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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Gaming headset I’ve ever used on the Xbox One

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    nickcal
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    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 others are taking for granted. I had taken a step back from gaming on my Xbox for a period of time and when I stepped back into it with an Xbox One X, an older set of headphones I had been using would give me a lot of odd errors. They would cut in and out and I was no longer able to speak to my friends on Xbox Live. So it was time to invest in a new set. I finally decided on the ASTRO A50 Wireless Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset. These headphones are quite an investment so for me to want to spend that much on a brand I had yet to try, I knew they needed to not only live up to the hype the company was pushing but also needed to be able to deliver that edge I was looking for. Again with having some major hearing loss, these headphones needed to fill a void that for the most part was nearly impossible to fill. As I said above, I was giving the A50’s a nearly impossible task. Maybe I felt that way because of the brand loyalty I had with other brands. Maybe I wanted these to fail so I wouldn’t be spending too much on a set of gaming headphones. Maybe I didn’t want to feel like I have been missing out all these years by using other headphones. I also wasn’t sure about how well I would be able to hear with them given my hearing loss. Even with these apprehensions in place, I connected them to my Xbox One X to start my first gaming experience with the ASTRO A50 Wireless Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset. The first game I played with the A50s was Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. I was just blown away. That buyers’ remorse I felt before was instantly gone. That brand loyalty I was talking about, yep, it was gone as well. So as you can probably tell by my excitement, 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 got from my original older headset but even those cannot compare to what I have now with the A50s. 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 were out or got damaged. Astro actually offers noise canceling ear cushions that can be ordered if you want to beef the headset up more (part of the mod kit). Something I did not have with my TB headset was an option to mute my mic by simply lifting the boom arm up. I would fumble around pressing buttons that never really gave me a solid answer if I was muted and it just drives me a bit batty. So, having this simple operation to handle that function is miraculous. The A50’s have few buttons and switches but when you use them you know what you are pressing and what they do. I can adjust them without ever needing to take the headphones off to see what I am touching. You could say I am super impressed with the A50’s. As much as I love the A50s, there is one thing I am not impressed with — the charging connectors. I love that you can charge the A50s wirelessly but the method is a little old-fashioned, in my opinion. The wireless charging option is to place the headphones into the base to charge by what looks like early 2000’s prong and teeth connections. I had issues almost every other time I place my headset on the dock to charge. I am finding myself adjusting them on the base trying to get them to line up perfectly. I’ve also had to turn the headphones on and off to get them to link up properly to charge even when they are lined up correctly. I would have preferred a more universal wireless charging option like what you get with QI charging for cell phones. I would have gladly paid more to have a more user-friendly experience or at last, an experience like I have when I set my iPhone down on a wireless charger. Instead, this clunky charging prong thing is past its prime. Now, you do have the option to charge the headphones using a Micro USB cable, which, again, is old-fashioned in my opinion. I would much rather have seen Astro use USB-C as the charging option. In addition to the charging issue, the dock is also very lightweight and it moves around a bit. So instead of sitting on my entertainment center without moving around, I am always readjusting it to keep it lined up with the Xbox. This is not a defect in the product as I am sure their goal was to make it lightweight but it’s more of a defect of mine as I am OCD and I need the dock lined up. 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. Being able to hear things others don’t have allowed me to up my KD in games that I would have gotten killed from behind due to lack of hearing. Are these worth buying? Absolutely. ASTRO has made incredible gaming headphones that are built well, feel great, and most importantly sound amazing!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Headset that is COMFORTABLE!

    Posted
    Backlash1888
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    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
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    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

    The king of wireless headsets.

