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Astro Gaming A40 Audio System (black) by Review Summary ,  Jul 20, 2015

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Astro Gaming A40 Audio System (black)
Report Date: 12/17/2015
Based on 177 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.8
Returned or considering to return: 9.6%

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Individual Feature Rating
Gaming4.4   average
Comfortable4.3   average
Quality4.3   average
Audio4.2   average
Sound4.1   average
Price4.0   below average
Surround3.9   below average
Noise3.3   below average
Cable2.8   below average
Microphone2.1   mediocre


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Audio

Audio:
"now lets get to the ugly thingsfirst off, the set i bought, thankfully did not come with the mix amp, i say thankfully because eventually i got around to getting it and was very dissatisfied, the audio was much flatter and of a lower quality and sounds that aren't even that loud would cause it to crackle."
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"But, do not let the phenomenal audio quality fool you for a second; these are gamer tech thru and thru."
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"When I ordered mine, the mic and voice audio had problems within 2 months when i got it new."
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"Add the high quality construction with the spectacular audio, with the fact that each gamer can purchase Tags to customize their headset (buy them here: http: www."
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"The sheer range of these headphones are amplified tenfold with the MixAmp Pro, though, as plugging the headset directly into the 3.5mm headphone jack on my computer yielded a nice, if not as rich audio; plugging the headset into my phone was a joke, but I blame that more on my phone and less on the headset, but the real draw to the A40 is the MixAmp as it exponentially increases the quality of the headset."
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"While music is the benchmark I used, given music's range, I fired up some Battlefield Hardline and the explosions were masterful, there was not a single snap, crackle, or pop, and the small game or voice setting on the Mixamp really did isolate the voice of others online versus the actual game audio which is a feature perfect for streamers or Let's Players that are recording their content."
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"Quality and material is worth its price and the audio is crystal clear."
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"Good audio quality."
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Cable

Cable:
"I orederd these NEW When i received i was missing my 2.5m Cable... My splitters... My Power Cable...."
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"I had problems with the cord constantly getting tangled."
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"However, using a Monster Cable 3.5mm audio cable completely eliminated that issue, though the problem with the microphone remained."
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"I've also dealt with problems with the main cable connecting the headset to the mix amp."
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"My problems with the set up has been mostly due to faulty cables."
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"And the little cable that comes with the adaptor is needed as well."
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"For the money spent, we shouldn't have problems with failing hardware like cables so frequently."
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"In the end I leave my mixamp near the console and have one cable coming to me which I can easily remove if I need to get up and move."
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"-Comes with all cables and everything is detachable (good for pee breaks).-Hooked up to both my PC and XBone and everything works perfectly (even though it took a while to get everything set up right).-Seriously though, just get the Mixamp and get a separate better headset."
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"Mixamp Cons:-Kind of a lot of cables if you hook it up to both a console and your PC, but easily concealed with proper cable management."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"The sound isn't amazing like people say but it has a lot of comfort and it just doesn't put a strain on my ears."
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"I bought this set for my boyfriend for Valentines Day because he had been complaining that his head set would not be comfortable to wear for more than 20 mins."
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"They can also be comfortable worn for an extended period of time with out any discomfort."
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"the sound is fantastic and the headphones themselves are quite comfortable."
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"Other than that, amazing set of headphones on sound quality, unbelievably comfortable as well."
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"Other then that they are comfortable and do a great job, Also the microphone can be set to either side of the head set which is a great plus."
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"The comfort level is fantastic and the sound is just mind blowing."
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"Great headset, very comfortable"
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Connection

Connection:
"If there is anything negative to say about the headset is is with the connections on the headset itself, for both the 3.5mm plug into the MixAmp as well as the microphone."
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"I've also dealt with problems with the main cable connecting the headset to the mix amp."
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"Though problem is solved by connecting the usb power straight to an outlet adapter instead of to a PC.-Pretty damn expensive but not much alternatives out there."
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"It's a toslink plug that broke off inside the unit when someone hit the cord that was stretched out from the TV to the couch (downside of a wired connection)."
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"A40 Dying Light Edition comes with three interchangeable backs (two solid backs, one back with a small hole in it, allowing for the removable microphone) and are nice, especially since they are connected with small magnets and are very easy to change out."
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"If there is anything negative to say about the headset is is with the connections on the headset itself, for both the 3.5mm plug into the MixAmp as well as the microphone."
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"Connected to my third requirement was to have excellent battery options with a variety of options to use different batteries and efficient power consumption."
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"-Cables and connections are great."
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"Fat load of good it does me without the proper connections."
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Gaming

