The Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 + SuperAmp is currently the company’s best eSports offering for the PS4. There is a reason why so many eSports organizations use TB headsets at their LAN events and it’s not only because TB invests quite heavily in sponsorships. If you’re a console gamer who competes on a single platform, you really can’t go wrong with the Elite Pro 2. It is out of the box, eSports ready. The fact that it is a wired headset means that you can use it in any LAN events and in addition, you’ll have peace of mind that you’re not going to suffer from a shortage of battery or a latency in sound. Currently at the time of this review going live, the headset is on sale on TB’s own website. It’s original price was £229.99, however you can currently purchase it from their site and other major retailers for £189.99.
Those who own the original Elite Pro model may wonder why the Elite Pro 2 is more expensive. Unlike the basic model, the Elite Pro 2 contains 7.1 surround sound and a SuperAmp unit. The SuperAmp is far superior to the old mixamps since it connects via Bluetooth to your phone. Essentially, your phone is what becomes your mixamp, and the SuperAmp is used to work in sync with the phone.
The actual headset is not a complete revolution, but there is enough innovation in the headset to make it a serious contender for the best wired headset currently on offer for the PS4. Turtle Beach has been in this space far too long and has already perfected the formula for excellent audio quality and comfort. It seems that the company has recognized that the days of flashy-looking headsets are long gone. Instead, the Elite Pro 2 sports a minimalist design that packs a lot of punch despite the basic outer exterior. The best aspect of the headset is that it provides DTS: Headphone X surround sound. What this essentially means is that you’re going to get the full 7.1 surround sound experience – something that is incredibly important in any shooter like Rainbow Six: Siege or Call of Duty.
At first sight, these headphones look very uncomfortable when compared to the competition. After all, they sport a metal headband with padding that doesn’t look too thick. Whilst the earcups look large, I initially thought that they wouldn’t sit perfectly around my ears. However, I was completely wrong. The Elite Pro 2 is comfortable. It isn’t as light or as well-cushioned as other alternatives, however there is no doubt that you can play a Siege session for 5 hours without feeling any sort of discomfort. This is largely down to the fact that the earcups are extremely well-cushioned. In fact, the Elite Pro 2 probably has one of the most cushioned earcups out of any other headset that I’ve used. Also, despite the headband looking rather uncomfortable, it actually sat nicely on my head and gave me no pain. I also wear glasses and generally, such headsets are just not compatible with specs-wearing gamers. However, the Elite Pro 2 does a fantastic job in this department too thanks to its ‘ProSpecs Glasses Relief’ system. This essentially creates a small hole for your glasses to pass through. The headset won’t push against the arms of the specs, and therefore won’t cause any discomfort. The headset is also fully adjustable so that it can fit heads of most sizes. I have often been told that I have an abnormally large head, however the headset didn’t make me feel that way at all.
You can tell that the Elite Pro 2 is designed for hardcore gamers. Any headset that allows you to customize the side covers is clearly an indication of the type of market it wants to attract. The magnetic earcup covers are not new to the headset industry. Unless you are an extremely keen follower of a major eSports team such as Optic Gaming, or are in an eSports team yourself, I can’t imagine anyone wanting to spend extra money to customize the side plates. It’s a neat feature, but I certainly wouldn’t buy the headset just because of the customizable plates.
On the other hand, I would certainly buy the headset because of its sound quality and functions. I spend about 95% of my gaming time on the PS4, which is important since the Elite Pro 2 is not cross-console compatible. If you’re an Xbox One and PS4 gamer, you have to buy both of them separately. Whilst this is frustrating, it’s not really up to Turtle Beach since Microsoft uses proprietary technology that won’t work with the PS4. You can get headsets that work on both consoles, but you sacrifice on the ability to speak to friends. If you don’t speak to others, then this headset might work on Xbox One just for audio, however this isn’t something I have tried.
The entire Elite Pro 2 has very few input/output options. The microphone is hidden away in the left earcup. There is also a 3.5mm port for the audio. Everything else is controlled by your mobile app which connects to the SuperAmp via Bluetooth. Some gamers may argue that they don’t want to go through the hassle of using their phone to control the headset. I can’t argue that there are pros and cons to having all of the controls on the mixamp itself. There is no doubt that the implementation of the SuperAmp with the mobile app is clean and very simple. I prefer it and I can’t see myself going back to a traditional unit.
