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Published on February 15th, 2018 | by Edwin Millheim

ASTRO Gaming A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro TR Review (For XBox One and PC)

ASTRO Gaming A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro TR Review (For XBox One and PC) Edwin Millheim
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Summary: Astro Gaming A40 TR with MixAmp Pro TR is something you don't want to miss! Up your game, and sound for movies like no other!

4.8

Oh the sweet sound.


As you can see from the review title, the Astro Gaming A40 TR Headset with Mix Amp Pro is created and marketed as a unit for the Xbox One and PC only…more on that in the review.

Gamers are a particular breed. If you are like me, you want to have a lot of bang for your hard-earned money. You do not want something shoddy that is just going to prompt you a few months down the line to have to buy something else because it broke. Therefore, when it comes to gaming headphones I really was a major skeptic when it comes to spending a lot on my listening pleasure during a game session. Now the Astro model I chose has been on market for a while, but that does not make it a obsolete subject, or product.

It seems I learned a thing or two thanks to the Astra Gaming A40 TR Headset and Mix Amp Pro.

The first thing I learned was that I really was missing out in my gaming and movie watching experience and never even knew it. I mean sure, we have a surround sound system hooked to our primary entertainment section hooked to the Xbox One, The 360, the PS4 and PC. I have tried other headsets over the years, but these… these have them all beat.

The A40 TR Headset and Mix Amp Pro just blew me away. Let me break it down for you a bit here, because I was like a kid in a discovery museum finding new wonders to behold; only in this case, for my ears.

The sound quality of these wired headphones combined with the Mix Amp is astonishing. I jumped from game to game to game just to hear how my experience was amped up. Then I tried a few Blu-ray movies and even regular TV through my Xbox One.

The Astro Gaming headset tuned for Gaming with ASTRO Audio: optimized by ASTRO audio engineers and pro gamers, featuring Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound. What is not to love? It already has presets that handle EQ and Bass changes with four different main settings.

During first Person Shooter games, I could hear the crunch of footfalls in the brush and grass and knew from what direction they had been coming from. Brilliant, oh the sounds and things you can hear in a game.

Movies and TV shows came to life at a completely new level.

However, before enjoying all of the entertainment goodness you will want to make sure that the mix amp is up to date. To do this you will want to hook the mix amp to your computer. Go to the Astro Gaming website, and locate the support section and then go to the Firmware link.

Scroll to the mix amp section and click on the link for your operating system either PC or MAC. Again, make sure your mix amp is hooked up to your computer with the USB cable. After the download just follow the pop up instructions, you are good to go.

Now the A40 TR was introduced back in 2015, and is still one of the best Headsets around. With features and designs that just cannot be beat. Right out of the box, it is what any home gamer or pro gamer is looking for in a head set.

The voice-isolating mic is flexible, noise cancelling and is bi directional. It has noise isolating ear cushions and so far, they are ve4ry comfortable, even with long gaming sessions. It also has closed back speaker tags on the outsides of the headset. Now what is an inspiration in design is that the Mic can be pulled out and placed on either left or right headset and it looks like it belongs there.

The ear cushions and the speaker tags can swap out with different types, such as leather rather than cloth ear cushions, thanks to the way they attach to the head set. They magnetically attach. It is a brilliant design in its conception and still is to this day.

The headband at the top can also be swapped out.

The inline cable that attaches to the headset and then to the Amp has a mute button, when pressing the mute button all the buttons on the Mix Amp turn red indicating the mic is muted.

When using the Headset and Mix Amp on a computer, there is a software program that you can fully adjust all settings on the Mix Amp and Mic and sound. The Software is ASTRO command center and the software someone can download from the Astro gaming web site.

Now as I said earlier on, while this is marketed as working for the PC and Xbox One, I myself use it for the Xbox One, the PC and a PS4. I have the optical cables running from the consoles and computer into an Optical cable hub switcher, then from the switcher to the Mix Amp Pro. Therefore, I can and do, use this awesome headset with all of my entertainment.

You may be in the market for a new gaming headset, and I think you may just owe yourself to check out the Astro Gaming website to see what you can do for yourself, because these headsets freaking rock.

Have fun, play games.

Edwin Millheim

Impulse Gamer


About the Author

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Edwin Millheim is a freelance writer since the 1980's has worked in comic book scripting and story writing, for such magazines as Shadis magazine, Anime A2. and also has worked on role playing game creation and adventure creation in the role playing industry as a freelancer (For such companies as Hero Games ,Palladium Books Rifts Index and Adventures Vol 1 hook line and sinker story contributor) working over the years with his editor and co writer for many projects, Donna Millheim, his wife, together... wrote the "electronic games" article for Funk And Wagnalls Encyclopedia Edwin has also worked as writer on comic adaptations to some of his writer/created role-playing games such as Bright Future (Sci Fi) and Unknown Eagles (Based in World War II), and Moonsfar: Warrior's Creed.(Sword and Sorcery) Released Ebook on Amazon 'Unknown Eagles Special Operations" in 2014. Edwin has worked on articles ranging from, previews, reviews and interviews, for various media over the years including magazine and internet, and pod casts, video media shows. Currently the United States Editor For www.impulsegamer.com Over the years Edwin with his often co writers Wife Donna Millheim and Daughter Shael Millheim have written well over 400 articles and reviews and various role playing game books and game supplements. Edwin Millheim is also an actor and stage combat stunt fighter, and has been acting in shows and productions since 1989. Edwin has an over 22-year background in Whitelotus kungfu, a mix of northern and southern Shaolin. Bringing those skills to film and live action stunt shows was a natural thing. Over the years, he has been Cast Coordinator for interactive shows, as well as stunt and fight and action coordinator for various film projects (Sanctuary film from NiceWonderFilms) (BFF Zombie from LifePlay Productions) (Hunter X from Jab Haus)and live action stunt shows. Edwin has had many featured parts as a stunt fighter/actor, and has choreographed hundreds of hours worth of scenes over the years.



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