March 24, 2023
Review of the Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2

Review of the Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2

Turtle Beach’s gen 2 Elite Pro isn’t kidding around, as you can tell by its superlative-hoovering moniker and similarly aggressive $250/£200 price tag. It is meant to serve as competition for the best headsets currently on the market. And when you consider the absolute best available, products like the Sennheiser GSP 670, SteelSeries Pro Wireless, and Astro A40 all come to mind. The Elite Pro 2 is wired, nevertheless, in contrast to all the aforementioned variants.

So, it’s not a straightforward fight. Although they still provide a reaction speed and fidelity that wireless equivalents can’t quite equal in terms of statistics, wired models are becoming more and more uncommon at this price point, and most of us have abandoned the wires in recent years due to the sheer brilliance of wireless headphones. But The Elite Pro 2 gives us a strong cause to reconsider.

Comfort comes first on that list. I’m fairly certain that as a journalist who frequently stays in hotels paid for by the firm, I’ve slept on mattresses with less padding than these. Each earcup is surrounded by an incredible wedge of premium, incredibly plush memory foam, and just like with Razer’s foam earpads, there is a little depression for glass frames, demonstrating how much thought Turtle Beach’s designers put into comfort.

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Each ear cup rotates a lot as well, both at the headband and on a joint that resembles a concertina at the driver. With so many axes of movement, it is neither completely silent nor audibly loud as it adapts to your head movements.

It’s relaxing. You got it. But when it comes to sound, the ergonomics foundation is equal.

Of course, this is a question of personal preference, but to this reviewer’s ears, the intense thwomp produced by a pronounced low-end spike in the hardware EQ profile sounds fantastic in games.

They don’t have a flat response and aren’t a set of Beyerdynamic studio cans, but unless you wanted to use the Elite Pro 2 with all of your devices and potentially mix Brian Eno’s upcoming record with it, that isn’t a problem.

There is a slight loss of clarity here, as is sometimes the case with 50mm drivers and a large chamber around the ear created by the earcup, but you really have to perform an A-B comparison with another headset to identify the specifics that are obscured by the Elite Pro 2’s barrage of thunderous bass. TL;DR: It transforms scratchy vinyl recordings of classical music into magnificent recordings of weapons that are less delicate. Though it’s clear enough for phone calls and Discord chat without any problems, the mic falls short of this powerful sound. Like previous Turtle Beach models we’ve tested, it sounds thin and a little weak.

A word about the setup: For Team Green members,

there is also an Xbox and PC version of this device, which is compatible with a PC, PS4, or PS5 via USB and SP/DIF connections. It’s not the world’s cleanest setup in any case.

Turtle Beach’s aptly named Superamp, which converts a 3.5mm audio jack connection into a USB input to your output device, breaks the signal chain along your cable.

The Superamp only has volume and mute controls without the usage of another programme. Don’t get me wrong, the volume dial is beautiful. It has a notch in it, and the illumination is fairly accurate as it fills a bar to show your level at the moment.

Meanwhile, the 3.5mm cable’s inbuilt button that controls the mic mute feels out of place. However, Turtle Beach’s app uses a third approach to control the game the majority of the time. The app functions well and supports chatmix, monitoring gain, and a few EQ settings (the Superamp has a 3.5mm monitoring input), but the combination of control layouts makes it seem as though the Elite Pro 2’s individual components have been retrofitted to work together. It doesn’t really fit the model name.

The choice you must make is whether you are willing to sacrifice comfort and excellent sound for a few extra cords dangling around, one more app on your smartphone’s home screen, and a Superamp to house… somewhere.

There are undoubtedly more stylish configurations available, but no one who chose the Elite Pro 2 would have second thoughts.

You’re all about the bass, so the low-end is rather thundering thanks to 50mm drivers and an ear chamber that rivals a small live music venue.

You’re eyewear

Fans of Minecraft will agree that a notch may make a significant difference. These ear cups’ level of comfort is unmatched, and the divot that accommodates spectacles is the icing on the cake.

You practise minimalism

The Elite Pro feels like a slightly complicated setup and won’t be well received by Apple-loving people in their featureless brushed concrete living nooks. Controls are divided via inline remote, amp, and app.

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