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Old 09-02-2016, 06:58 AM   #1
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Maybe this has been asked and if so, sorry for wasting your time.

My laptop is running Windows 8.1 and my desktop Windows 10

On my desktop i have an integrated Realtek on my motherboard.
My laptop is an Alienware 17 R3 and has Creative Sound Blaster Recon3Di sound card.

Both of the following scenarios is for live audio.

When my microphone (3.5mm) is plugged into the desktop, the sound is very quiet and boosting it in the properties creates a lot of noise. Going through the Realtek software and activating all the "enhancements" does next to nothing at clearing up the sound or boosting the volume without quality loss.

When the same microphone is plugged into the Alienware laptop the sound is the exact same as when plugged into the desktop, but when i go through the software for the sound card and turn on the enhancements (notice the lack of quotations), the sound clears right up, volume is the same, but at least there is no background noise or static.

I've used voice meeter banana to try and clean up the audio on the desktop, but it doesn't compare to what the Alienware software is capable of.

Here's my questions:
1. Is there a real difference between the hardware of both these sound cards/integrated cards or is it the software that makes the difference?
2. If i wanted to get the same quality on my desktop, is there a software that i can download or buy to clear up the quality of the sound or should i get a good sound card?

Thank you very much.
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Old 09-02-2016, 07:49 AM   #2
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1) Hardware can make a difference for playback, but typically "mic" issues, especially related to volume, are a driver issue.

2) The best solution would likely be another sound card (internal or external), just check reviews first to verify there aren't similar issues with that card (and OS).

Or you could simply switch to a USB type headphone/mic. They typically don't have this issue.
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