I bought an audio-technica BPHS1 headset to use with DNS 12.5 on a PC running on Windows 8.1. I also wanted to use the headset to record podcasts, as well as to listen to music. The salesman at the shop where I bought it, sold me a XKL-M to USB cable -- which he assured me would enable the headset mic cable to connect with a USB port on the PC. As you are no doubt aware, this strategy bypasses the sound card and any resulting issues or loss of sound quality.
However, the computer would not recognize the USB cable. I took it, and the PC, back to the retailer. He tried using a pre-amp connected to the USB port instead of the cable, but that would not work either.
He then made a XKL-M to 1/8” jack converter cable which allowed the headset mic cable to plug into a 1/8” jack on the sound card instead of the USB port. Windows would then recognize the mic and I could record sounds using Windows Sound Recorder. However, the sound quality was not as good as would be expected from using a USB port and negates the point of using a high quality headset mic. In any case, Dragon would still not recognize the headset mic at all.
My questions are:
1. Can anyone tell me what I can do to connect the headset mic to a USB port on the PC so that it works?
2. Can anyone tell me what, if anything, I can do to get Dragon to recognize the audio-technica headset mic so that I can use it for voice dictation?