The A20 Wireless headset Gen 2 is designed to give you gaming audio freedom on several levels. Its 2.4 GHz signal provides an extended wireless range and with the flip-to-mute microphone you can easily choose if you want to be heard or not. Additionally, the headset’s long lasting comfort and battery life allow you to game through those marathon sessions.
Up to 50 ft wireless range
Removing the boundaries of wires, the 2.4 GHz wireless signal provides a range of up to 15m.
With our USB transmitter, you can easily connect cross-platform between console and PC.
Up to 15+ hours battery life
Enjoy anxiety-free marathon gaming sessions with up to more than 15 hours of battery life; recharge the headset using the included USB-C to USB-A cable.*
Be in charge of your full audio experience with the flip-to-mute uni-directional microphone which delivers clear and accurate communication with easy mute functionality.
Choose between 3 different audio presets to make sure you have the best equalizer settings for the game you’re playing.
*Battery may vary based on user and computing conditions.
Astro Gaming A20 Wireless Stereo Gaming Headset for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC and Mac
USB-C to USB-A charging cable
Noise Cancelling (Active)
Radio Frequency (RF)
Maximum Wireless Range
Battery Charge Time
Mac/Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
A20 Gen 2 Wireless Stereo Over-the-Ear Gaming Headset for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC
The Astro A20 for Xbox will be the first pair of Astros that I've ever owned, so naturally I was excited to give them a try. Overall I'm really impressed with the build quality, comfort and sound that these produce and there's really only one con to speak about, which ends up also being a pro for the unit.
Overall the build quality is on par with other headsets in this price range. You have mostly reinforced plastic construction, with nice soft fabric ear pads and a rubber like headband. The headset itself puts a little pressure on my upper jaw and I have to extend the headset to the biggest size possible, but I also have a monster head. Normal sized heads will do just fine and will find that this headset is plenty big for them.
Sound quality is fantastic, both input and output. Mic conversations come in crystal clear and the audio has a crisp mids and deep lows, leaving a little to be desired on the highs, but it's not terrible. Overall the sound is great and I think most people will get exactly what they expect out of these for the price paid.
Now to the wireless transmitter, or dongle. This dongle is huge compared to other's that I've used in the past. It's going to stick out of a USB port pretty far, so you're going to want to stick this bad boy on the back of your console if possible to avoid breaking it accidentally. Also, a lot of Xbox headsets are using the native Xbox wireless audio and no longer need a wireless transmitter to function. However, this is both a pro and con because you can use this headset on a PC because of this wireless transmitter.
The only other nitpick I'll bother writing about is the fact that there doesn't seem to be a mic monitor/side-tone feature on this headset and it's not detected by the Astro Command Center yet either. I'm not sure if this will be a function that will be available later on down the line through a firmware update, but I sure hope so as I'm very used to being able to adjust the side-tone on my headsets.
Good build quality
Solid audio performance
Great mic with flip up to mute
Xbox and PC compatible wireless transmitter
Large wireless transmitter
No side-tone/mic monitor adjustment
Astro Command Center doesn't recognize this headset yet
if you enjoy gaming, you prob already heard about astro gaming, when it comes to headset, you can’t go wrong with astro, for me they are one of the best and I haven’t been disappointed!
- the comfort of Astro A20 gen 2 was just right for me, it feels perfect snug on my head if that make any sense
- the design and price you pay I think it’s perfect for budget wireless headphones, it’s sleek doesn’t have the same spiral wiring like the A40/A50 has but these are one of the design that separates them from the high head Astro.
- the Gen 2 Astro A20 have a USB dongle size receiver, you won’t have to worry about a separate receiver box and optic cord compare to the first series
- such an easy setup by plug it on you xbox, or pc by transferring the receiver
- the ability to plug the usb receiver on the front of the xbox was huge plus for me that I don’t have to move the xbox and plug it on the back for optic cord
- Astro audio are always been great it’s clean and you get a good balance of bass and tremble. plus adding Dolby Atmos for Xbox and PC gives you an amazing 3D audio support
- comes with the same 2.4Ghz range of signal like their most expensive headphones
- if you want to use the xbox headset on your ps4 all you have to do is order another usb receiver and that’s it, pair it and you’re good to go!
