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Equipment and Accessories

Recorded materials loaned free by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, are available on digital talking-book cartridges. Digital recordings require specially designed playback equipment, which is loaned free to eligible individuals and institutions. Special accessories are also loaned free. Digital talking-book players play digital cartridges using the DAISY (Digital Audio-based Information System) format. 

To obtain any of the equipment and accessories described below, individuals and institutions must be registered with the Library of Congress talking-book program. An application for the free library service for Missourians is located on our “Apply for Services” page or by contacting Wolfner Library. All equipment and accessories are provided free of charge to eligible readers for as long as the reader is actively involved in the program. There is no deposit payment for this equipment.

 

Available Playback Machines
Digital Standard Player (DS-1)
  • Plays NLS (ANSI/NISO Z39.86:2002) digital talking books
  • Plays Daisy 2.02 digital talking books
  • Plays AMR-WB+, MP3, and WAV audiofiles
  • Has eight controls
  • Includes a variable speed control that permits speeding up or slowing down playback speed without changing the pitch
  • Is portable
  • Is equipped with a rechargeable battery and an electrical cord
  • Includes built-in audio instructions for using the digital machine
Digital Advanced Player (DA-1)
  • Plays NLS (ANSI/NISO Z39.86:2002) digital talking books
  • Plays Daisy 2.02 digital talking books
  • Plays AMR-WB+, MP3, and WAV audiofiles
  • Has thirteen controls, including a row of controls for setting and retrieving bookmarks and navigating through the structured levels of a book
  • Includes a variable speed control that permits speeding up or slowing down playback speed without changing the pitch
  • Is portable
  • Is equipped with a rechargeable battery and an electrical cord
  • Includes built-in audio instructions for using the digital player

 

Playback Machine Repair and Maintenance

If your playback machine breaks, call, mail or e-mail Wolfner Library to request a replacement. Replacement or repair is at no cost. Readers are allowed only one player in their possession. If your records are in order, a new machine will be mailed to you immediately. Mail the defective machine back to Wolfner Library in its original container. You will find a mailing label inside the box with the new machine. Dampen the back of the mailing label and place it over the label on the outside of the box. The machine should be returned using "Free Matter for the Blind and Physically Handicapped." through the United States Post Office. We cannot reimburse you for expenses for machines returned in any other manner.

  

Accessories
Digital Talking-Book (DTB) Cartridge Cable
  • Three feet long with a standard USB type A plug on one end and a USB type A socket and plastic molding-conforming to the shape of the cartridge-on the other
  • The accessory connects a digital talking-book cartridge to a universal serial bus (USB) port on a personal computer (PC) to facilitate use with BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download)
Headphones
  • For private listening and/or readers who require them for reading talking books where loudspeakers are not permitted, as in nursing homes and hospitals.
High Volume Player with Headphones
  • For persons with a significant hearing loss
  • Requires a separate application with medical certification; the sound is boosted to a level that can cause permanent hearing loss to persons with normal hearing
  • Please contact Wolfner Library about the application procedure for obtaining this accessory
Pillow Speaker
  • For persons who are confined to bed
  • May be used with any playback machine
  • Is placed under the reader's pillow and is normally heard only by the reader
Remote Control 
  • For patrons who are confined to bed or who have manual dexterity issues.

  • Handheld remote control with 15 buttons identical to those on the advanced digital players with the exception of  a Power On/Off button. 

  • Connects via the USB port on the right side of the digital player.

  • Best utilized when the digital player is connected to a power source as the remote requires additional power.

  • Optimized to work with advanced digital players; standard digital players require a software update for the remote to work.

Right Angle Adapter
  • USB flash-drive AT-port adapter allows you to connect your USB flash drive to the USB adapter at a 90 degree right angle

 

USB Breath Switch
  • For persons with little or no use of their extremities
  • Permits patrons to use Sip-and-Puff actions to control the Digital Talking Book Machine (DTBM)
  • Using their breath, patrons may operate all buttons and functions with the exception of the Power on/off feature
  • Please contact Wolfner Library about the application procedure for obtaining this accessory

 

 

Machines and accessories can be mailed under "Free Matter" mailing privileges. Do not pay postage to return or exchange equipment.