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Astro A50 Wireless Gaming Headset $224.99 @ Gamestop

He Hate Me 2 19 January 24, 2014 at 06:54 PM in Video Games (5) More GameStop Deals
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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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#31
Quote from Alucard400 View Post :
Budget gaming: Astro mixamp pro + AudioTechnica AD700
This is the best recommended combo for having exceptional positional audio.
This is what I have after having had the original A40's + Mixamp. While I do love the sound of the AD700's with my modmic, I am sick and tired of the wires and weird fit of the AD700's and am giving the A50's a shot. I will probably still use my AD700's and modmic for PC and if the A50's sound that bad will just go back to using these and maybe try something else out down the road.
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#32
HELLO, you cann also get $10 off with this code, JAN14
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#33
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 have owned the all three headsets. I still own the A50 and PLYR 1.

The G930 is not in the same league. I had compatibility problems with playing audio in a web browser (Pandora or Slacker). Sound quality is decent, but the volume is very low compared to the PLYR 1 and A50.

The PLYR 1 and the A50 is an interesting comparison. The A50 is better built, with rotating cuffs, a more comfortable fit and a sturdier mic (although still a little flimsy). The wireless tech in the A50 is also better than the PLYR 1, although I haven't had issues with either one.

The surround sound for both does work. It's not as good as true surround sound, but with a proper source it is not just a gimmick. You DO have a sense of positional awareness. The A50's surround sound is better than the PLYR 1.

In actual sound quality, things get interesting. Both of these headsets come with 3 presets, which are intended to be bassy, flat, and treble-emphasized. With the PLYR 1, there isn't a ton of difference between the presets but they act as you would expect them to. No surprises, and I mean that in a good way. No matter what you're listening to, the PLYR 1 will handle capably.

Unfortunately, the A50's bassy and flat presets are... bad. Bassy in particular just completely emasculates the midrange and highend of anything. The flat preset is a bit better but still far from enjoyable. The high-end preset is the only one worth considering and is much closer to the flat preset of the PLYR 1. It is a little sibilant at the high-end; I ended up turning down the high-end in my sound card's equalizer a couple notches, and they are quite enjoyable to listen to now.

The sad part is I feel like the A50's speakers are technically superior to the PLYR 1, but the presets the Astro put on the headset end up hurting it.

If you want surround sound and emphasize gaming, get the A50's. If you want to listen to music, until Astro allows custom presets on the A50 (which they have promised but not delivered now over a year later), I would sadly recommend the PLYR 1 over the A50. If it's a mix of the two, get the A50's but turn down the high-end just a little bit in an equalizer before sending it to the headset.

It should be noted that you are paying extra for wireless here - at both price points, you can get better sound from a wired headset. However, that does not in any way mean that these are "trash" as some people like to claim. You are just paying extra for the convenience of no wire.
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Quote from SEALBoy View Post :
I have owned the all three headsets. I still own the A50 and PLYR 1.

The G930 is not in the same league. I had compatibility problems with playing audio in a web browser (Pandora or Slacker). Sound quality is decent, but the volume is very low compared to the PLYR 1 and A50.

The PLYR 1 and the A50 is an interesting comparison. The A50 is better built, with rotating cuffs, a more comfortable fit and a sturdier mic (although still a little flimsy). The wireless tech in the A50 is also better than the PLYR 1, although I haven't had issues with either one.

The surround sound for both does work. It's not as good as true surround sound, but with a proper source it is not just a gimmick. You DO have a sense of positional awareness. The A50's surround sound is better than the PLYR 1.

In actual sound quality, things get interesting. Both of these headsets come with 3 presets, which are intended to be bassy, flat, and treble-emphasized. With the PLYR 1, there isn't a ton of difference between the presets but they act as you would expect them to. No surprises, and I mean that in a good way. No matter what you're listening to, the PLYR 1 will handle capably.

Unfortunately, the A50's bassy and flat presets are... bad. Bassy in particular just completely emasculates the midrange and highend of anything. The flat preset is a bit better but still far from enjoyable. The high-end preset is the only one worth considering and is much closer to the flat preset of the PLYR 1. It is a little sibilant at the high-end; I ended up turning down the high-end in my sound card's equalizer a couple notches, and they are quite enjoyable to listen to now.