- to mute your mic just flip the microphone upward and that’s it!
- you have ability to adjust the game and chat audio through the headphones
- don’t be disappointed that you cannot change the ear covers like the high end astro headphones
- also you won’t be able to rotate the ear cover to place your headphone flat on your table
if you have a PC don’t forget to check for latest firmware update for your astro , I love using A20 such a comfortable headphone that doesn’t bother me after a long period of time plying Warzone on PC and xbox, also been playing Doom Eternal on xbox with A20 and it sounded amazing hearing all tiny little audio details. highly recommend this headphone as a gift for coming holiday, you will not be disappointed!
I love Astro headsets. I have the A40 TR's (previous gen before the current) on my Gaming PC and the A50 (current gen) on my PS4 Pro. I've also owned several other Astro's in the past. They are, without a doubt, some of my favorite gaming cans. Now, a while back, Logitech bought Astro, but kept the Astro branding. That's finally starting to show and I'm beginning to feel the lower quality is starting to kick in... Let me explain.
As my current gen A50 wireless cans are what I've been using on my PS4 Pro, I may be a little spoiled by them. I love those headphones. I have a small hearing disability and the volume can get LOUD, while keeping it's superb quality. I listen to it at between 1/2 to 3/4 of the max volume, depending on the game and it's comfortable enough for me. I've always kept the firmware updated on them (I hook it to my PC and check every few months) and have never had any issues. There's a reason I'm prefacing the review of these A20's with this. And yes, I know you cannot fairly compare the A20's to their flagship A50's. But there are some elements and differences I'd like to discuss.
Now, with the PS5 and Xbox Series X coming around the corner, my A50's will require an HDMI Adapter from Astro, if I want to keep it fully functional - this has a built-in optical input on it, so you can still use the game/voice balance feature. But, here's the problem - that adapter is only HDMI 2.0b...NOT HDMI 2.1. I want to be able to take advantage of HDMI 2.1 when I can and do not want any "bottlenecks", so to speak. I'm using the new LG CX TV and it is ready to go with FreeSync Premium and all the other features. I'm rocking the Samsung Q90R Soundbar as well, but I'm running everything via e-Arc. So, when I seen these A20's, I thought it would simplify my setup and I could just move my A50's to my Gaming PC and take the A40's and use them on my daughter's PC.
Now, for the biggest selling point of this headset - you can buy the USB transmitter for the other system and can use one headset for both systems. While my A20's (for PS4/PS5) were being shipped, I went ahead and ordered the Xbox USB transmitter, just so I'd have it for when I got my Series X. When I got my A20's, I was so ecstatic. I couldn't wait - the packaging was so nice. I tore into them and put them on charge immediately. They were not fully charged out of the box, so it took a few hours to get fully charged. All that was included inside was the Headset, the USB Transmitter, the USB-C (nice!) charging cable and a quick-start guide.
Ok, they're charged. First thing I do, as with any new gadget/device, is to check for a Firmware update. So, I put the Transmitter in my PC and verify it's on PC mode (a white light). Fire up the Astro Command center and...they're not detected. Ok, odd. So, I figure you have to hook them up via the USB cable. I plug them in (while leaving the Transmitter in as well) and ...no-go. I spent about 20 minutes trying to get it recognized. Counting it as a loss, I e-mail Astro and then plug them into my PS4 Pro. Tap the button to switch to PS4 mode (a blue light) and everything connects and is defaulted correctly. I put them on, change the Audio from "Chat Only" to "All Audio", like normal and...no audio. Looking at the side of the cans. the volume wheel is labeled "Voice" and "Game". I have it all the way over to the Game side and there's nothing. After about 15 minutes of troubleshooting, rotate the wheel all the way to the Voice side and I have audio. But it's not very loud. I keep scrolling and welp, looks like this is about as loud as they get... Slightly disappointed at the overall volume (I was playing Shadow of War at the time), I discover that the blue wheel controls the volume and that the "Game" and "Voice" are actual BUTTONS and not just indicators on which way to scroll the wheel, as they are on other Astro headsets. Please note: The Voice and Game balance buttons do NOT work on PS4/PS5. These only work on PC and Xbox systems.
