Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Updated Mar 11, 2021 at 08:35 pm
Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 Picture
8.1
Neutral Sound
5.1
Commute/Travel
6.1
Sports/Fitness
6.5
Office
8.3
Wireless Gaming
6.6
Wired Gaming
7.2
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 are premium wireless gaming headphones. They have a similar design to previous-generation Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017, but with slight improvements like a more compact base station and superior battery performance. They can only be used wirelessly with the base station, which offers minimal latency. While they have a great microphone, they won’t be the best option if you play in a loud or crowded environment, as they don’t isolate against ambient noise very well.

Our Verdict

8.1 Neutral Sound

The Astro A50 are great for neutral sound. They have a very good frequency response and have a well-balanced sound profile. Their bass is punchy and extended, while their mid and treble ranges are well-balanced and accurate. Their companion software also features a graphic EQ that lets you fine-tune your listening experience. Their passive soundstage is also relatively open given their closed-back enclosure.

Pros
  • Companion software features many configuration options.
  • Relatively open soundstage.
Cons
  • Base station is required to make the headphones work.
5.1 Commute/Travel

The Astro A50 are poor for commuting and traveling, though they aren't designed for this use. They need their base station to work, so unless you travel with a laptop and want to connect the dock, you won’t be able to use them. Also, they have a quite terrible noise isolation performance.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Bulky design.
  • Base station is required to make the headphones work.
  • Terrible isolation performance.
6.1 Sports/Fitness

The Astro A50 are mediocre for sports and fitness, but this isn't their intended use. You need the base station to use them, so you won’t be able to bring them around for a run or at the gym. You need to work out at your home near the base station, and even then, they're quite bulky and not very stable. They also aren't very breathable, and your ears can sweat quite a bit more than usual while wearing them.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
  • Sturdy construction.
Cons
  • Bulky design.
  • Base station is required to make the headphones work.
6.5 Office

The Astro A50 are sub-par for office use. Their battery life should last you for a whole workday, but if you work in a crowded office, they won’t be ideal due to their poor isolation performance. They leak a lot of audio, which can be bothersome to people working around you. You need their base station for them to function since they aren't Bluetooth-compatible.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Base station is required to make the headphones work.
  • Terrible isolation performance.
  • High levels of audio leakage.
8.3 Wireless Gaming

The Astro A50 are great for wireless gaming. Their wireless base station transmits audio with very low latency, and they feel comfortable enough to wear for extended periods of time. Their boom mic yields excellent recording quality and does an amazing job of isolating your voice from background noise. They also feature on-board controls for volume adjustment, channel mixing, EQ preset cycling, and enabling their virtual surround sound feature. They have companion software with a myriad of configuration options, too.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
  • Companion software features many configuration options.
  • Excellent mic recording quality and noise handling capability.
Cons
  • Terrible isolation performance.
6.6 Wired Gaming

The Astro A50 are wireless-only headphones and can't be used on a wired connection.

7.2 Phone Calls

The Astro A50 are a satisfactory option for phone calls. Their boom mic makes your voice sound full-bodied and natural while doing an amazing job of isolating it from background noise. Unfortunately, the headphones themselves have awful noise isolation capability, so you may have trouble following what's being said on a call.

Pros
  • Excellent mic recording quality and noise handling capability.
Cons
  • Terrible isolation performance.
  • 8.1 Neutral Sound
  • 5.1 Commute/Travel
  • 6.1 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.5 Office
  • 8.3 Wireless Gaming
  • 6.6 Wired Gaming
  • 7.2 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Jun 29, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.5.
  2. Updated Mar 11, 2021: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  3. Updated Jan 04, 2021: We've updated the Wired test results.
  4. Updated Feb 14, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  5. Updated Nov 21, 2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  6. Updated Nov 21, 2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Astro A50 look very similar to the Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019. They have a fairly conservative color scheme, with little in the way of adornments other than a slightly contrasting model logo on the ear cups. Still, their bulky design and non-removable microphone make them stand out in most environments. The plates on the other surface of their ear cups can also be swapped out if you want to individualize your headphones a little more, and you can purchase mod kits from the Astro website.

8.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.8 lbs
Clamping Force
1.3 lbs

These are comfortable headphones. Their ear cups are spacious and deep, which should suit most ear shapes and sizes. They don't clamp the head as tightly as the Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017. Their headband does a good job of distributing their weight, too. The coating on the padding is also quite soft and feels nice on the skin. However, they're quite big and heavy.

