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laptops these days. Does microphone port still hiss badly?

link626 3,013 398 August 7, 2015 at 08:47 PM
Laptops usually have Realtek onboard sound, and if you try to record anything with a mic, there's really bad hissing.

If you turn the volume down, then your voice will be barely audible in the recording.

Do laptops these days still have this problem?


Mine is terrible through the mic port. I have to use a usb microphone in order not to have any hissing

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Laptops usually have Realtek onboard sound, and if you try to record anything with a mic, there's really bad hissing.

If you turn the volume down, then your voice will be barely audible in the recording.

Do laptops these days still have this problem?


Mine is terrible through the mic port. I have to use a usb microphone in order not to have any hissing
built-in laptops aren't meant for anything more than possibly video chatting. I don't think you can get any decent recording without a good external mic no matter what.
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A usb mic is the best option if you really care about the sound quality.

The mic port can vary a lot from model to model and depends on what you're connecting to it. If you're going to use an external mic, you may as well use a usb one.

Some laptops have a microphone array and are much better at filtering out ambient sounds. Air is a relatively poor conductor of sound compared to a solid object or fluid. It's hard to isolate built in mics from all the sounds that transfer through the case of a computer.

You may also be able to clean up the sound with some digital filtering.
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