Astro is debuting its first set of in-ear headphones, the A03. It’s an surprising step for the corporate, which historically makes over-ear gaming headsets, like the brand new A20 Gen 2 and the mainstay A40. They’re $49.99, so whereas not probably the most inexpensive wired possibility, it’s an affordable value contemplating they provide punchy sound, and a cosy match with three units of silicon suggestions included, every of which give high quality sound isolation. And if you wish to use them to hearken to music, or keep on the telephone, whilst you sport with an over-ear headset, the A03 has a flat cable to take a seat comfortably between your pores and skin and the ear cup.
The A03 plugs in through 3.5mm, so one other perk is that it’s appropriate with each present platform, just like the PC, PS4, Xbox One, the Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite, in addition to Android and iOS units — assuming you’ve gotten a dongle to transform from USB-C or Lightning to three.5mm. It’s additionally appropriate with the Xbox Series X and S controllers, in addition to the PS5’s DualSense controller. As for inline controls and microphone assist, the A03’s plug is constructed for the CTIA commonplace. And whereas meaning the microphone will work with cell and on the likes of the Switch and first-party Xbox One and PS4 controllers, Astro says the inline buttons will not be purposeful.
Astro says every of the A03’s earbuds homes two drivers: one targeted on the bass and lows, and one other concentrating on the mids and highs. The firm says the twin driver setup in every bud “delivers a powerful audio experience with a rich soundscape, revealing every detail of game environments and clearly separating voice chat.”
Interestingly, these look similar to Logitech’s $49.99 G333 in-ear headphones which can be licensed for use with the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset. The aluminum housing that incorporates the drivers and the flat cable is a match. This is unusual, however it’s not an entire shock since Logitech owns Astro.
In phrases of variations, the A03 has an in-line microphone, a comfortable case for storage, and is available in two completely different colours; purple buds with a white cable or crimson buds with a navy-colored cable. Since the A03 wasn’t made expressly for VR, it doesn’t include the Velcro ties to shorten the cable, just like the G333 does, although there’s no purpose why you wouldn’t have the ability to use these.
It is sensible to supply one thing extra compact like this to avid gamers, who usually have to go away their large headsets at dwelling when it’s time to hit the highway. If you’re wanting for a brand new set of in-ear headphones that have been made for making your video games sound good, these may be price contemplating.