Hardware Playback Tools

BookPort Plus

BookPort Plus

Main features:

  • Stylish design
  • Large, easily distinguishable keys
  • Embedded Text-to-speech for speaking the contents of computer files
  • Accessible interface
  • Built-in speaker and microphone
  • Rechargeable battery (recharges with AC or USB)
  • Plays Digital Talking Books, audio, and different text formats
  • Supports high capacity SD cards up to 32 GB
  • Flexible file structure. It requires no special file or folder names
  • Creates Digital Talking Books from recordings made on the device
  • Can automatically start and stop recording based on sound levels
  • Can automatically add headings to recordings
  • Plays books from NLS, RFBD (now Learning Ally), and Bookshare

More information is available on the American Printing House for the Blind website.

Latest Release: BookPort Plus Firmware Version 6.0

Many improvements, including navigation by percent in DAISY titles and support for the DAISY "skippable" option. BookPort Plus now supports the EPUB file format. More information is available on the American Printing House for the Blind website.

BookSense XT

BookSense Player

BookSense plays various types of audio and DAISY content as well as NLS, Learning Ally and Bookshare books. BookSense supports variety of document formats: txt, rtf, doc, docx, html, brl, brf. BookSense features quality recording and one touch date and time checking. BookSense XT comes with Bluetooth, FM radio and built in 4GB flash memory. Users can record in DAISY format as well as WAV and MP3 formats.

Latest Release: Firmware Patch Released for BookSense Version 3.0

This patch improves navigation. The problem that caused the music selection to lock up when setting the alarm melody is fixed. The equalizer setting will now hold. More information can be found on the HIMS website.

HumanWare ClassMate Reader

HumanWare ClassMate Reader

The ClassMate Reader is a unique, portable and lightweight system about the size of a portable gaming system with a large LCD screen. Students can listen to the audio version of their textbooks and study materials, while following the highlighted text on screen. This portable system is ideal for students in any learning setting, including the classroom, resource room, library, extended learning programs and at home. The system promotes phonetic recognition and fluency and will significantly boost the support of teachers who work with students with learning disabilities.

It has several features that support reading such as text-to-speech, highlighting, dictionary, text and vocal notes and audio book navigation. The ClassMate Reader supports a wide variety of electronic formats, including DAISY, NIMAS (National Instructional Material Accessible Standard) format, Bookshare.org, Audible.com, text, wav, MP3 and other audio file formats. The player also provides integrated text-to-speech for reading books in text format. It uses a removable SD flash memory card or USB memory stick to store the electronic files. It can transfer files from a PC with a standard USB connection.

Latest Release: ClassMate Reader Software Upgrade: Version 1.4.6

ClassMate now has the ability to play large DAISY text files. To load, textbooks must be less than 20 MB. This specifically addresses the largest textbook files from the NIMAC repository, which have been put into student-ready format by Bookshare. In addition, ClassMate now plays DAISY books with multiple text files - for example, books that are on more than one CD. More information about upgrading is available on the HumanWare website.

For more information, please visit the official website for HumanWare ClassMate Reader.

Milestone 212 DAISY Player

Milestone 212 Milestone 212 is a Book Reader which opens the world of digital talking books. The newest member of the Milestone family of media players focuses on simplicity. In this spirit the device is reduced to the most important functions, and performs very strong on those. It now supports the playback of DAISY 2.02 and 3, unprotected EPUB 2, MP3, WMA, Word DOC, AA(X), AAC and TXT files.

Latest Release: Milestone 212 Version 4.47.7

The recording volume via integrated microphone is increased for Milestone media players with serial number 600000 or higher. Details are available on the Bones website.

Milestone 312 DAISY Player/Recorder

Milestone 312 DAISY Player

The Milestone 312 from Bones GmbH is the smallest MP3/DAISY Player/voice recorder on the market. Functionalities include audio books player, MP3/AAC player, voice recorder, FM tuner/recorder, alarm clock and RFID tag reader, all integrated into 50 grams, in the size of a credit card. Milestone 312 uses the MP3/AAC/WMA decoder software from DSP Spirit, providing excellent sound quality. It is very configurable to support a variety of reading and listening needs. Functions not used, not purchased or not desired can be disabled/enabled.


DAISY: This pocket-size device provides full access to heading levels, page numbers, phrases, etc. It also supports bookmark setting and switch between books on the memory card.