    Posted
    Kevin
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    I wanted a new headset for my PS4 and for my pc. As someone who has a higher end stereo system and V-Moda M-100 headphones I have high standards for sound. I did not want to go the mod mic route because I prefer a way to control chat volume and game sound indepently. Build quality and overall comfort; Astro has always been known for making really high quality headsets and these are no exception. The plastic doesn't creek and should be able to withstand daily use and abuse. One of my complaints with headsets (all headphones for that matter) is how some headband adjusters are loose and easy to adjust, the A-50s adjusters are firm I doubt these will move by themselves. One con is if you have a big head these might not work for you because on my medium sized head I had to max them out. Comfort is exceptional I can wear these hours on end and I forget they are there. Connectivity; Undoubtedly the most important part of a wireless headset is the connection itself. Astro uses the 5 GHz band for transmission at first this scared me because my router is on the same frequency also. The connection is as solid as you can get after around three hours of gaming I received one very minor cut out that lasted maybe 300 ms. Very impressive indeed! Connecting is fairly straight forward you plug the optical cord into your' tv/ps4 etc and the base has a passthrough so you can still use your' receiver. Sound quality; These are NOT a basshead headset! These are an audiophiles headset the frequency response, using the media preset, is flat and precise. Bass, Treble and mids are even and clear they don't overpower each other. Honestly I love these just as much as my home stereo and V-Moda's that's saying a lot. Microphone and mix amp; There's been some reviews saying that the mic quality is sub par, I agree with this while it's not bad I expect more from a $300 headset. The mixamp is Astro's claim to fame this is the reason why you want this headset. The mixamp is basically a pro tr built into the headset you have three presets built in (that you can fine tune in the Astro hub) along with the usual volume, and game/chat mixer. The mixer itself is perfect my only complaint is the "surround sound" makes the sound tinny and adds reverb. It's not horrible but it's lacking. Final thoughts; Battery life showed four bars after fours of gaming. Charging took around six hours from %0 to %100 not the greatest but on the plus side the battery should last several years before it degrades. Overall this a fantastic headset and would recommend it %100.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Buyer Beware

    Posted
    SGTCopeland98
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    Let me start by saying I prefer to purchase Quality Headsets. I have owned TurtleBeach 800X since they came out. My headset was having some weird issues so I was ready to purchase a replacement set. Heard Rave Reviews from a bunch of gamer friends that just went on and on about how wonderful their ASTRO headsets are. So I decided to try it out. First went with the A40s and next day had to return them. Would not connect with XBOX or its own receiver. Issue was with the wire connection at the headset. Took it back upgraded to the A50's. First day noted no issues other than it would drop the sound from game and chat for a second or two occasionally after using them for a few hours. Decided to contact their support and immediately was questioned on do you have wife stuff etc around this can cause drops and oh try restting it. Wait a second here. This is a brand new off the shelf headset that cost a lot of money and your first reply is resetting it and oh wait the devises around you can cause them to disconnect. STRIKE 1 was the disconection of the sound then STRIKE 2 was their customer support on a $400 dollar pair of headsets. So I reset it and seemed to work for another week with still an occasional drop etc. Mind you my TB Elite 800X never had that issue. Also note that I am probably sitting about 4 feet from the receiver. Oh and the charging base never worked had to use a USB cable to charge it. Strike 2.5 really cause it did not detract from the audio. Which was really good when it worked. On par I would say with the TB 800X. Now Iwas playing and the disconnections were lasting longer and to the point of inop. Then the Receiver just dies from the best that I can tell. Buyer beware and Gamer Beware. This Headset is not worth the money at all. If this headset was around 150 I would be okay I get it not your premier headset your going to have problems but 400 and raved about as their premier wireless headset. Forget about it. Battery life was decent and you could play and charge but I could also with my TB800X. Sound was great but so was my TB800X. Comfort not there. I feel that they were lighter than the TB800X and the cuff were nice. TB800X has Bluetooth capabilities that Ican make and receive calls listen to music etc while playing. Both have charging cradles that they sit in. TB800X charged almost every time. Occasionally had to remove headset and reseat. Bar None as far as XBOX Headsets go TB 800X far superior to the ASTRO headsets. STRIKE Three Astros are out total failure and second seperate headset from ASTROS. I will never purchase another ASTRO headset not even as a gift for someone. My next headset will be the TB stealth 700 since Best Buy does not supply TB 800X anymore.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Headset!

