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Andrea Electronics C1-1022600-50 model NC-185 VM USB High Fidelity Stereo USB Computer Headset with Noise Canceling...
Report Date: 12/09/2015
Based on 179 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.2
Returned or considering to return: 4.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
Comfortable5.0   above average
Audio4.3   average
USB4.3   above average
Price4.2   average
Recognition4.0   average
Sound4.0   below average
Voice4.0   average
Quality3.6   below average
Microphone3.4   below average
Noise1.8   mediocre


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Audio

Audio:
"The junk noise filter that audio commander runs upon the live recording that is in process, works very well."
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"I haven't used this headset without Dragon so I can't speak about how well it works for recording audio or anything else but it's the only headset you should get for any version of Dragon Naturally Speaking software."
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"The audio quality is reasonable - I'm no audiophile so once I can hear, I'm ecstatic."
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"Since I am an amateur audio engineer, it was easy for me to look at the sound waves of my recordings and see the performance reductions and realize it was due to the laptops sound-card and the analog performance of my old microphone."
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"Software is able to identify these non-deviating patterns and remove them out of the audio recording."
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"The audio commander program would easily be worth and another $10-$20."
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"While my audio recordings with this microphone sounded fantastic, and a close-up examination of the wave forms showed that it was very clean and devoid of junk noise."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Great sound, comfortable, great mic."
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"I was looking for headphones that were easy to transport, were comfortable on my head for extended periods of time, had decent sound quality, and had a microphone on it."
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"works great with dragon and Rosetta stone, comfortable able to sit for a hour or two with no problems price is right"
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"Great sound with both music and meetings, adjustable boom mic loud and clear (they tell me), no software to load or set up - just plug it in, comfortable fit, easily adjustable on your head."
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"The ear pads on the speakers were nice and thick so that it's comfort upon my ears was very nice."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"It worked great for about eight weeks before the microphone developed a problem."
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"My wife loved this headset until few days ago : the microphone stopped working - wire inside is broken."
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"Another reviewer had complained that the microphone boom was too long."
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"So the junk noise microphone would predominately only be able to pick up the environment noise, and would be unable to pick up the quality noise that was being spoken by the operator wearing the microphone in front of his mouth."
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"The junk noise microphone was frequently mounted on the headset outside of the earmuffs."
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"The reversed wave form of junk noise that is being added to the quality noise, will now cancel out any junk noise that the quality microphone has accidentally picked up."
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"Great sound, comfortable, great mic."
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"It worked great for about eight weeks before the microphone developed a problem."
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"I was looking for headphones that were easy to transport, were comfortable on my head for extended periods of time, had decent sound quality, and had a microphone on it."
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"These headphones mostly fulfilled those requirementsEasy to transport they fold up nicely, although sometimes I have to rotate the boom around a bitComfortable They dont press in on my ears too much and I can wear them for hoursMicrophone As other reviewers have mentioned, these have a very nice microphone in itSound Quality I might have been expecting too much out of a $30 pair of headphones, but I feel like the treble is a bit tinny out of these."
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"I had a lot of echo in the room I had to do voice recording in, this microphone eliminated that perfectly."
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Noise

Noise:
"It will now reverse the wave form of the junk noise, and now include it into the quality noise."
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"Now that it can identify what is junk noise coming from the room or atmosphere, it will look for that same kind of noise that the quality microphone is accidentally picking up."
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"Now that it knows what junk noise is, and what quality noise is, it can further separate the two of them."
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"This is a junk noise."
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"Excellent sound quality for price, mike cuts out background noise very well."
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"Noise canceling mic works great."
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"The noise cancellation works really well, so there is no loss of accuracy even when the washing machine, dryer, and humidifier are all running right next to me."
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"One thing the website did make clear to me, is what type of noise canceling ability that it would offer."
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"So the junk noise microphone would predominately only be able to pick up the environment noise, and would be unable to pick up the quality noise that was being spoken by the operator wearing the microphone in front of his mouth."
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Price

Price:
"One was cheap, and you could tell - flimsy feeling, poor sound quality."
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"Initially I bought a cheap pair at a big box store, and was disappointed."
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"If you later regret that purchase, and then doesn't matter how little money that you paid for it if you can't be happy with what you've got."
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"So the real cost is not determined by what you really pay for it, the real cost is determined by will you be happy with the money you spent later, or will you regret that purchase later that you made."
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"good buy great price!"
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"It's an affordable headset that is of good enough quality to function well with dictation programs like Dragon Naturally Speaking."
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"Excellent sound quality for price, mike cuts out background noise very well."
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"Decent product for the price."
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"Work well for the price."
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Program

Program:
"While it appeared to be working, I finally figured out that sound signal is now too weak for the program to recognize his speech."
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"It's an affordable headset that is of good enough quality to function well with dictation programs like Dragon Naturally Speaking."
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"Nobody talked about how great the microphone was for a voice recognition program, but they did mention that it worked very well in Skype."
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"So therefore for a voice recognition program to be accurate, the audio quality of the words spoken must be incredibly high in order for the program to accurately recognize them."
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"The audio commander program would easily be worth and another $10-$20."
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"When I searched the reviews for the word microphone in the reviews relevant to this headset, I discovered many many people were commenting how good this microphone was for a voice recognition program such as Dragon naturally speaking."
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Quality

