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Astro headset guide: premium audio and sheer quality in headset form

Astro headsets have been a by-word for high-end gaming indulgence for the better part of a decade now, and their reputation for delivering luxurious sets remains rock-solid. Owned by parent company and gaming peripheral behemoth Logitech, Astro itself has always offered a comparatively small lineup of headsets that were traditionally skewed towards bigger spenders. But as the market’s grown and Astro’s name has remained desirable, the California company has filled in some gaps along the pricing spectrum.

Which leads to the fundamental question: which of these ostensibly similar headsets is actually right for you? Are you an A40 kinda character, or are your needs inarguably better suited to the A50?  Our Astro A50 review might help with folks looking directly to the top of the pyramid but there's plenty of info to mull over. After all, if you're potentially investing large and aiming for a contender for best PS5 headset, best Xbox Series X headset, or best PC headset for gaming then you'll want to be fully informed.

We can’t speak exactly for you in which is best, however, but we’ll do our damndest with the others. Below we’ll cover why Astro garnered such a reputation in the first place, which features define the brand, and what the product delineations actually mean. 

Broadly speaking though, Astro headsets have cemented their place at the top of many gamers' lists and you'll see them top many lists of the recent generation as well as making waves in the new-gen of consoles and on PCs. So, if you're looking for something that might be the best PS4 headset, or best Xbox One headset then an Astro headset could very well be for you - and last you a good long while.

So, strap in for a short but intense ride through the very best Astro headsets you can currently get, starting with the biggest and best...

Astro A50

The flagship Astro headset


Acoustic Design: Closed Back, over ear

Wired/wireless: Wireless

Battery life: Up to 12 hours

Drivers: 40mm

Weight: 380g

Compatibility: PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Mac

Reasons to buy

+Unbelievable sound quality+Rock-solid mic and voice chat+Feature-laden+Wireless

Let’s start in the deep end - deep here referring to the gully in your wallet left by the outlay required to actually own an A50. The latest (gen 4) version features a wireless charging base unit that’ll have the set fully juiced up for between 5-8 hours depending on usage. The headset itself features a chat mix control, volume adjustment, an EQ profile cycler, mic mute, and on/off switches. And it does so without feeling overladen with buttons or requiring you to fumble around mid-session to find the one you need thanks to a sensible layout. 

The sound quality is what pulls the crowds in though. It’s like a high-end hi-fi system taped to your head, except infinitely more comfortable than that image conjures. There’s a slamming bass response that doesn’t get muddy and leaves space for precise articulation higher up the frequency response range, and where you really notice that finely tuned response is - guess what? - gunfire. 

Astro made their name in part thanks to the rise of COD multiplayer, and just as the oft-maligned shooter series delivers peerless bullet cracks and Hollywood explosion rumbles, the A50 voices it in your ears like a multiplex. Voice chat quality is rock-solid too through the mic.

All in, this is the best Astro headset out on the market right now, and absolutely one of the best wireless gaming headsets money can buy right now too.

Note: You'll need to select the right variant for your console and for PS5 you will have to acquire an additional HDMI adapter given the console's lack of an optical port.

Astro A40

A more affordable wired option


Acoustic design: Closed Back, over ear

Wired/wireless: Wired

Drivers: 40mm

Weight: 369g

Compatibility: PlayStation, Xbox ,PC, Mac

Reasons to buy

+Range of choices of exact variant+Astro-quality audio+Range of choices+Good value

This is where it gets a bit more complicated. While the A40 is consistently less expensive than the full-blooded A50, there are a few different variants to it, so exactly how much less expensive it is depends on which precise headset you plump for. 

In brief, the PS4-compatible A40TR + Mixamp Pro TR sits at the top of the A40 pricing hierarchy, followed by the Xbox-only A40TR + Mixamp M80, then a COD Esports special edition of the A40TR without a mixamp, which is compatible with PC, Mac, Xbox and PS4, and finally the cheapest A40TR, again sans mixamp, which will work with your PC, Mac, Xbox, and PS4. It is among this considerable - and more than slightly confusing - range of Astro headset that lie great options for PC and last-gen hardware. 

The chief difference in features is that A40s are wired, so no fancy charging station here. Just a 3.5mm audio cable with 1.5m of length with the splitter cable or 1m for smartphones - remember when they had wired audio ins?