The sad part is I feel like the A50's speakers are technically superior to the PLYR 1, but the presets the Astro put on the headset end up hurting it.

If you want surround sound and emphasize gaming, get the A50's. If you want to listen to music, until Astro allows custom presets on the A50 (which they have promised but not delivered now over a year later), I would sadly recommend the PLYR 1 over the A50. If it's a mix of the two, get the A50's but turn down the high-end just a little bit in an equalizer before sending it to the headset.

It should be noted that you are paying extra for wireless here - at both price points, you can get better sound from a wired headset. However, that does not in any way mean that these are "trash" as some people like to claim. You are just paying extra for the convenience of no wire.
Thanks for writing up this info...It's too bad there aren't more choices. Is there something which can turn any headset wireless? I read about some stuff in one of the links about the mixamp 8.3 or something, but wasn't sure what that was...

I suppose I should keep an eye on the A50s perhaps...Just seems like a lot of "work" to get going well with poor support and less warranty. I had an issue with my 930s after year 2 and got a new pair, pretty much no questions asked from Logitech...after confirming my purchase.

1 year warranty seems really lacking compared to Logitech (3 years). I suppose I may wait till something newer or some refresh comes before buying since I can still use the 930s for now.
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Quote from superflyonwall View Post :
Thanks for writing up this info...It's too bad there aren't more choices. Is there something which can turn any headset wireless? I read about some stuff in one of the links about the mixamp 8.3 or something, but wasn't sure what that was...

I suppose I should keep an eye on the A50s perhaps...Just seems like a lot of "work" to get going well with poor support and less warranty. I had an issue with my 930s after year 2 and got a new pair, pretty much no questions asked from Logitech...after confirming my purchase.

1 year warranty seems really lacking compared to Logitech (3 years). I suppose I may wait till something newer or some refresh comes before buying since I can still use the 930s for now.
Yes, there is an older version of the MixAmp that basically turned your wired headphones into wireless ones... in the same sense that having earbuds plugged into your phone while out jogging makes them "wireless". You can probably find it on ebay if you look.

The A50's aren't bad by any means. At $300 they might not offer the best price/performance, but at $225 I would say they are definitely worth it if you want wireless headphones, and worth it over the PLYR 1's unless you are using them exclusively for music. My complaints about their sound quality are with respect to other headphones in the same price range, and with the preset I mentioned the sound quality is objectively good. They have a good soundstage, lots of clarity, and the volume can get massive without distortion.

If you're a gamer and you want wireless surround sound in a headset, you can get the PLYR 1 or the A50's, and the A50's are better. If you want just surround sound in a headset, you can get any headphones you want and a MixAmp. But the MixAmp is $130, so for example if you wanted a MixAmp and a headset for the same price as the A50 on sale, you could only spend $100 on headphones. And while A50's are not the best headphones available above $200, they are going to be superior to headsets you buy for $100.
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#36
Do what I did, and mentioned before, Buy the A30 wireless audio system set (you get the wireless mixamp, and the A30 headphones) for $109.99 from this deal
http://slickdeals.net/permadeal/112114/microsoft-store---astro-gaming-a30-headset-astro-mixamp-black-wireless-110-wired
The wireless and wired versions are indistinguishable in sound quality. Then spend the rest of your money buying a good set of headphones. Such as the AD700. It would be the best in surround sound. perfect for gaming with first person shooters. the AD700 lacks bass, that's where you can use the A30 headphones for. They're really good for music and movies. You'll have the best of both worlds by having the two headphones and still costing less than the mixamp + A50s.

If you want a one headphone solution, I would recommend the Beyerdynamic DT990 premiums + mixamp. but that's expensive.
The 2013 mixamps and 5.8s don't have much of a difference other than the mixamp pros have an equalizer.
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I just had bestbuy price match the A40s no trouble... they sounds amazing. like sex for your ear holes... yes that just happened.
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I returned the a40 wireless back to Microsoft today. Went to best buy and price matched the a50s at $224 as listed here. They wouldn't honor the $10 off like gamestop. A40 were great but you had to deal with a seperate mixamp, I wanted a cleaner more advanced look without wires.
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#39
refurb a40 179$ with 1 yr warranty a50 refurb 1 yr warranty 199$ direct from astro on ebay
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dead?

