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These Replaced my Astro A50 Gen 3
Reviewed in the United States on September 24, 2018
I've used these headphones for three days, so these still have to hold up to the test of time. That being said, so far I like:
1.) The USB -> Amp -> Headphone Setup. While I appreciate the total wireless freedom of the A50's, not dealing with auto shut offs, batteries, and sound disruptions was my main reason for purchase. Happy with the results, will see how wired holds up the first time I jerk the amp off the coffee table.
2.) Windows Sonic. I have not paid for Dolby Atmos, and at this point I do not feel the urge to. I thought the sound was better and more immersive than the sound I was getting from the Dolby 7.1 setting I used on the A50's.
3.) Xbox Hardware Recognition. Small thing, but it is so nice not to have to walk back up and uplug the USB to reset the base station so that I'm recognized in party chat. When Xbox is on, I'm good to go.
4.) Game Chat. Welcome back! I'm almost always using Xbox Party Chat but when I'm playing Destiny it's nice to have the option to opt into Fireteam Chat.
5.) Bluetooth. Paired up easily with my phone.
Some things I felt could use improvement:
-1.) Turtle Beach Audio Hub App.: Using my Android Phone, sometimes the buttons felt unresponsive. I just got these things and wanted to play with settings a bunch. It works, but I felt the experience could have been better.
-2.) Glass Relief System: Not a real negative, I just don't see the upside. Sound isolation does not seem to be greatly effected wherever my cushion tab is set, but the same can be said for pressure relief on the frame of my glasses. My glasses fit fairly snug to my face, and my headset/glass fit puts the relief design just a little high. I use it and have the tabs pegged on the last setting, but not a big deal for me and has never been a previous issue. If it is an issue for you on your current set up... your results might vary.
-3.) Comfort. I find these comfortable! However, for the extended play time I put in yesterday... I did not find them as comfortable as my Astro A50 Gen 3 with the fabric cushions.
-4.) Mute Control. Comming from a wireless set up where I just flipped my mic boon up, fiddling to find the dongle is a minor hassle. I'd like to see something integrated into the amp. (Which besides bluetooth, feels just like a big volume knob/cable break with glowy bits)
Conclusion Notes: This is my first experience with Turtle Beach, and I am satified with the purchase. For me the sound isolation balance is what I was looking for. I felt more immersed in my game. I did not have a issue with the overall volume level which is a topic I've seen brought up before. Durability, more experience using chat, and playing more with the settings is where my comments may fall short for my personal experience.