I felt I needed to share my latest Victor Stream “experience” with you…
Misplacing the windowsill in our bathroom over the weekend, I dropped my unit some 30 feet onto a paved surface outside our apartment… Alone in the house at the time, I went outside and searched for the pieces with my shoes – locating the card, cover, battery and “chassis” which had scattered over an area of some 50 square feet.
Not really believing that it would ever work again, I re-assembled it, and to my surprise, found it works perfectly!!! Just a little dent on one corner!
I have dropped my Stream many times over the six years I have owned it, but only from desk height. It is the one I took up Kilimanjaro and have also listened to music during cycle and horse rides – it seems also to be pretty sweat resistant!
Ah yes, the last thing – I dropped it into my bath last month and, after about three days to dry out, another full recovery… That I didn’t expect, sadly having previously drowned two Milestones...
Pedro, I use my Stream every day in the office and read virtually every night.
I have tried many other “talking book machines” over the years and have never found another unit that comes even close to the Stream.
Just felt like sharing this with you,
Another very satisfied customer,
Minneapolis, MN, USA
The latest update for the Stream has been awesome. Adding Internet radio really has been great. It's the most accessible Internet radio I know of. It's been so great I canceled my XM radio service. The Internet radio is a great added feature. I can't say enough about it. Being able to read books and have all the radio access the Stream allows is way too awesome.
I really love the new VR Stream, especially since HumanWare added the facility of Internet radio through the ooTunes database. Also, the ooTunes database author is very responsive when I approach him to add Maltese stationsNow I do not need to look for a DAB+ radio, because the new VR Stream is capable to do much better. Keep it up!
Aurora, MO, USA
I loved the new Stream from the time of its release onward, but each upgrade has just made it better and better. Besides the new online services which users have already mentioned, Version 4.34 has improved TTS reading in subtle but significant ways, including vocabulary fixes and a more natural handling of pitch and punctuation. Also, the new method requiring an extra step before deletions become final is a great safeguard.
Overland Park, KS, USA
Compared to other blindness products, the new Victor Reader Stream provides a level of personal and professional empowerment unparalleled for the relatively reasonable cost. As a certified teacher of the visually impaired who does consulting work, it is gratifying to demonstrate the Victor Reader Stream to parents and to students who are blind and to let them know the wide range of options that are available. As little as ten years ago, if a student was losing his/her vision and had not entirely mastered the skill of reading Braille, it would most likely be necessary to pull the student out of the classroom in order to provide them with an accessible reading experience. Now, thanks to bookshare.org and NFB Newsline, along with the amazing bookmarking feature of the new VR Stream, I can confidently assure many pre-Braille readers of their continued ability to remain in and to participate in a mainstream classroom environment. Without the staggering cost inherent in the majority of blindness products, HumanWare has put the reality of auditory accessibility into many more hands and lives than would have otherwise been possible.
Windsor, ON, Canada
I used to be an avid shortwave DX listener. Now, with the Stream update, I can search for countries by name. I can listen to stations that I grew up with in my old home town.
Ottawa, ON, Canada
I sing with a barbershop chorus and place all my music/songs on the Victor Reader Stream; it is very easy to move forward or backward when learning the music. Recordings are quiet, free of annoying 'scratchiness'. I am a radio guy from a way back, what a device!
West Monroe, LA, USA
Just, wow! I've upgraded to firmware version 4.3 and I'm very impressed! HumanWare just keeps getting better and better!
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
I have always thought highly of the Stream since it came out. I have always been a heavy user of my Stream. But now, with Internet radio, the Stream becomes my almost constant companion. The ability so search with ooTunes is nothing short of brilliant, and the unit is incredibly stable. I disagree strongly with those who say an iPhone user has no need for such a unit. My Stream complements my iPhone, it doesn't replace, nor is it replaced by the iPhone.
From a user in UK
I have been an avid radio enthusiast since the 1940s but this new feature has completely blown me away, it has revolutionized the way I listen to radio
From a user in Kent, UK
I have updated my second generation Victor Reader Stream to version 4.3 and am impressed with the new features, in particular internet radio. HumanWare have given us plenty of stations to get started and it is easy to search for and add new stations to the favourites list. I am amazed how quickly we can now tune in to stations from around the world.
Now we can listen to internet radio on our Stream and find the stations we want creating station playlists and listening to the news. We have more flexibility when searching for books on Bookshare. We can look up words in Bookshare books or NFB-Newsline articles in Wikipedia and learn more about the item. I love my Victor Reader Stream even more than before. If you have not upgraded to the new Stream, it is time to do so. This new software is free.
