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Copying this from amazon.com because it is spot on, they will do until the actual proper earpads come back in stock (only reason i bought these as it was urgently needed, the proper one had completely torn off)
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 of the pros of an idea like this is that you can save money in the long run by avoiding having to buy new headphones if the various elements that make up headphones fail or degrade.
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.
Love the Astro A40 TR headphones already but these gave them a bit more style. They definitely work for isolating sound. The new mic is a little longer than the original which is a bonus because I don't know how many times I hadn't positioned the old one properly and was talking to myself with no response. Comfortable and installation couldn't be easier. Everything snaps off and back in with little to no effort.
Hope this helps any other Astro users sitting on the fence. Most definetly an upgrade. The only issue is whether you want to spend the money I guess.
I've had A40's for years, before things like these kit's where available, so I was a bit sceptical about buying these thinking they wouldn't be worth the money as I didn't won't or need the mic, ear tags or headband cushion and thought the so called noise cancelling they claim would be negligible at best, But I will admit that I was completely wrong on all counts.
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.
So I have owned my Astro A40 TR's for about a year, but I just don't find the ear cups that comfortable, so I decided to buy this MOD kit as the ear cups are synthetic leather and thought they would be more comfortable than the material ones that are provided.
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 got this as a bit of a treat to myself as I've always wanted one since I saw that they were a thing, I just never justified the price! Having bought them though, I wish I had bit the bullet sooner! The astro a40trs are arguably the best headphones you can get, but these take them a step further, the noise cancellation is great now! (Not that it was bad before) I noticed the side bits have a rubber seal now, and with the inner pieces being leather make the NC so much better. I got so lost in a game the other day that I didn't notice somebody come into my room and start talking for a good few minutes! Haha. I was more immersed in the game than I've ever been! 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!
I like the leather earcups but the noise isolating tags start to give me a headache after a while so I reverted to the standard tags. The microphone is good quality and to be honest I don't even notice the headband so that is probably a good thing too. I would probably wait until it's on sale before buying it though as the retail price is hard to justify (especially given you just shelled out for an expensive pair of headphones).
for 59.99 that is a lot for a mic 3 pads and 2 cpus but after changing them over they block out all unwonted noise as well as look call the leather cpus don't even make my ears sweet that was nice but the best part is the mic others said it sounds so much clearer and better then the one that comes with the headset all in all worth it as easy to come off and clean as well