6.2
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Mute/Unmute
Channel Mixing
Yes
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Presets + Surround Sound

The Astro A50's control scheme is acceptable, though it's better suited to the needs of gamers rather than casual users, as they lack any onboard controls for music playback or call management. Their mic is flip-to-mute, you have a volume wheel, an EQ preset cycle button, and a button to disable or enable Dolby Digital Surround Sound. They also have two additional buttons on the right ear cup that lets you control the mix between in-game audio and audio from another device. They differ from the Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017 by having a button to cycle between EQ presets instead of a switch, and the base now has a screen that shows you which preset you're on. There’s good audible and tactile feedback and all the controls are easy to use.

6.4
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 5.9 °C

These headphones are passably breathable. Heat can be trapped inside the ear cups since they create a tight seal around your ears, restricting airflow. These headphones aren't designed for sports, and you may sweat more than usual if you're using them when working out. This shouldn’t be an issue during casual gaming though.

5.3
Design
Portability
L 8.4" (21.3 cm)
W 7.6" (19.3 cm)
H 3.6" (9.1 cm)
Volume 230.00 in³ (3,769.01 cm³)
Transmitter Required Yes

These headphones aren't especially portable. They're very bulky and don’t fold into a more compact format, though their ear cups swivel flat to reduce their footprint. They also need to be within range of their stand to work, which further limits their portability.

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Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A
8.0
Design
Build Quality

These over-ears are very well-built and feel durable. The ear cups are dense and made from solid plastic, so the headphones feel like they could handle a few accidental drops without too much damage. The hinges are sturdy and made out of metal, but their headband seems to be the weakest point of their construction.

6.5
Design
Stability

The Astro A50 are reasonably stable. They don’t clamp your head tightly, and head movement can easily make them sway off your head, though this shouldn't be a problem if you're using them for gaming.

Design
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In The Box

  • Astro A50 Gen 4 headphones
  • Base station
  • Micro-USB to USB-A charging cable
  • Optical cable
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-1.38 dB
Treble Amount
-1.35 dB

The Astro A50 have a well-balanced default sound profile. In-game sound effects, dialogue, and music should be delivered with mostly equal emphasis, though fans of more action-heavy genres may want a little more thump and rumble. Thankfully, their companion software features a graphic EQ that you can use to generate presets, which can then be selected on-the-fly via their onboard EQ preset cycling button.

Note: These headphones were tested with the 'Studio' EQ preset.

8.6
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.29 dB

These headphones have great frequency response consistency. This means that they deliver audio relatively similarly across different users and between reseats.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
8.3
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.34 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
34.13 Hz
Low-Bass
-2.44 dB
Mid-Bass
1.68 dB
High-Bass
3.17 dB

These headphones have great bass accuracy. Their low-end bass response is slightly underemphasized, so sound effects in action-heavy games might lack a bit of thump and rumble. A small bump in the high-bass range adds a bit of boom to your mix.

8.7
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.78 dB
Low-Mid
0.74 dB
Mid-Mid
-0.92 dB
High-Mid
1.43 dB

The Astro A50 have excellent mid-range accuracy. Vocals and lead instruments should sound full-bodied and clear. However, a small dip in the mid-mids can nudge them to the back of the mix.

8.3
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.57 dB
Mid-Treble
1.99 dB
Low-Treble
0.04 dB
High-Treble
-6.77 dB

The Astro A50's treble accuracy is great. Voices are reproduced clearly and in detail, while sibilants, like S and T sounds, should be bright without being piercing.

7.5
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.74 dB
Dips
0.94 dB

These headphones have good peaks and dips performance. A bump in the high-bass range results in some boominess while a dip in the mid-mids nudges vocal and lead instruments to the back of the mix. The adjacent peak in the high-mids can make them sound a little honky and harsh. The peak in the mid-treble range can give sibilants a somewhat piercing quality.

8.0
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.28
Weighted Phase Mismatch
5.92
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
1.56
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.95

The stereo imaging of the Astro A50 is very good. The weighted group delays falls beneath the audibility threshold, which results in a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Additionally, the L/R drivers are well-matched in regards to phase, amplitude, and frequency response, meaning that objects like footsteps and instruments are located accurately within the stereo image. However, these results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.

6.8
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
2.23 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
2.51 dB
PRTF Distance
7.77 dB
Openness
9.3
Acoustic Space Excitation
6.8

These headphones have an okay passive soundstage. They have a fairly open soundstage, but it might sound unnatural and located as if inside the listener’s head rather than in front of them.

2.0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
On/Off
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
Dolby 7.1

These headphones have a Dolby 7.1 virtual surround sound feature, though we don't currently test this function.

