[pulseaudio-discuss] acceptable noise level for mic boost

Oleksij Rempel linux at rempel-privat.de
Thu Nov 21 07:42:07 PST 2013

Hello all,

i posted this email to ALSA, but probably PA devs have some ideas too.

Hello Takashi,

what is acceptable noise level for mic boost?
My laptop has three levels of mic boost (+36dB). Level 3 is useless
since noise level will be about 0db. With level 1 i get -12dB noise, so
there is almost 12dB room for data... but it is not enough for normal
speech, which is about 20dB.

Are there any ALSA guide for HW designers, which will say some thing
like acceptable levels are 90-20dB?
There are some Skype and Microsoft prescriptions for certification.
For example M$ prescribe 18dB or more for speech to noise ration for
build in mics. It sound like good number to start.

In my case, i need to remove mic boost completely to guarantee minimum
18dB SpNR. Suddenly i didn't found correct way to do it.
I will be thankful for some tip.


So my question to PA devs. Do pulse audio need to know about noise level
of microphone? Will it help to make correct decisions? Especial for VoIP
and automatic gain control.


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