If it sounds like the A40 was designed for a bygone era of tech, you’re bang on. But particularly if you’re a PC gamer, there’s nothing legacy about the experience beyond being tethered by a cable. The sound is nearly as good as you’re treated to from an A50, and comfort levels are very close too. You will get a better sound if you drive the audio through an amp via one of the mixamp models, however, so that old adage about getting what you pay for holds up here. A solid choice still.

Astro A20

An exquisite wireless middle-ground


Acoustic Design: Closed Back, over ear

Wired/wireless: Wireless

Battery life: Up to 15 hours

Drivers: 40mm

Weight: 318g

Compatibility: PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Mac

Reasons to buy

+Trademark Astro audio quality+Good mic with lift-to-mute function+Wireless via dongles

This is a fine headset in every way. It offers an affordable entry point not only into the higher-end Astro headsets, but particularly wireless Astro headsets, which is enormously important  - and tempting - as the world moves en masse to cut the cord.

There are two generations of this headset too, with Gen 2 being the latest and most up-to-date. The slightly older one might still be available, though, and is worth a shout for a now cheaper wireless gaming headset. The Gen 2 version, however, does take the biscuit and is a real quality gaming headset. The A20 retains the Astro quality in audio and communication with a particularly excellent mid-range given to your ears, while the flip-to-mute mic is neat, and handy, but a top performer too.

There are a couple of caveats, though. There's no Bluetooth or audio jack options so you are limited a little in terms of connectivity, and its battery life isn't the longest - though at nearly 15 hours or so, it should suffice generally speaking.

This could be the entry point into wireless gaming headsets that many folks are after, and the fact that it's an Astro headset really could seal the deal.

Astro A10

Stripped-down simplicity


Acoustic design: Closed Back, over ear

Wired/wireless: Wired

Drivers: 40mm Neodymium Magnet

Weight: 346g

Compatibility: PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Mac

Reasons to buy

+Excellent price point+Simple and effective design+Excellent audio+Great value

Available for a fraction of the price of a set of A50s or even the A40s, this is Astro’s budget version of the same popular headset design that’s been doing the rounds since All Ghillied Up was the talk of the gaming land. Like the A40 it’s another wired Astro headset, so that helps to keep costs down. No base station, no rechargeable battery, just you, a 2-meter cable, and a lightweight (346g) headset which bears many of the same lines and range of motion as its bigger cousins.

The materials aren’t quite as lavish, and the padding around the ears feels noticeably less - well, premium. But with that lighter weight than the other models comes less depressive pressure on the old bonce, so it doesn’t need to pile the memory foam on to keep things comfortable. 

Audio quality too is noticeably less precise, as you’d expect, but still very competitive next to other models from rival manufacturers at the same price point. And, this being Astro, there are all manner of colorways and special Call of Duty designs to choose from, so aesthetes have that to consider. At this price point, this is a very tempting gaming headset and you get that Astro headset pedigree bundled in all the same.

We are at the stage now where we are spoilt for choice when it comes to the best gaming headsets. As well as our best lists, it might be easier - like with this Astror headset guide - to browse by brand. And we've got you covered if that's your preference. Check out our guides to Razer headsets, Turtle Beach headsets, Logitech headsets, HyperX headsets, Sennheiser gaming headsets, and Sony headsets for gaming.


The 3 Best Astro Headsets of 2021 Reviews

The Astro A10 are the best Astro headphones in the budget range that we've tested. Although these well-built headphones have a simple wired design, they have virtually no latency and are compatible with PCs, PS4, and Xbox One, which is great if you like to game on different consoles. They also deliver a bass-heavy sound profile that's well-suited for action-packed gameplay, although vocals and lead instruments can sound a little dull. Like other Astro headphones, their boom microphone does an excellent job of capturing your voice, even in noisy environments like a gaming tournament, so you're heard clearly by your teammates. They also come in several color variants, which is great if you like your headphones to have a bit more flair.

Unfortunately, they aren't as comfortable as other gaming headphones produced by Astro. They're also barebones in features, as they don't offer a virtual soundstage and can't be used with Astro Command Center software to tweak their sound. They don't isolate against most background noise either. That said, if you're looking for affordable Astro headphones and you don't mind their lack of customization options, they deliver a decent experience for gaming.

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Players are able to customize their gaming headsets to their hearts content, while ensuring the best audio possible, thanks to ASTRO Gaming!

