Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.3.1
Reviewed Oct 26, 2018 at 10:59 am
Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp Picture
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 Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 is a good gaming headset that comes with an amp and that looks more premium than previously reviewed Turtle Beach headsets. It is comfortable for long gaming sessions thanks to the thick leather earpads. These headphones have good audio reproduction and you will also be able to hear enemy footsteps clearly and determine their position accurately. The microphone is also great; teammates will be able to hear you clearly. Unfortunately, they don’t isolate much noise so gaming in a quieter environment might be a better idea if you’re going to use the Elite Pro 2. On the upside, they feel sturdy and have lots of customization options on the Audio Hub software available on mobile and PC. Note that we tested the PS4 variant of this headset, but we expect similar results for the Xbox One variant.

Note: We did not manage to get the headphones to work with the Turtle Beach Audio Hub software on PC/Mac. However, they did connect to the mobile app and we were able to try the different settings and presets.

Our Verdict

6.7 Mixed Usage

Decent for mixed usage. Even if they are designed to be gaming headphones, the Elite Pro 2 can be versatile enough to be used as casual wired headphones. They have a comfortable fit and you can detach the microphone. Without blocking ambient noise and being quite leaky, they won’t be great for commuting. On the upside, since they are wired, they have practically no latency which is great for watching videos too.

Pros
  • Above-average audio reproduction.
  • Great microphone performance.
  • Unique Bluetooth feature.
Cons
  • Bass delivery varies significantly across users.
  • Slightly bulky and cumbersome design.
  • Sub-par noise and leakage isolation.
7.1 Neutral Sound

Above-average for neutral listening. The Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp are a good sounding pair of headphones and they feel sturdy. Their thick pads are comfortable for long listening sessions but be sure to take breaks here and there if you don’t want your ears to get too warm.

6.7 Commute/Travel

Mediocre for commuting and traveling. These headphones are hard to carry around because of their big size. They are comfortable and well-built, but they also can’t isolate lower frequencies like engine rumbles, making them a poor choice for public transport or a flight.

6.9 Sports/Fitness

Mediocre-at-best for sports. They are too bulky and not stable enough for most sports. They were designed to be gaming headphones and not for running. They are also wired so the cable can get hooked on something or get in the way of your exercises.

6.7 Office

Decent for office. They are comfortable enough for office work, but you will be limited by their cable length. However, the Elite Pro 2 don't isolate noise well and are quite leaky, which can annoy colleagues. The microphone is great if you need to make calls.

6.1 Wireless Gaming

Good gaming headset. The Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 have practically no latency due to the wired connection and are comfortable enough for long gaming sessions. The microphone is also very good and friends or online teammates will hear you clearly. They have a good sound reproduction for gaming or even listening to music. Unfortunately, they don’t isolate noise well, so if you’re gaming in a particularly noisy gaming environment, they might not be the best option. On the upside, they have lots of customization options.

6.0 Wired Gaming
7.6 Phone Call
  • 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
  1. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  2. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  3. Update 1/23/2019: We've updated the comfort section of the review to better reflect user experience.

Test Results

Design
Design
Style

The Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 headset looks and feels premium. They have essentially the same design as the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas. It comes in black for PS4 or white for Xbox One, but both are compatible with PC/Mac. The headset has large ear cups with a metallic headband. There are also magnetic plates on the ear cups that are swappable, so you can design the headset to your liking when Turtle Beach releases customized plates. They have thick earpads and come with a sleek-looking amp to put on your desk. These headphones were designed for gaming and their looks show it.

8.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.89 lbs
Clamping Force
1.3 lbs

The Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 are comfortable headphones. The pads are thick yet decently breathable, and the cups are deep, so your ears should not touch the drivers. The headband is well padded and decently flexible. The headband and tightness of the cups on your head supports well the heavier weight of the headset. The pads are also made, so people with glasses don’t feel uncomfortable while wearing the headphones. However, some people may not feel an air-tight fit, with some gaps behind the ears being created by the large cups.

Update: 22/01/2019: We've updated our comfort score to better reflect user experience, especially when compared to other gaming headsets. The Elite Pro 2 like the Elite Atlas are a little tight on some heads, but for most, the thick pads deliver a comfortable enough experience for long continuous gaming sessions.

