Having both the PS4 and Xbox One, I decided to look into a alternative to the Astro Mixamp TR as I didn't want to purchase one of each since the new TR models are console specific.
The Turtle Beach Tac on sale for $150 is only $20 more than the Astro Mixamp yet works on both.
I know that you can actually use the Mixamp TR on both consoles if you put it into pc mode when using the console it's not designed for. I tried that and the Audio works fine but chat doesn't.
The tac on the other hand works great for game audio and chat.
Granted you have to plug a 3.5mm cable in for chat on the Xbox One but that cable is included.
Sound wise, after testing back and forth with my current Mixamp TR I find the tac to sound slightly better and have better positional audio.
In shooters you can pinpoint gunshots and footsteps a little better. It's true though that the Mixamp is louder as I typically have my mixamp at 50% volume but have the tac at about 60-65% to be comparable.
I do love the back little features on the tac as its helpful when playing in low light.
Also having all the chat features right at your fingertips via the sliders is a great feature. To do any customization on the mixamp you need to go to the Astro Command Center on your pc which is just an unnecessary additional step in my opinion.
Also if you have a higher ohm audiophile headset you may want the Mixamp instead based on the tac lower power.
I alternate between my Philips Fidelio X2 and Audio Technica AD700X headsets which are lower ohm 30 and 38 respectively and the tac drives them perfectly.
Great mixamp alternative in my opinion but not at its typical $199 price tag.
I originally purchased this as an in-line amp for a PS4 headset. The photos don't show the other end of the cable, I don't have an Elite Pro headset, and no description of the AMP anywhere that I could find actually described the connector.
So I took a chance and ordered it (because I couldn't find any photos anywhere else at all).
- Unfortunately I found that the other end is the proprietary Turtle Beach connector, presumably the same connector the Elite Pro headset has.While I'm sure it works fine for the intended purpose, neither the product description nor the photos gave me the information I needed to tell whether to order it or not.
- To bypass DTS Headphone:X, select Surround OFF. This will pass-through only the Front Left and Front Right audio channels. Any audio that would normally pass through other Surround channels will not be heard. The DTS Headphone:X Mode menu will be greyed out, and you will see the option to turn the Surround On, as shown in the image below.
- Superhuman Hearing
- Here you can manually engage Superhuman Hearing, or set a Hot-key so it can be conveniently engaged mid-game while you are away from the Turtle Beach Audio Settings Menu.