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    Question Microphone Suggestions

    Would any Loungers have suggestions about possible microphones for a Windows 7 SP1 computer? I was completely overwhelmed by the number of choices and technical descriptions when I tried to find one on tech web sites!!

    The mic will be used to record spoken audio to add to short videos on our small business web site.Trying to get decent sound quality without spending a lot of money (well, duh!).

    Our former mic broke in an office move. It didn't really produce great sound quality, however, so I see this as an opportunity to upgrade!

    Thanks for any suggestions!

    Linda

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    "can capture digital audio with up to four times the clarity found on CDs"

    4 times the sampling rate yes, but 4 times the clarity of professional studio microphones used to make the recording on CD? Methinks they gild the Lilly.

    cheers, Paul

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    Thanks so much Spyware Dr ... saw 3 that could work at reasonable prices. Reading reviews and doing some more research to decide on which one. Had not heard of this brand before, but they sure seem to cover the market!

    Will post back with choice and evaluation.

    Linda

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    IreneLinda - Accurate speech recognition depends on best quality audio input. How about using the Dragon NaturallySpeaking compatibility tests (i.e. number of 'Dragon heads') as an indicator of input quality?

    Alternatively, have a look at Speakeasy Solutions's Microphone Selector.

    Hope this helps...
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    More great options. Thanks, Rick. Will definitely check the Dragon test and the microphone selector. Sure appreciate your suggestions!!

    Linda

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    No problem, IreneLinda.

    I used to test headsets for Dragon NaturallySpeaking (DNS) users as part of my job purchasing/configuring equipment for assistive technology users not so long ago. My own experience of headsets (i.e. headphone(s) with built-in microphone) is as follows:

    1. USB-connected headsets offered consistently better input (i.e. microphone) quality than headsets connected via the audio-jack input.

    2. The jury's still out on bluetooth-connected headsets. The wire-free promise was great but I haven't yet found one bluetooth-connected headset that truly lives up to the hype. Suffice to say that my own much-recommended and very expensive Plantronics bluetooth headset lies unused 'cos I've returned to using a USB (i.e. wired) headset for premium audio input quality.

    (Wanna buy a slightly-used bluetooth headset going cheap? )
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    Sennheiser seem to have a few options, usually worth a look.

    cheers, Paul

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    As always, I'm totally amazed by all the helpful responses I get in this Lounge! Thank you.

    Had not known USB mics were a better bet, assuming that - if a computer had an audio jack - it would be the best place for a microphone! Positive learning.

    Will also check out Sennheiser - thanks for the link.

    Linda

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