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Review: ASTRO A20 Wireless (2nd Gen) Headset for Xbox or PlayStation

Review: ASTRO A20 Wireless (2nd Gen) Headset for Xbox or PlayStation

We are still well in a time where hunting for the Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5 continues to be an ordeal for many. As such, we have not stopped checking the various new accessories out there for your new consoles, should you land one. This time, we look at the 2nd generation of ASTRO A20 Wireless Gaming Headset. Coming in at $119.99, this headset is offered in two models.  There is one for the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S and another for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. As the ASTRO A20 Wireless Headset connects via a wireless USB dongle, that dongle allows each model to also be compatible with PC and Mac.

Let’s dive in.

Build and Comfort

ASTRO A20 Wireless Gaming Headset Specs

Drivers:40 mm Neodymium
Frequency response:20 Hz – 20 kHz
Sensitivity:100 dB SPL 1kHz @ 1mW
Nominal impedance:32 Ohm
Total harmonic distortion:< 3% (20 Hz – 10 kHz)
Battery Wh:1050 mAh
Battery charging time:3,5 hours (15°C – 40°C)
Weight without cable:318 g
Wireless range:15 m / 49 ft
Wireless frequency:2.4 GHz
Specs taken from product page.

The ASTRO A20 Wireless Headset sports a general design that is consistent with the ASTRO Gaming family of headsets. The Xbox variant sports an “Aquarius Green” color scheme while the PlayStation version comes in “Aquarius Blue”.  

Here with the A20, you have a flexible headband with a soft rubbery cushion for the wearers head. That headband connects with two arms, each housing an earcup where the arms slide up and down to adjust to various head sizes. For each earcup, you have soft and plushy fabric ear cushions.

The right ear cup houses the power button, an EQ preset toggle button, a master volume dial, a voice and game balance rocker button, and a USB-C charging port. The left cup houses the headset’s boom mic, which can be flipped up to mute.

Honestly, I expected the ASTRO A20 Wireless Headset to have a rigid or tight feel, going by its durable appearance alone. Instead, I was surprised by how comfortable the headset actually is. The ASTRO A20 Wireless Headset sports a very a very gentle yet still secure grip on your head. The soft fabric ear cushions are breathable and refreshing against the sides of your head. Combine that with the headset’s overall light weight, and you have a headset geared to combat long-term wearing fatigue. This is especially welcome given the headset’s touted 15+ hour battery life on a full charge. I found myself playing with the ASTRO A20 Wireless Headset in non-stop 5-hour sessions without any noticeable fatigue.

Features, Performance and Final Thoughts

The sound presentation of the ASTRO A20 Wireless Headset is divided into three different EQ presets: ASTRO, PRO, and STUDIO. The ASTRO EQ is the A20 Wireless’ vanilla EQ, being tuned with precise bass for general gaming. The PRO EQ, aptly named and geared for PRO gaming, puts an emphasis on high and mid-range sounds. STUDIO is a neutral EQ, slated for movie and music enjoyment.

As far as audio performance goes, the default ASTRO EQ is a solid default sound presentation. It offers nice immersive lows which make explosions and rumblings pop. Highs are crisp, allowing you to pick up enemies nicely, without losing out in the other sound ranges. Whenever I played a shooter, I found myself comfortably and heavily leaning on the PRO EQ.  When it came to Call of Duty: Warzone, Apex Legends or Destiny 2 PVP, this became my go-to EQ. Lows and bass take a noticeable step back, which allowed me to cleanly and accurately pick up enemy footsteps and gunfire. However, this “step back” did not totally kill off rumblings and explosions from lows in the games, which helped to maintain the overall immersion in the experience.

When it came to other media consumption like music listening or movie watching, the ASTRO EQ was still a solid go-to, giving good balanced sound with a bass lean. I ended up liking ASTRO for movie and video consumption and PRO for music listening. The lean on the highs and mids in the PRO EQ led to very clean and crisp percussion with solid vocals and instrumentals. While bass is taken down with PRO, it is still plenty present enough for music to be enjoyable.

I found that the STUDIO EQ noticeably brought bass to the forefront, despite its intent to be a “neutral” EQ. That is not to say that the Studio EQ is bad for media consumption. This EQ was perfect for deepening the bass without making it overbearing. Most instrumentals and highs take a noticeable step back, but not to the point that music and or movies become unenjoyable.

I was particularly impressed with the mic performance. Not only did it pick up and project my voice clearly and cleanly to others, but it did so with a solid focus on my voice. The mic did a nice job isolating my voice from any background sounds, despite my gaming desk being positioned between the living room TV and corner window. I was able to communicate clearly with teammates without my background being a distraction to them.

Where the ASTRO A20 Wireless Gen 2 Headset excels in comfort, it suffers a bit in sound isolation. Those luxuriously comfortable ear cup cushions allow for some sound leakage both inward and outward. Moderately loud ambient sounds did leak in, where I would have to ask people to lower their media around me whenever possible. Likewise, my girlfriend was able to pick up teammate voices or in-game music all the way from the couch. Imagine flying into battle in Apex Legends with new character Fuse’s theme playing just to hear in the background, “oh wow, I like that theme!” from someone sitting on the couch.

Minor sound leaking issues aside, the ASTRO A20 Wireless Gen 2 Gaming Headset is a SOLID gaming headset, especially for its $119.99 price point. It sports surprising long-term comfort, ease of use, and impressive sound quality both inbound and outbound. If you are an Xbox gamer that just wants a simple, gets-the-job-done headset for your new Xbox Series X or Series S, the ASTRO A20 Wireless Gen 2 Gaming Headset is a homerun for its cost. You get solid performance without many features, which for many is enough.

If you are in the market for an affordable gaming headset that delivers for both console and PC, check out the ASTRO A20 Wireless Gen 2 Gaming Headset for the Xbox One family of consoles here. If you are a PS4 or PS5 gamer looking for a product like this, ASTRO has you covered as well. You can check out the ASTRO A20 Wireless Gen 2 Gaming Headset for PlayStation here.

† As usual, there are no affiliate links contained within this post. We were provided a ASTRO A20 Wireless Gen 2 headset for Xbox review unit for review purposes and were not compensated for this review.