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Astro Gaming - A40 Wired Stereo Gaming Headset for Xbox One and PC with MIXAMP M80 - Black

  • Model: 3AS48-XOU9N-601
  • SKU: 5368230
  • Release Date: 08/14/2016
Ready for home use or the loudest pro tournament, you can transform the A40 TR from an open-back to a closed-back noise-cancelling headset by swapping components like Speaker Tags, microphone, and ear cushions (sold separately) in ASTRO Mod Kits). The MixAmp M80 gives you the best on-controller audio experience available. Three preset EQ modes, active Mute, and Game:Voice Balance controls give you the control over Amplified Stereo audio. The intuitive design allows you to easily adjust your audio preferences without taking your eyes off the screen- so your killstreak goes uninterrupted. Seamless Xbox One integration and precision audio done the ASTRO way.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Astro Gaming A40 Wired Stereo Gaming Headset for Xbox One and PC with MIXAMP M80

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (346 out of 361)

    Features


    Enhance your audio experience while gaming with this A40 wired headset and MIXAMP M80

    Experience pro quality audio and enjoy superior fit

    Communicate clearly with the included swappable precision microphone

    Balance game and voice audio with MIXAMP M80

    Three preset EQ modes, active Mute, and Game:Voice Balance controls give you the control over Amplified Stereo audio.

    MIXAMP M80 has controller mounted design (controller not included)


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 361 reviews

    96%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Love this headset

      Posted
      Erick
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      All the settings you need are on the adapter it comes with. Easy to adjust/balance game play volume and chat volume to your liking. So you can turn down/up the people you game with online and turn down/up gameplay sound so you can hear footsteps, gunshots, etc and hear where people are at: above or below you on different floors or to the left or right behind walls and closed doors. People I play with say my mic sounds great and I get no echo at all. After you find the balance of sound you like, when you adjust the volume it keeps the same balance of sound. The adapter has a mute button to quickly mute your mic if your wife/girlfriend/parents start complaining that you game to much lol. Only thing I didn't like are the earpads it comes with. I bought different ones for $50 a bit much imo. The A50 earpads are compatible with these A40's. I bought black leather earpads for the A50 headset and swapped them with what these A40's came with. If these are in your budget I highly recommend them. The pic of the green ear pads are the ones the headset came with out of the box, the black ones are the ones I bought for $50. Again the black ones are boxed for the A50 headset and are compatible with the A40. All the magnets on the back of the black earpads dont match up perfectly but they stay on with no problems posted a pic of the headset held upside down and the earpad staying on. Did this just because the boxing said A50. Maybe you can find a pair already boxed with black leather earpads, but I bought what was store that day.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great headset!

      Posted
      Viabledata
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I have used Turtle Beach headsets for gaming for many years. I got tired of the earpiece breaking off the adjustment band to just have the whole piece hanging by the wires. Started to look into different headsets and was recommended Astro's by a friend online. Decided to buy one. First impressions were good. The mixamp is a lot like the turtle beach controller adapter, except way better. It has a main volume knob on the bottom, and then a really nice mixer between game volume and chat volume on the front with an LED light that moves to show the amount applied to either side. Has a mute button on the bottom of the volume knob, which I love having the mute right there on the controller and not inline like a lot of other versions or having to flip up the mic to mute. There is also 3 EQ presets you can select from, and as with the game/chat mixer, the LED's signify which EQ setting you are on. The headset seems to be really good quality construction, and has a flexible boom mic. What I really like about it is the adjustment brackets are made of metal instead of plastic, so I don't see them breaking like all of my Turtle Beaches have. I have a pretty large head, and the headset fits a little snug, but comfortably. The cups are large enough to completely cover most ears. I have longer ears so they don't cover completely but most of the way. The mic clarity seems to be really good. I have gotten a lot of comments on how good and clear my mic sounds online. The sound quality is great. No, it doesn't give earth shattering bass like there is a subwoofer in your head, but It is very well blended and the directional sounds are on point. Very easy to hear where footsteps are coming from in the game, and I haven't had one disappointment in the sound quality yet in the month I have been using them. After the month of use though, there are some things that stand out as an annoyance. The mixamp cord to the headset is too short. It is just long enough to set the controller down next to you and it's already stretched out so any head movements are hindered and easy to forget so the controller goes flying if you make any sudden head movements. There is no way to counter that because the cord is hard wired into the mixamp, and not changeable. Also the input jack on the headset is at a terrible angle and is pointed straight up and down so the plug will sometimes rub into your shoulder while gaming. It's a minor annoyance, but enough that it should be addressed. Also included with the headset is a separate cable to use the headset with your phone or other devices with a headphone jack. Cable has an inline mute button. Overall is a great headset and is well worth it. Only 4/5 stars though for the minor annoyances I listed above.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good but not great, no advancements from older gen

      Posted
      beWaddah
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Astro has established itself as one of the top brands to buy in gaming headsets, but having been around a few years now, I find no significant advancements or improvements. The design itself hasn't changed in 3 generations, while the same tired design continues to be recycled to the next generation, in my opinion. So, I purchased these headsets already having owned the gen 2 a40 version thinking it would be a noticeable improvement. My gen 2 headsets were having mic and sound intermittent and static issues only having them for about 18 months. The good news is I purchased the new Gen 3 headsets at a decent bargain at $149 during a sale. I actually tried the Turtle Beach Elite Pro and found them to be better sounding and better quality, however the TB Elite Pro headsets missed a few things on design, too many wires and additional parts to buy. So I reverted to the Astro A40. TB is stepping up and I'm looking forward to the next iteration, Astro needs to do the same and still keep the price affordable. I bought these with conflicting opinion, as far as design, they are still the best headsets, keeping things simple with Mixamp for Xbox One included is good enough, but fails in new innovation. Between the TB Elite Pro and Astro A50, I felt the TB's provided better surround sound and comfort with noticeable premium feel. The Astros demonstrated no improvements from the Gen 2 sets while the premium feel is lacking when compared to the TB Elite Pro. The saving grace is at $149 price point, it's a bargain enough.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good But A Little Off...

