There is wide disagreement of what the best is. it's a matter
of preference and taste. it's like asking what is the best frozen
pizza. Do you like older synthesizers such as Eloquence or do you
like newer ones, with more human sounding voices but slower responsiveness
and, in my opinion, significantly degraded speech accuracy in most of
them? I don't recall the names of any of the newer ones because I
dislike most of them and don't use them. There are a lot of
synthesizers you can try or get information about on the NVDA page devoted
to this topic:
Also, on this page, the Eloquence add on that offers other voices as
well is discussed. There is a SAPI five Eloquence available for sale
which is far superior, if you are interested in Eloquence. Others
can tell you more about it if you are interested. And a lot of
voices available for purchase have demos.
I'll add that some people use a responsive voice for work, such as
word processing and other tasks, but use one of the newer more natural
voices for listening, such as when reading a book.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, May 24, 2018 6:59 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Best Synthesizer
Thanks I’m confused. My question was what is
the best? And I believe there is always a better maybe someone else has an
> On May 24, 2018, at 2:54 PM, Antony Stone <antony.stone@...
> SAPI is not a speech engine. It's a
definition of a protocol enabling speech
> applications (synthesis
or recognition) to interface to other applications
> (such as a
> Some synthesisers can only communicate with
other applications via SAPI, some
> can do SAPI plus other
protocols, some don't do SAPI at all.
> As Gene said,
whether a synthesiser communicates using SAPI says nothing at
about the quality of its voices.
> Also, to add another
answer to the original question "what is the best
synthesizer that NVDA supports?", I would say it's the one you like
> best and get on with best. That may not be the same as what
> likes. These things are a very personal
>> On Thursday
24 May 2018 at 13:47:29, Jaffar Sidek wrote:
Also, Sapi is a speech engine native to windows. The beauty
>> flexibility of NVDA is that it allows for installation of
>> synthesizer voices. Cheers!
>>> On 5/24/2018 7:26 PM, Gene wrote:
should be pointed out that SAPI is a way that voices
>>> with the computer. it has nothing to do
with the kind of voice in
>>> terms of its speech or general
quality. sometimes, a synthesizer may
>>> have a SAPI
version and a version that isn't SAPI. There is no
>>> to use or not to use a voice because it is
>>> *From:* Chris
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*Sent:* Thursday, May 24, 2018 6:02 AM
>>> *To:* firstname.lastname@example.org
*Subject:* Re: [nvda] Best Synthesizer
There is nothing better than sapi voices
Don’t waste your time or money on anything else. Have a nice day now
> The first fifty percent of an engineering
project takes ninety percent of the
> time, and the remaining fifty
percent takes another ninety percent of the time.
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