Astro Gaming A50

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83

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A50 Audio System review: Astro Gaming's latest wireless headset (mostly) pwns in 7.1

Summary

Despite a few niggles, Astro's A50 stands as one of the best gaming headsets on the market.

from $389.9+
Pros
  • Superb fit and finish
  • Impressive sound quality and noise isolation
  • Painless setup
Cons
  • Non-removable battery lasts about six hours
  • Needs gamepad-to-headset chat cable on Xbox
A50 Audio System review: Astro Gaming's latest wireless headset (mostly) pwns in 7.1

Alright, so you've been successfully pwning n00bz in Battlefield and Call of Duty, but lately you've decided your rig could benefit from one of those surround sound headsets that everyone says will make you so much better at first-person shooters. You might remember Astro Gaming's latest offering from E3, the A50 Wireless Headset -- it's the company's second try at a wireless Dolby Headphone-enabled 7.1 surround sound system. Its previous attempt, the MixAmp 5.8 (sold alone and bundled with the $229 A30 / $280 A40 Wireless Audio Systems), was a solid solution for folks wanting traditional MixAmp controls and enough versatility to use with any pair of wired headphones. (What's up, audiophiles?) However, it didn't provide as seamless a setup for gaming on the couch as headsets with embedded wireless radios like Turtle Beach's X41. So, does essentially shoving the MixAmp 5.8 into an A40 make for a better living room-geared solution? Does it manage to retain that MLG-bred DNA Astro is famous for? Does it trump headsets in its range like the $270 XP500? Most importantly, should serious gamers consider dropping 300 bones for it? We'll explain it all after the break.

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Scores

Engadget

83
 

Breakdown

Durability
8.4
Comfort
9.0
Sound quality
9.3
Design and form factor
8.0
Voice / mic quality
9.6
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Specs

A50

Form factor
Over-ear
Channels
Surround
Connections
Wireless
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Specs

A50

Form factor
Over-ear
Channels
Surround
Connections
Wireless
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