[Athen] Daisy Player that can take a beating

Ron Stewart ron at ahead.org
Wed Apr 28 20:10:32 PDT 2010

I have been playing with the PlexTalk PTN1 and I actually like its feature
set over the Stream. Both are very durable and have a small wrist strap
loop that could be used to tether them down as well though I would worry
about the strength of the security. For most users the Booksense is
overkill as a DAISY reader and not something that I see checking out on a
regular basis since it is really a mini-PC and overkill for the average
campus use. Odds on favorite for CD based players is the Victor Classic X+
for durability and the ability to leash it. As many have heard Gaeir and I
say, " it passed the drop test, and even the throw across the room test".

I must stay though in my visit to the RFBD and Humanware websites that
finding these players was almost impossible. Not a good sign for long term
continuation of the product. I am used to the lack of user functionality on
the HumanWare site but to find the "new" RFB&D site totally almost totally
unusable for access to the good pragmatic solutions that I have looked for
in the past really was a bummer on a very long day.


From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Kestrell
Sent: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 2:05 PM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: Re: [Athen] Daisy Player that can take a beating

I have a Booksense, and I love it, but even though I only received it at
Christmas and didn't start using it until after New Year's, I have already
had to have it replaced. It has a known issue with the jack where you plug
in the power charger. I have had a similar issue with my laptop--after a
while the contact becomes loose. It was easily exchanged because it is a
known issue, but still, this could be a major hassle for you.

Also, the Booksense is pretty complex--I think one of the other Daisy
players might be much more straightforward to learn.


----- Original Message -----

From: Hausler,Jesse <mailto:jhausler at cahs.colostate.edu>

To: 'Access Technology <mailto:athen at athenpro.org> Higher Education

Sent: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 11:34 AM

Subject: [Athen] Daisy Player that can take a beating


I am looking to purchase a Daisy hardware player that could survive as a
loaner in a library setting. We have a Victor Classic plus and a few Telex
Scholars and they are finally nearing the end of their days.

Does anyone have any suggestions for a "work horse" daisy player? Or would
the Classic plus still be the one to buy? We use the Victor Wave and Stream
for direct student loaning, but are looking for something a bit more sturdy
for this purpose.


Jesse Hausler

Assistive Technology Resource Center

Colorado State University




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