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Victor Reader Stream

Product Category
Digital Talking Book Players (Hardware)

Product Description
Small, portable player that can play a variety of formats of books and music. Also includes a voice recorder, internal speaker, clock, and variable sleep timer.

HumanWare USA

Distributed by
The Chicago Lighthouse

Distributor Contact
Order Victor Reader Stream from The Chicago Lighthouse Store

  • Listening to Music
  • Note Taking
  • Reading Electronic Books and Other Material
  • Recording
Suggested Price
$369.00 + free S&H + 30 day money back guarantee

One Year manufacturer warranty

Maintenance/Technical Support
Free technical support

Technical Support (E-mail)

Technical Support (Phone)
(800) 722-3393

Documentation Format
  • Electronic
  • Print
Documentation Language
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English (American)
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Norwegian
  • Spanish (Castilian)
  • Swedish
Product Evaluation
An Evaluation of the HumanWare Victor Reader Stream (New Generation)

Compatible Operating Systems
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP Home
  • Windows XP Pro
Hardware Requirement
  • CD-ROM Drive
  • DVD Drive
  • IBM Compatible PC
  • Headphone Connector
  • Microphone Jack
  • SD (Secure Digital) Card Slot
  • USB Port
  • Wireless
Power Supply/Connection
  • Lithium Ion Rechargeable Battery
  • USB
  • USB AC Adaptor
Keyboard Type
  • 12-key telephone keypad plus other function keys
Output Devices
  • Speech
4.5" x 2.4" x 0.7"

Size - Weight
110 g (3.9 oz)

  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English (American)
  • English (Australian)
  • English (British)
  • Estonian
  • Finnish
  • French
  • French Canadian
  • German
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Spanish (Castilian)
  • Spanish (Latin American)
  • Swedish
Accessories (Included)
  • AC Adaptor
  • Battery Charger
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Carrying Case
  • Clock (Talking)
  • Headphones/Earphones
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Sleep Timer
  • Speech Synthesizer
  • USB Cables
File Types Played
  • BRF
  • Digital Books from the National Library Service
  • HTML
  • Microsoft Word
  • MP3
  • Ogg Vorbis
  • RTF
  • Text
  • WAV
  • WB+
  • WMA
Year First Available
March 2013

Multimedia Presentation
The video below provides an overview of the features and functionality of the Victor Reader Stream. This video was produced by The Chicago Lighthouse Adaptive Technology Center, and is displayed with their permission.