From a user in Madison, Wisconsin
No more looking for "listen live" links on complicated websites. Your internet radio bookshelf is perfect, easy to use, logical and makes pushbutton internet radio a reality. It's much easier to use than any radio app for the iPhone.
From a user in Byron, Illinois
What is so neat is I can go to my local library which has a public wireless network, and just use it to either download and read Bookshare titles, or search for internet radio stations.
From a user in Ontario, Canada
The internet radio is very good. It plays .m3u .pls .asx .aac and more. It plays the I-heart stations that very few players will play. If you're familiar with the OO-tunes app on Ios it uses the OO-tunes data base of stations. You can search the data base and find thousands of stations. Highly recomended!
From a user in Davis, California
Congratulations on the new Stream software. I thought the NFB-Newsline was cool. This latest release with the Internet is amazing. I love that it was so intuitive to figure out. I didn't read my notes and just figured it out easily.
From a user in Brittany, France
I couldn't work the radio on other DTB players, but the Stream is so easy!
From a user in Blue Springs, Montana
I listened to the tutorial, very impressive! The internet radio puts other DTB players to shame.
United States, South Carolina
I have quite a few players but I would like to highlight 2 of them from your company. I use the first generation Stream which is wonderful to use for many of my reading needs. It’s like always having someone around to read print books to me and I simply love it’s ease of use. For my recent Birthday my husband got me The Stratus. I absolutely love using it since I can read tons of books on a 32 gig card not to mention being able to put memory sticks into my Stratus but also keep the 32 gig card in my Stratus if I choose to flip to one of my books on the flash card from the memory stick. The Stratus’s sound quality is fabulous as well. I wish that these wonderful electronic servants had been out when I tried to go to college since my study time would have been far more rewarding then they were back then.
Jazz Pianist, Sarasota, Florida USA
I am a totally blind professional jazz pianist and jazz piano instructor who has been a VERY SATISFIED owner of the HumanWare Maestro and Trekker GPS system since December, 2006 and May, 2007 respectively. Once I purchased the Trekker, I have used it on many occasions in my travels, both on foot and in automobiles. Trekker has been invaluable in guiding my wife Debii and me to unfamiliar destinations.
In September, 2007, I was invited to perform with a drummer and bassist in the Summer Jazz in the Park concert Series in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Trekker gave me a guided tour through downtown Milwaukee as Debii and I enjoyed the great weather and she took many pictures of the architectural landmarks both old and new.
In June, 2009, I purchased the Victor Reader Stream, and I can't express in words adequately how many hours of enjoyment and benefit I have gained by owning one. When I placed the order, the customer representative with whom I spoke told me that once I owned one, I would not want to be without it. She was 100% right!
The Stream has given me access to books that were previously either unavailable or only available in Braille. I remember my grade school and high school years when Braille, talking books on vinyl records, reel to reel tape and then cassettes were the available formats. Now, thanks to your magnificent Victor Reader Stream, the computer and the Internet, I can easily download titles and transfer them to my Stream and read at my leisure anywhere!
The Stream has also been invaluable to me as an instructor of jazz piano. Sometimes during lessons, I use recordings by great jazz pianists to illustrate techniques or stylistic concepts. Thanks to your latest Stream update, I can now easily search for and play any track that I have stored in the $VRMusic folder! Such convenience and flexibility was unheard of when I attended Dartmouth College from 1967 through 1971 and the University of New Hampshire from 1974 to 1978.
Finally, I want to commend all of you for your sincere, dedicated and diligent work as you develop products that are truly user friendly and perform exactly as promised. Furthermore, your philosophy of giving users access to FREE, DOWNLOADABLE UPDATES TO THE ASSOCIATED SOFTWARE demonstrates your commitment to assuring that owners of your products can always keep them up to date and performing optimally!
Keep doing your marvelous and wonderful work that allows people such as me to attain greater independence, education and enjoyment by owning your products.
United States, Arkansas
I use my victor reader to record voice lessons, choir rehearsals and mp3 files of music I am rehearsing. The variable speed control allows me to practice slowly until i get the part perfected, then, speed it up to the designated tempo. I really am pleased with the amount of material I can store on the victor reader and the book mark feature allows me to locate passages in music I want to review.
United States, Maine
During my last semester of undergraduate study, I was required to student-teach Spanish at my local high school. The Stream allowed me to test my students using an external speaker. I played audio clips of Spanish conversations, and students were to answer questions on their computers and save them to text files. Although I had a computer that allowed me to read text files, nothing is as small and compact as the Stream. The Stream has been, and will continue to be, an integral part of my life.