    Posted
    Chris
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    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

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

    Posted
    Verf
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    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My favorite wireless headset for the Xbox One

    Posted
    SmilingCat
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    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

    6 months later, great but NOT flawless

    Posted
    OnlineShoppingGuy
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    I am an adult gamer and was very excited to finally use an Astro headset that is fully wireless. I read tons of reviews on Turtle Beach's top-of-the-line headsets compared to the older Astros, and finally decided to pre-order the Astro A50s. So after 6 months, here are pros and cons. Pros are readily available in online reviews, so I'll spend more time on the Cons. PROs: Sound quality Microphone quality (no issues like the previous Astro A40s and earlier generation A50s experienced). Fully wireless Attractive stand/base and headset design. CONS 1) The wireless range is much less than advertised 30 feet. I have the Xbox One in a vented media cabinet, and my headset sits at the end of the bar countertop above the cabinet, against a wall so it isn't right in the middle of the room. I sit on a couch about 8 to 10 feet away from the headset base. For lack of a better way to phrase this, it seems that the wireless wave signal coming from the base does not shoot up and away but rather straight out and sagging. I get distortion when my head is even a foot below the base if the countertop is between us at all, even at 8 to 10 feet. I then stacked 4 coffeetable books under the base and this solved the problem, but if anyone sits at the bar, I get distortion, if the top of one of the bar chairs is in between us, I get distortion. If I move to the farthest end of the couch (in the 12 to 15 foot range, the signal is subject to distortion). This is all goes without saying, if I walk into the next door room to grab a drink during an in-game lobby, I get distortion. Lesson: this headset works best if you're sitting right next to it or if it is elevated above you. In searching online to see if others ran into the same problem, I read that Astro's wireless chip supplier was changed for this most recent generation, and it is not the same quality as previous generation headsets. 2) Loss of connection after reboots. When I shut down my Xbox and start it up the next day, I often lose the connection to the headset (sound works, but not the microphone). It took me a while troubleshooting this including checking for firmware updates and completely unplugging and replugging the USB. However, the quickest way to solve this problem has been to switch the headset base to PC mode and back to Xbox. This seems to reset the connection and I get a notification on the XBox that my headset has been assigned. Definitely an inconvenience for a $300 headset. Is it worth buying? It's worth considering all your options first, so you'll need to make the call between this and the TB wireless alternatives. If you go with Astro, I haven't seen a better Astro headset, and it is usually years between each official Astro generation so this is probably the best option for now. If you don't mind having wires around, the wired version of this would not have the problems I've described.

    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: 2 out of 5 stars

    Generation 3 is a nightmare

    Posted
    BuffsOverNexus
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    I've owned both the second and third generation of the A50 headset. This generation, the third, is by far the worst generation in the series. They added new and flashy features, but lack where it matters most: reliability. I've replaced my generation-3 headset 3 times now, and I've found myself having both similar and different issues. Just for reference: I've used this headset ONLY on PC. Common issues: - The charging dock will break. This is important to remember if you ever plan on using the charging dock. After about a month or so of usage, you will notice one day that the headset will be desynced from the dock and will never work the same. I believe the headset shorts out while it's charging and permanently damages the dock. - Headset does not work with a USB 3.0 port. This is important if you don't have many USB 2.0 ports. After researching, I found that this dock doesn't support 3.0, despite 3.0 being backwards compatible. Uncommon issues: - The driver to the device is simply garbage. My computer has a weird interaction with the device driver (even after manually installing a new driver from Astro) where basically it freezes the computer itself. What I mean is this headset actually prevents my OS from booting up (my keyboard actually doesn't light up) and keeps the screen on the BIOS. I know it's not my motherboard because I actually recently replaced it for a new board. Also, when I unplug the dock from the computer, the PC actually instantly shows up to windows, as if it had already booted. - Your games will crash. Don't plan on having fun using this device in any games. It may work well, but it does not hold up for long. It has caused my games to crash consistently and constantly through all generation 3 headsets that I've had the misfortune of using. In short, this headset works great for what it is, but it does not last even close to one year, nonetheless two years. For $300, I recommend honestly anything else because you will at least get a full life out of your headset. If you still plan on buying this headset, I highly recommend a protection plan because you'll be needing it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth every penny

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    GeoJoe
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    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

