ASTRO Gaming A40 Headset & MixAmp M80 Review
When we saw the ASTRO Gaming A40 + MixAmp M80 at e3 this year, we knew right off the bat that this is the ASTRO headset we wanted to get a deeper look at. We’ve been spending some time with the ASTRO Gaming A40 + MixAmp M80 and we’re ready to give you our thoughts on this one-two hit combo for your Xbox One. Both the ASTRO Gaming A40 and the MixAmp M80 can be purchased separately or in a $200 bundle. Here at RFMag, you get a deal of two reviews in one!
ASTRO Gaming A40 Specs and Build
|Transducer Principle||Dynamic, Open|
|Frequency Response||20 – 21,000 Hz|
|Distortion||Less than 0.1%|
|Nominal Impedance||48 Ohms|
|Weight w/o Cable||324 g|
|Connection||3.5mm 4pole Jack|
The A40 headset has been in the market for quite a while now. With the right peripherals, the ASTRO Gaming A40 supported use with the PC, PS3, Xbox 360, PS4 and now the Xbox One. Such a lifespan and console spread for a single headset shows that ASTRO is committed to this product. The A40 is an open back headset with swappable ear plates and a flexible microphone that can be placed on either side of the headset you choose. With the many headsets we’ve reviewed, this is the first we’ve encountered where the mic can be moved to either side – a welcomed feature indeed.
A hard plastic headband latches to two sliding metal arms connecting to each ear cup, which should help support the longer heads out there. Your head only comes in contact with thick felt cushions on the inside of the headband and on both ear cups. It’s a very sleek look that’s both simple and utilitarian in its appearance. The wiring that feeds each ear cup adds a nice effect as it coils inside of each of the metal arms.
Being an open back headset allows manufactures to try out all kinds materials of outside of leatherettes. Most likely this is thanks to the fact the open backs don’t aim to focus on the sound isolation that is usually provided passively with leather-like cushions. Here, soft fluffy felt rests firmly on the top and sides of your head, providing a comfortable and secure hold. While that hold is secure, it has plenty of give, so much that you won’t have to worry about long term fatigue. I wear glasses when I’m gaming at home. That said, the A40 was gentle enough to keep from pinching my frames and thanks to the felt, had no snag whatsoever. Worry not Gunnar-wearers.
The A40 provided supreme comfort in long periods of play. Sure, we got to the Lighthouse again during the 2nd Cauldron week of Trials of Osiris in Destiny, but it took two hours that night after spending the whole day grinding weapons. By the end of the day, my head and ears didn’t even realize how long I’ve been wearing the A40’s. Aside from looking great and feeling even better, you can further personalize your A40 experience with swappable plates and a mic that can be moved to either side. Big points for allowing gamers to cater to their own preferences!
Continue onto Functionality and the MixAmp M80…