One of the best gaming tech/accessory companies around is now offering people the chance to customize their own pair of gaming headphones. Combining ASTRO’s signature quality with an insane amount of options (up to 500,000 combos), you’ll be able to craft the headset of your dreams.

ASTRO Gaming, a leader in premium video gaming equipment, today announced the launch of ASTRO.ID Collection 2, allowing gamers to create personalized headsets, expressing their unique style with bold color combinations.

Starting October 5, gamers can choose from the eight new colors of the “Super Fresh” palette, featuring pastel shades never available before on an A40 headset. The headset frame and five additional accessories each have eight unique color options that can be customized into more than 500,000 combinations. Powering the experience is ASTRO’s award-winning online Headset Customizer which makes it easy to create, preview, and share designs.

“Custom gaming gear is one of many ways gamers and content creators express themselves on stream, on stage or with their friends,” said Aron Drayer, vice president of marketing, ASTRO Gaming. “The very positive feedback from the community around ASTRO.ID Collection 1 led us to offer more colors and options with this second wave, as well as offer it to customers in Europe for the first time. We can’t wait to see the creative combinations gamers come up with.”

The ASTRO A40 TR has been a tournament and content creation staple for more than a decade, known for its audiophile-grade soundstage, exceptional comfort, high durability and flexible modularity.

The ASTRO.ID A40 TR gaming headset customization options include: Headset Frame, Ear Cushions, Headband, Inline Mute Cable, Microphone and Speaker Tags. These components come in the following eight different colors, including: White, Moon Grey, Mint, Coral, Baby Yellow, Heart Pink, Sky Blue and Sweet Purple.


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Astro’s latest wireless gaming headset, the A20 Gen 2, is an upgraded version of the 2017 model. It will ship in October for $119, which is considerably down from the $149 that the previous-generation A20 was priced at. Despite the price cut, Astro says it has increased the wireless range from the 30 feet offered by the first-gen model to 50 feet, and it charges via a convenient USB-C port.

The A20 Gen 2 headset will ship in two different color mixes: blue, white, and black for a PlayStation-like vibe or green, white, and black for an Xbox look. Each includes a USB Type-A wireless adapter that lets it easily connect to the console their color mix corresponds to as well as a PC. Each headset can work with the other console out of the box (e.g., the blue headset can work with the Xbox Series X and vice versa) but only if you purchase an additional USB Type-A wireless adapter for $20 through Astro’s site.

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As for why it couldn’t cram compatibility for both consoles into one adapter, Astro says it came down to firmware and because each system supposedly handles game and chat audio differently. If you get both adapters, you’ll need to use the correct adapter for the console you’re using (each adapter will be clearly labeled with the console it supports), then tap a sync button on the adapter to connect it to the A20 Gen 2.

Will your old headset work on PS5 or Xbox Series X? Probably

In addition to announcing the A20 Gen 2 headset, Astro is also sharing its plan for supporting its older headsets as the next generation of consoles is about to arrive. If your Astro headset connects to the audio source via a 3.5mm plug, you’re good to go, as both the XSX and PS5 controllers feature a headphone jack.

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If you have a wireless Astro headset made for an Xbox One, it’ll be as easy as upgrading the headset (and depending on the model, the MixAmp or base station, too) firmware through Astro’s Command Center PC software once the Xbox Series X launches. If your headset typically connects to the console via optical audio, you’ll be able to connect the base station to the XSX’s USB port instead to get the same features — no optical audio needed (the console won’t have the port anyway). Astro says that wireless headsets from the Xbox 360 era are being left behind.

It gets a little more complicated for people who want to bring their PS4-ready Astro wireless headset to the PS5. Sony’s next-gen console doesn’t have an optical audio port either. However, you won’t have to go buy a brand-new headset. Instead, Astro is releasing an HDMI-to-optical audio splitter that will allow your headset to interface with the PS5 with no additional firmware needed. It supports HDMI 2.1, HDCP, and 4K passthrough. Astro says it won’t introduce any input lag, and because it’s Dolby-compliant product, the sound shouldn’t be worse off, either.

This splitter will be released in October for $40, which isn’t a terrible price for a splitter that guarantees lossless quality with your next-gen console. But what’s better is that, if you already own an Astro headset, you can enter your serial number on its site to save $15 off the cost of the splitter, bringing the total down to $25.

Correction: Article originally implied that the Xbox Series X will have an optical audio port. Neither next-gen console will feature one.


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