Astro releases 2013 Edition MixAmp Pro and A40

| November 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

Fresh off the debut of their wireless A50 gaming headset, Astro has released updated versions of the A40 headset and their flagship product, the MixAmp Pro. The 2013 Editions feature several new improvements, yet the price remains the same at $249.99 for the bundle. This also means a price drop to $199 for the old versions.

So what would you be paying an extra $50 for?

For the A40’s, it seems they have taken customer input to heart with their updated Quick Disconnect (QD) cable system. Instead of using their proprietary cable jack, the A40 now uses a standard 3.5mm jack. This makes it possible to easily swap out the cable if you ever have the need or desire. The A40 also has improved sound quality after the re-tuning of their drivers and new ear cushions.

The MixAmp Pro has also received its fair share of improvements, and I don’t think any gamer could go wrong with this product. Here’s a look at what’s new:

Stream Output – Perfect for livestreaming or game capture, the Stream port is a 3.5mm jack that combines the Dolby mixed Game Audio with both incoming and outgoing Voice Chat into a single output to go into a PC mic input or video capture devices.

Custom Audio Profiles – Like the ASTRO A50, the MixAmp Pro now has a new control allowing users to switch between 4 pre-set Audio Profiles – Pro, Core, Media and Sports. Soon ASTRO users will be able to create and share their own custom audio profiles via astrogaming.com as well.

1. Pro – ASTRO’s pro gaming mode, created with our pro teams and players to provide the best sound profile for competitive gaming, accentuating details like footsteps and respawns in an immersive surround sound experience.

2. Core – Hear your games just as the developer’s intended with no extra processing or balancing.

3. Media – Best for watching movies or listening to music, accentuating vocals and bass.

4. Sports – Put yourself in the stadium, whether playing sports games or watching sporting event on TV.

Smaller Form Factor – The MixAmp is smaller and more portable now for LAN and Pro Gaming events. We’ve removed the ability to use batteries too since this device is always used in close proximity to gaming devices that can provide USB power. We also removed some legacy audio formats like RCA and Coax digital that were used by a very small percentage of our customers.

New Optical Port – A more reliable 3.5mm optical port is now being utilized, taking care of issues a small number of MixAmp users had experienced previously with our Toslink optical port.

Core ASTRO Functionality Remains Intact – The new MixAmp still does everything you expect: Dolby 5.1 and 7.1 decoding, Dolby Headphone Surround encoding, Game:Voice Balancing, MP3 Input, Daisy-Chaining of unlimited units, and of course Multi-Platform Compatibility allowing the device to be used on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Mac and anything else with an optical digital or 3.5mm analog output.

For an extra $10 you can get the new or old A40 in several custom skins including Assassin’s Creed, Metal Gear Solid, and MLG.

[via Official Astro Blog]

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