Recon 50 - Microphone Not Working

This article applies to the Recon 50, designed for PC/Mac.

If other players are unable to hear you in chat on your PC, please check the following:

1. The Mic Boom Isn't Loose in the Mic Boom Jack.

First, unplug the headset from the PC. Then, disconnect the mic boom by pulling it straight out of the headset and plug the mic boom back in, making sure you hear a 'click' indicating that the mic boom is connected securely. This may take a couple of tries, and note the metal key alignment if you're having difficulty plugging in the mic boom. Finally, plug the headset back into the PC and try to use it in chat.

2. The Headset Works With Another Device.

If the headset's mic still isn't working, plug the headset into a mobile phone and try making a call. If someone is able to hear you in the call, then the headset and microphone are working properly; continue to Step 3. If you couldn't be heard in the call, then there may be an issue with the mic boom; skip to Step 4.

3. PC Settings Are Configured Correctly.

Note: Device Names vary by Windows PC.

  1. Right-click the Speaker icon in the taskbar and click 'Recording devices'.
  2. Right-click the Microphone / Line In input that the headset is plugged into. If you do not see a green check next to the device, click 'Set as Default'.
    NOTE: The headset will not appear as a separate device in the Playback and Recording lists.
  3. Speak into the mic to see if green bars appear next to the Microphone/Line in input.

If you do not see green bars appear next to the device, continue to Step 4. If you do, then the headset and mic boom are communicating with the PC properly. If other players still can't hear you in chat, check your network connection and in-game chat settings.

4. The Mic Boom is Working Properly.

To verify the mic boom itself is functioning, you can connect it directly to a Microphone jack on a PC and perform a recording test:

1) Disconnect the mic boom from the headset and plug it into the Microphone / Line In Jack on your PC.

2) In Windows, right-click the speaker icon in the taskbar and click 'Recording devices'.

3) Right click the Microphone / Line In input that the mic boom is plugged into. If you do not see a green check next to the device, click 'Set as Default'. When it's the default device, click 'Properties'.

4) Click the 'Levels' tab. Move the 'Microphone' and 'Microphone Boost' levels to halfway (or close to that). Then click 'OK'.

5) On the Sound Settings screen, click the 'Playback' tab and make sure your Computer speakers are enabled so you can hear audio playback.

6) Open the Windows Sound Recorder by going to Start > Accessories > Sound Recorder or search for 'Sound Recorder'.

7) Start recording, then say something or snap your fingers near the mic boom. Click 'Stop Recording', then you'll be prompted to save the file.

8) Save the file to your Desktop or another convenient folder.

9) Double click the file to open it with your media player, then listen for the sound you recorded previously.

If you were unable to hear any sound in the recording, then the mic boom will need to be replaced. If you were able to hear the sound you recorded but the mic wasn't working during the mobile phone test, then there may be an issue with the headset or the PC Splitter Cable if you're using it. Please contact our Support Team for additional assistance.

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