Microphones and Portable Recorders

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There are many different microphones that work well with Dragon NaturallySpeaking. The Andrea NC-91 headset that comes with Medical, Professional or Legal works OK in a quiet environment if you have a good sound card on your PC. But typically a better microphone results in better accuracy.

There is no "BEST" microphone. Your voice, how you use the microphone, your environment, and your PC are a few of the variables that determine what is a good microphone for you.

Sorry, but we can not tell which microphones you will find comfortable, as that is a personal preference, much as trying on shoes.

  • PowerMic II
  • Andrea NC-181VM USB
  • Plantronics Calisto Bluetooth USB
  • Plantronics CS50 USB
  • Sennheiser PC146 USB
  • InSynch StylusMic USB
  • VXI TalkPro 100 USB
  • Portable Recorders



PowerMicIITM Speech Recognition Hand Microphone


Proper Usage for the PowerMic™II and Dragon Medical 11


PowerMic II is much more than a hand held microphone. It is a powerful tool that enhances a physician’s control of dictation and navigation through documents, templates, electronic medical records and other applications. It has been designed specifically to be utilized with Dragon Medical 11, and the extraordinarily

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High Fidelity USB Monaural PC Headset With Noise Canceling Microphone


Andrea Electronics has combined the benefits of PureAudio USB digital audio which includes Andrea's complete PureAudio™ Voice Solutions Software Suite (including Audio Commander, Voice Center and Pure Audio Technology) with our noise canceling PC headsets delivering a high fidelity audio experience with the highest voice recognition industry rating.


Andrea's PureAudio USB solution bypasses your desktop or laptop computer's integrated sound system, providing increased intelligibility and performance of microphone input and stereo speaker output for all of your digital audio applications including VoIP and speech recognition programs.


Product Features:
• High Fidelity USB Monaural PC Headset with noise canceling microphone
• Includes Andrea's Noise Cancellation Microphone Technology with Highest Voice Recognition Industry Rating
• Pro-flex wire microphone boom for accurate microphone placement
• Windsock for minimal breath popping
• 40mm speaker with CD quality deep base sound and large comfortable ear cushion
• Stainless steel adjustable headband
• Inline volume and mute controls
• Reversible for left or right side usage
• Folds flat for storage
• Extra long 8 foot shielded cable
• Durable construction, cost effective headset solution





Plantronics Calisto Bluetooth Headset with USB charger and adapter.
Noise-cancelling microphone with a 33-ft. range and up to 8 hours of talk time.


Plantronics BUA-100 Bluetooth USB Adapter
• Plantronics Calisto Bluetooth USB adapter enables plug-and-play connectivity to PC softphones.
• USB adapter supports Bluetooth headset profile
• The Calisto headset offers up to 8 hours of talk time and up to 10 days of standby time. It uses Bluetooth technology, and can be paired with other Bluetooth devices.


Headset Specifications:

• Battery Life/Talk Time: Up to 8 hours• • Standby Time: Approximately 240 hours• • • Charge Time: 2 hours
• Power Requirements: 5V DC-300mA
• Battery Type: Lithium Ion Polymer
• Storage and Usage Temperature: 50F-104F (10C-40C)
• Bluetooth version v1.2 supports eSCO standard; up to 33 ft. range from headset to compatible device.
• Compatible with Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones or Bluetooth devices supporting headset or hands-free profiles
• Weight: .65 oz.
• Noise-canceling microphone


*Performance may vary by device.

• • Headset can last up to four days without charging, based on an average talk time of 1.5 hours per day







Plantronics CS50-USB Wireless VOIP Headset


No phone cords. No headset wires. No limitations. Just superior sound quality, stylish design, and hands-free headset convenience via your USB port.


The CS50-USB from Plantronics is the first wireless headset for VoIP applications with remote call detection and answering capability, thanks to our PerSonoCall software. Now you can continue talking while completing other tasks up to 200 feet away. Take another call with the touch of a button, and talk up to eight hours without recharging.


The CS50-USB offers four comfortable wearing options: over the head, over the ear, behind the neck, and dual T-pad headband. Experience the freedom of Plantronics.


