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Computer microphone voice recognition

I’ve been somewhat fanatic about microphone testing for over 12 years now, intent on always using the best currently available.


A quality microphone truly can make all the difference with speech recognition accuracy. Yes, there are other factors such as:

  • how you articulate,
  • how effectively you set up Dragon’s options and
  • how you use the accuracy functions within the software (some are effective and some are downright disruptive, in fact).

However, one of the integral aspects to effective speech recognition is using a quality microphone. In addition to quality, it must be easy to use. Too many buttons or a cumbersome setup can lead to unsatisfactory results. Comfort should also be a consideration, which segues into another important factor…

Your Workflow

The microphone or input must adapt to your workflow. I’ve always maintained that technology adoption is most effective when the technology can adapt to the user rather than the other way around. While Dragon is not a simple program to learn (although well worth the time and effort spent in learning), its use should integrate with how we work, and the microphone is an essential component to this.

Doctors & Lawyers

Generally speaking, doctors and lawyers use computer technology and speech recognition differently.

Doctors tend to use computers primarily for charting (whether it’s into an Electronic Medical Record application or a text editor such as MS Word), writing lengthy reports such as medical legals and possibly for writing correspondence, usually via email. Unless the medical practitioner enjoys computers as a hobby, they tend to not sit in front of one any longer than they have to. Moreover, it was not that long ago that doctors never needed to touch a computer. Only with the recent demands of EMR use have they found themselves in front of a computer.

Good microphone for voip

by frprovis

I'm trying to use skype but the microphone doesn't seem to work very well. I'm using WinXP on Dell Laptop with SigmaTel builtin audio. I've turned the microphone volume to max using control panel.
First, I tried a logitech headset. The speakers worked fine, but the microphone sound was very weak. Now I'm trying a labtec desk mic. It says -67dB/uBar sensitivity, but I still have to position it right against my lips to get a nice loud sound, which is a nuisance and also causes static. I've both the skype self-test feature and Microsoft SoundRecorder to test the microphone--in both cases, with both microphones, the sound seems weak unless I put the microphone directly in front of my lips and speak loudly

Nuance Communications, Inc. Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 13.0, English
Software (Nuance Communications, Inc.)
  • The fastest and most accurate way to interact with your computer; Dragon dramatically boosts your personal productivity and helps you realize your full potential
  • A personalized, voice-driven experience; Dragon gets even more accurate as it learns the words and phrases you use the most, spelling even difficult words and proper...
  • An intuitive design and helpful tutorials make it easy to get started and easy to master
  • The ability to create, format and edit documents by voice allows you to think out loud and break through barriers to creativity
  • Dictation of text anywhere where you normally type within popular applications enables greater productivity and efficient multi-tasking
Kinobo Usb 2.0 Microphone - "Akiro" Mic For Skype/Voip And Voice Recognition Software
PC Accessory (Kinobo)
  • Plug and Play USB microphone with no drivers required
  • Excellent sound quality - clear and precise with minimal background noise
  • 120cm USB cord length
  • Adjustable to several positions
  • Finished in professional black matt coating
Koss Koss CS100 Speech Recognition Computer Headset
CE (Koss)
Koss Koss Communications USB Headset with Microphone (CS100-USB)
Personal Computer (Koss)
  • USB Plug
  • Headset with electret , noise reduction microphone for hands-free communication from your PC
  • Ideal for PC voice applications, interactive gaming, and speech recognition
  • Dynamic element for extended frequency response
  • Foam ear cushions for open, hear-through sound
  • Adjustable headband for a great fit
Plantronics Plantronics DSP-400 Digitally-Enhanced USB Foldable Stereo Headset and Software
CE (Plantronics)
  • Digitally enhanced noise-canceling microphone
  • Digital signal processor delivers the full spectrum of the human voice
  • Foldable for easy storage and transport
  • QuickAdjust microphone boom
  • USB interface; 1-year warranty

Popular Q&A

What microphone should I use for voice recognition?

Something under $20.00 and it must be at a store that has online site (so I can see it)...but I won't order online though. I want to go to the store. And the microphone has to last for a year if possible.

Thank you.

Don't count on it, but I can almost guarantee you that Wal-Mart has some nice Logitech Mics. The only problem: Logitech is very supportive and has great quality objects, so the mic is probably going to be around $30.00. I don't know how much luck your going to get with ANY mic under $20.00 under you buy it used off of eBay.

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