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Improve communication and achieve victory with this Logitech ASTRO wireless headset and base for PlayStation 4. The lightweight construction and padded headband ensure a comfortable fit, and the noise-isolating ear cushions help filter out background noise. This Logitech ASTRO wireless headset and base has powerful speakers that deliver rich, professional-quality audio in immersive surround sound.
Offers up to 15 hours of use on a charge.
Enables simple hands-free chatting via a compatible device.
For a secure fit.
Deliver powerful sound.
20Hz - 20kHz frequency response
For faithful sound reproduction.
48 ohms impedance
To efficiently conduct power.
Delivers crisp tones.
Permits a flexible range of motion.
ASTRO A50 + Base Station for PS4
ASTRO Wireless XB1 5 GHz Base Station Transmitter/Charging Stand
I've always had a soft-spot for Astro gaming gear, especially the headphones. I've owned the A50 in the past, back when it was gen2, I believe. I've also currently have a pair of the A40 TR Editions, which I LOVE. I have those connected to my PC for gaming there. It has been a challenge finding a great pair of headphones for the PS4 because in my experience, most of the headphones have a generally low "overall" volume. Since my last pair of A50's, I've owned at least 4-5 pairs of gaming headphones, all from the top manufacturers. All I'm going to say at this point is that outside of the A40's (wired), the A50's (wireless) are the absolute BEST gaming headphones you can get, currently. Don't get me wrong, there are a few close competitors, especially on the PC front. But for the PS4, the A50's are hands-down the clear winner.
As with all Astro products, I love the unboxing experience. Everything is super heavy-duty and packaged so well, you really feel the "premium" of it and that you got what you paid for. Taking everything out, it's so shiny. I was really surprised at how lightweight the actual cans were. And equally impressed with how small (and also lightweight) the footprint was of the base/stand for these. If I had any complaints at just the general, overall "look" of everything, it would be that I wish there were more matte to the design than gloss. But, I can see why the lower half of the base is shiny/glossy - due to all of the LED lights and such that is built into it. So, I can live with that.
Setup was dead-on simple, but does have a little bit of REQUIRED reading (more in this in the next paragraph). Regardless of if you plan on using these on PC or PS4, you will first need to ensure they are in "PC Mode", and download the Astro Command Center firmware - which was just updated to support these headphones and was released on Friday, 8/2/2019 (Version 1.0.209 for Windows - there is also a Mac version, too). Once this is done, just plug the included USB cable in, run the Command Center program and you will be prompted to update the base station and the headphones. Just click "Yes" and it will automatically do everything for you. If hooking into a PS4 afterwards, just make sure you switch it back over to PS4 mode prior to hooking up.
This review will focus on the PS4 aspect of the headphones, as this is the primary reason why I got them. A40's are perfect for my PC, as the wires are not an issue. PS4, on the other hand, is a different story. I do want to say that if you have a dedicated sound system installed already that your PS4 is hooked into, this headset WILL slightly complicate your setup a bit - but it's WORTH IT. I'm using a Sony HT-Z9F Dolby Atmos soundbar. Simple setup and everything is via HDMI. The base station requires the included optical audio and USB cables to be plugged into the PS4. Once this is done, there are some settings you need to adjust. Please don't let this scare you off - once you do it a few times, it takes no time to make these changes back-and-forth, as you need.
Here are the steps to take to set these up, optimally (These were taken from Astro's "Quick Start Guide):
1) From the Dashboard, navigate to 'Settings’ then select ‘Devices' and select ”Audio Devices.”
2) Ensure Input Device is set to USB Headset (Astro A50 Voice) and the Output Device is set to the same.
3) Ensure the Output to Headphones is set to “Chat Audio.”
4) Navigate back to the Settings menu, then select “Sound and Screen.”
5) Navigate to Audio Output Settings, and ensure Primary Output Port is set to Digital Out (Optical) and Audio Format (Priority) is set to Bitstream (Dolby).
6) Change the Input and Output Device to USB Headset (ASTRO Wireless Transmitter).
Once this is done, I noticed that audio came from both my headphones AND my soundbar. So, I have to either mute the soundbar or turn it all the way down to 0. However, I have verified with Astro directly that "Chat Audio" is the correct setting. If you use "All Audio", this will render your Game/Voice balance feature useless.
