Universal Astro A50 Wireless Headset
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.
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.
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.
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
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
best headset ive used
I've had the Triton warheads, turtle beach xp500, and the astro a50 and so far it is the best out of all three. The only thing that beats it is the customization of the xp500s
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.
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.