Astro Gaming Headset Buyer’s Guide

29 May 2017

Are you a hardcore gamer and also a big fan of Astro gaming headsets? Are you looking to dump your old headset and want to go for a new Astro gaming headset but confused with all the models out there? Then you are at the right place. Astro always believes that gaming is interactive and not passive and their major line of gaming headsets pronounce this to provide some of the best sound experience. Astro headphones come in various styles, design and sizes and some models are even compatible with gaming consoles and PC’s.

This guide will help you to choose the perfect gaming headset according to your requirements. This guide also will lay out some facts that you need to consider before zeroing on a gaming headset. It also analyzes some of the top 5 gaming headphones from Astro and take a peek at the accessories available for the Astro headphones in general.

Things to Consider before buying Astro Headphones

Choosing a gaming headset is entirely different from choosing a normal headset. When you go for a normal headset you only look for the sound quality and the comfort level with your headphone. But while choosing a gaming headphone, you may need to factor in a lot of things including excellent sound quality maybe surround sets included, ultimate comfort levels for long session gaming, microphones with noise cancellation, mic monitoring features etc. A quality headset with best sound qualities will help you a lot in gaming to gain a lead over your enemies. Even a slight hesitation in gaming can lead a loss of a life in many games and hence if you can hear the enemy before you can see them will help you make instant decisions.

Comfort

If you are hardcore gamer and if you have a habit of playing long session games, then the first thing you need is a gaming headset that is non-intrusive and comfortable. Comfort is definitely a key aspect for a gaming headset as long session games can make you tired and if the headset over your head is pounding on you then it will make all the most tired and distract you a lot in a big way. Astro headsets have been manually and technical tested with different heads to provide an optimal wearing comfort level to each person wearing it.

All gaming headsets from Astro are made using light-weight materials, so you concentrate on the game and not the headset during your gameplay. When it comes to gaming headsets, you also need to consider the style of the headset as to whether you need a lightweight and comfortable fit or just a comfortable fit around the ear or if you can spend some money can go for extreme comfort.

Open Vs Closed

If you are looking for a gaming headset that doesn’t drench you in the game and not let you hear any noise from the surroundings, then you need to go for an open gaming headset. But if you are a hardcore gamer and you don’t need anything in this world should disturb during your gameplay, then you definitely need to go for a closed headset. These closed headsets wraps around your ear nicely and you only hear the sound from the game and with surround sound features involved, even if someone yells at you from behind, you won’t hear a thing at all.

Microphone

In multiplayer games you need to communicate with your fellow team members and only if you get a headset with a quality microphone can you do that effectively. Generally most of the gaming headphones comes attached with a microphone, but one key fact that need to be considered is the “nose-cancelling” feature that helps in avoiding transmitting extra or outside noise and transmit only your voice clearly to the other end. Also, look for headphones that allows you to detach the microphones when not in use, so you can reduce a bit of weight from it. By this you can use your headphone as a normal headset and play comfortable for longer hours.

Wired vs. Wireless

Another thing to consider before buying a gaming headphone is whether you need a wired headphone or a wireless headphone. Generally wireless headphones are a bit expensive than the wired ones. It depends on how you play your games. If you are playing games in your PC, then you are obviously going to play sitting in front of your PC and hence a wireless headphone is not much necessary. But if you are using a gaming console like an Xbox or PS, then your console would be placed near your TV and you could be seated in your couch at a distance.

Hence, you can’t go for a wired headphone as you don’t wires dragging on the floor. So a wireless headphone may be the best option here. But one thing to remember is that the wireless ones are a bit larger and heavier than the wired ones as they come packing with internal batteries and other controls in it.

Durability

Gaming headphones are a bit expensive than normal headsets and care should be taken to buy a headphone that is built to last for a long time. Gaming headsets from Astro are precision engineered and built using high quality materials to provide extreme durability and you can certainly expect to have your gaming headphone for many years. Attention to detail and build quality is a major factor that needs to be considered.

