Logitech G933 vs ASTRO A50 (Which Wireless Gaming Headset is Better?)

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Logitech G933 vs ASTRO A50

Most wireless gaming headsets these days look edgy and futuristic, but how do they perform? That’s what we aim to find out in our comparison of the Logitech G933 vs ASTRO A50. The Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum is a great sounding, comfortable, wireless gaming headset that supports a startling number of platforms. It challenges the latest Astro A50, which has been the top high-end recommendation on most roundup lists – it feels and sounds excellent with a few added useful features and unbeatable convenience. But does it do enough to justify its price in an increasingly competitive segment? Let’s find out how these headsets compare.

Logitech G933 vs ASTRO A50 Comparison Chart

For an interesting matchup we’ve chosen headsets with similar key configuration options to be compared across multiple categories. Here’s how they stack up:

 Logitech G933ASTRO A50
Price$159$299.99
Size (LWH)6.77x3.21x7.16-inches8.5x1.15x4.25-inches
Wireless Range65 feet49 feet
Driver Size40mm40mm
Frequency Response20Hz – 20KHz20Hz – 20KHz
Impedance39 Ohms 48 Ohms
Battery Life8 hours15 hours
Pros• Sturdy, comfortable design and fit
• Great sound quality
• Good microphone
• Wired and wireless support
• Customizable RGB lighting
• USB receiver and cables work with almost any game system
• Removable battery
• Comfortable, attractive design
• Balanced sound quality
• Immersive surround sound
• Fast charging w/ thin a convenient charging cradle
Cons• Bulky
• Fit can be a bit tight
• Fiddly controls
• Below-average battery life
• Case and stand not included
• Limited range
• Surround sound limited isn’t effective in headset
• No extra earpads
• Cradle only works with PlayStation 4 and XboxOne
• Can feel like a vice after prolonged use
• Low quality mic for the price
• Connection issues in base station
• No wired option for mobile devices
• Not battery efficient
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Logitech G933 vs ASTRO A50 Comparison

Design

Logitech G933

The Logitech G933 wireless headset is a flexible bit of kit that certainly justifies its price with excellent build quality.

First things first, before you power it on, the headset looks imposing and futuristic. Turn it on, however, and it’s a bit more welcoming. The G logos on the outside glow, along with the otherwise invisible lights that run along the back edge of each ear cups.

Speaking of the ear cups, that and the headband are made entirely of black plastic. There’s foam padding on the ears and under the headband which are covered in black cloth.

The earpads are roughly rectangular, with the backs of the ear cups shaped like uneven pentagons lending the headset a stark, sci-fi look. A flip-down boom mic sits hidden along the front edge of the left cup. It lays flush against the rest of the ear cup when not in use.

On the right ear cup is where you’ll find all the controls and connections, including Mic Mute, Power and three programmable G buttons. You’ll also find a volume wheel, a microUSB port and a 3.5mm aux port.

Those pentagon-shaped panels on the back of the headphones are magnetically attached so that you can remove them to reveal the RGB lights that illuminate each panel’s translucent G logo.

The left panel hides the headset’s wireless USB receiver. While the panel on the right side of the ear cup cleverly hides the removable battery.

ASTRO A50

The ASTRO A50 is also a solidly built headset. It could be the best headset in this comparison. Gone are the intensely game-ry design and color scheme of the past for a more subtle design look with metallic accents.

The great thing about this upgrade is that the design is much more understated than the model it replaces with an anodized aluminum settling on an almost entirely durable matte black plastic scheme. And the gray accents tastefully breakup the aesthetics.

Permanently attached to the back of the left ear cup is the boom mic. You can mute it by flipping it up and out of the way.

You’ll find all the physical controls on the right ear cup. They include a volume wheel, an equalizer preset button and a Dolby surround sound button. On the rear edge is a power switch, as well as a game/voice mix rocker switch across the back panel.

There’s a USB port on the bottom of the right ear cup so you can charge the headset through a wired connection (if you don’t want to use the base station).

