Test voices

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Spanner1718
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Test voices

Post by Spanner1718 »

Hi everyone have a silly question, is there a way of trying the voices on the unit without riding like sitting at home with earpiece on?
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Re: Test voices

Post by yorky »

Hi Spanner,
Firstly I will say that I am not really IT savvy, and what I say may be totally incorrect, BUT, I'm assuming you are referring to voice directions.
I don't know if you can listen to them without the unit (whichever it may be) in the cradle but the one thing I have recently learned, with LOTS of help from another member of this forum, is that only "Serena" will actually give you the correct turn by turn voice commands.
The others simply give generic instructions, and every via point is classed as your destination, which is really annoying, (put politely).
My unit is the 590.
Hope that helps :)
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Re: Test voices

Post by sussamb »

Just set your device into simulation mode and run a route.
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Re: Test voices

Post by Breezly »

Just to clarify what I think Yorky is pointing out, newer Garmin gps's have the ability to use voices with what Garmin refers to as Real Directions (TTS3 format). Real Direction voices will not only speak street names but also landmarks. So what you might hear from the older voices would be "In 500m turn right on Elm St." and the Real Directions voice might be "Be in the right lane and in 500m turn right at the traffic lignt". In some cases it might be something like "In 500m turn right at the Starbuck's".

There are actually seven English language TTS3 voices with Real Directions: Serena & Daniel (British), Jack & Samantha (American), Karen & Lee (Australian) and Sangeeta (Indian). There are more TTS3 voices in other languages too.
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Spanner1718
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Re: Test voices

Post by Spanner1718 »

Thanks guys I’ll try it out.