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 Blogs 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!!!]
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Older RDP settings – for reference purposes

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  • Mat Collins

    Thank you for this quick tip! RDP audio is much better. Still not perfect, but definitely not jumping around the audio qualities like it was.

  • Adam

    Problems with audio quality is a very common issue when using RDP. In addition to J.D.’s suggestions for changing settings, you can also look at Ericom Blaze, a software product that accelerates and compresses standard RDP, including audio.

    You can read more about Blaze and download a free evaluation at:

    Please note that I work for Ericom

  • My company has provided me with a Chromebook to keep at home in the event that I can’t get to the office for whatever reason (snow emergency, just working from home, etc.). I am a help desk agent using Zultys MX, which is not available as a Chrome app. So I have to use Remote Desktop on the Chromebook, but my company disabled the audio on the Remote Desktop machine because, as my IT guy put it, “audio sucks on Remote Desktop.”

    Ordinarily when I am in the office on my Windows laptop, I just use the softphone function with a USB headset. As a workaround when I use the Chromebook, I just forward calls to my cell phone, but that comes with its own downsides.

    Any ideas for how to get better two-way audio via Remote Desktop — on a Chromebook?

    • Hi Daniel,
      Thank you for your comment. I apologize for taking so long to reply!

      That is a tough one. Normally in a local office environment with good WiFi or LAN, I find Remote Desktop audio to be acceptable (especially with the tweaks listed at the top of this page). However, if the office or home connection is high latency or low speed, then I think your IT guy is probably right… audio quality would “suck” :-(

      Will work allow Chrome Remote Desktop? If so it might be worth a shot :-)

      Best regards,

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