ASTRO Gaming - A50 Wireless Headset for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows
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- CompatibilityPlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows
- Manufacturers Suggested Age5 years and up
Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 207 reviews(207 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
One of the Best Headsets Ever!!!!!
One of the Best Headsets Ever!!!!!Posted .
These headset are one of the greatest headset ever. This is worth $300 because these are used in mlg. And astro the company is one of the top named companys of headsets. If u play call of duty you really want to know where the enemy is. So this headst tells you really really clearly where the enemy is. Even there are three buttoms on them for movies, music, and gaming, For movies and gaming it makes you feel like you actually there and for music that button gives you more base. And this works on pc, ps3, and xbox. And the best part of this headset Its completey 100% wireless for ps3, but for xbox you just need one wire to connect to the controllor and headset, and other wires are for the reciver. If you get this headset you'll never regret it.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great Headset if you can afford it.
Great Headset if you can afford it.|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
This headset is a must have for those who are serious about getting the most out of their games, and are not concerned with paying a little more for a far superior product. After purchasing this headset, I find it difficult to game without having it on. The sound quality is phenomenal. I would highly recommend installing the update from the ASTRO gaming website while setting up the headset. Which may be a drawback for those who may not have the knowledge base to do so, however the website does have instructions to help guide you through the process. The Packaging includes everything you need including a nice display stand which is great for keeping your headset available at a moments notice. The finish is not real shiny and more of a matte which is great because I don't have to worry about fingerprints or smudges showing up all over my headset.The headset is also really comfortable and I do not feel discomfort during extended gaming sessions. The only thing I can say that is a drawback from the headset is how short the charging cable is when you need to charge the headset. It makes it nearly impossible to keep playing unless you want your face to be way too close to the television. So If you are thinking about purchasing this product I would also recommend getting the longer play and charge cable for this headset which you can also purchase from the ASTRO gaming website. I know this review may be a little bit longer than most, but I sincerely hope this is helpful to you, the reader.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Wireless Headset to be tested
Wireless Headset to be tested|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I've had these for a short time and they are pretty nice. Good crisp sound, but most importantly wireless for all functions except xbox which requires the aux cable still. The range of the headset is not very far, about 30 feet, has trouble catching signal through walls. They are compatible with xbox, ps3, and pc. The ps3 and pc are capable of going completely wireless with this headset. Stand and receiver are nice and clean. Overall, product is pricey as hell and they are made by skull candy brand. Not sure how they'll hold up, but I bought the bestbuy warranty for $40 or something and I can say I'm happy because I've gone through headsets very quickly due to weak design. These feel very comfortable and solid with a lot of cool features on it. One of the better headsets I've owned.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Hope you have what it takes to use this.
Hope you have what it takes to use this.Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
The Astro A50 Gaming headset I have read a number of reviews that have given both stellar and crash and burn reviews of this headset. When I see this it intrigues me so I went out and bought a set. The staff at the store agreed to break normal policy and let me try them on in store because if they weren’t comfortable out of the box I was going to return them. I will not spend that much money and have a headache as a reward. The set is very comfortable which is critical to gamers. There is a bit of extra pressure at the bottom but I’m confident that as the set breaks in that will be eliminated. Onward to the un-boxing. The box is neat but I have to admit that the box isn’t the product. The first thing I noticed was that the box lacks an instruction manual. After contacting them I discovered that there wasn’t even a PDF with instructions or explanations. I guess that Astro feels that the clients are psychic and will instantly have a full understanding of this headset. Another drawback is that Astro doesn’t have a tech support number. All support will be via generated e-mail tickets. They do however have live chat with experts if the expert is unable to help then you will have to wait 2 days for an e-mail response. The sound! In a single word, spectacular. These are studio quality phones that offer a 7.1 surround sound. Having said that most people have no clue what the difference between 7.1, 5.1 and stereo are. I will over simplify it by saying that stereo has two speakers generally that will give you left and right in front of you. A 5.1 system will generally have 5 speakers. There will be three speakers in front (Left, right and center) and two speakers at your side to give you the “Zing” sounds and a little of what is happening behind you. The 7.1 will have seven speakers, In front you will have three, (Left, right and center) then in the back there will be four speakers, (the pair at your side but two that are behind you.). I rather expect that 7.1 will become the horror film maker’s pipe dream. This gives you sounds both front and rear. All of these can use a sub woofer which gives bass and can literally be placed just about anywhere since it is non directional sound. Now you have the extreme basics of the different types of sound. In order to get the optimal 7.1 sound from your headset you will need an optical out on the device you plug into. It is delivered by light and Astro was kind enough to provide a short cable for this purpose. The fact that it is short isn’t a bad thing since it attaches directly to the transmitter. You have Bluetooth distance