A gaming headset with a fantastic microphone is the Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019. The warm sound profile of these headphones may be modified in the companion software. They feature the same cosy and durable design as the Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2017 predecessor. The MixAmp has a new design, but it still has the same number of inputs and controls. These headphones aren’t appropriate for usage in noisy areas due to their open-back design because they don’t cancel out background noise.
Variations And Size Differences
The Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019 is available in several different variations. Astro also sells a model that is claimed as also being interoperable with PlayStation consoles and PCs, but we only tested the version that was compatible with the Xbox One and computers. Except for the possibility that it won’t function with Xbox consoles, we anticipate that our test results will also apply to that variant. There are two other colour options for these headphones: “Black” or “Blue.”
Although it comes in numerous colour schemes, the newest version of the Astro A40 headset has a styling that is nearly the same as the previous model. The frame of these headphones is now entirely black, while the accent colour designates the console model. The redesigned MixAmp, which now rests horizontally and has a more luxurious finished appearance, is the most noticeable stylistic alteration. The maker sells the speaker tags in a wide variety of colours and designs, and they may be changed out to alter the way the headphones look. The boom mic can be removed for a more relaxed appearance.
During extended gaming sessions, the Astro A40 headset is incredibly pleasant to wear. These headphones, like the Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017 and the Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2017, offer very large, spacious cups with soft cushioning that should easily accommodate most ears. Although the headphones are quite heavy, the headband does an excellent job of dispersing it.
The controls on the Astro A40 headset are subpar. There are no call or sound management settings on these gaming-specific headphones. They include an in-line remote control with merely a mic mute button. The MixAmp, which provides extra controls, is attached to their audio cord. A 50/50 mix of the audio from the game and discussion is indicated by a notch in the center of the channel mixing knob, which is included. In addition, the MixAmp contains buttons that let you toggle between the EQ presets and Dolby Surround Sound. The option to switch between console and PC mode is also located at the back.
The Astro A40 headset has acceptable ventilation. Despite having an open back, they retain a little more heat than the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019. Although there is a slight temperature differential overall, it shouldn’t be a big problem if you’re sitting and playing video games. They aren’t made for athletic use, though, and aren’t the best choice for exercising because they might cause you to perspire more.
The portability of the Astro A40 headset is underwhelming. Like most gaming earphones, these ones are rather large and not meant to be used when you’re on the go. Although the headband cannot be folded into a more portable shape, the earcups can be turned to lay flat and the microphone can be removed, which makes it a little bit simpler to tuck the headphones into a bag. Additionally, unlike the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019, you may use them without a MixAmp with their 1/8″ TRRS cable.
The build quality of the Astro A40 headset is amazing. These headphones feel well-made and strong and are nearly identical to the prior model. Due to their density, the earcups should withstand a few inadvertent drops with little to no harm. The headband is hollow and relatively open, with only the plastic middle sitting on the head, much as the Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017. Although it is flexible, it doesn’t feel as durable as a typical headband, particularly those with a steel frame. They also lack an IP classification for water – resistant, which is to be anticipated for gaming headphones, though we don’t currently test for it.
The steadiness of the Astro A40 headset is adequate. When you’re sitting and gaming, these headphones should stay in place without any problems. They are not, however, made for athletic use. They sway a lot during any kind of athletic activity because they don’t fit very snugly on your head and feature big, thick earcups. Since they are wired, it is possible for their audio cable to tangle with something and cause the headphones to fall off your head. Fortunately, the cable is removable.
The Astro A40 is very accurate in its bass. The audio provides the proper amount of thud, rumble, and punch because the majority of the spectrum is very flat and well-balanced. Extra high bass adds boominess to the music and draws attention to the sound effects in video games. However, persons with thick hair or spectacles may notice a minor loss of bass.
The boom mic on the Astro A40 headset produces high-quality recordings. You have a clear, audible voice that is both rich and deep. It isn’t particularly airy, though, and your voice can come off as a little muffled.
You can use the MixAmp with or without the Astro A40 headset. These headphones contain a standard 1/8″ TRRS analogue cable, which when inserted into a controller on any console supports audio and microphone.
Base or Dock
The USB dock that comes with the Astro A40 headset is excellent and has many inputs and controls. These headphones may be connected to your PC or gaming console via the USB cord. It can also receive audio through an optical input and normal line-in audio socket. Although they are only listed as being compatible with the Xbox One or PS4, we were able to achieve both sound and microphone support on our Xbox One model for both systems. For the PS4 and Xbox One, we used the amp’s PC Mode and console mode, respectively. We don’t anticipate you being able to utilize the Xbox One model variant of the PS4 though. In a tournament situation, you can also daisy-chain several amplifiers together.
A nice headset for neutral sound is the Astro A40. These headphones provide a fantastic, roomy passive soundstage that will let you become fully immersed in your music. They have a warm sound character and are prone to uneven treble delivery. Although it doesn’t sound as bass-heavy as their prior generation, it could still seem a little disorganised and muddy. If you don’t like their sound as it comes out of the box, you can easily alter it with accompanying software that provides you access to a visual EQ and presets.