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Daisy player comprising; large, raised buttons colour coded to highlight the most frequently used; audible button describer mode; variable play speed with tone and pitch control; sleep timer; built-in memory; USB port and SD memory card slot; text-to-speech programme; facility to listen to Daisy books, MP3 files or music CDs via the built-in speaker or optional headphones. Mains powered or battery operated. Internal rechargeable battery provides up to five hours listening time.
|Variable speed playback||Standard|
|Saves or writes to a SD card (SD); CDR or RW compact disc (CD); or Compact Flash card (CF)||SD|
|USB port to transfer books from computer or memory stick||Standard|
|Built in text-to-speech synthesiser for converting text files into speech||Standard|
Shinano Kenshi Co Ltd
This new player replaces the popular Plextalk PTN1 and heralds a new phase in the development of Daisy. It is similar in size and shape to its predecessor but the button size and layout has been changed to make them easier to distinguish and its use more intuitive. A USB port and SD memory card slot provides users access to a wider range of reading material. The built-in memory provides an electronic bookshelf where users can store their favourite content. The PTX1 also has a text-to-speech programme which further expands the range of content that can be accessed.
DAISY books can be obtained on CDs, DVDs, memory cards, memory sticks or downloaded. The book can be played on a standalone DAISY player, or by using DAISY software on a computer. Users of DAISY books can navigate through the recording/book by sections, sub-sections, chapter or pages. Bookmarks can be inserted at any point, and there is a 'resume' option which continues playback from the point the reader last reached, (rather than going back to the beginning which is what happens with conventional CDs).1,2
For details on DAISY software refer to the RNIB's guide).
Note that some CD players can play the audio content of a DAISY audio CD but that they will not give any of the navigation, bookmarking or other advanced features.
RNIB's Talking Book Service offers over 18,000 audio books, on DAISY CD paid for by annual subscription and delivered postage-free. They offer a DAISY player on loan for an additional subscription. Alternatively, if you wish to purchase a DAISY player read the RNIB guides to the DAISY format and Choosing a DAISY player.
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