Astro A50 Wireless Headset + Base Station
Game headset bundle for PS4, PC, and Mac®
Astro A50 Wireless Headset + Base Station - Charge the headset's battery on the wireless base station
Our take on the Astro A50 Wireless Headset + Base Station by Crutchfield's James Ralston
What immersion sounds like
This wireless gaming headset from Astro renders game soundtracks and effects in rich detail, thanks to Dolby® Headphone 7.1 surround processing. It comes with a wireless base station that connects to your PlayStation® 4 console or your computer, so you can go totally wire-free when you're playing and chatting with team members. The headset's rechargeable battery lets you play for as long as 15 hours between charges. (But do your body a favor and remember to take a break now and then!) When the 'phones need to charge, just drop them on the charging base.
Customize the experience
The swappable microphone boom arm is a nice touch. It attaches to either the left or right earcup, whichever you prefer. This bundle also comes with editing software that lets you get hands-on. You can create customized EQ presets for different kinds of games, set default audio levels, and more. Plus, this headset it compatible with Astro's mod kit (available from the manufacturer), if you want to tweak it for better noise cancellation and an even more comfortable fit.
- headset and mic system optimized for PS4 and PC
- Dolby® Headphone 7.1 surround sound
- fully wireless operation on PS4 — no chat cable required
- precision microphone boom with flip-to-mute
- charging base station with LED indicators for Dolby, pairing, and battery status
- 5GHz wireless transmission
- 30-foot range
- up to 15-hour headset battery life
- Astro Command Center software included
- customize input and output levels and noise gate settings
- create your own EQ presets
- compatible with A50 mod kit (available from manufacturer) for improved noise cancellation and comfort
- 1-meter (3.3-foot) USB micro Type-B cable
- 1-meter (3.3-foot) optical digital audio cable
- warranty: 1 year parts and labor
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Over-ear gaming headset
- Base station
- 42" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Micro-B USB on other end)
- Quick Start Guide
- Warranty card
- Registration card ("Stop")
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Overview: The Astro A50 Wireless is a gaming headset for PS4 and PC. It comes with the Astro Wireless Base Station and 5 GHz Wireless transmitter. This over-ear headset has a powerful rechargeable battery for those lengthy gaming sessions. The Astro A50 comes with 1 meter optical and Micro USB cables.
Design: The Astro A50 is equipped with plush ear and headband cushions that are covered in soft cloth. The 40mm neodymium drivers are housed in an open-air ear cup, and deliver pro quality audio. A 6mm unidirectional, noise-canceling microphone is mounted on the 7" boom. The headphones weigh just over 13 ounces.
Dolby Headphone 7.1: The headphones provide a 3-dimensional gaming experience with built-in Dolby Headphone 7.1 Surround. Dolby Headphone uses powerful digital signal processing to enable you to hear enemies and other objects coming from all angles. Dolby Headphone 7.1 can be turned on or off on the headset, as desired.
On-board Controls: The Astro A50 feature several on-board controls on the right ear cup. The power switch is a 2-way slide switch, while the Dolby is a push on/push off button. The headset has a rotary Master Volume control, plus a unique Game:Voice balance control on the outside of the ear cup. Pressing the front of the right ear cup's outer panel sends more of the game audio to the headset, while pressing the rear portion of the panel increases the voice chat audio. Swinging the entire mic boom just past vertical will mute the microphone. A 2-way switch on one end of the base station lets you select PC or PS4 operation.
Lithium-Ion Battery: The Astro A50 headset has a powerful Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. After fully charged while docked in the base station, the battery has over 15 hours of battery life. To conserve battery power, the A50 detects when you have taken off the headset and goes into "sleep" mode. When you're ready to play again, the headset "wakes up" automatically when it detects motion.
Base Station: The A50 Base Station's 5 GHz transmitter wirelessly transmits your gaming audio up to 30 feet. Using the less crowded 5 GHz band provides solid connectivity with very low-latency for the best gaming experience. The headset easily docks in the base station cradle for charging and pairing. When the battery status is shown on the base station, pairing is complete. Four LEDs on the base station indicate 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100% headset battery level. One LED glows solid red and emits an audible tone when the charge reaches 10%, and flashes and beeps at 5%. Base dimensions: Width 8.557", Height 1.111", Depth 4.45".
Base Station Connections: The Base Station an optical input with a TosLink port for connecting the digital audio from the PS4 to the transmitter. In addition, there's an optical output pass-through to send a digital signal to another component or for streaming. The base also has a Micro-B USB port for USB audio and PC connection, plus USB power (5V 0.5A). The A50 comes with one meter Micro USB and optical digital cables. A 3.5mm Aux Input is also provided
Note: The Sony PS4 Slim does not have an optical audio output. Astro suggest several workarounds here.
Command Center Software: Downloadable Command Center software is available for your PC. With this free software, you can customize the input and output levels, adjust the Noise Gate and Sidetone, and create and share custom EQ presets. The software is compatible with Windows 7, 8, and 10.
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