Multimedia Transcript
0:00 Peter Tucic demonstrates the Victor Reader Stream second-generation from HumanWare.
0:04 Man: Hello my name is Peter Tucic and I'm an adaptive technology
0:08 specialist at The Chicago Lighthouse. Today we are going to be looking at the features
0:13 of the second-generation Victor Reader Stream.
0:17 This new product is going to give us all the great features that we had in the previous Victor Reader
0:22 such as the ability to read Bookshare books any DAISY books
0:25 National Library Service books and also
0:29 it will give us the ability to play music files as well as text files.
0:32 However in the new generation we are going to be able to play
0:36 things such as .docx files, we can play MP4's, we can also
0:44 now have access direct access to WiFi and Internet content. So with that comes the ability to directly download from
0:53 Bookshare and within the next few weeks the ability to download from NLS Bard
0:58 as well as streaming internet radio stations
1:01 and also the ability to stream and download podcasts
1:05 directly to the device. The Victory Reader Stream
1:10 is laid out very simply it's a very easy to use interface.
1:14 On the front the device we have three buttons across the top
1:18 we have a square, a circle, and a diamond
1:21 The square button which is on the top left
1:24 is our 'Go to Page' button
1:27 as well as our search button. Our middle button is going to give us access to
1:31 WiFi Internet content and switch us between WiFi and our regular internal storage.
1:36 And the button furthest to the right is going to be the button we will use
1:40 to navigate the bookmarks that we will either
1:43 input ourselves or go to once we have input them.
1:46 Below those three buttons we have a numeric keypad
1:50 and a basic thing to know is number one will cycle us through bookshelves
1:54 and numbers two and eight work as up and down arrows, and 4 and 6
1:57 are going to be right and left arrows. That comes in handy for book navigation
2:01 when one is reeling and doing different things within menus.
2:06 And below that we have an ovular button that is going to be our sleep timer button
2:12 and at the very bottom we're going to have a rewind
2:16 which is the arrow to the left, the middle button is play/pause
2:20 and the right button is our fast forward button.
2:24 On the left side there is a top power button
2:29 when held down that will turn the device on or off and when touched once
2:33 that gives us the options to alternate between
2:37 tone, speed, pitch, basically various adjustments with our sound.
2:41 For example have pushed the button quickly it's going to let me just
2:44 Device: Speed
2:45 Man: and then I will use the up and down arrows on the side of the device which
2:48 will control that setting
2:50 Device: Speed 5, Speed 4
2:52 Man: and that's how I'm going to adjust those
2:55 and if I push the power button again
2:57 Device: Tone
2:58 Man:Tone, and I would do the same thing to adjust tone.
2:59 On the right side of the device the only button is going to be a record button. Directly above that
3:07 is going to be a input for a microphone. On the top of the device we have
3:12 SD storage and we also are going to have
3:15 a 1/8th inch headphone jack
3:19 On the bottom of the device, which I have connected to external power,
3:23 we have our micro USB port. As I had mentioned previously one
3:29 feature of the new Victor Stream that sets it apart from the previous generation
3:33 and also any other book players that
3:37 may be on the market
3:37 is going to be the access that we now have to internet
3:41 content. What we do to access that is we're going to hit the circular button
3:45 at the top which I have done.
3:46 We are now in our internet bookshelves. These bookshelves are going to give us
3:51 access to internet radio stations,
3:52 Bookshare books also the NFB Newsline service which is free to anybody who is
3:57 blind or visually impaired or has
3:59 any are reading disability and we're also
4:02 in the very near future going to have access to NLS Bard
4:05 and also to podcasting. Now once I'm in the
4:10 internet bookshelf I'm going to press the number one
4:14 just to demonstrate quickly a few of these features. I'm going to go into the
4:17 Internet radio bookshelf by pushing
4:20 the number one
4:22 Device: Books one, favorites
4:24 Man: Now I'm able to create a favorites list which I'm going to go into quickly
4:27 and demonstrate how the internet radio works.
4:29 Device: One, WBBM News Radio AM 780
4:34 So it's now speaking the first radio station that I've bookmarked
4:38 which is going to be WBBM which is a news channel here in Chicago.
4:42 If I want to play that I'm simply going to hit the play/pause button
4:46 and what it will do is it's going to pull up my radio station.
4:51 And when it begins playing I can stop it easily again by hitting the play/pause button
4:56 or I can go to the next station by pressing the number six.
5:00 So now that we have the radio station playing I'm able to use my play/pause button
5:06 to stop the radio station and when I hit it again
5:09 it would start playing. I can also go through my list of favorites
5:13 which are very easy to save. Now the next bookshelf that I'm going to have
5:17 is going to be the Bookshare bookshelf. Bookshare is
5:20 a service that is available to everybody with the print disability
5:24 and that is going to allow a user to download
5:28 DAISY books directly to the machine, so I'm going to press the number one
5:31 and we're going to go to Bookshare.
5:35 Device: NFB Newsline 17, Bookshare 7 books
5:37 Now that we're in Brookshire
5:39 it's going to have all the books that I have downloaded and we can go through
5:43 them quickly, and there's a whole list of books
5:47 and again these books are downloaded directly to the machine.
5:50 I no longer have to use a computer to download the books. They're all right there.
5:54 The next bookshelf that I wanted to briefly touch on
5:58 is going to be the NFB Newsline Bookshelf. NFB Newsline is a service that is available to anybody
6:04 who is blind or visually impaired or has any
6:07 reading disability. It is sponsored by the NFB and it provides
6:11 access to over 400 newspapers from across the country.
6:14 So as I...
6:18 Device: NFB Newsline Chicago Tribune August 12th, 2014
6:23 Man: as we hear it has a very clear voice that will be reading the papers. This is my
6:26 favorites list that is synced directly to my
6:28 device every morning, so my papers are updating and there
6:32 and they're ready for playback and I'm able to easily navigate by section,
6:36 article and different things like that.
6:40 I can have access to as many papers as I can add to my favorites list.
6:44 Again that was a brief demonstration of the Victor Reader Stream second edition.
6:52 The Victor Reader Stream is available here at The Chicago Lighthouse.
6:56 You can either shop online by visiting
7:00 and clicking on the 'Shop Online' bottom or
7:03 you can feel free to give us a call at 1-800-919-3375
7:08 and we would be more than happy to assist you.
7:11 Thank you so much for watching and have a wonderful day!

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