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Astro Goes Fully Wireless on Xbox One With New Version of A50

by William Schwartz

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Astro Gaming has finally announced a fully wireless solution for Xbox One console owners with their newest version of the A50.  While the A50 has worked wirelessly on the PlayStation 4 and PC since, well, since they were released — this new version of the popular and pricey headset will finally do the trick on Xbox One. The A50 is set to retail at $300 and will be available directly through Astro and at retailers later this summer.

Microsoft’s proprietary chat technology is the big hurdle that Astro has had to clear in recent years, but those who’ve stuck with the brand should be happy to know that the headset will support a fully wireless audio and chat capability, a fresh look, and a new charging station/transmitter.

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The new A50s also support mods to the headphones, which include noise-isolationing leather ear cushions and more padding on the headband.

The complete feature set can be found below:

The updated ASTRO A50 Wireless Gaming Headset feature set includes:

  • ASTRO AudioTuned for gaming by ASTRO’s team of gaming audio experts, ASTRO Audio delivers accurate audiophile-grade performance no matter the source.
  • ASTRO Comfort and Quality Engineered for extended gaming sessions, the ASTRO A50 is not only comfortable, but also durable, lightweight, and easily adjustable.
  • Low-Latency 5GHz Wireless – The ASTRO A50 features 5GHz technology that provides secure wireless connectivity between the A50 headset and ASTRO Base Station transmitter.  This helps eliminate interference from other wireless devices and keeps audio output in-sync with video sources.
  • Dolby® Headphone 7.1 Surround Sound – Get the drop on opponents with stunning 7.1 channel surround sound thanks to pinpoint spatial accuracy. Also provides an expansive digital audio experience from Dolby®-encoded movies, TV, and music content.
  • ASTRO Base Station Transmitter – The stylish new ASTRO Base Station features magnetic charging contacts for simple docking and charging. The ASTRO Base Station transmitter also provides automatic headset pairing, battery status, and Dolby® Surround On/Off indication.  Connectivity includes TOSLink (optical) pass-through and AUX input/output for convenient audio capturing and livestreaming.
  • Battery Life and Auto Power – Play for extended periods with more than 15 hours of battery life.  The new Auto On/Off conserves battery life when not in use and awakes from Sleep mode once the unit is picked up.
  • Built-In MixAmp™ – Take complete control of your audio with ASTRO’s integrated MixAmp™ technology. This all-digital solution provides advanced customization of all inputs and outputs.  ASTRO’s MixAmp allows adjustment of audio levels such as Master Volume and Game:Voice Balancing for the optimal mix.
  • Precision Boom Mic – A highly precise, noise-cancelling boom mic that’s optimized for Xbox One™, PlayStation® 4, PC, Mac®, and other voice communication. Flip-Up Mute functionality mutes voice output and conveniently stows the microphone when not in use.
  • Custom EQ Modes – Three EQ modes presets are available. These include ASTRO (tuned with precise bass for general gaming), PRO (tuned for precise mid and high detail for streaming and pro gaming) and STUDIO (neutral for accuracy and best for movies and music).  Users can create, customize, save, and share EQ profiles to suite any listening experience or environment.
  • Powerful ASTRO Command Center Software – Adjust Noise Gate, Side Tone, and microphone levels for crystal clear communication.  Alter game volume, chat audio, mic, and AUX channels individually to generate custom audio mixes for streaming output.  Future A50 headset and Base Station firmware updates will also be accessible via the ASTRO Command Center software.

 

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