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Created On: 12/02/2021 10:13 AM
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 Most recent recommended headsets   - shawtas - 12/02/2021 10:13 AM  
 Most recent recommended headsets   - Lunis Orcutt - 12/02/2021 08:36 PM  
 Most recent recommended headsets   - shawtas - 12/06/2021 02:26 PM  
 Most recent recommended headsets   - xxtraloud - 12/09/2021 04:10 PM  
 Most recent recommended headsets   - Lunis Orcutt - 12/09/2021 05:33 PM  
 Most recent recommended headsets   - xxtraloud - 12/10/2021 04:06 AM  
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shawtas
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Hello all

 

I'm sure this question gets asked periodically as technology advances. I currently use a Jabra Evolve 65 headset, which is pretty good while the battery lasts, though somewhat confuses Dragon by creating 2 profiles – one under Jabra 370 connecting wirelessly and one under Jabra evolve 65 by Bluetooth.

 

 Dragon used to produce a list of the headset that they recommend on their website but it doesn't appear to be there any more and their live chat people have just only told me that any will work. I'd like a wireless headset, is there any particular you guys recommend?

 

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Mercifully, Nuance removed their misleading microphone listings. Those ratings were pretty much made up. Nuance did not test most of the microphones and didn't have a test bench like DragonSystems (regional manufacturer). Some of the ratings were correct but most of were way off for various reasons. For example, Nuance used to include a Plantronics microphone in the professional versions of Dragon. Nuance gave it a 6 Dragon rating but this $35 microphone certainly didn't deserve it. Accuracy was so so but comfort and noise filtering were pretty much nonexistent.

 

We used to include a far more accurate Microphone Comparison Chart on our website but we took it down because most microphones actually produce good accuracy in a very quiet environment. It has become far more important to seek comparison scores on comfort, types of usage, features and noise cancellation. We now recommend that rather than looking for accuracy scores, focus on your environment and multi-features. for example, nothing beats the comfort of a TableMike but you wouldn't be able to use it in a coffeehouse or the dual prop puddle jumping World War II plane we used weekly back and forth between Nashville and Atlanta. We had to take turns being the copilot and our pilot used to pass around his bottle of Thunderbird.



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Thanks Lunis.



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Thanks Lunis, could you elaborate on the noise cancelling part? Is this something done via hardware or software? Does the tablemic have any noise cancelling?

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We also use the term “noise canceling” but that expression is slightly misleading. “Noise filtering” is a little more accurate because that is what usually occurs. Software noise filtering is a little tricky with Dragon and we avoid it. When we have to deal with noise, we prefer microphone elements with baffles. For example, if you work in a very noisy environment, we would recommend the Audio-Technica Pro 8HEmW microphone (w/KB PLUS PACK) which can almost handle the Big Haired Lady's live gun range. Her personal favorite is a long barreled nickel plated 357 Magnum which she calls Dirty Harry.

There are 2 types of noise filtering; Active and Passive. At one time, Active (blocks noise with electronic white noise) ruled but these days, both methods are equivalent. Most of the microphones you will find at Best Buys, Staples etc. have no noise filtering; even though they often claim otherwise. All of our headset microphones include noise filtering. Some noise filtering is even included with our TableMikes; with the exception of the SoundTech GN-USB-2 which is phenomenally accurate but can pick up the noise of some keyboards.



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Originally posted by: Lunis Orcutt We also use the term “noise canceling” but that expression is slightly misleading. “Noise filtering” is a little more accurate because that is what usually occurs. Software noise filtering is a little tricky with Dragon and we avoid it. When we have to deal with noise, we prefer microphone elements with baffles. For example, if you work in a very noisy environment, we would recommend the Audio-Technica Pro 8HEmW microphone (w/KB PLUS PACK) which can almost handle the Big Haired Lady's live gun range. Her personal favorite is a long barreled nickel plated 357 Magnum which she calls Dirty Harry. There are 2 types of noise filtering; Active and Passive. At one time, Active (blocks noise with electronic white noise) ruled but these days, both methods are equivalent. Most of the microphones you will find at Best Buys, Staples etc. have no noise filtering; even though they often claim otherwise. All of our headset microphones include noise filtering. Some noise filtering is even included with our TableMikes; with the exception of the SoundTech GN-USB-2 which is phenomenally accurate but can pick up the noise of some keyboards.

 

 

Thanks Lunis for the explanation. I do have the AT Pro 8HEmW, bought many years based on your suggestion. It is very accurate but as hypercardiod it has some pickup pattern also behind it, so if you sit in front of a window it can be triggered. I work a lot in Word and the jumping cursor is the most problematic problem with small random noises. That's the problem I am trying to solve.



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