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Astro Gaming Debuts A30 Cross-Gaming Headset

Astro Gaming Debuts A30 Cross-Gaming Headset

Gaming headsets are becoming more and more popular with online gaming becoming a more well-integrated aspect of gaming in general, and Astro Gaming has been at the forefront of the revolution. The new Astro A30 Cross-Gaming Headset uses the same audio and voice communication DNA in the A40, but it utilizes a lightweight, street-styled design that can be used on consoles and even cellphones.

It's basically a headset or a set of headphones, or both. There's a built-in, Dolby-powered ASTRO MixAmp, which is an audio engine that mixes voice and game sounds. It also sports speaker tags that can be customized with their own artwork or with our pre-loaded imagery, and the dual mic system makes sure that your yelling goes through loud and clear. The only issue is the high $229.95 price tag if you buy it with the MixAmp, though the $149.95 standalone price isn't quite as painful to swallow.


ASTRO GAMING INTRODUCES THE ASTRO A30 CROSS-GAMING HEADSET

New ASTRO A30 Headset Leverages ASTRO’s Pro Video Gaming Audio Expertise

For Use Across Mobile Devices, Laptops, PCs and Consoles

SAN FRANCISCO – March 16, 2010 – ASTRO Gaming, creator of premium video gaming equipment for professional gamers, has launched the ASTRO A30 Cross-Gaming Headset, a professional-grade cross-gaming platform audio solution for gamers on-the-go.  The ASTRO A30 Cross-Gaming Headset  features a lightweight street-smart design and delivers tournament-level audio quality and crystal-clear voice communication across all types of digital entertainment devices including gaming consoles, PCs and mobile devices.  All ASTRO Gaming products are available directly through the company website at: www.astrogaming.com.


“We’ve taken the DNA from ASTRO’s tournament-proven A40 pro gaming headset and injected our superior audio and voice communication technologies into a smaller, more lifestyle driven headset for gamers on-the-go,” said Brett Lovelady, Founder of ASTRO Gaming. “With the A30’s, you can play and chat at home through consoles and PCs, and then take it on the road, using A30s to listen to music and take phone calls on a smart phone, or play the latest portable video game systems with game quality sound.  With so much flexibility, the A30 is simply the best cross-gaming, mobile savvy headset on the market.”

The ASTRO A30 Cross-Gaming Headset is the first audio equipment designed specifically to move freely between mobile, console and PC gaming platforms, as well as across all forms of digital entertainment.  True to its cross-gaming claim, the highly portable, on-ear A30 headset comes with three audio cables for easy connection to a variety of mobile devices, gaming consoles and PCs.   The A30 is also fully compatible with ASTRO’s award-winning Dolby®-powered ASTRO MixAmp™, the audio engine that seamlessly blends voice and game sounds.

“The A30's closed-ear design and street savvy styling lets gamers play out in public and still look great while doing it,” said Aron Drayer, Director of Marketing, ASTRO Gaming.  “As with the ASTRO A40s, the ASTRO A30 Cross-Gaming Headset will allow users to fully customize the speaker tags with their own artwork or with our pre-loaded imagery.  Clans and guilds can create tags for team members with group logos while other artistically inclined users can upload their own designs to make a unique personalized statement.” 

Features include:

·         Award-Winning ASTRO Gaming Sound and Voice Communication:  The ASTRO A30 uses the same ASTRO Audio DNA developed for the critically-acclaimed A40 pro gaming headset.

·         Dual Mic System:  The removable boom mic provides perfect voice communication for tournament or home play, while the in-line mic allows for on-the-go phone conversations or internet chatting through handheld devices.

·         Comfortable, Lightweight On-Ear Design:  The ASTRO A30s are designed to be used outside in the real world, with noise-reducing closed backs and a street-smart, customizable design.

·         Interchangeable Speaker Tags:  As with the original A40 design, the ASTRO A30 headset features removable and customizable speaker tags that can be designed online to create a unique look for teams, clans, guilds or simply for pure personal expression.

·         Ballistic Nylon Travel Case:  The A30s come standard with a backpack friendly, protective case for traveling to tournaments or a friend’s house.

·         ASTRO MixAmp Compatible:  The ASTRO A30 headset is fully compatible with the ASTRO MixAmp system, which allows for full voice communication features across gaming consoles and personal computers.

