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Standard User cheshire_man
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Wed 22-Apr-20 10:36:11
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Looking to buy a PC microphone


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I'd like to get a microphone to connect to my PC. It only needs to be suitable for voice use and quality.

I currently have a headset and the mike works but is clumsy to use.

Would a USB mike be OK or does it need to be connected by a 3.5mm jack?

Tony
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Standard User ian72
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 23-Apr-20 10:10:28
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USB or jack should be fine. Are you looking to use the for general recording or for soft phone calls? If the latter are you still looking at using headphones for sound or going hands free? If hands free then I have used Jabra speakerphones before that work pretty well for both Mic pickup and speakers.
Standard User albany11
(newbie) Thu 23-Apr-20 13:51:45
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Re: Looking to buy a PC microphone


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I just bought one of these.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Universal-USB-Stand-Mini-...

And surprisingly it is really good. Small and unobtrusive enough to have close to me on video calls, without needing a headset. I've had no complaints on audio quality and the audio test/replay stuff shows it sounds good. Slightly better than my webcam mike, and much better at dictation.

It's also working pretty well with Office 2019 dictation.


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Standard User mking90031
(regular) Thu 23-Apr-20 16:59:12
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Re: Looking to buy a PC microphone


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Hi,

Just thought I would add my 2 cents worth here....Have you thought about bluetooth? You could then get some very good headphones that have integrated mic's....Depends on how far away you want to be from your recording device....

HTH,

Mark King MCP
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Standard User cheshire_man
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Fri 24-Apr-20 08:48:33
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Re: Looking to buy a PC microphone


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In reply to a post by ian72:
Are you looking to use the for general recording or for soft phone calls?
I should have said that the initial purpose is to record Bible readings and the like which are then emailed in to go to make up our church's web based services. It would only be for voice recording.

I have a headset which I have used for me-only Skype, or webcam and speakers for wife & I to Skype family.

Tony
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Standard User longedge
(experienced) Fri 24-Apr-20 10:06:14
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Just as an additional thought, the environment is important.

Years ago when I got my grandson to do some recording for a project at work, I found that closing the curtains and getting my wife to put temporary fabric hangings all round the room improved the quality a lot.

I have heard of people using a very large cardboard box lined out with 'audio' foam getting good results.
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