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Astro: Mixamp 5.8 vs. Mixamp Pro vs. Headset alone.

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So I'm getting the Astro A40s soon for my new build and I just wanted to know what are the differences between the mixamps. Are they even worth it? I know they improve sound quality but is it worth the extra money?
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I had an Astro not too long ago but returned them. I am going to go back and get another pair soon since I am looking to simplify my setup, and am in the process of removing cables.

The Mixamp pro I will say skip it. It is geared toward console gaming. If you get it. You will be connecting optical from your PC, USB for power and voice chat, (probably going to have a battery pack in there as well). Then the headphones will connect to the Mixamp (this is what I had, and was turned off of the clutter). It is just a hassle when you could just plug the headphones directly into the computer

The wireless Mixamp, takes similar connections:
1x optical
1x usb for voice chat which is driverless
1x power that goes to a wall outlet unlike the pro mixamp.

then the headset plugs into the receiver unit which takes batteries.
This will allow you freedom to move around your home with a wireless connection.
If this appeals to you, the clutter can be minimized and you have a pretty decent wireless headset.

If the wireless doesn't appeal to you, then I wouldn't recommend the Mixamp pro. The charging was gimmicky with the provided battery back (will be using eneloops with my wireless version). And the drivers were pretty annoying. Not to mention the big volume knob is useless, since it just acts as another volume adjustment (unlinked from windows volume). On PC, it doesn't balance voice and game like it does on console. So it's essentially useless (at least on the wireless version it allows adjustment of volume while you are distant from the computer).

As for quality, a decent sound card can one up any of the Mixamps, but is there a difference with/without...not really. I feel like they paid companies for the stellar reviews. Astros aren't all they are hyped up to be.

It takes a lot of work to keep a setup clean with those headphones. If your up for it I recommend it, if not, look elsewhere.
Edited by invena - 2/29/12 at 5:49pm
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Hmm well I don't really care about wireless but that depends how long the cable is. And it would just be easier to list reasons on why you should/shouldn't not a long paragraph but it still really helped.
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If you want simple and going for a headset. G930. Its wireless, sounds good, VOIP is unparalleled imo, and the battery life is really good on it too. Otherwise a lot of people will tell you to invest in a pair of audiophile headphones and a sound card. For example AD700s /w titanium HD would run you about the same as A40s. I've heard a lot of people talk about how disappointed they were with Astro. I personally have never used them (I bought Tritton AX Pros before I invested in a good audio setup...they sounded like crap before I upgraded lol). I personally have A900s with Asus STX. Pricey setup, but I have yet to experience anything that comes close for gaming or music.
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