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Astro A50 Review
The Astro A50 is one of the best gaming headphones on the market right now. Consequently, this baby does not come cheap. Nevertheless, if you are one with a knack for excellence, then the price should not mean much to you as it’s completely justified. The Astro A50 is like the wireless version of the A40 with a few tweaks.
The A40 was already a good headphone but here comes something even better. The A50s are easy to use across different devices and come with top-notch sound quality. These headphones are not only good for gaming but can also be used for movie watching and music thanks to the integrated 7.1 surround. Although some of the headphones in the market use the same technology, you can easily notice the difference in sound quality with the A50s. The A50s make it easy for you to control the game sounds separately as well as the chat sounds which improve your gaming experience.
Surprisingly, the headsets are very comfortable. You may be deceived by their weight and size until you use them. They A50s have good quality headbands and soft foam to increase the padding on the ear cups which consequently increase the overall user experience.
The A50s have an overall good design; from the brilliant colors to the excellent use of negative space. Even the large boom mic does not get in the way of the design as you would expect. Moreover, the metal accents compliment the plastic body of the headphones. On your right ear, you’ll find an equalizer, power switch and the volume roller. At the left ear is where you find the audio output and a charging USB jack.
Best of them all, is the sound quality. You would probably understand why they are favorites for some broadcasters and tournament players. One reason is because they won’t give you a flat response. As you would expect from gaming headphones, they are bass- boosted. Nevertheless, what makes them stand out is the ability to cut through the mids and highs. It doesn’t matter the Equalizer settings you apply. The bass would always be consistent. However, the rest of the mix is what that sets the A50s apart from the competition. So far, no headsets on the market right now come close to the A50s.
The microphone is also very practical. It will mute when you flip up the boom mic which is very convenient. It’s one of the clearest mics on the market right now. The mic provides excellent sound but sometimes it may be overzealous.
There is a lot to love about this headset especially if you game across multiple devices. However, there are a few issues which I think you would live with. The battery life varies depending on the device used and whether the mic is on or not. So this means it won’t go for 12hrs as suggested. Moreover, you have to pay extra for the Play and charge cable. All in all, the A50s deserve an award for the good design, set of features and impeccable sound quality.
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- The Astro A50 is manufactured by Astro and was added in December 2014 in the PC Headphones section
- This product has a rating of 4.8 out of 5
- The best price of the Astro A50 in Canada is $399.99 at Microsoft
- In Canada this product is available in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa-Gatineau
- You can find this product at Dell.ca, Cendirect, Channel Electronics, Mike's Computer Shop, Newegg.ca, PC-Canada, MyTeknology, Microsoft, SoftwareCity, gamercan.com