Sound Quality

High quality sound is a must have feature for any gaming headphone. Gaming headphones need to provide you even with the subtle sounds like the footsteps of an enemy approaching behind you, so that you can take evasive action. A good sound quality headphone should make your hear the enemy before you see them. Gaming headphones have improved a lot incorporating the latest technology to provide an ultimate gaming experience to the hardcore gamers. If you can shell out some money, you can really go for gaming headphones with Dolby sound features to experience the original quality of game sound as it was produced. You can enjoy a theater like experience with the Astro Audio headphones that makes games, movies and music to sound at the absolute best.

Gaming professionals and hardcore gamers would like to use every bit of advantage to their favor and hence invest in only the best gadgets in terms of gaming consoles, headphones etc. These high quality gaming headphones provide them with every bit of sound in the game including an enemy van approaching from a distance or to hear any enemy gunshots from a distance. But if you are looking to spend less in gaming handsets, then you can always go for a stereo headphones as these headphones still provide you with a great sound quality. But the only problem with stereo headphones is that you can’t hear subtle sounds and can’t isolate sounds of the enemy approaching.

ASTRO Gaming A30 PC Headset (White)

If you are looking for the ultimate gaming headset that is compatible with various gaming platforms, then don’t look elsewhere than then ASTRO A30 headset. The ultimate gaming A30 headset from ASTRO is the perfect cross-gaming handset that is specially designed to be compatible with all gaming sources including gaming consoles, mobile devices and PC’s.

The Astro A30 is carefully designed keeping in mind the hardcore gamers and cross-platform gamers who intend to play their favorite games across various platforms. These gaming headsets are highly portable and look great on your ears. The A30 comes with 3 audio cables to enable you to connect with multiple devices including gaming consoles, mobile devices and PCs. The DNA from ASTRO A30 is completely compatible with the ASTRO’s MixAmp featuring Dolby 7.1. Astro A30 loaded with all these power packed features has become one of the best gaming headset in the market.

Product Highlights

  • The ASTRO A30 comes with a superior fit and an excellent finish. Wear it flat around your neck or just clamp them on your dome to play long session games without any sign of discomfort.
  • The ASTRO A30 gaming headset is designed using high quality and superior materials for ultimate comfort
  • The new design cable plugs directly into your Astro A30 through the 3.5 mm 4 pole jack and also comes with an inline microphone along with a mute switch, volume control options and call pickup buttons.
  • Comes with the ASTRO Audio feature that has been developed after lots of research by expert audio designers to provide the highest level of clarity at every frequency. ASTRO audio is specially designed to provide the highest quality fof sound to all your games, music and movies.

ASTRO Gaming Neon Color A40 Headset (Yellow)

The A40 series headset kit from ASTRO is the gaming headset you’ll need to own if you want play your games with the highest sound quality in your PCs or notebook. A40 has been one of the leading gaming headset for years and has really set a gold standard among its competitors. The A40 can be controlled by a click of a mouse rather than a squeeze of a controller trigger.

It captures all the chat sounds clearly that is spoken through the mic by your teammates. The A40 is equipped with the new media cabling system that is ow optimized for PC, notebook and mobile devices and provides the controls right at your fingertips. The media cable comes with an in-built microphone, along with a mute switch, volume control wheel and call/pickup buttons.

  • The A40 also comes with a customizable speaker tags like other gaming headsets from Astro. You can either buy a special edition speaker tag or design your own using the speaker tag customizer.
  • It also comes with an excellent finish and provides an ultimate fit, no matter whether you wear the headset flat around your neck or just clamp it on your dome
  • With Astro A40 headsets, you can forget where you are and totally indulge in the game and play for a long time without any disturbances.
  • The excellent new media cable system in the Astro gaming headsets is designed intelligently to house the microphone, mute switch, volume control wheel along with call/pickup/tracking button.
  • Astro Audio feature is another outstanding feature of the Astro gaming headsets that provides an ultimate gaming experience with the highest level of clarity at each and every frequency.

