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Astro Gaming A30 Circumaural Wired Headset + MixAmp Pro - Black

  • Customizable speaker tabs
  • Dolby Digital 7.1
  • Multi-system compatibility
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Pro F.
  • 12/17/2014 9:08:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDon't buy it! It's a trap!

This review is from: Astro Gaming A30 Circumaural Wired Headset + MixAmp Pro - Black

Pros: The Headset

+Headset is comfortable on my ears
+Sound quality is acceptable... when not plugged into the mixamp

The Mixamp

+It has a knobs, they feel nice to turn.
+Wires Wires Wires for everything.

The Packaging

+Made me feel special as I unboxed it

Cons: The Mixamp

-Frustrating to set up. If you're a PC gamer like I am, then you need to make sure your optical out on your computer cooperates with you. I had to fight to make the stupid Mixamp works with my PC, all because it only supports ONE and only ONE type of signal: Dolby Digital. Now ok, that's fine that it supports one signal, even though from what I hear all they'd have to do is update the software to allow DTS and other digital signals, but is it really necessary that when your computer isn't outputting the right signal that the mixamp needs to output this annoying clicking and humming sound?

-The wires, specifically the USB one, is garbage. I had to go through at least 4 different mini usb cables until I found one that would let me even power the thing on. Using a USB 3.0 Port does not solve the issue, so don't even try telling me thats the answer as many have tried already. Remember when I talked earlier about the clicking and humming sound? Happens here too when your wire won't power the device.

-From time to time the Mixamp would suddenly drop power altogether, leaving me silent and without music. After the RMA it did not happen again... because I used it for only an hour before I threw it back in the box! :(

-Mic sounds terrible through it. My friends have noted how different the quality is when not plugged into the mixamp.

-When I talk, the mix loops my own voice back into my ears with the mixamp. And that is really really really annoying and you can't turn it off!

-Why can't I just bypass the Mixamp and plug the mic directly into my computer? I get this annoying grounding issue when I tried that using the quick disconnect cables, so It's either use the mixamp, or don't use it at all.

-Mic is processed as only mono even though it's a stereo mic. What's the deal with that?

-The Build quality was dreadful. I left the plastic film on when I got the RMA'd mixamp back because the button graphics would rub off when i was actually using it.

Overall

Other Thoughts: Feels like a huge waste of money. It's depressing to know they're trying to sell this thing for over $100. it's more like a kids toy than it is an actual sound device. Never again Astro. Never again.

All of my friends bought the A30's and Mixamp, but they all have earlier versions and they work perfectly. They all talked so highly of Astro, like no one could touch them.

I was one of those unlucky saps who got the Mixamp 2013 version. Just look at my cons above.

I know I complained about the Mic. According to other reviews online, Astro representatives will try to tell you the mic quality is "acceptable" through the Mixamp. Really?

When I gave up on the mixamp and plugged the headset directly into my computer (Bypassing the mixamp) The jump in quality was amazing. Like I said I already RMA'd it once, literally got it back today and since I CANNOT return it, the least I can do is just warn you all about this.

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  • Jeffrey B.
  • 8/23/2014 6:02:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGreat Headset

This review is from: Astro Gaming A30 Circumaural Wired Headset + MixAmp Pro - Black

Pros: meh, good sound

Cons: Not comfortable at all for an average size head.

Other Thoughts: Looks great on paper. I returned these for the Razor Tiamat. Never been happier.

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  • David W.
  • 3/16/2014 11:48:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsNot worth the price

This review is from: Astro Gaming A30 Circumaural Wired Headset + MixAmp Pro - Black

Pros: - Very light on the head
- Comfortable to wear for long periods of time
- Changeable earpiece covers

Cons: - I found the cord would always get twisted no matter what I tried to do.
- After about 2 months the earpiece screws broke on the right ear so i had to tap it back on for temporary use (Screws are too small)
- mic picks up sound through earpiece constantly throughout skype/mumble/vent etc.

