Audio Players and Recorders

Reading large amounts of material and/or writing notes in class or at home can result in vision fatigue for students with low vision. Students who are blind or have low vision may prefer to use audio players and recorders for a variety of tasks including:

  • listening to: novels, text books, other educational content etc
  • recording: lessons or notes, answers to be handed in, instructions or memos etc

The inbuilt accessibility options used in conjunction with apps on iOS or Android devices (e.g. phones and tablets) can enable people with vision impairments to play MP3 and DAISY files, record and listen to a range of files, and capture and OCR text. Other options include:

Item and Source Price Comments
Blaze Multi-Player
Pacific Vision
EZ A$999 or ET A$1,245 + freight Hand-held device to play a large range of file types
Includes inbuilt WiFi to download DAISY, e-books, podcasts, internet radio and inbuilt microphone for recording
Tactile buttons and OCR stand with text-to-speech
Plextalk Pro
Vision Australia
A$645
Carry bag A$45
Desktop DAISY player – also plays MP3, WMA, Word files etc
Includes inbuilt microphone for recording, speaker and jack for headphone
Text-to-speech function with variable speed and pitch compensation
Tactile buttons, voice guidance and voice commands
RealSAM
RealThing
By subscription Hand-held device for downloading and playing news, information (time, weather, where am I?) and audio books
Requires internet connection
Victor Reader Stratus
Humanware
A$545 + freight Desktop DAISY player – also plays MP3 etc from CD, SD card, USB
Includes inbuilt speaker and jack for headphone
Text-to-speech function with variable speed and pitch compensation
Tactile buttons, voice output
Victor Reader Stream
Humanware
Stream A$425-$575 + freight
CD Accessory A$165
Hand-held DAISY player – also plays MP3, MP4, ePub files etc
Includes inbuilt microphone for recording, speaker and jack for headphone
Text-to-speech function with variable speed and pitch compensation
Tactile buttons, voice output
Built-in wireless networking capability

Please note: Every effort has been made to ensure this information is accurate and current. If there are errors or omissions, they are unintentional. Please check with the equipment supplier to verify product specifications, availability and price.