Jeffrey Schimmer (aka Excited Jeff) talked to James Lang, and engineer at Astro who worked on the A50 headphones. The Astro A50 is typically used by professional gamers and enthusiasts alike. Later, Jeff tested a pair on his own. His thoughts are below.
In the age of buying things online it’s hard to know what’s true quality and what’s not.
So holding a product in your hands is a true test of its quality. When you hold the Astro A50 headphones, you instantly understand why they are used by gaming pros. They feel light but solid. They are very comfortable on your head, which is great because with 15 hours of battery life per charge, you can binge on that new game. (Something I’m very guilty of.) Even the design of the mod system, using magnets to hold the pads, shows they pay attention to every detail.
The sound is incredible, with Dolby 7.1 surround sound. When you hook up the headphones to your console, you hear everything. When I played Battlefield 1 it became a truly visceral experience.
There are just two drawbacks. The first is setting up the base station to your computer. They are ready to go outside the box, but I had some trouble setting it up for my PC. The other one is price. At $300 they can cost around the same a new system. It depends on what you value in a game. Sound can really give you that complete experience. Hearing every kick of the ball, explosion of a grenade, revving of an engine is so satisfying. If you don’t have a surround sound system hooked up to your TV, this provides a great solution. Not to mention listening to a movie or music. There’s even an aux cable to connect your phone to the base station.
They come highly recommended from me, wallet willing.