find previous and find next occurrence.
Consistent navigation all types Whether chapter, section, page, paragraph, sentence, word, character, or time jumps user always selects the level of navigation with 2/8 keys and moves back and forth between the elements with 4/6 keys. So, learn one type of book navigation and you have learned them all.
Direct navigation Flexibility. User may also press Go To Page key to move directly to an entered page number or heading number in DAISY, directly to a time offset in a recorded audio file, or directly to a percentage offset in a text file.

2.4        Usability - Audio

Feature Benefit
Separate volume speaker/headphone Stream will remember separate volume settings for each of the built-in speaker and headphone. It means the user does not need to adjust volume when switching between speaker and headphone.
Separate volume speaker/headphone Safety. If a high volume is set on the speaker user will not risk same high volume when switching to the headphones.
Variable speed Playback speed can reduced to allow listening of complex passages or increased to allow skim reading.
Audio tone/pitch A HumanWare first. The user may adjust either the tone or pitch of recorded audio. Some people prefer tone adjustment than pitch adjustment or vice versa.

2.5        Usability - Sleep Mode

Feature Benefit
Sleep timer Prevents book from playing to the end if user should fall asleep.
Sleep timer Use Sleep key to ‘play for a while'. For example, set the timer to play for 30 minutes during your lunch break. It even warns you when 1 minute remains.
Multiple presets Flexible choices of 15, 30, 45, or 60 minute timers.
Custom time You may even set a specific number of minutes from the number pad. Maybe you want to boil your pasta for exactly 7 minutes!

Usability - Time/Date Announcement

Feature Benefit
Announce time/date Useful to not need another device when you want to check the time.
Clock battery The clock has its own battery so it will not lose the time setting if the main battery runs out.
Daylight setting There is a toggle to choose either daylight or standard time so you do not need to reset the time twice a year when it changes.

2.6        Usability - Help and Information

Feature Benefit
Info (key 0) All info in one key press. Single press gives book and player information including title, total pages/headings/time, elapsed/remaining time, number of bookmarks, battery status, online status, player model/version/serial numbers.
Where Am I? (key 5) Single press announces percentage of the book read, where you are in the book, and time remaining in the current chapter.
Key Describer Key Describer mode announces function of each key. Great way to learn the player.
Built-in User Guide Just press and hold key 1 anytime to read the built-in User Guide. Thus, the User Guide is always available.
User Guide is DAISY text Allows benefit of DAISY chapter, section navigation as well as searching for keywords.

2.7        Usability - Battery and Power

Feature Benefit
Up to 15 hr play Useful for travel or extended use when away from a power source.
Replaceable Extends lifetime of the device.
Replaceable Use a spare battery to extend play time.
USB Recharge Flexible. Use any USB AC adapter to recharge. If you have a mobile phone and Stream you need carry only one adapter for both. You may also use USB outlets on trains or airplanes.
USB Recharge Safe. You cannot damage Stream by using the wrong power adapter as any USB charger can safely be used.
Micro USB port You need only 1 connector and 1 cable for both recharge and data transfer.

2.8        Usability - Online Update

Feature Benefit
Auto software update Player can download new software directly from HumanWare web site.
Auto install book keys Stream can automatically download and install book decryption keys to play protected books such as those from the NLS library in the USA.

2.9        Usability - HumanWare Companion Windows Software

Feature Benefit
Transfers books from PC to Stream Simplifies process of transferring books to the Stream for users who are not familiar with managing Windows folders/files.
Unzip books Many libraries download books in zip format. Users who are frustrated managing zip files can let Companion unzip and transfer those books.
Create playlists Companion allows creation of music playlists so users do not need to learn Windows tools to do this.
Online functions Companion allows simple way to use the computer to find, download, and transfer online content to the Stream such as books from Bookshare.org.

2.10   Advanced Features - Text Search

Feature Benefit
Text search Search DAISY, EPUB, or text documents for specific keywords. In large files searching is often the most efficient way to navigate to the passage of interest.
Music search Search your large music bookshelf for artist, album, or song names.
Simple to Search Whether searching text or music, just press the Go To key until you hear, "Search". Then type the search phrase using the multi-tap method on the numeric keypad.

2.11   Advanced DAISY Features

Feature Benefit
DAISY hybrid books For DAISY books with synchronized full text and full audio choose whether you want to listen to the recorded audio or use the Stream text-to-speech to listen to the equivalent text of the book. Just press key 9 to switch back and forth. Useful for studying school or reference books.
DAISY hybrid books Switch to text mode. Then use the Stream to search for a passage with specific keywords and then switch back to recorded audio to resume reading at that point.
DAISY hybrid books If listening to the audio and a word is not understood, switch back to the equivalent text and use the Stream Spell feature to spell the word for you.
DOD support If your library offers the DAISY Online Delivery service then a Stream future upgrade will allow automatic download of your DAISY book. Useful for non technical or non computer users.

 

 

2.12     Advanced Features - Bookmarks

Feature Benefit
Simple bookmark Mark a passage like you would insert a bookmark in a print book.

 

Highlight bookmark Mark the start and end of a passage like you would highlight a passage in a print book.
Audio bookmark Record your own annotation of a passage like you would write a note in the margin of a print book.

2.13   Advanced Features - Recording

Feature Benefit
Make voice notes Record reminders, to-do lists, record lectures/meetings.

 

Choose recording file type Flexibility to record in MP3 format to save space or in Wav format for higher quality using more space.
Choose microphone Record quick notes with built-in microphone or use an external microphone for specialized recording needs.
Choose Line-in Set the external microphone to line-in mode to record from external devices such as a cassette player.
Monitor recording You may monitor recording in the headphones.
Mono or stereo Flexible. Set the external microphone or line-in to record in either stereo or mono mode depending on your needs. Mono takes half the space.

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