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Astro A20 Wireless Review

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The Astro A20 Wireless is an excellent entry in the Astro family, with this review focusing on the Playstation 4 and PC version. It's blue in color and ready to rock right out of the packaging. Aside from being readily available, they're easy to setup and work perfectly for whichever platform you'd like to use them on. While they're not as accessible as the A10 in terms of working on basically everything, these are perfect for the platforms it's intended for. You simply plug in the small transmitter, flick a switch and you're good to go. If you're on the Playstation 4 you will need to plug in the optical cord as well as change an option on the console for output. It should also be worth noting that you'll need an extra item for the headset to work on the Playstation 4 Slim, whereas the base model and Pro are fine right away.

The transmitter isn't particularly large, but honestly I felt it could have been smaller. It's got room for a regular USB plug-in; the optical port, one for charging and a final switch for PS4/PC. It turns on immediately after getting plugged in and then you just simply power on the headset. The headset itself is quite comfortable and features a selection of step up quality from the A10 models. It's got a nice rubber-like material where your head gets placed and comfy muffs for the ears. You can easily sit there for extended hours and feel absolute comfort while it's on. It's also really light to wear and the ability to have no cords is awesome. Battery wise you're getting around fifteen hours and it sure holds a charge well.


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The ears of the headset are easy to adjust and the whole thing stretches well to any shape of head. You can charge the headset while wearing it if you've run out of battery and a smooth volume wheel is present right on the headset. The mic piece is excellent being a very bendable item that's truly built to last. It can be shaped in multiple ways or flipped up if you're just listening in. There's a high quality to the overall build of the headset and it could most certainly take some damage, but it doesn't seem as durable in comparison to the A10 model which can basically be thrown against a wall repeatedly. The muffs are quite noise cancelling for less distractions which is great.

In the package you get two USB to micro USB cords and an optical cable. I would have liked to see a standard auxiliary cord option in case you wanted to plug it into other devices, but I'm not going to complain about that since it's meant to be wireless and gives enough battery for that to be the best option. The headset delivers drivers of 40mm and a frequency response of 20 - 20,000 Hz. The distortion is < 3% at 1 kHz and the mic is 6.0mm unidirectional. The wireless connection is 5.8 GHz. With the transmitter you get power output of 5.0V, 400mA and it provides thirty feet. You get some fantastic distance out of this device, definitely out competes my standard Xbox One controller for distance. The audio really is crystal clear when projecting and the audio you receive is top notch. Music sounds fantastic providing atmospheric binaural sound and that is also present in games to hear all around you.

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The Conclusion

The Astro 20 Wireless Playstation 4 headset is fantastic, it's light and incredibly comfortable. It's a great next step for those that want a wireless Astro option. It's durable, built to last and provides excellent audio output. I was impressed by the battery life and just how far I could take it from the transmitter. This brings the best value for its tier of headsets and should be fantastic for whatever sort of casual or competitive games you play on it for Playstation 4 or PC. I would have liked a traditional port option, but it honestly wasn't a big deal since this is so geared for being a completely wireless device. The audio is glorious whether you're listening to the game, music and the online matches that when you're yelling at friends to help out or to just crack jokes over an extended gaming night.

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Astro A20 Review product provided by Astro tested with Binaural audio, Music (CHVRCHES, Naked & Famous, La La Land), Minecraft Windows 10 Edition, Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash, Assassin's Creed: Origins, Thumper, Playstation 4

Rating Overall: 8.6

Gamerheadquarters Reviewer Jason Stettner
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