It only takes a few minutes to perform a mic test or get mic playback from an external device in Windows 10, but the feature is hidden behind un-intuitive settings menus.
Open Sound settings
Right-click the volume icon on the bottom right of your taskbar and choose “Open Sound settings”.
View your microphone’s device properties
Under the “Input” heading, select your playback microphone from the drop down and then click “Device properties”.
Click “Additional device properties”
Enable mic playback to hear your own mic
In the “Listen” tab, tick “Listen to this device”, then select your speakers or headphones from the “Playback through this device” dropdown. Press “OK” to save the changes. You’ll now hear your microphone through your headset or speaker.
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