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The New Victor Reader Stream


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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. 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.

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.

In addition, users can receive content wirelessly, from books and newspapers to podcasts and radio. It also features a louder speaker, superior text-to-speech, and improved recording. The high contrast, robust, tactile keypad and popular Victor Reader bookshelf navigation make this Stream one of the easiest use hand-held player on the market.

  • Includes a 4GB SD card but 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
  • Replaceable battery recharges via your computer USB or USB AC adapter
  • Built-in speaker and headphone jack
  • Self-voicing controls
  • Read at any pace by controlling playback speed
  • Sleep key offers playback stops if you fall asleep while listening
  • Information key announces book title, time elapsed and 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
  • Use the built-in mono microphone or a personal stereo microphone to record voice notes, to-do lists, classroom lectures or from a line-in device
  • 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
  • The Stream automatically resumes where users left off so a place is never lost
  • Bookmark important passages and even record your own voice annotations
  • Navigate MP3 books and music by folder or file
  • 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
  • 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
  • Product Dimensions:
    114 x 62 x 18 mm (4.5 x 2.4 x 0.7 in.)

    Product Weight:
    110 g (3.9 oz) including battery
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    1. Can the Stream play recorded books from Audible.com?

    Yes. You must first be a member of the Audible service and use the Audible Manager program to authorize your Stream to play the protected Audible books.

    2. What Audible formats are supported by the Stream?

    Stream plays format 4 and Audible Enhanced books.

    3. Can I try out the Audible service without Subscribing?

    Yes. The New Victor Reader Stream's manufacturer has a partnership with Audible to allow customers to try the Audible service free for 14 days including download of a free Audible book. To learn more, visit: ttp://www.audible.com/humanware You can cancel at any time during the trial period and still keep your downloaded book.

    4. What is Audible Manager?

    Audible Manager is a Windows software program that you download and install from Audible.com when you become an Audible member. Audible Manager is then used to activate Victor Reader Stream to enable it to play Audible books. Audible Manager will also keep a list of your downloaded Audible books and allow you to play them on your computer and transfer them to your Stream. Audible Manager runs on Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and Windows 7. It does not run on Windows 98 or ME.

    5. After I activate my Stream, how do I transfer Audible books to it?

    You can use Audible Manager with the Stream connected to transfer your Audible books to the Stream. An easy way to do this is to arrow down to the book you want in the Audible Manager library list. Then press the applications key on your keyboard and from the resulting context menu, select the “Add to Humanware VR Stream” option. Audible Manager will place the Audible book .aa or .aax file in the $VRAudible folder of the SD card.

    6. Why does my Volume setting change if I insert or remove my headphones?

    For your convenience, Stream remembers separate volume settings for the built-in speaker and the headphones. This means you can set one volume level that is comfortable for the headphones and a different volume level that you prefer for the built-in speaker. When you remove the headphones Stream will reset to the last volume level you set for the speaker and when you plug the headphones back in Stream will reset to the level you last set for the headphones.

    7. How long will Stream play on a full battery charge?

    Approximately 15 hours for continuous play of recorded talking books on SD cards using headphones.

    8. How long does it take to recharge the Stream battery?

    Up to 5 hours using the supplied USB charger.

    9. Why does the green power light (LED) sometimes blink when I plug the Stream to AC power?

    When the player is turned off and plugged to AC power the LED will blink to indicate the battery is recharging. When the battery is fully charged, the LED will stop blinking. If the player is in use and connected to the AC power the battery will still recharge but in this case the LED will not blink.

    10. If I cannot see the LED, how do I tell if the player is charging?

    You can press INFO (key 0) to hear the battery and recharge status.

    11. How do I place a bookmark precisely at the start of a chapter or page or file?

    Stop playback near the start of the heading, page, or file that you want to bookmark. Press the Where Am I? key to determine the heading, page, or file number. Then press the Go To key above key 1 to select the appropriate function: Go To Page, Go To Heading, or Go To File. Enter the number and then press the Confirm key. The Stream will position precisely at the start of the entered page, heading, or file but playback will not start. Now insert your bookmark.

    12. Can I read Microsoft Word (DOC) files on the Stream?

    Yes, if they are transferred as html files. You can transfer the DOC files as html using HumanWare Companion program or with the Save As dialog of Microsoft Word. To transfer with Word, select the Save As option of the File menu to save your document to the $VRText folder of your SD card. In the Save As dialog window select to save the document as an html file (filtered web page) from the Save As Type list. This will save your doc file to the Stream SD card as an html file type. The html file will maintain any structure headings that were in the Word document. This means you can use keys 2 and 8 on the Stream to select the heading navigation level and move backward or forward from heading to heading with keys 4 and 6. Word may warn you that saving the document as filtered html will remove Microsoft Office features. Select to save anyway, because the Microsoft Office features are unnecessary on the Stream and the filtered html file will take less space.

    13. How do I set up the wireless Bookshare feature?

    Press the online key located above key 2 to navigate to the online bookcase and press menu key 7 twice to access the online services menu. Select Bookshare and enter your account email address and password. The sleep key will activate a key describer mode that will list what characters are available on each key when in the multi-tap text input mode. Alternatively, the manufacturer's HumanWare Companion PC software can be used to create a file containing your Bookshare account details that can be imported from the online services menu on the Stream. Details can be found in the User Guide.

    14. Do I have to return the Stream to my dealer to get the software upgraded?

    No. Stream software upgrades consist of a single file ending in UPG that is downloaded from HumanWare's website. You simply download that UPG file to your computer. Then navigate to the UPG file on your computer. Press Spacebar to select the file and press Control+C to copy it to the clipboard. Then, navigate to the root of your Stream SD card and press Control+V to paste the UPG file from the clipboard to the root of the card. Then, insert the card in the player while it is plugged to AC power. Stream will recognize the special UPG file and automatically update its internal software. Audio announcements will inform you of the start and end of the update process. It takes approximately 4 to 5 minutes to update the player.

    15. Can the Stream connect to a MAC computer?

    At present, HumanWare does not provide technical support for MAC connectivity. However, we are aware that many MAC users are successfully connecting the Stream to their MAC computer. If the Stream does not connect, then an alternative is to use a USB card reader.