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Astro A40 Audio System


$250.00 Released August, 2008

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Very comfortable to wear. Built in 5.1 decoding. Daisy chaining ability is useful for hardcore competitive situations.

The Cons:Pricey. Length of cable from Mixamp to Xbox 360 controller isn't as long as headphone cables. Bass is weak.

The Astro A40 Audio System is a headphone/microphone headset with an included A40 MixAmp headphone amplifier designed for gamers. With many analogue inputs on the MixAmp, including an axillary mini-jack input for things such as MP3 players, the unit also employs digital TOSLINK and S/PDIF connectability options, meaning it has an included DAC chip and is compatible with Xbox 360 and PS3 gaming consoles.

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This digital connection also allows for PC gamers to bypass cheaper PC audio componentry that not only utilizes vital CPU cycles, but often sounds poor in comparison due to EM radiation and sub-par onboard circuitry. Both the A40 headset and A40 MixAmp are available separately, or together in this bundle.

Features

  •  Headphone: Dynamic, 15Hz - 28KHz frequency responce, 50 ohms, 3.5 mm mini-stereo with 1/4" adapter connection
  • Microphone: 6.0mm uni-directional noise canceling
  • MixAmp connections: stereo RCA, coaxial, optical, pc microphone, axillary mini-jack input, output(to headset), controller connection (XBOX 360), daisy chain connector (for daisy chaining multiple MixAmps), power

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Pros
  • 19

    Very comfortable to wear

  • 19

    Built in 5.1 decoding

  • 17

    Daisy chaining ability is useful for hardcore competitive situations

  • 17

    quality detachable microphone with quick mute button

  • 16

    Adjustable mixing of voice chat and game sounds

  • 16

    durable

  • 16

    compatible to about every gaming system: xbox360, PC, PS3 (w/$10 adapter), etc.

  • 14

    mixamp allows you to hook up your ipod to it so that you get game sound and your music blended in nicely through the same headphones

  • 14

    system comes with every audio cable you could ever need (minus fiber optic)

  • 14

    good sound quality

  • 14

    mic is noise cancelling

  • 14

    adjustable to fit a wide range of head sizes

  • 13

    fabric lining for the ears is very comfortable

  • 12

    Extremely slick design

  • 12

    mixamp has a battery option for portability

  • 11

    add-on rechargeable battery available

  • 11

    very comfortable to wear

  • 11

    microphone! also a mute button to switch it off

  • 11

    Powered by USB

Cons
  • -5

    Pricey

  • -9

    length of cable from Mixamp to Xbox 360 controller isn't as long as headphone cables

  • -10

    bass is weak

  • -11

    previous mixamp model needs 4 AA batteries

  • -12

    They're wired

  • -12

    designed for gamers - poor option for music lovers

  • -12

    doesn't work well with glasses

  • -12

    too many wires

  • -12

    no equalizer

  • -13

    doesn't compare to a true surround sound system

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