I'm in grad school, and I've been using the Plantronics DSP-400 with Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional 9.5 for about a year. the headset was okay, but my accuracy rate was nowhere near 99%, probably closer to 85-90%. (I generally can't get through an entire sentence without making a correction) it saved my life when I couldn't type anymore, but it is very frustrating. because writing and editing papers is all I do, I need whatever will give me maximum accuracy.
my problem is I can't figure out what the best/most accurate headset is.
KnowBrainer says the absolute best is the Samson Airline 77 followed by several other wireless headsets. Link however, the Nuance website seems to rank microphones on accuracy, and none of the wireless microphones they tested came close to the USB mic's. Link also, I've read in various places that Bluetooth/wireless is technically unable to compete with fully wired options.
eMicrophones shows theBoom Earhook and the modified Sennheiser ME3 as their best, but they are also the only site that I've seen to put such faith in desktop microphones. https://www.emicrophones.com/comparisons.asp
Finally, Nuance lists only 10 microphones, all wired headsets, that score a six on the Dragon accuracy score.
Audio 310 Plantronics
DSP 300 USB Plantronics
DSP 400 USB Plantronics
DSP 500 Plantronics
GN 503USB GN Netcom
HSGEN1 - Retail Bundle Vansonic
NC-91 Andrea Electronics
NC-91 + USB Adapter Andrea Electronics
NC-95 Andrea Electronics
usually when I buy products, I find some general consensus on what particular model, brand, or least what type(i.e. wired vs. wireless) is best, but here, I can't figure out anything. I prefer headsets, as they don't require me to hunched over a desktop microphone, and I'm not a big fan of ear hooks, as they don't fit my elf ears :-) however, what I need is the fastest, most accurate microphone available that will help me just talk, instead of having to correct mistakes in every single sentence, so I will do whatever it takes. Any advice?
many thanks in advance for your help!
[the accuracy problems are not entirely the microphone's fault. I probably don't enunciate as well as I should, but it does not understand me even when I speak slowly. Also, I'm running Windows XP on a ThinkPad t42 with a 1.8Ghz Pentium M and 1.5 gigs of RAM. I'm upgrading to a maxed out Core 2 desktop soon. oh, and the school is giving me DNS legal 9, better for me, next year.]