Universal Astro A50 Wireless Headset
Worth every penny
I already owned the Astro A40's which are excellent. I just wanted to go wireless. I was initially skeptical that the wireless set could provide the stellar sound I have become accustomed to with my A40's. After a few days with them I can confidently say that they provide the exact same stellar sound as the wired sibling. They are quite expensive,so it's not a purchase to be taken lightly. I believe they are well worth the money for a few reasons.
1. Quality. If you have never listened to an Astro 7.1 set you should try them. Unbeatable sound! And the build quality is also amazing.
2. Versatility. At present these are hooked up to my xbox 360. But they work with every platform. Even movies are amazing with these.
3. If you demand only the best...here it is. Top of the heap!
a wireless headset that works for pc
i never found a gaming headset for the PC that is wireless this one is that's awesome strait away 10 out of 10!
GREATEST HEADSET I HAVE OWNED!!!!!
This has been one of the best headsets i have owned goes great with shooting games as well as with the new consoles... Playstation 4!!!
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.
This headset is simply put, the best gaming headset one can buy. After doing the same old song and dance over the years, buying one headset after another, being impressed for all of 4-6 months then moving on to the next. I've had Tritons, and Turtle Beaches. Turtle Beach seems to be the only "real" competition these Astros have and they are not even in the same league. Now I understand why the MLG used Astros as their go to brand the past few years. Yes yes Turtle Beach now has the MLG gaming headsets and they are good, very good in fact but these Astros are a much better buy for a similar price tag.
best of all headsets
I owned 3 headsets and this is the best. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Awesome Audio Experience
TLDR; These are the gold-standard for gaming headsets. Sure, they're expensive, but they are worth every penny.
This is probably the best wireless headset for gaming that money can buy right now (2013). The audio is crisp and clear, and while the surround does not beat a real surround setup, it's detailed enough to pinpoint in-game sound origins in games where the sound is that detailed and important. (Especially FPS games.)
The ability to select one of three pre-set EQ profiles is handy, but only two of them are useful. One boosts the high end to help you identify gunfire and footsteps, while the normal mid-level setting is perfect for playing campaign or games that do not use sound cues to help you identify enemies, etc. The bass-boosted "media" setting is just plain awful though. It would be nice if you could easily roll your own sound profile and assign it.
In-game chat or party chat works really well and the headset makes it easy to adjust the balance between in-game sound and chat without having to look away or fiddle with anything. It just works and becomes second nature.
Need to mute your mic to yell at your dog / wife / kids / annoying brother? No problem. Just swing the boom up and your mic is muted. Swing it down, and it's on again. The only complaint I have, and it's minor, is that the boom is not very flexible so you can't really adjust the mic location, though I'm not sure that would make much difference at all.
How do they feel? Awesome. They are heavier than many similar headsets, but the nicely padded ear-cups and headband support the headset so well you hardly know they are there. I've worn these for hours at a time without any kind of fatigue. If you need to rest, the ear cups swivel so you can rest the headset around your neck with the cups resting on your shoulders.
They look ok, if black and red are your thing, but they won't win any awards either. That said, they probably look as good or better than anything else in this market segment. And as I note below, the wireless base station is the most elegantly designed base station of any maker. By comparison, everyone else's stuff is just plain ugly.
I have tested these with PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. They work flawlessly on all of the systems. With the Xbox, Microsoft requires you to use a thin cable between the controller and headset for chat audio, so your experience will not be entirely wireless. But that is a Microsoft issue and not a manufacturer problem. You do not need the chat cable for PS3 or PS4 compatibility—chat will work normally without any wires at all.
Setup is a breeze. Connect the headset to your PC and install/update the firmware. Sync the headset to the small and elegant looking base-station.(It is not as clunky or ugly as its competitors.) Connect the base station to your system's optic audio port and a USB port using the provided cables. That's it. (I switch between my Xbox and PS4 regularly—it's annoying, but definitely a first-world problem.)
It comes with a base to hang the headphones and base station, but I leave that on my desk to charge. You can realistically expect to get 6-8 hours on a charge.
MAC USERS: The only issue I have is that Astro Gaming used to support Mac OS X with its firmware updater, but the summer 2013 firmware update nixed that. You will need Windows to update the firmware for now, but it will work if you're dual-booting your Mac. I haven't tried it, but I suspect it will also work with Parallels.
I've owned quite a few turtle beach headsets and they have all broke. They also had horrible sound quality. These headphones are the nest I've ever owned. How anyone could ever say turtle beach or triton makes a higher quality headset doesn't know what they're talking about. If you buy these you won't be disappointed.
Worth the money
Audio quality is ridiculous... better than my Beats DJ headset. only drawback is updating the firmware. If you got a mac (i have 3 macs and no PC's), you're out of luck. Astro website only offers firmware updates for PC. Other than that, great overall product and investment
Best Headset on the Market
I did some research on all the major brands of headsets. In the past I have used turtle beach but, they tend to break often. Tritton dosen't break as easily as turtle beach but dosen't have the same sound quality. Also Trittion headsets are badly rated. Astro, in my opinion, is the best console/pc headset out there. Yes it may be pricey but what you pay for is what you get in astro. So if your looking for a quality headset that dosen't break as easy and top of the line sound quality, Astro is the way to go.