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Turtle Beach Elite Atlas HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
6.6
Mixed Usage
7.7
Critical Listening
5.9
Commute/Travel
5.9
Sports/Fitness
6.3
Office
6.0
TV
7.3
Gaming
Type : Over-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : No
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas is a good wired gaming headset and is very similar to the Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp, with slight differences in performance. They still have the same comfortable design with thick and comfortable padding for long gaming sessions and great build quality. They have good audio reproduction that even critical listeners can appreciate, and their detachable boom microphone is great for online gaming and calls. Unfortunately, they aren’t compatible with the Turtle Beach Audio Hub app for customization options, and they don’t isolate much noise. On the upside, these headphones are a more budget variant of the Elite Pro 2 and perform similarly, so the SuperAmp may not be worth it for some.

Test Results
Design 6.8
Sound 7.8
Isolation 5.2
Microphone 8.5
Active Features 0
Connectivity 5.5
Pros
  • Good audio reproduction.
  • Durable and comfortable design.
  • Great microphone.
Cons
  • Sub-par isolation and leakage performance.
  • Lack of features and customization options.
  • A bit too bulky for casual use.

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6.8

Design

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas is a well-designed gaming headset that feels high-end and is very similar to the Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp. They are practically the same headset design-wise, just that the Atlas doesn’t come with the SuperAmp. They are mostly made out of dense plastic, and they feel solid and well-made. The padding on the ear cups and headband is thick and comfortable. The headband is also made out of metal and feels sturdy. The Atlas' in-line remote is fairly simple as you get a small volume wheel and a mic mute switch, which unfortunately aren’t the easiest to use. Also, like most gaming headphones, this headset is very bulky and is not meant to be portable or stable for sports. On the upside, they have a long PC splitter cable, but if you don’t use it, the default audio cable is fairly short. Their pads are also switchable and compatible with the Elite Pro 2 pads, which have a slightly different texture and are also a bit denser.

Style

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas is very similar to the Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp. They have the same premium and high-end look. The headset has large ear cups and has a nice-looking metal headband. The ear cup backplates are magnetic and can be swapped out with different designs that can be bought separately. However, the default glossy black plates are fingerprint prone. The earpads are thick, and the microphone is malleable and detachable. These headphones were designed as gaming headphones, and their looks show it.

8.0 Comfort
Weight : 0.9 lbs
Clamping Force
:
1.4 lbs

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas is a very comfortable gaming headset that can be worn for long playing sessions. The ear cups cushioning is thick and soft, and the cups are wide and deep, so most ears should not touch the drivers. The headband is also comfortable and well-padded. Unfortunately, there are only a few size adjustments possible, and the smallest setting might be too large for people with smaller heads. You could also feel gaps behind the ears because of the large cups. These headphones are also quite tight on the head. On the upside, Turtle Beach’s pads are also comfortable for people wearing glasses as they relieve pressure thanks to their ProSpecs glasses relief system.

6.0 Controls
Ease of use : Decent
Feedback : Decent
Call/Music Control : No
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : Yes
Channel Mixing
:
No
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : No

The in-line remote of the Elite Atlas offers a limited amount of controls. You get a decent mic switch that shows a red strip when muted and a volume wheel. However, the switch feels a bit mushy, and the wheel doesn’t stick out much, so some might feel like it’s a bit hard to use and turn.

5.0 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 9.2 C

Like most over-ear headsets, the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas isn’t very breathable. You’re going to feel a temperature difference after long gaming sessions. These headphones are not designed for sports since you will sweat more than usual while wearing them. The pads are thick, and the headset is fairly tight on the head, which doesn’t allow much airflow. Also, the leather material used isn’t as breathable as porous fabric pads like on the Logitech G433 or Astro A50. This shouldn’t be an issue if you take breaks between online games and take off the headset from time to time.

5.4 Portability
L : 7.9 "
W : 7.2 "
H : 3.6 "
Volume : 205 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

Like most gaming headphones, the Elite Atlas has a bulky design and is not meant to be portable. The headset doesn’t fold into a more compact format, but the hinges do rotate, so the cups lay flat, making it easier to slide in a bag.

0 Case
Type : N/A
L : N/A
W : N/A
H : N/A
Volume : N/A

This headset does not come with a case or a pouch.

8.0 Build Quality

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas seems to be identical to the Elite Pro 2 regarding build quality. The metal headband feels solid, and the cups are large and dense and should survive a few accidental drops. However, since the padding and backplates are magnetic, they might come off the headset if the impact is significant enough. The weakest point of the headset seems to be the size adjustment sliders as they are made of plastic. On the upside, the detachable microphone is malleable and feels well-made. All detachable parts on this headset are easy to replace as they are sold separately by Turtle Beach.

