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The Best Text to Speech English Voices of 2020

“Louis Vuitton or Gucci?”, “Nike or Adidas, wait…Puma maybe?”. Choosing between brands is super hard. Let alone, when you’re trying to convert your text to speech, and you’re not sure which is the best text to speech English voice, from an ever-growing list of AI Voices.

For example, take our website into account. At Play.ht, we have over 260+ high-quality realistic Text to Speech AI voices from Google, Amazon Polly, IBM, and Microsoft. Just thinking about choosing from over 260+ voices, can give you a headache.

Well, Prada, Louis Vuitton, or Gucci we can’t say, but when it comes to choosing the best English voices for your audio files, we’ve got you covered!

Our previous article on Text to Speech voices explored all the Neural Text to Speech Voices offered by Microsoft, which broke the barrier between AI Voices and Human Voices.

By the end of this article, you’ll know which voice suits you the most, and which are the best English voices that you can consider, when you’re converting your text to speech online.

Our Favourites

Here’s a list of what we use regularly, and recommend our customers. We feel these voices sound considerably better than the remaining voices available online.

Voice NameGenderSample Audio
en-AU-AvaFemale
en-AU-EthanMale
en-AU-NatashaNeuralFemale
en-CA-ClaraNeuralFemale
en-IN-AdityaMale
en-IN-AlishaFemale
en-IN-NeerjaNeuralFemale
en-IN-RaveenaFemale
en-GB-BrianMale
en-GB-LibbyNeuralFemale
en-GB-LilyFemale
en-GB-MiaNeuralFemale
en-US-AriaNeuralFemale
en-US-GuyNeuralMale
en-US-NoahMale

If you’ve noticed, some of the voices tagged Neural sound much crispier and clearer than the rest.

Well, this is due to a simple fact that Neural Voices are designed in such a way that they are made to sound or are indistinguishable from human voices.

If you’d like to know more about these voices, and their features, please go through our previous article on Neural Voices, from Microsoft.

The Chosen One’s – The Best Text to Speech English Voices

The best text to speech english voices of 2020

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With these voices, especially the Neural voices, you can adjust the speaking style to express different emotions like cheerfulness, empathy, and calm, or optimize the voice for different scenarios like customer service, newscasting and voice assistant that fit your need.

We recommend these handpicked text to speech voices, if you’re looking for that oomph factor in your text to speech conversions.

RegionVoice Name
Australiaen-AU-Ethan, en-AU-NatashaNeural
Canadaen-CA-ClaraNeural
Indiaen-IN-Aditya, en-IN-NeerjaNeural
United Kingdomen-GB-LibbyNeural, en-GB-MiaNeural
United Statesen-US-AriaNeural, en-US-GuyNeural

To give you a clearer picture of how crisp, clear and lifelike these voices are, we have a small Audio Conversation for you to listen to, between the aforementioned text to speech voices.

Please play these voices one after the other to experience, a Not so AI Conversation.

Ethan :
Aditya :
Neerja :
Guy :
Libby :
Aria :
Mia :
Clara :
Natasha :

As you can see, it’s almost as though a real conversation’s going on between fellow colleagues.

If you are excited by this, then let me tell you that, this isn’t even the tip of the iceberg.

In our future updates to come, we will be introducing more text to speech voices, incorporating the latest releases from Google, Amazon Polly, IBM and Microsoft, which sound even more realistic, and human.

All things considered, we hope by now you’ve have found your voice, and gained that special something to take your articles, or text to speech conversions to infinity and beyond!

The sky isn’t even the limit when it come’s to converting your text to speech, and we at Play.ht are just getting started.

Which text to speech voice did you find the best? Voice out in the comments section below!

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