Astro Gaming - A50 Wireless Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset for PlayStation 4 and Windows - Black and Blue

  • Model: 3AS52-AGW9N-510
  • SKU: 5368701
  • Release Date: 10/30/2016
Experience Dolby 7.1 surround sound for up to 12 hours of gaming with this A50 wireless headset. Its adjustable size and soft cushions provided extended comfort. This A50 wireless headset has three EQ modes and a unidirectional microphone for crystal-clear communication with fellow gamers even during frantic game play scenarios.

This A50 Wireless Gaming Headset is the best companion for your next-gen console. Broadcasting in interference-free wireless 5 GHz, you will experience low latency gameplay in Dolby Headphone Surround Sound. With the Astro Command Center software, the A50 allows you to tune every input and output parameter including mic level adjustments and creating your own EQ modes. The new precision boom microphone is voice chat optimized and features flip–up mute functionality.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Astro A50 Wireless Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset for PlayStation 4 and Windows
    • Cables
    • Charging station
    • Owner's manual
    • Warranty card

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1264 out of 1405)

    Features


    Enjoy the absolute immersion into the world of your favorite games with this headset that features Dolby Headphone 7.1 Surround Sound, built-in MixAmp and pro audio quality

    Connect to your console without wires with 5GHz wireless technology

    Astro Command Center software allows you to tune every input and output parameter including mic level adjustments and creating your own EQ modes

    Isolate your voice and minimize background noise during chats with the precision boom microphone with flip–up mute functionality

    Stay comfortable during long gaming sessions with a lightweight, easily adjustable design

    Store and charge your headset when not in use on the included base station

    Compatible with PlayStation 4 and Windows


    Customer rating

    4.5
    90%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Headset that is COMFORTABLE!

      Posted
      Backlash1888
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I've been a long time Turtle Beach fan, buying all of their top end headsets. After the release of the Elite Ear Force 800X, I felt it was time to look elsewhere. Up to this point, I usually buy a new headset every year. The best headset I've ever owned Turtle Beach Stealth 500X. It was comfortable, adjustable volume on game and chat volume (2 separate adjustable sources) clear mic, multiple tone and surround sound adjustments. Gave me a huge edge on FPS games and great sound quality watching movies. Then I bought the Astro A50's on a recommendation from a friend who bought the A40's. Was at the $300 price point but I've been a firm believer in "you get what you pay for". Been using it for CoD WW2 and its great, not as great as the 500X sound wise but close and the comfort level is a HUGE plus. Instead of the mute button, you flip the mic vertically and there's a notch that holds it in place so you can feel the mic has been muted. Other players have said the mic is clear but picks up a lot of background noises, more than the TB 500X. There are 3 equalizer settings on the A50s, it works but differentiating the highs and lows is no where near the 500X's capabilities, which means foot steps are less apparent when highs are turned all the way up. BUT you can adjust these equalizers with software! I haven't dabbled with this yet as I'm doing this review from a "straight out of the box" perspective. For movies and other games however, the A50s deliver a sharper sound but this could be due to a headset being 4 years older and over 2.4Ghz. Going back to the comfort level, the A50's are by far the most comfortable fitting headsets I've ever owned. I've played with this pair for 8 hours straight and didnt feel like being pinched unlike previous headsets. The ear cushions feel great and dont cause the areas to get warm or sweat, there's a cushion on top of the headband which helps alleviate the weight of the headset on your dome for prolong periods of time, and the adjustable posts (height) are nice BUT seem like they'd wear out if you constantly adjust your headset (like when charging on the receiver). Charging the headset on the receiver is inconsistent due to connectivity issues (explained later) but only takes about 90 minutes to fully charge from completely dead using a micro USB cable to headset. Battery life on loud, mic active, and Dolby enabled is about 9 hours in my experience. So now the issues with the A50s. The receiver/charging station is large and the connections points to charge the headset are small pins, two one the left ear and 1 on the right ear. Going back to the adjustable posts for height adjustment, you have to constantly fidget with the headset to get the 3 pins to align for charging. Here's the best part, use the micro USB connection on the headset to charge. About half the time and less of a hassle. There is a battery indicator on the base station along with a Dolby icon and as "power" icon to let you know what the 3 statuses are. Unlike the TB series, if the mic breaks off, you're out of luck, non-replaceable unlike Turtle Beach. The range on the headset is lacking. Straight line of sight is about 30 feet before static and connectivity issues kick in. Indirect line of sight I'd guess-timate to be about 15 ft, depending on number of obstructions, mine being 1 wall. PROS: Comfort, sound, adjustable EQ's, charge time, adjustability, interchangeable components (after-market) and COMFORT! Cons: Base receiver charging and inaccurate battery charge indicator, range of connectivity, mic arm. For a headset that changed my mind and helped me switch from a long line of Turtle Beach products, Astro did an amazing job with this beauty. The Cons were small but cons none-the less with me but the PROs far outweighed the cons. If you have the money to get one of these, I'd say go for it! Enjoying games and movies with this set is an experience I hope you can have on any level. Enjoy!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      My absolute favorite addition to my gaming setup.

