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Astro Gaming A50 Circumaural Headset - Black

  • Wireless Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound
  • 5.8Ghz Wireless Technology
  • Astro Mixamp with 3 Different EQ Modes
  • 40mm Drivers
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Designed for audio-savvy citizens, the Astro Gaming A50 wireless heatset brings an acoustic punch for your everyday entertainment. Experience Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound with clarity and performance, hear the difference that professionally tuned audiophile-grade sound makes, get crystal-clear contacts with partner via 6.0mm uni-directinal noise canceling microphone, and match your taste for gaming and media with 3 different EQ modes. When finished, simply charge your headset from your transmitter and the included display stand. The A50's are equipped with KleerNet's 5.8 GHz wireless technology, designed for unimpaired performance amongst the array of other RF traffic. ASTRO Gaming's integrated MixAmp technology allows for precise control of game to voice balance, all fitting neatly into the contoured design of the A50.



 

  • newegg 5.8GHz WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY Operating at a higher frequency than most wireless devices, ASTRO wireless mixamps provides clarity and range with less interference.
  • newegg ASTRO MixAmp ASTRO MixAmps lets you adjust your game-to-voice balancing, choose from up to 3 different EQ modes (2013 ed. only) made for gaming/media, and link multiple MixAmps together for a lag-free private voice network.
  • newegg Dolby Digital 7.1 Plug into an ASTRO MixAmp and immerse yourself in the audio of your favorite games. Use every gunshot and footstep to pinpoint exactly where the fight is and get the drop on your opponents before they hear you.
  • newegg Tuned with Astro Audio Working closely with pro gamers and top audio designers to deliver the highest level of clarity at every frequency, ASTRO AUDIO is designed to make your games, music, and movies sound the absolute best.
  • newegg Superior Fit & Finish Wear your ASTROs flat around your neck pro-style or clamp them on your dome for days of play in ultimate comfort. Designed with superior materials & fit, over-ear cushions and in-line mic controls.
  • newegg Multi-system Compatibility ASTRO MixAmps ensure compatibility with any major platform you choose to game on. Whether you're gaming on an Xbox 360, a PS3, a PC, or a mobile platform ASTRO has you covered.

Learn more about the Astro Gaming A50

General

Brand
Astro Gaming
Model
A50
Part
3AS50-HBW9N-137

Wireless

Wireless Type
RF
Power Supply
Li-Ion Battery
Operating Time
8-10 Hours

Headphone

Headphone Frequency Response
20Hz–20KHz
Headphone Input Impedance
48 ohm
Ear Coupling
Circumaural
Weight
0.81 lbs. without cables

Feature

Features
Characteristic SPL: 118 db @1kHz

Distortion: THD<1%

Microphone: 6.0mm uni-directinal noise canceling

Power Supply: USB mini-B (USB 2.0 compatible)

Frequency Response: 35-20,000 Hx

Inputs: Optical In, AUX In (3.5mm)

Outputs: Optical Passthrough, USB Power & Voice, USB Charging Port

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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5 out of 5 eggsBest Headset Ever

Pros: Great Headset! Have been using it for almost a year now and it's by far the best headset I've had. (It better be for the cost!) I'm a gamer and love to have the great sound quality and also be able to do voice chat during games. This headset does it all.

Cons: The only con I have is it took a little while for the docking station to sync with my computer. Once I got it to connect and get my computer to recognize whenever the headset was on to take priority there has been ZERO problems.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/20/2014 12:48:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat headset

Pros: The first thing you will notice about this headset is how comfortable it is to wear. I've had turtle beaches, razors, and a multitude of other headsets, and this, to me, is the most comfortable I've ever worn. The sound quality is extremely good, and with the mix amp and any sound card it makes it movie theater quality. The voice quality is also extremely good, and everything transmits crisp and clear with little to no background noise, even with my pc running with 7 fans right next to me.

Cons: The only con I have is that I can't use them with my laptop because it doesn't have an optical output, which I guess is my fault because I didn't think about that when ordering the laptop. Other than that it is a great headset

Other Thoughts: Thankfully you get what you pay for, and this headset delivered for me.

