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Astro Gaming's latest wireless headset pwns in 7.1

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For the most part, Astro Gaming has succeeded in creating what's likely to be the next hot gaming headset. Yes, $300 is a steep price considering how much consoles go for, but it's still closely aligned with competing products like Turtle Beach's $270 XP500. It's clear Astro isn't just dabbling in the home market anymore: It's making an earnest bid to unseat other headset makers. If you've been looking for wireless gaming headphones, then this belongs on your shortlist alongside the $270 XP500/$250 PX5 and maybe even the $270 Tritton Warhead (when it stops being vaporware, that is). What if we had to choose, you say (especially in comparison to the wireless A40 system)? We'd say it looks like you've got some great options for serious in-game sound.

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Critic reviews

8.8
9 reviews
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    9.5
  • Sound quality
    9.3
  • Comfort
    9.0
  • Durability
    8.2
  • Design and form factor
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9.0
Engadget Jul 23, 2012

It's clear that Astro isn't just dabbling in the home market anymore: it's making an earnest bid to unseat other headset makers. If you've been looking for wireless gaming headphones, and provided the issue with audio cutting out gets resolved, then this belongs on your shortlist.

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8.0
PC Mag Jul 30, 2012

Astro Gaming's A50 Wireless Headset is one of the more expensive gaming headsets you can buy, but with its excellent audio quality, comfortable wire-free design, and compatibility with PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, it's our Editors' Choice.

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9.0
Kotaku Jul 24, 2012

The Astro A50 is a fine headset and a worthy investment. It's a robust piece of equipment that is pleasant to use, attractive to look at, and does exactly what it needs to do with minimal fuss.

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9.0
GameSpot Jul 27, 2012

Nobody's perfect, but the A50 wireless gaming headset is pretty close with a bevy of new features that improve functionality across the board.

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9.0
CNET AU Sep 20, 2012

The Astro A50 headphones aren't cheap, but they do give some of the best sound we've heard, and in a nicely designed and very comfortable package.

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9.0
IGN Jul 30, 2012

They feature currently unparalleled audio, incredible surround sound and a no-brainer setup. While we wish they were a little sleeker and a bit better suited for music, the A50s are astronomically well built for gaming.

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9.0
TechRadar Sep 7, 2012

While the Astro A50 isn't perfect, it's damn close, and the wide range of products it works with makes it a solid investment for tech fans with crowded entertainment centers.

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9.0
Destructoid Sep 17, 2012

At $300, they run on the high-end, but they at least seem to be in the same class as their price would suggest. Gone on are the days of cheap, plastic-y $200 boondoggles. From those ashes have risen a respectable, clean vision of the future of high-end gaming peripherals.

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9.0
2D-X Jul 29, 2012

It costs a pretty penny — you can purchase two rival cans for the same price — but it’s well worth the heavy coin due to the outstanding audio quality, excellent (albeit bulky) build, and gamer-centric touches. If you’re serious about your audio, consider the Astro A50 a must-buy.

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9.0
Hiredguns Hiredguns

I've tested them out for about a week few hours each day. I've come to really love them. Prob the best pair of headsets i've ever owned. My previous pair, Logitech g930 wireless is noticeable lacking vs the astro's a50. Sound Quality is excellent. Much better than the g930. bass, mids, and highs...

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2.0
HarleyRenegade HarleyRenegade

After 3 days of casual gaming my A50's took a dump! They stopped working altogether & are a Paperweight! Not only the did Astro A50 Headset fail the Dolby button on the Mix-Amp box failed as well. Talk about junk! This headset can't even out perform my Turtle Beach "Earforce X41's" cause...

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7.0
FakeChinaman FakeChinaman

Great headset. However the firmware updates have yet to fix the noise-gate issue. Mic sound level goes up and down due to the noise-gate.

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9.0
jasona jasona

The Astro Gaming A50s take all the goodness in the A40s, and take it fully wireless but integrating the 5.8 Wireless Mixamp into the actual headset. Talk about making a great headset greater. The sound quality, comfortable, and look is all there like with the A40, and the adding of wireless make...

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8.0
danphan danphan

Astro A50 vs. Logitech g930 I recently purchased the Logitech g930 headphones but returned them for the Astro A50. In this review it will be a direct comparison of the 2. Also, the headphones are being used on an iMac. A50 Advantages: Sound is significantly better. The bass is hard hitting...

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9.0
Vertikar Vertikar

Great headphones, and an awesome headset. Audio quality is great. I do wish they'd made the earphone cups a tad bigger though. Range is pretty good, although if you turn your head a certain way it will drop out.

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