      Posted
      Throat
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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. Pro's -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! Con's -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

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Worth every penny

      Posted
      GeoJoe
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I understand that these headphones are expensive but you do get what you pay for in sound quality. These headphones sound like they are not even on your head and the sound is coming from a speaker in the distance which is very cool. It doesn't sound like the sound is right on your head like normal headphones. The sound is very natural. The other reviews are correct if you're looking for something that sounds good for music you would be better off with regular headphones in this price range but this headphone is specifically for gamers and has a lot of chat features which makes it perfect for gamers. The best features are the flip up microphone for mute and the large buttons on the side of the right headphone can to adjust between game volume and voice volume this is the mixer. The worst thing that I can say about this headphone is that it can get uncomfortable on the top of your head after long gaming sessions and when you have your head against a pillow or soft recliner it can actually touch the right headphone can mix button and adjust it by pushing on it accidentally. There's also an auto power-off feature that engages and turns the headphone off sometimes in the middle of playing if you hold your head really still. Once in awhile if you hold your head really still you have to move your head to get it to turn back on or turn it off and back on again. This is a bit annoying and there may be a setting to disable this feature as I always put my headphones back on the charging base when I'm done with them. The battery has an amazing long life and I don't think I've ever gone down more than two bars and have played for hours. Of course I mostly play games like Minecraft that aren't too noisy so this may be a factor to the louder the sounds the more battery it will use. One thing that I like about this headphone is that I bought the other base for $99 on line that matches it with the PS4 so all you have to do is set the headphone in the dock for the system you want to play with, just let it sit there for about 2 seconds then left it off and it's paired to the other system! I don't know of any other headphones that can do this and since I have both an Xbox One X and PS4 Pro these are the perfect headphones for me. If you are trying to decide between these headphones and some other headphones and you have no problem paying the price of these just get the A50s you will not be disappointed.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      great set of cans

      Posted
      FJR1115

      So this was my first set of Astros..... I've been a loyal turtle beach fan until now the quality of turtle beach has been lacking as of late.... The newer versions break way to easy after multiple long sessions of play and in my opinion the ear force x41s were and will be my favorite set of turtle beach headset and work for both Xbox 360 and the xbox One quality and build and sound were awesome several years later and still kicking .. But the the need for a true wireless set finally called me..the few sets of turtle beach I've bought after the x41s broke the elite 500x and 800x... Both sounded great but both broke in the same spot right above the left ear cup and no way to repair or replace except popsicle sticks and electric tape.....two sets of both for a total of four and all four break in the same spot.. I call a design flaw... Cheaper plastic in my opinion because how can my x41s still be intact and older? So after five sets bought and the newest four break in the same spot.... Not good .... So now on to my review of my first ever Astros... Sound is amazing.. check my voice clear and sound Great check....comfortable for hours of play check...also wireless 100% check charging dock / stand awesome check....plus if you wanted the extra noise canceling mod an extra upgrade sold separately, its easy to pop in and out with magnets awesome (should come with both for price but that's my opinion ) fully charge and update firmware and off you go...the only issue I have with them on occasion and I believe it's on Xbox side of things is sometimes the mic will act like its not working... An easy fix to start a party and talk into the mic if you can see the ring glowing around your gamer tag...place the mic upright aka mute it and go to base station switch to pc for about five seconds and the switch back to Xbox never turning anything off and staying in party while doing this and after place the mic down aka unmute and talk and you should see the glowing around your gamer tag...i always start a party and check as soon as I boot up just to make sure I'm able to be heard and about 85% of the time I'm good the other 15% I do those steps above and works every time.. A minor annoyance but as I said before I thinks its an Xbox issue and not going to ding Astros for that...plus made of metal is a no brainer not going to break above ear cups best set of cans I've ever bought...

