Having access to great quality sound is something we all strive for. Whether it’s your home theatre or a headset – you’re after the quality and not how loud it can go. This is where the Elite Pro 2 really comes into its own. You’re going to get something that has stunning quality and comfort, but there is a drawback.
Design and Build
As with the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas, comfort is the name of the game when it comes to the Elite Pro 2. Everything about it has been designed with comfort in mind. Where they’ve really gone to town is with the ear cups. The cushioning is really soft and as a result you barely feel it touching the side of your head. Combined with the adjustable padded metal headband it just feels like quality. It’s, however, the glasses relief system that stands out. The 50mm cushions can be removed to either be replaced with new ones when it’s got to a point that it’s been used to much in the coming years or to adjust a little strap on the back that pulls the cushioning down enough to permanently create space for your specs. If you wear glasses you’ll be well aware that some headsets will push down on your frames and in time will start hurting – this removes that problem altogether. it’s also a great solution for those of you would like to enjoy VR games while playing with your glasses on.
The white exterior, mixed with the black padded areas and metal does make it look like a classy product. If you consider yourself a person who likes to customise your hardware you’ll be glad to hear that you’ll be able to replace the magnetic speaker plates on the exterior with other custom versions, though those come at a cost to you if you would like to upgrade it. The microphone can also be attached and removed as you please, which is great for those who would like to enjoy some sound and not actually play online with others. You don’t have a piece of unnecessary plastic dangling on the side of your head for no reason.
There is a big difference between a simple set of headphones and a set that you can tamper with to get that perfect mix. This is where the included SuperAmp fits in. It connects your device (console or PC) to your headset, but brings a bit of magic with it. You’re required to download a Turtle Beach app on your phone to give you access to a world where you can set the sound up to meet your personal standards. Too much bass, mid range or treble? Turn the dial to match the perfect sound quality that works for you. There are already some preset options for FPS, Battle Royale, racing games and more, but you can create your own custom setup and save it. In other words, you can set up the sound for each and every game you own if you so wish. It’s also great for adjusting the levels of your mic just perfectly so you don’t end up yelling or your voice not being heard in online games by adjusting the game and chat mix, though you can alternatively also tune the voice prompts level. What works here is that they kept it really simple and because of the ease you’ll get to do what you’re setting out to do – to play your games and enjoy it.
What works here is that they kept it really simple and because of the ease you’ll get to do what you’re setting out to do – to play your games and enjoy it.
The SuperAmp, when connected to a PC or the Xbox One, will also take advantage of Windows Sonic virtual surround sound. It provides a real sense of space and understanding where a car is trying to pass you or where the bullets came from.
Xbox One and Windows 10 – 3.5mm + USB Mobile Devices – Bluetooth
Speaker Frequency Response
12Hz – 20kHz
50mm Nanoclear speakers with Neodymium magnets
Unidirectional gaming microphone
Over Ear, Athletic fabric, leather & cooling gel-infused memory foam
Here is where the big iffy bit falls into place. The Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 is unquestionably a fantastic piece of hardware that sounds amazing and comes with the comfort that is so soft on your ears that you might mistake it for a baby’s bottom. The drawback is this – you need to deal with wires. With the other Turtle Beach headsets you simply plug the short wire into the 3.5mm port of your controller, which you can do here too if you so please, and you’ll nearly forget it was connected with a wire altogether. It really does not get in the way. But if you would like to take advantage of the SuperAmp you’ll have to deal with a long USB cable that’s attached to your console or PC.
At least the USB cable is lengthy and will reach your device with ease. Your headset will also connect to the SuperAmp via the 3.5mm port, which connects to your mobile phone (to access the app) via Bluetooth. It’s quite a setup. You’re not forced to do all this, but if you don’t plan to use the equalizer settings on the SuperAmp then you might as well consider the Elite Atlas as it’s half the price. It has one last surprise. There is an audio out port on the SuperAmp so people who take their streaming serious online can use it to record everything on PC. Once your phone is connected you can even take calls while gaming.
At R3,999 you’ll have to be quite serious about your gaming and the sound quality you expect of it. With the Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 you’ll get that quality and comfort, but it’ll come at the expense of having to deal with a wired setup that feels stuck in an age long forgotten. If you can deal with more wires this is by far the best option, if not you can cut the cost in half and buy something very similar.