7.5
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.282
WHD @ 100
0.174

The Astro A50 have good weighted harmonic distortion performance. Audio reproduction is fairly clean and pure across the frequency spectrum at both moderate and high listening volumes.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
On
Connection
Wireless (Proprietary)
Codec
PCM, 24-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Studio
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Boom

These are the settings used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid when they're used in this configuration.

Isolation
1.7
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-5.39 dB
Bass
0.01 dB
Mid
-0.37 dB
Treble
-15.61 dB

These headphones have terrible noise isolation performance. They don’t really block out any ambient noise in the bass and mid-ranges, like the rumble of bus engines or background chatter. They also don't block out much in the way of higher-pitched ambient noise, like the hum of an A/C unit.

4.2
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
53.37 dB

The leakage performance of the Astro A50 is bad. Even though they're closed-back headphones, they aren’t the best to use around people in quiet environments. They leak similarly to semi-open headphones, and escaping audio might still be noticeable in crowded settings.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
No
Boom
Yes
Detachable Boom
No
8.6
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
20 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
1.36 dB
HFE
6,267.15 Hz
Weighted THD
0.105
Gain
16.63 dB

The boom mic has excellent recording quality. Your voice should sound clear, natural, and full-bodied.

8.3
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
39.29 dB
Noise Gate
On/Off Toggle
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
8.5
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
8.0
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The boom mic has amazing noise handling performance. Teammates or those on the other end of a phone call should understand you clearly, even if you're speaking from a loud or crowded environment.

Note: There are four mic profiles inside their companion software with four different noise gate settings. We tested the microphone with the ‘Streaming’ setting, as it has the lowest noise gate, though you can also select 'Night', which has the least aggressive noise gate setting, 'Home', which is the default, and 'Tournament', which is the most aggressive setting.

Active Features
7.9
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
17.5 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
17.5 hrs
Charge Time
4.4 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port micro-USB

These over-ears have very good battery performance. They supply over 17 hours of battery life, which should be more than enough for most gaming sessions, though this can vary with real-world usage. They can also be used when charging, which is useful. They only take about two hours to charge with the micro-USB cable, but more than four hours with the dock. On the upside, this is still noticeably shorter than the older Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017. They have an auto-off timer too, which turns off the headphones during periods of inactivity. However, it's rather short, which can be annoying if you're gaming and don't move too much, as it can still trigger even if audio is being played.

7.5
Active Features
App Support
App Name Astro Command Center
iOS No
Android No
macOS Yes
Windows Yes
Equalizer
Graphic + Presets
ANC Control
No
Mic Control Adjustable Level
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

The Astro Command Center is an easy-to-use and efficient support software that's missing a couple of features. It has a graphic EQ that can be used to set up different presets, which you can cycle through using the EQ button on the right ear cup. You can also choose between four different noise gate settings for their boom mic to isolate your voice from ambient noise. Unfortunately, you can’t control the mic’s frequency response like it on the Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017. There’s also still no option to extend or disable the gyroscope auto-off timer feature, which is frustrating. They also have no surround sound effect menu or true button mapping beyond the EQ presets.

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
8.8
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
57.00 ft (17.37 m)
Non-BT Latency
12 ms

Update 07/07/2021: These headphones have been updated to test bench 1.5. In this update, we made changes to the way we test latency. We now use a click track in our software and we measure latency three times and average the results. This new method has resulted in different latency values than what we had reported in our previous test bench. However, our results are still valid.

These headphones offer excellent non-Bluetooth connectivity. They have a base station that provides very low latency audio but has a somewhat short range.

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Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection
No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

The Astro A50 can’t be used wired. They come with a USB-A to micro-USB cable, which is only for charging. They also have an optical cable used for plugging in their base station. If you want a gaming headset that can be used wired with console controllers, check out the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless SE.

Connectivity
PC Compatibility
Analog
No
Wired USB
No
Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone
Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
No
PS4 Wired USB
No
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone
PS5 Analog
No
PS5 Wired USB
No
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone
Connectivity
Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
Audio Only
Xbox Series X|S Analog
No
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
No
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless
No

The Astro A50 can only receive audio when you plug their base station into Xbox One consoles. They don't function at all with Xbox Series X consoles.

Note: While the 'PC/PS4' variant of this headset isn't fully compatible with Xbox One or Xbox Series X consoles, the 'PC/Xbox' variant is. You can connect the 'PC/Xbox' variant of this headset to your Xbox Series X console by following the steps outlined on the Astro Gaming Blog.

