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Astro A10 Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Review updated Jun 20, 2023 at 09:29 am
Astro A10 Picture
Neutral Sound
Wireless Gaming
Wired Gaming
Phone Calls
These headphones were replaced by the Astro A10 Gen 2

The Astro A10 are budget-level gaming headphones. They're the predecessor of the Astro A10 Gen 2 and offer a very barebones experience for users looking for a gaming headset without any extra bells and whistles. Their wired-only connection ensures low latency and compatibility with both Xbox and PlayStation consoles and PC. They also feature a flexible boom mic that mutes automatically when you flip it upright.

Our Verdict

7.2 Neutral Sound

The Astro Gaming A10 are satisfactory for neutral sound. These over-ears have an uneven sound profile, adding extra boom and punch to your audio. Vocals and lead instruments, however, sound honky, and are pushed to the back of the mix. Unfortunately, there aren't any sound customization options to help you tweak their sound to your liking.

  • Consistent audio delivery.
  • No sound customization features.
4.3 Commute/Travel

The Astro A10 aren't recommended for commuting and travel. These bulky headphones aren't very portable, have bad noise isolation performance, and their boom mic isn't detachable for a casual look. However, they're decently comfortable, and their wired-only design ensures that you don't have to worry about battery life during long days on the go.

  • Well-built and decently comfortable.
  • Awful noise isolation.
  • Bulky design.
5.6 Sports/Fitness

The Astro A10 are middling for sports and fitness, though they're not designed for this purpose. Their bulky build means they'll fall off your head with more intense head movements, and their AUX cable can snag on something. That said, they have a decently comfortable fit.

  • Well-built and decently comfortable.
  • Not stable enough for exercise.
  • Bulky design.
5.6 Office

The Astro A10 are sub-par for office use. They don't do a good job isolating you from background noise, like chatter from nearby coworkers, which can be distracting. Also, they leak some sound, which will annoy those working near you. Fortunately, they're decently comfortable and have a wired connection, so you don't have to worry about them running out of battery.

  • Well-built and decently comfortable.
  • Awful noise isolation.
  • Escaping audio sounds full and can bother those around you.
5.3 Wireless Gaming

The Astro A10 are wired-only headphones that can't be used for wireless gaming.

7.3 Wired Gaming

The Astro A10 are decent for wired gaming. For full audio and microphone compatibility, you can plug these headphones into your PC, PlayStation, or Xbox controller. Their boom mic makes it easy to communicate with your teammates and makes your voice sound full and clear. They're also decently comfortable for long gaming sessions, though they aren't compatible with companion software and don't offer gaming-oriented customization features.

  • Amazing microphone recording quality.
  • No sound customization features.
6.9 Phone Calls

The Astro A10 are fair for phone calls. Their boom microphone has excellent recording quality and noise handling, so your voice is transmitted clearly even if you're calling from a loud environment. However, these headphones have terrible noise isolation, so you can hear distracting background noise during your calls.

  • Amazing microphone recording quality.
  • Awful noise isolation.
  • 7.2 Neutral Sound
  • 4.3 Commute/Travel
  • 5.6 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.6 Office
  • 5.3 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.3 Wired Gaming
  • 6.9 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Jun 20, 2023: We've updated this review's text for better clarity and adherence to current writing standards.
  2. Updated Apr 07, 2022: We've retested 'Feedback' in the Controls test as we felt that the original 'subpar' result was too harsh. There are only two controls but they have good feedback, which is to be expected for a volume wheel and mic mute. We have updated the scoring of this text.
  3. Updated Dec 13, 2021: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  4. Updated Jul 22, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.5.
  5. Updated Dec 11, 2020: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  6. Updated Feb 05, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  7. Updated Nov 21, 2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  8. Updated Nov 21, 2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  9. Updated Aug 05, 2019: We've updated Microphone Control since these headphones have a flip-to-mute mic.
  10. Updated Feb 23, 2018: Review published.
  11. Updated Feb 21, 2018: Our testers have started testing this product.
  12. Updated Feb 19, 2018: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  13. Updated Jan 18, 2018: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Astro Gaming A10 Headset is available in several different color variants, including 'Black/Red', 'Black/Green', 'Black/Blue', 'White/Green', 'White/Blue', and 'Call of Duty' as well as 'Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild' themed editions. We tested the 'Black/Green' variant but expect the other color variants to perform similarly.

If you come across another version of these headphones, let us know in the forums.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Astro A10 are the previous generation of the Astro A10 Gen 2 and are budget-friendly wired gaming headphones. Although they have a no-frills design, they're decently comfortable and well-built. Their also microphone offers great overall performance, ensuring you're heard clearly, even in moderately noisy environments. However, they don't have any sound customization features to help you adjust their uneven sound profile. Their control scheme is also limited.

