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Topic Title: Listening to music on Bluetooth headphones while also dictating into Dragon
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Created On: 01/28/2021 06:58 PM
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I want to listen to music while dictating into Dragon.


I want to do this using my Bluetooth headphones. But I can't, or at least not very well.


After I connect my headphones, I then open Dragon and select the headphone's microphone as the input source to be used for dictation.


Dictation using the headphones microphone works fine. 


But then I launch my music application and play music. By default, no music will come out. 


In my Windows sound settings, when I am selecting my default output device, my headphones have the option to play from the "stereo" (high-quality) mode and "hands-free" (low-quality) mode. By default, I have "stereo" mode selected for my main Windows sound output device. 


Unfortunately, music does NOT play from my headphones when "stereo" mode is selected. 


However, when in my sound settings, if I change my sound output device to "hands-free" mode, then the audio does play. But it sounds terrible.


I think the "stereo" channel is being used by Dragon. I find that when I open DragonPad and say something, and then instruct the app to "play that back", Dragon will play my voice recording back to me and the music from my media player will also play in the background alongside my voice.


I also find that when I turn the Dragon microphone off (not just going to sleep, but all the way off so that the red microphone icon appears), then my music will play through the headphones.


So it seems to me like Dragon is using the headphones stereo channel, but is preventing any audio from coming out of it.


I don't know why Dragon needs to make use of the output channel of my headphones; I wish that it would just "listen" to the input and let me play my music through the output using the good "stereo" channel. 


Is there some way to make that happen?


Currently, if I want to listen to music wirelessly while dictating, I need to wear two pairs of headphones: I wear one pair of headphones around my neck with the microphone pointed up to my mouth, and then I wear another pair of headphones over my ears. This works all right but it looks goofy and I want to look good while I am dictating.


What are other people doing to listen to music while dictating wirelessly? 


I know that most people are using wired microphones; I usually am using a wired microphone when I dictate at my desk, but if I'm on my laptop, dragging around my wired microphone is inconvenient.




Dragon Professional Individual v15.6. Windows 10. Knowbrainer 2017.

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