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Astro Gaming A50

Astro Gaming A50

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83 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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

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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
83 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

83
 

User Reviews

80
AndrewSM
Functionally they are great - except that if you have everything set up with...read more
40
Arstus
Generally disappointing for a "premium" product.
90
ShawdyLO7
Great set of Headphones all around. I use these while playing COD and have...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
71
Average user Score
 
80
AndrewSM
02.25.15
Functionally they are great - except that if you have everything set up with PS4 (headset and mixamp) and you want to occasionally play using your regular speakers instead of A50, you can't hear other people talking because their voice is going to your turned off A50 and the only way to get it to your regular speakers is to turn A50 mixamp completely off. I approached Astro support about this issue and instead of fixing it their recommendation was to turn mixamp off... Also for this money I would expect them to have some easy way how to replace the integrated battery. Come on, this headset is $300!! and you expect me to buy another one when the battery is dead??! Astro really needs to come up with some cheap service to replace the battery.
 
40
Arstus
01.03.15
Generally disappointing for a "premium" product.
 
90
ShawdyLO7
01.02.14
Great set of Headphones all around. I use these while playing COD and have had no issues out of them. Great product!
 
70
FakeChinaman
04.08.13
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.
 
80
danphan
12.26.12
Astro A50 vs. Logitech g930I 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 and the highs and mids are more full. The main reason I returned the g930 was the disappointment in sound quality. These are not quite as good as dedicated cans like Vmoda M80's or ATHM50's but they sound good for wireless gaming. Comes with a stand. No stand for the g930Mac support (All the cool Logitech features do not work on a Mac, but they still play stereo sound and allow for iTunes controls with the headphones buttons)More input connections. You can pretty much hook it up to anything using the Mixamp (standard jack, optical cable and usb). G930 is USB onlyMore solid build (but still plastic). Cant help but think they'll break someday. G930 Advantages:$99 (on sale) vs $299 for the A50'sSmall usb stick. The A50's Mixamp is much more inconvienentLighter in weight and a bit more comfortableHeadphone controls are easier to access and more functional. You can control iTunes volume and playback.Better warranty (2 years). Logitech has been great with previous product warranties for me.No auto sleep mode. The autosleep on the A50's occur after a few minutes and can be quite annoying. There's no way to turn if off. If sound quality is what you're looking and price is of no concern then look no further than the A50's. I miss the playback controls on the g930 but in the end was never quite satisfied with them. Astro seems to to have good support for the product with firmwares so hopefully then can fix some of the nagging issues like autosleep and the VERY LOUD beep that occurs when you turn it on and off.
 
60
unknownsolo
09.20.12
A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well. - Engadget
 
90
jasona
08.16.12
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 it a great pair without no need for any additionally pieces to come between just you and you gaming. Though it will cost a pretty penny at $299, if you have the budget for them, I'd highly recommend picking it up.
 
90
Vertikar
08.09.12
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.
 
20
HarleyRenegade
07.23.12
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 after having issues witht he A50's, I plugged my turtle Beach Headset back in & they WORK (unlike my new stro A50's)!Oh & another Nail in the Coffin for the A50's is this: When I go on the Asto Gaming Website to get a Phone # to call them about the problem's I am having with the A50's, they have me fill out a form & say they will get back to me within 24 hrs. What a Bunch of Crap! I can't even talk to anyone at Astro about my problems with their product, I have to fill out a form & wait (that is total BS)!I am done with Astro, going back to my Turtle Beach & may look at the new Tritton Warheads coming out in August.I doubt that this review will even make it on the Astro Gaming Website (which I did submit it there).Either way, I will post it everywhere I can cause people have to know that the Astro A50's have some major flaws!
 
90
Hiredguns
07.20.12
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 are noticeably better but especially the bass. Sounds crisp, clear. Watching movies in them sounds like a theater.Comfort - EXTREMELY comfortably and will not hurt your ears after a few hours. I wear glasses and i don't even notice it, the fabric is super soft and cushions around your ears with a lot of give. I feel no pressure at all. With my g930's it hurt after an hour and would sweat due to the material logitech used. Astro had thought long and hard about these headsets. My ears don't sweat and doesn't overheat.Durability and form factor - My logitech g930's broke on one side after i dropped it once! (fell off a desk) I've dropped my astro's by accident when i pulled it out of the box and i was standing up. Thank god nothing happened. It feels solid, and can't see it breaking too easily. After all, it's made for pro gamers and they are known to have short tempers.Cons. Like my g930's it auto shuts off after 10 mins of silence. I hate this, sometimes i'm working on my desktop tabbing out of a game. Usually takes more than 10 mins so it shuts off and i have to turn it back on every time. Which brings me to another another annoyance. The sound volume resets after the power is off. I have a volume level that i prefer but once it's off i have to fiddle with the volume knob to get it back. not a big deal but it's noticeable "maintenance" for everyday use.Overall. Comfort and sound quality are my most important requirements of a headset. The astrogaming a50's excels in both regards. At $299.00 USD it better be! It's more than an xbox and ps3 itself. However if sound is important to you and you play competitive gaming, give yourself an edge and hear those footsteps clearly!