We've tested 11 Turtle Beach headsets. They make wired and wireless gaming headsets at a variety of price points. Their headphones tend to have some unique features, like a dedicated amp, active noise cancelling, or even Bluetooth support for wireless use with your phone. They also make gaming-specific earbuds, but we haven't yet tested them.
The best Turtle Beach headset for wired gaming we've tested so far is the Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp. It's very comfortable and feels much better-built than most of the other headphones in the lineup. It has an excellent boom microphone that you can detach when playing single-player games and sounds decently balanced, too. The SuperAmp is easy-to-use, with a satisfying volume knob that provides great feedback, but unfortunately doesn't do channel mixing. It's Bluetooth-compatible, though, so you can control audio from your phone while gaming, but you can't actually use this headset wirelessly since the SuperAmp needs to be connected to a power source when in use. That said, if you want the low-latency benefits of a wired connection with the ability to stream audio from your phone while gaming, then these headphones are a decent option. If you don't need Bluetooth, the similarly-designed Turtle Beach Elite Atlas are a solid choice as well.
If you want to break free from wires, the best Turtle Beach headset for wireless gaming we've tested so far is the Turtle Beach Elite 800 Wireless. These headphones are quite versatile and can work as your daily headphones when you're not gaming thanks to their Bluetooth capabilities and active noise cancelling (ANC). To connect to your gaming console, there are PS4 and Xbox One specific variants that come with a USB dock that works as their transmitter. The dock has a 1/8" TRRS line out, so you can connect it to most home theater setups and it also works to charge your headphones. Unfortunately, their ANC performance is only okay and they leak a fair amount of audio. On the upside, their sound profile is decently balanced, especially in the bass range, and they're quite comfortable, despite being one of the heaviest pairs of headphones we've tested. Overall, these are a feature-packed pair of gaming headphones that can serve double-duty as your gaming headset as well as your daily-driver headphones.
If you want a decent wired gaming headset but don't want to break the bank, the best budget headset from Turtle Beach that we've tested is the Turtle Beach Recon 50X/Recon 50P. Unfortunately, these very inexpensive headphones feel quite cheap and plasticky and aren't the most comfortable due to their awkward fit that doesn't rest on the ears as well as other options. That being said, they have a detachable boom mic that performs remarkably well, especially given their price point, making them a good option for multi-player games. Their sound reproduction is also decent, though they tend to sound a bit clutter and dull. If you don't mind spending a little bit more, the Turtle Beach Recon 70 feel slightly better-built, are a bit more comfortable, and have a much more balanced sound profile, but their mic doesn't perform as well. Overall, if you're looking for something inexpensive with a surprisingly good microphone, the Recon 50X are a good choice that provide decent overall value.
Overall, Turtle Beach makes decent gaming headphones with sometimes unique features that make them a bit more versatile and convenient for casual use. They also set themselves apart by having quite a few Bluetooth-compatible gaming headsets in their lineup. Unfortunately, their build quality is often slightly lacking. More recent headphones like the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas and Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 are somewhat decently well-built, but the greater majority of the lineup feels plasticky and a little cheap when compared to other headphones in the same price range.
Turtle Beach makes gaming headphones at a variety of price points. They're usually decently affordable, sound moderately well-balanced, and some even have unique active features like Bluetooth compatibility or active noise cancelling, making them more versatile for casual use with your phone. Unfortunately, their build quality is somewhat lacking, especially when compared to similarly priced headphones from other brands like Corsair and SteelSeries. They also don't have a lot of customization options and their app can be downright frustrating to use at times. However, if you often use your gaming headset with your phone or like to have a few connection options, like Bluetooth and wired support, then Turtle Beach may just be the right brand for your next headset.
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