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Just purchased new computer. Audiosync is now erratic. Sometimes records, sometimes doesn't. Stenograph said it is due to the single mic/headphone jack and recommended getting a USB mic. Has anyone experienced anything similar? Also, if I do have to go to a USB mic, does anyone have a recommendation? Thanks in advance for your assistance.
All my laptops have had separate mic and headphone jacks. That's odd in the first place and I'm sure I'd not purchase a laptop on that issue alone. I would try this one:
I don't have either but when I need to, I'm going to try these.
The only laptop I've ever had is ThinkPad and they all have both jacks. Surprised to hear that there's such a thing as a combo mic/headphone jack. Something seems very wrong with that.
USB mics are very good. I've ordered mine at www.soundprofessional.com
Same thing happened to me when I got a Lenovo with that single mic/headphone jack. Since I love my old battery-free plug-in microphone so much and didn't want to go the USB route, I ended up returning that Lenovo and got a Sony Vaio with separate jacks.
If you want a USB, I've heard very good things about Sound Professionals, as mentioned in Rosalie's post.
Thank you for the responses. A Lenovo is what I bought, too. Looks like I will have to go the route of a USB mic. Hope this helps others who are purchasing new computers. Make sure whatever you buy has two jacks! Lesson learned...just too late.
Part# - ANDREA-USB-SA - Andrea Electronics - Pure Audio USB-SA External Digital Sound Card With Patented Noise Reduction Technology (Note: this one has a built-in sound card.)
PART#: MS-MMM-1 - Master Series by Sound Professionals - Special! Super high gain, ultra sensitive Steno machine and laptop mini omnidirectional microphone for court reporters - Made in USA (Plug this into the end of the usb microphone)