Apple Dictation MicrophonesConsidering the purchase of a high-quality microphone for accurate Mac OSX speech recognition and voice control needs? Here we feature a few select external USB microphones for Mac users wanting a far better computer microphone than the tiny one that may be built into their MacBook or iMac computer -- or an Apple Cinema Display.
Optimized For Mac Speech Uses
Mini Speech Recognition Mic
USB Condenser Microphone
USB Desktop Mics For Mac DictationWe find USB connected microphones to be the most reliable, hassle-free and straightforward way to deliver highly accurate voice interpretation for speech recognition. They're also great for upping the quality of your online chat and Skype sessions, Podcast recording, voice-over work, and all your other vocal and music recording needs.
With LED Mute Indicator Button
Gooseneck USB Microphone
Onboard Active LED and Mute Button
Low-Cost Desktop Mic
USB With Mute Button
In particular, there's a wide range of affordable, Apple-friendly USB condenser mics that are driver-free, plug and play compatible with any audio-based software app for Mac OS X. Many deliver exceptionally clean, clear and full-range high-fidelity voice reproduction without necessarily costing a fortune. Many in the $20-$50 USD price range deliver excellent audio response far superior to Apple's internal mics.
USB Portable Mics For MacBook DictationYou might be suprised to learn how lousy a MacBook's internal microphone sounds if you compared audio files of it with nearly any stand-alone condenser mic. There's a handful of excellent and highly portable tiny USB microphones for more accurate MacBook dictation, podcast recording, vocals and music when traveling.
Samson Go-Mic Direct
The Go-Mic Direct may be a great option for speech recognition and more on the go. It features a high-quality condenser element which pivots, making it easy to direct it optimally towards your voice as you dictate.
4-Pole Analog TRRS MicrophonesAnalog speech recognition headsets for PC's with SEPARATE 1/8" plugs or many PC-style microphones are NOT Mac compatible. But starting after 2010, Apple started supporting unifying 4-Conductor TRRS audio jacks on it's Mac, iPhone and iPads and shipping earbuds with a tiny microphone built into the on-wire control.
Analog Lapel Mic
You have to shop carefully, but more and more mic headsets and desktop analog microphones now support the single 4-Pole TRRS mic + headset/earbud connection to work on a modern Mac or iOS device. Worst case scenario you can use an Analog-To-Digital USB audio dongle to allow use of older-style PC microphones or mic headsets that have two separate plugs.
Stereo Headphones + Mono Microphone