Astro A40 headset review – The question that I bet you’re wondering about now is whether the Astro A40’s are worth the money and whether they are worth the large investment. Trust me, before I got them myself, I was thinking the exact same thing. However, since the second I put them on, I knew that I had made a wise choice, as they excelled in nearly every aspect!
Product: Astro A40 Headset Review
Price: $199 (lowest)
Cheapest Place to Buy From: Amazon.com
Compatible With: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PC and MP3 devices – Click here for more information
My Rating: 9.2
Are Astro A40’s Worth Buying?: YES
Not Just a Headset – Comes With “Mixamp Pro”
If you have no idea what the “Mixamp Pro” is, it’s the object next to the Astro A40’s in the image above. It may not look like much, but that thing is really what makes the Astro A40 the beast it is, as it allows it to be compatible with nearly all the main gaming consoles, but also anything that has an MP3 port, such as an iPhone!
Therefore, this headset has so many uses and will provide nearly everything you could wish for from a wired headset, thanks to our little friend, “Mixamp Pro.”
Another Cool Feature of the Mixamp Pro – Preset Modes
Furthermore, another way in which the Astro A40’s are designed to be for all purposes, is due to the ‘Preset Modes’ on the Mixamp, which is a button which allows you to toggle between four modes. The button to do this is the one shown on the image to the right. Here are the 4 modes and what they do:
- Pro Mode – Just like on the image to the right, Pro Mode can be activated by pressing the button until the light is in the top left. This mode is designed for competitive gaming and allows you to hear game-play, such as grenades and footsteps more easily.
- Core Mode – Activated when the light is at the top right, Core Mode allows you to hear the game like the developers intended you to hear it, without any emphasis on certain sounds.
- Media Mode – Activated when the light is at the bottom right, media mode provides the best quality of sound when listening to music or watching movies etc.
- Sports Mode – Finally, Sports Mode is activated when the light is at the bottom left and is used when playing Sports Games, especially when in stadiums, as it is intended to make you feel like you’re there and so you can feel the atmosphere of the crowd.
Do you now see what I mean when I say that this headset is for everyone, despite what you use it for? You will struggle a lot to find such technology with any other non-astro headset.
Great Control Over What you Want to Hear
The Mixamp Pro also has two dials, (one large, one small) which control what you can hear through your headset.
The small dial allows you to change how much you can hear of the people you’re talking to and the game volume. Turning it right allows you to hear more of the game and less of your friends, whereas turning it left will do the opposite.
On the other hand, the larger dial dictates how loud the overall audio is; by turning the dial right the audio becomes louder and turning it does the opposite. I like to have it somewhere in the middle when gaming, but I tend to turn it down when it’s later in the day, so that it doesn’t wake anyone up.
It can also be fun to turn the volume right up now and then, especially when listening to music, however I must warn you that your ears probably won’t thank you for it.
Finally, the small button with an image of a headset on it allows you to turn surround sound on or off, with the red ring around it meaning on!
How Good is the Quality of the Audio?
At this moment in time you’re probably thinking that the quality of the audio is most likely going to be great, as there is such a great focus on audio with the Mixamp, like I just explained.
Well I’m glad to say that if this was your prediction, you were totally right! Whether you are listening to music or playing Call of Duty, the audio is great and can be made even better with the preset modes!
In fact, I noticed so much of a difference in the quality of audio since upgrading to these from my Turtle Beach X12’s, that I thought everyone that I was playing with had got new mics, as the quality was that much better. Don’t get me wrong, the Turtle Beach X12 is a great headset for it’s price, but the Astro A40 is just out of its league. You can check out my Turtle Beach x12 review here.
The headset provides Dolby 7.1 surround sound, which is pretty advanced and high quality for those of you that don’t know. Out of all the features of the Astro A40 headset, critics tend give the quality of the audio the most credit!
Comfortable Enough to Sleep in?
Sometimes I use these headphones purely for comfort when I’m not using them for anything else – for example, I’m wearing them as I’m writing this! That may seem a little extreme, but trust me, after you have worn them a few times you’ll see what I mean!
This makes them ideal for longer sessions, such as when watching movies or gaming for a while, as they won’t disturb you at all after you have got used to them.
Whether they are comfortable enough to sleep in though, I’m not quite sure, but you sure could try!
A Lot of Wires – Nothing is Perfect
Of course, everything has a downside and the amount of wires and cables required to connect the Astro A40’s can be a pain, especially
if you’re connecting them to your console and PC at the same time.
Setting it up isn’t too much of a problem if you read the instructions, but once everything is connected, you’ll often find a jungle of wires surrounding you Mixamp, particularly if you’ve been moving about.
This can be a problem as it makes it much harder to change wires around, because you’ll have to go through the process of untangling them all every time. Furthermore, when they’re all tangled they pull on each other and as a result, the wires can come lose from where they’re plugged in from time to time, so your mic could suddenly stop working, or you’ll only be able to hear sound through one ear bud. Annoying things like that.
To prevent this happening, it may be a good idea to get into the habit of keeping things tidy and making sure that the wires are untangled every time you have finished using them.
You could argue that the solution to this for the manufacturers would be to just cut down on the amount of wires, but of course, that would mean that the headset wouldn’t have as many features and would bring far more negatives than positives.
Apart from this seemingly unsolvable dilemma, the Astro A40’s aren’t too far from perfect!
A Great Support Service – Ever Have a Problem or Question? Not to Worry!
Although this isn’t a feature directly linked with the headset or Mixamp, the support Astro itself provides is worth mentioning, as there are extensive forums where you will be able to find most answers to your questions, but if you have an issue that you can’t sort with your headset, you can contact them directly and they will reply within 1 business day!
I contacted them once with a question and they replied very quickly with a detailed answer which solved my problem!
Also, for even further assurance, you get a 1 year warranty with your headset so there is no need to worry about it being faulty.
Overview – Worth the Money!
I hope with this review, I have clarified to you whether the Astro A40’s are worth the money, as well as any other questions you had before you read this.
I think that this headset is particularly good due to the fact that it can provide nearly anything you could possibly want from a headset, as it has:
- Great sound quality
- Very comfortable padding
- Advanced audio options
- A detachable mic
- A great support service on the Astro website
- Compatibility with nearly all consoles and products with MP3 slots!
- And more…
I would recommend the Astro A40’s to anyone who is wanting to upgrade their headset to the next level, whether it is for listening to music or playing video games, if you are prepared to make the investment!
As Always, if You Have any Questions or Comments, Please Leave Them Below and I Will be More than Happy to Help!