MP3: The Milestone 312 provides accessible MP3 navigation, supported by audible prompts. Folder names can be tagged with recorded voice.


Voice Recorder: The Milestone's small internal speaker produces crisp, clear audio even in noisy environments. The RFID tag reader allows users to tag and identify daily living objects such as medications, CD's, and food labels.


Milestone 312 has 1 GB of internal memory plus an SD card interface for up to 32 GB of storage. Both work in parallel and are fully accessible via USB connection - no software needs to be installed.

Latest Release: Milestone 312 Version 4.47

Version 4.47 of the software for DAISY Player/Recorder Milestone 312 is now available. This is a substantial upgrade which contains useful new features. Some of the highlights include support for Word DOC files as well as DAISY 3 and EPUB. Go to Bones website for details and download.

Olympus DM-4 Audio Recorder / Player

Olympus DM-4

8GB of internal memory allows 2,000 hours of recording time, micro SD card compatibility extends it to 16GB. Supports DAISY 2.02, Audible.com books, MP3 and WMA and PCM formats. Available in the U.S.

  • Currently does not support Learning Ally books.
  • VOICE ACTIVATION - makes automatic starting and stopping of the recorder an extra benefit that saves time and energy.
  • OLYMPUS SONORITY - Edit files with Olympus Sonority sound editing software (included), which is compatible with PCs and MACs.
  • VOICE RECOGNITION - Use simple voice commands to create calendar entries, to-do lists and other basic functions.

Latest Release: Olympus DM-4 Version 1.51

To download the new firmware update Version 1.50 and manual in DAISY format, please visit the DM-4 Accessible Information webpage. Improvements are listed in the release notes.

Olympus DM-5 Audio Recorder / Player


The DM-5 is a state-of-the-art voice recorder for European market. With linear PCM, MP3 and WMA compatibility, the DM-5 is ideal for anyone who needs crystal-clear sound anytime, anywhere - from business professionals and journalists to photographers, students, the visually impaired and print disabled. CD-quality multi-format playback and recording combined with sophisticated features like Voice Guidance, Voice Commands, Text to Speech and DAISY 2.02 playback make DM-5 the choice for discerning users. Updates / DM-5 downloads.

Latest Release: Olympus DM-5 Version 1.51

Firmware update Version 1.51 for DM-5. Watch a YouTube video about DM-5 features.


Orion Webbox

The ORIONWebbox is a compact device with a simple user interface that allows you to listen to audio books, newspapers, magazines and news programs such as Horizon, which broadcasts a new episode every day. You can have access to the latest news and newspapers without having to wait for DAISY CDs. More information is provided on the ORIONWebbox website.



Users can play back their favorite DAISY books, electronic magazines or newspapers. Supports DAISY Online Delivery specifications. High performance built-in speaker provides users with comfortable listening.

Latest Release: PLEXTALK Linio: New Cover

The PLEXTALK Linio is now equipped with an improved keypad cover. In addition to the main functions and navigation keys, you now gain access to the speed and tone keys. For more information, please visit the PlexTalk website.



The PLEXTALK Model PTN2 is a DAISY 2.02 and DAISY 3 hardware player, ideal for leisure-reading. It has a high-quality built-in speaker and comes with a fully rechargeable battery to provide listeners with up to five hours of playing time.

Using the PLEXTALK PTN2, a person with low vision or other print disability can navigate to a particular point in a book from the table of contents or the index, by browsing headings, selecting pages, or by setting and reviewing bookmarks. Users can make a bookmark index consisting of up to 10,000 bookmarks. In addition, users are able to fast forward, rewind, and even speed up the audio narration.

Latest Release: PLEXTALK PTN2: Version 3

Version 3 comes with simplified operation and is more intuitive as it offers faster touch key response as well as automatic bookmark numbering. For more information, please visit the official website for PLEXTALK PTN2.