I change games to Nioh 2. The Darkness in the Capital DLC just came out and I'm working my way through it. The audio on Nioh 2 is a bit louder than it was on Shadow of War. So, I've got the volume wheel maxed as far as the audio will go. At max, the volume is about where it is on my A50's at 1/2 - 3/4 of the way. So, I'm slightly disappointed in how loud these get. I was hoping there would be a firmware update to possibly increase this. Speaking of - I did get a reply from Astro. The A20's do not yet currently have an update and is not compatible at this time with their Command Center software. They are working on updates, however. But who knows when this will go live. Astro also said that these would fully support the Tempest audio engine of the PS5 - which I thought was weird because Sony will not allow any 3rd party headsets to use Surround Sound via USB. This is limited to only their 1st party headsets. Hopefully, this will change soon.
I also wanted to touch base on how they feel and comfort and go over the audio quality. Now, for the price, I don't expect them to feel as premium as my A50's. Which is fine. The A20's are super light-weight and feel great on, but my biggest issue is they just feel stiff. The ear cups do NOT rotate. At all. This would be my biggest caveat with them. As for audio quality, outside of the overall volume, they do sound a bit hollow and "tinny", compared to my other Astro's or even other brands of gaming cans I own. Maybe a firmware update will help, but I'm basing my review on the out-of-box experience, since that's not currently available. Being a bit disappointed, I cancelled my Xbox USB Transmitter. They'd been on order for over a week at this point, never billed and never shipped. So, I'm gonna move these over to the "spare" headset category for my wife and daughter to use on the PS4 in the front room. I'll remain on the search for a better pair of PS5/Xbox headphones.
Conclusion: These will be the first pair of Astro's where I give less than 5 stars. I'm going with 3 out of 5 stars for these due to the max volume level, quality of audio and the general "stiffness" of them. I'll continue to look elsewhere for some gaming cans that better fit my needs and expectations.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
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This is a great wireless gaming headset. It’s comfortable, sounds fantastic, has some nice features, and is easy to move between gaming hardware.
Battery has no problem lasting for some extended gaming sessions, and when you do need to charge it, it’s great that it uses a USB C cable to charge it quickly. Getting the headset connected to my PC and Xbox is a breeze; just connect the included USB adapter and it connects on its own. We’ve easily moved the headset between our PC and Xbox by just moving that adapter back and forth.
Sound quality is great on these. The included EQ button is nice and lets you switch to a sound profile that you like for your media/games. You can easily hear details in games and it allows you to pinpoint where some sounds are coming from. The flip up to mute mic is great. I love that I don’t have to hit a key on my keyboard, I just flip the mic up and mute myself.
Lastly, comfort on this headset is awesome. Again, in extended gaming sessions, I’ve felt no discomfort on my ears or the top of my head. The cushions are comfortable and the padding on the band alleviates any pressure on the top of your head. I also love not having any cables to fuss with. Getting up really quickly to get a drink, or take care of something, doesn’t require me to pull off the headset and the range on these is good enough that I can walk into another room and still hear what is happening in the game.
These are an easy recommendation for anyone looking for a quality wireless gaming headset. They tick all the boxes; comfortable, great sound quality, great build, and excellent battery life. The fact that you can easily switch back and forth between your PC and Xbox with little effort is just a big plus.
Comfortable ear cups, no hiss, just the clear audio you expect from a quality head phone. The stereo sound is realistic as is the bass. The USB transmitter worked great, allowing me to roam throughout the room. I tried it during my web meetings and voice over for my Captivate training slides. I like that I can flip the microphone up to mute.
One strange things, the USB isn't seen though it turned on via my FireWire docking station. Have to plug right into the laptop.
Real depth from the stereo loudspeaker in the headset. Comfortable and adjustable. The transmitter works on both the PC and the Xbox. Nice touch using green in the headband and the LED turns green on the transmitter when using the Xbox. Lightweight and didn't pinch my larger skull even after an hour or so of use.