from the transmitter to the headset so that all depends on how many walls and objects you have placed in the path. Astro has used a frequency that is outside most cordless phones and routers so that should eliminate the interference. The transmitter has two buttons the power and the Dolby digital buttons. The headset has several buttons and a single light. The light for me has only shown three colors. The three colors are, White for pairing with the transmitter, Orange for charging and normal use and finally Red for telling you that your battery is dead. Four hours of charge will get you ten to twelve hours of play time. The charging cable is about two feet long and this is a problem for us PC users. On their website they offer extended length cords for an additional fee but I say just include a six foot cord and offer longer lengths. The cord will allow you to play and charge at the same time. Due to the fact that the USB cord and digital cord are short coupled with the short charging cord this makes it nearly impossible to play and charge out of the box. The next thing is software and firmware. I will give Astro credit for addressing common issues they have a firmware update available that addresses many issues. You will have to go to their website and it will update both devices. You will have to pair the devices after the update. When pairing you have to hold the power buttons of both devices until they flash white. You can do them one at a time once they stop flashing you are ready to play. Another complaint I have frequently heard was that people using the online chat programs can hear only every other word that the players speak. So I joined a gaming session with my fourteen year old and they said as much. I am not one to take this laying down after all this is a three-hundred dollar headset it should be like a brand new Mercedes. I found that it is more like an accessory to a brand new Mercedes. I was using the first available USB port which just happened to be a 2.0 slot. Using it in local record mode I heard all of the words but it was like the volume was being adjusted up and down. In a chat program the down parts won’t be broadcast but the up will. By transferring the unit to a USB 3.0 slot (Which is faster and accepts more data at a time.) this fixed that problem completely. Onward to the performance. I tried this first with music and being somewhat old school I popped in Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon CD and started listening. There are some words in the disk which sound like someone in the studio was too far from a microphone and talking in the background. This is part of the music and for the first time I could hear them clearly! I actually know all of what they said. I am sure Rodger Waters of Pink Floyd won’t be happy but hey he put them in there. The music was superb. I switched modes on the headset to bass boost and dropped in one of my daughters pop/hip hop CDs and the bass was astounding. I didn’t feel it vibrating through my chest but they haven’t created a set that can do that. In game I stood in a room in World of Warcraft where an NPC (Non Player Character or one of the in game toons) was pacing back and forth. I closed my eyes and placed myself in the NPC’s path. When I closed my eyes I could hear them behind me then beside and finally in front of me. I also tried in several first person shooters and I could tell by sound where the snipers were with the set in high treble mode. This is a gaming headset for serious gamers. I have no doubt that you will see a number of these at the international gaming contests. After a long conversation with the company I found that there is software for adjusting the equalizer and other features in the works that will be available for download in the near future. To me it seems like this product was rushed to market before they had everything done and researched. I am comparing the sound to several different high end earphones to include Bose and some that professional artist use when recording and when I say they are studio quality I know what that is. This begs the question should you plunk down three-hundred dollars for them and I say that you have to review your hardware first if you are looking at it for a PC. If your sound card integrated or not supports 7.1 and has an optical out you have a chance. In addition to the optical out you will need a USB 3.0 slot and I would suggest a beefy processor and ram combination this headset will blow your mind! If you have an older PC and lack these features but still want the sound I have heard that the Astro A40s will be just fine for you but they are wired. I give them a recommend if you have the hardware to support it but a do not recommend for everyone. I would like to see Astro get their act together and not rush another product until they have everything ready to go. So overall I have to give this a 2 and ¾ stars. Once Astro ships with a 5 to 6 foot charging cord and a manual and the software this could go as high as 4 stars but the price and the requirements to use it hurts its chances for a fifth star.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Best if you don't want wire clutter
Best if you don't want wire clutter|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I started with the A50 because wireless seemed a great way to go. I ended up with the A40 for a very specific reason. I couldn't hear anything around me with the A50s on. My wife almost killed me the first day. On the bright side, here is a comparison for you based on limited experience with the A50 and almost daily use with the A40. Out of the box the A50s feel don't feel as solid as the A40's. The headphone stand seems like a good idea although they could have integrated charging capabilities similar to aftermarket controller chargers. Wireless is a nice feature, even more so now that I use the wired A40s and they get the wires yanked out frequently. If this sounds like a big deal to you, get the A50s and you'll be happy. The integrated mic mute was cool although I never got used to the headphone controls for volume and mixing. The A50s sounded great too. They have a deeper sound and definitely isolate you from anyone in the room which may be a plus for you but wasn't working out well for me. Either way you go, you'll probably be happy with either choice. I myself took these back and replaced them with the A40's due to the noise isolation but sometimes wish I still had these and didn't have to worry about the wires all the time.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
yet, ANOTHER broken 2013 Astro Headset!