6.4
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Great
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Yes
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control N/A
Talk-Through
N/A
Additional Buttons Bluetooth Sync

The controls are simple but effective. The volume wheel on the amp is satisfactory to use thanks to small clicks when raising or reducing the volume. However, the in-line remote on the cable is dedicated to an only mic-mute switch, without any other controls. On the upside, all controls are easy-to-use, and the feedback is good. Unfortunately, some controls are only accessible from the Audio Hub app, which isn’t the best for console players since you can only access it on your phone. The Audio Hub on PC/Mac acts like any other gaming software like SteelSeries Engine or Logitech Gaming Software, but you can also use your phone if you want (However, we couldn't get it to work with our PC/Mac). Unfortunately, although the DAC/Amp adds an extra level of control, It is not as good as the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC

4.6
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 9.6 C

This headset has decent breathability performance. It will make your ears fairly warm after long gaming sessions and were not designed for workouts. Closed-back over-ear headphones trap heat inside the ear cups and there is not much airflow. The leather pads also aren’t as breathable as the slightly porous pads on the Logitech G433 or Astro A50. The warmth shouldn’t be too much of a problem if you take breaks from time to time, allowing the ears to cool off a bit.

Update: 22/01/2019: We've retested the breathability of the Turtle Beach Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 + Superamp. They did not seal the ears on the breathability rig as well as the Elite Atlas on our first try but through retests, we were able to confirm that these headphones make your ears quite warm.

5.9
Design
Portability
L 7.2 "
W 6.3 "
H 3.3 "
Volume 150 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

Like most gaming headphones, the Elite Pro 2 are not very portable. They are bulky with large ear cups, making it difficult to carry them anywhere you go. They do however lay flat thanks to pivoting ear cups. Unfortunately, they do not come with a case, which is disappointing. On the upside, you can use them wired with the 1/8"TRRS audio cable without the SuperAmp which make them a bit more portable.

0
Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A

These headphones do not come with a case or a pouch.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 have a good build quality that feels sturdy. The full metal headband and the thick plastic build make the headphones feel solid and they should survive a few drops without too much damage. Even the detachable microphone feels well-made and malleable. The earpads and cups backplates are held by magnets so when dropping the headphones, they can simply come off and it reduces the risk of them breaking on impact. However, the size adjustment sliders are made from plastic and could be the weakest point of this headset.

7.0
Design
Stability

This headset is not for physical activity and shouldn’t be used for running. The Elite Pro 2 headphones are bulky and were designed for gaming in a stationary position. They are tight enough on your head not to fall at any movement and you should not have any issues while gaming. However, they are also not wireless, meaning the cable can get stuck on something and pull the headphones off your head. On the upside the cable is detachable.

Design
Headshots 1
Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Elite Pro 2 headphones
  • SuperAmp
  • Detachable microphone
  • 1/8” TRS cable
  • USB cable
  • Optical cable
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
1.27 db
Treble Amount
-0.79 db
5.7
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
1.05 dB

The Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 have a sub-par frequency response consistency. In the bass range, they show more than 6dB of variance across our human subjects, which is quite significant. However, in the treble range, their delivery is decently consistent across multiple positions/re-seats.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
8.5
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.04 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
2.2 dB
Mid-Bass
1.98 dB
High-Bass
2.29 dB

The bass of the Elite Pro 2 is great. LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 10Hz, which is excellent. The response throughout the range is even and flat, but consistently overemphasized by about 2dB. This makes the bass slightly heavy, but without sounding too boomy or muddy.

Also, their bass delivery varies significantly across users, and is sensitive to the quality of fit, seal, and whether you wear glasses. The response here represents the average bass response and your experience may vary.

8.3
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.21 dB
Low-Mid
-2.77 dB
Mid-Mid
0.08 dB
High-Mid
-0.22 dB

The Elite Pro 2 have a very good mid-range. The 5dB dip in low-mid makes vocals and lead instruments a tad thin, but it 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, which is important for producing well-balanced and clear vocals and instruments.

7.4
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.97 dB
Low-Treble
-1.51 dB
Mid-Treble
-1.1 dB
High-Treble
-1.88 dB

The Elite Pro 2 have an above-average treble performance. The response up to 4Khz is even and well-balanced, but the 10dB dip at 5KHz could negatively affect the presence and detail of vocals and lead instruments. The sharp peak around 9KHz means the sibilances (S and T sounds) could sound a bit sharp and piercing on certain tracks. This will be mostly noticeable on vocals and cymbals.

7.0
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.86 db
Dips
1.78 db
8.9
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.23
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.22
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.65
Weighted Phase Mismatch
3.87

The imaging performance is excellent. The weighted group delay is at 0.23, 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.