Now, you can leave these settings as-is. Docking or turning off your headset will allow audio to output through your receiver/soundbar...but I'm not sure if you will get the correct audio scaling from your receiver without it being set back to HDMI properly (when I do, it switches it back to 7.1 audio).
I have one huge PLUS and one huge MINUS regarding the A50's. The PLUS is that they employ a smart auto-on/auto-off feature. So, if you take them off and lay them down, after a few minutes, they will go into standby to preserve battery. Simply pick them up and put them on and you will hear a beep and the headphones power back up. The MINUS is that given the volume is controlled directly by a wheel on the headphones, there is not actual volume level indicator. There's no way of knowing that they are maxed out or not other than scrolling the will and seeing that they are not going any louder (I've experienced this on some game with naturally low-sounding audio). My only other issue is in the length of the USB cable. It pretty much forces you to have your headphones set-up within 3 or so feet of your PS4. So, you may want to invest in a longer USB cable if you plan on displaying these nicely.
They also have smart-charging technology built into them, so they will not overcharge if you leave them on the base station for a long period of time. Additionally, while the Xbox version of these are advertised as Dolby Atmos; the PS4 version is not, as the system does not have Atmos capabilities. However, in PC mode, it is Atmos capable. You just do not receive an Atmos code with the PS4 version, like you get on the Xbox version.
One final tip that I want to share is with the Game/Voice balance. If you are not using the mic, make sure you press the Game side of the rocker all the way until you hear a beep. This will ensure you are getting the max audio volume from your total volume level. When using the mic, pressing Voice will lower the game volume so you can hear the chat better. There is a chime at the halfway level, then another chime at the full voice level, like there is at the full game level, so you do have an indicator where your balance is.
Overall, these are a solid 5 star rating. They are the very best gaming headphones I've ever used on the PS4 and yes, they sound even louder (rivaling my A40's) on the PC. I've never understood why the PS4 has such a naturally "low" volume with headphones, but the A50's completely resolve that! They are beautiful, as well as super comfy (I can't wait to get my mod kit that I pre-ordered!!!) and while they may complicate your setup, it's something I can live with. I have a minor hearing disability and these are one of the few cans I can use and still be wowed and amazed by. Every. Single. Time.
Now, my only hope is that when the PS5 comes out (next year?), these will work. Because I really, really want to use these for a very long time. Amazing. If you've made it this far in my review, then I can only say this: Do not hesitate. Add to your cart and buy now. You will not regret it.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
ASTROnomically Improved Gaming Experience
----- Summary -----
- Outstanding audio quality
- Comfortable to wear
- Durable but also lightweight
- 15-hour battery life
- Status and mode indicators on the base station
- Dependable wireless connectivity
- Game and chat audio balance control on the headset
- Mic is muted when in the upward position
- Customization options in ASTRO Command Center
- Leather headband and cushions sold separately
----- Review -----
In the box, you will find the A50 Wireless Headset, base station, instructions, micro USB cable, optical cable and a two-year subscription code for Dolby Atmos. Setup was as simple as plugging the USB and optical cable into the base station and Xbox, then checking the audio settings on the Xbox and adjusting them as needed. The setup is similar for PCs, but this review will be primarily focussed on my experience using the headset with an Xbox. Within just a few minutes, the headset and base station were set up and ready to go. I have noticed that something as simple as a product’s unboxing and setup experience significantly impacts first impressions. The ASTRO team clearly knows and capitalizes on that.
