To remove the echo effect in Skype

To remove the echo effect in Skype

One of the most common sound defects in Skype, and in any other IP telephony program, is the echo effect. It is characterized by the fact that the speaker hears himself through the speakers. It is clear that it is quite uncomfortable to negotiate in that way. Let's find out how to remove echo in Skype.

Speaker and microphone placement

The most common reason for the echo effect in Skype is the proximity of the speakers and microphone to the other party. In this way, everything you say over the speakers is picked up by the other person's microphone and transmitted to your speakers via Skype.

In this case, the only recourse is to advise the other party to move the speakers away from the microphone or to lower their volume. In any case, the distance between them must be at least 20 cm. But the ideal solution is the use of special headphones, in particular headphones. This is especially relevant for laptop users who, for technical reasons, cannot increase the distance between the sound reception source and the playback without connecting additional accessories.

Programs for audio playback

Also, an echo effect may occur from the speakers if you have a third-party sound control program installed. These programs are designed to improve sound, but can only make things worse by using the wrong settings. Therefore, if you have an application of this type installed, try to deactivate it or inquire in the settings. The "Echo Effect" function may be activated there.

Reinstalling the drivers

One of the main reasons you may experience an echo effect in Skype conversations is due to the standard Windows drivers for your sound card, rather than the original drivers from its manufacturer. To check, go to Control Panel through the Start menu.

Then go to System and Security.

And finally, move on to the Device Manager subsection.

Open the "Sound, video and game controllers" section. Select your sound card name from the device list. Right-click the mouse and, in the menu that appears, select the "Properties" option.

Go to the "Driver" tab of the properties.

If the name of the driver will be different from the sound card manufacturer, for example if a standard Microsoft driver will be installed, you will need to uninstall that driver through Device Manager.

Instead, you need to install the original sound card manufacturer's driver, which can be downloaded from its official website.

As you can see, the main causes of echo in Skype can be three: incorrect placement of the microphone and speakers, installation of third-party sound applications and incorrect drivers. It is recommended to find a solution for this problem in this order.

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