ASTRO Gaming – A50 Wireless Dolby Gaming Headset

The A50 is arguably the best wireless gaming headset that comes equipped with a lot of rich features including surround sound and intuitive controls that provide a cozy experience. The A50 is lightweight in design and it retains the comfy design and the incredible sound experience of the A40. The Astro A50 also comes with a pretty new feature called the Base Station feature along with many tools for the casual gamers, streamers and competitors.

Astro is a very popular brand in the gaming headset market and have been a leader in the industry for a long time now. The A50 comes in two models including one for the PS4 market and other for the Xbox One. It also comes with modular ear cups that are super comfortable in the ears. Even though the microphone still needs some improvement along with the app, the Astro A50 proves to be the leader in the high-end wireless gaming industry.

Product Highlights

  • Great Base station that provides a great place to rest your headphone when not in use
  • You can also recharge your headphones with the base station
  • High Quality Sound experience
  • Clear battery readout to check the battery status.
  • Convincing surround sound
  • Good Battery life

ASTRO Gaming A38 Wireless Headset

The As30 wireless gaming headset from Astro combines both APTX low latency Bluetooth technology along with AAC high-fidelity Bluetooth playback features along with the best in class active noise cancelling feature to make the Astro A38 another great wireless gaming headset from the stables of Astro. Connection with any kind of Bluetooth enabled device is a breeze.

It is so lightweight and comfy on your ears that you completely forget wearing one around your ears. The inline microphone also enables you to attend to all your phone calls with just a touch of a button. Even in noisy environments, with the A38 around your ears, you never feel the sound of the outside environment, but indulge all of yourself into any kind of soothing music or your favorite gameplay.

The battery of the A38 is found to provide around 20 hours of continuous power and is a perfect companion for long distance travel or long session gaming.

Product Highlights

  • Excellent Bluetooth connectivity that combines APTX low latency Bluetooth with AAC high-fidelity Bluetooth playback
  • Easily connect with any Bluetooth enabled devices
  • Active Noise Canceling Speaker & Mic
  • Excellent Battery life of upto 15+ hours of talk, 20+ hours of audio, 30+ hours in airplane mode and only takes 5 hours to get a full charge
  • Best wireless gaming headset for Tablets, Notebooks, & Smartphones
  • Comes with customizable speaker tags.

ASTRO Gaming A40 TR Gaming Headset

The Astro A40 TR is an open back headset that provides amazing audio quality and also comes with user customization features to adapt to any kind of environment. It also providing long time comfort along with other basic features found in most of the Astro gaming headsets including swappable precision mic and customizable speaker tags. One other excellent feature with the Astro TR is that you easily transform your A40 TR from open back headset into a closed back headset. This transformation is easily achievable using the Astro Mod kits that are separately available online.

It is completely compatible for PC, and with the newer Xbox One and PS4 consoles by plugging the 3.5mm cable directly into the console controller. All TR products are the Official Equipment of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and are used by top Call of Duty Pro teams like Optic Gaming and Team Envyus.

Tuned for Gaming, ASTRO Audio was developed with pro gamers and game designers to deliver clarity and detail at every frequency and volume level. Featuring premium materials and construction, ASTROs are highly adjustable and surprisingly lightweight. Clamp them on your dome for days or turn them flat around your neck. Transform the A40 TR from an open-back to a closed-back noise cancelling with swappable Mod Kit components. Personalize your headset with our magnetic speaker tag system. Buy special editions or design your own using the online Speaker Tag Customizer.

Swappable Precision Microphone

Highly sensitive omni-directional mic focuses on your voice and minimizes background noise. It can be positioned on either side of the A40 TR headset. The new Mobile Cable plugs directly into the headset via a 3.5mm 4-pole jack and offers an in-line microphone, an in-line mute switch, a volume control wheel, and answer/hang-up button.