I am a big fan of this headset’s design. It strikes a great balance between durability and comfort. I have owned several different gaming headsets in the past, and they were either too lightweight and flimsy or too durable and heavy. With the latter, the substantial weight of the headband on the top of my head and the cushions around my ears would cause discomfort, even during short gaming sessions. That is not an issue at all with the ASTRO A50 headset. It is both lightweight and durable. I noticed right away how gaming without discomfort made my experience much more enjoyable. The distance between the headband and the ear cushions can be easily adjusted with the sliders on each side, and that setting does stay in place pretty well, even after moving around or docking the headset on its base. With the optional A50 Mod Kit that ASTRO offers, the cloth headband and ear cushions can be swapped out with synthetic leather ones. My one disappointment with this headset is that those are not included and must be purchased separately. On the right side of the headset are the power switch, Dolby button (to swap between Dolby and source audio), EQ button (to swap between equalizer presets), volume control, and game audio/player voice balance buttons. On the left side of the headset is the microphone, which can be moved up and down as needed. Something cool is that the mic is muted automatically when it is in the upward position. The headset can be charged using a USB port or wirelessly on the base. The back of the base has a switch for PC or Xbox mode, a USB port, optical in/out, AUX and a micro USB port. The front has several lights to signify statuses and modes, such as whether the headset/base is in PC or Xbox mode, the battery status, Dolby status, and EQ mode. I like where everything is located and have found it easy to learn the controls/modes. The ASTRO A50 Wireless Headset looks great and feels great. In terms of design, there is not much more I could ask for.
Features & Performance:
The top feature and reason to get this ASTRO A50 headset is the audio. With ASTRO Audio V2 and Dolby, the audio quality is top-notch. The bass is powerful but not overwhelming or distorting. The surround sound is directionally accurate, and everything sounds crisp and clear. I have not experienced a headset or home surround sound system that comes close to the audio quality of the ASTRO A50 headset. The icing on the cake is that this headset is wireless. Another aspect of the audio that I have learned to appreciate is the game/voice balancing buttons on the side of the headset that allow you to turn down chat voices easily so that the game sound can be more prominent or vice versa. If you use this headset for Xbox gaming, I highly recommend activating the included subscription to Dolby Atmos so that you are getting everything out of this impressive headset. Not all games support Dolby Atmos spatial sound, but the list of games is growing as new ones come out. With the headset being wireless and producing such high-quality sound, I was a bit fearful that it would have mediocre battery life, but that is far from the case. It has over 15 hours of battery life, so this headset has not even come close to running out of battery during my gaming sessions, especially since I charge it on the base after every use. The dependability of the wireless connection and the range is another feature I believe I should mention. I have not had any connectivity issues since I started using the headset. This even applies when I close the cabinet door to my TV stand, so small barriers do not appear to be an issue. With the ASTRO Command Center Software, numerous settings allow you to fine-tune audio input (e.g. mic level) and output (e.g. EQ profiles). The amount of customization that is available to account for specific needs is impressive, and the software works well for its purpose. ASTRO packed a lot of features and, most importantly, outstanding audio into this A50 headset.
After having the opportunity to test the ASTRO A50 Wireless Headset, there is no doubt in my mind that a five-star rating is what it deserves. Other headsets are going to have a hard time competing with the appealing design, comfort, numerous features, and outstanding audio quality of this A50 headset. As a longtime gamer, I cannot help but smile and be filled with excitement when I get my hands on a product as great as this. My gaming experience has been taken to another level with this headset, and I hope you have the opportunity to try it for yourself. The A50 headset is an easy top choice and recommendation to fellow gamers.
If you are in a hurry, I'm going to put the TLDR version first and then explain my comments further down.
- Solid build
- Customizable sound profiles
- Battery life much better than the rated 15hrs, I got about 21
- Compact base station with plug to charge other devices (like controllers)
- Very comfortable earpads and headband
- Extra USB charging port
Neither Pro/Con: (Player Preference)
- Tuned to the 'Boomy' end of the sound spectrum (good for some games and gamers, not so much for others), despite having equalizer control
- A little short, I don't have a freakishly long head (but longer than most) and they are just barely surrounding my ears at the fullest extension. If you have a normal or smaller sized head, you will probably be fine
- Requires a PC to update the firmware. The firmware out of the box is wonky, need to update to the version that launched at the beginning of Aug 19.
- Base Station needs a bit more weight to it, gets shoved around too easily by the headphones, or pulled by cables connecting to power/system
- Sometimes seems difficult for the headset to properly hit the charging pins and doesn't charge correctly
Full Pro Details:
Solid build: The A50 headset is solidly built but not overly heavy so it feels like a quality set of headphones but doesn't feel like it is dragging your head down.
Customizable Sound Profiles: The Astro Command Center lets you tweak up to three sound profiles saved to your base station. You can have more than that made but only three can be saved to the base station at a time and are selectable by the headphone. This is great if you like ultimate control over the sound in the games or even just want to slightly alter a stock profile.
