Increase audio quality in Remote Desktop Connections

I really dislike fuzzy/tinny audio. Sometimes RDP connections with RDC clients results in laggy and/or poor quality audio. A two step tip that you can use to try and solve these problem in Windows7:

#1 on the server (the machine you are connecting to)

Using the Group Policy editor, Go to Computer Configuration:Administrative Templates:Windows Components: Remote Desktop Session Host:Device and Resource Redirection. Set “Limit audio playback quality.”  to “Enabled,” and set “Audio Quality” option “to High”.

#2 on the client (the machine you are connecting FROM) save and edit the RDP file for the connection and add  set audioqualitymode:i:2 to the file (you can use Notepad or a similar text editor to do this)

More info and sources:

What’s New in Remote Audio for Windows 7? - Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Services) Team Blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

What’s New in Remote Audio for Windows 7? – Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Services) Team Blog – Site Home – MSDN Blogshttp://blogs.msdn.com/b/rds/archive/2009/05/11/what-s-new-in-remote-audio-for-windows-7.aspxEnabling this feature requires changes to both the server- and client-side configuration. On the server, the easiest way to enable this feature is from the Group Policy editor.… [thanks for the tip!!!]
Remote desktop audio qualityhttp://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverTS/thread/7935be00-2e3f-493a-8048-d66bfc07a68e/The audio remoting stack caps the audio signal being transmitted to 22 kilohertz (kHz), resulting in a maximum theoretical bandwidth of 86 KBps. The RDP stack then compresses the…

Older RDP settings – for reference purposes

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