Originally Posted by Daekwan
I never updated my opinion on the A50s, but even after the v1.1 update they still were not impressive enough to keep. The 'full' sound from the cans was just entirely too overwhelming to be as pinpoint accurate as my A40s or PC360s. Not to mention the chat cable quickly become annoying. IMO, Astro needs to return to the table and seek some sort of bluetooth solution like what TB is doing with the XP400/500. I'd also like to see a different preset selection than the 1,2,3 they currently offer. 3 was the setting I used most and it still did not deliver the most important sounds in the game properly (gunshots, footsteps, etc).
You had the exact same problem with the Warheads I did. I also read from others with the same experience, that buying another set wont fix it, so I pretty much have given up on them at this point. I did try turning the the VOICE setting, under preferences like you did. And while that definitely helped.. the mic was just way to sensitive (hot) for my tastes. No other microphone I've used had those issues and the Warhead was the only headset that required me to crank down the VOICE/GAME volume sounds in the game.
I personally think the XP400 is the best buy for the money. It does everything good enough. Its super easy to setup & transport. And its really wireless. Like completely wireless. For anybody looking for real surround sound just for online gaming purposes (ie.. you dont care about audiophile quality sound). You cannot beat the XP400 features or price.
As its stands Im currently keeping/using two headsets. PC360s at home & XP400s at the girlfriends house.
I'm with you on the issues for the A50's, as far as the sound stage. You're right, the overall sound is overwhelming and muddy, at the same time. Setting 3 definitely does not pinpoint certain audio cues, like footsteps. I can't tell if the enemy is 20 feet or 5 feet away, until the enemy's at my doorstep, lol. I think Astro put too much emphasis on ambient sounds, instead of gunfire and footsteps. It feels as if the surround sound has too much reverb. I hear more wind in the background than footsteps for spatial direction. Hopefully, the customizable EQ settings in the near future, can alleviate that. If not, Astro won't get my money again. at least not the A50's.
For Warheads, the "hot mic" is the perfect example of what I was trying to convey. For the most part though, it does help much more. I think the Tritton/Microsoft combo will somehow find a way to tone it down a bit. The Warheads can easily pinpoint footsteps and gunshots. I know exactly where the enemy is at. I think the spatial direction is superb. It's on point while playing Battlfield 3. The MW3 sound cues are accurate as well. I can't hear the enemy's footsteps if you're using the "dead silence" perk, but I can hear everything else. The headset does have a underlying hiss if you're on the dashboard, but it's a powered device and I don't have any problems with that. I never hear the hiss if I'm playing games or watching Netflix. It doesn't ring my ears after I take them off either.
I'm still making the final judgement for the right headsets but I think the Warheads are going in the right direction.
Originally Posted by bd2003
The XP400s are easily the most comfortabl headset I've ever owned.
I've had every headset you can think of that's made my Turtle Beach, and IMHO, the old X4's are much more comfortable compared to the newer headsets. My PX5's squeeze my head, and the XP400 feel exactly the same. I still have my X41's and they are more comfortable and lighter. They just needed the cans to be bigger around the ears. I have tiny ears so it's nothing to me but some of my friends have larger ears. The Astro A40's are the most comfortable by far, then the A50's. I think the Warheads are good for me because I have a small headEdited by digiTaL wiZ - 9/5/12 at 3:48pm