Turtle Beach XP Seven Vs Astro A40 Headset Comparison
MLG Drops its Sponsorship of the Astro A40s
Ever since the Astro A40s were dropped from the MLG and the Turtle Beach XP Sevens were picked up there's been a lot of talk about the difference between the two.
In defense of the XP Sevens, It's hard to go against a time-tested gamer favorite like the A40s, but I'll do my best to do a fair comparison of the two. You might be surprised at just how well they stack up.
Round 1: Sound Quality
It's hard to compare two products directly when it comes to sound quality simply because I have to use my own personal preference.
In terms of bass I really like what the Astro A40s have to offer. The base is clear and really sets itself apart from the XP Seven.
Mids and Highs:
While the A40s definitely have the better bass I would say that the Turtle Beach has better mid and high sound quality and surprisingly enough this leads to being able to hear footsteps more clearly.
While both microphones are removable I really like how the A40 mic can be used on both sides. Overall, both microphones do a good job of noise cancellation, are somewhat monotone, but get the job done.
The XP 7 features true Dolby 5.1 surround sound (USB through PC or Mac) and gives you the option to customize each speaker within the headset. The Astro A40s give you 7.1 Dolby Surround sound (TOSlink optical only). Overall you won't notice a difference between the two when watching a movie; however, I feel that the XP 7 does do a better job with directional sounds.
Round 2: MixAmp
While there are definitely more preset options available (8 vs. 4) to the Turtle Beach MixAmp I prefer the simplicity and style of the Astro A40 MixAmp. In addition, it's a lot more simple and natural to turn up the volume on the A40s. Overall the Turtle Beach volume is a little bit lacking.
The Turtle Beach comes with an Auxiliary output, a headphone jack, and the Xbox chat input whereas the A40s come with a headphone jack, Xbox chat input, auxiliary input, optical port, and the stream port.
In addition you can daisy chain the A40s mixamp while Turtle Beach is selling a separate chat product for daisy chaining several headsets.
Overall I have to give this round to Astro. I may just have to purchase a separate amp to use for the XP Seven.
Round 3: Build Quality and Additional Features
The Turtle Beach model comes with durable stitching and padding While the Stro Model comes with memory foam. I was left wishing that the Turtle Beach model had a bit more padding while the Astro A40s seem to be just about right. In addition overall the feel of the Turtle Beach headset felt a bit tight for my large head. After stretching them out over a couple of weeks, they seemed to loosen up.
Both headsets include removable plates for customization. For me, they are very similar. The A40's are magnetic while the XP Seven plates simply snap in. Turtle Beach has hinted at future support for plate customization through their website. This could be a solid option for teams hoping to upload their logos and print them on the plates.
The memory foam on the A40s is comfortable, but often times gets dirty. I really prefer the faux-leather memory foam feel of the XP 7. In addition the XP Seven ear buds are a bit deeper which does lead to better noise isolation. Ultimately, this makes them a bit more comfortable; however, they don't breathe quite as well as the A40s. Both have 40mm drivers. Ultimately which has the better ear buds may come down to your own personal preference.
While there are parts of the XP Seven headset that I think are more durable overall I feel that the Astro A40 headset is much more durable. The plastic construction just feels more solid.
My Final Thoughts
Both of these headsets have their pros and cons. I prefer the sound quality and customization of the Turtle Beach XP Seven and the Build Quality and MixAmp of the Astro A40s. Overall I feel that the Turtle Beach headset, for me, is more comfortable, Both come with a 1 year warranty and as of right now are very similar in price.
Ultimately, what's best for you may come down to your own personal preference. Which one do you like better? Don't forget to participate in our active discussion area below.
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