Plantronics CS50-USB Features:

• The only complete wireless VoIP solution -- take conversations up to 200 feet with no headset cables
• The first wireless with remote ring detection and call answer/end at the touch of a button, thanks to Plantronics' PerSonoCall software
• Instant USB connectivity for easy compatibility and quick set-up
• Superior sound quality for clear, private, and completely secure calls, including noise-canceling microphone and TIA810a compliance for echo elimination






Sennheiser PC146 USB


General Description
The PC 146 USB is a behind the neck, binaural headset. Ideal for gaming, internet telephony and other voice over IP applications. Complete with a USB sound card adaptor.

• Robust microphone for high speech intelligibility
• USB sound card - plug, play and take your settings with you
• Stereo headset with single sided cable
• Noise cancelling
• Extremely comfortable neckband design
• Adjustable microphone position
• Suitable for Internet telephony and VOIP applications
• Voice recognition
• In-line volume control and microphone mute switch
• Usable with CD/DVD/MP3 players
• Skype certified

Delivery Includes
• 1 PC 146 USB
• 2 x 3.5mm stereo jacks for both voice and mic PC sockets
• USB sound card adaptor



Insync Buddy StylusMicUSB


Microphone Element
Buddy StylusMic includes a noise canceling microphone element to provide clear audio signal that can match the performance of any close talking headset microphone. This yields extremely high recognition accuracy in the high nineties with Dragon NaturallySpeaking and Microsoft Windows speech recognition engines.


There are two push buttons, the top one being a dual button. The light above the top switch flashes to indicate the microphone has been muted. The top half of the dual top button is a mute switch and toggles the mute state. Lower half of the top button is available for any Windows applications that can access the button via HID. The lower button (towards stylus) supports Wacom technology. In non-Wacom StylusMic this button is available to Windows application via HID.

Buddy StylusMic is a Plug & Play device, which uses standard Windows® and Macintosh® drivers. It works with Windows® XP, Windows® 2003, and Windows® Vista. It has been tested to work well with Dragon NaturallySpeaking®, Microsoft Speech in Windows, and IBM ViaVoice®.

Buddy StylusMic is USB 2.0 compliant with 12 mega bit transfer rate, and it can be used in any USB 2.0 slot in your Windows or Macintosh computers. The USB.org, the official governing body of all Universal Serial Bus products and applications, has officially certified the Buddy StylusMic to meet the USB standards.

Its plug and play operation uses Windows and Macintosh drivers for seamless operation. The Stylus operation and its built-in microphone will work with Windows built-in drivers. Windows applications can access the button press and release using USB HID (Human Interface Device) interface. To test this





VXI TalkPro USB 100


The full featured TalkPro USB 100 incorporates two key technologies to achieve superior microphone performance. The Gentex noise canceling microphone element ensures high speech recognition accuracy. Digital Signal Processing technology assures compatible audio performance by converting the headset's analog microphone signal to a digital signal recognized by the computer. Also features volume control, microphone mute, and quick disconnect.


Additional Product Information:
• Superior quality Gentex noise canceling microphone
• Easy to use: simple plug and play USB connection
• All day wearing comfort
• Flexible microphone boom stays in position
• Adjustable headband for great fit
• Swivel ear piece and soft cupped ear cushion
• Left or right side microphone placement
• For Windows 98SE, 2000, Me, & XP
• Volume control
• Microphone mute
• Quick disconnect





Philips DPM 9500 Portable Dictation System


The Digital Pocket Memo 9500 is a professional dictation recorder that is perfect for professionals and non-professionals alike who wish to upgrade to digital dictation.


The 9500 includes the popular four-position slide switch for familiar, single-handed operation. The large backlit LC display and ergonomic design with a full metal case ensure quality and usability.


SpeechExec Pro Dictate, the professional dictation software, is also included for simple integration into your everyday document workflow, and crystal clear recordings are the perfect basis for efficient transcription or integration into voice recognition software. .


Quick control

• Professional 4-position slide switch for single handed operation
• Intuitive menu control with 'smart buttons'
• Large backlit LCD screen for an at-a-glance overview
• USB fast charging for convenience on the go


Easy file management

• SpeechExec Pro Dictate software ensures easy download and efficient management of voice files
• USB docking station for fast file download and battery charging Designed around industry standards

• Compatible with industry standards such as the SD card, mini-USB socket, AAA batteries, 3.5 mm headphone, and microphone sockets
• Supports the compact .dss file format, the industry standard for digital recording