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Low mic volume?


chili195

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Had my Corsair HS1 delivered this morning.

 

I love the build quality and the comfort is also fantastic. One big problem though is that my voice is coming through way too quiet. I can't see an option to enable boost or to increase the volume any higher than it already is.

 

The volume seems okay if I move the microphone closer to my mouth (or if I talk out the side of my mouth!) but in its proper position (even when 'bent' as close as possible) it just doesn't seem to be doing a good job picking up audio.

 

Does anyone have any suggestions about how to overcome this or am I missing a trick here with the microphone placement? Otherwise, it looks like this will be going back :(

 

Thanks

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Got the HS1 yesterday, my mic was working fine on teamspeak & ventrilo last night.

 

Stuck at work now, I will check my settings for you when I get home later.

 

Really pleased with the quality & comfort of the HS1.

 

CHEERS

 

Did someone complain to you about your voice or anything in the background sounding very bass-like or the background noise being muffled? I'm using ventrilo as well and we got the settings to the highest possible quality and people claim that there's a sound in the background when I speak that's very bass-like or being muffled. One of the comments I got last night was "It sound like you have 50kg of cloths your mic when you try to speak."

 

Anyone else having issues with this and knows how to resolve it?

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No I checked my setting on teamspeak last night before i was raiding in wow & my friend who was logged in at the time said I was coming across loud & clear.

 

Swapped to Ventrilo for the raid & no bad comments were made about my voice at all,

got my mic turned up to about 75% in the corsair software.

 

Hope this helps & its set as direct sound in vent & ts.

 

Cheers

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No I checked my setting on teamspeak last night before i was raiding in wow & my friend who was logged in at the time said I was coming across loud & clear.

 

Swapped to Ventrilo for the raid & no bad comments were made about my voice at all,

got my mic turned up to about 75% in the corsair software.

 

Hope this helps & its set as direct sound in vent & ts.

 

Cheers

 

After some testing I can actually hear what they're talking about. If I put one finger on the mic the sound it makes is painful. Might this just be that I've got a bad headset or that this sound just is there and you need to accept it as background noise. For the most part I can hear myself speaking but the bass sound that's in the background can sometimes seem to overtake my voice.

 

Using direct sound as well, been having issues by not using it in Windows 7 (the famous delay and all the sound comes crashing in at once :p)

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Tried a different headset or trying that headset in a different jack (front versus back), or better yet, a different PC?

 

My last headset took an early vacation, that's the reason for purchasing this one. I'll try it on another computer tomorrow, changing jack didn't make any difference.

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Yeah, I have the same sort of problem with the background noise. I have to turn the mic up to max output volume to get any decent sound out of it (still too quiet) - but then the background noise is also amplified which is obviously not preferable. It's not that bassy though so it might be a different issue entirely.

 

It's a USB mic so I don't think changing jacks will make much difference. It just seems to be the mic doesn't pick up my voice as its quite far off from my mouth.

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Tried on another PC this morning and the background noise is still there. I spent a few hours trying to adjust volumes and so on but I couldn't get rid of that noise. As the previous poster said, you have to more or less max out the volume on the mic for people to hear you good enough and when you do that the background noise sounds more clearly as well.
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Just to double check, did you install the drivers?

 

Yes, I even followed the instructions to turn off my anti-virus while installing. Normally I skip that part but hey, it's a new product so why not follow instructions for once.

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Got another headset today by a rival (same price category). The microphone works perfectly now. A real shame though, as it is not as comfortable as the Corsair - in fact its probably the comfiest headset I've worn. I feel that if Corsair had made the microphone an inch longer perhaps then that would have solved my problem.
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If you are experiencing low mic volumes in Win 7, try the steps below:

 

 

1. Recording devices in windows

2. Properties on the mic

3. Enhancements tab

4. Checked Low Frequency Protection

5. Checked Loudness Equalization

6. Click Apply

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