Astro Gaming A50 Wireless Headset

Review Author:Craig HAstro Gaming A50 Wireless Headset

Review Date: August 25, 2014

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Summary:

I wanted to see how the Astro Gaming A50 Wireless Headset compared to the other wireless headsets on the market so I grabbed one for a test.  As with the A40, I was a bit disappointed with what I found.  The fit is nice but a bit loose and the cushions are soft but that is  about as far as I’d go on the benefits of this headset.  Give the A50 review a look and see if you agree with my assessment.

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Astro Gaming A50 Wireless Headset

Unboxing the A50 wireless headset is a nice change everything is laid out nicely and the packaging looks nice.  Things are easy to get out of the box too.   Included are the headset, the Integrated Stand and the Mixamp Tx, the wirless transmitter.  Cables are minimal as this is a wireless unit.  There is an Xbox chat cable, a couple of USB charging cables and the SPDIF cable for connecting the audio.

A50 Drivers

The Astro A50 drivers are 40mm.  Pretty much standard for all but the Turtle Beach lines.  The provide adequate sound volume and actually have more volume than I found to be comfortable.  This is good as the sound distorts hugely at the higher volumes.  You won’t hear it though unless you turn them way up.

Microphone

I was seriously disappointed with the mic on the Astro A50s.  While it was clear, the sibilant s hiss was very prominent and I constantly heard background noise that I assume was coming from the mic. It certainly disappeared when the mic was muted.  I did like the mute function when the boom was raised to vertical.  It snapped in place firmly and did a nice job dropping out all the input noise that was coming from the mic.  The mic could benefit from a noise cancelling feature but Astro has been notoriously bad with getting this to work well.

Astro A50  Sound Quality

The point of a good quality (expensive) headset is to provide sound over and above the run of the mill.  The Astro A50 gaming headset does that well for games, it has a nice bass with plenty of reverb.  The bass performs really well, the highs are nice too.  For FPS, these things are awesome.  Of course the FPS games don’t really rely on the mid-range very much and these headsets don’t perform well in that range.  There are 3 presets for the EQ Flat, Astro and Media.  Flat is as it says pretty much without punch.  The Astro, designed to maximize game sound, works pretty well.  It boosts the Bass and gives you great explosions.  The Media setting is pretty much useless.

The overall quality of the sound with  the A50s is not anywhere near good audio quality.  I expected at this price point that they would sound better.  They are just meh, for overall sound.  I can get this for much less.

Astro A50 Surround Sound

I do like the way the surround sound works with this headset.  Is it worthwhile with the mediocre sound.  Nope not in my opinion.

Final Word

The build quality and looks of the Astro Gaming A50 wireless headset are first rate.  I didn’t experience any problems with how they fit on my head or how they covered my ears.  I did get a good ear soaker after awhile, the closed headset doesn’t breath very well.  The fit was a bit loose until I adjusted them and the padding both on the top of the head and the ear cups were good.  The top padding is important ’cause these cans are heavy. Sticking all the amplifier gear into the right ear cup adds a lot of weight.

The surround sound works pretty well, although I still like the wired surround better.  The A40 sound was good through the belt Amp but that arrangement was really annoying.

These A50 headsets totally fell down in the sound department.  If I’m spending 3 bills on a headset, the sound quality has to be there.  It wasn’t for these.

 

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