The Astro A40 is an exceptional headset, priced accordingly. Sound quality and build quality are both top class.
We were particularly impressed with the simulated 7.1 surround sound, standing up against the separate speaker configuration of other headsets. The A40 was marvelous when listening to well recorded, complex music.
Comparing directly to mid ranged headsets was on par with going from standard definition to high definition video.
When playing online with friends we found the game/voice control really handy as various friends were using a mixture of microphones at different volume levels. It was quick and easy to make on the fly adjustments and we hope other companies are quick to adopt a similar implementation in future products.
The Mixamp is a great addition and compliments the A40 nicely. We feel a bass slider/button would be a great addition to the Mixamp, just for that added control.
The Astro A40 is not faultless however. The microphone was quite a let down, especially when compared against other quality products on the market. The crackling issues mentioned earlier in the review may have been related to a faulty review sample, but we have to mention them.
In closing there is no doubt that the A40 is one of the most capable gaming headsets available, but this quality comes with a substantial price premium.
The Astro A40 carries a recommended retail price of £249.99. Just before publication we did find Argos selling it for £50 below the recommended price, at £199.99. At this price it certainly deserves some serious consideration.
- Fantastic audio quality.
- Sleek and modern design.
- Well designed and thought out package.
- The microphone can be moved to either ear cup.
- Comfortable for hours of gaming.
- Mixamp Game/Voice volume control.
- No bundled software.
- Microphone didn’t replicate voice accurately.