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Mixamp 5.8 arrived!!!
Will record quick unboxing/setup video in case it might be neat on Youtube, but I'm gonna shower first...
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Originally Posted by Evshrug View Post

Mixamp 5.8 arrived!!!
Will record quick unboxing/setup video in case it might be neat on Youtube, but I'm gonna shower first...

 

Gotta be clean to look pretty on camera.

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Gotta be clean to look pretty on camera.
I just wanted to keep hair grease away from new stuff... D'you think I should shave or... le gasp... Put pants on before the video?!
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I just wanted to keep hair grease away from new stuff... D'you think I should shave or... le gasp... Put pants on before the video?!

 

Well you did use 3 exclamation marks, so you sound super excited. Pants may help keep other fluids from getting onto the new gear. Can't be too cautious.

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Good thing I went for pants, as I decided that putting the box on the floor and my camera on a chair for an overhead view would be good.

Unboxing First impressions:
  • Tons of effort into cool box design and product reveal. Fun unboxing!
  • Seems to be some fine sawdust in my package... Didn't think any of the package contents were responsible, but a non-issue.
  • HOLY CABLES MOTHERLOAD, BATMAN!
  • Aw crap, AAA batteries... I've got tons of rechargeable AA's, guess I'll get Astro's pack next paycheck. Interesting to note, the included AAA batteries have an expiration date of 08/2016... Might be able to guess how long this box has been in storage if I can see what the average expiration time is on new off-the-shelf batteries.
  • I'm having trouble figuring out how to open the Rx to put batteries in...
  • Seems like MY A30's might be defective too. Haven't listened to them yet, but if I shake them, the driver inside the right earcup rattles around. Not a good first impression, especially for an intitially + $220 product! I would be disappointed if I hadn't gotten mine on sale and hadn't intended to use other headphones anyway...
  • Otherwise, the A30's are cool. Velour earpads, nice design, glossy and matte finishes, design "tags" are cool and attach securely, good headband padding, and I like how they fold the earcups. If I wasn't concerned about the loose driver, these would be outwardly "cool."
  • Played a test song (John Legend's "Made To Love") from my iPhone 5S... First thought was "this feels closed in." Now, I'm pretty used to open headphones, so this can't compete on soundstage, but it's also a bit dark and a reminder about what "average" detail and separation sounds like. That said, it was only about half the song and a bit of turning up the volume before I got used to this chocolaty sound... It fails to impress, but it pleases. As long as I have my head tilted left...
  • Bass drops off significantly in the right earcup if I keep my head straight, and destroys the imaging, because the driver tilts away. It's funny, because it doesn't always come loose... But by the same token, sometimes it gets stuck in the "wrong" position. I'm actually sad, because though they lack soundstage, they are fun and non-fatiguing to listen to.


So Mad, I'm going to contact Astro now about servicing the A30's, how about you?
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I'm going to return my Astro a30's + 5.8 mixamp for a refund. It annoys me that the PS3/PC chat cable works but the voice chat volume is too low for my tastes. A workaround is to use the Turtle Beach PS4 chat cable which makes chat louder but then I have to walk around my place with the PS4 controller and 2 cables hanging from the 5.8 RX unit. I've gone ahead and pre-ordered the Gold PS4 headset from Amazon since I had $22 credit. The Astro 5.8 has better sound than the Gold PS4 headset but for me, I'd rather have a completely wireless and hassle free experience. I can also sell the Gold PS4 headset a lot easier than the Astro's once Sony releases their yet to be announced Platinum headset.

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Originally Posted by Evshrug View Post

Good thing I went for pants, as I decided that putting the box on the floor and my camera on a chair for an overhead view would be good.

Unboxing First impressions:
  • Seems like MY A30's might be defective too. Haven't listened to them yet, but if I shake them, the driver inside the right earcup rattles around. Not a good first impression, especially for an intitially + $220 product! I would be disappointed if I hadn't gotten mine on sale and hadn't intended to use other headphones anyway...

 

I feel for you, man! I recently received an impulse buy on Saturday, myself... and had to ship it back, today, due to a left driver issue :(

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Rumbly bass tho, better for music than gaming hahahah! Well, I'm a git foods smily_headphones1.gif
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I already have the Xonar U3, Xonar U7 and X-fi Go Pro! . I also have the Razer Surround Software.

 

Besides these, which external sound card do you recommend for surround sound ?

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So, I'm still looking for a portable over-ear/on-ear. This was my impulse buy...

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

The sound from the left driver was noticeably low (when compared to the right)... and there was a bad crinkling from inside both drivers during adjustment. It really is a shame because after researching I knew these were it. I did, however, love what was coming from the working right driver... so I arranged for a replacement.

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Originally Posted by Change is Good View Post
 

So, I'm still looking for a portable over-ear/on-ear. This was my impulse buy...

 

The sound from the left driver was noticeably low (when compared to the right)... and there was a bad crinkling from inside both drivers during adjustment. It really is a shame because after researching I knew these were it. I did, however, love what was coming from the working right driver... so I arranged for a replacement.

Interesting choice. I'm sure we'll all be interested in hearing your thoughts when you get yourself a good working pair.

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Originally Posted by Change is Good View Post
 

So, I'm still looking for a portable over-ear/on-ear. This was my impulse buy...

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

The sound from the left driver was noticeably low (when compared to the right)... and there was a bad crinkling from inside both drivers during adjustment. It really is a shame because after researching I knew these were it. I did, however, love what was coming from the working right driver... so I arranged for a replacement.

 

Interesting. I dislike the K550 but I await your impressions when you have a working pair.

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Originally Posted by AxelCloris View Post
 

 

Interesting. I dislike the K550 but I await your impressions when you have a working pair.

 

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Originally Posted by roguegeek View Post
 

Interesting choice. I'm sure we'll all be interested in hearing your thoughts when you get yourself a good working pair.

 

Definitely!

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There were a handful of reasons I didn't like the K550, but sonics were definitely not one of them. Bad seal on my medium sized head was the biggest. Let's see how these do.

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Originally Posted by Change is Good View Post

So, I'm still looking for a portable over-ear/on-ear. This was my impulse buy...
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

The sound from the left driver was noticeably low (when compared to the right)... and there was a bad crinkling from inside both drivers during adjustment. It really is a shame because after researching I knew these were it. I did, however, love what was coming from the working right driver... so I arranged for a replacement.
It's such an attractive headphone, and certainly a capable one... But the community is divided about liking the signature or not. I've met people from both camps, but not heard it myself yet.

Getting on the Xbox again, this time with the 5.8 amped via FiiO E12 and my K712... Should be pretty ultimate! The noise has a pretty soft/rounded/even sound with little texture, so it's not offensive. Just reminds me of my noise-canceling headphone, but a little quieter.

Any volume setting suggestions for power-amping?
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