This is the second set of astro a50's ive purchased from best buy, and i couldn't be happier.
The first time i purchased these i went into best buy looking for a replacement for my logitech g930 headset because the battery was draining ridiculously fast (i may have used some rapid chargers so iknew this was probably my fault). That particular headset did not get as loud as i wanted, so i wanted something with larger drivers, pretty much the only thing there was the astro a -50's. I saw the price tag and was stunned, but the spec's were what i wanted. i ended up standing in best buy for over an hour debating on weather or not to purchase them, then I decided to try them out. I was absolutely blown away when i got home. It was like putting on an angelic halo of sound with the clouds opening up and sunshine everywhere in sight, haha. It's unlike any other headset, it truly seems as if the sound originates around you, not in the headset itself (when used with a realtek HD audio(Optical) setting).The bass, mids, highs, everything crystal clear. I am a veteran with hearing damage, so i listen to media at pretty high levels, and just likeany other speakeaker these did wear down after about two years, but for as much as i used that headset it was worth every penny. Which brings me to this current generation of headset, as the gen 2 originally broke, actually in three seperate ways, all occuring around the same time. Before i delve into that, though, ill list some pro's and cons about this specific headset itself.
-Best sound quality i've ever experienced in a headset
-Excellent battery life
-Extremely comfortable, i forget i'm wearing it
-Flip up mic (for muting)
People say the mic quality sounds excellent (although a little low, but i change recording and audio devices frequently, so this is something i believe i need to change on my end)
-It's a slick looking headset, even on the charger
-They get LOUD!
-The charger can be difficult sometimes, if you adjust the earpiece sliders it doesnt fit into the docking station correctly.
-Although im not sure if it's software or hardware related, but there's been a few times where windows fails to detect the headset, but it's usually after switching between audio devices back and fourth( i switch between headset and speakers all the time). i restart windows and it usually picks the device back up, occasionally ive had to unplug and reinsert the usb. Rarely has this happened but it does.
-I like to keep my desk pretty clean, bust dust is definitely attracted to the basestation. It's really just a peeve, not a deal breaker.
Before i get into the differences between the gen 2 and 3 headsets, i'd like to conclude this section for those looking for just a review of this specific headset. I wouldnt consider myself an audiophile, and i cant tell you every specific piece of the speaker or exactly how every specification affects audio quality, but i can tell you after purchasing multiple headsets over 150$ from logitech, razer, audio technica, and even beats studio, i've never heard anything more immersive. If youre considering this headset i know you're concerned with the price. It's steep. But in my competitive (and leisure) gaming experience, nothing has satisfied me more with a purchase. ive upgraded graphics cards before and wasn't as excited as when i picked up my astro's. Absolutely worth every penny