No custom EQ for ASTRO Gaming’s A50

Hardware News Xbox One

There’s so many headsets to choose from, and a whole heap of brands too – cost and loyalty certainly play a huge part in deciding where you invest your hard moolah – for me though, I have landed on ASTRO Gaming after trying pretty much all the headset brands out there. Some may be put off by their cost, but in my opinion their quality is indisputable – but there’s always room for improvement.

In my latest hardware review, I took a look at ASTRO’s A50 wireless (Gen 2) Xbox One headset – it’s an incredible piece of kit – but like most things, there were a few things that I felt could be improved – namely the EQ settings.

The headset features three preset EQs, two of which often overpower the bass. After digging around the ASTRO forums it seems that the EQ settings have been a subject for discussion for quite sometime, with ASTRO staff promising that custom EQ settings will make their way to the A50 – that is until now…

Unfortunately we will not be releasing the custom EQ presets as we promised for the A50 Wireless Headset. We did post this on a few threads a couple of months ago but you may have not seen it. As we developed the software and the firmware required for the operation, it became clear that we could not deliver on the quality or functionality that everybody was expecting and we wanted to place our name on. We understand that it may be devastating to hear especially after waiting all this time but it’s something we have learned from and will never promise again unless we can deliver 100% on it and are working to build it into our future equipment so it works as you would expect without being compromised. [July 16 at 1:21 PM]

This is a real shame, particularly as there are other similarly priced headsets that do offer custom EQ settings but it’s not the end of the world – the A50 sounds superb, and the build quality is easily worth the money. Custom EQ would have made a superb addition to the A50 but isn’t a deal breaker for what I believe to be the best Xbox One headset on the market.

I've been gaming for longer than I care to remember and spent four years writing for another XCN website leading a 10 strong team. Now I'm in charge of TiX alongside Dave Moran – I hope you enjoy what we do!