Did you guys see the new Astro A40TR, or am I behind? Looks interesting I was hoping they would add DTSX but nah.
I tried the A40 a few days ago at GameStop, I was surprised at the pleasing sound and comfort for a closed headphone. It's a bit higher priced because of the mic and gaming branding, but the sound isn't flawed: punchy, relatively low distortion and good clarity. At first there was terrible and LOUD garbled noise while testing it with my source (iPhone 5S), but that cleaned up moments after I put my phone into airplane mode (their kiosk isn't EMI shielded I guess). But yeah, despite the mall environment, use and abuse of a demo (headband had twisting memory from dangling by the cord), and crappy electronics, it sounded pretty good.
I'd test it and review if Astro sent me one
**** Dolby or DTS, we don't need a resultant signal in those formats, it's just that with CONSOLES (the source we focus on in this thread) we have to convert from that to something (like SBX headphone or whatever) intended to go to stereo headphones and still have surround imaging. HDMI could send a multichannel signal without encoding/compressing it into Dolby/DTS, but right now there aren't any devices on the market with an HDMI input and a DSP which can make a good headphone surround mix, much less also output that digitally to a stereo DAC.
Edited by Evshrug - Today at 1:17 pm