Originally Posted by EVM
Ok, so Astro just released a new amp, it is wireless, and has 7.1 surround sound? What do you guys think about this one? Can it be chained with the E9 and still maintain the 7.1? Or is the 7.1 just an advertising gimmick?
I'll paste what I said on the other thread:
The original was already the equivalent of 7.1. Think about it. It only uses an optical digital input (which only does 5.1 DD). They realized they can get away with calling it 7.1 because it essentially already sounded like it.
I guarantee this will sound the same if not worse than the old Mixamp. Who knows what the bass expander will do, but otherwise I will call it first: Nothing better than the old Mixamp except it being wireless, and it having a bass altering option.
How is this any different than what all the wireless headsets like the Turtle Beaches (which does "7.1") do? NOTHING, with the exception of being able to use it with any headphone... and you all already know how 'great' those wireless headsets sound.... <_<<br />
Let's not forget our harder to drive headphones like the K701/K702 and 600ohm Beyers. You really think a battery powered device will do them any good? Adding an amp after the wireless Mixamp is gonna make it being wireless useless.
I can see this as a simple solution to other gamers who won't use anything but Astro headsets, but to us who want a little more quality, won't particularly find it being useful whatsoever.