Product Highlights

  • Swappable cable system
  • Swappable precision micro phone
  • USB, Sound Card Customizable Speaker Tags
  • Readily available Mod Kit
  • Superior Fit and Finish
  • Professional quality audio

Astro Headphones Accessories

ASTRO Gaming A40 TR Mod Kit, Noise Cancelling Conversion Kit – Red

Redefining pro, the A40 TR Headset can be adapted to any environment by adding Astro Mod Kits. For loud pro tournaments, you can transform the A40 TR from an open back to a closed back noise-cancelling headset by swapping Mod Kit components including noise-cancelling ear cushions, voice-isolating mic, closed back Speaker Tags, and a padded headband.

ASTRO Gaming MixAmp Pro TR for Xbox One

Redefining Pro, the new Mix Amp Pro TR features increased user customization to adapt to any environment. For Pro gamers and serious live streamers, the Mix Amp Pro TR is re-engineered with all digital components for lag-free and interference free operation.

The included ASTRO Command Center software allows Pros and Live streamers to tune every input and output parameter of the Mix Amp Pro TR to precisely configure it for their specific setup. Both the PlayStation 4 (black) and Xbox One (white) Mix Amps Pro TR also feature full sound card functionality for PC and Mac. All TR products are the Official Equipment of Call of Duty Pro teams like Optic Gaming and Team Envyus.

Astro Long (1.5M) PC Splitter for A30 and A40

The 1.5m PC splitter, otherwise known as the Long Y Splitter, is designed to connect an ASTRO headset to a PC without the MixAmp™ Pro. This cable comes included with all standalone Headsets and Neon Headsets/Headset Bundles.

ASTRO Gaming A50 Noise-Isolating Mod Kit – Black

The A50 headset already provides great comfort and sound out-of-the-box, but the optional A50 Mod Kit (sold separately) gives users the ability to upgrade to synthetic leather noise-cancelling ear cushions and a padded headband. The cushions provide increased noise cancellation and limit sound leakage for quiet environments.

Astro Headphones FAQ

Can you connect a pc & an Xbox at the same time?

No

Is the A40 headset good for recording gameplay? And does it drown out background noise good?

It’s really good at cutting out background noise. It has unidirectional mic so just get in front of your face and you’re good. Just one thing I’ve noticed is that if it’s too close to your face and right under your nose it will pick up you breathing on it so just keep it at an appropriate distance.

What is the difference with the ps4 mixamp and Xbox one mixamp?

The xbox one version has a specific chip inside to make it compatible with the Xbox. They each will only work with their corresponding consoles.

Do these headsets have volume control on the cord?

Yes they do.

Does the Astro A40 TR works also with the Astro mix amp m80?

Yes, this will work with the m80. It’s essentially the same as the previous A40 headset, it just adds the ability to customize the cushions, speaker tags, and headband.

Do I need the mix amp to use the A40 headphones?

You not, you just need a 3.5mm standard headphone jack. You will need the amp though if you want to simulate directional sound.

Do you need a mix amp for pc gaming with mic?

No

Does these headphones make your ears sweat?

No, even in the heat it won’t make your ears sweat

Will this mic play another players footsteps that is on my right through both earphones or just the right?

It is surround sound, so depending on where the player is in the environment it will play through both or just one if they are on an immediate side of you

Conclusion

Astro headsets have time and again proved to be the leader in the gaming headset industry. With its amazing headsets packed with a lot of unique features. To provide an ultimate sound experience to the user. These headsets can allow the user to blast music that even a person sitting close to him won’t hear a thing. Astro gaming headsets come in both wired and wireless varieties and with a longer battery life of up to 20 hours, one can indulge in a fun gaming experience for a long time.

People look to wear different headsets to watch movies and to listen to music and purchase a different headset for playing their favorite games. But with the latest revolution in the gaming headset market, you don’t need separate headsets, but can go for a single headset that can satisfy all your needs.

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