Astro A40 Over-ear Headset Review
The A40s are a well-performing, solid headset with a dizzying array of connectivity options.
Meet the Astro A40s, a high-end headset that is compatible with just about everything under the sun with a headphone jack. While they are quite pricy, you definitely get what you pay for, as the A40s are a well-performing, solid headset with a dizzying array of connectivity options. If you are a cross-platform gamer, these warrant a good hard look.
Comfort Design & Features
Made for comfort, it seems.
When you first put on the Astro A40s, you'll notice how little pressure is put on your skull and ears. On top of that, you'll notice that your ears don't hit the speaker element, as the drivers are properly angled, so there shouldn't be much heat buildup either. The speaker element is ensconced in a thin mesh, so placed to prevent bio matter from destroying your high-end headset. As an added bonus, the drivers are angled, so as to make the most room for your pinna.
Of design note, this headset has many plugs. To start, there's what appears to be a dongle, with a tiny microphone plug and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Once you plug that into the extension cable, that in turn ends in an integrated 3.5mm headset jack. If that can't plug into your computer, then there's another accessory that splits the microphone and headphone elements into two separate plugs. This allows the Astro A40 to be a generalist, it is compatible with almost every system under the sun.
Outside of the frequency response, not bad.
Mid tone ranges are extremely downplayed, and that may have to do with the fact that the sounds of most small arms live in these ranges. The downside to that? So do footsteps. If someone’s sneaking up behind you, it may be a good idea to boost the volume a bit, though you’ll have to balance that with the maximum sound level of other ambient noise, because explosions will still rock you.
The A40s don't really have any distortin to speak of, but for most of the low end and mid tones, the Astro A40s have an extremely even tracking with a couple issues in the higher end. You’ll notice shifts in volume from left to right if you know what you’re looking for, or if you’re listening to a frequency sweep, but this is nothing terribly out of the ordinary.
Certainly impressive, certainly expensive.
At the end of the day, what you get with the Astro A40s is certainly very impressive, if you’re looking for a headset that can work with just about anything you can play games on. While it is very pricy compared to some of the lower-end headsets, you definitely get more headset for the extra cash.
While it does have that weird dip in the high midrange, it may not actually be a bad thing if you’re accustomed to playing games with a lot of small arms fire or electricity noises, as those can get quite loud and distracting in-game. Aside from this, the downsides to buying this headset pretty much only lie with the total cost of the unit, which is quite expensive at $250 from the manufacturer.
Overall though, what you’re getting with that money is a headset that performs well, is comfortable, and compatible with almost every possible platform. If you’re looking for something that can do it all, and you’re wiling to pay for it, the A40s are a great choice.
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