Without knowing the specifics of your situation, it's a pretty good bet you are here because you are wondering how you can make speech recognition work for you ... or work better. You want to make a smart decision and get the best value for your dollar. And you'd like to know that there wasn't another product you SHOULD have considered. Let us take the liberty of simplifying things for you. As full-time users of speech recognition software for more than a decade and with 8 years of experience catering to the needs of speech recognition users, we have learned what works and what doesn't. Shown below are some of the most common scenarios presented to us and, in our opinion, the best solutions. Please read further before making a decision and browse our Microphone Selection Guide ... but consider the following a good place to start.
Inexpensive Replacement: Are you using Dragon non-mission-critical dictation but lost the microphone that came with your product and looking for an inexpensive replacement? Check out the Cyber Acoustics AC101 or AC201. They're comfortable, durable, inexpensive, and work fine. You can review other entry level microphone on our Microphone Selection Guide: Entry Level Microphones Page.
Cost effective upgrade: Looking to upgrade from the microphone that came with Dragon but have a limited budget? Consider the Radio Shack Sennheiser knockoff. This product offers a significant improvement in the accuracy and external noise rejection without emptying your wallet.
Best Wired Microphone: Looking for the highest quality wired microphone? Money not a major limitation? See Microphones for Advanced Users and consider any of the following:
- Sennheiser ME3: this is our personal favorite and probably not a coincident, the best selling microphone on our site. It's also our least returned product. We recommend the "combo" that comes with the Andrea Pure Audio MA USB adapter for reliable excellent results.
- Audio-Technica Pro 8HEmV: this mic is solid competition for the ME3 and a bit less expensive, but for many a bit less comfortable given that it mounts with pressure pads pushing against the temple.
- UmeVoice theBoom "O" (single ear) or "C" (both ears). The UmeVoice mics have an amazing microphone element this is nearly the match of the ME3, although these are clearly not built with the reliability/durability of the ME3 or 8HEmV.
Best Wireless Microphone with simultaneous wired telephone use: Looking for the best wireless microphone that can also be used with your wired telephone? Pick the Sennheiser SD Pro-1 (one speaker) or SD Pro-2 (two speakers). Sennheiser knows how to do it right and these are the mics that sit on OUR desks. We love them!
Best Wireless Microphone for computer use only: If you absolutely need Bluetooth, consider the VXI Xpress. We should warn you, though, Bluetooth can be tricky and we get a lot of returns on virtually every Bluetooth device we sell. For a high quality wireless headset microphone which is also great for listening to music and that works on a "plug-and-play" basis (no connection issues), consider the Andrea WNC 1500.
Best hand-held mic for use with Dragon:
- If you using the medical version of Dragon and looking for the convenience of a hand-held microphone with programmable buttons? Get the Dictaphone PowerMic II
- If you are using a non-medical version of Dragon, you can use the PowerMic II described above if you combine it with Octopus USB controller. Otherwise consider the use of Philips SpeechMike Premium (wired with USB interface) or the SpeechMike Air (wireless with base connecting via USB)
Best Desktop Microphone: Want a high quality desktop microphone without a lot of complications? Choose the Speechware 3-in-1, 6-in-1 or 9-in-1 TableMike (see "Desktop Microphones").