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  • Tuan L.
  • 4/8/2014 3:14:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsdisappointed

Pros: ear cups and comfort - the foam is really soft and doesn't generate as much heat as I thought it would. So comfortable that I find myself forgetting I'm wearing it even though I'm wearing glasses while having these headphones on

sound quality - listening to music is quite good on these headphones. I can almost compare to my Bose speakers. Game sound quality is good as I can hear movement around me when playing Battlefield 4. Movies sound quality is probably equally as good as game or music sound. I would rather used my Logetic speakers to watch movies than the headset.

Wireless - I walk around the house while wearing this and had little issues, I went as far as 5 to 6 car length and has very little drop in sound.

Microphone - is pretty good but it's not the worst mic on the market

Cons: This is where my biggest issue I experienced using this headphones. On my second day of using this expensive headset. it decided to stick a middle finger at me and stop responding to me. I was unable to shut it off via power button, the volume wheel on the headset stopped working as well, When I plug the headset into the mixamp, it doesn't connect so it couldn't recharge. I email Astro tech support about this problem and received multiple emails from them the following day, and was of no help as this problem reoccur many times. I've decided to file for a replacement headset and hopefully the newer one will be better than the last.

Other Thoughts: I'm dissapointed with Astro, for a 300 dollar headset anyone would think the quality of the headsets are much better than that. I'm giving them a second chance, and the second one has problems then I'm done with Astro completely.

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  • Trevor L.
  • 3/20/2014 8:55:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIn love so far!

Pros: -Comfortable
-Light
-Wireless
-Sounds INCREDIBLE
-Mic quality is great

Cons: -Weird clicking noise when no sound is coming in

Other Thoughts: I bought the a50 and paired it with a Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium. So far, the sound is awesome. Like a movie theater on my head. Easy install. The battery lasts pretty long, but not long enough for my days off xD

When I have no audio coming in to the headset, it makes a strange clicking noise in the left ear. However, I haven't searched for a fix because I usually have some sort of audio coming through.

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  • Sarah W.
  • 3/16/2014 4:07:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsWas sad to rate this so low

Pros: Honestly, the real only pro that I can put here is that it was comfortable. This was the only reason that I actually kept the headset for so long, and that the bugs would work themselves out. Unfortunately, today I've had enough of it so I'm writing this review in hopes to let people know of the problems they will deal with

Cons: Okay, lets get started.
Bugs. Hell there were so many bugs with this headset. First it would cut in and out on random ocassions, which I was never actually able to resolve. They tell you to reinstall drivers (all of your pc drivers) reinstall the "firmware" for the headset, the whole shabang. I did this I cant even say how many times, and I searched and searched for ways to stop the headset from cutting out, but it never worked.
Then, there was the screeching noises. This was rare, but sometimes when the headset would cut out, high pitch noises would come back when it would cut back in, which sucks for me because I have quite sensitive ears.
Then, sometimes the headset wouldnt turn off. Sometimes when it would just cut out, and never cut back in, I would try to restart the headset to solve this issue. Sometimes it would work, but sometimes, like right now, i have to put the headset in "timeout" on the corner of my desk and let it run completely out of battery. Yeah, cause I want to spend my day outside, right? Sigh*
And today. Today was the final day when it literally, and I mean literally, crashed my stream. I was streaming on twitch, then my headset cut out for no reason of course, didnt come back in, then when i tried to reset it, it crashed my stream. Cause playing in the middle of a dota game and having the headset crash my stream and not being able to have sound is AMAZING. I tried really hard to like this headset, I really did. It was suggest to me by EG and I figured I would love it. But it's just so beyond buggy. I even ended up reformatting and the headset still had the same issues. Oh also, another thing, the cut outs happen every day. And most of the time, it resets to a standard volume, not to the volume you had it previously.
Oh another thing that really was annoying to me was that if you unplug it, and don't have sound on it for like, 5 seconds, the headset turns off. Yeah, I get it, its supposed to save battery, but it's literally 5 seconds or less that you have to put something on, otherwise you have to turn the headset on again. That's not the biggest deal, but sometimes it was pretty annoying.

Other Thoughts: I keep pretty good care of my headsets, so it wasn't damaged in any way. I tried astro, I tried.

