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: 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.
The Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 feels and looks like a more high-end headset than the Stealth 600 or Stealth 700. The thick earpads and headband are very comfortable and help you game comfortably for long periods of time. Their thick plastic and metallic build feels sturdy and give the headphones a premium feeling. Unfortunately, the controls on the headset and the amp are limited to volume control and a mic-mute switch, but you have great customization options on the Audio Hub software/app. They are also quite bulky and heavy, but you can fold the ear cups to make the headset lay flat when taking it off.
The Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 headset looks and feels premium and futuristic. 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 is an above-average sounding pair of closed-back over-ear headphones. They have a deep, well-balanced, and powerful bass, an even and clear mid-range, and an above-average treble. However, their bass is prone to inconsistencies across multiple users and re-seats, their mid-range is a tad thin sounding, and their treble could sound a bit sharp on S and T sounds. Overall, these are versatile headphones that are suitable for a variety of genres from bass-heavy to vocal-centric music and video games.
Note: These headphones were tested over USB and using the SuperAmp.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Elite Pro 2 have a great 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.
The isolation performance is poor. They don’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 since they are also quite leaky. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Being wired, the Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 don't have a battery life, but they are compatible with the Turtle Beach Audio Hub on mobile and PC/Mac (though we couldn't make it work on PC and Mac because of a firmware update bug). The software offers EQ presets, mic control, surround sound, noise gate and chat boost. Since they are also Bluetooth capable, you can access all those settings on your phone while playing on your console, which some people like and other dislike. Unfortunately, they don't have an EQ like the SteelSeries Engine or Logitech Gaming Software.
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.
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.
The Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 are wired headphones that come with an amp. They are also Bluetooth capable and can connect to your phone, so you can listen to music while gaming. They are not fully wireless headphones. They practically don't have any latency thanks to their wired connection, which is great for gaming or watching videos. We tested their wireless range for the Bluetooth connectivity but we didn't give them a score since they are not wireless headphones and are limited by the range of the cable.
These headphones 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 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.
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 SuperAm and just have them connected via the 1/8"TRRS audio cable to have mic and audio support for both consoles.
The SuperAmp of the Turtle Beach is also Bluetooth compatible to mix the audio from your mobile device, so you can listen to music while you play. However, the amp itself has to be plugged in to a power source to work and the headphones are wired to the amp, so you are limited by the range of the cables and can not use them wirelessly like typical Bluetooth compatible headphones. In our test, we were able to set our phone at a range of about 60 ft when obstructed. Unfortunately, the connection isn't the most stable. Even when the Bluetooth source was only a few inches away, we could hear a few audio cuts.
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.
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.
The Astro A50 is a better gaming headset than the Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp. It is a wireless headset, so it offers more freedom to move and it also is very comfortable. The Astros are one of the better gaming headsets we’ve tested, and their sound quality is a big part of their high scoring. 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 Elite Pro 2 might be a better option. It also has a better microphone and better isolation performance than the A50. The AMP also gives you a quick access to volume control that isn’t on the earcups like the Astros.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC is a better headset than the Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp. The DAC give them a lot more control over the active features than the AMP of the Elite Pro2. You can easily change EQ modes, surround sound effect and the RGB lighting options. The AMP only offers a volume knob. They have better sound quality and have better isolation performance. The Arctis Pro are compatible with every platform while you are a bit limited with the Elite Pro 2 since you have to get the right version of the headset for your console. However, the Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp has a slightly better microphone and looks more solid thanks to the metallic headband support. It also has a more gaming look if that’s something you’re looking for. They also have an over-ear fit that works for a wider variety of gamers unlike the ski google strap headband of the Arctis Pro.
The Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp is slightly better than the HyperX Cloud II. It offers more customization due to the Turtle Beach Audio Hub software and are slightly better sounding than the Cloud II. 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 Cloud II. 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 Cloud II is also better for outdoor use.
The 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 Mobius, but the plastic build makes it look and feel cheaper than the Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2. It is 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 Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp have slightly better noise isolation, but leak more, and doesn’t need to be charged daily like the Mobius if you use it wirelessly. It also comes with the nice Amp for quick volume control.