Currently, WebAudio will use the lowest latency possible for the audio device for the best interactive behavior. However, for some use-cases such as media playback, this causes unnecessary power and/or CPU utilization. The latencyHint is a hint from the developer that such a latency is not required. The latencyHint is either an AudioContextLatencyCategory value or a double specifying the desired numeric latency. This is a hint to Chrome.



Specification link

Specification being incubated in a Community Group

Status in Chromium


Enabled by default (tracking bug)

Consensus & Standardization

After a feature ships in Chrome, the values listed here are not guaranteed to be up to date.

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Last updated on 2021-05-05