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  • Blake P.
  • 3/12/2014 9:54:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsDo not purchase if you use on PC

Pros: Amazing Sound, Great bass. If you play FPS games you can hear footsteps from different locations, They have 3 built in configurations for listenting, gaming and more.

Cons: DOES NOT WORK FOR MULTIPLE DEVICES.

If you are a user that changes devices from PC to Xbox, you will discover that the headset loses its way and cannot connect. To your PC if you plug it in a 2nd time.
So if you play on PC then go to Xbox, when you go back to PC with your amp it won't work. After spending 4 months on and off with tech support I realize that the product was made this way and it was not a defect on my device.
A way to fix the connection error on a Xbox or PS2, is to let the headset battery fully drain and reset the mixamp by pressing and holding the power button then unplugging the power, while still holding the power plug power back in, the light will blink red resetting device.

Other Thoughts: Not ready for Production.
They need to add a switch that allows A50 to be reset manually without needing to have battery drain.
The mix amp drivers need to be easier to control. I had to go into device manager and manually remove drivers to re-sync the mix amp at a time.
Overall it's a bad experience.
From the 7 days of waiting for the headset to drain when you change devices.
To the constant disconnect from mixamp.
I updated my BIOS one time and the mixamp lost its way.

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  • TYLER W.
  • 3/8/2014 10:26:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood sound, bad feature

Pros: - Great sound, as long as you have a sound card that supports Dolby Digital Live.
- 5.1 to 7.1 conversion seems to work very well
- They look cool
- Super comfortable
- Mic is really clear and just feels good
- Decent range for 5.8GHz, somewhat limited but that is the nature of 5.8GHz
- Having a stand is cool

Cons: - *THUMBS DOWN* This headset has a 'feature' that auto powers the headset off after 5 minutes of no sound coming through them. This is absolutely horrible in the fact that we cannot adjust this timeout. Looked all over the Astro forums and kept seeing moderators post that at this time there is no plans to change the 'feature'. This was a complete deal breaker to me as I am a PC gamer and will have times that I go without sound for 5 minutes and then have to manually turn my headset back on.. horrible.
- The low battery warning beeps every minute or so when low.. in my opinion just let me know when its low and it doesn't need to keep beeping at me.
- Customization via software is desperately needed for these. (auto off, low battery, probably more)

Other Thoughts: I highly recommend that you think carefully before buying due to the auto power off. Such a horrible feature that can't be disabled. These are already being RMA'd by me for a refund and I will not be buying any Astro products until they have these serious issues fixed.

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  • Adam T.
  • 2/26/2014 7:30:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsVery buggy

Pros: -The sound is wonderful on this head set and the 7.1 works well. I can hear subtle things in games that I never picked up on before.
-The mic quality is wonderful - except the static it causes (see cons section)
-Comes with a sturdy stand to hand the headset on
-The freedom wireless provides.
-Comfortable and not too tight.

Cons: -You can hear a slight buzzing in both ears from the microphone and it gets louder the higher you turn up the volume.
-Very buggy!!!! They have a major issue where the headset will NOT turn off and you cannot use any volume controls or settings on the headset during this time - it just stays at a constant volume. You have to let the power fully drain and recharge them to be able to use them properly. This happens to me almost once a week. If you look through their support forums there will be several threads on this dating all the way back to late 2012 with no resolution. I do have two friends with these headsets that do not have this issue - so it isn't everyone of them.

Other Thoughts: These are not worth the $300 price tag. If the issues listed in the cons section were solved then I may think otherwise.

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  • Zachary G.
  • 2/23/2014 2:33:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFollow Up Review

Pros: Just wanted to follow up on my last review. Everything I mentioned the 1st time on this headset still stands true. Its Great

Cons: I have 1 annoyance that I have noticed over the last few weeks of using this headset with a pc. If you use only USB for the input and output devices, the mic will pick up ambient noises and cause a feint buzzing in the headset. So I highly recommend not using USB as the audio device when you hook this up

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  • Keith K.
  • 2/22/2014 9:09:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsQuality, Quality , Quality!!!

Pros: Superb audio in and out (Especially after firmware update)
Fits like a glove and comfortable
Overall quality is top of the charts

Cons: Price

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