Other Thoughts: 175$-200$ is no where near what these should be priced

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  • Julian L.
  • 3/9/2014 10:43:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat versatile gaming/media headset

This review is from: Astro Gaming A30 Circumaural Wired Headset + MixAmp Pro - Black

Pros: Comfortable, lightweight, VERSATILE, sturdy build quality, and most importantly amazing sound quality for the size/price of the set. Also, you can use them as normal headphones without looking like you came from another planet.

I notice some reviewers say the on-ear design of the A30s is uncomfortable, it might just be a matter of taste because when I wear them I don't even notice them. When I use around-the-ear headphones my ears get hot because they are trapped in the cups, but the smaller on-ear set covers only the portion that sound enters, and keeps my ears from overheating over long hours of use.

Cons: Does not include cable with secondary microphone and smart phone/mp3 player control. However, you can buy this cable at MSRP for only $9.99 so I'm sure you can find it elsewhere for an even cheaper price.

Other Thoughts: Versatility: I bought this set because I wanted a high quality 7.1 headset to use with my PC, consoles, AND my MP3 player / phone. Let's face it, most gaming headsets are not meant to be worn in public, many times they need to be connected via USB to work, and most of the time they are just too bulky and don't have detachable microphones, preventing them from being acceptable "non-gaming" headphones. The A30s are on-ear, so they are nice and small, and they use a simple 3mm jack to get sound out of any device. Instead of looking like giant flamboyant gamer headphones, the sleek design looks more like that of a high-end audio company's set (Bose meets Audio Technica).

Microphone: The (boom) microphone quality is good. By testing the quality using recording software, I found the input quality to be higher than expected. My voice came through crystal clear with minimal background noise, this is from a detachable microphone!

Sound: To be able to say a headset sounds good, you need to have access to high quality headsets to test them against. In my case, I tested the A30s against my Sennheiser HD 380 Pro phones. The HD380 Pros as of today are $199 on Newegg just for headphones, they are also so large and heavy. I would never wear them in public. Of course, the HD380s sound a little bit better than the A30s, but not by as much as I thought they would. For $199 MSRP you can get the A30 + the Mixamp Pro to use for your PC or consoles as an external virtual surround card/mixer.

Conclusion: If you are a gamer looking for a headset with a virtual surround enhancer who also needs a nice pair of on-the-go headphones, these are your best choice.

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  • Terrell T.
  • 2/19/2013 2:11:15 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks with Ubuntu 12.10

This review is from: Astro Gaming A30 Circumaural Wired Headset + MixAmp Pro - Black

Pros: Good sounding, I guess. I got these to work on Ubuntu 12.10.

Cons: A little pricey. The manual doesn't say anything about PC setup, it only mentions xbox and playstation.

Other Thoughts: Make sure you have all the necessary Pulseaudio addons installed. I had to install some to find the config and set up the mic. I almost RMA'ed these because I thought I wouldn't be able get these to function fully.

I use these to game on Linux( Steam Linux beta).
This is an update to a previous review

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  • Terrell T.
  • 2/18/2013 7:45:26 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsOk i guess

This review is from: Astro Gaming A30 Circumaural Wired Headset + MixAmp Pro - Black

Pros: Sound good, I'm no audiophile though. Can get pretty loud. The amp looks cool on my desk, people keep asking what it is.

Cons: I can't seem to get the microphone to work. The set uses a duplex cable with a splitter for the signal and mic. The mic loops back into the phones and I can hear myself but my computer is not getting any mic signal or the mic is just really quiet.

Oh and these are NOT circumaural, unless you have the ears of an infant, these are supra. See other thoughts on this.

Other Thoughts: The manufacturer website/manual claims these will work with linux. It is recognized on usb for output only. No mic.

They fit comfortably over my glasses. Better than other circumaural sets I've owned.

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