Looking into a headset. (Astro a40)

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#1 Posted by theQman121 (103 posts) -

I'm looking into getting a pair of Astro a40s for myself. I recently got a much cheaper headset and had a few problems with it and am looking into stepping up into a higher quality set. Are these a good choice?

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#2 Posted by MannyCalavera (115 posts) -

I think so, i hear people saying good things about them. Personally i use this Sennheiser headset but i think the A40 are also a good choice.

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#3 Posted by EVO (4029 posts) -

I haven't used the A40's, but I can tell you from experience that the Turtle Beach PX5's are awesome.

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#4 Posted by Shirogane (3617 posts) -

I've been using the A30s for a while, and really like them.

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#5 Posted by Mnemoidian (1016 posts) -

I've been using the Astro A40's for a while now, and I really like them. Will Smith of Tested.com fame had some nice things to say about them a while back as well: http://www.tested.com/news/feature/1554-our-favorite-tech-astro-a40-gaming-headset/

That said, I also got the Mixamp Pro, and have had a ton of issues with that. Headphones are fine, but connecting to the Mixamp causes my the mic to transmit extremely distorted sound... but only when using it with my PC. Connecting it to an Xbox360 or PS3 produces a clear mic sound as well. I've had the Mixamp replaced, several cables replaced, and have spent many hours with their customer support.. with no results.

Conclusion: Headphones are great, but I can't recommend the Mixamp Pro if you are planning to use it with a PC, from personal experience. (and to be clear, you don't need to, as you get a cable for standard 3.5mm headphone/mic jacks with the headset).

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#6 Posted by Vodun (2393 posts) -

@MannyCalavera said:

I think so, i hear people saying good things about them. Personally i use this Sennheiser headset but i think the A40 are also a good choice.

Sennheiser is the shit. I bought a pair of cans like 8 years ago from them that I'm still using.

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#7 Posted by MannyCalavera (115 posts) -

@Vodun said:

@MannyCalavera said:

I think so, i hear people saying good things about them. Personally i use this Sennheiser headset but i think the A40 are also a good choice.

Sennheiser is the shit. I bought a pair of cans like 8 years ago from them that I'm still using.

That's why i chose them. They've been my favourite audio gear brand for years.

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#8 Posted by MannyCalavera (115 posts) -

@Mnemoidian said:

I've been using the Astro A40's for a while now, and I really like them. Will Smith of Tested.com fame had some nice things to say about them a while back as well: http://www.tested.com/news/feature/1554-our-favorite-tech-astro-a40-gaming-headset/

That said, I also got the Mixamp Pro, and have had a ton of issues with that. Headphones are fine, but connecting to the Mixamp causes my the mic to transmit extremely distorted sound... but only when using it with my PC. Connecting it to an Xbox360 or PS3 produces a clear mic sound as well. I've had the Mixamp replaced, several cables replaced, and have spent many hours with their customer support.. with no results.

Conclusion: Headphones are great, but I can't recommend the Mixamp Pro if you are planning to use it with a PC, from personal experience. (and to be clear, you don't need to, as you get a cable for standard 3.5mm headphone/mic jacks with the headset).

That's really weird, my Mixamp works fine on my pc. Have no idea what's working bad there.

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#9 Posted by Mnemoidian (1016 posts) -

@MannyCalavera: Yeah, spent way too much time (together with Astro's support) looking for the problem. I'm not suggesting it's a common problem, it clearly isn't... and all cases where I've found people with similar symptoms, it has been fixed by replacing the USB->Tx unit usb cable (which Astro's support has done twice for me).

One of the things they suggested, that seems the most likely to me is that for some reason, my Tx unit is in a state of Overcurrent. Which is causing the voice distortion. Seeing how both Tx units I've had have worked for Astro, the issue must be somewhere on my end.

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#10 Posted by dekkadekkadekka (840 posts) -

You don't want to be looking into headsets, they go on your ears!

I also have the Astro A40 headset, I think it's great.

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#11 Posted by WilltheMagicAsian (1548 posts) -

I think they're a bit overpriced for what they are. You can get something like the ATH-M50s and a modmic for less. Or even Sennhesier PC350s (which I had for a while, they were like closed HD595s sounded pretty decent) or 360swhich are open instead of closed. I guess it comes down to, do you want better headphones for less or a mix-amp.

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