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which headphone microphone is most compatible with Dragon voice to text software?

Hello and Good Afternoon Everyone,

            I am interested in a headphone microphone which will work best with the Dragon voice to text dictation software.  While my laptop does have an integrated microphone, I am not sure it will be high enough quality to insure the software's accuracy of understanding my dictation of words and sentences.  With that said, any suggestions along with online purchase links for each headphone microphone will be greatly appreciated.

            Thank you

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RaminTechnical AdvisorCommented:
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi George,
You definitely should not use a laptop's built-in mic for Dragon. Your instinct is spot-on — the audio quality will not be good enough to obtain high accuracy from Dragon.

You absolutely want to go with a headset with a boom mic. I can't say what headset is "most compatible", but any high quality headset with a good mic should work fine with Dragon. I use this Plantronics headset, which is less than 20 bucks at Amazon:

It works fine with Dragon, and I also use it to record my 5-minute video Micro Tutorials here at EE. Here are the most recent three videos that I did with it so you can get a sense of the audio quality:

As I'm sure you know, Nuance is the company behind Dragon, so you may want to take a spin through their "Compatibility List" for Dragon headsets:

Note that my specific Plantronics headset (355) is not in the list, but that confirms what I said earlier, namely, that any high quality headset should be fine.

Btw, that is the wired headset list. If you want to see others, such as wireless headsets, go to this page...
...and select "Dragon for the PC" from the drop-down list and click Continue. You'll then get this:

Dragon mic list
Good luck with your selection! Regards, Joe
Brandon LyonSenior Frontend DeveloperCommented:
I tend to prefer a microphone with a USB connection so that the sound is digital and the quality of your laptop hardware doesn't impact the sound quality.

It would also be a good idea to get a microphone with noise-cancelling features.

Sometimes built-in mics are actually decent quality. Macbooks for example have pretty good mics built in.
GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hello and Good Evening Everyone,

         Thank you very much for your shared thoughts, links, and recommendations.  After going through everyone's feedback, I have decided to go with Joe's recommended microphone.  This choice became solidified following the playback and attentive care given to his tutorial videos which were excellent by the way.  I certainly was impressed with both, the content presented in addition to the audio quality.  

          Once again, many thank everyone :-)

Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You're very welcome, George, and thanks back to you for your thoughtful closing comment (as always!) and your compliments — I appreciate them! Regards, Joe
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