Nancy K. Feist
United States, Tennessee
My stream is my most important item in my bag. Through the years I have used a digital recorder, tape recorder, I Pod and all together they weighed me down. Now I take the one device and am set. Thank God for the makers of the VR Stream!
My Victor Reader Stream served me well on several more occasions, and provided a means for me to relax with a good book and plenty of music when the hectic days were done.
Paul Kaminsky, Sr
United States, Florida
Thanks to the Victor Reader Stream I can now go to meetings very well prepared. Not only does the VRS hold my music collection, talking and audio books, descriptive movies and voice recordings of the meetings and conventions I’ve attended, but two functions make it a real asset at every meeting I attend. First is the fact that I can highlight topics within the materials I bring to meetings. As the meeting agenda moves along I track the highlighted material and am prepared to discuss my concerns. The second function that has saved and kept me involved with discussions is the BRS word search function. It even comes in handy at the grocery store when searching for something like ketchup and the search reveals Aisle 4. Love this new technology, thanks!
United States, Colorado
I clip the Stream on my belt, plug in the head set and dance away. Now for the real success: I have the cue sheets recorded several weeks before the new dances will be introduced in class so that when the time comes, I'm up to speed immediately. I'm not the best dancer, but I'm the oldest and certainly the only blind clogger. I jokingly call myself "the world's oldest blind clogger". I love dancing with Victor.
United States, KS
This product is allowing me to complete a Doctoral Degree in History. Due to the compact size of the reader and strong battery life I can read / study anywhere as easily as a sighted person can read a book.
United States, Florida
Once upon a time, about two years ago, I was introduced to my best piece of technology called the Victor Reader Stream. Now since I have gotten well acquainted with the victor reader stream, I just call him Victor. I am a recently graduated master’s student and when I started my program two years ago, I felt relieved to have the victor reader stream become a part of my life. Being able to have talking book files, text files, audio files, etc, at the touch of my fingers, felt like magic.
Marie C. Kouthoofd
United States, New York
Ever since I placed that reader in my hand, I have done nothing but make up for lost time. The time I lost reading, thumbing through bookshelves and filling my mind with knowledge. The use of my VR Stream has impacted and improved my life as a teacher and learner in unspeakable ways.
United States, Texas
The memory card holds voice notes, speech recordings, my favorite music, over one hundred audio books and much more. Using a computer screen reader and an ear bud to listen to a manuscript, I can record a reading on the VRS in my own voice for playback during conference and critique meetings. Feedback recordings at those meetings enable me to make changes to improve a manuscript without sighted help. This feature rich, powerful product is a blessing to own. I am seldom found without my Victor Reader Stream. It tucks neatly into a shirt pocket, jacket or purse. One never knows when a good book idea might pop up and I want to be ready when it does.
United States, Utah
The “sleep” button proved invaluable. If I happened to fall asleep, I didn’t need to search through all the information to find the spot where I drifted off. I knew the segment of time that had elapsed, and could navigate quickly to that point. I am so happy with my new guide and grateful for my VictorReader Stream which aided in my training.
United States, Texas
I have used the Victor Reader Stream to learn to play the piano. Since the book was in Daisy format, navigating to specific areas of the book was effortless. Skipping back or forward was a breeze. Bookmarking spots I deemed important allowed me to review specific material with ease. All of this made my learning to play piano a much more enjoyable and productive experience. I certainly won’t be playing at Carnegie Hall any time soon, but the personal achievements I’ve made and the sense of self-fulfillment have been extremely satisfying. I can attribute my success to the tools I now have at my disposal, including RFB (now known as Learning Alley) and technology such as the Victor Reader Stream.
United States, WV
I ride my bike, I go to gym three times a week, and I am good to go. Better than before. Riding, working out at the gym, what is with me on the high road to recovery? Yes: My Victor Stream Reader. Steady throughout. I wish every blind person had access to this technology. I swear by it.
United States, Utah
I love my Victor Reader Stream, I think that it is a given for all of us fortunate enough to have one. I use it for all the usual stuff talking books, music dvs movies and text documents etc. It does help me stay organized and always handy for a note. This brings me to the most cherished success stories I have thus far using the Victor Reader Stream.
Exceptional user friendliness
The new Victor Reader Stream has been designed with user-friendly, real-world features.
Record audio with a simple touch
Use the built-in mono microphone or your own stereo microphone to record voice notes,
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.
Victor Reader Stream (New Generation)