Long Battery Life: The box says 15+ hours of battery life, but that '+' is pretty generous considering that from the first full charge up to the time they conked out on me, was almost 22 hours in total. Now, ideally you would never push this limit because you would put them back on the base station to charge between sessions but depending on your setup (base station close to you, or closer to your TV/Console), this may not always be the case. At least you should have a couple of days charge for gaming.
Comfortable: The stock earpads and headband cushion are very nice and comfortable and breathe well. You also have the option of purchasing a mod kit which will give you 'leather' pads for the headset as well. This would/should give you better sound isolation but will probably be hotter on your ears.
Extra USB Charging Port: On the back of the base station is an additional USB port that you can use to plug in a charging cable for whatever you like but which I use for charging my Xbox controller. Now in my case, the base station is next to where I sit when playing games, if your base station it further away, this may or may not be of help. It allowed me to not have the USB cable running from the front of my Xbox across the room to my controller, which freed up that cable for me to use with the base station since the one included is only like three feet. I instead use the Astro cable for my controller, which works perfectly.
Full 'Neutral' Details:
'Boomy' Sound Design: While you have the ability to dial in an equalizer setting to your liking, the A50s will always lean towards a bass-heavy or 'boomy' sound. This is partially because of the fact that these are closed backed headphones, which helps to accentuate the lower tones and helps prevent sound bleeding out and disturbing those around you. It is a pretty standard design choice nowadays but depending on your preferences and what type of game you are playing, this may be a con for you. If you play a game where you need to hear a lot of detailed sound (footsteps or indicator sounds), the bass signature on these may drown those out. Again, this isn't a fault of Astro, since a lot of gamers don't feel 'immersed' in their game unless they can feel the explosions all round them. Me personally, I tend to play quieter games or games that I need to hear subtle cues and I have had to dial down the low end of the EQ to make those stand out better.
Size Skews Normal/Small: I don't have a long head but it is past 'normal' to the longer end of the range. I have had a ton of headphones (music & gaming) that fit me just fine but the Astro A50s lean more towards the normal or small head sizes. Probably a safe bet for Astro since I am a fully grown man (despite what my wife says), and most of their users are probably going be those with normal sized heads or adolescents.
PC Requirement: Being able to tweak sound signatures requires the Astro Command Center to be downloaded to a PC/Mac but if that was all that was required, you probably don't need to worry since one of the stock sounds, will probably work best for you. But in real-world usage you need to update the firmware for these headphones. Throughout my weeks of using the A50s prior to the firmware update, I was getting sound drops, inaccurate battery readings (it told me I had three blocks of battery but then died), and base station was acting 'weird' in that it wouldn't shut off or would change the Dolby setting for no reason. To properly use the A50s you need to update them at least once out of the box. I haven't run into any of those problems (or any new ones) in the few days since that update has dropped so that may be all they need.
Base Station Weight: While the base station is nicely compact and won't take up a lot of space, it also doesn't weigh a ton and depending on it's placement, you may find that the weight/pull of the cords is a drag on it or when you are placing your headphones in the cradle to charge, it will slide all over. You can fix this with some sticky tabs on the bottom (like I did) or you can live with it. I was mostly frustrated because, at least for me, it made it harder to place the headphones to ensure a good contact with the charge pins. Which leads me to my final Con...
Can Be Difficult To Consistently Hit The Charging Pins: While the base station and headphones have magnets to draw each other to the proper placement of the pins/charge points, it actually seems to be hit/or miss. I have had more than one occasion where I was sure they were set and charging (with the little charge indicators going), but then the next day, the headphones aren't charged. Now to be fair, this may have also been a firmware issue or because I am a lot more careful about their placement now, I have not run into this problem but it was a problem at one time for me.
Overall: I really like the Astro A50s and I'm happy to have a set of wireless headphones again after years of using wired ones and always snagging the cord on something. The main reason I knocked a star off of the review was because of the requirement to update the firmware on these out of the box. If that weren't the case or if Astro starts delivering them with the updated firmware already loaded, these would easily be a 4.5/5 star set of gaming headphones. Oh, you may have also noted that I didn't say anything about the microphone and that is because I did not have any cause to use it and therefore can't say one way or the other about it's quality.
