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Astro A10 Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Updated Mar 10, 2020 at 12:18 pm
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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

The Astro A10 are alright wired gaming headphones with a bass-heavy sound but limited customization options. They're not as convenient as the Astro A50 and other wireless gaming headsets that we've tested so far, but they're comfortable and their wired connection makes lag virtually non-existent. However, the A10 also don't have app support and lack a few connectivity options to make them a good gaming headset. Note that we tested the Xbox One variant of this headset, but we expect similar results for the PS4 variant.

Our Verdict

5.4 Mixed Usage

Disappointing for mixed use. The Astro A10 are designed for gaming and it shows. Their bulky but well-built design is decently comfortable. However, they won't be great for traveling as they don't most isolate background noises. Their microphone, on the other hand, is great, making them a suitable choice for taking phone calls or chatting within MMOs. Those looking for a neutral sound will be slightly disappointed in the slightly bass-heavy and inconsistent sound profile, but this may be more favorable to gamers who need a little more rumble and thump when they play.

7.0 Neutral Sound

Okay for neutral listening. The Astro A10 have a punchy bass but the mid-range is more inconsistent, producing an uneven and honky sound profile. While not ideal for neutral listening, they should still sound good enough for casual listening. These headphones also have a slight problem with frequency consistency: some users might find that their treble doesn't sound the same each time they wear these headphones. They also don't have the most spacious soundstage since they're closed-back headphones.

See our Neutral Sound recommendations
4.4 Commute/Travel

Poor for commuting. The Astro A10 don't really isolate sounds, especially that of bus engines or idle chatter, making them a poor choice if you're taking a long flight. While they're comfortable, they're not made for traveling. They've got a bulky design that doesn't fold and no carrying case to protect them on the go.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
5.6 Sports/Fitness

Mediocre-at-best for sports. The Astro A10 aren't made for running and jogging. They're big, bulky headphones and although they're a bit more stable than most over-ears due to their tight fit, they will quickly move around during more strenuous exercises.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
5.0 Office

Disappointing for office use. The Astro A10 are decently comfortable but they don't block out a lot of noise, so you'll hear a lot of what's going on around you. They leak quite a bit of sound, too, so the sound may distract your colleagues. The gamer-like design of these headphones stands out and might also attract you some curious stares. On the upside, these headphones don't have a battery so you can use them all day without a problem.

See our Office recommendations
5.3 Wireless Gaming

The Astro A10 can't be used wirelessly.

See our Wireless Gaming recommendations
7.3 Wired Gaming

Alright for wired gaming. The Astro A10 can be used for audio and microphone on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. While decently comfortable, they can get a little warm during long gaming sessions. The bass-heavy sound profile is suitable for games with a lot of thump and rumble. The mic does a good job of separating your voice from background noise too, so you'll be heard clearly no matter what you're shouting. However, the A10 don't offer any customization options or controls other than volume.

7.1 Phone Calls

Okay for phone calls. The Astro A10 have a microphone with great recording quality. Even if you're taking calls in a cafe or a busy office, you'll still be understood. However, these headphones don't do a great job of noise isolation, so while you may sound clear on the phone, you might also have a hard time hearing the other person if there's a roaring engine or chatter around you.

  • 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
Pros
  • Decent sound quality.
  • Low latency wired connection.
  • Decently comfortable and durable design.
Cons
  • Poor control scheme.
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • No customization options.
  1. Update 2/4/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  2. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  3. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  4. Update 8/5/2019: We've updated Microphone Control since these headphones have a flip-to-mute mic.

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Test Results

Design
Design
Style

The Astro A10 have the same design as the A50 but feel a bit cheaper and more plasticky. While they're a bit more discrete than the A50 as they only have bright colors inside the ear cups and a few highlights on the boom mic, they still look like gaming headphones. Since you can't remove the microphone either, these headphones don't transition well to outdoor use. The microfiber-covered ear pads also give them a slightly more high-end vibe than the HyperX Cloud Stinger or the Logitech G430. They're bulkier than the Logitech G Pro and the Turtle Beach Recon 50X.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.8 lbs
Clamping Force
1.3 lbs

The A10 are comfortable headphones with decently spacious ear cups that fit well around most listeners' ears. They're tighter on the head than the Astro A50 which can get a bit fatiguing during long gaming sessions, and they're also somewhat bulky and heavy. On the upside, they're well-padded and covered in a microfiber coating that feels nice on the skin. They won't be the ideal headphones for all listeners due to their tight fit, but they should be comfortable enough for most. For slightly more comfortable gaming headphones, take a look at the Turtle Beach Recon 70.

