HTC One’s dual-membrane microphones promise to record superior audio

No one’s expecting their smartphone microphones to record studio quality audio, but you would still want it to handle the task without completely destroying your recording. After all, there are some things you can’t record twice and you would hate for precious memories to be tainted by audio that you can’t make out. HTC decided to tackle the problem head-on with the HTC One, and they did it by having two dual-membrane microphones on board.

A dual-membrane setup allows a microphone to properly adjust audio gain on recordings by being able to handle high pressure audio (IE, audio that is too loud) and sound-to-noise ratio levels, or the sensitivity of the microphone, at the same time. You’ve likely run into both situations in the various videos recorded in your life time.

For instance, if you’re recording a busy street the microphone might struggle to pick up clear audio as the roars from cars and trucks on the road prove to cause too much pressure on audio levels. At the same time, if you’re trying to record a noise from afar you might hear a hissing noise as the microphone tries its hardest to pick up everything it can (this particular situation can be likened to light sensitivity, or ISO, on a camera).

Audio engineers we are not, but we should know soon enough if these particular changes really do solve (or help alleviate) the problem that has plagued audio recording on mobile phones for years. Read more about what’s going on inside the audio recording chips of HTC’s latest flagship at the OEM’s blog.

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  • Chrisrj8084

    Can’t wait for this to release, been waiting for a decent upgrade to the sensation

  • Marsg

    My only problem with the HTC One or basically any HTC phone is the fact that they are so locked down, i don’t like HTC sense and would like stock. other than that the HTC one is a beautiful device with great hardware. Having a hard time trying not to buy it.

    • DavidVarghese

      Hmm, not all HTC phones… Mainly ones that are on Verizon.

      • Marsg

        lol the HTC One X+ is on AT&T and it was painstakingly difficult when it came to unlocking the bootloader. Their newer releases are a lot more locked down than their older devices, not just on Verizon although the Verizon devices are a lot worse than the others.

      • sam

        pretty much all htc phones since the htc amaze have a locked down bootloader.

    • nick olaguez

      You do realize you’re enabling them, and proving they’re making the right choice by buying that phone even tho it goes against your previous statement….

      • Marsg

        Im not buying the phone, but it is very tempting considering all the useful features it has over most Android devices like the infrared blaster(IR blaster), dual front facing speaker’s, and great camera software. The design/built quality is by far the best I have ever seen on any smartphone. I have a upgrade coming soon, and the only devices I would waste that on would be the Galaxy Note 3 or the next Nexus.

        • nick olaguez

          Gotcha but when manufacturers (like HTC) say “customers don’t want a bigger battery” etc they say it because people still buy the phone Reguardless of their complaints haha.

  • novox77

    Also remember that voice searches, dictation, etc. will greatly benefit from this. People tend to use these features in their cars where background noise often makes it impossible for correct interpretations.

  • Don_SoLow

    If the S4 or Note 3 don’t have IR, I might end up getting this… Naw I’m lying to myself, I would never go back to HTC lol