The Astro A50 is supposed a gamers headset which allows both superb audio and voice chat with the ability to adjust your audio and chat settings via their latest firmware update to their hub. The big question comes down to rather or not this is going to fit the bill for you. Hopefully this review will help to clear up any buying decisions you may be facing.
First things first, lets talk about what you can expect to receive right out of the box. Out of the box you will receive the base unit (which serves as the charging dock), headset, micro usb cable and optical cable. Set up is very easy and only takes a matter of minutes. The base station has a optical in and out port and can be switched between PC mode and PS4 mode. On the main headset unit itself you can switch between Dolby audio and standard along with the ability to switch between three equalizer pre sets which can be changed and named via the free PC app. The mic flips up and down to turn the mic on and off which is a pretty nice feature to have. Charging is done one of two ways, you can run the micro usb cable directly to the headset or you can set the headset on the base station for it to charge over night. The base station uses magnets to help line the headset up for charging on the dock and does a very nice job of accomplishing this. The ear cups, mic, side covers and band can all be replaced via Astro's website with customizable gear to help set you apart from everyone else. There are a few key items i look for in gaming headsets. One of the most important being comfort and the second being sound quality and the ability to adjust my settings on the fly. Lets talk comfort for a second here. One of the first things i noticed about this headset was the ear cup design. I have several different gaming headsets i use and one thing they all share in common is a nice big cushion on the ear cups. Some of my better headsets even use a gel design to help keep you cool and prevent sweat build up. The ear cups on the Astro A50 are nothing special whatsoever. In fact over several hours of use i felt them to become uncomfortable as the cushion design seemed to be too thin. One of the first upgrades i would do to this unit is buy an upgrade to the ear cups. Kinda sucks that i would i have to do this on a gaming head set but hey i guess that's how they make money. The head band itself is made of what appears to be plastic or really strong fiberglass. I mention this design because it does take some break in period. When i first wore this headset the band was very uncomfortable and would give me headaches after long use. However after several weeks of continuous use i can safely say that the band has stretched out a bit and is now starting to feel a lot more comfortable.
Lets get in to the real meat of this headset and the main reason for purchase which is audio and voice quality along with functionality. The audio quality is very impressive. Using the Dolby surround sound mode you can clearly make out sounds in your game and judge roughly how far away they are and which distance they are coming from. While playing out Fallout 76 or The Division 2 i was able to judge where my enemy was simply by the sound of his gunfire. The Dolby surround sound did such a good job with helping to immerse me in the game that i felt almost as if i had advantage over my enemies. Now keep in mind that in order for this set up to work good your PC or Console must support this feature. Mic quality is good and provides no issues. With this being a wireless unit i never once experienced any drop outs or distortion. Now this unit makes a great addition for people that like to stream. With the free Astro PC app you can adjust several key features to help set your mic and audio up for gaming or streaming. You can adjust game in and mic volume so you can get more of what you want. You have a built in equilizer which you can set up for your gaming preference and then set them to one of your 3 hotbar equalizer presets on the base station. For example my first preset is designed for shooter games which is more bass heavy so that i can feel the bullets and explosions, while my second preset is geared more towards mmo's which allow for more highs and mids so that i am able to take in all the background noise like leaves blowing or birds chirping. The app also provides 4 noise gate presets, streaming, night, home and tournament mode. Since i don't stream too often i like to keep my gate on home mode so that it doesn't flood the voice chat with all kinds of background noises from my wife or kids running around. Now with all that being said and done there is one key feature that i would of love to see and hopefully see in the future and that is the add on of an android app so that i don't have to keep hooking this unit up to my PC to adjust my settings. As a big mmo player i like to have to ability to adjust all my settings via a app on my phone and believe it or not this is the only headset i own that does not allow for that feature. Its kind of sad really cause with as far as technology has come there is a app for everything on android. I mean for crying out loud my MSI motherboard even has an app to adjust settings via my phone. Most people may not care for this but the reason why this stand outs to me so much is because most mmo players spend alot of time grinding away for better gear or loot or whatever. While im grinding away i like to have the ability to stream music to my headset and adjust the audio output between in game music and my personal play list. This head set does not allow the use of this feature and the main reason is cause the base station acts more of a charging station rather than a central hub.