7.0 Stability

This headset is not for physical activity and shouldn’t be used for running or at the gym. The bulky Elite Atlas was designed for gaming purposes in a stationary position. The clamping force of these headphones is tight, and you won’t feel them wiggling on your head while gaming. However, as soon as you start moving, they can easily come off your head. They are also wired headphones, so there’s a risk for the cable to get hooked on something, yanking the headset off your head. Thankfully, the cable is also detachable so it might disconnect before pulling the headset.

Cable
Detachable : Yes
Length : 3.5 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRRS

This headset comes with a 3.5-foot 1/8” TRRS audio cable, which is fairly short, but can be convenient if you use it with your console's controller. Thankfully, the headset also comes with a 6.8-foot PC splitter cable. Also, the cable connection that goes into the headset is 1/8” TRRRS.

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7.8

Sound

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas is a good sounding closed-back over-ear gaming headset. It has a deep and powerful bass, an accurate and clear mid-range, and a great treble range. Unfortunately, their bass is a bit boomy, and mid-range may sound a bit thin on vocals and lead instruments. Their treble range might also lack a bit of detail and could be sharp on certain S and T sounds for some. Their pads are also switchable and compatible with the Elite Pro 2 pads, which gives you more bass. This means if you want a slightly more hyped sound profile, then you can purchase the Elite Pro pads directly from the Turtle Beach website. Overall, they are still versatile for a variety of music genres and are great for video games.

8.4 Bass
Std. Err.
:
2.39 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
10 Hz
Low-Bass
:
0.91 dB
Mid-Bass
:
0.75 dB
High-Bass
:
4.13 dB

The bass performance of the Elite Atlas is great. Sub-bass (low-frequency extension) is extended down to 10Hz, which is excellent. This indicates that these headphones can produce a good amount of thump and punch. Mid-bass is flat and even, accurately adding punch to bass and kicks. The 4dB bump in high-bass makes the sound of these headphones boomy. Also, their bass delivery slightly varies across users, and is sensitive to the quality of the fit, seal, and whether you wear glasses. The response here represents the average bass response, and your experience may vary.

8.4 Mid
Std. Err.
:
2.19 dB
Low-Mid
:
-1.82 dB
Mid-Mid
:
-0.92 dB
High-Mid
:
0.9 dB

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas has a very good mid-range. The dip in low-mid makes vocals and lead instruments a tad thin, but will also create more room for the thump and rumble of the bass to come through. Mid-mid and high-mid are flat and even and within 1dB of our target, which is important for producing well-balanced and clear vocals and instruments.

8.2 Treble
Std. Err.
:
3.2 dB
Low-Treble
:
-0.47 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-0.45 dB
High-Treble
:
-3.6 dB

The treble performance of the Elite Atlas is great. The response up to 4-5KHz is flat and even, but there’s a dip around 5KHz which make these frequencies lack detail and brightness. Also, some people may feel that the peak around 9KHz makes S and T sounds sharp and piercing. However, not everyone will hear it as sibilant as others.

7.0 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.62 dB

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas has a decent frequency response consistency. In the bass range, it shows more than 5dB of variance across our human subjects, which is average. On the upside, it is consistent in the treble range across multiple reseats under 10KHz.

8.4 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.24
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.65
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
2.16
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
5.98

The imaging performance is excellent. The weighted group delay is at 0.24, which is quite low. The GD graph also shows that the entire group delay response is below the audibility threshold. This ensures a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were very well-matched, which is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects (instruments, voice, footsteps), in the stereo image. However, these results are only valid for our unit and yours may perform differently.

5.6 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
3.18 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
4.01 dB
PRTF Distance
:
7.32 dB
Openness
:
4.8
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
5.4
Correlated Crosstalk
:
0.0 dB

The soundstage performance is sub-par. The PRTF graph shows little amount of pinna interaction and poor accuracy of the activated resonances. There is also no notch present at 10KHz, meaning the soundstage will be perceived inside the listeners head. Additionally, the closed-back design means that these headphones won't be as open-sounding as open-back headphones.

9.0 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
0.238
Weighted THD @ 100
:
0.19

The Elite Atlas has an excellent harmonic distortion performance. The overall amount of THD produced throughout the range is within very good limits, regardless of the level. The lower THD at 100dB SPL compared to 90dB SPL in certain regions is probably due to the increased flexibility of the driver under heavier loads.

5.2

Isolation

The isolation performance of the Elite Atlas is poor. Just like the Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp, this headset doesn’t isolate lower frequencies like engine rumbles, so they would not be great headphones for a daily commute. Using them in a quieter environment is a better idea. They are also quite leaky, but this won’t be too much of a problem if your main usage is for gaming in a room where you are alone, without too much noise around you.

