You do not have to spend an enormous amount of money to get the greatest gaming headset – however in case you do splurge, then you need to get one thing that feels extensively refined and as premium as the value tag suggests.
Fortunately, the Turtle Seashore Elite Professional Match Headset suits the invoice. Sure, its identify is greater than a mouthful, however that is additionally greater than your common gaming headset. It is also a extra sturdy and polished providing than most of Turtle Seashore’s choices, setting a high-end instance of what the corporate is able to.
It is actually not low cost at $199.99 (£169.99, AU$299), and spending further for the elective Elite Professional Tactical Audio Controller ($149.99, £149.99, AU$249) to allow some options is likely to be laborious to swallow. Nonetheless, the Turtle Seashore Elite Professional Match Headset excels with nice audio and critically spectacular consolation, and has some good superior choices in case you’re prepared to spend further for these perks.
After reviewing the curiously awkward Turtle Seashore Stealth 600 headset lately, we weren’t actually trying ahead to sticking the Elite Professional on our noggin. Fortunately, these fears had been unfounded: that is actually one of the vital snug headsets we have ever used.
It would not actually look that method at a look. The padding on the cups is amazingly thick, however the precise ear holes look small and confining. However you may overlook about all of that after it is in your head. The ear pads are spongy cushions that really feel like reminiscence foam in the best way they conform round your head, and the usage of cooling gel within the padding – sure, actually – makes them really feel like a dream once you pop them on for a frenzied gaming session.
We have by no means felt some other headset fairly prefer it. And since they encircle your ears and mould round them, the Elite Professional can also be wonderful at blocking out exterior noise. That makes them particularly excellent for LAN occasions and esports tournaments, because the identify rightly suggests.
The Elite Professional is a lot snug in any other case, as nicely. The cups slide up and down the plastic arms hooked up to the scarf, providing sufficient variance to discover a good stability to your head measurement, whereas the mushy strap beneath the highest of the band will be adjusted so as to add or take away pressure. Reality be advised, we don’t really feel a lot of a distinction between the settings, but it surely feels good all the identical.
Visually, the Elite Professional is a extra refined tackle Turtle Seashore’s traditional aesthetic—you will not mistake it for something aside from a gaming headset, due to the chunky plastic and vibrant orange accents.
The microphone pops on and off with ease, as wanted, and the headset comes with 3.5mm analog and USB digital connectors for numerous gadgets. There’s additionally an in-line management on the twine with a quantity dial and microphone mute toggle.
Fortunately, the Turtle Seashore Elite Professional Match Headset would not disappoint in the case of precise audio playback, though there’s some variance relying on which system you are utilizing and the way you hook as much as it.
Utilizing the three.5mm headphone jack, you’ll be able to simply plug right into a PS4 or Xbox One controller, hook up with a PC, or use it with a smartphone, pill, and a great deal of different gadgets. Testing that stereo strategy in Name of Responsibility: WWII for PS4 proves fairly good certainly.
The Elite Professional’s 50mm drivers produce a really balanced soundscape through which every part appears to get equal weight. Footsteps and firearm rounds ring via cleanly and clearly, and when taking part in, we really feel absolutely immersed regardless of the dearth of digital encompass sound on the platform.
Switching over to Rocket League, we admittedly needed extra of a bass kick within the combine — particularly after lately testing the wonderful Beyerdynamic Customized Sport headset, with its unexpectedly efficient bass sliders. With music blaring, the Elite Professional’s output additionally feels only a hair extra confined than the Customized Sport, but it surely’s not a world of distinction. General, we had been very pleased with the playback efficiency.
On Xbox One, you’ll be able to allow Home windows Sonic help for digital encompass sound, however the distinction appeared extraordinarily modest to our ears in each Halo 5: Guardians and Rocket League. The outcomes sounded a bit bit cleaner, however not strikingly so.
In the meantime, the Elite Professional USB Amplifier connector included within the PC Version of the Elite Professional permits you to activate DTS 7.1 digital encompass sound in Home windows 7+ through Turtle Seashore’s drivers. And it is suitably spectacular, delivering a broader aural subject to amplify your gaming. On PC, you can even use Turtle Seashore’s neat “Superhuman hearing” function, which amplifies in-game footsteps and different delicate noises, and allows you to faucet into a couple of completely different audio combine presets.
The USB Amplifier can be plugged right into a PlayStation 4, but it surely would not activate any sort of digital encompass sound. It purportedly boosts the extent of the audio output, however we won’t inform a distinction whereas taking part in Name of Responsibility: WWII. At the least it permits microphone monitoring, so as to hear your self whereas chatting on-line.
The aforementioned Elite Professional Tactical Audio Controller (T.A.C.) mixamp has a built-in DAC and brings digital encompass sound to PS4, plus it affords extra management over the audio combine and allows you to chain a number of T.A.C. gadgets collectively for LAN play. For critical audio aficionados and LAN fanatics, it is likely to be well worth the funding. Everybody else can get by with simply the headset.
And the Elite Professional headset’s bendable, included microphone sounds nice in our expertise—a lot clearer than the Stealth 600’s flip mic. Turtle Seashore sells an elective noise-cancelling mic, but it surely’s actually not mandatory for gaming.
The Turtle Seashore Elite Professional Match Headset is designed for competitors and it actually does excel at that, due to its unbelievable consolation, noise-isolating cans, and sharp recreation audio. You may discover barely fuller sound with extra of a bass kick from different headsets, but it surely’s laborious to argue with what Turtle Seashore delivers right here.
That stated, spending $199.99 (£169.99, AU$299) on a headset that lacks some performance with out an extra $149.99 (£149.99, AU$249) peripheral – particularly in case you’re on PS4 – can really feel a bit irritating, and there is quite a lot of competitors within the high-end wired gaming headset area. However in case you just like the look right here and demand superior options from a gaming headset, you then will not be disillusioned with the Elite Professional.