Astro A40 + MixAmp Pro
THE PERFECT AUDIO SOLUTION
Logitech-owned Astro Gaming has gone above and beyond with the Astro A40 +MixAmp Pro. At close to $400 it’s obviously something to be sniffed at, but what you get elegantly solves one of PC gaming’s most annoying problems.
Namely – balancing game audio with voice chat volume. The MixAmp Pro box has a master volume, but also another separate dial to balance game sound and voice. It can do this magical trick because it assigns one audio device to game sound and another to voice – and it can provide one for each, too. This allows on the y and perfectly precise balancing in-game. It is all possible because the MixAmp box contains two audio processors, and can use your existing sound card to replace one, or both if you like.
It can be con gured many ways. On my setup I have game audio from a Sound Blaster ZxR fed into the MixAmp via TOSLink Optical, and voice chat using the MixAmp’s own DSP, connected via USB to the PC. That means no sacri ces in game audio quality. It can also be fed game sound via a 3.5mm plug if you don’t have optical. The box also has optical-out to pass through to a secondary amp if you want.
It’s an extremely well thought out set of connectivity options that doesn’t lock you into a setup that may have compromises. And – most impressively – the MixAmp box has two audio DSPs inside it, so you can bypass your PC audio entirely and assign one DSP to game audio, and the other to voice chat. The headphones themselves are also supremely good. The sound is clean and neutrally equalised. Though, via the MixAmp, at the push of a button four different EQ pre-sets are available, while another button enables/disables Dolby Surround, making it delightfully simple to change settings in-game and quickly settle on what suits what you’re playing at the time. The surround positional information is extremely impressive, even without Dolby enabled.
They’re large and comfortable, fully enclose the ear and you can swap out the covers to have them open, or fully enclosed. The mic boom can also be attached to the left and right.
Astro A40 delivers supreme exibility and control, plus audio quality equal to the very best.