Bundled with the SAPI5 SDK there was a little vb program called dictpad which I've been using to test recognition and it's clear that something is very wrong either; with the way I'm training it or as you suggested the microphone.
I've succumbed and ordered the Andrea mic, so that should narrow things down when it arrives.
anyway, it seems to be working really well now. just need to change some commands around to work with what i have. i am able to say the artist, then say the album, and say "next song" when i want to. thats about all i was looking for! now to just comb through my music collection and rename the file structure for better accuracy.
music path manually. it never changed to the right path for me either, i just do it myself and make sure you hit "set value" in the botton right corner to lock in the setting (using rrvoiceconfig.exe)
also, after you set your music path and run the "create" command, post what you have in your rrvoice.ini file. i have a feeling you might be experiencing the same problem i was....
Remember, If you change your music structure in any way, You must run RRVoiceConfig.exe to scan your music again...
You must also do this with RMDatabase, I believe...
actually i think rmdatabase does it on the fly. ive been impressed by how fast you see music in your browser list after you add it to your music folder, it can be instantaneous at times. not sure how well it catches subtle changes though (like renaming folders... even though i go by id3 tags anyway for the browser)
im not sure if john ever got that itegrated with dfx5 or not. the skype plugin does work great though, i am pretty much shocked how easy it was to setup and how well it works. i havent figured out the voice commands yet though.