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He Hate Me 2 19 January 24, 2014 at 07:54 PM in Video Games (5) More GameStop Deals
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Last Edited by widgit January 25, 2014 at 11:01 PM
I've been thinking about moving away from Turtle Beach and getting a pair of the A50's based on all the glowing reviews Astro has garnered. I ran across these gems on Gamestop's website so I drove to Best Buy and had them price match their competition (with no problems). Now it's off to the couch for some Battlefield…enjoy!

http://www.gamestop.com/accessori...set/104439

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#16
If you want wireless and a mic the A50s are a good deal. Hopefully they resolved all the static and syncing issues from release. Sound quality is good but not great, any headphones in the same range will blow them out of the water but the mixamp is what you pay for and as a combo its a good deal. If you have a pc you can look elsewhere but for consoles this is a great option. I tell anyone interested in these as long as you have a return window to test them out for yourself, it is worth a try.
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#17
If people want a cheaper deal, microsoftstore.com still have the 2011 A30 wireless audio system sets

http://slickdeals.net/permadeal/112114/microsoft-store---astro-gaming-a30-headset-astro-mixamp-black-wireless-110-wired

I ordered the A30 Wireless but also price matched in best buy for the A40 wired audio system. I spent a week researching and decided to keep the A30 set since it is the 2011 ones with the 5.8 mixamps. The newer Astro sets are supposedly not as reliable as the old ones. plus i wanted the bass boost.

If you check the Astro forums, you'll notice that a lot of the 2013 sets have issues. some headsets have audio cutting out after months of use.
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#19
How legit is the surround sound?
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#20
What's the difference between gaming and non-gaming headset?
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#21
They are good but not better if you just spent money on a headset and seperate mic, such as Senn. 598 and yeti etc...gaming headsets are a big gimmick, sure these are the best of the so called gaming headsets but again its a gimmick.

checkout headfi.org and do some research.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/611174/s...-astro-a40

http://www.head-fi.org/t/534479/m...1840-added
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Quote from dwilson3k View Post :
They are good but not better if you just spent money on a headset and seperate mic, such as Senn. 598 and yeti etc...gaming headsets are a big gimmick, sure these are the best of the so called gaming headsets but again its a gimmick.

checkout headfi.org and do some research.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/611174/s...-astro-a40

http://www.head-fi.org/t/534479/m...1840-added
One of the big pluses of these is the wireless capabilities. I also own a couple of Sennheisers and while they sound great, there are times when I don't feel like messing with that 9 foot cord.
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#23
What's the best and other wireless gaming headset out there? I gotta have wireless so wanted to see all options available. I already have the G930, but just found out about the Skullcandy Plyr 1 from reading here...
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#24
Wow that's pretty expensive for a gamine headset. What exactly is it that makes these so much better than say the Logitech G930?!
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Quote from superflyonwall View Post :
What's the best and other wireless gaming headset out there? I gotta have wireless so wanted to see all options available. I already have the G930, but just found out about the Skullcandy Plyr 1 from reading here...
I've seen some crazy deals on higher end turtle beaches might be worth looking into. I got a refurb tango for 100 bucks
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Quote from dwilson3k View Post :
They are good but not better if you just spent money on a headset and seperate mic, such as Senn. 598 and yeti etc...gaming headsets are a big gimmick, sure these are the best of the so called gaming headsets but again its a gimmick.

checkout headfi.org and do some research.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/611174/s...-astro-a40

http://www.head-fi.org/t/534479/m...1840-added
I agree . The only reason I got a pair of TB tangos is because they were cheap and wireless. Otherwise a cheap Senn stereo headphone owns these in pretty much everything . My hd280 pro sounds better than my tb X-rays and those are 5 years old. Couldn't believe it.
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#27
PX4 TB are on sale on Amazon for 129 usually 149. I'm looking hard at them for my PS4. I only want headsets with surround sound.

I would never pay over 150 for any gaming headset there are value ones that use the same speakers as the high end.
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#28
Fantastic deal. I got a pair of the A50 BF4 editions for 250 awhile back.

I've owned the G930 as well and I can tell you that I prefer the A50's much more. More comfortable to wear and has optical in and out support.

And for the record I own high end headphones as well. Granted you could go with a nice pair of headphones and something like a mod mic (www.modmic.com) I preferred just having everything wireless.
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#29
My "opinion".
PC Gaming : better to buy a really good soundcard such as an X-Fi. Processes DTS/Dolby and virtual surround. It's the main feature of dedicated soundcards compared to onboard (integrated to motherboard) sound. Motherboards(even ones made today) won't have these features even if the sound is really good enough for most people. Then get an audiophile headphone. Choose from what Mad Lust Envy's list (link provided above already)

Console Gaming: Astro A40 or A30 audio system sets (comes with mixamp). I would recommend this mostly if you can pick one up on discount. I got the A30 Wireless from microsoftstore.com for $109.99. The mixamp is what processes the virtual surround, which you don't normally get from headphones. But you could pick out from one of the Turtle beach sets or whatever people on here recommend outside of the Astro headsets if they have integrated 7.1 processing.

PC and Console gaming: This is where I am at. I already own a pair of Beyerdynamic DT990 premiums. I just needed a mixamp. I saw the sale on the A30 wireless audio system set so I purchase those. the DT990 premium is good for BOTH positional audio for competitive gaming in first person shooters and single player gaming for sound quality. They also sound great with music.

Normally, you can't have both gaming features and exceptional directional virtual surround and movie/music playback on one headphone without spending a few hundred bucks. My DT990 premiums plus my X-Fi soundcard from Creative is great for PC gaming. but I needed the mixamp for console gaming.

Budget gaming: Astro mixamp pro + AudioTechnica AD700
This is the best recommended combo for having exceptional positional audio.
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#30
These are wireless. And if you are looking for wireless headsets for console gaming, then the A50's are probably the best solution available. Thats all you really need to know.

If you aren't interested in wireless.. then look into other options that may be better for the money spent.
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