Indeed it was bad and at the very least the 2ND generation is quite an improvement but not as good as it really ought to be compared to other stuff out there, even the basic phones have very nice sounding internal speakers.

On 2/05/2017 4:20 PM, Brian Olesen wrote:
Wow then you should have heard the first generation. Grin
It was really really bad!


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Fra: Pc-audio [] På vegne af Tom Kaufman
Sendt: 2. maj 2017 01:29
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Emne: RE: Victor Reader Stream 2nd Generation

I've never thought of the Victor Stream's audio as being "muffled"...having 
said this, I think of it more like the sound of a 6-transistor radio!  If you plug it 
into a good speaker or a good set of headphones, you do get a pretty good sound!  But 
no...if I'm going to listen to any music on that thing, I'd much prefer an external 
speaker or headphones!
Tom Kaufman

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From: Pc-audio [] On Behalf Of Dane 
Sent: Monday, May 01, 2017 5:34 PM
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Subject: Re: Victor Reader Stream 2nd Generation

I just shake my head though when it comes to that muffled speaker for audio, 
all my phones do far better than what the Stream does but then again audio has 
always been a problem with the Stream.

The handling of multiple format files - for recording as well as playback - is 
a welcom addition and - at the very least - the quality of audio from the 
headphones jack seems to be quite acceptable.

On 2/05/2017 2:41 AM, Evan Reese wrote:
As to slow downloading of data, I have noticed with ours, and those of
some friends, that it doesn't seem to have a great wi-fi transceiver
in it. Even when I'm close to my router, it usually says that
reception is poor.
Other than that, you are right, a lot of functionality in that little

-----Original Message----- From: Dane Trethowan
Sent: Monday, May 01, 2017 10:24 AM
To: PC Audio Discussion List
Subject: Victor Reader Stream 2nd Generation


I just bought one of these units and would like to make comment on my

Firstly I think that the unit does a brilliant job for what it is in
most respects.

The sound from the internal speaker is a little muffled however -
having already heard a VR Stream - I was already prepared for this, a
bit of an annoyance one might say so to overcome this I use a small
BUniden hand-held amplified battery speaker I've had for years, cost
me $25 about 7 years ago, pity the Stream doesn't have Bluetooth but I
guess a product can't have everythint.

Now I don't know whether this is my unit in particular but I have
noticed that the downloading of data seems to be incredibly slow
compared to other devices I have on my network, I used the "Check for
Updates" function and - according to that - the firmware is up to
date, well at least the data does get downloaded I guess.

There's a hell of a lot of functionality packed into the VR Stream box
and a lot of this - such as the Internet Radio, podcasts and so forth
- I won't bother using - given I already have better solutions for
that sort of thing - but for those who don't the VR Stream provides a
great entry level to the world of Internet Radio and Podcasting.

Getting online with the Vision Australia library was a snap so I
downlaoded a couple of books.

Again, I have other Apps and so forth which I prefer to use myself but
the Stream is convenient for reading, no doubt about that even though
I read all my newspapers these days straight from the web site its
good to know I have a reliable backup.


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