Each earpad features a generous amount of memory foam covered with breathable fabric. The underside of the headband is also well padded. The result is a light comfortable fit.

The A50 is one of the more expensive gaming headsets. Part of its beefy price tag can be attributed to the convenient recharge dock, which has also been treated to a design upgrade – it’s heavier with a smaller footprint so it’s not easily moved around.

Sound Quality

Logitech G933

Also excellent is the sound quality of the G933. While not quite a Dolby headphone. It supports 7.1-channel Dolby and DTS surround sound. The channels are individually adjustable through the Logitech G app (but only when the headset is connected to your laptop).

Audio mixing produces some compelling effects. But again, you won’t mistake it for a full 7.1-channel speaker system.

The microphone frequency response is decent. But it’s more sensitive than the competition when it comes to picking up background noise.

Not only will everything you’re doing behind the scenes be registered loud and clear by your teammates. But they’ll notice a slight hiss behind your voice caused by the microphone. (You may consider using push to talk so as not to annoy your teammates.)

ASTRO A50

Offering slightly better sound quality, the gaming sounds from the ASTRO A50 wireless headset are punchy and detailed. The Dolby simulated surround gives games a nice, wide sound field with strong stereo panning.

But like the Logitech, it doesn’t provide more than vague directionality when trying to track down the source of noises – sound isolation could be better.

Various weapons, however, sound distinct and powerful, letting you pick out the different types of gunfire from the distance. Besides gunfire, footsteps and character dialogue are easy to hear over the action.

The microphone arm sits on the left side. You’ll find that the flip-to-mute feature is a convenient feature. But the mic has a bad habit of feeding your voice back to you. It sounds annoying at first. However, it happens so quickly you don’t really notice during normal conversations with your team.

Customization

Logitech G933

When you hook up the Logitech G933 headset to your laptop, you can customize it through the extensive EQ settings, game profiles and RGB lighting, making it an excellent contender to the ASTRO A50.

The lights are programmable with Logitech gaming software (but only for the Windows OS). You can light them up with your favorite color or rotate through various colors with different color-shifting animations.

And if you have other Logitech G-series peripherals with RGB lighting, you can sync them all with your lighting schemes.

Again, all controls sit along the back of the left ear, and each has a unique shape to help you memorize its location.

You have the option to control the power via a switch. A toggle EQ button for the settings. You can turn surround sound on or off. Cycle the lighting effect. Mute the microphone and adjust volume.

You can also reprogram the three G keys in the middle labeled G1, G2 and G3 with lots of other preset commands or entire macros.

ASTRO A50

Astro’s Command Center app is where you’ll find everything you need for fine-tuning the audio. You can create three distinct EQ setups – one for each of the games you play most often.

You also have the option of downloading the entire EQ presets for specific games, tailored to make the 40mm drivers sound their best no matter what you’re playing.

If that wasn’t enough, you can choose a noise-cancelling mode for the microphone that best suits your environment, like those times when you’re gaming at night and everyone else is asleep. Or adjust the mode for when you find yourself in a place like a loud and boisterous gaming arena.

The first option doesn’t do much to cancel background noise. But the second works to make sure only your voice comes through. But to be clear, there is no active noise cancelling feature.

Connectivity and Compatibility

Logitech G933

Thanks to a combination of a wireless USB receiver and a selection of included wired connection options. You can hook up the Logitech G933 to your PC laptop, mobile device or almost any gaming system easily.

The G933 includes a micro USB cable for charging the headset. You also get a four-pole 3.5mm audio cable with inline mic and one-button remote so you can use the headset with your smartphone or the PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One controllers or any audio source with RCA output.

It also comes with a 3.5mm-to-2.5mm adapter for connecting the headset’s mic input to your Xbox 360 controller.

Although it offers a remarkable number of cables, adapters and connectivity options for your PC laptop and game console. You can only adjust the customizable lighting when the headset is connected to your PC.

