The Turtle Beach Elite 800 gaming headset are comfortable and have a lot of features. Unfortunately they don't have a great sound quality and they don't block a lot of outside noise, even with its active noise cancellation feature.
- Futuristic looking, sturdy design
- Feature packed
- Poor noise cancellation
- Average sound quality
- Overly sensitive controls
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The design of the Turtle Beach Elite 800 is average overall. They are comfortable due to their thickly padded headband and ear cups, but they are heavy and they tend to fall off your head if you move too quickly. They also have a lot of buttons and controls, but they are too sensitive.
The Elite 800 look and feel futuristic. The matte, all-black finish is accentuated by blue highlights around the ear cups and headband. The glass-like finish on the ear cups cover the controls and add to the futuristic aesthetic. They look good for use as a gaming headset, but a little bulky for regular headphones.
Despite being one of the heaviest headphones we have tested, they feel quite comfortable. The pads are a little bit stiff, but you'll probably get used to them after a short time.
The Turtle Beach Ear Force Elite 800 have a lot of controls, from call controls to noise cancelling. However, they are extremely sensitive to pressure, to the point that even placing them on the table (buttons facing down) could trigger them.
These headphones are not stable on the head. They are not designed for sports. They are bulky and heavy, and the large ear cups sway a lot when you move too quickly. They are somewhat stable during casual gaming sessions, as long as you have them on correctly. On the upside, they're wireless, so the cable won't pull on them.
The Elite 800 take up a lot of space and are not portable. They're bigger than your average over-ear headphone and don't fold flat or into a more compact format for easy transportation. This means you may need a relatively large bag to carry them around.
The pads and the latex headband have a nice feel to them. The plastic parts are pretty good too, but seem a little cheaper. Although the headband makes a loud click while adjusting, the notches are too close to each other to be easily distinguishable. Also, the headband tends to shift pretty easily and is not always stable.
The Turtle Beach Elite 800 have average sound quality. The bass is great, but they lack mid and treble, which means they sound a bit too dark most of the time. The sound quality is fairly consistent no matter the shape of your head. They also distort the sound from time to time at high volume.
The bass is great and not overpowering. It extends quite low, so you will feel the rumbles in video games.
The mid frequencies are average. There is a dip at 400Hz - 500Hz which results in the loss of some content in the sound. This dip is fairly narrow, so it is not a deal breaker.
The treble is mediocre and muted. These headphones sound dark and are missing some details in the high frequencies.
The frequency response of this gaming headset is consistent across our five measuring subjects. The sound quality is the same no matter your head shape or where you place them on your head.
The soundstage of the Elite 800 is small. Since it is closed, it doesn't have much openness either.
The imaging quality is poor. There is a noticeable mismatch of phase between the left and right ear, which makes the localisation of sound more difficult and it could cause problems in some video games whether it is on the PC, PS4 or Xbox One.
They have more distortion than ideal. The higher the volume, the more the sound distorts. It shouldn't be a big issue at moderate volume, but it will be noticeable if you set the volume too loud.
The Turtle Beach Elite 800 struggle at cancelling ambient noise effectively. The plush ear cups provide a good seal which helps with passive isolation and sound leakage, but the active noise cancellation is weak and cannot be recommended for use in noisy environments.
The noise isolation is mediocre. The ANC (Active Noise Cancelling) seems to be generating artifacts at around 20Hz, which may be audible. Overall, it does block some noise and it will work at home, but it is not comparable to a real noise cancelling headphones like the Bose QuietComfort 35. There is also a noticeable and consistent white noise when you turn on the noise cancelling. It is possible to use the built-in microphone to open up the headphones to the surrounding sounds for having a conversation.
These headphones leak an average amount of sound. They start leaking at around 200Hz, but it doesn't become significant until 1.5KHz. From there and up to 5KHz (where sibilant sounds sit) the leakage increases noticeably. Someone sitting next to you will hear what you are listening at high volume.
The microphone quality is decent. The recording quality is below average due to the limited wireless bandwidth, but it does a great job at isolating the outside noise and picking up only your voice.
The quality of the recording of the microphone of the Turtle Beach Elite 800 is below average. It doesn't have any bass or treble, which makes the voice sound thin.
- 100% SpNR
The microphone does a great job at isolating the voice. It won't pick up too much the outside noise or your neighboring players. It is not as great like the headset with a boom microphone, but it is close.
The Turtle Beach Elite 800 have a decent set of active features that deliver up to 10 hours of continuous playtime. They have both Bluetooth 4.0 and RF wireless connection and have an excellent wireless range even when the Bluetooth source was obstructed. Unfortunately, they have quite a lot of latency over bluetooth (but not with the base) and do not support aptX (LL) which is not great for gaming.
The Turtle Beach Elite 800 headset delivers a great wireless range for indoor use and an above average range outdoors in direct line of sight. They also two wireless modes: Bluetooth 4.0 and a Radio Frequency mode that's configurable with the included stand. We measured the Bluetooth connection via a computer as it's the most commonly used. Unfortunately, they don't offer NFC and the hold to pair procedure can get a little frustrating at times if you switch Bluetooth sources often.
Using the RF base, the latency is low, which is great for gaming when connected via the optical audio connection from either the PS4 or a PC. Using Bluetooth, the latency is quite high (187 ms) which will be noticeable to some gamers. Unfortunately, it doesn't support the lower latency aptX codec.
The Elite 800 have an average battery performance. They have a decent battery life for a gaming headset at 10.8 hours however they take quite a bit of time to charge and do not have an auto-off feature to save power. On the upside, they can stream audio while charging, so you can continuously game or play music if you have them plugged into a power outlet.
They do not have a compatible app.
In the box
- Turtle Beach Elite 800 Headset
- Transmitter and charging stand
- Audio cable
- USB cable (x2)
- Optical cable