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Microphones for Dragon Naturally Speaking

Microphones for Voice Recognition


It is essential to have a good quality microphone with Dragon NaturallySpeaking. It increases the accuracy substantially. Having an USB or Bluetooth microphone will lead to good performance. You can expect a 40% improvement with a good microphone. Do not purchase a cheap model and invest at least $30 into getting the right product. The internal microphone on a laptop is not optimal for good performance with voice recognition. The program will pick up the whirling and twirling of the computer which it will interpret as words spoken. reduce the accuracy.


Microphones to Consider


Andrea NC 181VM USB Microphone

The microphone is a cost-effective monaural headset with a volume and mute switch. It depends on a PureAudio USB connector.  The mute switch allows you to press a button to turn on and off the audio.  This allows for one to be able to press a switch rather than using “go to sleep” command. It will not accidentally turn back on when the switch is pressed.


www.speechrecsolutions.com, $49


Andrea BT 200 Series Bluetooth Headset Model

A Bluetooth microphone that provides hands-free capability by plugging in the adaptor and pairing it to the ear microphone.  It adjusts to the individual’s head size and provides hands-free usage of voice recognition.  It works both for the MacIntosh and Windows computers.


www.microphones.com, $59 

Insync Buddy Microphone

The Insync Buddy microphone is a tabletop microphone which allows the user to drive up to the computer and away with no assistance.  It is extremely accurate for Dragon Naturally Speaking.


buddymicrophones.com, $179



Andrea NC-185VM USB Headset

The Monaural USB Headset with Noise Cancelling Microphone and Controls for Voice Recognition and VoIP Applications will allow for good Internet performance as VoIP gives the microphone features within the Internet customized for voice recognition. It is a microphone is an excellent option for Dragon Naturally Speaking.  It plugs directly into the USB port and covers only one ear.  This leaves the other ear uncovered and easier to hear conversations in the room.


www.amazon.com, $43


Miscellaneous Accessories

VXI Tuffpro-Series Telephone Switch

This accessory allows you to use your microphone both for the telephone and for voice recognition.  You simply press a button to go back and forth between the computer and the telephone.   


www.microphones.com, $148


Olympus VN-7200 Recorder

This digital voice recorder offers hundreds of hours of recording time, key features to help capture ideal recordings and functional design elements that make it a versatile tool for everything from the classroom to the boardroom. The VN-7200 recorder is able to have 1,151 Hours Recording Time .

With Dragon NaturallySpeaking, this recorder will allow you to take recordings away from your computer and then have the program use the transcription feature to turn your audio recording into text.

www.getolympus.com, $40

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Comment by Jennifer Mundl on November 30, 2017 at 10:59am

We use it for people that don't need an automatic switch, but have use their hands for switching. We have also used Google email as they have an option for calling through the computer for any calls needed. We have also used the telephone distribution program for ideas and people visit them. 

Comment by Great Lakes ADA Center on November 29, 2017 at 2:24pm

Does anyone use any of the above microphones for Voice Recognition? If so, please share your experience with it!

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