Victor Reader Stratus 12 M Daisy MP3 player

Victor Reader Stratus

The Victor Reader Stratus 12 M plays DAISY and MP3 books as well as music on CDs, SD cards, and USB flash drives. The 12-key number pad provides direct navigation to reach specific heading, page, folder, or file numbers.

  • Built-in text-to-speech to play computer text documents
  • Support additional media sources, including USB flash memory and an SD card
  • Enjoy great sound quality for books and music

The simplest and friendliest audio book player

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. Unlike the previous generation, the Stratus plays multimedia books and music from CDs, SD cards and USB flash drives.


All Victor Reader Stratus models feature large, tactile, high-contrast keys, a built-in speaker and headphone jack, and self-voicing controls, making it simply the friendliest audio book player around.


You can take and operate your Victor Reader Stratus anywhere, using its rechargeable battery and integrated carrying handle.

Keypad Choice

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.

Multimedia Choice

In addition to playing CDs, the Stratus M model support additional media sources, including USB flash memory and an SD card. With the Stratus M’s built-in text-to-speech capability, you can even play computer text documents saved to these external media.


Browse text and recorded DAISY books by chapter, section, subsection, phrase.
Navigate MP3 books and music, moving by folder, file, and specific time jumps.
Move through text files by sentence, paragraph, word, or even spell words.
All content is organized via the popular Victor Reader bookshelf categories. The bookshelves contain DAISY books, commercial audio books, music files, and text files.

Never lose your place

For every title, your Stratus will automatically resume reading where you left off, regardless of how many books you are reading.


The bookmark key marks important points in any type of book, audio file, or computer document.

Go to page

Enter a page number using the Stratus12’s number pad and go directly to that page just like turning to a specific page in a printed book. Ideal for reference books, cook books or text books.

Usability of Victor Reader Stratus 12 M Daisy MP3 player

  • Variable speed
    • Increase playback speed to read more quickly
  • Portable
    • Integrated handle and rechargeable battery
  • Sleep timer
    • A great way to enjoy reading before bed
  • Digital sound quality
    • Enjoy great sound quality for books and music
  • Information key
    • Announces book info (title, total/elapsed/remainingtime, total pages/headings)
  • Where am I key
    • Always know where you are in a book (page, chapter, headings, etc.)
  • Key describer
    • Announces the functions of each key
  • There’s a Victor Reader Stratus for you
StratusCD only
Stratus MCD, SD, USB, TTS

Every Victor Reader Stratus model offers a choice of 4-arrow or 12-key number pad.

Technical Specifications Victor Reader Stratus 12

  • Plays DAISY, Audio and MP3 CDs
  • Dimensions: 22 x 21.6 x 4.8 cm (8.7 x 8.5 x 1.9 in.)
  • Weight: 0.95 kg (2.1 lbs.) with battery
  • DAISY formats supported: 2.0 and 2.0.2
  • ANSI/NISO Z39.86 2002/2005 (DAISY 3)
  • Rechargeable Li-Polymer battery
  • Recharging time: 4 hours
  • Operating time: 10 hours for continuous play of DAISY MP3 books
  • Coding algorithms: AAC, AMR-WB+, FLAC, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, Speex, WAV
  • Text-to-speech: Acapela (Stratus M) to play BRF, DOCX, RTF, txt, html, xml files
  • Power jack: 2.5 mm (interior) / 5.5 mm (exterior)
  • Headphone jack: 3.5 mm
  • Firmware upgrade via CD or SD/USB (Stratus M)