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post #5851 of 5869 Old 06-12-2016, 03:47 PM
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Have you guys seen the latest news about the new Astro A50s? I placed a link below. Wireless chat, Yup!

I was waiting for black version of the Tritton Katanas. HDMI input vs the optical/USB: how much difference would this really make for sound? Now watch, I will make a choice,and Steelseries will announce something interesting. Lol.

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Have you guys seen the latest news about the new Astro A50s? I placed a link below. Wireless chat, Yup!

I was waiting for black version of the Tritton Katanas. HDMI input vs the optical/USB: how much difference would this really make for sound? Now watch, I will make a choice,and Steelseries will announce something interesting. Lol.

http://www.highdefdigest.com/news/sh...-71-more/32636

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I don't know that I would trust anything drift0r says about these things sound wise as he appears to be sponsored by them

That being said its a good first look/unboxing to check out the physical updates and new transmitter/dock
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Funny thing happened to me yesterday. I finally updated my TB 500X's firmware(several months late). When I rebooted, it went to stereo. However, the sound effects were much clearer, and the directional sound was WAY more localized. Before I realized I wasn't on 7.1, I thought "wow, this update was amazing". I selected footsteps, shooter, and superhuman hearing as my presets. Once I realized it wasn't on 7.1, I toggled the headsets to surround mode. It didn't sound as clear on the sound effects, and the directional sound seemed more muddled. I double-checked all the settings-I was on 7.1surround(obviously simulated), while toggling between the three audio presets. Has anyone who owns these experienced anything similar?

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Without looking thru thousands of posts, anyone use the Turtle beach 500x, and if so, is the surround sound decent? I ask because a coworker is selling his at a good price.

I'm headed out the door, otherwise I'd do a search on here to see if any posts relate to my question.
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Im bored so I bought some Astro A50's online. going to test them out for a week or 2 to see what all the fuss is about. Currently use the Polk 4 Shots on Xbox One and PS4 and have no complaints with them at all.
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Been using the Astro A50 gen 2 for a few days and I am very happy with them. I have owned wireless headsets in the past and they all had digital noise in one of the ear cups. in other words you can hear the headset communicating with the receiver and i find that very annoying. the astros a 50's make no sound in the ear cups if you are sitting in a lobby/party by yourself in dead silence. if i had 1 complaint with the a50's it is that they are bass heavy and that can wear on you in marathon gaming sessions. other than that these are keepers. if anything changes i will post here.
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When is this new Astro A50s suppose to come out?

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Been using the Astro A50 gen 2 for a few days and I am very happy with them. I have owned wireless headsets in the past and they all had digital noise in one of the ear cups. in other words you can hear the headset communicating with the receiver and i find that very annoying. the astros a 50's make no sound in the ear cups if you are sitting in a lobby/party by yourself in dead silence. if i had 1 complaint with the a50's it is that they are bass heavy and that can wear on you in marathon gaming sessions. other than that these are keepers. if anything changes i will post here.
does your right earcup buzz whenever the mic pics up audio? that was the deal breaker for me.
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When is this new Astro A50s suppose to come out?
According to THIS article, "late August".
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does your right earcup buzz whenever the mic pics up audio? that was the deal breaker for me.
no it does not. i have tested this with the included astro gen 2 chat adapter and using the MS controller adapter along with a 2.5mm to 3.5mm 3 pole cable. also i use alkaline batteries in my controller, do you use a rechargeable battery pack maybe? i have run into people that use a rechargeable battery packs in there controller that cause noise in the headset while they are charging.

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Im bored so I bought some Astro A50's online. going to test them out for a week or 2 to see what all the fuss is about. Currently use the Polk 4 Shots on Xbox One and PS4 and have no complaints with them at all.
Are there any huge differences between the Gen 1 and Gen 2 A50's? I just received my Gen 1 refurbs Thursday. I'm coming from the HyperX Cloud 2's combined with a Turtle Beach DSS. So far, the Astro's are a bit more bass heavy but I really like the sound of the Core Audio eq preset.

I like the Cloud 2's but I really wanted something wireless (I don't mind the cord to the controller for chat) so I can relax back on the bed while I play. Since my fiancé is normally asleep next to me I just prefer to not have a cord from the DSS.