5.2 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-10.71 dB
Bass
:
-0.39 dB
Mid
:
-6.91 dB
Treble
:
-25.28 dB
Self-Noise
:
0 dB

The isolation performance is sub-par. These closed-back headphones don't have ANC (active noise canceling), and therefore don't provide any noticeable isolation in the bass range. This means they will let in all the rumble and low frequency noises like the sound of airplane and bus engines. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they achieve 7dB of isolation, which is mediocre. In the treble range, occupied by sharp sounds like S and Ts, and computer fans, they provide 25dB of isolation, which is above-average.

5.3 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
48.38 dB

The leakage performance of the Elite Atlas is sub-par. The significant portion of their leakage is between 300Hz and 5KHz, which is a broad range. The overall level of the leakage is also moderately loud. With the music at 100db SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages at 48dB SPL and peaks at 67dB SPL, which is noticeably louder than the noise floor of an average office.

8.5

Microphone

Integrated
:
No
In-line
:
No
Boom
:
Yes
Detachable Boom
:
Yes

The boom mic of the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas is great. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic sounds full-bodied, relatively detailed, and intelligible. However, it will sound bass-heavy and thicker than the Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp's mic. In noisy situations, it can separate speech from background noise to a great degree even in very demanding situations, like a gaming convention.

8.2 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
20 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
5.22 dB
HFE
:
9390.12 Hz
Weighted THD
:
0.39
Gain
:
30.56 dB

The boom microphone has a great recording quality. The LFE (low-frequency extension) of 20Hz results in a recorded/transmitted speech that sounds full-bodied. Unlike the Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp, the Atlas’ microphone is bass-heavy, and speech will sound a bit thicker and muddier, which won’t be ideal for gaming. It may also be prone to pops and low-frequency noises. However, the HFE (high-frequency extension) of 9.4KHz results in a speech that is clear, intelligible, and detailed. This makes speech a little bit bright sounding, which is good for cutting through game audio and sound effects.

8.9 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
42.74 dB

The microphone is great at noise handling. It achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of about 43dB SPL in our SpNR test, indicating it is capable of separating speech from ambient noise to a great degree in almost all environments, which mean you’ll be able to use it in gaming conventions.

0

Active Features

This headset is wired and doesn’t have any active components that would need a battery. They are also not compatible with the Turtle Beach Audio Hub software and app.

N/A Battery
Battery Type
:
N/A
Battery Life
:
N/A
Charge Time
:
N/A
Power Saving Feature
:
N/A
Audio while charging
:
N/A
Passive Playback
:
N/A

This headset is wired and doesn’t have a battery.

0 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
N/A
ANC control
:
N/A
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
:
N/A
Playback control
:
N/A
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas are not compatible with the Turtle Beach Audio Hub software and app. If you want a gaming headset with customization options, we suggest the SteelSeries Arctis 7, the Logitech G933, or the Razer Kraken Tournament and the Nari Ultimate.

5.5

Connectivity

These passive headphones have a 1/8” TRRS connection and can not be used wirelessly. They provided audio and microphone support on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch, although we don’t own a Switch to test it. A wired connection is great for watching videos and gaming since you won’t have any latency issues. However, your range will be limited by their cable’s length, which is pretty short if you don’t use the included PC splitter cable.

0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
:
N/A
NFC Pairing
:
N/A

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas are not Bluetooth compatible like the Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp is.

9.1 Wired
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
PS4 Compatible
:
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Compatible
:
Audio + Microphone
PC Compatible
:
Audio + Microphone

You can connect this headset with the 1/8” TRRS connection to PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch, although we don’t own a Switch to test it. It is very versatile for all platforms.

0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A

This gaming headset does not have a base or dock. For a gaming headset with one, we suggest the SteelSeries Arctis 7 or the Astro A50.

0 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
N/A
Line of Sight Range
:
N/A

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas are wired headphones that can’t be used wirelessly. Their range will be limited by their 3.5-foot cable’s length, which is short. You can also use the included PC splitter to get more range.

10 Latency
Default Latency
:
0 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas have a wired connection, so they practically don’t have any latency, which is great for watching movies and obviously, gaming.

In the box

  • Turtle Beach Elite Atlas headset 
  • Detachable microphone
  • Detachable 1/8” TRRS cable
  • PC Splitter cable
  • Manuals

Compared to other Headphones

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas is a good wired gaming headset that will satisfy most gamers due to its comfortable design, good and accurate audio reproduction, and great microphone for communicating with friends and teammates. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have great isolation performance and lacks customization features like other gaming headsets. The price point of the Elite Atlas makes them a good pick for people who want a quality product at an affordable price. See our recommendations for the best gaming headsets, the best PS headsets and the best gaming headsets under $100.

