Astro Gaming - A50 Wireless Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset for Xbox One and Windows - Black and Green

  • Model: 3AS52-XOW9W-508
  • SKU: 5368400
  • 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.

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$299.99

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Overview

What's Included


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

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
91% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1197 out of 1326)

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 Xbox One and Windows


Overall customer rating

4.5
91%
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

    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

    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing headset

    Posted
    Jameison
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    First I just wanna say that the packaging is amazing, I've had the A40's as well and Astro is known for their packaging. This is a "Gaming Headset", I've used the ATH-700 and the M50X and IMO they just aren't for gaming. Don't get me wrong they sound good but from my experience with Astro's they(Astro's) sound the best for gaming. At first I was very hesitant to get another pair of Astro's, mainly because the "Wireless" situation. I can say I was very surprised, at first glance they just didn't look comfortable at all. I can assure you that this headset is very comfortable even hours of use. I wear glasses and there was no fatigue that I was feeling when playing on PC. I got the Xbox version because the Xbox One X is coming out but I mainly game on PC. The range on these could be better but you get what you get, they're wireless and I for one expect drop outs or it sometimes completely going out, that hasn't happened to me yet but I'm sure it will. Now I did get a bit of interference when I got up to go to the kitchen, I could still hear everything on Resident Evil 7 but I was getting a static interference the further I got from it. These sound amazing, I was able to locate many players while playing PUBG, foot steps are clear and I could tell when someone was in a house with me or even nearby. Even gunshots sound so much better on this headset, I was amazed at the sound but I really like it. When firing your weapon it sounds as if you're actually shooting a weapon up close. You get that loud noise and I could still find where footsteps were coming from because I had enemy players all around me. This was all with Dolby 7.1 on. So the directional soundstage is very pleasing. The charge cradle is pretty easy to use, just line the headset up with the prongs and a magnet will pull them in and keep them there until your next use. The battery life is pretty good on these, that won't be an issue even with long sessions. I got 14 hours from one full charge and that included me setting them down which when you set these down they turn off after 15-20 seconds of no use. The mic is okay, they didn't really focus on the Mic quality at all but it is still good enough for gaming. I know not many people like the quality of the mic but it's just for gaming, not recording or anything like that. Which I didn't expect it to sound like an AT2020, so I wasn't very surprised with the quality. I will update after a month. All I can say is if you're a true gamer or even a beginner and want a good wireless headset, then I'd get these. Some might find issues with them but I can honestly say this is my favorite headset for gaming. Just make sure when you buy them to register both the cradle and the headset serial numbers and download the software to update the firmware.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best! Hands down...with a few minor bumps

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

    4.5 stars This is my second set of Astro A50's. I own the original or Gen1 version. I started getting battery issues after 3 years of use or so. These, known as the Gen 3's, are a big step forward. Owning the Xbox One, I found it utterly ridiculous a chat cord is needed on a 'wireless' console. Luckily, Astro went after the licensing to make something. I was so happy with the sound, fit/feel and usability of the first generation, I went with the newest set. WOW So many options to adjust (if you want to). Reminded me of a phenomenal pair of Logitect I had for PC. I personally hate playing with that stuff and just looked for suggestions in the forums. Fit. I have a large head, 7 3/8ths hat size. When I first slipped them on, they felt a bit too tight. But it was just the newness. I wore them for a couple hours day 1 and about 5 hours the next. No squeeze issues after day 1. The ear cups are large and go all the way around the ear, so no pinched ears. BONUS: the ear cups are held in magnetically (strong too, owned these a month now and no issues). They can be pulled off to clean! Also, they sell a mod pack for around forty bucks that has faux leather for a more sound proof experience from the outside world. I don't wear glasses, so I'm not sure how those play in. The sound is phenomenal. I'm no audiophile, but I enjoy clean crisp sound and these deliver. I watch Netflix and game with them and they sounds great, as did the first generation. The dock is great. No wires. I'm sure Gen 4 will have a better method of sitting the headset in the base. Its not difficult, it does have to sit right or it won't charge. I've read online about people having issues with that, but I haven't. Someone even put a video up on how the easily place it. Bluetooth range. Not great strength. Maybe something they can fix with a update? I have no issues in the gaming room, but if I walk out of it, it loses signal. The good is as soon as it gets back in range, its almost immediately working, no reboot needed. Microphone. Friends say I sound clear, no issues. I do feel the actual build quality isn't as good as the previous generation (boom itself). I wish it did have a mute button on the ear cup as I hate pushing it up and down. The buttons on the ear cup are super easy to learn and use. I'm a huge gamer and can play for VERY long times. the 15 hour battery life they give it is def fair. I'd say I got closer to 18 hours. I ran mine all the way out, got the warning, used a mini-USB charge cord and kept going. Takes about 2 hours for a full charge, not bad at all. The auto-shutoff is great and by the time you pick them up and get them on your head, they have woken back up, takes a second or so. Saves a ton of battery. They are well made and expect them to last as long as the first gens I had. They are VERY expensive. But I like the best and am willing to pay the extra for quality. These have aluminum, not plastic frames. They feel built tough, but I'm not dropping them to test! These are for big gamers. play from time to time, get Turtle Beach. Want to hear every footstep, mechanical noise or wood creak coming form your 5 o'clock? This is them.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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