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Astro A40TR any good for PC gaming?

Discussion in 'Sound City' started by Mr G, Dec 28, 2018.

  1. Mr G


    Joined: May 21, 2018

    Posts: 388

    Just gifted my HyperX Alphas to my daughter and just noticed the Astro A40 TR's on offer, any good? Reviews say so but would like your feedback for use with PC.
  2. EsaT


    Joined: Jun 6, 2008

    Posts: 4,632

    Location: Finland

    99% of gaming headset "reviews" are pure advertising, or "blind guiding deaf".
    They're comparable to if CPU and GPU reviews didn't have single measurement.
    Without even any comparison to known quality products.
    (if **** is all you test, of course some **** is winner)

    And if you don't actually need microphone, completely forget headsets and look for headphones.
    You can get good headphones from actual audio makers for less than gaming branded trinkets!
    With multiple good choises at £100 price level.

    Though closed design is major challenge to sound quality even for actual audio makers.
    So of course gaming trinkets are all closed ones, because it allows easily achieving strong bass which is good for selling garbage.
    Of course if you have noisy environment, then closed design is needed for isolating background noise.
    But otherwise there's no sense to purposely take drawbacks for sound quality.

    With binaural sound good open headphones give even good feel of distance besides directionality.
    Assuming listener's head shape is close to average.
    (if PC sounds had advanced even 1/5th of graphics we would have had head shape customizable HRTF for years)

    So do you have any actual need for microphone?
    Do you have quiet or noisy environment?
    Would you prefer neutral bass with maximal details, or some above neutral punchiness in bass?