Nothing will improve your gaming expertise fairly like a pleasant headset. The improved audio element and encompass sound creates an immersive ambiance, and turns the footsteps of a foe right into a useless giveaway of his location. Single participant campaigns change into journeys you will not wish to again out of. On-line, too, having a mic makes gaming right into a social expertise, letting you chat together with your teammates and coordinate ways on the fly.
The Astro A50 is this sort of game-changing headset – and at $300, it actually needs to be. Because of the work of Dolby’s Professional Logic IIx format, it might probably provide digitally blended, 7.1 simulated encompass sound. It is precisely what you have to actually really feel enemy rockets rip previous your face, and it is versatile sufficient you will wish to use it for watching films or listening to music too. Lastly, the truth that it is suitable proper out of the field with the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and any PC or Mac with an optical port, makes it extra versatile than the Tritton Warhead 7.1, a comparable $300 headset that is Xbox-only.
Astro Studios is well-known within the design area. In 2006 it spun off Astro Gaming, which has been competing with the likes of Turtle Seashore and the Tritton model from Mad Catz to provide the premiere gaming headset/house stereo different. Whereas the Astro A50 is not good, it is rattling shut, and the big selection of merchandise it really works with makes it a strong funding for tech followers with crowded leisure facilities.
The Astro A50 presents deep bass, crisp highs, and because of that Dolby Professional Logic IIx functionality, software program enabled sound mixing nearly as good as any 7.1 headset in the marketplace. Its solely actual flaws are a cumbersome design and a considerably clumsy interface. You will additionally want to select up an adapter or two if you happen to plan to connect with something with out an optical port, like a MacBook Professional. We additionally discovered that Astro’s estimated 12-hours of battery life was a bit too beneficiant, making a $7.99 Play and Cost Cable a should.
Additionally, there’s a necessary firmware replace that fixes a problem with the A50s that causes an intermittent “pop” within the audio. Should you bought the A50s, make sure that to obtain the replace and set up it.
With nice audio energy comes a plus-sized headset; the Astro A50 is huge and ponderous, however nonetheless manages to be surprisingly comfy. Each piece of the headset that is available in contact together with your head, which means the earpieces and the underside of the scarf, is roofed in gentle, foam-like fabric. You will positively discover the load of the A50s sitting in your head, however the mild factors of contact make it straightforward to put on. Throughout lengthy gaming periods or whereas watching a film we finally forgot we had been sporting it. You’d need to put on the A50 for a really prolonged period of time for it to change into uncomfortable or tiring.
The match of the A50s will not be as cosy as some headphones we have examined. It’d really feel a bit free if you happen to’re used to one thing tighter, however we shortly go used to it. A extra relaxed match makes it simpler in your ears, however it does imply the audio bleeds a bit. Should you’re cranking the sound, folks round it is possible for you to to listen to it faintly. Simply do not take heed to any secret messages with enemy spies round.
Because the unit is giant, Astro made a sensible choice in giving it a stealthy coloration scheme. The matte black end is engaging and subdued; no want to attract any extra consideration to the outsized A50s. Pink, semi-exposed cables working up the edges of the scarf function an attention-grabbing spotlight.
The microphone is tremendous flexible and sturdy, and has one intelligent function: pointing it straight up locks it in place and mutes it. It is a neat and handy little bit of design, however we nonetheless would have appreciated to possibility to easily take away the mic. Having the ability to tuck it straight up is a superb function for LAN events or lengthy gaming periods, however makes you appear like an unemployed cosmonaut once you’re watching a film. It will be good if we may simply take it off.