    Best Gaming Headset I've Ever Owned

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    Danny
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    Before purchasing the Gen 3 Astro A50 Wireless Gaming Headset, I owned the previous generation and was very pleased with it. That used to be the best headset I ever owned. This new generation easily takes the cake. Not only did they improve the already superior sound, Astro has also created an innovative wireless charging stand. Correct me if I am wrong, but I have never seen a high-end gaming headset with a wireless charging dock on its base station. Dropping the headset down after gaming for hours and not having to worry about plugging it in is such a great feeling. The battery life is another dramatic improvement to this generation of A50s. It is advertised to get 15 hours on a full charge, and I can confirm this. The last generation was constantly dying on me, which meant I was plugged in more than I like. Another one of my favorite features of this headset is the ability to flip up the mic to mute. Simply flip it up and you're muted from the party or game chat. Instead of having to feel for the mute button on your headset or on the cord, I found this to be much more convenient. This feature comes in handy when you play in an area that you're not always alone, like a living room or basement. Sound and comfort are truly amazing. The surround sound is unlike any other headset I have ever used. I used to be a Turtle Beach enthusiast, but Astro is definitely my brand of preference when it comes to my gaming headset. 10/10 - I highly recommend the Astro A50s. They are an investment, but a wise one in my opinion. This headset will greatly improve your gaming experiences.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great, but act up every now and then

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    Isidro
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    I’ve had my headset for almost a year now and I’ve seen the negative reviews on this headset after only a month or so, but they’re not all fair. I’ll start off with the cons and possible solutions/causes to the problems. It’s true that the mic does cut off frequently at times, but I’ve found that the cause of this problem is having the base station positioned near something with a similar frequency to the one it uses to communicate with the headset. For example, my headset never acts up unless I turn on my soundbar, which is next to my base station, but once I turn off the soundbar all the cutoffs stop happening and the mic works perfectly. It’s true that battery life is weird, but that only happened to me within the first month, it seemed to adjust itself after the month and they consistently reach a minimum of 8 hours of consecutive use. Another awkward problem is that if you leave your headset docked on the base station overnight it does drain your battery every now and then, but I just leave the headset hanging off my monitor and the battery doesn’t drain at all. I will say there has been one scary problem though that’s only ever happened to me once and it was that my headset didn’t charge or turn on at all a whole day, but luckily all I did was leave it alone for a couple days and it somehow fixed itself they work perfectly fine now. If you can deal with these problems, then I would 100% recommend this headset!! Some of the best sound quality in game especially if you adjust the settings on a pc beforehand, but I can also 100% recommend using them without adjusting any settings they work great. The mic is also perfectly clear, my friends have never once complained about any background noises or my voice sounding funny. Overall, once I got past the previous issues and I’ve gained experience on how to handle the headset I’ve fallen in love with them

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing headset

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    Jameison
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    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

    Almost Perfect - High Cost -

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    G0nz0122
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    Pros Build quality , the headphones and docking station are a thing of beauty. The sound quality is pretty great for wireless. The can be customized for sound presets and mic monitoring . These are less heavy on the head than previous gen so it wont cause fatigue. These are comfortable with glasses . (Verified a 10 hour session with no issues.) Will fit a large dome. (Verified a 10 hour session with no issues.) Long battery life 15+ hours ( coming from turle beach x42-rechargable nightmare ) Amazingly comfortable. Game and voice chat are controlled by the right ear cup plating. The mic is on the left side Flipping the mic up mutes voice chat. Cons: Buttons are all on the right side and very tiny fonts. No custom plate tags . Adventure time for A40TR looked dope. Minimal instructions to setup to game and twitch steam. You'll be on your own for that. But thats what youtube is for. Manufacture support is kinda bad. Buy extra warranty form geek squad? There is no bluetooth, no aux cable to use a tradtional 3.5mm headset for iphone ipad etc. So Just made for gaming. Sound cuts out but can be remedied. Adjustments needed to be made for wi-fi router for best sound. 5GHz Channel 44. Via their forums. You will need to update firmware via Astro Command Center /pc to alleviate sounding like a robot to your friends in less you are in fact a synth. I consider these cons because the manual for the layman,;they will just return them and say they are broken. Things to consider Premium Gaming headphones at a premium price.We get it ! These headphones cost as much as a console.However they are designed with comfort and luxury in mind. The Xbox version is Grey and Green, The pics and box make it look black, kinda disappointment it was not black and green. I have these on the top of my entertainment center so placing these babys to charge can be a nussance ; having to pick up and place them just right. Be sure to turn the headphones on first >then xbox>controller. I say this because theres this bug that causes the xbox to not pick up your mic duing a party session or in game session even though you can her yeourself in the mic monitor feed. Toggle the pc/xbox switch to fix or just remeber to turn the headphones on first before anything else. When in doubt and things get wacky reset the headphones via game button and the Dolby digital button for about 30 seconds, and re dock the headphones . They magically come back to life Sound will return to normal.. Man there's a lot of things to consider and cons eh? I was on the fence but honestly they sound great and super comfy and after the brutal initial setup work for me in my living situation. I decided to keep them and couldn't be happier. Having no cords and being to listen in surround sound late at night or in private time is amazing...otherwise the a40TRs and mix amp pro should be something to consider.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Destiny and LOS Issues