5.2
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Subpar
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Mute/Unmute
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls No

Update 08/05/2019: The A10 have a flip-to-mute microphone, which we didn't account for in 'Microphone Control'. The review and text have been updated.

The Astro A10 have disappointing controls. The limited button layout only gives you control over the volume. You can't turn off or reduce the microphone level, there's no multipurpose button or additional features, and the volume slider doesn't have any discrete points for those who prefer a consistent volume setting. On the upside, the volume slider, being the only control option you have, is pretty easy-to-use and you can easily mute your microphone by flipping it up.

6.8
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 4.9 C

The Astro A10 are decently breathable thanks to their slightly porous pads. However, since they fully encapsulate the ear, they'll make your ears slightly warm during long gaming sessions.

5.8
Design
Portability
L 7.8 "
W 6 "
H 2.9 "
Volume 136 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

The Astro A10, like most gaming headphones, aren't very portable. They're big, bulky, and don't fold into a more compact format. They're a hassle to carry around too since they don't come with a case or pouch and might not easily fit into a bag or a backpack.

0
Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A

The Astro A10 don't come with a case.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Astro A10 are well-built despite being made entirely out of plastic. They don't have the premium design of the A50, but their headband is more flexible and feels a lot more durable. The ear cups are also dense enough to withstand a couple of drops or mild impacts without getting damaged. The cable is thick, rubberized, and detachable so you can always replace it if ever it gets worn down by regular wear and tear.

6.5
Design
Stability

The A10, like most gaming headphones, have mediocre stability. They're quite tight on the head which makes them a bit more stable than most, but they'll quickly fall if used while exercising or doing more strenuous activities. On the upside, the cable is detachable so if ever it gets hooked by something, it won't pull the headphones off your head.

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In The Box

  • Astro A10 headphones
  • Audio cable
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
0.46 db
Treble Amount
-1.67 db

The sound profile of the Astro A10 is bass-heavy and cluttered. If you like an immersive gaming experience, this added bass can emphasize action sounds like explosions and rumbling machinery. However, vocals and leads can sound honky but lacking overall presence, dulling more dialogue or voice-centric content.

7.8
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.44 dB

The Astro A10 have good frequency response consistency performance. While they're relatively consistent in delivering bass, there are more inconsistencies in the treble range, making it harder to get the same listening experience each time you use these headphones. You might need to readjust your headphones each time you wear them to get the same listening experience.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
8.0
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.75 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
23.44 Hz
Low-Bass
-0.76 dB
Mid-Bass
3.47 dB
High-Bass
2.98 dB

The Astro A10 have a very good bass accuracy and won't have problems producing rumble and thump. However the bump in mid to high bass adds excess punch and body to bass and kick instruments, which can be slightly overpowering.

6.6
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.5 dB
Low-Mid
0.03 dB
Mid-Mid
-3.71 dB
High-Mid
3.67 dB

The mid accuracy of these headphones is okay. The dip in the mid-mid will push vocals and leads to the back of the mix while the bump in the high mid will intensify lead instruments, making the mid-range sound uneven and, at times, honky.

6.2
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
5.06 dB
Low-Treble
-4.83 dB
Mid-Treble
0.55 dB
High-Treble
-5.66 dB

The Astro A10 have mediocre treble accuracy. The big dip in the low treble means instruments in this range will lack detail and presence. The slight bump in the mid-treble can also make sibilants like T and S sounds bright and piercing.

5.7
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
2.81 db
Dips
2.77 db

The Astro A10's peaks and dips performance is disappointing. While the high plateau in the bass range will produce a punchy bass, its continuation into the low mid produces a cluttered sound. As it turns into a deep dip in the mid-mid, lead instruments and vocals will also be pushed to the back of the mix. The rise in high-mid, in comparison, will make notes in this range harsh and honky. Finally, the deepest dip in the low treble dulls sibilants and lead instruments.

