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Isr

Okay, so I was about to buy the Astro Gaming A40 Wireless System (a.k.a.

2011 Edition), but after reading some reviews (I liked the CNET one) and lots of different opinions, I just got so confused.

A lot of people says the Astro A40 are the best gaming headset ever created, and that they so superior than the Turtle Beach X41. Then there's the people that says you should get the Turtle Beach X41 cause they have 7.1 Surround, a way better bass, and are cheaper (and wireless, but that is no longer a problem).

Is there really a noticeable diference between Surround and simulated/virtual Surround?

So, what do the gdgt community think?

Also, I read somewhere that the X41 are Xbox only, is that true?

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Isr

Okay, 3 weeks later, still without them. I can't order from the official site, cause the accounting team has some problems with my credit card about not being able to confirm the billing address. Same thing with PayPal (maybe because I'm from outside the US? Who knows).

I'll keep looking on the eBay of my country for any good offer (most of them are $400+ dollars!). But now I'm also considering on getting another headset instead, since I'll be at the US later this month. Should I get the X41 then? Or are there any other options that match the quality and comfort of the Astros?
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stmpjmpr

I had the X41s and returned them. They're "designed for Xbox 360", which is really referring to the chat capability. You have to buy extra adapters to make the X41 work with a PC or PS3. They're not terrible sound-wise for gaming, but are cheap and plasticky feeling.

I ended up settling on the Astro wireless mixamp, which is excellent and has none of the interference that I experienced pretty regularly on the X41s. Instead of Astro's headsets, I use Sennheisers PC360, which is a well-build headset with built-in mic. It's a great combo and something to consider.
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ryan

I've tested both the Astros and the X41s (see: revision3.com­/tekzilla­/gamingheadset­/surround­-soun... ) and I think the TBs are solid competitors with some distinct advantages, like being wireless.

In my experience, I don't think discrete vs. virtual surround is really an issue. Having played a lot of competitive FPS online, I don't think there's any disadvantage there -- whereas on the other hand there's a huge competitive disadvantage to not having a gaming headset (especially in the significant other department).

For me, first and foremost I'd go with what's more comfortable and has a higher build quality, and Astro A40s have the lockdown there. You have to deal with being tethered, but to a certain extent that's unavoidable due to the mic connection to the Xbox controller. (Astro also now makes a wireless connection kit, which is nice.) The TBs are also surprisingly cheap and plasticy feeling, and the cups rest on the ear, not over the ear, making them uncomfortable during longer gaming sessions.

Finally, no, the X41s are not Xbox only -- they have optical in like the rest, meaning pretty much any home theater device can output sound to them.
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rnguthertz

Ryan, have you been able to compare Wireless vs Wired sound quality/interference on the A40's?
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Nomdeplume22

just recently i have come to the realization that i do need to get a gaming headset (significant other issues) i been looking up on the turtle beach and tritton looked some more and started looking at the astros. Wireless would be great but then you hear about the interference and batteries so go wired but then you got messy wires all over then after you decide what you are willing to deal with then comes sound quailty but then everything you hear is sound is great on all just X isnt as good woth bass as Y then comfort Y feels great but X doesnt so im pretty much still at a loss and it looks to come down to a coin toss as im pretty much still up in the air on a decison.
recently saw the Razer Chimera thats due out in April but the only info on those is just the propaganda no hands on reviews and the like so i may just wait another minute and hopefully something will pop
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ryan

Maybe, but don't over think it. Even the best product isn't perfect, just go with what feels right.
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Isr

Thanks, then I'm definitely getting the A40 Wireless, my only concern was about it being virtual surround, your opinion definitely helped!
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lrmat

when you receive the a40's please post back here on how you like them and if they do the job for you. I don't know about Ryan, but I'd like to know how you like them. besides anyone else who reads the post might want to know how it works out.
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Isr

Sure, next week I'll be writing a review!
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lrmat

i can't speak for the turtle beach. after a lot of thought i decided on the astros because they were wired. everything i had read up to that point indicated the wireless systems had lots of interference. all i can tell you is that when i first put on the astros and played MW2 i could literally hear the palm trees creak as they swayed in the breeze (Afghan map). your enemy can not sneak up on you, because the clarity of the astros, you hear everything. i love them, recommend them, highly customizable, easy to replace parts, and upgrade. i will buy the wireless mixer and make my a40's wireless. totally worth the money. my two cents.
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lrmat

i've since upgraded the a40 mix amp to the wireless...... love it. i love the ability to get up and make a sandwich between matches (that's my story and i'm sticking with it). the sound is great, no interference of which to speak of. excellent device. i also bought the astro earphones because the thought of wearing the a40's in the summer (even with the AC on) did not appeal to me. the buds are ok sound wise (my daily earphones are ultimate ears triplefi 10vi.... I'm spoiled) the only reason to buy these is for the mute button. you are better off buying that hockey puck device you plug into the bottom of the 360 that has a volume wheel and mute switch and use your own phones (iPhone, android compatible for the mic). also, i have kids and i don't like the fact that in-ear phones block so much sound while I'm playing (need to know if they are lighting the house on fire).
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mgyung

I just got the Logitech F540 wireless headphones and I think the in game sound for COD Black Ops (PS3) is pretty good. The only problem I have is that the mic adds a bunch of white noise when it's turned on and the pick up is really sensative. It is really noticable when you turn off and on the mic.

Wireless is defintely the way to go.
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Isr

Thanks, I think I will be getting the Astros!
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