HyperX Cloud Alpha
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas is a slightly better headset than the HyperX Cloud Alpha. The deeper and larger cups will suit most ears, and the microphone has better recording quality, which online gamers will appreciate. These two wired headsets have no latency, are well-made, and feel premium. The Alpha are a bit more breathable and isolate a bit more ambient noise. However, their bass delivery varies a lot across users, especially if you have glasses. The Elite Atlas would be a better choice for most users.

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas and Turtle Beach Stealth 600 are two good gaming headsets with different things going for each of them. The Elite Atlas is better-built and doesn’t feel as cheap as the Stealth 600. The microphone is also way better, and recorded speech is clearer. Also, the padding is thicker and more comfortable on the Elite Atlas. On the other hand, the Stealth 600 is wireless, which some gamers will prefer, and it has great audio reproduction.

Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

Technically, the Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp is slightly better than the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas thanks to the amp and customization options. However, for the price difference, we suggest getting the Atlas since they are very similar headsets. The Atlas even has better more neutral default sound quality, although you can get the Elite Pro 2 pads for the Atlas if you want a bit more bass. Overall, unless you want to stream music from your phone with Bluetooth while gaming or you like the big volume wheel of the amp, the Atlas is the better choice. For most users, the amp won't be worth the huge difference in price, especially since you get a small volume wheel on the Atlas’ in-line remote.

HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas is a slightly better headset than the HyperX Cloud II if you care about sound quality the most. Both headsets are very comfortable, but the cups are deeper and larger on the Atlas. However, the HyperX has channel mixing that gamers should appreciate to mix game and chat audio. The Cloud II also slightly isolate more ambient noise and don’t get as hot as the Elite Atlas.

Razer Kraken Tournament Edition
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

Both the Razer Kraken Tournament Edition and Turtle Beach Elite Atlas are decent gaming headphones. The Atlas offers an overall more comfortable fit and parts like the ear cups padding are easily switchable and replaceable. Their audio quality is also more accurate than the Kraken, but it can’t be EQ’ed since they don’t have any companion app or software. On the other hand, the Kraken can also enable surround sound and have better controls than the Atlas.

LucidSound LS31 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

If you really want a wireless headset for gaming, then the LucidSound LS31 is a better option than the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas. The LS31 provides you with more freedom to move around or to game from your couch without a wire. It also has dials to mix game and chat audio, which is convenient. However, if wireless technology is not a must, the Atlas is more comfortable, better-built, and has great audio reproduction.

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Conclusion

6.6 Mixed Usage

Average for mixed usage. This gaming headset has a good audio reproduction that critical listeners will appreciate, but their bulky design and poor breathability performance won’t be great for sports. They also don’t isolate much ambient noise, meaning you won’t block out noise in your commute or at the office. Their short cable is not ideal for watching TV from your couch. Overall, they are a good wired gaming headset but doesn’t have the versatility of wireless technology.

7.7 Critical Listening

Good for critical listening. The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas have a deep and powerful bass, an accurate and clear mid-range, and a great treble range. Unfortunately, their bass is a bit boomy, and mid-range may sound a bit thin on vocals and lead instruments. Their treble range might also lack a bit of detail and could be sharp on certain frequencies for some people. They don’t have an EQ to customize their sound, but you will be able to appreciate their comfortable design for hours. You can also get the compatible Elite Pro ear pads if you'd like more bass.

5.9 Commute/Travel

Sub-par for commuting and traveling. These headphones are very bulky, and they don’t isolate enough noise to be a good option for bus rides. They are very comfortable for long flights and rides, but you may need to take breaks to let your ears cool off.

5.9 Sports/Fitness

Sub-par for sports. This gaming headset is not designed to be used for sports due to their bulky design. While they are stable for light movement, the headphones will come off your head during physical activity. Their closed-back over-ear design also traps a lot of heat inside and around your ears, which is not suitable for sports.

6.3 Office

Mediocre for the office. While you’ll be able to wear them comfortably for hours during your shift, the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas don’t isolate ambient chatter very well, and they are a bit leaky so you might bother surrounding colleagues. On the upside, you won’t have to worry about a battery dying in the middle of the day.

6.0 TV

Mediocre for watching TV. You might be able to sit on your couch if you use the long PC splitter cable or an extension cord, but without it, their range is very limited. Thankfully, since they are wired, you won’t have delay issues and can enjoy your favorite shows and movies in great comfort.

7.3 Gaming

Above-average for gaming. This headset is great if you don’t mind the short cable and the fact it isn’t wireless. You can still use the PC splitter cable for additional range. The microphone is very good for online gaming, and the sound quality is good. The thick padding is comfortable for long gaming sessions, but you might have to take the headset off from time to time to let your ears cool off as they do get hot after a while. Just be sure to use them in a quiet environment since they don’t isolate ambient noise very well.

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