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Best PC Microphone

JustPete
JustPete Community Volunteer Adviser Posts: 65 Connected
edited November 22 in Coffee lounge
Your opinion on the best 'stand-alone' PC microphone for speech dictation, skyping/MSTeaming etc?  My inbuilt Mic is shoddy.  Headsets are not an option (I have one).

My speech is a little contrived but perfectly understandable to people, Echo, Google.   I had an argument with my PC over the Weekend so I reckon it's time to bypass the inbuilt Mic.

Recommendations appreciated.
Cheers in advance.
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  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 5,416

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    using dedicated microphones on my PC is not something I've done very often besides just using a pair of decent earphones or headphones. I'd be interested to see if others have recommendations
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  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Member Posts: 7,797 Disability Gamechanger
    Stuff like Teams has built in noise reduction etc. so you arguably don’t need a directional mike. Ditto Skype, although Skype has been replaced by Teams so it’s not going to be supported for much longer. 

    Speech dictation is a little different though. Simply doesn’t work unless you’re in a very quiet room by yourself. If you’re in an office then you’re looking for directional condenser mikes or a small subset of podcast mikes. Quality unfortunately costs but have a look at iRig for starters. Blue and stuff like a Shure SMB7 also work brilliantly. 
  • JustPete
    JustPete Community Volunteer Adviser Posts: 65 Connected
    @mikehughescq Thanks Mike
    I am a Scope Volunteer.   I have knowledge about life! Additionally, but not limited to: living with a disability, employing personal assistants (requiring 24x7 care), education (having reached PhD level), sexuality (being gay) managing relationships having a disability (tricky), technology and assistive technology (being a geek), sport & leisure (being a Paralympian and on various committees whose purpose is to maximise inclusion at all levels), mental health (both through personal experience and supporting others), Arsenal Football Club (a necessary part of life).  If I can't help, I will endeavour to find somebody who can.

    "You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and loved more than you'll ever know." - Winnie The Pooh

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