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The 3 Best Turtle Beach Headsets of 2020
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Best Turtle Beach Headphones

We've tested 10 Turtle Beach headsets to date. They make a variety of gaming headsets available at most price points. They tend to have some unique features, like active noise cancelling, Bluetooth, dedicated amps, or even in-ears with a detachable boom microphone. Overall, their microphones typically have a good recording quality, even with their budget options.

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  1. Best Turtle Beach Headset For Wired Gaming

    6.7
    Mixed Usage
    7.1
    Neutral Sound
    6.7
    Commute/Travel
    6.9
    Sports/Fitness
    6.7
    Office
    6.1
    Wireless Gaming
    6.0
    Wired Gaming
    7.6
    Phone Call
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless No
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best Turtle Beach headset for wired gaming we've tested so far is the Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp. These wired gaming headphones are very comfortable thanks to their thick ear padding, deep ear cups, and flexible and well-padded headband. They're available in either a PS4 or an Xbox One variant, and feature a large 'SuperAmp' knob which allows you to easily mix and control audio while gaming. You can connect to your phone via Bluetooth, so you can mix in your own music, though the headphones can only be used wired, so they won't work as Bluetooth headphones while on-the-go.

    Unfortunately, these headphones are quite big and bulky and they do a poor job at blocking out background noise. On the upside, their microphone is excellent, and your voice will sound full-bodied and easy to hear, even in noisy environments. Their sound profile is also fairly well-balanced, so they're well-suited to mix in a variety of music genres to your games.

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  2. Best Turtle Beach Headset For Wireless Gaming

    6.9
    Mixed Usage
    7.3
    Neutral Sound
    6.8
    Commute/Travel
    6.3
    Sports/Fitness
    6.9
    Office
    7.3
    Wireless Gaming
    7.7
    Wired Gaming
    7.1
    Phone Call
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling Yes
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    If you prefer having wireless headphones, the best Turtle Beach headset for wireless gaming that we've tested so far is the Turtle Beach Elite 800. These wireless over-ear gaming headphones can easily double as your day-to-day headphones thanks to their integrated microphone, ANC, and Bluetooth capabilities. While you'll want to use their wireless transmitter for gaming due to their high Bluetooth latency, you can pair them to your phone via Bluetooth and use them for listening to music while on the go.

    Unfortunately, while the microphone's recording quality is outstanding, it doesn't separate your voice from background noise as well as most boom microphones. On the upside, their wireless transmitter doubles as a charging stand for your headphones, and it has a standard 1/8" input so you can easily connect them to most home theater setups.

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  3. Best Budget Turtle Beach Headset

    5.6
    Mixed Usage
    6.6
    Neutral Sound
    5.0
    Commute/Travel
    5.7
    Sports/Fitness
    5.3
    Office
    5.2
    Wireless Gaming
    7.0
    Wired Gaming
    7.0
    Phone Call
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless No
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best Turtle Beach headset in the budget category we've tested so far is the Turtle Beach Recon 50X/Recon 50P. These wired over-ear gaming headphones perform decently overall, though they look and feel cheap and plasticky. However, if you are more interested in saving money and still getting good microphone performance, these are a great option, as their mic's quality is surprisingly excellent. Your voice will sound full-bodied and detailed, and the boom mic does a very good job of separating your voice from background noises.

    Their sound profile is fairly well-balanced, though they sound a bit cluttered with thick vocals that lack detail and brightness. On the bright side, their boom mic can be detached so you can use them on-the-go as well, which is convenient.

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Compared to other brands


  • Unique active features. Most Turtle Beach headphones have active features that set them apart from other gaming headsets. Their cheapest headsets are more basic, but you don't have to go up in price very much to start seeing unique features like Bluetooth support, bass-boost effects, or even noise cancelling.
  • Mobile-friendly gaming designs. Even though Turtle Beach makes headsets with a very gamer-centric design, they're often fairly versatile for mobile use with your phone. The majority of their headsets use a standard 1/8" audio jack and some are compatible with Bluetooth. They also have a few models with detachable mics, so they're a bit less bulky for use with your mobile devices.
  • Good microphone quality. Being gaming headsets, most options from Turtle Beach have good microphones for multiplayer gaming. Their often shorter boom mics aren't as good as some of the other gaming brands like HyperX or SteelSeries, but they still deliver a good recording quality and should be more than suitable for gaming and making calls.
  • Lack of customization options. Unfortunately, Turtle Beach doesn't have the best support software for added customization options. Compared to other brands, the Turtle Beach Audio HUB lacks a lot of features and customization options. It's also a bit unreliable and tends to crash fairly often.
  • Inconsistent build quality. While some of Turtle Beach's more recent, higher-end models feel well-built, most of their headphones feel plasticky and rather cheaply made, especially when compared to other gaming brands in the same price range like Corsair or HyperX.

Overall, Turtle Beach gaming headphones are decent and often have unique features that make them a bit more versatile. Their inclusion of Bluetooth in many of their headsets makes them more convenient for casual use, so you can use your gaming headset as your daily driver headphones when on-the-go. Unfortunately, their build quality is often a bit lacking compared to some other brands like SteelSeries or Corsair. While the majority of their lineup feels plasticky and cheap, some of their higher-end options, like the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas and the Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2, feel decently well-made.

Conclusion

Turtle Beach makes gaming headphones at a variety of price points that are generally decently affordable. Their headphones often offer unique features like Bluetooth capabilities, ANC, and even unique earbuds like the Turtle Beach Battle Buds, which are wired in-ears with a detachable microphone. These features make Turtle Beach headphones a good choice to double as your day-to-day headphones. Unfortunately, their build quality is generally lower than similarly priced headphones from other brands like SteelSeries and Corsair, and their app is lacking in customization options and can be downright frustrating to use at times. However, if you're looking for a single pair of headphones that you can use while gaming at home as well as on-the-go connected to your phone, then Turtle Beach may just be the right brand for your next headset.

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