4.4
Sound
Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
5.37 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
3.41 dB
PRTF Distance
3.69 dB
Openness
4.6
Acoustic Space Excitation
5.4

The soundstage performance of the Elite Pro 2 is poor. The PRTF graph shows some pinna interaction, but the resonances that are activated are not accurate and therefore won't result in a large and natural soundstage. Also, the closed-back design means that these headphones won't sound as open and spacious as open-back headphones.

8.1
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.225
WHD @ 100
0.081
Isolation
5.2
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-12.59 dB
Bass
-1.56 dB
Mid
-10.43 dB
Treble
-26.54 dB

The isolation performance is sub-par. These closed-back headphones don't have ANC (active noise cancelling), 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 10dB of isolation, which is decent. In the treble range, occupied by sharp sounds like S and Ts, and computer fans, they provide 26dB of isolation, which is above-average.

5.7
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
46.7 dB

The leakage performance of the Elite Pro 2 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 47dB SPL and peaks at 65dB SPL, which is noticeably louder than the noise floor of an average office.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-line
No
Boom
Yes
Detachable Boom
Yes

The Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 have a great boom microphone. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic sounds full-bodied, relatively detailed, and intelligible. In noisy situations, it is able to separate speech from background noise to a great degree even in very demanding situations, like a gaming competition.

8.4
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
92.43 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.22 dB
HFE
7561.35 Hz
Weighted THD
0.207
Gain
22.71 dB

The boom microphone has a great recording quality. The LFE (low-frequency extension) of 92Hz results in a recorded/transmitted speech that sounds full-bodied. The HFE (high-frequency extension) of 7.6KHz results in a speech that is clear, intelligible, and relatively detailed, but may lack some airiness. The response between the LFE and HFE points is even, but shows a 5dB bump around 4KHz. This makes speech a little bit bright sounding, which is good for cutting through game audio and sound effects, but also means that this microphone doesn't sound quite neutral.

8.6
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
36.88 dB

The microphone is great at noise handling. It achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 39dB SPL in our SpNR test, indicating it is capable of separating speech from ambient noise to a great degree in almost all environments.

Active Features
N/A
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
N/A
Continuous Battery Life
N/A
Additional Charges
N/A
Total Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power Saving Feature
N/A
Audio While Charging
N/A
Passive Playback
N/A
Charging Port N/A

Even if they have a Bluetooth connection, they can only be used if the headphones are wired to the amp. Meaning they don't have a battery to use the headset wirelessly.

6.5
Active Features
App Support
App Name Turtle Beach Audio Hub
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS Yes
Windows Yes
Equalizer
Presets
ANC Control
N/A
Mic Control Yes
Room effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Sound Yes

The Elite Pro 2 are compatible with the Turtle Beach Audio Hub software that offers EQ presets, mic monitoring, noise gate, chat boost and surround sound settings. It’s also available on mobile devices since the Elite Pro 2 are Bluetooth compatible. Unfortunately, it isn’t as customizable as the SteelSeries Engine with the Arctis 7 due to the lack of a parametric equalizer. For console players, you will only get access to certain of those settings and controls on the app, meaning you will need to make those changes on your phone. As for PC gamers, the Audio Hub will act like any gaming software; you will have direct access on your PC, but also on your phone. However, we did not manage to get the headset to work with the software on PC or Mac. It would recognize the amp, but would not update the firmware and give us access to the app.

Connectivity
6.1
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
4.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line of Sight Range
N/A
Default Latency
N/A
aptX Latency
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
N/A

Unlike the Arctis Pro + GameDac, the Elite Pro 2 have a Bluetooth compatible DAC/Amp that allows you to mix and control audio from your phone while gaming. Unfortunately, it does not support NFC and the SuperAmp itself is not compatible via Bluetooth with the PS4 or Xbox One. Even if this headset has a Bluetooth score, they can't be used wirelessly in any way.

The Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 have a wired connection, so they practically don’t have any latency, which is great for watching movies and obviously, gaming.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
10
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
Yes
Detachable Yes
Length 12 ft
Connection USB
Wired Latency
N/A

The Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 have a wired connection that goes to the amp, and then to the gaming console. The amp serves as a volume knob as well. You will need to buy the right version of this headset for your console, but both models are compatible with PC/Mac. If you do not need the amp then consider the similarly designed Elite Atlas which may offer a better value for most users unless you really need the Bluetooth connectivity of the SuperAmp.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
Audio + Microphone
PC / PS4 Wired USB
Audio + Microphone
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No
5.9
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Wired USB dock
USB Input
Yes
Line In
No
Line Out
Yes
Optical Input
Yes
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
N/A
Power Supply
USB

The Elite Pro 2 come with the SuperAmp that is connected via USB to the console, but with a 1/8” TRRS audio cable to the headset. It also comes with an optical cable for compatible platforms. The SuperAmp is fully compatible with the PS4 (audio and mic) but you will have to purchase the Xbox One variant if you want it to work with the Xbox. However, you can use them without the SuperAmp and just have them connected via the 1/8"TRRS audio cable to have mic and audio support for both consoles. For a dock with more controls options and inputs, take a look at the Astro A40 2019.

