I have an inexpensive plugin-power mic that I use with my minidisc recorder.\nIt gives excellent results. I can place the recorder in the middle of a\nroom and record the voices of all those present, even a telephone\nspeakerphone.\nThe same mic, plugged in to a front panel mic input on a PC (realtek HDA\n889A) results in much much lower levels. This is with the mixer record\nlevel set at 100% and mic boost at +20dB. Maximum boost (+30dB) results in\nhum/distortion.\n\n\nDo PC soundcards provide plugin-power? If not, is it possible to wire the\npanel to provide it?\n\nOr is this disparity just down to the superior recording capability of the\nminidisc recorder?\n\nAny advice gratefully recieved.