Gaming:
"Essentially valued at around $120 but I'd say it's fairly comparable to a Logitech G230 which is like $50.-Sound is fine for gaming, but pretty crappy for music movies."
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"But this is definitely not good for prolonged gaming."
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"For the purpose of all-around gaming, I doubt there will be much to complain about here."
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"Too much bass muddies up details, which is never good in competitive gaming."
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"Overall the A40 is one of the nicest and most impressive gaming headsets I have seen."
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"With one of the most aesthetically pleasing designs that can be found in gaming headsets, the A40 with the MixAmp Pro provides stellar audio reproduction regardless of whether you are listening to music, watching a movie, or gaming with friends; it simply is one of the best multi-role headsets available for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC Mac, and mobile devices that you can find."
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"I definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a great headset for gaming competitively."
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"I received the gaming headset in decent condition, But the mix amp didn't work and was fairly scratched."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"Looked it up and astro a40 mic has a huge failure rate."
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"Getting the mic tuned is frustrating - I run the mic through my pc mic jack and the sound through the mixamp."
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"However, using a Monster Cable 3.5mm audio cable completely eliminated that issue, though the problem with the microphone remained."
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"Others I spoke with would periodically report that there was some popping happening, but a quick rotation of the microphone in its jack on the left cup addresses the problem."
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"Don't want to send it in and would appreciate a working mic, as i still use it daily for gaming."
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"The headset works great, but the mic never worked, tryed literally everything."
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"Nice headset, but I have run into some issues with mic quality."
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"Other then that they are comfortable and do a great job, Also the microphone can be set to either side of the head set which is a great plus."
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"A40 Dying Light Edition comes with three interchangeable backs (two solid backs, one back with a small hole in it, allowing for the removable microphone) and are nice, especially since they are connected with small magnets and are very easy to change out."
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Noise

Noise:
"great headphones was hesitant on buying them seeing so many bad reviews for the 2013 edition ones but I went for it and they sound great, only problem I've had was a crackling noise when using the surround sound when I'm in a party chat with a bunch of people talking loud, but turning the game chat volume down did the trick."
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"I wasn't truly bothered by external noise, though it's not particularly great at it."
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"For the record, Astro has said they are working on a firmware update for the noise gate problems."
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"Freaking thing is horrible after 6 months nothing but hissing and popping noises this sucks I blew $200 on a product i thought was going to be a good product do yourself a favor and buy a wireless headset you wont regret it this cord just drives me nuts and gets in the way all the time gets ripped out of the audio jack all the time on the mixer am i recommending this no I wouldn't recommend this s*** on anyone WORTHLESS! "
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"The option of changing the levels of volume between in-game noise and chat is great."
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"It sounds very clear, tunes out any background noise, doesn't fade in and out."
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"Also, this set blocks out outside noise very well."
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"great headphones was hesitant on buying them seeing so many bad reviews for the 2013 edition ones but I went for it and they sound great, only problem I've had was a crackling noise when using the surround sound when I'm in a party chat with a bunch of people talking loud, but turning the game chat volume down did the trick."
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"As far as keeping external noise out, I found that while using the A40s, it did a decent job overall."
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Price

Price:
"price is ridiculous for the headset and don't get me started on the price to replace the cables."
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"Broke after 2 days, waste of money, that's why you buy stuff brand new!"
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"But A40's aren't worth the price and hassle."
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"At $199.99 for the A40 alone, I would not recommend it, as it is in a price range with some truly amazing headsets headphones like the PC360, HD598, Q701, DT990, etc."
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"For it's price it's not a good deal."
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"Quality and material is worth its price and the audio is crystal clear."
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"For the money spent, we shouldn't have problems with failing hardware like cables so frequently."
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"They're great quality, well worth the money! "
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"The headset itself is very comfortable the mix amp has some minor scratches headset is in great condition I would recommend this to anyone who needs a great cheap headset."
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"If you know what you're getting into with these headphones as far as price(I paid $200) and wires then I can easily recommend these cans for everything they do amazingly well."
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Quality

