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ASTRO A40 PS5 Review (2021): Is It Good For The PS5?

For several years now, the ASTRO A40 has held one of the top spots for wired gaming headsets for any platform. Now that a new generation of gaming consoles has arrived, how does it perform for eager gamers diving into these new systems? Our ASTRO A40 PS5 review below looks at the pros and cons of the popular gaming headset, whether it’s the ASTRO A40 TR headset only or bundled with the MixAmp Pro.

ASTRO A40 vs MixAmp Pro Bundle Comparison Chart

ModelASTRO A40 TR X-EditionASTRO A40 TR + MixAmp Pro
 
Price
Frequency Response20 Hz – 20 kHz20 Hz – 20 kHz
DriverNeodymium 40 mmNeodymium 40 mm
MicrophoneUnidirectional, voice-isolating, flip-to-muteUnidirectional, voice-isolating, flip-to-mute
Positional AudioWindows Sonic Spatial Audio, Dolby Atmos for HeadphonesWindows Sonic Spatial Audio, Dolby Atmos for Headphones
SoftwareASTRO Command CenterASTRO Command Center
Connectivity3.5mm jack3.5mm jack
CompatibilityPC, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox Series XPC, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox Series X
ColorRed and blackBlack
Weight0.8 lbs0.8 lbs

Design and Comfort

The ASTRO A40 TR has a premium finish and lightweight comfort.

The ASTRO A40 TR has moddable components for easy customization. On the right is the MixAmp Pro.

There’s no denying that the ASTRO A40 TR is a premium gaming headset when you take it right out of the box. It has a fully adjustable padded headband and soft, breathable ear cushions, all made of durable premium materials. You might find the initial clamp to apply a bit too much pressure, though it gets comfortable in time, and even after long hours of wear. The cloth earcups have synthetic leather backing so it gives the right amount of pushback and the lightweight build is flexible without feeling delicate.

What makes the ASTRO A40 TR truly stand out from other PS5 compatible gaming headsets is its customizability. It has easily removable components, such as the Speaker Tags, ear cushions, headband and microphone. ASTRO offers the A40 TR Mod Kit as well as their online Speaker Tag Customizer to give users these personalization options. This can also effectively alter the headset’s performance, with a closed-back tag, voice-isolating mic and noise-cancelling cushions.

The ASTRO A40 TR + MixAmp Pro includes an additional accessory with the Game:Voice Balance feature, which essentially lets you adjust the ratio of in-game sound to voice chat for optimal volume. It has two large dials, one for volume and another for the balance. On its side are sockets for the various cables you can plug into the MixAmp, including optical, USB, Aux and stream, plus a PS4/PC switch.

Performance

The ASTRO A40 TR has Dolby Audio for 3D gaming audio.

The ASTRO Audio V2 delivers a neutral and extended frequency spectrum for smooth soundscapes.

If you want a loud gaming headset to get in the zone, the ASTRO A40 TR is one of the loudest you can get for the PS5. It’s tuned with ASTRO Audio V2, which has a wide frequency range for smooth, detailed audioscapes. Its flat profiles gives you booming bass without the distortion and highs that aren’t tiring on your ears. The MixAmp Pro further enriches its audio experience with Dolby Audio, which you can enable at the press of a button. Dolby Audio delivers cinematic 3D audio, allowing you to tell if zombies are moving behind you or whether that grenade went off on the right.

With these features and sound quality, the ASTRO A40 TR is great for gaming on the PS5, especially on FPS titles like Fortnite, Call of Duty: Warzone, etc. It’s also lag-free, so you can react quickly to audio tells, so its Tournament Ready tag is properly justified. You’ll get a lot more out of the ASTRO A40 TR on the PC due to the Astro Command Software, but it’s still outstanding on the PS5. Team-based games where communication is essential makes the MixAmp Pro bundle a must-have so you can get an ideal game and voice chat balance.

The swappable boom mic can placed on either left or right ear cup to suit your preference. It does a good job of picking your voice from the background, though it has a tendency to clip off some words. The ASTRO Mod Kit can enhance mic audio with its optimized voice isolating features, though you’ll need to decide whether the added cost is worth it.

Compatibility

The ASTRO A40 TR + MixAmp Pro has limited compatibility with the PS5.

The ASTRO HDMI Adapter for PlayStation 5 is needed for the MixAmp Pro to work properly.

Because the ASTRO A40 TR was released years before the PS5, it doesn’t have full functionality on the platform right from the start. Still, the gaming headset works perfectly just by plugging it into 3.5mm port of the PS5’s DualSense controller, though you might need to download a firmware update. Once done, you get the same crystal clear sound as you would on PC, Xbox One or PS4.

However, the ASTRO A40 TR + MixAmp bundle isn’t as well off since the PS5 does not have an optical port. The MixAmp requires an optical connection to enable EQ profiles, Game:Voice balancing and Dolby surround sound. To make it compatible, ASTRO released the ASTRO HDMI Adapter for PlayStation 5, which is a separate purchase that can push the total cost of the bundle way higher than ideal.

The MixAmp Pro TR also needs to be updated to the latest firmware, which you’ll have to do via the ASTRO Command Center software on PC or Mac. You’ll need to connect several cables from the MixAmp Pro to the adapter and more from the adapter to the PS5. Afterwards, you’ll need to go into the PS5’s Settings to configure its mic and audio output settings. ASTRO has a complete guide on their blog here.

Alternatively, you can use other HDMI adapters if they have an optical output and is compatible with your setup’s resolution and refresh rates. TVs or monitors with their own optical output with Dolby passthrough or bitstream also lets you connect the MixAmp Pro TR directly without the needs for an adapter.

Verdict

The ASTRO A40 TR sounds great on the PS5 but the MixAmp Pro requires extra setup.

You’ll be glad to know that the ASTRO A40 TR is essentially future-proof when it was released, since it does work perfectly for the PS5. Its sound quality is excellent and its comfort fit is amazing without being fatiguing on your head. However, the ASTRO A40 TR + MixAmp Pro requires an additional HDMI adapter in order to support game-voice balance and Dolby surround sound. Whether this is worth it really depends on your budget and if you already have a TV or monitor that has passthrough features.

FAQs

๐Ÿ“Œ Does the ASTRO A40 work on the PS5?

Yes, the ASTRO A40 and A40 TR gaming headsets work with the PS5.

๐Ÿ“Œ Is ASTRO making a new headset for the PS5?

Yes, ASTRO has released the A20 Gen 2 specifically for the PS5 and Xbox Series consoles. You can still use previously released ASTRO gaming headsets with the PS5, too.

๐Ÿ“Œ What does the A40 MixAmp do?

The MixAmp Pro TR enables game-to-voice balance adjustment, Dolby sound processing and EQ profiles. This also allows the ASTRO A40 gaming headset to deliver game sound and voice chat lag free.

๐Ÿ“Œ Can you use the ASTRO A40 without MixAmp on PS5?

Yes, you simply plug the ASTRO A40 into the PS5 DualSense controller’s 3.5mm port.

Last update on 2022-05-27 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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