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

Astro A10 Gen 2

The Astro A10 Gen 2 are the second generation of the Astro A10 and have slight changes to their design and tuning. The Gen 2 have a lighter, more comfortable design with a more neutral overall sound profile, which some users may prefer. That said, they're more prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery due to their fit. However, the originals have a better overall microphone performance as their mic sits closer to your mouth.

HyperX Cloud Stinger

The HyperX Cloud Stinger is a better headset than the Astro A10. It's more comfortable and isolates noise better than the Astro. The HyperX sound better but are prone to inconsistencies in the bass and treble delivery across reseats, so, unlike the Astro, you won't get the same consistent sound each time you wear it. The Astro is slightly better designed and feels better built. The microphone performance of these two headsets is very similar, but the recording quality of the Astro is a bit better. They're decent gaming headsets, but the Astro are usually more expensive than the HyperX. If you care more about build quality, get the Astro; if you prefer better sound, go for the HyperX.

Razer BlackShark V2 X

The Astro A10 are somewhat better wired gaming headphones than the Razer BlackShark V2 X. The Astro are better built, they have a significantly more consistent bass and treble delivery, and their passive soundstage is better. The Razer, on the other hand, have a downloadable virtual soundstage feature and are more stable and comfortable on the head. However, both headphones have boom microphones with excellent performance.

SteelSeries Arctis Nova 1

The Astro A10 and the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 1 are both budget-level wired gaming headphones, so deciding between them will depend on your personal preferences. While both headphones have a good build quality and wired design, the Astro have a more immersive soundstage and a better overall microphone performance. Conversely, the SteelSeries are more comfortable, and their sound profile is more neutral, although it's still leans warm. 

Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2017

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 much 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, although some users have experienced issues when using the software. On the other hand, the A10's microphone sounds better in our tests.

Turtle Beach Recon 70

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

Astro A20 Wireless

The Astro A20 Wireless are better gaming headphones than the Astro A10. The A20 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 lack. On the other hand, the A10 gives you a gaming experience without delay, and their microphone is noticeably better than the wireless A20. However, the A20 have a better-balanced sound profile and a companion app that lets you EQ the sound. Unfortunately, you can’t use the headset wired, so you need to keep it charged, which you don’t have to do with the wired A10.

Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2

The Astro A10 are better wired gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2. While both headphones are comfortable, the Astro are better built, have more consistent audio delivery, and their mic offers significantly better overall performance. However, the Turtle Beach have a virtual soundstage feature.

Razer Kraken Pro V2

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

JBL Quantum 100

The Astro A10 are better wired gaming headphones than the JBL Quantum 100. The Astro are much more premium feeling, have a better-balanced sound profile, and provide a more consistent, comfortable fit. However, the JBL are a little more portable thanks to their detachable microphone, while their simple onboard control scheme provides more feedback than the Astro’s in-line remote.

Logitech G430

The Logitech G430 and the Astro A10 are both decent wired gaming headphones. The Logitech reproduce audio differently depending on who's wearing them, but they generally sound neutral. The Astro perform more consistently across different users, but their sound signature isn't as well-balanced. Their microphone quality is much better than the Logitech's, and they feel much more sturdy and durable. However, the Logitech are more comfortable and customizable on PC thanks to their USB adapter.

Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017

The Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017 are noticeably better gaming headphones than the wired Astro A10. The A50 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. However, the wireless latency of the A50 is fairly minimal, and they come with a dock that offers convenient inputs and dock charging. The A50 are also compatible with the Astro Command Center, while the A10 are not.

Turtle Beach Recon 200

The Astro A10 are better gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Recon 200. The Astro are noticeably better built and have a less bass-heavy sound profile, which some users may prefer. The Astro mic offers better overall performance, and their ear cups don't get as hot as the Turtle Beach. However, the Turtle Beach have a more stable fit.

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless are wireless gaming headphones; you can only use the Astro A10 wired. The freedom of going wireless is convenient but comes at the expense of keeping an eye on battery life. As for the headphones themselves, the Turtle Beach are more comfortable and have a slightly better-balanced sound profile, while the Astro are better built and feel a lot more durable.

Turtle Beach Stealth 300

The Astro A10 are better wired gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Stealth 300. The Astro have a better build quality with a more premium-looking design than the Turtle Beach. They also sound better and have a better boom mic for voice chat. The Turtle Beach, however, are more comfortable than the Astro since they're not as tight on the head. While neither can connect to a companion app, the Turtle Beach let you cycle between four audio presets via their controls. The Astro can't be customized at all.