Quality:
"now lets get to the ugly thingsfirst off, the set i bought, thankfully did not come with the mix amp, i say thankfully because eventually i got around to getting it and was very dissatisfied, the audio was much flatter and of a lower quality and sounds that aren't even that loud would cause it to crackle."
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"I've received more complaints about my voice quality using these than any other pair."
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"The Astros quality wise were great but they had a broken wire."
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"PROS:Sound QualityVirtual 7.1 is goodHas a detachable cord between the headset and what ever device (which was already broken out of the box)CONS:Bad mic quality (friends sometimes cant here me and complain about various things with it)NOT USER FRIENDLYBroken parts out of boxOVER PRICEDNo game chat volume on headset wire(personal con) Useless features to me like streaming and daisy chainingSo to sum it up, they do have great sound quality and the detachable cord is great because thats what killed my last headset was the unattachable cord, it was a pair f DPX 21 Turtlebeaches which was almost exactly the same in terms of sound quality."
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"The sound quality is excellent, however I have encountered a problem where occasionally my sound will be distorted."
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"But, do not let the phenomenal audio quality fool you for a second; these are gamer tech thru and thru."
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"OR IF YOU WANT TO HAVE GREAT SOUND QUALITY THIS IS THE HEADSET TO BUY!"
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"They are great the quality is phenomenal, The sound is out of this world."
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"Other than that, amazing set of headphones on sound quality, unbelievably comfortable as well."
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"Nice headset, but I have run into some issues with mic quality."
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"You need to have the AMP if you want great sound quality, You can use it with out the AMP but your experience is going to be not very good."
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Service

Service:
"On top of that, their customer service is not great; that said it's gotten better as a year or two ago, the customer support side was atrocious."
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"I have 2 complete sets one has worked fine the other has had multiple problems and been back to astro for service and still doesn't work."
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"After much crying and cradling the broken headphones to my chest I contacted customer service and told them what had happened, asking if I could get them repaired."
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"Now I am very confused because during my set up of the headset with the services I could hear myself fine within the programs."
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"I want to think if you're certain you don't have any Internet service issues or other problems that might affect how this product works for you, it will give you the same experience it is for me."
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"Worst part is The customer service pretends that the quality isnt as bad as it really is, and everyone in the forums are unsupportive and unhelpful."
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"Also Amazons service was great."
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"Great service."
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"TLDR: Great headphones and best customer service I have ever experienced - well worth the price."
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"Amazon customer service is great, I am talking about having to deal with the manufacturer of this headset."
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"This part of customer service was again, amazing."
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Sound

Sound:
"Getting the mic tuned is frustrating - I run the mic through my pc mic jack and the sound through the mixamp."
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"The Mic had issues when it came to wind; I constantly have a fan going on me at my desk and when I would communicate with people online they would always complain about the wind sound, even though the headset was supposed to have been built to deal with that."
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"they sounded good, but it almost seemed like they didn't sound as good as they should."
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"Essentially valued at around $120 but I'd say it's fairly comparable to a Logitech G230 which is like $50.-Sound is fine for gaming, but pretty crappy for music movies."
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"omg... the worst headset i ever had i have sound card in my desktop and it doesn't work very well with it and i wear glasse and this headset huring my head so bad..."
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"Mic doesn't sound the best, (at least over Xbox Live.)"
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"the sound is fantastic and the headphones themselves are quite comfortable."
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"It's sounds great."
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"Great sound.."
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"OR IF YOU WANT TO HAVE GREAT SOUND QUALITY THIS IS THE HEADSET TO BUY!"
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"They are great the quality is phenomenal, The sound is out of this world."
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Surround

Surround:
"At least not as easy as telling from my home 5.1 surround system I have at home."
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"great headphones was hesitant on buying them seeing so many bad reviews for the 2013 edition ones but I went for it and they sound great, only problem I've had was a crackling noise when using the surround sound when I'm in a party chat with a bunch of people talking loud, but turning the game chat volume down did the trick."
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"I had simply never heard perfect 7.1 surround sound before, at least not in my own home."
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"All amazing headsets but if you're looking for a budget headset, I would hands down recommend the Razer Kraken Pro with razer's surround sound utility."
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"Also as I expected the sound quality and surround sound is superb and surprisingly well balanced."
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"What is really nice is that the mixamp pro comes with the A40 as a set which does all of the surround sound from what I've been led to believe."
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"The headset is expensive but it is well worth the price for anyone who wants to play multiplayer games as it gives an advantage with the clarity and surround sound capabilities"
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"worth the price and free two-day shipping one day shipping is worth the price rather than going through the AstroGaming website, works great for listening to music with phone as well, the surround sound beats turtle beach that's for sure!"
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Voice

Voice:
"I've received more complaints about my voice quality using these than any other pair."
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"When asked what the problem was they all told me that my voice sounded terribly muffled and unclear."
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"When I ordered mine, the mic and voice audio had problems within 2 months when i got it new."
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"Ive gamed online with friends and voice quality is clear and loud using all stock cables."
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"Some complained that the stock usb cable was reason for the bad voice but i seem to have no issue with it."
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"The recorded voice sounded completely crisp and clear on Audacity so I was rather confused to why I couldn't get my mic to work properly within these services."
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"Voice was clear, sound was in stereo, but also very clear."
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"USB cable: To power the Mixamp as well as for PS3 voice chat."
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