Astro has become the de facto video game headset company thanks to its high-end line of ear gear that pro gamers first adopted, and for the fact that its brand of cans put out some stellar sounding gaming audio. What started as a brand that mainly lived in the competitive gaming space, has now gone on to be adopted by thousands of casual and pro gamers who seek top-notch sound while playing their favorite games without the fear of waking up roommates, neighbors, or the kids. Traditionally, Astro has only produced products for the PC and Console gaming scenes, but that’s about to change this year with the introduction of its new A38 line of Bluetooth headset.
While at E3 I stopped by Astro’s booth to test the A38 out, and based on the demo I think Astro has another hit on its hands for gamers on the go, or for non-gamers looking for a great pair of wireless, noise canceling headphones. The A38 truly is a thing of beauty thanks to its functional design, and ultra-comfortable ear pads that don’t sit over the ear, but rather fill it with plushy foam to create an air tight bond between your ear and the speaker. This design really accentuates the noise canceling feature of the A38, which works marvelously when the headset is worn and powered up. I had a hard time hearing casual conversation coming from people that were only 2 ft. away from me without even listening to music, so the A38 is on par with other high-end noise canceling headsets such as Bose’s line.
The A38 uses a fine tuned Bluetooth connection to provide 50 ft. of allowed distance between the device and the headset, so as long as you have a clear line of sight to the device you can move up to 50 ft. away from it without dropping audio. This will come in handy for those users that take advantage of the A38’s built-in mic, which can be used to field calls on mobile devices, or for video chats. You can also use the mic for playing games on a laptop or notebook that supports Bluetooth.
When it comes to the audio quality of the A38 there’s no denying that it boasts impressive sound drivers. We were given a video to watch that was designed especially for the A38, and it offered up a great mix of deep base tones, and rich higher tones to help paint an audible picture of what the A38 can do. It’s safe to say that the A38 boasts an impressive audio mix that sounds just as solid as a pair of Dre Beats, or the other high-end headsets in the market for mobile devices. I’m a Beats user myself, and will definitely give some serious thought towards replacing them this August when the A38 officially releases, because of its sound quality and other abilities that the Beats don’t offer.
Astro’s new mobile headset will retail for $230, and should be available on August 15th. The A38 will boast 15+ hours of talk time, 20+ hours of music listening, and will take 5 hours to fully charge after a complete discharge. An app for iOS will also be available to help you fine tune the sound, as well as provide visual queues for the battery level. You won’t be able to miss the A38s at the store either because they’ll ship in a brand new style of box for Astro products, so rather than being a dark grey box the A38 will ship in a very noticeable white package. The box will also come packed with a protective case for the A38 to keep them scratch free during transportation.
If you’re an audiophile who has been searching for a high-end wireless headset for your tablets, phones, or laptops, then you should definitely start saving up for the A38. The design is sleek and comfortable, and the sound is crystal clear and beefy. The inclusion of a mic is a nice touch, and 50 ft. of distance is a plus for those of you that like the freedom to not be tied to your device. The A38 will also make for a great noise canceling device if you happen to use public transportation or travel on a regular basis. You can find more details on the A38 by visiting Astro’s website.
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