Here's the bottom line. This headset is a good set up with awesome audio quality and great mic settings. This is a perfect set up for anyone looking to reduce wire clutter around their battle station while being able to game with fluid audio streaming. The long battery life ensures that you should be able to easily get 15 hours of straight use before needing a charge, least that's the amount of time i got. The design is simplistic but yet still retains a sense of style. Comfort is a little off and does require some break in time so keep that in mind while moving forward. Over all this is a great headset, not one of my favorites but definitely a very good entry level headset for any novice to mid level gamer or streamer out there. If you do pick this unit up i think you will be very happy with how well the Dolby surround sound works and how immerse it helps you get.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Comfortable, Great Range, Sound Great
* Very comfortable to wear for long sessions.
* Sound great with tons of customization options.
* Convenient recharging base station.
* Missing some of the audio feedback that other brands do.
I work from home for a tech company and spend a good portion of my day on Skype calls. While this is advertised as a great gaming headset, it also is awesome for PC use with Skype calls or other video conferencing. The headset is comfortable to wear for long periods of time and the swing-up boom microphone is convenient for going silent during a call - for bathroom breaks or other reasons.
There are a ton of audio customization options in the provided Astro Command Center software for Windows/Mac. There are even a few buttons on the headset itself to adjust the Game/Voice balance, the overall volume, the audio source and even the EQ settings.
So far, the range has been excellent as has been the battery life. The wireless communication box doubles as a drop-in charger so whenever you’re not wearing the headset, you just drop it on the charger which keeps it topped off for the next use.
My only small complaints are a few “niceties” that other brands have such as audio feedback when muting/unmuting the microphone, etc… With this headset, if you rotate the microphone boom up, it mutes the audio, but you get no feedback so you don’t really know if the microphone was muted. With other similar headsets, rotating up the boom mic also mutes it, but the headset either says “Microphone muted” with a voice in the headset to confirm, or at least has a beep to signify that an action happened. Same for unmuting. I tried suggesting to these feature requests to the manufacturer and gave up after 4 attempts of them not reading my request and instead just saying that rotating up the boom mic mutes the audio.
Anyway, this is a solid headset for gaming, PC audio calls and even movie and music playback. The battery life is great, the range is more than you’ll probably need, and the drop-in charger is really convenient. I can’t quite give it a perfect 5-star rating but it’s ][ this close.
Sound wise these I would say are equivalent to my Steel series 9x with Dolby atmos enabled. You can easily hear footsteps and which direction they are coming from. The bass isn’t that loud so if you want thundering bass these aren’t for you. The highs are great. The base station and headphones were easy to connect but had some issues with them powering on unless I unplugged the usb from the console and plugged it back it. Chat was clear little to no noise cancellation. If your like me and have a bigger size head these will hurt after a while they are heavy and the clamping force seems like a lot. I ended up selling these for the Arctis 9x which have connection issues as well lol.
For $300+ they don’t sound as good as cheaper sets.
Have been using these for a month now - I want to cover a few things
1. Setup - setup was a breeze - simply plug in your optical cable or USB cable to your PC - done!
2. Function - They are wireless and provide a good range in my home - I can wander a bit around the house before the sound will drop - usually about 40feet give or take. The sound doesn't distort but doe completely drop-in/out when you hit that edge! The headset has a great battery life - I used them for a few gaming sessions and conference calls for about 3-4 hours - never got a battery warning! It's easy to set up 3 different audio EQs and switch from game to PC> Also the base provides a charge status!
3. Comfort - I ofter find that over the ear headsets become uncomfortable after about 45 min with my ears getting hot. These have a magnetic earpiece that is a foam/fabric material. These are comfortable and allow some airflow and thus I can wear them longer - also easy replacement as they wear down to keep the headset like new!
4. Microphone - has good pickup and boom is flexible. When upright it is muted. There is a noticeable "notch" when moving up that lets you know it is in fact muted!
5. Volume - this headset has a good volume for calls and gaming - They are plenty loud enough but not rocking your skull LOUD. I tried going loud to find a distortion but the limited settings prevented that - which is good!!
