Logitech To Acquire Gaming Headset Maker Astro For $85 Million

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Today, the gaming hardware company Logitech announced that it will acquire the gaming headset maker Astro for $85 million. The sale will be made official in August this year.

Vice president and general manager of the Logitech G brand Ujesh Desai stated that ASTRO's console-centric headsets will be a "perfect compliment to Logitech G's focus on PC gaming."

Logitech put out a press release outlining the purchase, which included a statement on the expected impact on financial results for fiscal year 2018:

"With the addition of Astro, we’re investing in an adjacent gaming market — the console gaming market — to help accelerate the long-term growth of our gaming business. In FY 2018, we expect the acquisition of Astro to add approximately two points of growth to the to p line, and to be slightly dilutive to the bottom line in the first year, as we integrate the business and invest to expand Astro internationally."

With regards to the sale, co-founder and president of Astro Jordan Reiss made the following statement:

“The whole team at Astro has always held Logitech and Logitech G products in the highest regard, so I’m ecstatic we are joining forces. Astro’s brand strength combined with Logitech G's unrivaled technology and global distribution network is going to bring our products to even more gamers around the world.”

Logitech's latest headset, the G433.
Logitech's latest headset, the G433.

Astro is known for its high-end gaming headsets in the A40 and A50 models for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, which work for the PC as well, but they retail for over $200. The company also released the budget-level A10 headset for all platforms last month that goes for $60. The latest headset from Logitech is the G433, which we recently reviewed.

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I have a HyperX Cloud II headset and its awesome. They sell for $100. I’ve been very satisfied. Had them well over a year and not one problem. Compare to 2 set of Turtle beaches that both broke within weeks of owning them(Got the first pair, one ear stopped working, exchanged it for second pair and that set has had static after the first month and ever since. The Hyperx is very well made and sounds incredible. I simply could not stomach a paying $300 for Astros, I can afford it, I just refuse to.

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I have a G933 and a A50

I love both of these headsets

Now fuse them together and I'm gonna cum in my pants

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I just want Logitech to start making headphones that don't break should you look at them the wrong way. Sure, there's some great 3D printed solutions for the most common breaks, but that's another $10-40 on top of the price of the headphones.

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Edited By Mach22

Gaming headsets are a joke. If you want a good pair of cans, go and do some research.

I have a pair of Sony MDRV6 from the 90's. Which are still considered one of the best. I also have some Beyerdynamic 990dt which are great as well.

Don't be fooled and buy wireless or Multi Speaker heaphones, They are all CRAP!

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@mach22: MDRV6 is considered one of the best headphones for monitoring, not gaming. This headphone rarely comes up in discussions and recommendations even for closed-back headphones for gaming. Your comment is just as low-quality as "gaming" headsets. Learn to describe sound characteristics and substantiate your claims and statements. Telling people to research instead of explaining why "gaming" headsets are bad is just as lazy as people who don't research before making purchases and, hence, buy "gaming" headsets. Not even mentioning how people can buy an Antlion ModMic or a V-MODA BoomPro mic to turn headphones into headsets?

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@mach22: I have a HyperX Cloud II headset and its awesome. They sell for $100. I’ve been very satisfied. Had them well over a year and not one problem. Compare to 2 set of Turtle beaches that both broke within weeks of owning them(Got the first pair, one ear stopped working, exchanged it for second pair and that set has had static after the first month and ever since. The Hyperx is very well made and sounds incredible.

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@spartanx169x: It's not. Cloud / Cloud II / CloudX have a small soundstage, bad imaging, decent separation, and they sound very muddy with grainy bass. Some headphones that have surpassed them by far are Philips SHP9500 and Superlux HD668B. SHP9500 has a big soundstage, good imaging, separation and detail retrieval, and very good clarity and tone quality. HD668B with velour earpads from HiFiMAN has a very big soundstage, very good imaging, separation and detail retrieval, good clarity, and decent tone quality. They have a balanced sound signature except for HD668B having emphasized treble. Both headphones have clean bass. AKG K52, a closed-back headphone, is also better than the Clouds. Add a V-MODA BoomPro mic or an Antlion ModMic and you have a headset for the same price of a Cloud II.

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@Tacanacy: You could not pay me to own a Philips product I don’t care how good it sounds. Philips products are crap. I can’t speak to the other brand, but what I can tell you is I’ve never heard of it. That alone would stop me from buying it. I learned a long time ago you don’t buy a headset without listening to them unless you are willing to throw your money away. You can get hyper X at Bestbuy or Walmart. Good luck doing that with the headsets you mentioned. That also means that at best buy you have the option of getting a protection plan if longevity is a concern and you have the option of immediately returning them if you are not satisfied with them. But as I said They have already proven reliable and durable. Especially compared to turtle beaches. I stand by my statement, for the money they are worth it for what you get- good sound quality, reliability, return options. I’m also very anal when it comes to sound quality. I know when speakers and headsets can produce good sound and ones that don’t.

Edit. I looked up your superlux. I would not EVER buy them. Its not made for gaming. You would have to buy a separate mic. Thats a problem if you want to game on console. for gaming on console the Hyper X cloud II is superior to that superlux model.

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@spartanx169x: You just revealed a strong bias against a brand, making everything you say highly questionable at best. When the rest of your statement isn't substantiated either or not even well articulated, then it's just laughable. Philips is the manufacturer of several highly regarded headphones in the audio enthusiast / audiophile community. Not just for audio, but also for build quality and comfort. You want to know the secret to how people manage to buy headphones they haven't used before without wasting their money? They RESEARCH and make informed decisions. It's painfully obvious that you have no comprehension of what sonic properties are good for gaming and that you lack basic knowledge about audio, which is a clear indicator that hardly any research has been done. Oh, you can just go into Best Buy and Walmart and try the headset there? Sure, except for the six billion people who don't live in America. Many stores have a return policy. You have the right to return products bought online in EU within two weeks. (Idk about the rest of the world.) You don't have the experience and knowledge to claim that Cloud II has a good price-performance ratio, nor that you know what audio gear produce good sound. You hadn't heard of Superlux because all you've looked into and have heard are "gaming" headsets, at least for gaming. I wrote in my previous post that it would take a ModMic to turn the headphones into headsets. Sigh. "Its not made for gaming", hilarious. If you understood audio, you'd know "gaming" headsets are pure marketing when it comes to sound. There's no problem with using a separate mic on consoles, it being via a 3.5mm jack, USB or even XLR.

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So bottom line is don't buy Astro anymore after this acquisition because then you're basically just buying Logitech and nobody wants Logitech.

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@gameplayuk: same thing i was thinking

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