In terms of audio quality I'm unsure as of yet. I enjoy the Cloud 2's but I feel like they can be a bit fatiguing in the highs especially for longer gaming sessions. The Astros don't seem to be as "crisp" unless you use the Pro eq preset, but I feel like this would lend to longer gaming sessions better. Overall comfort is a toss up right now. The Astros are a bit heavier than the Cloud 2's, but that wasn't an issue for the couple hours I used them last night.

I'll post more in depth impressions after I use them more. Right now I'm really digging the Astros, and I got in at the right price (under $100).
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Are there any huge differences between the Gen 1 and Gen 2 A50's? I just received my Gen 1 refurbs Thursday. I'm coming from the HyperX Cloud 2's combined with a Turtle Beach DSS. So far, the Astro's are a bit more bass heavy but I really like the sound of the Core Audio eq preset.

I like the Cloud 2's but I really wanted something wireless (I don't mind the cord to the controller for chat) so I can relax back on the bed while I play. Since my fiancé is normally asleep next to me I just prefer to not have a cord from the DSS.

In terms of audio quality I'm unsure as of yet. I enjoy the Cloud 2's but I feel like they can be a bit fatiguing in the highs especially for longer gaming sessions. The Astros don't seem to be as "crisp" unless you use the Pro eq preset, but I feel like this would lend to longer gaming sessions better. Overall comfort is a toss up right now. The Astros are a bit heavier than the Cloud 2's, but that wasn't an issue for the couple hours I used them last night.

I'll post more in depth impressions after I use them more. Right now I'm really digging the Astros, and I got in at the right price (under $100).
no huge differences. i believe the only difference if i remember correctly are the usb cable on the gen 1 is mini and on the gen 2 is micro, also the gen 2 comes with astros version of the chat adapter for xbox one. having said that i tested the gen 2 chat adapter and my friends said i sounded louder using the MS chat adapter vs astro gen 2 chat adapter. if i pushed the mic closer to my mouth they said i sounded the same on both. imo there is no reason to buy the gen 2 over the gen 1.

also, i am not a astro fanboy and have had my fair share of troubles with wireless headsets in the past. i fully expected not to like the astro a50's and planned on returning them if i did not like them. well i like them a lot if i am honest. a hell of a lot. i have been having a ball using them in destiny and forza 6. haven't played bo3 with them yet but that is coming soon.

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I ended up wearing them for about 5 hours straight last night. If I wasn't gaming (thanks to system updates and Internet bugginess) I was listening to music while doing laundry, etc. I never once found them uncomfortable and like that I can switch EQs on the headset. I watched 2 episodes of Game of Thrones with them and they sounded more dynamic than the Cloud 2'2, if not slightly more muffled on the high end.

I wanted to mention that since I wear glasses with thick frames it's always been a chore finding a headset that didn't hurt my head OR my earlobes after a while. After 5 hours I can truly say that I forgot I had them on. They are that comfortable. And the simulated surround sound is better than what I've heard outside of maybe DTS Headphone X.

Needless to say, I'm keeping them. They are now my go to headphones for gaming.
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I personally never had any major issues with the Astros only in the beginning with the Xbox one and the controller cutting off and losing signal


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update

i have the gen 2 astro a50's and i am running them directly to the controller with no microsoft controller adapter. i have the newer controller with the 3.5mm jack. i picked up some 2.5 to 3.5mm 3 pole cables off ebay and this allows me to go from the headset directly to the controller without using a ms controller adapter. to mute i raise the mic, i adjust chat/game balance on the right earcup and volume on the back of the right earcup. also in the console settings i maxed out the volume setting and minimized the mic monitoring setting. everything is working brilliantly!
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I guess I spoke too soon. Lately my 2nd gen Astros A50 remains with the orange like on and I can't turn them off unless I hold down the power button then it goes to pairing mode then I can turn them off. I've googled the issue and it looks like many people experience this too. I just haven't found a solution for it and my firmwares are up to date. Luckily I have Geek squad warranty so I'll just wait for the new ones coming soon and get those instead.


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I found the fix. Just let the battery drain completely and after that it works normal again.


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I found the fix. Just let the battery drain completely and after that it works normal again.


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Same thing happened when I owned the a50s. It will happen once in awhile. Happened a handful of times within the year I owned them.

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