6. Sound Quality - I really liked the sound form these - They are Dolby settings. I found the spacial to be great and the custom EQ lets me set to sound as I want. I set up a few EQs for music/Gaming/Calls that are quick presets! These presets are easily known on the base or by audio beeps as you flip through.
7. Build Quality - this headset should last a long time. They are well built and using the base for storage should keep them out of harms way! With the customizable pieces that are replaceable as well.
8. WIndows 10 allows me to switch between the headset and my USB desktop speakers so that I'm not always plugging/unplugging the headset
Overall a great headset and should last a while if taken care of!
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Best Gaming headset I’ve used on the Xbox One X
I’ve used all sorts of headsets for the Xbox over the years and I thought I was sold on a different brand until I tried these A50s. I suffer from a high-end hearing loss so where most standard gaming headphones would sound great to most people, I end up missing a lot of nuances. These headphones get the job done!
The ASTRO A50 Wireless Headphones are provide absolute immersion into your gaming experience. The bundle I have comes with a base station for charging and wireless transmission from your gaming system to your headphones. The headphones provide Dolby Headphone Surround Sound. They are engineered with spatial placement for a three-dimensional audio experience. They are fully wireless and have a 15+ hour battery life. The A50 will automatically shutoff when inactive and power on when it detects motion (i.e. if you pick them up and place them on your head).
The microphone is a precision mic. Flexible and durable it offers clear, low noise communication and is optimized for gaming on the major gaming platforms (Xbox One, Playstation 4, PC and Mac). The mic’s boom arm operates the mute/unmute function. A simple flip upward mutes the mic and when you pull it down, it unmutes. In addition to the simple mic operation, you have the ability to adjust the ratio of game audio to voice chat. There is an Astro Command Center that is available for download for free that allows you to customize mic levels, EQ settings, and even share audio settings with other gamers.
Getting started with the A50s wasn’t too difficult. In order to update the firmware you will need to download the Astro app — Astro Command Center. To connect to the software, you will need to plug your headphones in using a USB cable. You will need to make sure the base station is switched to “PC Mode” and then click the “ok” button on the prompt that states “A firmware update is required”. Once the update has finished you switch the base station back to “Xbox” and plug it back into the gaming system. With the Astro Command Center you also have the option to change settings for the devices.
I connected them to my Xbox One X to start my first gaming experience with them. The first game I played with the A50s was Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. I was just blown away. The sound quality was wonderful and for someone who has normal hearing, these are probably such a game changer that it’s almost like cheating when playing against others. For me, I am hearing other players footsteps and gunfire from the direction it’s coming from. This is something I’m not used to being able to hear so it was like a wake-up call for me. The ASTRO A50’s are insanely good.
So how about comfort? When I play I play for hours at a time, I’m not getting any headaches or sore ears. The ear cushions are super soft to the touch and they connect by magnets to the headset so they can be replaced super easily if they wear out or get damaged.
These have been the best gaming headset I think I have ever owned. I don’t think I have ever been this happy with any other headphones…ever. I have some wonderful ANC headphones I love for music but even as great as they are, I have never been as happy to use them as I am the A50s. The A50s have honestly been a game changer for me. Are these worth buying? Absolutely. ASTRO has made incredible gaming headphones that are built well, feel great, and most importantly sound amazing!
The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about soundstage, comfort, usability and sound. Editors are less positive about noise isolation and have mixed opinions about price. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 88/100 = Very good quality.
Tom's GuideRating, 4 out of 54.0Michael Andronico on March 2, 2015
Astro A50 Wireless (Xbox One) Review
The Astro A50 justifies its $300 price tag by offering stellar wireless gaming performance on Xbox One. The headset's 7.1 surround earcups helped me stay extra-aware of my surroundings in competitive games, and fully immersed during cinematicFull Review
A:AnswerYes it does. I just got them today in the mail and it said “Xbox one” on them so I was kinda upset because I thought I would have to exchange them. But there’s a switch on the back to change it from Xbox one to PC mode and it works with PS4 on PC mode.
A:AnswerThere are only 2 versions for gen 4 astro A50. PS4 version and XBOX ONE version, both compatible with pc. Model number 939-001673 is ps4/pc version (black) and model number 939-001680 xbox (gray). Both have a switch at the back of base station for console or pc. This headset is great Only downside is the price.