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    Penguin
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    I’ve had this headset since October 2016. I’ll start with what I like about these headphones. -For me the comfort has been stellar. I really like open air headphones and the pads on these really breathe well. It’s got enough adjustment in the height but I am maxing it out. Definitely try these on in store if you have a big head. I can wear these for hours without any issues. They are also light considering their size. -Sound quality has been amazing in games and in Xbox Party Chat. The surround sound works great and the on ear controls are simple enough that you can make quick adjustments on the fly. -Battery life is also top notch. I’ve never run out of battery with all day gaming sessions. They turn off automatically after about 15 seconds of no head movement. They’re sensitive enough to know they’re on your head or when laying down. Even with sound playing, if you’re not using my them they’ll turn off. So far I’ve never found this intrusive and they turn back on pretty quickly with just a little a movement. And for what I don’t like. -The base station can be fiddly. There is line of sight issues with the headphones and base station. This did get noticeably better after a firmware update but it’s still there. It’s jarring to be in the middle of dialogue and your sound nd keeps cutting out. I’ve managed to find a spot that works but this could be a serious problem for many folks who don’t have space to have it in full view of the headset. I’ve also had an issue once where the headset disconnected and I struggled for hours to get them re paired with the base by following the instructions. It was a pain enough that I almost returned them. You also need to make sure when you set the headet down in the base that you see it’s charging. Not too much of an annoyance but make sure they’re charging for your next gaming session. -Destiny and Destiny 2 fireteam chat does not work with these headphones. This has become a problem enough that I’m looking at replacing them. I play with friends primarily through Xbox party chat but when hopping in with others in my clan or people clip groups, I can hear them but the game will not pickup my audio. Other than an Astro rep saying this appeared to be a Bungie issue, I couldn’t find any movement on a fix since Destiny 1 and when these were released. For Destiny players though I would strongly advise looking elsewhere. For this price point I am not sure I can recommend these. With the base station issues I’ve had plus lack of in game destiny chat, there may be better headphones for less.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not worth the money. Left me wanting.

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    InspectorGadget
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    I'm fairly picky when it comes to my headsets. I like to have a pretty large soundstage to easily pinpoint sounds but I like the headset to have some presence in the mids and bass. I'm not looking for audiophile quality of sound for gaming. To me, that makes explosions and the thump of gunfire sound fake. It's ahrd to get immersed in something that sounds flat. I started off with Turtle Beach several years ago and wasn't thrilled with the comfort or the soundstage. My cousin had a set of Astros (on ear without a mixamp, I can't remember the model) and I fell in love! I went out and bought the A40s with the mixamp. I was pretty pleased and still use them as a headset on my computer. But for my PS4 I upgraded to the A50s because I'd heard good things... I've had them for over a year now and I've been looking for a new headset for some time. The sound quality is pretty good and they are pretty comfy (though not as comfy as the A40s). You can hear a lot of the minute details in the games and it's pretty easy to pinpoint where people are on a Call of duty or Battlefield map. But they could be so much better! Mine drop signal every few minutes for a few seconds at a time. Not what you want when you're in a match. The charge doesn't last for more than 3-4 hours. When the battery level drops below half the signal drop happens more often and my friends tell me I sound like Mr. Roboto fairly often when the signal gets wonky. Using the aux input to take phone calls works okay but I have to turn the volume up a lot to be able to hear comfortably so I usually end up taking the headset off to answer a call. I've tried using it to have tunes going while I play and it's about the same so I've nixed that idea all together. All-in-all these are a disappointment. I've had the Sony Gold headset and I'd rather use that over the Astros! My A40s were top notch and still sound great after 6+ years of heavy use. Bottom line - I'd let Astro work out some things before I'd buy these. As much as I want to like the A50s I am just not satisfied.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    I wish I still owned this headset!

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    MrSkyfish
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    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

    Pricey, but Very High Quality

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    XxButch2000xX
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    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