SteelSeries Arctis 3 2019 Edition Wireless

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

Xbox Stereo Headset

The Astro A10 are better wired gaming headphones than the Xbox Stereo Headset. The Astro have more consistent audio delivery, a better overall mic performance, and a detachable audio cable, which is handy if you break or lose it. However, the Xbox headphones are more comfortable and are compatible with virtual soundstage features like Window Sonic Spatial Audio.

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Test Results

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Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless No
Transducer Dynamic

The Astro Gaming A10 have the same design as the Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017, but with a few brightly-colored accents on the ear cups. They have a distinct gaming-oriented design. The microfiber-covered ear pads also give them a slightly more high-end feel than the HyperX Cloud Stinger or the Logitech G430. They come in several different color variants to suit your style: 'Black/Red', 'Black/Green', 'Black/Blue', 'White/Green', 'White/Blue', as well as 'Call of Duty' and 'Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild' themed editions.

Weight 0.8 lbs
Clamping Force
1.3 lbs

These headphones are decently comfortable. Their ear cups are well-padded and spacious enough to fit well around most listeners' ears. They're also covered in a microfiber coating that feels nice. However, they're tighter on the head than the Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017, which can get a bit fatiguing during long gaming sessions. For gaming headphones with a lighter clamping force, look at the Turtle Beach Recon 70.

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

These headphones have sub-par controls. There are only two physical controls: A volume wheel and a pivoting boom mic that mutes when you put it in the upright position. It's a very limited control scheme compared to other gaming headphones, like the Astro A30 Wireless, which can adjust game/chat balance, cycle through tracks, and take calls. Fortunately, the controls have good tactile feedback when you use them. The volume wheel stops when you've reached min/max levels, and the mic clicks into place when you mute it.

  • Flippable boom mic: When flipped upwards, mutes the microphone.
  • Volume wheel: Adjusts the volume.

Avg.Temp.Difference 4.9 °C

The Astro A10 headset is fairly breathable thanks to a pair of slightly porous pads. However, since they fully encapsulate the ear, your ears can get slightly warm during long gaming sessions.

L 7.8" (19.8 cm)
W 6.0" (15.2 cm)
H 2.9" (7.4 cm)
Volume 136.00 in³ (2,228.63 cm³)
Transmitter Required No

Like most gaming headphones, they aren't very portable. They're big, bulky, and don't fold into a more compact format, but this is expected since they're meant to be used at your desk or sofa rather than around town. They also don't come with a carrying case to help protect them when you're on the go.

Type No case
Volume N/A
Build Quality

These headphones have good build quality. They don't have the premium build or metal hinges of the Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017, but their plastic headband is more flexible and feels a lot more durable. The analog cable is thick, rubberized, and detachable, so you can always replace it if it gets worn down by regular wear and tear.


These headphones are reasonably stable. They'll stay on your ears if you're gaming casually at your desk or couch, but they're likely to shift around when you shake your head, if not fall off entirely with more intense movement.

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In The Box

  • Astro Gaming A10 headset
  • 1/8" TRRS audio cable
  • Manuals

Sound Profile
Bass Amount
0.46 dB
Treble Amount
-1.67 dB

The Astro A10 have an uneven sound profile. Bassy sound effects have extra punch and boom, but dialogue and instruments in the mid range are pushed to the back of the mix and sound harsh. They're also incompatible with Astro's Command Center software and lack sound customization features, like a built-in EQ or presets to help you fine-tune their sound to your liking.

Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.44 dB

These headphones have very good frequency response consistency. You're most likely to experience inconsistencies in treble delivery, so take the time to adjust their fit and positioning to ensure good sound consistency.

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

These headphones have great bass accuracy. Low-bass is underemphasized, so you won't feel as much of the deep thump and rumble of action-packed shooters like Dead Space. Fortunately, the overemphasized mid and high-bass add extra boom and punch to your audio, so gameplay still feels intense.

Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.5 dB
0.03 dB
-3.71 dB
3.67 dB

These headphones have okay mid-accuracy. The low-mid is neutral, so the dialogue and instruments in soundtracks are clear. However, the dip in the mid-mid pushes these sounds to the back of your mix, while the peak in the high-mid makes them harsh and honky.

Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
5.06 dB
-4.83 dB
0.55 dB
-5.66 dB

The treble accuracy is just okay. The low-treble is underemphasized, veiling the upper harmonics of voices and instruments. However, the mid-treble is more neutral, so sibilants, like S and T sounds, are bright but not piercing.

2.81 dB
2.77 dB

These headphones have middling peaks and dips performance, meaning they can't control the sound they want to achieve. A wide peak across the bass range produces a punchy, boomy bass. As it turns into a deep dip in the mid-mid, lead instruments and dialogue are pushed to the back of the mix. The rise in the high-mid, in comparison, makes notes in this range harsh and honky. The deepest dip in the low treble dulls instruments, while the peak in the mid-treble makes sibilants like S and T sounds piercing.

