Turtle Beach are the leading supplier of quality gaming headsets, and they’re now leveraging this experience to make a real statement in the high-growth professional gaming market.
This review covers the Elite Pro Tournament Headset and Tactical Audio Controller (TAC) add-on, which is only part of their platform which looks to establish Turtle Beach as the go-to brand for professional e-gamers.
This equipment is high cost and high quality. It’s designed for gamers who are serious in terms of quality, performance, wearability, and longevity.
This is not to say that less-serious gamers shouldn’t consider this equipment, as Turtle Beach offer an upgrade path with the elite pro sub-brand to build up the quality and flexibility of the system.
The headset and TAC are compatible with the Xbox One, PS4, PS3, PC, and mobile devices.
The packaging is of a good quality with both the Headset and TAC protected with custom shaped enclosures within the box, and all cables and the microphone plastic-sealed within a separate enclosed accessories box within the main packaging.
Included in the box is the Elite Pro Tournament Headset, an Elite Pro Microphone, and the Elite Pro 1.3m audio cable.
The headset includes a variety of materials which combine to produce a weighty but very comfortable unit. A steel frame ensures durability, and a combination of Spandex and Leather ensure your ears will be very comfortable for long periods of time.
Included as well is the TAC and the following cables:
It’s great to see the power and Digital audio cables for the TAC being a 3m length which is the maximum allowed, and it means you’re able to have the TAC within easy reach for most gaming environments.
Also included is a Turtle Beach Elite membership which is available by registration of the product. This program apparently gives members a two year extended product warranty on items, early access to news and product information, concierge service, discounts on other Turtle Beach products, and other opportunities at Major League Gaming tournaments.
As of the time of writing, this membership is listed as ‘coming soon’, but registering one of these products will result in receipt of a validation code and notification when the program is re-launched.
Setup is simple for the headset - Slot the microphone into the left-hand slot of the headset and plug the universal cable into the headset and relevant slot of your game controller, PC, or mobile device and your away.
Note that as the headset is not independently powered, you will rely on the output of the device you have connected to, and you’re limited to stereo only without the TAC.
Connecting the TAC is also relatively simple with all required cables included in the box.
In all cases (Xbox One, PS4, PS3, and PC) the included cable in the Headset box is connected to the headset and the TAC. Then connect the relevant cable(s) from the TAC to your device (eg. USB and DAC for Xbox One, PS4, and PS3, and the USB only for the PC).
The TAC also provides additional flexibility including:
You’ll note from the above that this headset and audio controller is not wireless. As such there is zero lag, but of course you’ll have a few cables as part of your experience.
There’s an absolute abundance of features packed into this kit.
The headset incorporates 50mm Nanoclear speakers with Neodymium magnets. These newly designed speakers offer crisp sound with less distortion and clear chat capability.
An omnidirectional and fully flexible microphone means you can set your mic in the exact physical space you want, and the microphone quality is of a good standard to ensure you’ll be heard clearly.
Another important aspect which must be mentioned here is the overall comfort of these headphones.Turtle Beach have obviously spent a lot of time with professional gamers to ensure they learn and implement features which allows for long gaming sessions for a wide variety of people and ultimately to provide a comfortable experience.
As a result there’s three trademarked features included in this headset as follows:
With these you’ll be guaranteed a comfortable, long-lasting gaming session, irrespective of your head shape and allowing for glasses. This headset is the most comfortable I’ve ever worn.
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