·         Cross-Gaming Cabling Included:  The ASTRO A30 ships with three length appropriate audio cables standard to enable the headset’s superior audio across mobile, PC and gaming consoles.

The ASTRO A30 Cross-Gaming Headset is now available in black and white colorways via ASTRO Gaming’s web site at www.astrogaming.com for $149.95.  The headset is available alone or as bundle with ASTRO’s award-winning MixAmp™ for advanced voice chat capabilities on consoles and PC, for $229.95.  

About ASTRO Gaming
ASTRO Gaming creates premium video gaming equipment for pro gamers, leagues, gaming enthusiasts and their lifestyles. Spun-off from design powerhouse ASTRO Studios, known in the gaming world for designing the Microsoft Xbox 360™, Alienware PCs, and HP’s Gaming PCs, ASTRO Gaming produces a line of gamer-centric "tech-life" products, supporting this rapidly growing community. ASTRO Gaming’s product line includes the A40 Audio System, the Official Licensed Headset of Major League Gaming, the A30 Cross-Gaming Headset, and the Transport Series of gaming gear bags.

All ASTRO Gaming products are available for direct acquisition from the company website at: http://www.astrogaming.com 


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I personally am partially deaf. So a headset is a must for me in most cases on a computer when using it for personal use. So I am very glad to see this specific market area moving up.

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As far as gaming goes, I still prefer speakers. I know I've tried headsets in multiple games and I can hear stuff like foot steps easier, but to me they are just very uncomfortable, especially after a few hours of gaming.

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RyuGTX:

As far as gaming goes, I still prefer speakers. I know I've tried headsets in multiple games and I can hear stuff like foot steps easier, but to me they are just very uncomfortable, especially after a few hours of gaming.

No doubt on that one Ryu. I like to live the experience through loud sounds and booming base. 

 

However, I can see these as a potential use for night work, when all is quiet in the house and your  neighbors demand the up most respect for their sleep. I like to listen to loud music at all hours of the day, so I wouldn't leave headphones like these out of the possibility. 

 

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Marius Malek:

RyuGTX:

As far as gaming goes, I still prefer speakers. I know I've tried headsets in multiple games and I can hear stuff like foot steps easier, but to me they are just very uncomfortable, especially after a few hours of gaming.

No doubt on that one Ryu. I like to live the experience through loud sounds and booming base. 

 

However, I can see these as a potential use for night work, when all is quiet in the house and your  neighbors demand the up most respect for their sleep. I like to listen to loud music at all hours of the day, so I wouldn't leave headphones like these out of the possibility. 

 

 

For listening to music late at night, I currently use those bad earbuds that come with the iPod. I think I get a headache from them after a couple of hours. My friend let me borrow his Grado (I think they were the SR225i) and the AKG K702 along with his external DAC/AMP. They sounded amazing. I would like to try and save up for the AKG K702. The Grado heaphones where really nice, they just didn't feel as comfortable to me. Grado also has some really nice ones for $100. You might find them on sale. Surprisingly, they go on sale on Valentines' Day (10% off) at my campus book/pc store.

 

Only problem is that both are open backs. They cover your whole ear but they don't keep the sound inside. So if you got a roommate, beware. Other than that, you can listen to them at high if you are only worried about next door neighbors.

 

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RyuGTX:
Only problem is that both are open backs. They cover your whole ear but they don't keep the sound inside. So if you got a roommate, beware. Other than that, you can listen to them at high if you are only worried about next door neighbors.

I actually like that. It also lets sound in. I use plantronics 377s. They have a closed ear model for about the same price. The 367s. I think a headset is a must for gaming. It really does help you hear from where stuff is coming from. I hear gunshots and turn the right way. Not even thinking about it. Plus Jen and I's PCs are right next to each other so it is annoying if we use are speakers.

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Oh, this gaming headsets seems comfortable and functional. It should be working very well with Computer. But this is a stereo headset for $150? Exceed my budget for the new headsets. The price within $50 is acceptable for me. I found many gaming headsets at online stores. One of the black headsets http://www.uxsight.com/product/7927/binaural-computer-stereo-headphone-headset-mic-microphone.html price seems substantial. But don't know the tone quality. Any suggestions? Friends?

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