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Also, if anyone could help me with this issue: the PS3 does not have a 3.5mm microphone jack, so I would have to go the USB route. However, my setup is in the living room and I don't have a desk or table to set a boom or stand mic on. Is there some sort of 3.5mm-to-USB adapter that would work for the Zalman clip-on mic? Or is there another option I should consider?

Thanks so much for your help![/QUOTE]

If you do get the mixamp, you plug it into the USB of your Ps3. Then you plug the optical cable into the mixamp. Then you can plug any headphone with a 3.5 mm plug into a Y adapter ( two 3.5 mm jacks to one 3.5 mm plug ) with a clip on mic into the other 3.5 mm jack. This Y adapter then plugs into the headphone jack of the mixamp.
post #47 of 64
^^ Thank you Palpatine. The Mixamp may be in the cards for me at some point in my future, but for now it was just a little more than I wanted to spend. I ended up getting a 3.5 to USB adapter and that is doing the job for now (along with Fragtality's AD700 boom mic mod).
post #48 of 64
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I use the mixamp though and I love it, it seems to have enough power for my DT770, at first I was worried but not anymore. I wouldn't go near the a40 headset for obvious reasons . Even on AVS forums one of the astro heads recommended picking up a pair of headphones with the mixamp(or so I have heard).

I have only used the mixamp with closed Headphones
DT770 Pro/250ohm
MDR-7506
With the DT770 Pro/250ohm are you able to get incremental increases in the volume until the master volume control is turned all the way to the right? Does the game/voice feature fully work? A member of AVS forum used the mixamp with the DT880 250ohm version and volume maxed out at the 2 o'clock position (and game/voice mix at 12 o'clock).

I wonder if there are variances in power from mixamp to mixamp and if the new version's power - which came out in Fall '09 - is any different than the older model. I purchased mine in Feb '10 and playing COD4 with the AD700s or HD595s anything above 1/8 volume hurts my ears.
post #49 of 64
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New unboxing video released

Sennheiser PC 300:

 

post #50 of 64
I didnt notice if you said but is there a mute for the mic. That is my main problem with the zalman currently is that I cant live without a mute.
post #51 of 64
I currently have the astro mix amp.

Does anyone else make a mix amp for gaming that is better?

Thanks
post #52 of 64
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I didnt notice if you said but is there a mute for the mic. That is my main problem with the zalman currently is that I cant live without a mute.
No, the PC300 does not have a mute switch for the microphone. Though if you are connected to your laptop, you could simply unplug the mic jack when you want to mute, and if you are playing xbox 360 with the steelseries adapter you could unplug the mic from the controller.
post #53 of 64
Can the ax720 amp and the hpx from turle beach be used together. This would be possible with the stereo/mic adapter with the hpx, attached to the breakaway part of the ax720 cord.
I just didnt know if the ohms would be right or not.

I didnt want to spend $80 on the hpx until I know they will work.

ps-this is my xblive id too, the 0 is the number zero, if ur on there hit me up if have any questions about this.
post #54 of 64
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Can the ax720 amp and the hpx from turle beach be used together. This would be possible with the stereo/mic adapter with the hpx, attached to the breakaway part of the ax720 cord.
I just didnt know if the ohms would be right or not.

I didnt want to spend $80 on the hpx until I know they will work.

ps-this is my xblive id too, the 0 is the number zero, if ur on there hit me up if have any questions about this.
Aren't the jacks on the AX720 audio controller different sizes, one 3.5mm and the other 2.5mm? If so you will need a adapter, which you pick up at radio shack. Also, I think those jacks are pretty close together so I'm not sure how easily the plugs will fit in there side by side.
post #55 of 64
How's the Steelseries Siberia compare to the others? I just got a headphone variant of them, and they sound very relaxed and pleasing on the ears though I don't yet know how well they fare for gaming. This is the OLD Siberia, not the V2. I needed a smaller cup, since the first version is 40mm, while the new one uses 50mm drivers.
post #56 of 64
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Aren't the jacks on the AX720 audio controller different sizes, one 3.5mm and the other 2.5mm? If so you will need a adapter, which you pick up at radio shack. Also, I think those jacks are pretty close together so I'm not sure how easily the plugs will fit in there side by side.
The jacks are both 3.5mm for audio/mic, the controller jack(for xbox) is 2.5mm but its of no concern because its on the side of the inline audio controller. The picture is crappy but you can see the jacks have enough room.

I know the hpx is multi speaker and the ax720 isnt, but the astro mixamp powers the the hpx, when the astro mixamp+astro40s are a 2 speaker setup just like the ax720. My only concern is really if the ohms from the hpx and the ax720 amp are some crazy different ohm specs that wont work with each other.

HPX-2 Headset & Cable for Stereo PC Sound Cards is the one I would buy.
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anyone /\/\ ?
post #58 of 64
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I've never personally handled the HPX-2 attachment, so I don't know if it would fit or not. And I haven't tested the HPX with the AX720 decoder box so I don't know if it will be driven properly.

And Mad Lust Envy, my review of the Siberia V2 is in another thread I made on this site, just search for posts by me.
post #59 of 64

I've been really tempted with the Astros, as my friend keeps telling me they are the best. (I don't really take his word for it). So I came here.

 

If I get what you're saying, the sound quality of the A40's aren't BAD, but they're bad for the price. As in a cheaper would be worth it.

 

I was also looking at the A30's. I was curious if the sound quality matched the A40's. Because that way it's cheaper for the same quality of sound.

 

Also, if I got the A30 bundle with the mix amp, I could always sell my A30's and just buy better headphones for an upgrade later on, and keep the mix amp. I know this seems pointless, and some might say "why not just buy a mixamp and get a different headset off the bat". But with the bundle, that means the headphones are only about $80, and I think $80 for the A30's would be a lot better.

 

Astro recently released a wireless mix amp, and I'm curious as to if that is as praised if not more praised as the old wired Astro mix amp.

 

Thanks in advance :]

post #60 of 64
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Hi Jayxombie,

 

I actually have reviews on all products you are considering. To make it easy you can either go to my youtube channel: http://youtube.com/mlgsteggy and i just recently threw all of my written reviews on a blogspot site, http://techwhatever.com

 

But yes, your post is correct. I don't find the A40's sound to be offending or anything, I just think that the sound doesn't reflect the 200 dollar price tag. I have reviewed the A30's though like I said, and I'm actually a much bigger fan of this headset. Cheaper, better sound signature, similar sound clarity, and much more versatile. I wouldn't hesitate for a second recommending the A30, it's a great all around headset.

 

And if you watch my mixamp 5.8 review, there isn't a real noticeable sound degradation going from the wired mixamp to the wireless, though a slight change of sound signature. But what it basically boils down to is what kind of setup you're trying to implement the mixamp into. I explain it better in the video.

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