Bluetooth, Gaming, Headphones, Headsets

Astros Headset

Astro Headset

Astros Headset

Both amateurs and professional gamers all over the world want to try out various gaming products from different manufacturers. Astro made this a corporate objective since its inception back in 2007 when they signed a deal making the Astros Headset named the A50 Gen 4 Wireless headsets.

The A50 Astro gaming headset offers the following specs:

  • Type: Over-ear
  • Enclosure: Closed-Back
  • Bluetooth Wireless: Yes
  • Noise Cancelling: No
  • Mic: Yes
  • Dynamic Transducer: Yes

Are Astros Still Good Headsets?

We’ve found the Astro A50 Generation 4 Wireless a top-tier wireless headsets manufactured by Astro. The comfortable headphones also come with a wireless dock, which provides low latency and doubles as a functional charging dock for your headsets.

The boom mic is very powerful and clear, making it easy to hear your voice even in noisy environments. Their sound profile is balanced right out of the box. There’s a little bit more boom in the bass range to help with sound effects in action-packed video games. The Astro Command Center software is a nice feature allowing most Astro models to customize sound signatures and noise features.

Astros headsets do not have Bluetooth support being a wired headset.  This may be off-putting for those interested in streaming music while gaming.  The Astro headsets are decent at remediating ambient sound but not great.  It is easy to become distracted by loud sounds around your home or office.

Review: Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro

Astro A40 TR Headset

  • Type: Over-ear
  • Dynamic Transducer: Yes
  • Enclosure: Open-Back
  • Wireless No
  • Noise Cancelling: No
  • Mic: Yes

The Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro is a wired headset that remains on of our favorite gaming headsets.  These headphones are very similar to the Astro A50 Gen 4 devices with a pleasing open-back design. These wired headphones have a balanced sound profile that emphasizes various in-game sound effects.

The A40s have a supple soundstage to immerse you in the audio. You can adjust the volume and EQ settings of the MixAmp allowing users to customize their gaming experience. The detachable boom microphone has solid recording quality so your teammates will be able to understand you.

They are ideal for quiet environments because of their open-back design. Although they are bulky like other over-ear gaming headphones you can still use them with the MixAmp, which makes them more portable than other Astro models. The A40 devices are great for at home gaming without the hassle of worrying about battery life.

Review: Astro A10

Astro A10

  • Type: Over-ear
  • Mic: Yes
  • Dynamic Transducer: Yes
  • Enclosure: Closed-Back
  • Wireless No
  • Noise Cancelling: No

We found the Astro A10 to be the most affordable model of gaming headset manufactured by Astro. These wired headphones offer a nearly latency-free connection to PCs, PlayStations, and Xbox.  If you have more than one gaming console, they are easy to set up with a plug-and-play expectation for virtually all gaming platforms.  The tested boom mic is great for gaming with friends and pics up ambient noises while offering a voice clarity for your fellow gamers.

Astro headsets are flexible, strong and comfortable for short gaming sessions.  Longer gaming sessions can cause discomfort but nothing unbearable.  The detachable cable allows for upgrades or replacements as needed.

The A10 sound profile can be a little choppy with a punchy bass.  The A10 is an Astros gaming headset not currently compatible with the Astro Command Centre software with limited sound customization options. The Astro Gen 2 is a better choice if comfort and a neutral sound are important to you. They are more comfortable and have a better sound profile, but they have poor mic performance.

A10 Astros Headset

A10 Astros Headset

Design

The Astro A10 headset looks clunky as the fit and finish appears bulky and boxy.  However, the overall design is more polished.  The A10s do not have an LED light with limited primary and secondary color options.

Functionality

All Astro headphones can be used with the Astro MixAmp and can pair with the Astro Command Center. The Command Center lists the products supported by the software, so ensure you choose one that is compatible with your headset or MixAmp.

The A10 base functionality is not enhanced unless you buy an Astro MixAmp.  The 3.5mm audio connector connects to the left-ear cup and has an integrated volume control wheel.  Be careful when you flip up the microphone to minimize muffling your voice.

Comfort

The initial impressions of the packaging belied the overall comfort of the A10 devices.  You may experience headphone fatigue with prolonged usage but shorter games will be just fine without much adjustment.  The leatherette ear cushions and plush cloth earpads will provide solid comfort for most head sizes.

Quality

For a gaming headset Astro A10 is the base model of the series. The build quality is decent for the price.  The adjustable headband is easy to move to fit your head.  The plastic molded design means inexpensive manufacturing with good stability.  The rubber cover makes the A10 more damage-resistant which is an engineering plus in my book.

Mic Quality

The A10 headset features a 6.0mm unidirectional microphone that feels solid.  The malleable mic can be moved easily with a clear, crisp sound.  You will be limited to record background audio and will hear most loud ambient sounds while wearing the A10 headset.

Connectivity

The A10 headset is compatible with all devices thanks to the 3.5mm audio jack/splitter cable. The headset will work with any gaming platform that we tested.  The removable cable is nearly six feet long which should be fine for most setups.

Astro Headsets:

Is the Astro A40 worth it?

The Astro A40 headset excels at wired gaming. The headphones are comfortable enough to be used for extended gaming sessions. A40 devices have a wired connection that ensures very low audio latency. The microphone is very good at recording and can distinguish your voice from background noise.

What headset is better than Astro?

SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless gaming headphones are more versatile than the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 because they can be used wired or wireless.

What’s better SteelSeries or Astro?

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless headset is a premium headset that sounds great and is super comfortable. The Astro A50 is a better 7.1 surround sound gaming headset.

What headset is better than the Astro A40?

SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless is more versatile than the Astro A40TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019, thanks to its wireless design.

What’s the difference between Astro A40 and A40 TR?

The Astro A40TR Headset +mixAmp Pro 2017 isn’t much different from the Astro A40TR Headset +mixAmp Pro 2019. The 2017 model had a more bass-heavy default sound profile, but the newer model delivers a better sound quality.

Conclusion: Astros Headset

Astro is a gaming-oriented business that produces a lot quality products. Their headsets are no exception. Their headsets have earned a great reputation thanks to their comfortable design, excellent-sounding microphone, as well as the fact that they are well-balanced. The higher-end headsets are often better than the entry-level ones, which can often be too costly compared to other brands. Astro headphones are great for gaming, so you can choose from a variety of options.

FAQ: Astros Headset

Is Astro A50 Water-Resistant?

The device is water-resistant and dustproof. Water-resistant devices are able to resist water penetration, such as powerful water jets. That being said, the A50 devices cannot be submerged in water for any length of time.

Is Astro A50 Lagging?

Astro Gaming A50 Wireless connects with your console or computer using a USB cable that is connected to the included charging cradle and base station. The headset connects to the base station using a 2.4GHz radio frequency signal. This is great for gaming and is lag-free.

Are Astros or HyperX better?

The HyperX Cloud Stinger headset is better than the Astro A10. We found the HyperX to be more comfortable than the Astro with premium noise isolation. Although the HyperX sounds better, they are more susceptible to inconsistencies between the bass and treble delivery. The Astro is not affected by this issue.

Both headsets have similar microphone performance, but the Astro has better recording quality. Both headsets are decent, although the Astro is more expensive than the HyperX on average. Bottom line: we found the Astro brand a better build headset while the HyperX possess a premium sound quality.