seeing $299 now
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#41
why not just get the 2013 edition of a40s? has the same exact sound as a50s (astro confirms this) ive read the a50 wireless mic is shit they even BOd on them for so many issues wireless anything is never as good as wired just so you know
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I returned the a40 wireless back to Microsoft today. Went to best buy and price matched the a50s at $224 as listed here. They wouldn't honor the $10 off like gamestop. A40 were great but you had to deal with a seperate mixamp, I wanted a cleaner more advanced look without wires.
Same here for me. Was very excited to get the A40s because I've been looking for a decent pair of wireless headphones for well over a year now but got off-put by the hinge issues with the Vengeance 2000s and the price point of the A50s.

But as soon as I started setting it up I realized the A40s are hardly wireless, and makes no sense to have the Mixamp RX dangling from the headset if I'm sitting by the desk anyway - exactly the same as having a wired headset.

So far the A50s didn't disappoint although they're a little on the heavy side. I'll have to use them for a few consecutive hours to see if they'll be as bad as my G35s or not, and that'll decide whether I'll keep these or not.
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Same here for me. Was very excited to get the A40s because I've been looking for a decent pair of wireless headphones for well over a year now but got off-put by the hinge issues with the Vengeance 2000s and the price point of the A50s.

But as soon as I started setting it up I realized the A40s are hardly wireless, and makes no sense to have the Mixamp RX dangling from the headset if I'm sitting by the desk anyway - exactly the same as having a wired headset.

So far the A50s didn't disappoint although they're a little on the heavy side. I'll have to use them for a few consecutive hours to see if they'll be as bad as my G35s or not, and that'll decide whether I'll keep these or not.

I have to be honest, sound is great however for some reason I feel like the built quality is not as "sturdy" or as great as the a40s. I could be all wrong and overthinking this too much, but i'll like to hear what you or others have to say regarding this since you had them both. I ultimately ended up paying about $250 give or take after taxes. I'm still going to keep them and also hope xbox one releases an adaptor for me to use the chat/mic. Eventually, if you own an xbox one, these won't be completely wireless.
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I have to be honest, sound is great however for some reason I feel like the built quality is not as "sturdy" or as great as the a40s. I could be all wrong and overthinking this too much, but i'll like to hear what you or others have to say regarding this since you had them both. I ultimately ended up paying about $250 give or take after taxes. I'm still going to keep them and also hope xbox one releases an adaptor for me to use the chat/mic. Eventually, if you own an xbox one, these won't be completely wireless.

Hmm... build quality seems to be pretty equal to me ( already boxed the A40s for return ), but I figured I'm not going to be abusing these anytime soon. I've thrown my G35s at the wall in an unproud moment of anger before and they survived without a scratch, but these A50s definitely feel like they would shatter in a million pieces if abused the same way, while at the same time looking sturdy enough for everyday use.

After using them a bit more to listen to music, the preset EQ choices feel lacking in each of their respective ways. I'm not an audiophile by any means but I can definitely hear certain songs either lack bass or have too much of it and little middle ground. I can change the settings in my audio card though, so I'm not worried about it.

Also if anyone cares, these are 12.7 ounces in weight while the G35s read 14.1 for me, so they're still a bit lighter.
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#45
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Hmm... build quality seems to be pretty equal to me ( already boxed the A40s for return ), but I figured I'm not going to be abusing these anytime soon. I've thrown my G35s at the wall in an unproud moment of anger before and they survived without a scratch, but these A50s definitely feel like they would shatter in a million pieces if abused the same way, while at the same time looking sturdy enough for everyday use.

After using them a bit more to listen to music, the preset EQ choices feel lacking in each of their respective ways. I'm not an audiophile by any means but I can definitely hear certain songs either lack bass or have too much of it and little middle ground. I can change the settings in my audio card though, so I'm not worried about it.

Also if anyone cares, these are 12.7 ounces in weight while the G35s read 14.1 for me, so they're still a bit lighter.
Thanks for the quick overview.Just kind of what i expected. I wonder how these stack up against a set of wireless audiophile headphones like the Senns RS 180 currently at $240 on Amazon but I bet they'll most likely get destroyed. Looks like I'll be sticking with my hd 280 pro and turtle beach tangos until somebody makes a turtle beach headset with Sennheiser audio fidelity laugh out loud
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