ASTRO Gaming A40 TR Mod Kit, Noise Cancelling Conversion Kit - Call of Duty
- Noise Canceling Ear Cushions
- Voice Isolating Mic
- Padded Headband
- Closed Back Speaker Tags
Product detailsColour:Call of Duty
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 20.8 x 11.5 x 8.9 cm; 150 Grams
- Release date : 8 October 2015
- ASIN : B014S0DULI
- Item Model Number : 939-001526
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Adapt the ASTRO A40 TR Headset to any situation with the Call of Duty Mod Kit. For loud environments such as pro tournaments, gamers can transform the A40 TR to a closed-back, noise-isolating headset with sealed Speaker Tags, synthetic leather ear cushions and headband, and a voice-isolating microphone eliminates background noise and focuses on only your voice for optimal team communication. All TR products are the Official Equipment of Call of Duty, the leading global console esports title
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Not really an "upgrade", but a side-grade.
The Astro A40 TR's ship with open earpads and earplates. This basically means you can hear your IRL surroundings almost like you're not wearing headphones at all. That may seem undesirable at first, but there are positives to that design. Far less ear fatigue with air reaching your ears regularly, and a more open sound stage give you a bit better depth to measuring enemy distances. This comes at the expensive of less bass and the possibility of background noise like city traffic interrupting your immersion.
These faux leather eapads that come with the Mod Kit, as well as the headphone plate do an exceptional job of sealing the headphone to my ears. I can actually feel the air pressure as I put on the headphones. It strongly muffles passive sounds, like traffic, running water, or a fan. Because of the air seal, low frequency sounds are much more prominent and your EQ presets may need to be adjusted to avoid too much boomy bass. And I have more noticeable trouble interpreting distance of sounds, even with Dolby Surround Sound enabled.
In short, make a preset with less bass for the these pads, and have a preset with more bass for your original pads. Don't throw your old pads, mic out. Keep them stored away because these are situational accessories.
One genuine con of this specific product is that while the ear cups are replaceable... the actual bit your ear sits on... where the noise comes from, is not. I would have liked if the backing was able to be replaced and included but it isn't. One obvious con is the price... £60 can buy you an entirely new pair of very decent quality headphones... thus not solving the problem it can easily solve, I would happily pay £20 for this, but £60 is really pushing the limits as to what I'd pay for it.
The ear cushions are the first thing I tried out as mine had seen better days and right off the bat they make the A40's sound a lot better with getting rid of background noise ie case fans, fan and phone hardly noticeable what so. Then I added the ear tags and for me that was too much background noise suppression and also if you push the ear cups on your ear, they create suction on your ear that annoyed me and made my inner ear feel like I was climbing to a cruising altitude of 30,000 feet which isn't my cup of tea while been a little sound whore but each to their own, but with the standard ear tags they are great and they also breathe a new lease of life into my 4 year old set of A40's which is good for the wallet.
Too anyone on the fence about purchasing these I would definitely recommend them even if it's just freshen up your saggy manky ear cushions, also the mic seems to be more sensitive than the original and if you are using a mixamp with the A40's you may have to change your sound profile I found the tournament preset better with these or just adjust your in game settings.
However they weren't that comfortable at all, and the worst part was that they seemed to make the sound get muffled a lot, I read online that this is quite a common issue. In addition, the new mic that is given in the MOD kit is of much lower quality than the one given with the headphones. The mic head with the original headphones was a sort of brass metal, where as this one was plastic and again produced a lower quality sound performance.
Overall if you are going for cosmetics, then maybe these are for you, but for comfort or for what should be a 'MOD/Upgrade' don't waste your money
I haven't tested the microphone in a party yet, but it is a little bit larger than the original, it naturally sits further from your face. Which I believe will be better in the long run, as I occasionally caught myself breathing into the old one haha!
Very comfortable fit too, they also don't seem to be slipping off my head as much as they used to either!
Overall, happy with my purchase, would recommend and like I say, generally improves immersion!
I put a red mod kit onto my white headset, at first I thought it looked weird, but now it's grown on me and I think it looks a lot better than before!