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The 3 Best Astro Headsets of 2020
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Best Astro Headphones

We've tested 6 Astro headsets so far. This brand doesn't make a lot of different products, but make sure their products are well-built, comfortable, and sound well-balanced. These headphones are gaming-oriented and are very popular in the console world. When choosing your headset, be careful to pick the right variant for your preferred platform, as most of their products are available for Xbox One, PS4, or PC. Unfortunately, as they have a good reputation as a household name, their products can be very expensive for some. Their pads also don't block out much ambient noise, so they're better suited for a quiet gaming environment.

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Best Astro Headphones


  1. Best Wireless Astro Headset

    Test Methodology v1.4
    6.3
    Mixed Usage
    8.0
    Neutral Sound
    5.2
    Commute/Travel
    6.1
    Sports/Fitness
    5.9
    Office
    8.0
    Wireless Gaming
    6.6
    Wired Gaming
    7.3
    Phone Calls
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    For those in the market for wireless freedom, the best Astro headset we've reviewed so far is the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019. These headphones are very comfortable and their build quality is great. Their high-end design feels sturdy and should last you a while thanks to the premium materials used. Also, the sound reproduction is well-balanced and you can even EQ them in the companion software. They come with a charging dock that's also the wireless transmitter for the headset, so it's required for it to work. It has over 15 hours of battery life and their latency is low enough to not be noticeable by most people. The boom microphone is also excellent, and people will hear you loud and clear. However, they're very bulky and can feel a bit heavy on the head. Their padding and cup design also don't block much noise, so this headset might better be suited for quiet gaming environments.

    See our review

  2. Best Wired Astro Headset

    Test Methodology v1.4
    5.7
    Mixed Usage
    7.7
    Neutral Sound
    4.4
    Commute/Travel
    5.5
    Sports/Fitness
    5.2
    Office
    6.3
    Wireless Gaming
    8.0
    Wired Gaming
    7.1
    Phone Calls
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Open-Back
    Wireless No
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    If you prefer a wired connection and not have to deal with a battery, the best Astro headset we've tested so far is the Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019. They're very similar to the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 in terms of design, so they're very comfortable too. However, they come with a nice amp instead of a charging station. The amp allows you to control the volume and channel-mix your voice channel as well. These headphones have a great microphone for online multiplayer games and the audio reproduction is neutral and well-balanced. On the other hand, they're open-back, unlike the A50s, so they block even less noise, but it helps for a better passive soundstage.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget Astro Headset

    Test Methodology v1.4
    5.4
    Mixed Usage
    7.0
    Neutral Sound
    4.4
    Commute/Travel
    5.6
    Sports/Fitness
    5.0
    Office
    5.3
    Wireless Gaming
    7.3
    Wired Gaming
    7.1
    Phone Calls
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless No
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    Although Astro products are often a bit more expensive, the best budget Astro headset we've tested so far is the Astro A10. It's not quite under $50, but you might find it on sale for under that price point. This headset isn't as comfortable as their more high-end products, as the padding isn't made out of the same material. The overall build is also a bit flimsier but still feels durable. This wired headset has a fairly well-balanced sound profile, although there are noticeable dips in the mid and treble ranges, which negatively affect dialogue and footsteps. On the upside, their mic is excellent for a budget gaming headset and will please most users. Also, its wired TRRS connection makes it easy to use on PC, PS4, and Xbox for full support, which is very versatile.

    See our review

Compared to other brands


  • Well-built designs. Astro usually makes solid and durable products, especially their high-end headsets. Even their budget options have a good build quality with sturdy materials.
  • Comfortable. The padding on most Astro headphones is very comfortable, on top of being fairly breathable. They use fabric-like suede, which feels nice on the skin and is comfortable to wear during very long gaming sessions.
  • Great microphone performance. Astro headphones have very good microphone performance and people you play with won't have any trouble understanding you. Their recording quality is great and your voice sounds full-bodied and clear.
  • Expensive. Due to their high notoriety in the gaming industry, their headphones are highly-priced, and you can find better performing products at a lower price, especially when looking at cheaper Astro headsets. On the upside, you still get a good product if you go with Astro.
  • Bulky, gamer-centric designs. Since Astro makes gaming over-ear headsets with boom microphones, they aren't the most versatile. These aren't designed for day-to-day use and are a bit hard to bring on the go with you during your commute, for example.

Overall, Astro headsets are sturdy and reliable. They perform well and most people should be more than satisfied with the microphone quality. The cups are also very comfortable and you shouldn't feel discomfort when playing games for a few hours. However, their products might be a bit more expensive than the competition due to their great reputation.

Conclusion

Astro is a gaming-oriented company that makes a lot of quality products, and their headsets are no exception. They have a good reputation across the community thanks to their comfortable design and great sounding microphone, and they sound well-balanced too. Their higher-end products are often noticeably better than their entry-level headsets, which are often too expensive when compared to competing brands. Nevertheless, Astro makes great gaming headphones and you should find something that suits your needs if you're dead-set on that specific brand.

See our recommendations for the best gaming headsets, the best wireless gaming headsets, the best Xbox One headsets, and the best PS4 headsets.

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