Is It Worth The Price?
Astro is up there with the likes of SteelSeries and HyperX when it comes to gaming headsets. Their budget option, the Astro A10, is still one of the best in its class.
The A40 TR and MixAmp Pro TR, quite a mouthful, is Astro’s premium offering that competes with the likes of SteelSeries’ Arctis Pro and HyperX’s Cloud Mix, the latter offering some of the best audio performance with Hi-Res certification.
So, how do these compare? Let’s find out in our in-depth Astro A40 TR MIXAMP PRO TR review…
Design wise, Astro stays close to home. The square earcup and pad designs stay, with the adjustable vertical struts at the earcups to find the perfect fit.
The headset is mostly plastic with a matte black finish. The earpads are made of memory foam and are covered in a breathable soft cloth fabric. It clamps down securely and doesn’t feel like it might fall off any second. However, it doesn’t seal that well, due to the soft cloth-like fabric, but these are open back headphones anyway, so sound leakage will always be there.
The open back design does leak a lot, so you should be considerate of people around you when using these headphones. But, the upside of the open back design is that it provides a great soundstage, which is very important when you are playing games professionally.
If you’d prefer a closed back design, but still can’t live without this specific headset, then Astro provides a closed back kit, but it can add up to $60 extra.
The headset, mainly due to its mostly plastic design, is quite light. Much lighter than most premium headsets at this price range.
The provided boom microphone is detachable. It’s also easy to use and can pivot 360 degrees for convenient adjustments.
The last piece of the puzzle is the MixAmp box. It’s also plastic with two large gunmetal knobs. Paying the extra money to get this box we’d like to think that you’d be using it every time.
The standard A40 comes with a microphone and audio splitter, but it is not included with this set, because you can plug the headset into the MixAmp and control audio and chat volume with the two knobs provided.
This all boils down to a very light, comfortable design that would please even the most stubborn gamer.
How Does It Sound?
Gaming on the headset sounds great. It provides a great amount of spatial awareness due to the open back design and the simulated 7.1 surround that you get using the MixAmp.
FPS shooters like Call of Duty or Doom are provided ample amounts of low end to make the booms sound loud and the gunshots more menacing than ever. The mid to high range frequencies pierce through the chaos well enough to make everything sound alive and that speech isn’t lost in all the madness.
Playing car games like The Crew 2 or NFS Heat provides the perfect test to listen if the headset can simulate the different nuances between the car engines. It does fairly well. The whistling of a V8 turbocharger sounds subtle and beautifully reproduced playing NFS Heat versus the roar and grumble of a V6 truck engine racing down a mountain in The Crew 2.
Music sounds fine, mainly due to the open back design. And there is plenty of power when plugged into the MixAmp. This means the headset can get very loud and has enough power to really make the music come alive.
Where it lets us down is the lack of low-end in certain types of music like EDM. This is because of the open back design that allows sound to escape. The soft fabric earpads also don’t provide a decent seal, as vinyl earpads do. So, there is a lot of sound leakage, which in turn causes a lot of the low end to be lost.
The sound staging is still impeccable, and all the instruments are given room to breathe. It is quite pleasant to listen to, if you don’t mind losing some bass. However, it might irate the people around you, so it might not be the best fit for daily morning commutes.
The detachable boom microphone provides decent sound, but can be upgraded to a noise isolating microphone if you want crystal clear sound.
Who Is The Astro A40 TR MIXAMP PRO TR For?
Astro fans who want a premium headset with an added external amplifier for convenience. It’s great for streamers or professional gamers who want control over the volume and chat volume without having to go into the game’s settings.
Its open back design might also be a draw to some who prefer it over closed back headsets.
It’s a premium wired headset. A lot of newer premium headsets are all wireless. Some might still prefer the wired versions and Astro offers a premium wired headset that’s pretty decent.
Astro A40 TR MIXAMP PRO TR Pros & Cons
- Great sound staging.
- Comfortable and lightweight.
- Easy to use with an external amp.
- Great gaming sound.
- Open back design leaks a lot of sound.
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The A40 TR and MixAmp Pro TR is great headset with some minor flaws. It validates its price but still feels somewhat lacking when compared to headsets at around the same price point.
The HyperX Cloud Mix provides Hi-Res sound and is wireless at the same price. SteelSeries’ Arctic Pro is one of those headsets you see many professional gamers use, and for good reason. It provides a super comfy fit with superior audio.
So, even though the A40 TR and MixAmp Pro TR proves worthy of its premium price, it’s hard to recommend it when there are even better headsets out there for the same price.