TURTLE BEACH’S ELITE PRO™ 2 + SUPERAMP™ Review
We review a ton of headsets on GamesReviews.com, and generally they are all doing things well, providing the features you would expect in a specific price range, and ultimately realizing that purchasing power comes down to brand loyalty, and at times, even things as trivial as colour schemes. Enter Turtle Beach’s latest high quality, high priced headset: the Elite Pro 2 + SuperAmp. While I originally wasn’t sure why I’d want to hook my headset into and amp, which was then hooked into the Xbox One, I quickly realized how amazing this setup is.
The headset itself is very classy looking .We reviewed the white model, and it had everything you would expect in an expensive gaming headset. Beautifully cushioned ear cups made the device fit on my head like a hat, and the bar across the top meant to relieve the tension on your head did a phenomenal job. For long hours of gaming, this is an excellent headset to invest in.
The build quality is top notch as well, with hard plastic on the outside, an aluminium bar along the top that gives the headset some form and holds the shape well when put away and not in use. The side plastic covers of the headset can come off and be swapped out for other colours, which is minor but still something to consider for those that enjoy some versatility with their products.
Ultimately, the look doesn’t matter if the sound isn’t right, and Turtle Beach has a history of making the audio experience on that players won’t soon forget. That carries over to the Elite Pro 2, with fantastically detailed highs and lows that don’t get muddled, and mids that are the picture of perfection. Whether using the headset to listen to audio, watch Netflix, or ultimately play games, there is little to complain about here.
We used the headset significantly while doing reviews of Spider-Man on the PS4 and Red Dead Redemption 2 on the Xbox One, as well as Forza Horizon 4 and NHL 19. In Spider-Man and Red Dead Redemption, having the fine tuned audio experience meant towns became more alive, and in the case of New York City, the city became more alive. You could here the murmer of those walking around you, off comments about your appearance, and much more. All things I never would have heard using cheaper headsets or even the audio from my television.
Even the footprints, knocked over garbage pails, and the sounds of streams and animals were much more noticeable when using the Elite Pro 2. Some people say headsets cannot add to the experience of a game. I’m here to tell those people they are wrong.
Ironically, the best part about this package isn’t the headset itself, but the amp that comes packaged with it. When plugged into the Xbox One – or PS4 as you can buy a standalone Amp for each console – the lengthy cord allows you to place the amp within reach of your gaming position, and give you even more control over your audio experience. While the amp brings numerous benefits to the table – including making your headset even better than if plugged directly into the controller – the biggest feature that I want to talk about here is the ability to loop music through the amp and into your headset, from your phone or tablet via Bluetooth.
My biggest issue with racing and sports games today is that you often cannot listen to the music you want while playing games. Either the in game music is non-existent, or the lack of budgets mean premium audio experience are not available, and you are left to listen to good – although at times not great – soundtracks from lesser bands and artists.
With the SuperAmp, you can now listen to your games audio all-the-while looping in music from your phone. Whether playing NHL 19 or Forza Horizon 4, it was awesome to have my own music coming into my ears while I played, which made those experiences much more enjoyable overall. It seems like an odd feature to rave about, but I’ll be purchasing another amp for my PS4 for this purpose alone!
Here is a bit from Turtle Beach on the SuperAmp:
In parallel, the Elite SuperAmp offers an entirely new way for players to control their game audio. This one-dial gaming audio controller provides powerful amplified Windows Sonic for Headphones surround sound on Xbox One and compatible Windows 10 PCs, and DTS® Headphone:X® 7.1 channel surround sound on PS4™ and PC, and connects via Bluetooth® to the Turtle Beach Audio Hub mobile app on Android or iOS devices where gamers can adjust a variety of settings. When connected to the Audio Hubapp on their mobile device, players will be able to instantly control features like Game and Chat Audio Mix, Variable Mic Monitoring, Dynamic Chat Boost™, Superhuman Hearing™ and other audio EQ presets, including Bass Boost. There are also controls for the SuperAmp’s LED color and lighting mode, and streaming-specific audio settings as well.
The Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 and SuperAmp is a phenomenal package, and although it carries a heafty price tag, there is a lot to love about the experience as a whole. I generally tell readers to shy away from really expensive headsets and settle for something mid range, but with this product, I cannot help but praise the many benefits of paying a higher price!