Weighted Group Delay
Weighted Phase Mismatch
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
Weighted Frequency Mismatch

These headphones have great imaging. Astro tends to have solid quality control and ergonomics, which helps ensure driver matching. Our unit's group delay response falls below the audibility threshold, resulting in tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. Our unit's L/R drivers are also well-matched in amplitude and phase response, creating a stereo image that accurately places sonic objects, like footsteps and gunfire, in the soundstage. While there is a slight mismatch in frequency response, it's not noticeable with real-life content. Keep in mind, however, that imaging varies between units.

Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
2.35 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
2.75 dB
PRTF Distance
7.91 dB
Acoustic Space Excitation

Their passive soundstage performance is mediocre. These are closed-back headphones, meaning they don't disperse their audio into the room to mix with ambient noise around you. As such, the soundstage feels unnatural, coming from inside your head rather than from around you. Fortunately, it's still quite open-sounding due to their over-ear design. Check out the open-backed Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2017 if you want a more immersive soundstage.

Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
Speaker Modeling
Room Ambience
Head Tracking
Virtual Surround
No App
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
WHD @ 100

These headphones have a great weighted harmonic distortion performance. A spike in the low-treble makes audio sound harsh and impure. Still, it'll only be audible when listening to content specifically concentrated in this range, like game dialogue scenes. You're less likely to hear it when listening to content with more varied frequencies, like music, especially since the rest of the range falls within good limits, resulting in clear and pure audio reproduction.

Test Settings
No Firmware
PCM, 24-bit, 48kHz

These are the settings we used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid for these test settings.

Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-7.63 dB
Noise Cancelling No
0.23 dB
-1.78 dB
-21.25 dB

These headphones have a very bad passive noise isolation performance. They hardly block out any background noises in the bass and mid-ranges, meaning you clearly can hear the low thump and rumble from traffic outside and voices from people nearby. On the upside, they fare better at cutting out treble-range noise like the hum of a nearby AC unit. If you're looking for a similar pair of gaming headphones that block out more background noise, check out the JBL Quantum 100.

Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
44.11 dB

These headphones have mediocre leakage performance. Leakage is concentrated in the mid and treble range, so escaping audio sounds full and detailed. You'll bother those around you if you're listening at high volumes in a typical office setting.

Microphone Style
Detachable Boom
Mic Yes
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
20 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.3 dB
6,358.31 Hz
Weighted THD
33.07 dB

The boom mic's recording quality is excellent. Recorded speech sounds rich, full, and detailed. Your voice also sounds decently bright.

Noise Handling
38.22 dB
Noise Gate
Always On
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The microphone has great noise handling performance. In moderately noisy and louder environments, like a crowded tournament, your voice won't be cut out by background disturbances, ensuring consistently clear speech over a call or via voice chat.

Active Features
Active Features
Battery Type
No Battery
Continuous Battery Life
Additional Charges
Total Battery Life
Charge Time
Power-Saving Feature
Audio While Charging
Passive Playback
Passive Headphone
Charging Port None
Active Features
App Support
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows No
ANC Control
Mic Control No
Room Effects
Playback Control
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
Bluetooth Version
No Bluetooth
Multi-Device Pairing
NFC Pairing
Line Of Sight Range
PC Latency (SBC)
PC Latency (aptX)
PC Latency (aptX HD)
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
iOS Latency
Android Latency

You can't use these wired headphones with Bluetooth. If you want a gaming headset that supports Bluetooth, check out the Turtle Beach Elite 800 Wireless.

Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
Non-BT Latency
Analog Audio
USB Audio
Detachable Yes
Length 6.70 ft (2.04 m)
1/8" TRRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms

These headphones have a wired 1/8" TRRS connection with in-line volume control. Unlike the Xbox Stereo Headset, the audio cable is also detachable, so you can easily replace it if it gets damaged.

PC Compatibility
Audio + Microphone
Wired USB
Non-BT Wireless

When you plug their 1/8" TRRS cable into your computer's AUX port, these headphones have full audio and mic compatibility.

PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
Audio + Microphone
PS4 Wired USB
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
PS5 Analog
Audio + Microphone
PS5 Wired USB
PS5 Non-BT Wireless

These headphones have full compatibility with PlayStation consoles via an analog connection.

Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Wired USB
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
Xbox Series X|S Analog
Audio + Microphone
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless

These headphones are compatible with Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S consoles when you plug their 1/8" TRRS cable into your controller's AUX port.

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

These headphones don't have a dock. If you need a headset with a dock with a wired connection for gaming or watching movies, consider the SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2017.