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In a standpoint of personal preference, what is better? Astro A40 (no mix amp) or these? Just in terms of quality of sound and comfort? Any excess information would be greatly appreciated as well!
These are hands down better. Without the mixamp the A40's tend to have far too heavy bass and poor balance. The Sennheiser's on the other hand sound excellent even on default motherboard sound. With the mixamp the A40's sound pretty nice but still not up to the Sennheiser's sound. The mics are also radically different. The A40 has a weird compression and can tend to be too boomy as well as cutting off the beginning of sentences. The Sennheiser has an excellent microphone and has none of the weird compression and cutting off that happens with the A40's. The Sennheiser's and A40's are about even in terms of comfort (subjective) but the Sennheiser's have a much sleeker professional look while the A40's have a rectangular design that can seem strange and too gamerish. For $119 the Sennheiser's are a steal.
Do you think a pair of these with a mixamp would work well for xbox? My A40's are going on 8 years old and you can't find replacement pads anymore... They're kinda gross. Plus they're a little long in the tooth nowadays.