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 develop 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 along with your teammates and coordinate ways on the fly.
The Astro A50 is this type of game-changing headset – and at $300, it actually must be. Because of the work of Dolby’s Professional Logic IIx format, it will possibly provide digitally combined, 7.1 simulated encompass sound. It is precisely what it’s good to actually really feel enemy rockets rip previous your face, and it is versatile sufficient you may 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 house. 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 excellent, it is rattling shut, and the wide selection of merchandise it really works with makes it a strong funding for tech followers with crowded leisure facilities.
The Astro A50 gives deep bass, crisp highs, and due to that Dolby Professional Logic IIx functionality, software program enabled sound mixing pretty much as good as any 7.1 headset in the marketplace. Its solely actual flaws are a cumbersome design and a considerably clumsy interface. You may additionally want to choose up an adapter or two when you plan to hook up with something with out an optical port, like a MacBook Pro. 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. For those who bought the A50s, ensure to obtain the replace and set up it.
With nice audio energy comes a plus-sized headset; the Astro A50 is massive and ponderous, however nonetheless manages to be surprisingly snug. Every bit of the headset that is available in contact along with your head, which means the earpieces and the underside of the scarf, is roofed in gentle, foam-like material. You may undoubtedly discover the load of the A50s sitting in your head, however the light 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 must put on the A50 for a really prolonged period of time for it to develop into uncomfortable or tiring.
The match of the A50s will not be as comfortable as some headphones we have examined. It’d really feel a bit free when you’re used to one thing tighter, however we shortly go used to it. A extra relaxed match makes it simpler in your ears, but it surely does imply the audio bleeds a bit. For those who’re cranking the sound, individuals 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.
For the reason that unit is massive, Astro made a sensible choice in giving it a stealthy shade scheme. The matte black end is enticing and subdued; no want to attract any extra consideration to the outsized A50s. Crimson, semi-exposed cables operating 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. With the ability to tuck it straight up is a good function for LAN events or lengthy gaming periods, however makes you seem like an unemployed cosmonaut while you’re watching a film. It might be good if we might simply take it off.