How To Boost Your Laptop Audio
If you have been using your laptop to play games or listen to music, you might be aware that the sound from a laptop typically sounds ‘tiny’. That is, it is nowhere near the audio quality of your Hi-Fi or TV.
This article explores some ways in which you can boost your laptop audio for a better aural experience. You can play with the microphone jack, the headphone jack, as well as the line-in and line-out jacks.
Most laptops come with a few connectivity options for audio. These include a microphone jack, headphone jack, as well as a line-in jack and line-out jack. We’ll take a look at each of these to understand how they can help improve your laptop audio experience.
2. Microphone Jack
Your laptop should come with a microphone jack to record sounds. This is usually a female connector on the laptop. This accepts a 1/8 inch mono-aural (i.e. single channel). Usually, you will want to connect a microphone that has an electric condenser design – these are the best types of microphones to connect.
3. Headphone Jack
A headphone jack is very important for listening to music on your laptop. Most laptops are designed to accept a 1/8 inch or 3.5 mm headphone plug. This outputs an audio signal from your laptop so you can enjoy movies and music from your laptop.
Suitable headphones usually come with an impedance of 24 to 32 ohms. They can be directed to a set of external speakers (suitably amplified) to produce the best sound quality.
4. Line-in Jack
Some laptops come with a line-in jack to allow you edit soundtracks or music. What happens is that the output of a portable audio device, tape recorder or stereo system is connected to your line-in jack. Some laptops also allow an external sound adapter to be connected via the USB port, instead of a line-in jack. You can then take in the audio and start using a software program to edit the sound.
5. Line-out Jack
This is the reverse of a line-in jack. What happens here is that a sound signal is sent out from the laptop to an external device (with its own amplifier). An example would be a laptop output signal going to a music synthesizer.
As you can see, there are a lot of ways you can boost laptop audio. You can connect manipulate sound by feeding it into a microphone jack, amplify sound by connecting a stereo system to the laptop or edit sound by using the line-in and line out jacks. If you’re interested in computer audio, you can pick up some good books on the topic and get yourself a high-end multimedia laptop. Until next time, good luck and happy computing!