Setting up the headset is actually a piece of cake even though it has the additional component of your phone. There is a very long cable that connects the headset to the SuperAmp. This cable is about 7ft long, so you can game on your couch with the SuperAmp near the screen. However, there is a solution if you want the SuperAmp next to you. The SuperAmp connects to your console via a 10ft cable! Therefore, despite this being a wired headset, you won’t have any issues whatsoever with cable length unless you’re playing in a home cinema! The amp is then connected to your mobile via Bluetooth. Due to this, you can essentially have your phone sitting next to you and you can ‘wirelessly’ change your headset settings. With that in mind, what is the SuperAmp used for? The SuperAmp has one control, which is a large metallic dial. It is purely used for volume. There is a light that also tells you what level the volume is at. The SuperAmp almost looks like a speedometer for gaming headsets. It also has rubberized feet to ensure that it doesn’t slide around. The SuperAmp is also where you can connect the console’s audio outputs to the headset. Yes, there is an optical audio input, and this port is what will give you the full surround sound experience. If you’ve become used to playing with a mixamp that has hundreds of options, you’ll really appreciate how all of those options are smartly designed on the app. It makes tweaking the audio settings of the headset much easier. These include balancing the game/chat audio, microphone level changes and you can even configure game presets. I have a very different setup for FIFA than I do for Siege. Using the app just makes the entire experience more user-friendly and certainly brings the Turtle Beach range to the 21stcentury. It also means that Turtle Beach can probably push updates more easily. You don’t need the app running every time you’re using the headset. If you make some changes and then close the app, the headset will remember those changes.
A real gamechanger is how Turtle Beach have implemented visual feedback to compliment the sound. I cannot stress how important this became to me for Siege. You can configure the light on the SuperAmp to brighten as you hear footsteps or surrounding players. You can change the level of the lighting effects too. Alternatively, you can switch it off if you don’t want it flashing. If I know in my peripheral vision that the SuperAmp is flickering, it validates my suspicion that the enemy is potentially around the corner.
As you can probably tell, I am a huge fan of testing gaming headsets with Rainbow Six: Siege. As far as shooters go, I don’t believe that there is another PS4 game where the game audio is almost as important as the visuals. Unlike other shooters (including CoD), Siege’s audio is not only important for you to identify if an opponent is around you on a horizontal or vertical plain, but it also helps you identify what type of opponent could be lurking. The encumbrance system in the game translates to the audio. A great headset will also let you hear an opponent planting a device, cooking a grenade and even applying a breach to a wall before the explosion happens! Experienced Siege players will also be able to tell whether a heavy, medium or light-weighted character is around the corner. Since the game is only 5v5, you can often deduce from sounds, which character is near you. If you can deduce this information in the matter of a second, you’re in an excellent position to approach the situation more tactically. The Elite Pro 2 did an incredible job at isolating this noise. It’s worth noting that there are other headsets that do an equally great job, however the Elite Pro 2 is the only one I’ve used where the SuperAmp can also help give you some feedback.
What also sets the Elite Pro 2 apart is the Superhuman option. Here, the audio is purposefully tuned to help you hear your surroundings. I could even hear when opponents were reloading! The best use of the Superhuman Hearing was when I could hide behind a wall and wait to hear my opponent planting the device in the dying seconds of the round. Instead of engaging in a gun fight, I would simply wait until he/she would start planting before running around and shooting them. The Elite Pro 2 does an incredible job at helping you hear through walls! To achieve this, bass effects are toned down, but treble is amplified. It is this feature that makes the Elite Pro 2 a standout.
The microphone is also an important aspect of any gaming headset. I don’t think that the Elite Pro 2 has the best microphone, however it still does the job very well. It contains noise-cancelling technology and that worked great. My biggest concern was that the microphone was difficult to move out of the way. I wish it were slightly longer so that I could move it further down. Eventually, you will learn to ignore it even though it’s always in your peripheral vision. There’s no denying that the actual quality of the microphone is great. I haven’t done enough microphone tests with my friends to deliver a verdict on whether this has the best quality microphone when compared to other PS4 headsets – I think that is an unnecessary test. What matters is that everyone could hear me clearly.
As far as gaming headsets go, if you’re a PS4 gamer and want the best possible gaming headset that is LAN-compatible, you can’t go wrong with the Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 + SuperAmp. I primarily use wireless headsets at home, however they are not allowed at LAN events. If you do aspire to become a professional eSports player or alternatively, just want a headset that takes your FPS performances to the next level, you will not be disappointed with the Elite Pro 2 + SuperAmp. If you’re primarily looking for a wireless headset, there are other options available in the market (including some by Turtle Beach). If you prefer not having to worry about your battery running out or sound lagging, I’d highly recommend the Elite Pro 2 – it won’t let you down.