Games

Finally Got My A40’s

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For years now I have gamed on my PC using cheap headsets. Logitech over the ear headset with mic among other cheap alternatives. I could have used my Sharkoons which I used on my PS3 and PS4 but that would me unplugging it all and to be honest I have always wanted some Astro A40’s.

I have been  saving over the past few months for a new SSD and I finally got one for my OS before upgrading to Windows 10, unfortunately at only 500gb it wasn’t gonna cut it with my collection of games. I decided to use a little more saved cash and get a 1TB SSD which I thought would be big enough for my games. I was wrong and a 1.3TB would have been better, I removed a few unplayed games which got me down to 930GB. When I was buying the SSD an advert popped up with 20% off Astro’s and who can resist a bargain lol.

Anyway I have had them sitting in there box for a week and on Sunday night I finally had a little time to my self and got them setup.

Although I have only used them Sunday, Monday and yesterday night I can say the sound quality is great, although I still think my Sharkoons have better sound quality. They are a lot more comfortable then my Sharkoons though and the Mix Amp Pro takes all the strain out of setting up Voice over game sound and with the volume control it’s a joy to use.

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Games

Gaming Headset FTW

Over the past few years of my gaming life I have used a full surround sound system, that was until I moved in with my partner. My partner isn’t a gamer, and surround sound isn’t for her, she thinks stereo sound the same as Dolby 5.1, she also thinks HD is the same as SD. Well since our son came along 19 months ago, I have had to sit at night with the TV on its lowest volume whispering into my headset trying to be a team player. That was until now.

After countless views of reviews and everything, I decided to look around at a few gaming headsets. The few that had great reviews were:

  •  Madcatz Tritton AX Pro
  •  Madcatz Tritton AX 720
  • Astro A50
  • Astro A40
  • Official PlayStation 3 Wireless Stereo Headset
  • Sharkoon X-Tatic Digital

All had good points, and all had bad, the Official PlayStation 3 Wireless Stereo Headset has 7.1 but its virtual surround . I decided in the end to go with the Sharkoon X-Tatic Digital.

 I ordered them Friday 13th and received them Monday 16th Thanks to Amazon UK, price was under £100 and were the second least expensive but full Dolby Digital 5.1. The Madcatz Tritton AX Pro is £150 and the exact same headset as this and if it was the same price I would have ordered them instead.

 Setup was easy about 5 minutes and it’s a very straight forward headset with a lot of great features. You can set the volume on each speaker set, so front, rear, center and sub. You can adjust the volume for just the game sound or team comms.

 I first tested the sound on Virtual Fighter 5 which was only in Pro Logic, sound quality was load and clear, as I had just got it and I’m a typical bloke I of course pressed every button available (Not the greatest idea). I then played Warhammer 40k Space Marine which was 5.1 Dolby Digital and the guys I was playing with also told me the comms was clear as day. My friend who also owns a pair talked me through why I had too much Bass and no front sound, all due to the random button pressing.

 On Tuesdays I play Uncharted 2 which was also in 5.1 and I could hear the enemies from every which way chased them down and was the top scorer 3 games in a row

 Tonight I will be on Battlefield 3 which is also in full Dolby Digital 5.1, if I go off my current gaming experiences with this headset I’m expecting a much better night.

 See you on the Battlefield – BF3 – SNR Senior Gamers server.

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