      Posted
      ZackAttack
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      These are a bit pricey, but I game a lot and wanted something comfortable. The ear muffs on this headset are great, very comfortable, however, I don't know if it's cause of my head size (I didn't think my head was THAT big), but after a few hours the headset feels like its squishing my skull and requires a lot of adjustment. The plugin adapter "mix amp" is useful for being able to adjust ratios of game sound to party chat on Xbox Live. I don't mess with the EQ settings as there's only really 3 settings, and they're kind of generic, you can't do any fine tuning with them. I'm pretty sure you can with an external Mix Amp, but that's too bulky for me and costs extra. Sound quality is good for the most part, although sometimes I hear slight audio distortions when I'm in party chat with friends, but when unplugging the adapter and plugging it back in, it resolves itself. I have no idea if this is because of Xbox Live or not, but it's only a minor nuisance, although I shouldn't be having it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great set of cans!!

      Posted
      Hdiwjsnxk
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I purchased this headset after owning several lower end headsets. I was very hesitant to spend so much on a gaming headset. Once they arrived I was extremely happy with the purchase! The build quality is outstanding. They are a bit heafty but I wouldn't say it interferes with the comfort. I've worn these for several hours and my ears never got sore. All of the included cables are very high quality. In my opinion they get plenty loud for gaming, and they're great for listenening to music or watching movies on your mobile devices. All of my friends could instantly tell a big difference in the mic quality. They all reported big improvements in clarity and quality. The only negative I can give this headset is the color scheme. These things are UGLY out of the box. I considered the A40s with the mixamp pro, but I didn't really feel any better about the solid white color scheme. I opted to buy the mod kit for the A40s in Red and Black. It's a huge upgrade in comfort and aesthetics with "leatherish" ear cuffs and closed back speaker tags, plus they include a color matching noise canceling mic. This is a great headset and I expect that it will last a long time. If your on the fence about the price they are well worth the price! Fit and finish are excellent. I would absolutely recommend this headset to anyone looking for the best.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Ok but nothing special

      Posted
      ATOMIC
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Definitely 2.5 to 3 star rating. Especially considering the price. The headset gets the job done for those first person shooters and to hear the cracks of the sticks being stepped on behind you. Padding on the ear is definitely the most comfortable I've dealt with for a gaming headset. The cord that plugs into the controller is under one of the ear pieces, and when lying on ones side it jabs into your shoulder, annoying but tolerable. The MixAmp M80, is nothing special. I like my games loud, especially when playing FPS's and the sound isn't loud enough. It has 3 EQ modes, which without googling, you won't know what each one does because the instruction manual doesn't tell you anything about them. Have used a better "mixamp" type of attachment, on another headset... turtle beach. Guess it is up to what you like. I prefer the other brand if you know what I mean...but it is the lightest headset I own.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Headset

      Posted
      TargetOne
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

      These have been the best headset I've owned. I've gone through the low-end sets, TB's, and Triton, and these have been the best set for the money. Yes they are a little pricey, but Turtles don't last for what they charge, and while my Tritons had the best sound with true surround sound, they were more expensive and they didn't last either. These have great sound, they are really comfortable once you get them adjusted, and the mic has good pickup without being overly sensitive. I really like the ability to adjust the sound volume and mic on the controller instead of trying to memorize and feel around on the headset while I'm gaming. Total plus! My only issue with them would be the warning they have about not having the Mixamp plugged into the controller while you do the update. The warning is very small and not right up front at the beginning of the instructions. (If you miss it and do the update, your headphones won't work. Don't freak out, just turn off the console, unplug the Mixamp from the controller, and then turn the console back on. Once it is up and running, plug the Mixamp back in. Also, make sure the plug is REALLY plugged into the headphones. It has a hard push and then click.) Other than those little quirks, these are fantastic headphones and mic combo.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Wasn't happy

      Posted
      Fboss
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I bought these after trying on several headphones at best buy. They are extremely comfortable and I decided to pay the higher price than others for sale. Although comfortable and feeling very solid, I was unhappy with the sound. Max volume was not as loud as I would expect from the price, even with chat turned down. Installation was easy, but even after updating the controller, sound would occasionally sputter. I guess I might have expected more since I paid $100 more than the ones I went to originally buy. The biggest gripe was the fact that the wire is hardwired into the controller module. So if you dont wan't to use the headphones, you will still have a wire connected unless you take off the sound controller. My concern is you can't replace the wire down the road if it goes bad or shorts. So back it went and replaced it with Earforce XO Four Stealth. Although not as comfortable, the Earforce was louder, no sound drops and the cord plugs into the control module so I can unplug it when not in use.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend




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