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Published on October 9th, 2014 | by gareth


Astro Shows Off Their Latest Lineup Of Audio Greatness

SAN FRANCISCO October 8, 2014 – ASTRO Gaming, creators of premium video gaming equipment, today announced the release of the next generation of its best-selling headsets and MixAmps.  The first release from this suite of updated audio products includes the “ASTRO Editions” of the A50 Wireless System, the A40 + MixAmp™ Pro and the standalone MixAmp™ Pro, all of which are compatible with the PlayStation®4, PlayStation®3, PC’s and Mac’s.   The “Xbox One® Editions”, featuring proprietary Xbox One ® technologies, will be released separately.  These new generation headsets and MixAmps™ will  feature all-new color schemes including accent colors and custom livery, updated audio performance and new packaging, along with the same cutting-edge performance ASTRO Gaming has become synonymous with.  The A50 Wireless System ASTRO Edition ($300), the A40 + MixAmp™ Pro ASTRO Edition ($250), and the MixAmp™ Pro ASTRO Edition ($130) are now available at select retailers nationwide and directly from ASTRO Gaming at www.astrogaming.com.

“At ASTRO, we feel that the faithful reproduction of high-quality gaming audio if of the utmost importance to the gaming experience.” said Aron Drayer, VP of Marketing, ASTRO Gaming.  “However, you simply can’t stop there.  Gaming headsets need to be comfortable to wear during marathon sessions, the microphones need to provide total voice clarity and the wireless signal needs to be steady and powerful.   This is why we spend so much time testing and developing padding and cushioning materials for our ear pads and we only use the highest end components and technology in our headsets.   We also believe gaming headphones should have style and customization options that allow the gamer to proudly proclaim his or her passion for gaming, as evidenced by our design aesthetics and our customizable speaker tag system.”

The A50 Wireless System ASTRO Edition feature set includes:

  • Multiplatform Gaming & Entertainment Solution – Designed to allow you to game when, where and how you choose, the A50 Wireless System is compatible with PS4, PS3, PC, and Mac.
  • Dolby® 7.1 Surround Sound – Hear the details you’re missing and get the drop on your opponents with stunning surround sound, pinpoint spatial accuracy and crystal clear definition.
  • ASTRO Audio® ExperienceEngineered specifically for gaming, music and movies, ASTRO Audio delivers audiophile-grade sound in a richly detailed positional audio experience with three custom audio modes.
  • KleerNet™ 5.8GHz Wireless Technology – Operating at a higher frequency than most wireless devices, the A50 Wireless System provides clarity and range with less interference using the best 5.8GHz chipset available today.  Point to Multipoint – pair multiple ASTRO A50 headsets with a single transmitter.   Totally uncompressed, lossless, and lag free.
  • Superior Fit & Finish – Highly durable and designed specifically to be easily adjustable, lightweight and supremely comfortable, the A50 Wireless System can capably accommodate marathon game playing, movie watching or music listening sessions.
  • Built-in ASTRO MixAmp™ 5.8The A50 Wireless System puts the audio authority at your fingertips, with integrated wireless MixAmp™ 5.8 technology with embedded controls for Master Volume and Game-to-Voice balancing making all critical audio options available for on-the-fly adjustments.
  • Embedded Battery & Display Stand – Lithium-ion battery system rechargeable via USB.  Show-off and charge your A50 Wireless System on the included display stand.
  • New Custom Color Scheme – The new A50 Wireless System features a new custom color scheme — Black headset with Steel accents and Royal Blue wiring highlights.

The A40 + MixAmp™ Pro ASTRO Edition feature set includes:

  • Multiplatform Gaming & Entertainment Solution – Designed to allow you to game when, where and how you choose, the A40 + MixAmp™ Pro is compatible with PS4, PS3, PC, and Mac.
  • MixAmp™ Pro – A personal audio mixer and headphone amplifier, the MixAmp™ Pro delivers Dolby® Digital 7.1 surround sound, game-to-voice balancing, the ability to capture game audio for livestreaming, four custom EQ modes, including Pro, Core, Media and LAN or even connect multiple MixAmp™ Pros together to create a lag-free private voice network.
  • ASTRO Audio® ExperienceEngineered specifically for gaming, music and movies, ASTRO Audio® delivers audiophile-grade sound in a richly detailed positional audio experience.
  • Media Controller Cable – Providing total audio control featuring an in-line mic; an in-line mute; a switch that toggles between in-line and boom mics; a multi-use call/pick-up/music track control button; and, a volume control wheel.
  • Removable Mic SystemA highly precise, noise-canceling removable boom mic, which can be removed and swapped from ear to ear for a more customizable in-game communication experience.
  • New Custom Color Schemes – Featuring a two new custom color schemes – Steel Gray with Light Gray accents and highlights or Light Gray with White and Red accents and highlights.
  • Customizable Speaker TagsA patented ASTRO feature, Speaker Tags represent a magnetic, removable and customizable system for personalizing your A40 Headset.  Special edition tags can be purchased or use the Speaker Tag Customizer to create a unique look for teams, clans, guilds or simply for pure personal expression.

.  For more information about the new “ASTRO Edition” headsets and MixAmp™, please visit http://www.astrogaming.com/headsets or http://www.astrogaming.com/accessories.

About the Author

Syndicated movie & game critic, writer, author and frequent radio guest. His work has appeared in over 60 publications worldwide and he is the creator of the rising entertainment site and publication “Skewed and Reviewed”.He has three books of film, game reviews and interviews published and is a well-received and in demand speaker on the convention circuit. Gareth has appeared in movies and is a regular guest on a top-rated Seattle morning show.He has also appeared briefly in films such as “Prefountaine”, “Postal”. “Far Cry”. and others. Gareth is also an in-demand speaker at several conventions and has conducted popular panels for over two decades.

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