ASTRO A50

The ASTRO A50 headset also allows you to use it with the PlayStation 4, Xbox One or your PC laptop (but it won’t work on just any Xbox version). If you use it with your laptop, you can customize how the headset acts and sounds with the Astro Command Center app.

The software lets you set three EQ profiles accessible through the button on the headset. You can also adjust the microphone’s noise gate mode and sidetone level.

You can adjust game and chat audio, mic input and any source plugged into the aux input for the Stream Port. This is helpful if you’re streaming and recording and want to adjust the volume levels.

FAQs

Is the ASTRO A50 noise cancelling?

No. In fact, there are no noise cancelling headsets. If you turn down the volume, you’ll be able to hear background noise. But the audio quality is quite good, and it won’t blow your ears off when you crank it to max volume.

Can the Logitech G933 connect to my phone?

You can connect the G933 to your phone given the many cables that come bundled with the headset. You’ll need a female USB to male microUSB adapter to play games on your phone during your morning commute to work or six-hour plane ride, however.

How do I know if my Logitech is charging?

When the headset is turned off, you’ll see a pulsing light letting you know it’s charging. But if you’re charging the headset when it’s on, you’ll see the normal light settings. Turn the audio off for 5 minutes and you’ll be able to see the charging progress.

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Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum – Wireless RGB 7.1 Dolby and DTS Headphone Surround Sound Gaming Headset – PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and Mobile Compatible – Advanced Audio Drivers – Black
  • SUPERIOR SOUND PERFORMANCE: The advanced Pro-GTM audio drivers deliver incredible audio with stereo, 7.1 Dolby Surround, or 7.1 DTS Headphone: X Surround Sound
  • MULTI-PLATFORM COMPATIBILITY: This is the perfect headset for all of your devices, including PCs, PS3s, PS4s, the Xbox One and any TV with powered USB or RCA audio output and is also compatible to mac OS X 10.10 or later
  • 2.4GHz WIRELESS OR WIRED CONNECTION: Get up to 12 hours of wireless battery life without lighting or 8 hours with default lighting on a lag-free wireless connection. This is also available with analog cable connections for unlimited connectivity
  • MULTIPLE SOURCE AUDIO MIXING: Plug in up to three devices (1 USB and 2 analog) to answer calls and play music while gaming
  • FULLY CUSTOMIZABLE: Enjoy a seamless, personalized gaming experience with customizable RGB lighting, swappable backlit custom tags, and 3 programmable G-keys to assign macros for complex game commands

Last update on 2022-06-06 at 20:27 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

ASTRO Gaming A50 Wireless Headset + Base Station Gen 4 - Compatible With PS5, PS4, PC, Mac - Black/Silver
  • Astro Audio V2: Immersive Audio and sound experience that delivers dialogue, music and in game sound clearly
  • Dolby Audio: Dolby Audio delivers a cinematic, high resolution gaming audio experience
  • Battery life: 15 plus hour rechargeable lithium ion battery
  • Game: Voice balance: Gives the user total control over the mix of the game and chat Audio
  • Astro command center software: The free Astro command center software gives players complete control over their audio experience, which includes voice communication and game Audio settings; Available on windows 10, Xbox 1 and Mac.

Last update on 2022-06-06 at 20:27 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Wrapping UP

If you want to spend less without necessarily having to give up anything, the Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum does a good job of unseating the ASTRO Gaming A50 headset for less money. It certainly justifies its price and new position as one of the best gaming headsets you can buy with a comfortable, sturdy design, excellent sound profile, extensive connection options and programmable colored lighting.

That said, the ASTRO A50 is still an excellent wireless gaming headset. It feels and sounds good with a very convenient charging station that’s been shrunk down from the last generation. The Astro Command Center is useful for allowing you to tweak the sound and microphone performance to further improve your gaming experience. But in the final analysis, these small upgrades haven’t proven to be enough to stop competitors like the G933 from closing the gap.