With the massive success of Astro’s A40 headset, the new A50 is Astro’s newest flagship gaming headset. Featuring a new and improved MixAmp with compatibility for PS4 and Xbox One gamers. Anyone who experienced the A40 knows Astro Gaming products are meant for professional gaming. Astro has never been known for having cheap products and as a result, they are regarded as some of the best gaming-specific headphone and mic setups on the market.
The Astro A40 headphones with the Mixamp were the top gaming headphones available in 2015. Now that 2016 is coming to an end, Astro is back to take back the top spot. Supporting all platforms including Playstation 4 and Xbox One. Astro’s A50 will also be the first fully wireless headset that will feature a charging dock, Mixamp, and built-in microphone. Additionally, the Astro A50 is leaning toward a new approach for design sacrificing older features, bringing in new ones, and improving the overall performance.
ASTRO A50 Gaming Headset Specifications
|Weight (without cord)||0.80 lbs (363 grams)|
|Transducer Principle||Open Air|
|Frequency Range||20Hz - 20,000 Hz|
|Characteristic SPL||118 db @1kHz|
|Power Supply||USB mini-B (USB 2.0 compatible)|
|Microphone||6.0mm uni-directional noise canceling|
|Input||Optical In, AUX In (3.5mm)
|Output||Optical Passthrough, USB Power & Voice, USB Charging Port|
The Astro A50 design is remarkably flexible and is comprised of a skeletal body produced from two tough metal pipes that connect the earcups and the headpiece together. The earcups are generously padded and covered in a velvet-like material, which feels luxurious yet tends to make my ears hot and sweaty after only two hours of usage.
The overall design is beautifully crafted with rotating earcups, Astro’s signature Mixamp, and the compatibility with Playstation and Xbox. Even with the bulky look of the A50, the adjustable microphone is sleek and perfect for tournament style gaming. Both the Astro A50 and the A40 have been a top choice for profession gamers and broadcasters for one simple reason. The sound quality is unbeatable featuring a boosted bass, exceptional highs and mids, and three built-in EQ settings for truly personalized gaming.
Being the best headset we have tested with gaming this year, the Astro A50 does not mash together environmental sounds like other competing devices. This is due to the A50’s dynamic shape of the earcups, as they are big enough to separate different audio frequencies while playing. Featuring Dolby’s 7.1 Surround Sound Audio, which isn’t exactly really surround sound but rather a virtual feeling of surround sound.
The first thing we notice when gaming online was the fantastic mic clarity. Being of the loudest and clearest microphone we have ever heard on a headset. Experiencing the quality of the Astro A50 was seriously unbelievable.
The main difference between the A50 and its competitors is the ability to personalize your headset audio. Featuring three different built-in EQ settings that keep you in perfect sync with your gameplay and allows you to focus on winning. Unlike other headsets that require a specific chat cable for your console. Helping players filter audio depending on your game environment. While the wireless connection was free of interference from other wireless devices and kept a strong connection throughout our office to about 30ft.
Hear enemies and objects from all angles with Dolby Headphone 7.1 surround sound and optimize your chat levels and game sounds with the built-in MixAmp technology. For even more flexibility, the optional A50 Mod Kit allows users to swap out the headband and ear cushions for improved noise cancellation and comfort. The Astro A50 headset also automatically pairs with the included Astro Base Station for easy connectivity, while magnetic charging allows for effortless docking when the headset is not in use. The Base Station’s front display indicates battery life and charging status to ensure you never get stuck with a dead headset.
The rear 3.5mm input/output supports additional audio sources, giving you the ability to take phone calls, overlay background music, or output your game audio and chat to external capturing devices. Astro lets you balance how much you’re hearing the game itself and how much you’re hearing chat from the other players. That way if other players are too quiet you can boost the chat volume just by tapping the right earcup (though in singleplayer games you’ll obviously want to keep it fully set on game audio).
All-in-all it’s a fantastic package. There is not much to say about the value for this incredible gaming headset. Being to be in absolute immersion while gaming is something that Astro has perfected. For $300, the new Astro A50, in essence, is the best fully wireless headset for next-gen consoles.
Broadcasting in interference-free wireless 5 GHz, you’ll experience low latency gameplay in Dolby Headphone Surround Sound. With the ASTRO Command Center software, the A50 allows you to tune every input and output parameter including mic level adjustments and creating your own EQ modes. The new precision boom microphone is voice chat optimized for next-gen consoles and features flip-up mute functionality.
The A50 headset is lightweight, easily adjustable, and Mod Kit ready, allowing you to transform your headset by swapping components like a synthetic leather headband and ear cushions for improved noise isolation. And when you’re done, the new Base Station makes charging and pairing your headset simpler than ever.
The Astro A50 is hands down the best wireless gaming headset currently on the market. I would even say the A50 is up there with the best headsets ever made but is it worth $300? We would say yes if your are a professional gamer or even thinking about being one. Though if your just the average gamer like myself, you probably won’t use most features like the EQ settings. But that shouldn’t discourage you from this phenomenal headset.
If the A50 is out of your price range there are a lot of different options out there for budget gaming headsets such as The HyperX Cloud and features some great audio and a decent enough microphone for just $80. The A40 is arguably as good or better than the A50 and it’s $150 cheaper (though it doesn’t come with a Mixamp).