With the Humanware Companion software, I download BARD books from the website 
to my PC, where the Companion software automatically organizes them into 
alphabetically-arranged folders. Then I copy the books to my Stream using an SD 
card. Very fast and no thinking involved.

-----Original Message-----
From: Pc-audio [mailto:pc-audio-boun...@pc-audio.org] On Behalf Of Chris 
Sent: Wednesday, May 03, 2017 9:05 AM
To: pc-audio@pc-audio.org
Subject: Re: Victor Reader Stream 2nd Generation

I think that's just the point.  If you're a real audiofile who enjoys high end 
audio from a device, and you're really picky about how stuff sounds, the VR 
stream ain't for you.  Despite all the bad press the player has gotten here, 
i'll still purchase one in the next few days and report my findings.  I do 
think Bluetooth functionality is something that is lacking and needs to be in a 
future update.  If some of the other specialized players can have it, so can 
the stream.  But i'm buying it, fully aware of this and I'm certainly ok with 

I'll also report on the speed of downloading books via online services like 
BARD.  I can always download the books manually and put them on the stream that 
way.  It's good to know there are multiple ways of getting a particular job 
like that done.

On 5/3/2017 8:58 AM, Hamit Campos wrote:
> Ah well The Victors are more player anyways then recorder. The 
> Plextalk Pocket is the thing ya want if ya want a recorder.
> On 5/3/2017 5:14 AM, Dane Trethowan wrote:
>> Ah okay so that problem still exists then? I was given to understand 
>> that later firmware updates had fixed this.
>> Too late to try that here now <smile>.
>>> On 3 May 2017, at 6:44 pm, Tim Noonan <t...@timnoonan.com.au> wrote:
>>> Sadly, the Stream Mic or line in creates very audible artefacts or 
>>> whistles in recordings. Otherwise the stream would be a reasonable 
>>> all-purpose player/recorder.
>>>     Regards
>>> Tim
>>> On 3 May 2017, at 6:02 pm, Dane Trethowan <grtd...@internode.on.net>
>>> wrote:
>>> I didn’t try the line-in recording function though I did note that - 
>>> using this function - one can record to PCM Wave files at 44.1KHZ so 
>>> surely this should be reasonable.
>>> So if one really wanted to do high quality recordings one could use 
>>> the line-in method and buy suitable equipment to take full advantage.
>>>> On 3 May 2017, at 5:43 pm, Jamie Kelly <otrja...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> The recording quality is ok for notes and meetings but not of high 
>>>> broadcast quality as with the bookport plus or Plextor Pocket range.
>>>> Jamie
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: Pc-audio [mailto:pc-audio-boun...@pc-audio.org] On Behalf Of 
>>>> Dane Trethowan
>>>> Sent: Wednesday, 3 May 2017 4:47 PM
>>>> To: PC Audio Discussion List <pc-audio@pc-audio.org>
>>>> Subject: Re: Victor Reader Stream 2nd Generation
>>>> Yep, convenient may be but the unit does have its limitations as 
>>>> we’ve discussed here, the Wi-Fi connectivity being a very serious 
>>>> limitation and - given the speed of the Wi-Fi - one wouldn’t really 
>>>> want to try and download a good quality audio stream.
>>>> And again we come to that bloody awful internal speaker.
>>>> Another interesting point and its not critical just an observation, 
>>>> I wonder why Human ware didn’t include the ability to be able to 
>>>> browse NAS storage devices or other computers on a network for 
>>>> files? Just about every other device I know of these days - that 
>>>> can play Internet radio stations - haas this handy feature which 
>>>> and I reckon it would be an absolute boom! for users of a VR Stream.
>>>> Perhaps I’m talking about a future VR Stream update though 
>>>> hHumanware take my advice, don’t make the update too big or it will 
>>>> take until Christmas for the VR Stream users to download <smile>.
>>>> Regarding my own streaM/ Its found a good home so I’m happy about 
>>>> that.
>>>>> On 2 May 2017, at 4:34 am, Peter Scanlon <sca...@tpg.com.au> wrote:
>>>>> I love my Victor Stream.
>>>>> The best thing about it is how easy it is to listen to and locate 
>>>>> internet radio stations.
>>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>>> From: Pc-audio [mailto:pc-audio-boun...@pc-audio.org] On Behalf Of 
>>>>> Hamit Campos
>>>>> Sent: Tuesday, 2 May 2017 3:07 AM
>>>>> To: PC Audio Discussion List <pc-audio@pc-audio.org>
>>>>> Subject: Re: Victor Reader Stream 2nd Generation
>>>>> Yeah I've not heard this before either. But perhaps other people 
>>>>> either didn't have the issue or they just axepted it.
>>>>> On 5/1/2017 12:59 PM, Chris Skarstad wrote:
>>>>>> I'll be purchasing one of these very soon, so will be able to 
>>>>>> report on it when i get it.  I have a super-fast connection with 
>>>>>> Verizon Fios, so downloading books manually and transfering them 
>>>>>> to the player won't be an issue if the download speeds on the 
>>>>>> player are as slow as some of you guys say they are.  I'm kind of 
>>>>>> shocked that this is just now coming up, as the new generation 
>>>>>> stream has been out for some time now.  I thought this would've 
>>>>>> been mentioned sooner, but maybe I skipped over it as I wasn't in 
>>>>>> the market for one at that time, i'm not sure. I'll certainly let 
>>>>>> you guys know my experiences.
>>>>>> On 5/1/2017 12:41 PM, 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 package.
>>>>>>> Evan
>>>>>>> -----Original Message----- From: Dane Trethowan
>>>>>>> Sent: Monday, May 01, 2017 10:24 AM
>>>>>>> To: PC Audio Discussion List
>>>>>>> Subject: Victor Reader Stream 2nd Generation
>>>>>>> Hi!
>>>>>>> I just bought one of these units and would like to make comment 
>>>>>>> on my purchase.
>>>>>>> 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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