Compared to other headphones

Comparison picture

The Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp is a great gaming headset that outperforms any model from Turtle Beach we previously tested. They have a wired connection, so they have negligible latency, which is needed for gaming and video content. They are comfortable and should not bother you during your long gaming sessions. The microphone is excellent for online gaming with friends and teammates. Their build quality feels premium and should survive a few accidental drops. Unfortunately, they don’t isolate a lot of noise and are leaky. On the upside, they are a good sounding pair of headphones and you will be able to clearly hear video game effects like footsteps to pinpoint the location of other players. See our recommendations for the best gaming headsets, the best PS4 headsets, and the best PC gaming headsets.

Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Wireless and the Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp are both decent gaming headphones, but they differ in some significant ways. The Stealth 700 are designed with wireless gaming in mind and come with either Xbox Wireless support or a wireless USB dongle for PC and PS4. They should also work wired, but they don't come with an audio cable. The Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp can only be used wired; however, their SuperAmp supports Bluetooth so you can mix chat audio from your phone while gaming. They also have a much better microphone, feel a lot better-built, and are significantly more comfortable. However, the wireless support of the Stealth 700 makes them a better option for console gamers who like gaming from the couch.

Turtle Beach Elite Atlas
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.

Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017
SEE PRICE
BestBuy.com

The Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017 is a better gaming headset than the Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp. The Astro is a wireless headset, so it offers more freedom to move, and it also is very comfortable. The Astro are one of the better gaming headsets we’ve tested and have a well-balanced sound profile. The Astro Command Center is also a more complete gaming software that allows more customization and control, with features like a good parametric EQ that the Turtle Beach Audio Hub doesn’t offer. On the other hand, if you don’t want to manage battery-life and be sure to recharge your headphones every day, the wired Turtle Beach might be a better option. The Turtle Beach also have a better microphone, better isolation performance, and gives you quick access to a volume control that isn’t on the earcups, like the Astros.

Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019
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Amazon.com

The Astro A40 TR + MixAmp Pro 2019 are better gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp. The Astro have a noticeably better dock that offers more inputs and more controls like channel mixing, on top of having a more spacious soundstage as well thanks to their open-back design. The Astro also have a better companion app with more customization options. On the other hand, the Turtle Beach is Bluetooth compatible so you can stream music from your phone while playing on consoles, and they have a more secure and stable fit, but that’s about it.

SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC is a better headset than the Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp. The DAC gives you a lot more control over active features than the Turtle Beach's amp. You can easily change EQ modes, surround sound effects, and the RGB lighting options while the AMP only offers a volume knob. However, the Turtle Beach also have a more neutral sound and a slightly better performing microphone. Still, the SteelSeries are compatible with every platform while you are more limited with the Turtle Beach as you have to get the corresponding version of the headset to match your console for full support. 

HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II
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BestBuy.com

The Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp is slightly better than the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II. It offers more customization due to the Turtle Beach Audio Hub software and are slightly better sounding than the HyperX. They also come with an AMP to amplify the sound, and it offers an easily accessible volume knob. You can also connect the headset to your phone over Bluetooth to listen to your music and take calls, which you can’t do on the HyperX. However, the HyperX has a slightly better microphone and are more comfortable for long gaming sessions. They also leak less than the Turtle Beach, which can be useful if there are people in the same room as you. The subtler look of the HyperX is also better for outdoor use.

Audeze Mobius
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Audeze Mobius have a unique head-tracking feature that helps build a larger virtual soundstage (which unfortunately we couldn't measure with our current test bench) and can also be used wirelessly. The sound quality and the microphone are better on the Audeze, but the plastic build makes it look and feel cheaper than the Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp. The Audeze are more versatile since it has Bluetooth connectivity, can be used outdoors easily, and comes with a hard case to protect the headphones while you’re on the move. On the other hand, the Turtle Beach have slightly better noise isolation, though they leak more, and don’t need to be charged daily like the Audeze if you use it wirelessly. It also comes with an amp for quick volume control.

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