Plextalk Pocket DAISY Player/Recorder

The PLEXTALK Pocket PTP1 is a lightweight, pocket-sized, DAISY-compliant music, voice, and book player/recorder that reaches a new level of mobility and offers ease of use for business, education and leisure. It is a true crossover media player/recorder which contains a host of applications and which also comes with extensive features that support complete accessibility for people with sight problems or learning difficulties. Although this tiny player/recorder is only 55mm X 112mm X 16mm (2.2in X 4.4in X 0.6in) in size, it supports both DAISY 2.02 and DAISY 3 playback, records DAISY 2.02 and has recording time capacity of 120 hours. Multiple audio playback formats are also supported. Starting with Version 2.00, PLEXTALK Pocket supports DAISY books provided by major library services and content providers (NLS, Learning Ally, Bookshare in the U.S.), etc. PLEXTALK Pocket features the world’s first wireless LAN function as a dedicated DAISY digital book player. Users can share books or files between their computer and the PLEXTALK Pocket via wireless LAN at home or office without using a USB cable.

Latest Release: PLEXTALK Pocket Firmware v. 6.1

PLEXTALK Pocket PTP1 Firmware Version 6.1 comes with several improvements. For more information, please review the release notes.

PLEXTALK Portable Recorder (Model: PTR2)


PLEXTALK PTR2 replaced the PTR1 and is designed to be a high quality recorder with the ability to create DAISY 2.02 books with audio, headings and pages, as well as music CDs. It can also play DAISY books, music CDs, Audio File CDs and CF cards. It can be used as a CD-RW or memory card drive when connected to a computer. For quicker and easier editing of DAISY content, the PTR2 is supplied with the PLEXTALK Recording Software (PRS). This package provides all the necessary tools to record, edit and finalize audio DAISY 2.02 books. This portable unit has a built-in microphone and an optional external microphone, providing recording versatility.

For more information, please visit the official website for PLEXTALK Portable Recorder (Model: PTR2).


PTN 2 Cross

PTN 2 Cross, reliable and high-quality DAISY player allows you to read various contents on CD, SD card and USB.

Latest Release: PLEXTALK PTN 2 Cross

Available only in Europe, PTN Cross features a cover that offers direct access to the DAISY functionalities. More information is available on the PLEXTALK website.

Victor Reader Stratus12

Victorreader Stratus12

Stratus12 models have telephone-style number pad for navigation to specific pages.They play DAISY 2.0 and 2.02 content and MP3 files.

Latest Release: Victor Reader Stratus12

Students and professionals may prefer the Stratus12 models with 12-key number pad for navigation to specific pages in highly structured publications such as reference and text books. More information can be found on the HumanWare website.

Victor Reader Stratus4

Victor Reader Stratus4

The Victor Reader Stratus continues the legacy of HumanWare’s 13-year history of developing simple, easy-to-use audio book players. The Victor Reader Stratus comes in a new look enclosure that is smaller and lighter on the outside, yet smarter and better sounding on the inside. The Stratus plays DAISY and other multimedia books and music from CDs, SD cards and USB flash drives. Choose any of the Stratus4 models with its simple 4-arrow keypad to easily navigate novels, magazines, and newspapers. Students and professionals may prefer the Stratus12 models with its telephone-style number pad for navigation to specific pages in highly structured publications such as reference and text books. For those who like the most simple operation possible, attaching the optional keypad cover hides all but the most essential keys to simulate a traditional cassette player.

Latest Release: Victor Reader Stratus4

All Victor Reader Stratus models feature large, tactile, high-contrast keys, a built-in speaker and headphone jack as well as self-voicing controls. Users can take and operate their Victor Reader Stratus anywhere, using its rechargeable battery and integrated carrying handle. More information can be found on the HumanWare website.

Victor Reader Stream (New Generation)

Victor Reader Stream 2

HumanWare has introduced a new version of the Victor Reader Stream media player for people who are blind or visually impaired. It’s now smaller, smarter and wireless. Yet, it retains the tactile keypad access, and simple bookshelf navigation.

Latest Release: Victor Reader Stream Version 4.4 Upgrade

The Victor Reader Stream Version 4.4 update brings new wireless features including online podcasts and wireless access to the NLS BARD service. Detailed information is provided on the HumanWare website.

Victor Reader Stream CD Accessory

Stream CD Edition

Users can combine the world renowned Victor Reader Stream and a special CD accessory. Perfect for people who do not have a personal computer. This is the easiest way to transfer a collection of DAISY books to CDs onto one single, portable audio playback device, without the use of a PC.

Latest Release: Victor Reader Stream CD Accessory

This accessory makes it easy to transfer a collection of DAISY books on CDs onto one single, portable audio playback device, without the use of a PC. Details are available on the HumanWare website.