Quality:
"However, the quality of the voice was not as good as I would like."
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"One was cheap, and you could tell - flimsy feeling, poor sound quality."
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"It will now reverse the wave form of the junk noise, and now include it into the quality noise."
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"Now that it knows what junk noise is, and what quality noise is, it can further separate the two of them."
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"The problem is laptops have a very poor quality internal sound-card that is built-in."
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"The reversed wave form of junk noise that is being added to the quality noise, will now cancel out any junk noise that the quality microphone has accidentally picked up."
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"But the quality is excellent."
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"It's an affordable headset that is of good enough quality to function well with dictation programs like Dragon Naturally Speaking."
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"Good Quality"
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"The sound quality is impressive and the other mechanisms of the headset are sturdy."
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"Excellent sound quality for price, mike cuts out background noise very well."
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Recognition

Recognition:
"The problem is windows speech recognition does not recognize anything you say after you have spent much time using the so called voice training prompt so that your computer recognizes your voice."
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"At 36 from the screen, i can't get good recognition."
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"Problems experienced with Voice Recognition might be operator error as opposed to product deficiency ... to be determined."
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"I had to stop using dragon for a while because the voice recognition was so terrible with my old microphone, that it was faster for me to just type."
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"Speech recognition with Dragon NaturallySpeaking is great."
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"If you want a fantastic microphone for a voice recognition program, then this one is the one that you will want to buy."
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"Nobody talked about how great the microphone was for a voice recognition program, but they did mention that it worked very well in Skype."
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"So therefore for a voice recognition program to be accurate, the audio quality of the words spoken must be incredibly high in order for the program to accurately recognize them."
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"When I searched the reviews for the word microphone in the reviews relevant to this headset, I discovered many many people were commenting how good this microphone was for a voice recognition program such as Dragon naturally speaking."
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Sound

Sound:
"While it appeared to be working, I finally figured out that sound signal is now too weak for the program to recognize his speech."
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"The problem I eventually wound up having (as is the case with most headsets) was that the sound started dying out."
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"One was cheap, and you could tell - flimsy feeling, poor sound quality."
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"Overall sound was just okay, not great."
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"I learned (after spending countless hours on the phone to their tech support department in India) that the reality is, their headphone in the software box sucks which is why there are so many sound quality problems not to mention how it screws up some of the words you're speaking."
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"- Pinpoint voice sound quality modulation -check- 2 minute glitch free support software download - check- Window Speech recognition working like a charm - check- Everything as described on product description and better - check- Superlative noise cancellation - check- Multifunctional AudioCommand centre - check- Sturdy build - check- Flexible easy to position boom - check- No interference with any other functions check- Intuitive controls integrated with overall system controls - check- Significant improvement in all sound voice functions - check- Only 45 dollars including shipping - check- Long cable - check- In line controls for volume and mute - check- External USB sound card checkIt cannot get better at this price."
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"Conversants have asked what I changed, because of great sound."
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"The sound volume is marvelous..."
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"The sound quality is impressive and the other mechanisms of the headset are sturdy."
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"love the sound, don't like what the harware did to my computer"
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"Excellent sound quality for price, mike cuts out background noise very well."
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USB

USB:
"Drawbacks are the super long usb cord which I have to wrap up to avoid getting tangled in, and they fit pretty tight on my head so I wouldn't recommend wearing them for more than 45 mins or so at a time."
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"Unplugging the USB and replugging fixes the problem."
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"I ended up purchasing a Plantronics USB headset that is far superior to this one"
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"I had considered another headset that was only $23, Plantronics Audio 478 Stereo USB Headset (Audio 478)and it had fantastic reviews like this headset does."
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"I have had excellent results with this soundcard: Syba SD-CM-UAUD USB Stereo Audio Adapter, C-Media Chipset, RoHS."
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"The USB adapter is large but fits perfectly beside an already occupied USB port on my laptop."
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Voice

Voice:
"However, the quality of the voice was not as good as I would like."
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"Problems experienced with Voice Recognition might be operator error as opposed to product deficiency ... to be determined."
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"I had to stop using dragon for a while because the voice recognition was so terrible with my old microphone, that it was faster for me to just type."
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"Part of my problems with it are my voice."
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"I had a lot of echo in the room I had to do voice recording in, this microphone eliminated that perfectly."
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"I've bought this for outbound calling in a shared office space and it has a great voice quality while still cancelling out background noise."
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"The voice was easily understood."
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"Nobody talked about how great the microphone was for a voice recognition program, but they did mention that it worked very well in Skype."
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"So therefore for a voice recognition program to be accurate, the audio quality of the words spoken must be incredibly high in order for the program to accurately recognize them."
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Volume

Volume:
"The only drawback I've had is the volume control doesn't seem to work right."
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"So anyway, I really do like this headset, and it works great in Dragon, but that weirdness with the volume thing at the beginning is pretty disappointing."
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"I don't really use this headset to listen to music since I use plug-in earbuds and even using my computer speakers at a relatively loud volume has little or no affect on accuracy, the noise canceling is that good."
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"Good volume control."
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"The sound volume is marvelous..."
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"I love the inline volume and mute function so now I can easily mute myself if have to cough, sneeze, take a drink of water, etc."
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"So anyway, I really do like this headset, and it works great in Dragon, but that weirdness with the volume thing at the beginning is pretty disappointing."
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"The volume control is really easy to use."
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