You don't must spend an enormous amount of money to get the best gaming headset – however for those who do splurge, then you need to get one thing that feels extensively refined and as premium as the value tag suggests.
Fortunately, the Turtle Seaside Elite Professional Match Headset matches the invoice. Sure, its title is greater than a mouthful, however that is additionally greater than your common gaming headset. It's additionally a extra strong and polished providing than most of Turtle Seaside's choices, setting a high-end instance of what the corporate is able to.
It's definitely not low cost at $199.99 (£169.99, AU$299), and spending further for the optionally available Elite Professional Tactical Audio Controller ($149.99, £149.99, AU$249) to allow some options is perhaps onerous to swallow. Nonetheless, the Turtle Seaside Elite Professional Match Headset excels with nice audio and critically spectacular consolation, and has some good superior choices for those who're keen to spend further for these perks.
After reviewing the curiously awkward Turtle Beach Stealth 600 headset just lately, we weren't actually trying ahead to sticking the Elite Professional on our noggin. Fortunately, these fears have been unfounded: that is actually some of the snug headsets we've ever used.
It doesn't actually look that means at a look. The padding on the cups is amazingly thick, however the precise ear holes look small and confining. However you'll overlook about all of that when it's in your head. The ear pads are spongy cushions that really feel like reminiscence foam in the way in which they conform round your head, and using cooling gel within the padding – sure, actually – makes them really feel like a dream if you pop them on for a frenzied gaming session.
We've by no means felt another headset fairly prefer it. And since they encircle your ears and mildew round them, the Elite Professional can be glorious at blocking out exterior noise. That makes them particularly ideally suited for LAN occasions and esports tournaments, because the title rightly suggests.
The Elite Professional is loads 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 dimension, whereas the gentle strap beneath the highest of the band will be adjusted so as to add or take away pressure. Reality be instructed, we don’t really feel a lot of a distinction between the settings, nevertheless it feels good all the identical.
Visually, the Elite Professional is a extra refined tackle Turtle Seaside's traditional aesthetic—you received't mistake it for something aside from a gaming headset, because of the chunky plastic and vivid orange accents.
The microphone pops on and off with ease, as wanted, and the headset comes with three.5mm analog and USB digital connectors for varied gadgets. There's additionally an in-line management on the twine with a quantity dial and microphone mute toggle.
Fortunately, the Turtle Seaside Elite Professional Match Headset doesn't disappoint relating to precise audio playback, though there's some variance relying on which gadget you're utilizing and the way you hook as much as it.
Utilizing the three.5mm headphone jack, you possibly can simply plug right into a PS4 or Xbox One controller, connect with a PC, or use it with a smartphone, pill, and a great deal of different gadgets. Testing that stereo method in Name of Responsibility: WWII for PS4 proves fairly good certainly.
The Elite Professional's 50mm drivers produce a really balanced soundscape through which all the pieces appears to get equal weight. Footsteps and firearm rounds ring via cleanly and clearly, and when enjoying, we really feel totally immersed regardless of the shortage of digital encompass sound on the platform.
Switching over to Rocket League, we admittedly wished extra of a bass kick within the combine — particularly after just lately testing the wonderful Beyerdynamic Customized Recreation 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 Recreation, nevertheless it's not a world of distinction. General, we have been very proud of the playback efficiency.
On Xbox One, you possibly can allow Home windows Sonic assist 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 of bit cleaner, however not strikingly so.
In the meantime, the Elite Professional USB Amplifier connector included within the PC Version of the Elite Professional enables you to activate DTS 7.1 digital encompass sound in Home windows 7+ through Turtle Seaside's drivers. And it's suitably spectacular, delivering a broader aural subject to amplify your gaming. On PC, you too can use Turtle Seaside's neat "Superhuman listening to" characteristic, which amplifies in-game footsteps and different refined noises, and allows you to faucet into just a few totally different audio combine presets.
The USB Amplifier can be plugged right into a PlayStation four, nevertheless it doesn't activate any sort of digital encompass sound. It purportedly boosts the extent of the audio output, however we will't inform a distinction whereas enjoying Name of Responsibility: WWII. At the least it allows microphone monitoring, so 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 gives extra management over the audio combine and allows you to chain a number of T.A.C. gadgets collectively for LAN play. For severe audio aficionados and LAN fanatics, it is perhaps definitely 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 Seaside sells an optionally available noise-cancelling mic, nevertheless it's actually not essential for gaming.
The Turtle Seaside Elite Professional Match Headset is designed for competitors and it actually does excel at that, because of its unimaginable consolation, noise-isolating cans, and sharp sport audio. You may discover barely fuller sound with extra of a bass kick from different headsets, nevertheless it's onerous to argue with what Turtle Seaside delivers right here.
That stated, spending $199.99 (£169.99, AU$299) on a headset that lacks some performance with out a further $149.99 (£149.99, AU$249) peripheral – particularly for those who're on PS4 – can really feel a bit irritating, and there's loads of competitors within the high-end wired gaming headset area. However for those who just like the look right here and demand superior options from a gaming headset, then you definitely received't be disenchanted with the Elite Professional.