8.3
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.31
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
1.12
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.25
Weighted Phase Mismatch
3.11

The Astro A10 have very good imaging. Because group delay falls below the audibility threshold, they should produce tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. Our test unit's L/R drivers are also fairly well-matched in amplitude, frequency, and phase response, creating a stereo image with accurate placement and object localization (such as voices and sound effects). However, these results are only valid for our unit, and they may not be the same for every pair.

5.8
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
2.35 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
2.75 dB
PRTF Distance
7.91 dB
Openness
7.8
Acoustic Space Excitation
4.4

The Astro A10's passive soundstage, like most closed-back headphones, is disappointing. While the resulting soundstage will be perceived to be relatively open and larger than that of on-ears and in-ears, it won't sound as spacious as the open-backed Astro A40.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No App

The A10 don't have a virtual soundstage.

7.8
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.250
WHD @ 100
0.123

The weighted harmonic distortion performance of the A10 is good. Where the spike in the low treble can make your audio sound harsh and impure, this might not be noticeable to everyone. Its frequencies otherwise fall within good limits, which should result in clear and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
No Firmware
Power
Passive
Connection
Wired
Codec
PCM, 24-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Default
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Boom

The results are only valid for these test settings.

Isolation
2.9
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-7.63 dB
Bass
0.23 dB
Mid
-1.78 dB
Treble
-21.25 dB

The isolation of the Astro A10 is terrible. If you're commuting, these headphones won't reduce any low bass sounds like bus and plane engines. They're poor for the office, too, as they struggle to reduce speech. However, if you work at home with the AC turned on during the summer, this headset will help to cut its hum.

6.2
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
44.11 dB

The Astro A10 have mediocre leakage performance. While the overall leakage isn't very loud, it'll still sound fuller than in-ear headphones. If you work in an office and you're trying to cut out chatter by cranking up the volume on your audio, it could be audible to others, even in moderately quiet environments.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
No
Boom
Yes
Detachable Boom
No

These headphones have a non-detachable boom microphone.

8.5
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
20 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.31 dB
HFE
6358.31 Hz
Weighted THD
0.19
Gain
33.07 dB

The recording quality of the boom mic is very good. Speech recorded will sound rich, full, and detailed but lacking in brilliance and airiness.

8.7
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
38.22 dB

The microphone of the Astro A10 is excellent at noise handling. It does a great job in all conditions, whether you're at home or surrounded by cheering fans, so your voice will be heard clearly amongst background noise.

Active Features
0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
No Battery
Continuous Battery Life
N/A
Additional Charges
N/A
Total Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
Passive Headphone
Charging Port None

These headphones don't have a battery.

0
Active Features
App Support
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

The Astro A10 aren't compatible with Astro Command Center.

Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
No Bluetooth
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
N/A
PC Latency (SBC)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
N/A
Android Latency
N/A

These headphones are wired and can't be used with Bluetooth. If you want a gaming headset that supports Bluetooth, check out the Turtle Beach Elite 800.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A

These headphones are wired only.

9.5
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable Yes
Length 6.7 ft
Connection 1/8" TRRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms

The A10 have a wired 1/8" TRRS connection, with in-line volume control. This wired connection also has audio and microphone compatibility support for both the PS4 and Xbox One as long as they're plugged into the controllers.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
Audio + Microphone
PC/PS4 Wired USB
No
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No

These wired headphones can be used on PC and PS4.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No

These wired headphones can be used on the Xbox One.

0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
No Base/Dock
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
No Base/Dock

The Astro A10 don't have a dock. If you need a headset with a dock that also has a wired connection for gaming or watching movies, then consider the SteelSeries Arctis 7.

Compared to other headphones

Comparison picture

The A10 are simple, wired gaming headphones. They have an excellent microphone and a low latency connection but they won't be as versatile as some of the other wireless gaming headsets in this comparison. They also have no customization options, which is a little disappointing. See our recommendations for the best wireless gaming headsets, the best headsets for Xbox One, and the best PS4 headsets.

Turtle Beach Recon 200
Unavailable
B&H

The Astro A10 are better gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Recon 200. They are noticeably better built and have a more neutral sound profile. Their mic is also considerably clearer and they don't get as hot as the Recon 200.

Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2017
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Newegg.com

The Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2017 are better gaming headphones than the Astro A10. The A40 come with a nice amp that allows for a lot of customization right at the tip of your fingers. They're more comfortable to wear for long gaming sessions and are also better built. The A40 are also compatible with the Astro Command Centre software, which allows sound customization with an EQ. On the other hand, surprisingly enough, the A10’s microphone sounds a bit better in our tests.

Astro A20 Wireless
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Newegg.com

The Astro A20 Wireless are better gaming headphones than the Astro A10. Their wireless design gives you more freedom and more range to play from your couch. You also get channel mixing and a mic mute switch, which are features the A10 is lacking. On the other hand, the A10 will give you a gaming experience without any delay and their microphone is noticeably better than the wireless A20. However, the A20 have better sound quality and have a companion app that lets you EQ the sound to your liking. Unfortunately, you can’t use the headset wired, so you’ll need to keep it charged, which you won’t have to do with the wired A10.

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 are a slightly better gaming headset than the Astro A10, mostly due to their slightly more convenient wireless design. However, if you prefer a wired option, the A10 are a better choice. The Stealth 600 have a better range, and they're a bit more comfortable. They also have a better default sound quality than the Astro A10, but not by much. On the upside, the Astro are better-built and feel a lot more durable than the Turtle Beach. They also have no battery life to worry about since they are wired.

HyperX Cloud Stinger
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Newegg.com

The HyperX Cloud Stinger is a better headset than the Astro A10. It's more comfortable and isolates noise better than the A10. It sounds better, but is prone to inconsistencies in its bass and treble delivery among wearers, where the Astro A10 doesn’t have this problem. The Astro A10 is slightly better designed, though, and feels more well-built. The microphone performance of these two headsets is very similar, but the recording quality of the Astro A10s is a bit better. They’re both decent gaming headsets, but the Astro A10 are usually more expensive than the HyperX Cloud Stinger. If you care more about build quality, get the A10; if you prefer better sound, go for the Stinger.

Turtle Beach Recon 70
Unavailable
B&H

The Astro A10 are slightly better gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Recon 70. They are quite noticeably better built and feel more durable. Their microphone performance is also better and offers a very detailed and full-bodied speech. On the other hand, the Recon 70 are more comfortable and have a more even sound profile.

Turtle Beach Stealth 300
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

The Astro A10 are a better wired gaming headset than the Turtle Beach Stealth 300. The A10s have a better build quality with a more premium-looking design than the Stealth 300. They also sound better and have a better boom mic for voice chat. The Stealth 300, on the other hand, are a bit more comfortable than the Astro since they're not as tight on the head. Also, since the Stealth 300 are active, you can switch between 4 audio presets directly on the headphones. This makes them slightly more customizable than the Astros, although a full app would have been preferable.

Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017
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B&H

The Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017 are noticeably better gaming headphones than the wired Astro A10. They are more comfortable, better built, and have a more accurate out-of-the-box audio reproduction. On the other hand, the A10 have a better sounding microphone and their wired design means you don't have to worry about battery life. On the other hand, the wireless latency of the A50 is fairly minimal and come with a dock that offers convenient inputs and dock charging, which is nice. The A50 are also compatible with the Astro Command Center, while the A10 are not.

Razer Kraken Pro V2
Unavailable
B&H

The Astro A10 are better sounding gaming headphones than the Razer Kraken Pro V2. Their overall sound quality is more neutral and won’t be as boomy and cluttered as the Razers. They also perform more consistently across various users, which is good. On the other hand, the Kraken Pro V2 have an included PC Y-splitter and their style might appeal to more people since you can retract their microphone inside the headphones.

SteelSeries Arctis 3 2019 Edition Wireless
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Newegg.com

The SteelSeries Arctis 3 2019 Edition are better headphones than the Astro A10. They are more comfortable to wear for long gaming sessions, have a better control scheme, and have a slightly better sounding audio quality. The Arctis 3 are also Bluetooth-compatible, which means you can stream music from your phone while playing on consoles. On the other hand, the Astro A10 feel slightly better made and less plasticky than the Arctis 3, but that’s about it.

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