Battery rated for all day use. Rechargeable!
If you aren't receiving any sound the headset turns off automatically. Perfect when you take it off and forget to shut off the unit. Auto-off.
My headset packaging is cool too. The graphics inside is a real work of art. The took the time there as well. The thermoplastic tray it ships in is a good place to keep it when not in use. Or recycle, as it in black and marked.
Descent for a mid priced unit. The microphone sound quality is great. Picked up the tick of my clock from the other room when I was playing back sound recordings. Pretty sensitive.
I have used a wired version of this companies headset in the past and its been the best headset i have ever used. I still use it on my console today. Knowing this I was excited while opening up this headset. Once I got them in my hands I was a little let down to be quite honest. The build is not as sound as my other pair and the padding around the ears is subpar. The max size of the headset is on the small side too. (Please keep in mind that this headset is designed for the new consoles coming out but all testing of this product is related to the most current 4k version out today. I am waiting for my pre-order to arrive)
Now, build and comfort aside, this headset truly IS wireless as it connects via bluetooth plug in that goes directly into the console. Sound is good but nothing compared to my other wired version. The power and pairing buttons are located on the side of one ear phone. I must say its nice to be able to keep my headset one while grabbing a beverage and not having to worry about wires.
All in all, this unit could use some focus on comfort as it lacks in that category. On the other hand the wireless nature of the set is outstanding and with accompanying sound being decent I would still recommend this product to anyone looking for a true wireless headset for gaming/streaming.
But the A20 Gen 2s don't necessarily stand up to features available in other gaming headsets in the same general category. For example, Steelseries and Turtle Beach (there may be others) both offer Surround in their wireless headsets a similar price point.
The A20 does however have a standout feature in it's ability to work with multiple consoles. Rather than having the firmware in the headset itself, it's located in the USB transmitter. Buy the Xbox version and want to use it on a Playstation? Simply purchase the appropriate USB dongle for $20 and you're good to go -- no need to use a different headset. Very cool.
Other features include a flip-to-mute microphone that has a decent level of flexibility, a USB-C charging port, three EQ presets, and an on-ear volume dial.
The A20 offers good sound, and for me they were comfortable to wear for extended periods. The plasticy but seemingly solid frames did not have a lot of adjustabiltiy however
Overall, other than the ability to be used on multiple consoles, nothing really stands out. It is solid at everthing, and you could certainly do worse, but in the crowded gaming headset market there are many other choices either a little above or a little below the A20 Gen 2's price point that may be better options.
I would recommend this to a friend
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Ease of Use
5 out of 5
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.
They sound louder than my previous Turtle Beach set.
The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about size, portability, reliability and usability. Editors are less positive about design and noise isolation. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 84/100 = Very good quality.
TechRadarRating, 4 out of 54.0Andrew Hayward on November 14, 2017
Astro A20 reviewAstro's mid-range wireless gaming headset is well worth hearing
Tom's GuideRating, 3.5 out of 53.5Michael Andronico on October 15, 2017
Astro A20 Headset Review: A Midrange Wireless ContenderTaken on its own, the Astro A20 is a solid middle ground between the company's high-end and entry-level headsets. It feels fantastic, sounds great most of the time, and has some handy on-ear controls and sound presets. However, the disappointing
rtings.comRating, 3.7 out of 53.7Sam Vafaei , Marc Henney, Yannick Khong on April 20, 2018
Astro A20 HEADPHONESThe Astro A20 Wireless are an above-average gaming headset with a good sound and build quality. They're easy-to-use and have a great battery life with a lot of power saving features. They're also decently comfortable but can be a bit tight on the
A:Answerno. however if you plan on using the Astro command center program then you may need to update the firmware for that program and the headset. So simply put out of the box its ready to go. Just plug and play.
A:AnswerIf you're asking this question in regards to playing FPS games or getting a better sound of your environment. The answer is yes, I play MW with this and I can hear footsteps at max volume from a couple of feet away in any direction, above, and below me.