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Pricey, but Very High Quality

      Posted
      XxButch2000xX
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I went back and forth for a while about buying the Astro a50s. They’re extremely comfortable and they have great battery life but the reason I wanted them was that they are actually wireless. This headset isn’t tethered to the console or the controller. I can set my controller down and go into another room with my headset still on. The range in other rooms is limited, but I can’t really complain about how well a wireless gaming headset works when I’m not near my console... I’ve had them for nearly a month now, and I’ve had several 7-8+ hour gaming sessions and the headset hasn’t dipped below half battery life. The docking/charging station for it is pretty cool as well, it has a display on the front that tells you when it is charging and the remaining battery. The one issue I have, and I’ve encountered this with other Astro headsets as well, is that although they have super sensitive mics, the mic feedback/monitoring (ability to hear yourself through the headset) is very quiet. I could see how that would be an issue if you were using it in a quiet environment and needed to be conscious of your voice level. The fit is fantastic (my head is larger than average) and although the product page says they are synthetic leather, the ear cups feel like a very breathable microfiber-type material. Very soft and light, not heavy and hot like your run-of-the-mill leather ear cups. I’m not an audiophile so I can’t comment on nit-picky differences in the audio but both the chat channel and game channel come through crystal clear. One thing I ran into was that since I had chat output set to both speakers and headset, I was getting a very bad echo initially, but once I switched that to headset only, no problems. Overall, I’d say, if you have the money to spend and you want a good quality headset, this model looks like a good buy. I upgraded from a four year old Turtle Beach XO One model, nothing wrong with it other than it wasn’t wireless. But after trying my friend’s Astro a40s, I realized I wanted the quality and comfort of that headset, only wireless. Boom! The a50.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      My favorite wireless headset for the Xbox One

      Posted
      SmilingCat
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I bought these as a follow up to already owning a pair of Gen 1 Astro A50s which are still going just fine. I had bought a 2.5mm to 3.5mm cable meant for another headset brand on my original A50s to easily connect them to my Xbox One controllers and chatpad. That was the only inconvenience about it having to be connected to the controller for chat. I like to get up and walk around and having to carry around the controller was a nuisance and almost anytime I'm gaming in a party chatting with friends. I got them on sale along with a two year warranty for a little under normal $300 MSRP, but considering how well my A50s have held up I shouldn't have any problems. Pros would start with number one being completely wireless with Xbox One. Don't have to carry my controller around or worry about one pulling the other if it should ever drop. Also don't have to grab to cable just flip down the mic boom whenever I want to start chatting. Second would be how comfortable they are to wear. I've owned a lot of headphones from light weight Sennheiser's, medium weight Audio Technica, and heavy multi-driver headsets like the Tritton AXPro. These have some weight to them with some of the headset being metal plus batteries and all. They don't feel bulky or uncomfortable when I wear them for any period of time and I've always preferred Plush ear pads over Leatherette ones, Third is the usage time on a single charge these is at least ten hours. I haven't yet used them long enough to have them need to be plugged in while using them. If I did I have a long USB cable from my PS4 controller I can use and they provide a dedicated USB charging port on the base station to plug in a cable if you need to which is a nice feature. One further feature for longer battery times is if you lay them down and don't move them they have a built in accelerometer. They will auto power down and after a short time when you set them down and turn back on when you pick them up and put them on in addition to a regular power switch. Fourth would be the base station. The original A50s had a small base and you would need to plug them in manually to charge. These have a nice charging cradle on the base station so you simply dock it and you get a four bar read out of the charging status versus just a yellow and amber light for charging and charged from the Gen 1 A50. Also like the previous base it has a Toslink optical out so you can connect another device in line with them. I normally keep my original Gen 1 A50s connected to my PS4, but there are times when I can't use surround sound and have someone over so I just daisy chain my other A50s for Netflix and Blu-Rays. Something that could have been better would be the software side of setting them up. While it's incredibly easy to update the firmware it takes a bit of time to change and test settings since you have to disconnect it from the console. Connect it to a PC switch it to PC mode change settings and write them to the headset and then reconnect it to the console to test. A simple sound and mic test built into the software would have been great. Took around an hour of messing around with equalizer settings and mic noise gate levels to get something I was happy with. Ended up using flat EQ for gaming and slightly modified one for media and found the default noise gate setting for the microphone to be right for me. Having the option to do all this is a definite improvement over the previous versions though.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      I wish I still owned this headset!