yet, ANOTHER broken 2013 Astro Headset!Posted .No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Ok, so once again let me start off by saying i USED to be a HUGE Astro fan, untill i purchased my first 2013 A40, i had absoulutly NO problems with my older model a40s until the mic mute button stopped working! in the last week i have had 3 non working out of box a40, so i gave up and went for these bad boys, the a50s, and let me tell you they are bad thats for sure, the sound quality in Astros is absoultly AMAZING, especially these a50s they sounded better then any 1 of my 4 A40s i had by far!, Astros are by far the most comfy headset available hands down! BUT ....and it is a BIG but, here are my problems..... ---striaght out of box, transmitter WILL NOT power on, hooked up 100% correctly, trust me i have had PLENTY of practice with these things over the last week!...so the cheap thin usb power cord they give you will not run the transmitter through your system, so i read up on forums people saying to buy a usb hub or to plug it in a wall jack with a different usb, first off if i spend 300 dollars on a headset WTH would i want to go spend another 50 on cords and a usb hub to get them to work! not happening, so i rig the thing up with a usb wall charger, okay great finally got the thing to turn on! --- on to my next problem, after finally getting them to turn on, go to my settings and sure enough no where on the list of audio outputs, my mixampro from my a40s was still on the list, but no a50 wireless transmitter! so once again back to the forums, find theres a firmware update okay lovely, got on the Astro website and clicked download upgraded the transmitter to the latest firmware, (which people have been talking about "fixed" the problem over 5 months ago) ya OK!....nothing different, so after about an hour of messing with it out of nowhere the transmitter finally shows on my settings! ----Ok, on to yet my NEXT problem, i finally got them selected under settings so game audio was coming threw, like i already said they sounded AMAZING to say at the least, so i go to chat settings and sure enough NO mic noise, the mic absolutly WILL not pick up me talking, and yes i have it down so its not muted! it just simply doesnt register on my ps3, i can hear that it is working because i can hear myself talk through it or blow into it, so i really dont know what else to do with the mic! ---so after a good 3 n half hours of being stressed out over this headset yet once again, i finally said screw it and went into a game just to see if the game volume would stay on , since all the a40s do is shut game audio off every time something loud happens, while i played for about an hour, the game audio never once shut off on me like i was experiencing with the a40s, BUT a couple times the right ear cup would just stop working and sound would only be coming from the left side! Very Very disappointed in Astro after all this! ---overall the headset is built better then any other headset out there, though i have noticed on the new 2013 the cords are WAAAAAY cheaper then the older models were! i mean a HUGE difference!...Astro does make the most comfy headset by far, sound quality is out of this world, that is IF you can get one that works, i will say the a50s are better then the a40s in sound quality! atleast with my expierence!...mic quality did feel good to me i ilke how flipping it up was mute, well too bad mine was ALWAYS on mute because it never once picked up me talking! such a shame, since a year ago these were the top of the line headset! .... ---i really dont understand where all these positive reviews are coming from, i am 1 person and i have been threw 5 broken 2013 model Astros headsets in A WEEK! ..no joke people, i am not here to bash on Astro, since i used to swear by these things and wouldn't trade them for anything, but these 2013 models are absolutely GARBAGE, and Astro is paying for goin so cheap on these new ones! i would say in my 100% honest opinion (from personal experience) STAY AWAY from the new 2013 Astro products, at least until they have got a fix for the many many problems people are having, honestly google a50 mic not working, a50 usb not powering up, or a40s game audio cuts out, you will see there are thousands and thousands of people complaining about the same thing! if im 1 person and iv had 5 i could only imagine how big this problem really is! ...that means 4 of my 5 broken out of box Astros were all on the shelves at the same time! .... ---So to wrap it up if you put a 300 dollar value on headaches, stress, and hours of digging on forums to find a fix, then the new 2013 Astro products are for you!, but i STRONGLY suggest taking your money elsewhere, i mean you can spend 80 bucks on a cheap headset that WILL WORK out of the box, unfortunately these do not work out of box, and either do the a40s, very sad i know but it is the truth! ...So long astro, i will be taking my money and buying a headset half the price that actually works! ---all the positive reviews must have just gotten lucky or got a good batch because i have tried 5 in less than a week and everyone has been broken, and it doesnt help that Astro has 0 customer support! Save your time and money and buy a headset that will work, me i wil be going back to Tritton, my 130 dollar pair of 720s worked for over 2 years, why i gave them up for Astros i really dont have a clue!.... Sorry for such a long review, but i had to get all my problems i am experiencing out there, so hopefully i can save someone else the headaches and stress i have dealt with over the last week! I WOULD ABSOLUTELY NOT RECOMMEND THE NEW 2013 MODEL ASTROS TO ANYONE AT ALL!! THEY SIMPLY HAVE WAAAAAY TOO MANY PROBLEMS!!Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
This pair is much better.
This pair is much better.|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
This is my 2nd pair of A-50's. First pair was unable to charge 90% of the time. New set is charging much better. Overall battery life isn't the best. I do like the 99% wireless function. No messy cords like the A-40' s, Turtle Beach X12 and X7"s. Wish there we truly wireless as the Triton Warheads. Sound for FPS is much better then those mentioned above. Your able to hear some footsteps in Black Ops2. Once in a while I can hear footsteps in BF3. Unfortunately A50's may become obsolete unless your sticking to current consoles. If you upgrade to next gen consoles make sure to check headsets are compatible. Which is gonna suck for most of us, who have expensive headsets.................Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.