Universal Astro A50 Wireless Headset
awesome headset,but expensive
the headset as we all know Astros are overpriced but you get a really immersive game action,the cushion on the Astros are amazing,th battery life is actually as they say they do & if you have $$ laying around or almost have 300$ save it & buy----------the headsets below are good and I also recommend them
I have been a Bose surround sound guy to the death. I have the latest Bose surround sound system for my television, Bose noise canceling head phones for work, and all the way down to a Bose portable sound bar for my iPod. Bose was created by a genius sound wave engineer to deliver amazing sound. Well guess what kids, I have now been converted. The sound from these headsets will blow your mind. I strive for the best audio experience on the market and now the bar has been reset. This sound experience is amazing, from playing COD to YouTube, this is the most amazing sound experience I have ever had. So in summary if Astro puts their name on the market for anything else besides gaming headset's, go ahead and count me as an automatic buy.
BEST HEADSET PURCHASE TO DATE
Before this headset, I had the one that Sony had come out with last year and I thought those worked pretty well. They worked fine, but didn't exactly satisfy my audio and gaming needs. I figure that I should up the ante and see what else they had out in a slightly higher price range and I found the always popular turtle beaches, the tritons and the astro headsets. I looked at the price of this headset and cringed inside (as I'm sure most of you did), but I thought why not at least ask. I bought a pair of these and I haven't regretted it yet. The design is remarkable with very comfortable ear pads that even after hours of play do not leave your ears sweaty. The sound quality is the best I've ever heard and the mic( from what I've been told of course) is crystal clear. I definitely recommend this for avid gamers, but if it's casual gaming you're into, I would opt for a less expensive pair.
This is just a fantastic headset. I use it for COD mostly. It's comfortable for many hours of use, and the headset will run for many hours without needing a charge. Install is easy, and it functions flawlessly on my PS4 and XBOX One. I really like the wireless operation so I don't have to have a headset cord hanging off my head while I play.
I have several other $150+ headsets, and the A50 beats them all. I have a Tritton 720+, and the A50 performs significantly better. In COD I can localize the direction of sound with the A50 much better compared to the 720+. The A50 headset saves me a couple of deaths every match because of how well I can tell which direction sounds are coming from. The wireless operation is just an awesome added bonus that makes them stand out even that much more. This product isn't cheap, but that's usually the case when you want the best of anything. I should have skipped all the $150-200 headsets and went straight to these.
One and Done.....
I have bought many headsets from Sony Stereo Headset, Pulse Elite, P21 and PX21 and the Astro A50's are better in build quality and performance. The A50's produce a great surround sound environment and it reminds me of my sound whor**g days of COD4 and MW2. The price was a bit high, but I managed to buy them in store for $225 when they were on sale (lucky me). They feel a bit heavy compared to other headsets I've owned but it feels like a quality/comfortable abuild and not a brick on your head. The settings are easy to use because you only have 3 preset equalizer settings and you ddon't have to be a DJ to fine tune your settings like some Turtle Beach models with the equalizer. The mix amp is built in and on the ear cup so its easily accessible. The last and best thing about the A50's is there is no umbilical cord from your headset to the PS4 controller. It is completely wireless. I would buy these all over again if I had to. No buyers remorse here.
Good, but overpriced for the value
Comfortability - The ear cups and headband were very comfortable and should have no problem handling long hours of gaming. It's also very adjustable in size and should fit most, if not all head sizes and shapes. Compatibility - It is compatible with the PS3, PS4, PC, and Mobile devices, however the set up for PC and mobile devices is very lengthy and for it to work, other cords may need to be purchased. I haven't tested it on the Xbox 360 or Xbox One. Price - In my opinion, these headphones are overpriced compared to competitors with the same or better quality. Durability - They feel very durable, but not heavy on your head. Compared to other headsets, they should last the average gamer quite a while assuming they were to take good care of them. Sound Quality - The sound coming through sounded very clear and the dolby digital surround sound works very well. Mic Quality - The mic is much more clear compared to one from the playstation, however it does pick up some background noise and is very sensitive. Portability - If being portable is important to the viewer, then this may not be the headset for you. They come packaged with many cords, a stand that doesn't compact and the ears don't fold in, as well as a transmitter which needs to be carried around. Design - The look of the A50 is very clean with a nice matte finish and blue accents. One downside of the design is that the mic is not detachable so if you're just listening to music, it may look a little funny having a mic. Pros - Sound and Mic quality are very good. It looks clean and is very durable. It could be one of the more comfortable headsets out there. Cons - The headset shares too many cords and is hard to set up. It isn't portable due to the amount of cords, permanent set up stand, and the transmitter. The price as well is very steep for the quality you're getting. Also, I had a static noise come through when using the headset on high volume. My thoughts - If you don't need to move the headset around much and use it more for console gaming than pc or mobile gaming, these headsets should be good if the price is right, however for those who need a portable headset or use it for pc/mobile may want to look for another headset instead.