      Posted
      MrSkyfish
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Comfort: The Headset itself is remarkable when it comes to comfort! I love the head comforter on the top and the after having the HEADSET ON YOUR HEAD FOR SEVERAL HOURS it wasn't bothering me much at all! The headset doesn't bother as much as the PlayStation Gold or Elite Headsets do and those bother me after about an hour of gameplay however the AR50's are almost perfect when it comes to comfort! The headset also has quite a large expansion setting so I guess anyone from a 6 years old girl to The Incredible Hulk could put this thing on and it would fit comfortably well. And distance you can step away from the Base Station is remarkable! Holy cow! I have a yard that is 2 acres wide and I find myself going outside with my dogs as I watch them when I let them out and mind you my PlayStation 4 Pro is over an Acre away and two rooms into the house and I can still clearly hear all my friends still playing there games while they wait for me with letting the dogs out. But this thing is INSANE when it comes to how far away from the system you can be when you walk away from the system! It's freaking amazing and the Sound is still top notch!!! Cons: SOUND OPTIONS & Overall BASE STATION DESIGN! Positive on Sound: Amazing sound perhaps the best sound I've heard in a long time. However I never was able to turn the VOICE CHAT up or down and it seemed to be always be in sink with the game sound. Negative on the Sound Option: Basically I wish there were two sound options like the official Sony PlayStation Gold and Elite headsets have. Meaning: one UP & DOWN options for VOICE sound and Another UP & DOWN option for Game Sound. But this headset doesn't have that option like the Sony Headsets do. Positive on BASE STATION: The actual Headset istelf when it's in it's seated spot is great and it does charge amazingly! Negative on BASE STATION: I really wish I could have this head set back but I had to return it because the CHARGING station is horribly designed! I can only stress to anyone that owns this headset to PLEASE BE EXTRA CAREFUL WHEN PLACING THE HEADSET INTO IT'S CHARGING STATION!!!! I found that the headset doesn't place back into it's slots correctly in the BASE STATION. If your not careful when placing the headset back in it's charging station you can possibly cause the metal CHARGERS that stick up that charge the headset to snap off leaving you with a Charging Station that doesn't charge the headset anymore. FINAL THOUGHT'S: The last part though is the reason why I won't buy another one of these headsets! And I won't buy another one until they FIX the actual BASE STATION DESIGNS! Those small tips CAN BREAK SO BE CAREFUL when placing the headset into it's BASE STATION!

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic Headset!

      Posted
      Chris
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Hard to say anything bad about this headset honestly. Amazing sound, very easy setup plugged it in and flipped the switch to console and my Xbox recognized it right away. Looks and feels great, very comfortable, and they have a nice weight to them. The only bad thing I can say, they take a long time to charge out of the box, and they are a bit on the pricey side. Once I got everything all setup and started charging is took a good 5-6 hours to fully charge, but I can't complain much seeing as how my first use with them ran for about a good solid 11-12 hours and they had just moved to the last 1/4 of the charging blocks visible on the base. These things will definitely last the 15 hours they say they will. And I'm not just some fanboy or anything like that. I honestly had never even heard of Astro prior to seeing these on the shelves a couple weeks ago. I spent a good two hours the other night just reading on their forums about how this headset was having major issues with the XBL party chat features and how people were stating that it made them sound tin-canny, or kind of roboty when they first launched the product. It took me reading a ton of reviews and about 10 pages of the forums until one of the people that work for Astro finally acknowledged the problem and said they were looking into it. About a page later he said they had released a firmware update that fixed the issues. Needless to say the only thing that was keeping me on the fence was the mic issue. I can tell you right now, after an entire night of gaming I didn't have a single complaint. Not one time did it drop audio or did I have anyone ask what was wrong with my mic. The sound out of these things is incredible. So all in all, this is the best headset I have ever purchased. And it is completely wireless, not even a cable that goes to the controller or anything. I'll be buying their products again in the future.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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