unfortunately that's not the end of the story.
I can give the next piece of information only for German voices, so if you
can't understand my language it is of no use to give you any voice samples.
There is a site which does extensive voice comparison by recording three
sentences with each voice ever created in German.
This site offers the MP3 samples for listening and downloading.
I am sure that you know that RealSpeak voices cover the German language. Up
to now there have been two German voices. One male and one feemale. Both can
be bought via nextup.com with a TextAloud license for $45 each. Every
RealSpeak voice from nextup.com is a SAPI voice. The only requirement is
the TextAloud license.
But you might also know that the RealSpeak voices are also available for
mobile devices and for Talks and maybe also Mobile Speak.
I don't have a smartphone, but what I know is that the male German voice
does sound differently in its smartphone version compared to the PC version,
and it is not due to a bitrate or other quality setting difference.
Furthermore RealSpeak and Vocalizer seem to be two different products.
Thus the reason why JAWS doesn't offer the third German voice, or the second
Russian one, which also applies to nextup.com.
The worst about Vocalizer is not the high price, but the fact that the
quality of the voices seems to be worse than the JAWS versions of the same
And voices like the Australian English ones and the Indian English voice
can't be bought via the Koba online shop, but you have to request them, if
you wanted them, while the RealSpeak variant of them is either available for
JAWS without SAPI or from nextup.com with SAPI probably in better quality.
If you have a computer with a virtual machine running, I'd suggest that you
download the demo versions of Koba Speech 2 and listen for yourself, so you
can compare one voice at a time without damaging your primary SAPI core when
trial time of thirty days runs out or when the base Koba Engine is still
unstable (might be still the case).
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