Wow.... a rating of a 2 get out of here.
I will keep it simple. They sound amazing. Just make sure you update the firmware before you play. I have not had any issue other then all of these new games that I cant wait to be blown away by. The three channels are cool 1. Movies 2. Single player games 3. FPS games and of course your mix amp controls on the ear. My only and only complaint is there is no indicator to when they are charging or not. So I just let it charge all day while I work. Other then that you get what you pay for. They work great on my 360 & PS3.
Buzzing in right ear when mic in use!
I used this headset for one night and they worked perfectly, because I didn't use the mic. The next night, I get into a chat party on PS4 and every time my mic picks up a noise I get a buzz in the right ear. This is a known problem from Astro and they continue to sell the headset anyway and say its part of the normal operation of the headset. Mine is going back. I didn't pay $300 to listen to a buzz every time my mic picks up a noise. Other than that they worked great and I wish they would fix it, but it looks like a hardware issue or a design flaw.
Better than i though.
This headset first appealed to me because its wireless and works with my xbox and PC (and even ps3 if i had it).
lets start with the cons first so you'll know if you see deal breakers first
BATTERY isn't exchangeable which means after it dies (lasts 10 hours so good luck there) you have to plug it in which is near impossible because the charging cable is only meant to go from the stand to the mix amp (fear not for they sell a longer one, only its sold separately)
USES A USB to charge(bad part) if you shut down your comp/ps3 it won't charge- not the same issue with xbox but still might be an issue for PS3 console only players
SIDE CHAT is a bit funny at times, depending on your chat/game volume levels it can be muted without you wanting it to be
NOT FULLY WIRELESS- for the xbox 360 anyways, you have to have it pluged into the controller for the mic to work
Doesn't come with a optical adapter for the older model 360s like the warheads do( they are 4 dollars so its not really a big deal)
Initial drivers suck, but it is easy to just plug into your computer and download the new drivers from the Astro site, does it automatically so its pretty much cake
And now the PROS! woo!
Comfortable, I had the Tritton warheads for a month but sent the back because they were giving me headaches.
Decently long battery life- it is suppose to last 10 hours which is longer than i've ever played straight
3 EQ settings 1. media 2. single player 3. competitive
When there are driver updates its almost too easy, hook up the mix amp, hook up the headset through the amp, click the program on the site and Poof, its updating them der drivers in da thinkin mahsheen
USES A USB to charge(good part) doesn't take up a wall outlet
The sound is amazing.
Got a compliment on my mic before i even told a friend i got the headset, he could just tell the voice difference.
Packaging was simple, for me thats always awesome, little all it comes with is a very simple set up guide and a welcome to the astro pamphlet.
ALSO! highly important thing for me! The ear cups BREATH so i dont get swamp ear lol
You have been warned.
Ok first off let me tell you that I hunted for several weeks as I saved up the extra cash for a pair of gaming headphones. I bounced around numerous blogs, reviews, ect. Seemed that alot of the wireless gaming headphones were all having some issues with chat vs game volume adjustments. Many promised that firmware updates would fix this.
Astro A50's had this issue. However before my long awaited purchase. The issue "supposedly" was corrected.
I spent $376.00 bux including the warranty for 2yrs. Which in the end I am so glad I had chosen to do. The headset was AMAZING! When they worked.
I had them for less then two weeks with barely 20hrs of game play on em. And when Not used they were always delicately placed upon the cheap stand they give you. Never dropped, never plugged in awkwardly. Drained the battery completely before a correct full charge and always did them that way to hopefully expand the battery life.
Which if anything I expected to go would be the battery. Hence the warranty. Did the correct firware update and all. They just stopped working one day after use.
I could hear them on, could even hear myself through my mic. However the ps4 would not recognize them anymore. Attempted on a different ps4 and my mac no luck. I returned them that next day. Hope no one has issues like this. You have been warned. If you decide to get them, make sure you spend the extra cash on the warranty guys.