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conclusion:We like it

90

Available in versions starting with a $199 wired PC model, and going all the way up to $279 for a wireless edition that works with gaming consoles, the A40 is one of the best gaming headsets available, with great surround sound, a good mic, and a comfortable fit. If you want to go wireless, however, the new A50 is better alternative to the $279 version, which combines the A40 with Astro's Mixamp base and a belt-based receiver, since the A50 includes the Mixamp and integrates the belt pack into the headset, and sells for just $20 more.

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Critic reviews

8.9
7 reviews
  • Voice / mic quality
    8.1
  • Sound quality
    9.7
  • Comfort
    8.0
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    7.9

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User reviews

8.8
18 reviews
10
CNET Jan 31, 2011

While a bit pricey, the Astro A40 Wireless System is easily one of the best virtual surround-sound gaming headset systems we've ever tested.

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9.0
Tom's Guide Dec 11, 2009

The Astro A40 system is easily one of the best headsets/gaming audio systems we have ever tested. Expensive? Yes, but if you plan on using it with your PS3, 360, and PC, then it’s a sound investment.

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8.0
Gizmodo Nov 25, 2009

The Astro A40 is the premier chat-ready 5.1 surround sound gaming headset on the market, compatible with Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. But unlike the Turtle Beach X41, it's wired.

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9.0
Kotaku Nov 23, 2009

Would we suggest that everyone go out and grab an A40 and make it their primary audio option? Absolutely not ... But if you're in the market for a new audio option, either out of consideration for your housemates or for a better headset/mic combo, give the A40 an earful.

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8.0
IGN Jan 26, 2011

At the end of the day, the 2011 A40s are a welcomed update, especially for first time buyers, passionate audiophiles and competitive players.

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9.0
Gadget Review Apr 11, 2012

If you want more than just stellar performance and have the clams to reel in a bigger more brightly colored audio fish, then aim for the stars and go with Astro Gaming’s A40 & Mixamp audio system. It’s astronomical in every way.

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10
MMORPG.com Mar 20, 2009

I’ve got to say that if you’ve got the money to invest in a quality personal audio rig, I highly recommend this piece of technology.

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10
Scottish Scottish

The build of the Astro A40s is exceedingly good. Solid as a rock, the size adjustment stays where you put it, and the included cables are heavy-duty. I have owned mine for 10 months now, and use 'em all over the place. I can, as a musician, say that the stereo audio quality is better than...

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10
millerj102 millerj102

If you want to get a headset to just get a headset then Astro isn't for you. If you want an experience and be one with the game you are playing, then you will love your Astro's. Being $249 for the a40 and $299 for the a50 it is an investment, but they will pay back ten fold when you plug them...

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10
Tochbomb Tochbomb

Lets say that My point of view may be narrow to other headsets, because I'm comparing these to the 20$ Sony pair of headphones I've had and used for years. >Design< Sure, I've seen Dr.Dre's beats, and they do look mighty cool, and monster headphones and razer's. They are unique, But the...

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8.0
nug050 nug050

I've already purchased an A50 for my PC and I needed a headset for my console(s). I tried a few other headsets and ended with the Astro A40. I didn't need it to be wireless because I generally game in front of the TV/console(s). The other headsets I've tried weren't compatible with multiple...

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10
Cynic04 Cynic04

I'll start by saying these are my favorite headphones I've ever owned. Every part feels quality made, well though out, and sturdy. The sound quality is excellent, probably the best I've heard. They are very comfortable, reasonably light, and breath to keep your ears surprisingly...

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9.0
Phy Phy

After trying half a dozen gaming headsets over the years, the Astro A40 2013 proved to be worth the money and more. They were the all the rage at the last LAN party I went to.

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2.0
lmnsflux lmnsflux

-CHEAPLY MADE / DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS; The following was my experience with Astro Gaming headset A40 (with Mix Amp Pro): Broke when simply shifting head size - plastic came away from frame & obviously wiring was effected because that side of headset was no longer functional (no sound). -NO...

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9.0
LateNightHunter LateNightHunter

These have been above and beyond my expectations for a headset. It integrates amazingly with my Xbox LIVE chat feature, as well as having great audio quality. Much cheaper and more practical than a surround speaker set. Pros: +Very high sound quality and the simulated surround sound is...

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9.0
Trewyy Trewyy

The A40s manage to deliver fantastic quality in all aspects of headset design. My only gripe with the actual headset is the padding that rests on top of your head - it feels cheap and there isn't enough cushion in that location. In all other aspects the A40 excels - with the only exception being...

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