Astro Gaming Headphones

Discussion in 'Ask The Experts' started by jimmyboi, Sep 17, 2010.

  1. jimmyboi

    jimmyboi New Member

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    Hi

    Although Astro Gaming Headphones are not sold on here in the UK, I was wandering if someone could tell me if the Astro Gaming Headsets/Amps are any good? Although I spend a lot of time gaming, I watch a lot of movies (probably 50/50 split). Currently using Sennheiser RS140, and fed up with them. If the Astro Gaming is no good, perhaps someone could recommend an alternative set up. Budget is around the £200- £300.

    Much appreciated
    James
     
  2. RobinHiFi

    RobinHiFi Super Moderator

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    Hi James,

    I have not personally tried any of these products so I'm afraid I cannot help you with this particular product line. Please have a look at this excellent headset which we have been steadily supplying to Pro gamers in the UK and USA with very favourable feedback.

    Beyerdynamic MMX300 Gaming Headphones (MMX 300)
    £329.95

    A very similar headset is used by pilots.

    I hope this helps:)
     
  3. jimmyboi

    jimmyboi New Member

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    Thanks for the fast reply. Would you recommend an amplifier to go with these, or use them on their own?

    Also, I've been considering in-ear headphones recently, have you had any experience gaming with this type of headphone?

    Cheers
    James
     
  4. RobinHiFi

    RobinHiFi Super Moderator

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    You shouldn't need an amp as long as you have a good headphone output as they have a low impedance (32ohm) but there is a USB powered output included for those who can use it. If volume is the issue you could use the excellent FiiO E5 Headphone Amplifier in Black £19.95 which gives a basic clean boost.

    Obviously in ears are used all the time for portable gaming - the big difference between in ears and full size headphones is in where the brain perceives that the sound is coming from. Contemporary Hifi headphones like the Ultrasone Edition 8 and the Beyer T1 work really hard to give a natural feeling that the sound is coming from the direction you are facing and a realistic stereo image giving the impression you are in a room type space with the sound. In ears do not perform this trick as well - although they can create an excellent and vivid 3D image it always feels like this is in your head, somehow this means they never seem as "real".

    For gaming I would go for an IEM with excellent separation and wide sound stage for an immersive experience you want the best and widest stereo image possible.

    Here are a couple of good choices that fit this brief -

    Audeo PFE 012 Perfect Bass Earphones in Black (PFE-012)

    £79.95


    Westone UM3X In-Ear Isolating Headphones with Replaceable Cable

    £279.95

    Hope that helps!
     
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