Microsoft Teams have recently announced that they’re adding a new feature – the ability to set users sound to high fidelity. What does this mean for users? This new feature is ideal for reproducing music in high quality for things such as music classes, live performances, online classes and more so the ability to join Teams meetings with more high-end microphones without Teams compressing (in order to optimise) the audio.
Teams will provide the option to turn off components such as echo cancellation, noise suppression, and gain control – all of which prove difficult when a user in attempting to connect with high-end audio equipment.
Using music mode, Teams supports up to 32 kHz sampling rate mono audio at 128kbps, and optimises the internal audio processing settings for reproducing music with high fidelity. Teams will automatically adjust the audio bitrate based on the available bandwidth, going down to 48 kbps while still producing good music quality if needed.
To enjoy the maximum benefit of this improved fidelity, professional microphones and headphones or high quality external loudspeakers are ideal (no Bluetooth headsets). Microsoft advise that built-in microphones and speakers in laptops will also deliver a good user experience.
This one of many cool features that are being rolled out by Microsoft regularly, and we help our customers to keep up with the improvements so they can make the most of them as they are released.
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