Tips for buying a computer microphone

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As computer technology has continued to advance over the last several decades, users have more and more options when it comes to interacting with their computer and interacting with other people by way of their computer. Everything from video cameras to Internet telephones open up all sorts of interesting possibilities.

One of the most interesting advances has to do with the way a computer processes sound via a microphone. A microphone is, in many ways, an essential input device for your computer.

Many computer users can benefit from using a microphone with their computer.  Whether they want to use that microphone to dictate their writing or whether they want to use that microphone to communicate with friends and family via an internet telephone service the types of things that you need in a computer microphone will vary based on those needs.

If, for example, you want to be able to communicate via an internet telephone service you want to make sure you have a computer microphone that cancels out ambient noise.  That computer microphone needs to be able to shelter the signal from beeps, whistles and anything else that your computer might produce in terms of noise.

The same holds true if you want to buy a computer microphone for the purpose of dictation.  This is especially true if you intend to use your microphone for text to speech applications.  Text to speech applications tend to be very sensitive when it comes to background noise and they tend to be very sensitive when it comes to pronunciation.

In terms of actual styles of microphones you have several choices.  You can choose a stand alone microphone, for example, that you sit on your desktop. You can choose a handheld microphone like you might see in a concert, for example that you hold while you dictate or while you speak into the microphone. You might chose a headset with a built in microphone which allows you to hear sounds coming from your computer without having them bleed into the microphone and be picked up by the microphone.

The type of microphone that you chose you use with your computer really depends greatly on what you want to use it for. The best thing to do is to spend some time investigating the various options.

One final bit of advice:  don’t just settle on the least expensive option no matter what you intend to use your computer microphone for. Cheap computer microphones tend to wear out very quickly and to produce a very poor quality of sound.

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