Once again I guess I'm just the odd one because I really don't like Neo speak voices at all. You're right they are very clear and almost realistic, but that is only when listening very, very, slow to my ears. My favorite synth is easily eloquence, but since kurzweil won't work with it until the next version, I usually use ViaVoice TTS. With that synth I can clearly understand the speech pumped up to 600 words a minute. With NeoSpeak I can't understand it faster than a third of that. I have tested and tried to use Neospeak, but listening at that rate is so slow it's almost painful, and I'm tempted to kick the thing to hurry up. Even if I haven't read the material already I can tell from the flow of sentences what is going to be done or happen and I have no patients for it. That is why I can no longer listen to audio books on tape. They take much too long and you can't pump it up without affecting it's clarity. Besides Neospeak's overall clarity going to garbage, it also gets extremely choppy when fast. For my hearing I have always found Eloquence not just the most customizable to my liking, but also when you changed the speed it seems to retain most of those other settings which I set. I don't recall which of the three of you it was who mentioned NeoSpeak being hoggy with resources, but you're not kidding! With one of my machines kurzweil gets like that sometimes, so I closed kurzweil and turned on the neo speak voices with jaws. I'm telling you. Every, single, keystroke, was, so, far, behind, my, typing, it was maddening! With my newer computers I don't even bother to install NeoSpeak any more.