A50 Wireless Headsetby Astro

  • A50 Wireless Headset
  • A50 Wireless Headset
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
87%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The soft earpads and overall design add up to a comfy fit for long periods of use.
  • The unit is simple to set up and use.
  • Sound quality and noise isolation are impressive.

CONS

  • The A50 is expensive.
  • The battery cannot be removed.
  • Depending on your head size and personal style, the headphones may feel bulky and heavy.
Gamers who are looking for a way to cocoon themselves with teammates will be drawn to the comfortable and adjustable A50s. The headphones offer immersive surround sound, thanks to the company’s proprietary MixAmp technology, and you can expect a high level of clarity in your games, movies, and music. The base transmits audio to the headset using the KleerNet 5.8 GHz wireless audio technology. The box also includes a display stand, a micro USB cable, and MixAmp cables.
NameA50 Wireless HeadsetH WirelessGAME ONE PC Gaming HeadsetG930 Wireless Gaming HeadsetEar Force Z300
ManufacturerAstroSteelSeriesSennheiserLogitechTurtle Beach
Techwalla Score
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List Price$300$300$250$160$180
90%

What is less impressive is the self-assembly stand. A stand to hang the headphones on is a nice idea — one we liked with the Turtle Beach he…

What is less impressive is the self-assembly stand. A stand to hang the headphones on is a nice idea — one we liked with the Turtle Beach headset. But compared to the rest of the hardware in the A50 pack, the stand is a little plasticy and tacky feeling.

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90%

The Astro A50 offers deep bass, crisp highs, and thanks to that Dolby Pro Logic IIx capability, software enabled sound mixing as good as any…

The Astro A50 offers deep bass, crisp highs, and thanks to that Dolby Pro Logic IIx capability, software enabled sound mixing as good as any 7.1 headset on the market. Its only real flaws are a bulky design and a somewhat clumsy interface.

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90%

Over hours of use, I never felt that the headband was digging into my head, or that my ears were pinched or hot. You'd think the A50s would …

Over hours of use, I never felt that the headband was digging into my head, or that my ears were pinched or hot. You'd think the A50s would be heavier with all the wireless stuff and the battery inside, but it's really a lot lighter than it looks.

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Jay-Z’s soundtrack in 2K13 enabled us to hear the A50 tackle hip-hop with style, as the arena’s “virtual sound system” pumped music over the…

Jay-Z’s soundtrack in 2K13 enabled us to hear the A50 tackle hip-hop with style, as the arena’s “virtual sound system” pumped music over the cheering crowd with palpable force. Many other brilliant musical moments cropped up...with low stinging brass, softly bowed strings, and thick drums thumping to an accelerating pace.

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88%

The A50 is at its best in shooters like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3, producing a visceral bass kick as round after roun…

The A50 is at its best in shooters like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3, producing a visceral bass kick as round after round is fired and picking up the sounds of nearby footsteps of enemy combatants.

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85%

[T]he A50s live up to the hype - and the price tag. The custom 40mm drivers can produce excruciatingly loud, pristine audio. Dolby 7.1 Surro…

[T]he A50s live up to the hype - and the price tag. The custom 40mm drivers can produce excruciatingly loud, pristine audio. Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound gives better directional audio than many speaker setups (though a physical surround sound speaker system is still the best).

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83%

Hands down, this is one of the most comfortable headsets you'll slap on your noggin. Essentially, there's a floating headband that balances …

Hands down, this is one of the most comfortable headsets you'll slap on your noggin. Essentially, there's a floating headband that balances the headset's weight distribution, while the deep earcups and circumaural fit should ensure that the pads will wrap around your ears rather than push against them.

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80%

The headphones excel at bass. In my tests, the got impressively thumpy without a hint of distortion with our bass test track, The Knife's "S…

The headphones excel at bass. In my tests, the got impressively thumpy without a hint of distortion with our bass test track, The Knife's "Silent Shout." Elvis Costello's vocals and the soft, textured strumming in "My Mood Swings" sounded crystal clear, and fine details like the plucking and reverb of guitar strings were audible and crisp.

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When it comes down to it, I'll never be 100% on board with a plastic pair of headphones…Particularly not one that costs $299…I wouldn't feel…

When it comes down to it, I'll never be 100% on board with a plastic pair of headphones…Particularly not one that costs $299…I wouldn't feel comfortable dropping the A50s onto a hardwood floor or accidentally knocking them off a high shelf. Like I said: Plastic headphones break.

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Custom 40mm drivers deliver pounding bass and dangerously high volumes (118 decibels; an ambulance siren is measured at 120 decibels) withou…

Custom 40mm drivers deliver pounding bass and dangerously high volumes (118 decibels; an ambulance siren is measured at 120 decibels) without distortion…In real-world testing, the brilliance of DICE’s audio design on Battlefield 3 hits home.

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