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The Best Turtle Beach Headphones of 2019
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Turtle Beach Headphones Lineup

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.

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Best Turtle Beach Headphones


  1. Best Turtle Beach Headset for Wired Gaming

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.3.1
    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. It's very comfortable and feels much better-built than most of the other headphones in the line-up. 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.

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  2. Best Turtle Beach Headset for Wireless Gaming

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.3.1
    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

    The best Turtle Beach headset for wireless gaming we've tested so far is the Turtle Beach Elite 800 Wireless. These headphones are surprisingly feature-packed, considering they have active noise cancelling and can be used wirelessly either with their low-latency base transmitter or via Bluetooth. Their base is console-specific, but provides quite a few connection options so it works well as a home theater set up, especially since it has dock charging. Unfortunately, their noise cancelling isn't very good, their build quality is rather mediocre, and their controls are very hard to use. However, if you're a fan of the brand and want their most feature-packed option available for wireless gaming, then these headphones are the way to go.

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  3. Best Budget Turtle Beach Headset

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.3.1
    5.6
    Mixed Usage
    6.6
    Neutral Sound
    5.0
    Commute/Travel
    5.7
    Sports/Fitness
    5.3
    Office
    5.2
    Wireless Gaming
    6.9
    Wired Gaming
    7.0
    Phone Call
    Type : Over-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : No
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    The best budget headset from Turtle Beach that we've tested so far is the Turtle Beach Recon 50X/Recon 50P. This inexpensive gaming feels very cheaply made and isn't the most comfortable but it has a detachable boom microphone that performs outstandingly well, which makes them great for multiplayer games. The Turtle Beach Recon 70 feel better-built, are more comfortable, and have a more balanced sound quality, but they're a bit more expensive and their mic doesn't perform as well. For the price, the Recon 50X provide fairly decent value overall.

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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 often fairly versatile for mobile use with your phone too. The majority of their headsets use a standard 1/8" audio jack and some are compatible with Bluetooth too. 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 by Turtle Beach have good microphones for multiplayer gaming. Their often shorter boom mics are not 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 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.

Conclusion

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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