# Audio input impedance IBM T23 laptop

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by iamspook, Aug 17, 2008.

1. ### iamspook Thread Starter Member

Aug 6, 2008
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Hi. Can I just measure the input resistance of the laptop's line-in? Is it
likely to be purely resistive? I need to know it for some work on a measurement tool using the sound-card as part of the instrument.
I can't find it in the specs on-line but if someone knows better, then it would be great to get some published figures.

2. ### Wendy Moderator

Mar 24, 2008
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I did a little research on the subject concerning a creative sound card, which more or less set the standard (think sound blaster). It should be 600Ω with a max limit around 200mv P-P, capacitively coupled. It is possible yours is different, but it gives you something to start with.

3. ### iamspook Thread Starter Member

Aug 6, 2008
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I found a bit more: Generally, sound cards can range from 600 Ω to 50 kΩ input.
The hardware chip codec in this particular laptop is Crystal 4297A-JQ EP and the datasheet for that
says 10
kΩ / 5pF.

So: problem solved! Thanks.

4. ### studiot AAC Fanatic!

Nov 9, 2007
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For future reference,

You can't just measure input/ouput impedance with an ohmeter.

What you can do is place a test resistor or resistance box in series with the desired impedance, supply a signal and measure the voltage across the test resistor.

Direct calculation will yield the desired impedance. If your test resistor can be varied, vary it until the signal voltage across the test resistor is equal to half the signal voltage.
Then the resistance of the test resistor equals the desired impedance.

5. ### Audioguru New Member

Dec 20, 2007
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600 ohms is the input impedance of a dynamic mic input. It is like a dead short to most line level sources that are designed to feed 10k ohms.

6. ### SgtWookie Expert

Jul 17, 2007
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Just added the item in bold. Audio impedances are typically rated using a frequency of 1kHz.

7. ### iamspook Thread Starter Member

Aug 6, 2008
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All excellent advice. Thank you very much.