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Speech Synthesizers

Speech synthesizers are text-to-speech systems used with computers. It can be a card that is inserted into the computer, a box attached to the computer by a cable, or software that works with the computer's sound card. Speech synthesizers are programmed to include all the phonemes and grammatical rules of a language, allowing words to be pronounced correctly although names and compound words can cause problems because they often contain unusual spellings and letter combinations. Some synthetic speech sounds robotic; however, more and more new products sound almost human. Prices range from approximately $150 to $1,000, and software synthesizers are routinely included with the purchase of a screen reader.

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There are 5 Products in the Category

Product Table

Product NameProduct DescriptionDistributor ContactImage/Multimedia Available?
DECtalk USBFull-speed USB device that starts and stops quickly and can ...
EloquenceA multilingual, software speech synthesizer that is availabl...
Microsoft Speech EngineSoftware speech synthesizer developed by Microsoft.
TexTALK for WindowsA program that reads text, Microsoft Word and other types of...
TripleTalk USB MiniText-to-speech USB device. Converts standard ASCII text into...

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