9.0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Wireless Dock
USB Input
Yes
Line In
Yes
Line Out
No
Optical Input
Yes
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
Yes
Power Supply
USB

The Astro A50's dock is great. It has a lot of inputs and acts as a charging station for the headphones. This variant is fully compatible via USB on the PS4, PS5, and PC. The base station is advertised as console-locked for either PS4 or Xbox One, but the headset can connect to both base variants.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Astro A50 are available in two variants: 'PC/PS4' and 'PC/Xbox'. We tested the 'PC/PS4' variant, but can't confirm whether or not the other model performs similarly overall.

Let us know in the discussions if you've come across a different variant of these headphones.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Astro A50 are great gaming headphones but aren’t the most versatile as they can only be used wirelessly. You also need to buy the appropriate console variant for your needs. Thankfully, they're very comfortable and have a well-balanced sound profile that can be customized using the graphic EQ in their companion software. They also come with a charging base that offers several inputs. See our recommendations for the best wireless gaming headsets, the best PS4 gaming headsets, the best Xbox One gaming headsets, and the best gaming headsets.

SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are more versatile gaming headphones than the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019, as you can use them wired or wirelessly. Although the SteelSeries are prone to more inconsistencies in their audio delivery, their sound can be tweaked on the fly, thanks to the EQ on their wireless transmitter. You can use their dock to store an extra physical battery while another is in your headphones, so you shouldn't have to worry about running out of power. They support Bluetooth, which is nice if you like to stream audio from your phone while gaming. However, the Astro have the edge when it comes to wireless gaming. They have significantly lower non-Bluetooth wireless latency, a more comfortable fit, and their boom mic offers a slightly better overall performance.

SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 9x Wireless and the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 are both very good wireless gaming headphones for the Xbox One, but the Astro perform better overall. The Astro are more comfortable as they have a more ergonomic headband design, and they deliver sound much more consistently than the SteelSeries. They also have a better-performing microphone and come with a full-featured charging dock. However, the SteelSeries connect more conveniently via Xbox Wireless and support Bluetooth so you can mix in audio from your mobile device while gaming. The SteelSeries battery also lasts longer, and they charge much more quickly.

Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Wireless

The Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 are considerably better for wireless gaming versus the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Wireless. The Astro are comfier, deliver a better-balanced sound profile more consistently, have a higher-quality boom microphone, and last a little bit longer on a single charge. Meanwhile, the Turtle Beach have companion software with more configuration options, and block out more ambient noise. They're also Bluetooth-compatible, allowing you to chat with friends or stream music from your phone while remaining connected to your console or PC.

Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019

The Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 and the Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019 are both great gaming headphones. The A50 are wireless-only while the A40 are wired only and have an open-back design. The A50 have a well-balanced sound profile, but their soundstage isn't as spacious as that of the open-back A40. If you also don’t want to be limited by battery life, then the A40 are a better option.

Beats Solo Pro Wireless

The Beats Solo Pro Wireless and the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 are for different uses. The Astro are wireless gaming headphones that are more comfortable, have a better passive soundstage performance, and their boom mic does a significantly better job of recording your voice, even in noisy environments. Their battery performance is better, and you can customize their sound profile to your liking using their companion software's graphic EQ and presets. However, the Beats are better for casual use. They have more versatile controls and have an ANC system to help block out a great amount of noise around you.

Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset

The Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 are better headphones for gaming than the Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset. The Astro come with a wireless dock and charging station that provides a low latency gaming experience. Their boom mic has a better recording quality, and their controls include channel mixing and an EQ preset cycle button. However, the Logitech have a longer continuous battery life and a significantly better build quality.

SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are very good wireless gaming headphones, but the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 are even better for most people. The Astro are more comfortable, have a better-performing mic, and they come with a nice charging station. However, they take over four hours to charge with their base station and can't be used with a regular audio cable. The SteelSeries have a longer battery life, take less time to charge, and support passive playback.

SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless

The Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 are better wireless gaming headphones than the SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless. The Astro are more comfortable, deliver audio more consistently, and have a better performing boom microphone. However, the SteelSeries can be used both wirelessly and wired and have a better overall battery performance.

SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless

The Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 are slightly better wireless gaming headphones, although you can use the SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless wired and wireless. The Astro are more comfortable and have a wireless dock with many inputs that also charges the headphones. They have a better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, which some users may prefer, and have a better overall performing boom mic. However, the SteelSeries have a better battery performance, and you can use it on Xbox, PC, and PlayStation consoles with either their wireless USB dongle or their 1/8" TRRS cable.

Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017

The Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 are slightly better gaming headphones than the Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017. They are quite similar, but the main difference is the small base station on the 2019 model and the fact that the battery now takes less time to charge while offering a bit more continuous playback. Additionally, the microphone on the 2019 model performs better overall.

HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II Wireless

The Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 are better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II Wireless. The Astro deliver audio more consistently and are compatible with Astro Command Center which has a graphic EQ and presets so that you can customize their sound profile. They can also receive audio when connected to the Xbox One via non-Bluetooth wireless, but don't have mic support. However, the HyperX's continuous battery life is longer.  

Corsair VIRTUOSO RGB Wireless XT

The Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 are better wireless gaming headphones than the Corsair VIRTUOSO RGB Wireless XT. The Astro come with a dock that also acts as a charging station. They're more comfortable, their boom mic offers better overall performance, and they have lower non-Bluetooth wireless latency. However, the Corsair have a better battery performance and support Bluetooth.

Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless SE

The Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 are much better wireless gaming headphones than the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless. The Astro are much more comfortable and have a significantly more balanced sound profile. Their microphone offers superior recording quality and noise handling capability. Unfortunately, the Astro can't be used wired like the Corsair, meaning they don't work with Xbox One consoles. Also, unlike the Corsair, the Astro block out almost no background chatter and leak much more audio, meaning they aren't as well-suited for gaming with others in the room.

Audeze Penrose Wireless

The Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 are better wireless gaming headphones than the Audeze Penrose Wireless. The Astro are more comfortable, feel better-built, and are more balanced right out-of-the-box. They also support Dolby 7.1, their boom microphone offers better overall performance, and their continuous battery life is longer. However, the Audeze support Bluetooth. They're also planar magnetic headphones, which some users may prefer.

HyperX Cloud Flight S

The Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 are much better wireless gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Flight S. The Astro are more comfortable, feel better built, have a more accurate and better balanced out-of-the-box sound profile, come with a wireless dock, and have a companion software with EQ settings. On the other hand, the HyperX have much better noise isolation performance and support wireless charging.

Razer Nari Ultimate Wireless

The Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 are way better wireless gaming headphones than the Razer Nari Ultimate Wireless. The Astro are more comfortable, better-built, have a longer battery life, and a better overall microphone performance. On the other hand, the Razer provide bass haptic feedback, which some users may prefer.

Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2017

The Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2017 and the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 are both great headsets, though their connectivity options differ. The A40 2017 can only be used wired, while the A50 2019 can only be used wirelessly. They otherwise perform quite similarly overall, though competitive gamers will likely prefer the wired A40 2017 since they have less latency.

Sony PULSE 3D Wireless

The Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 are better for wireless gaming than the Sony PULSE 3D Wireless. The Astro are far more comfortable, better-built, and have a better-balanced sound profile that's delivered more consistently. They also have a companion app with a graphic EQ, lower non-Bluetooth wireless latency, and a better overall microphone. However, the Sony can also be used on a wired connection. They also leak less audio and charge faster, though they do have slightly shorter battery life.

Corsair HS75 XB WIRELESS Gaming Headset

The Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 are better wireless gaming headphones than the Corsair HS75 XB WIRELESS Gaming Headset. The Astro are more comfortable, and they're compatible with the PS4, unlike the Corsair. Also, the Astro have a better-balanced sound profile and a more consistent audio delivery across users. However, the Corsair leak less sound, and their microphone is wirelessly compatible with the Xbox One, unlike the Astro.

Turtle Beach Elite 800 Wireless

The Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 are better gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Elite 800 Wireless. The Astro have lower latency, which is great for wireless headphones, and they are noticeably more comfortable and better-built. They also have a microphone that delivers superior overall performance. On the other hand, the Turtle Beach are Bluetooth compatible and can also be used wired, so they are a bit more versatile than the Astro. The Turtle Beach also have a noise cancelling feature, although mediocre, that isolates more against ambient noise than the Astro.

JBL Live Pro+ TWS True Wireless

The Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 and the JBL Live Pro+ TWS True Wireless have different strengths, and you may prefer one over the other. The Astro are wireless over-ear gaming headphones that are more comfortable, better-built, and have longer continuous battery life. They have a boom mic that offers an overall excellent performance, support non-Bluetooth wireless for a low-latency connection, and are compatible with PS4s. The JBL, on the other hand, are better for casual use as they're in-ears, which makes them more portable. They have a very good ANC to help block out background noise, have a more stable fit, and are rated IPX4 for water resistance, although we don't currently test for this.

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