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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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Best Turtle Beach Headphones


  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 that connects to your console via USB and allows you to easily mix and control audio while gaming. You can also connect these headphones to your phone via Bluetooth, so you can mix in your music. That said, the headphones can only be used wired, so they won't work as Bluetooth headphones while on-the-go, which is a shame.

    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. Due to their bulky design, they're quite inconsistent across various users, so you may experience their sound reproduction differently if you wear glasses or have long hair.

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  2. Best Turtle Beach Headset For Wireless Gaming

    6.1
    Mixed Usage
    7.7
    Neutral Sound
    5.2
    Commute/Travel
    6.0
    Sports/Fitness
    5.9
    Office
    7.4
    Wireless Gaming
    5.9
    Wired Gaming
    6.2
    Phone Calls
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best Turtle Beach headset for wireless gaming that we've tested so far is the Turtle Beach Stealth 600. These wireless over-ear headphones come with USB dongle for low-latency, non-Bluetooth audio connection, so even competitive gamers shouldn't notice much in the way of lag. They're also quite comfortable and deliver just over 16 hours of playback on a single charge, which should be more than enough to get you through a couple of long multiplayer raids. They have a very well-balanced sound profile, with an extended, gently overemphasized bass that'll add some thump and rumble to your favorite games without overwhelming delicate dialogue and music.

    On the downside, they do a terrible job of blocking out ambient noise, so they aren't particularly well-suited for use in a crowded environment. They aren't compatible with wired or Bluetooth connections either, which seriously impacts their overall versatility. Their dedicated app support is somewhat poor, as it offers very little in the way of customization options. Still, if you're gaming in a quiet room and don't want to worry about an audio cable getting in your way, these are a solid choice.

    See our review

  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 gaming headphones are a reasonably solid value thanks to their easy-to-use control scheme and surprisingly excellent boom mic, which does a very good job of making your voice sound full-bodied, clear, and mostly free of ambient noise. That boom microphone is also detachable, which makes them a little more versatile than other specialized gaming headphones. Unfortunately, they don't look or feel especially premium, with a cheap shiny plastic construction that isn't as sturdy as other models in Turtle Beach's product lineup, although that's not too surprising given their budget-friendly sticker price.

    They have a bass-heavy sound profile that provides some extra oomph to your favorite action games, but their overemphasized mids and uneven treble clutter and dull finer dialogue and speech. Also, they don't provide an especially consistent listening experience, so audio might be heard very differently on separate gaming sessions, especially if you wear glasses or have long hair.

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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.

Turtle Beach vs SteelSeries

While SteelSeries headsets are generally more expensive than most Turtle Beach options, they often look and feel much more premium and high-end. Most SteelSeries gaming headphones feel durable and well-built and have good microphones and well-balanced sound profiles.

Turtle Beach vs Astro

Astro gaming headphones generally have well-balanced sound profiles and look and feel well-built and comfortable. They offer some budget options that can compete with headphones from Turtle Beach, as well as some higher-end options designed to compete with more premium brands like SteelSeries.

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.

If you want to see more options, check out our recommendations for the best gaming headsets and the best wireless gaming headsets.

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