Audio quality is one of the most overlooked elements in a video call, and unfortunately, poor audio quality can ruin a call, no matter how good the video quality. Thankfully, there are a number of easy steps you can take to improve audio quality and come through loud and clear.
Eliminate Background Noise
One of the easiest ways to improve audio quality in a video chat is to eliminate background noise. The problem with background noise is that you aren’t able to hear what the other person hears, so you may not realize that the overhead fan you have running in the room is actually distorting your audio. In fact, depending on the quality of your microphone, the other person may even hear things like cars passing by outside. Try to turn off as many electronic devices near your microphone and find a quiet place to hold your video call.
Turn Off Unused Resources
When streaming video and audio, your computer or mobile device still has to process other information in the background. When you have programs running that you aren’t using, they are taking up valuable processing resources that are needed for quality audio. When you shut these programs down before jumping on your video call, you’ll likely have better audio.
Use Headphones When Possible
Although today’s video chat services are more advanced than ever, the problem of echo still exists. When you speak to the other person, you’re going to hear your own voice echoing back through your speakers. This can lead to distortion or even a high-pitched feedback loop. When you wear headphones, you’ll be able to hear the other person, but you won’t get an echo coming from your speakers.
Be Patient When Waiting to Speak
In many cases, audio problems come simply from people talking over each other. While this sometimes simply happens because people are impatient, it’s often more to blame on lag. If your connection is slow, it may take a few seconds for the other person to receive the audio your just sent.
So, while you know you just asked a question, the other person may not hear your voice for a few seconds, and in that time, you may think he or she isn’t hearing you, so you ask again. Just as you do this, the other person begins answering the question and you end up talking over each other. Try to be patient and compensate for lag by waiting a few seconds before speaking.
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