Turtle Beach Elite Pro Tournament Headset Review

Turtle Beach Elite Pro Tournament Headset Review
 
 

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.

Out of the Box

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:

  • USB mini power cable - 3m
  • Digital Audio Cable - 3m
  • Xbox One Chat/AUX/Stream Cable - 1.3m
  • USB Micro Programming Cable - 1.3m

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

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:

  • Digital optical passthrough (so you can utilise your audio amplifier)
  • Auxiliary In (so you can listen to background music or take calls in-session)
  • Local in-game chat - You can network multiple TAC’s together to enhance local clan functionality
  • Audio Streaming - Game, Chat, Mic, and Auxiliary audio can be streamed via PC

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.

Technical Features

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:

  • ComforTec - This system allows for adjustment both up and down on each side (like most headsets), and also across the head. This means you can easily make this headset fit exactly as you require, and is something which is extremely important for long gaming sessions.
  • AeroFit Ear Cushions. The combination of Spandex Fabric and gel-infused foam keep your ears cool, whilst leather sidewalls provide long-lasting shape and an excellent sound chamber.
  • ProSpecs Glasses Relief system - Sounds complicated, but this is an excellent idea which means you can create an adjustable ‘channel’ in the ear cushion which allows your spectacle frames to sit naturally as if you were not wearing a headset. This is done by clever use of a draw-cord within the earpad.

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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Comments Comments (26)

 
Posted by Bank
On Tuesday 15 Nov 2016 3:45 PM
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I swear this was at Armageddon's booth for For Honour.
But things always have similar designs anyways.
 
 
 
Posted by Zolen
On Tuesday 15 Nov 2016 3:57 PM
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Nice review - thanks
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Tuesday 15 Nov 2016 3:58 PM
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Slap pro on it, will sell like hotcakes, also looks like it will snap easily.
 
 
 
Posted by Bunnny
On Tuesday 15 Nov 2016 4:56 PM
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How did I only just notice hardware reviews...

Jezz.

Can we get a score though. Ty
 
 
 
Posted by AdamC
On Tuesday 15 Nov 2016 5:04 PM
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Nice move with the surround amp like Astros. This looks like it has some added features too. I'm a little jealous
 
 
 
Posted by D4nzy
On Tuesday 15 Nov 2016 7:15 PM
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Awesome review Teljam!

Also, awesome headset - I'll have one please :D
 
 
 
Posted by AdamC
On Tuesday 15 Nov 2016 7:28 PM
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15 November 2016, 04:56 PM Reply to Bunnny
How did I only just notice hardware reviews...

Jezz.

Can we get a score though. Ty
I dont think we need a score myself, expecially when, reading the review, it talks about all the individual pieces, being optional etc. 1 score just wouldnt cut it imo.
 
 
 
Posted by Ryzlin
On Tuesday 15 Nov 2016 8:26 PM
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15 November 2016, 03:45 PM Reply to Bank
I swear this was at Armageddon's booth for For Honour.
But things always have similar designs anyways.
It was, actually.
 
 
 
Posted by thc4108
On Tuesday 15 Nov 2016 8:41 PM
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Nice review i want one
 
 
 
Posted by Nick2016NZ
On Tuesday 15 Nov 2016 9:26 PM
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No wireless, no buy. Sorry, I love Turtle Beach headsets and this would be amazing... if it were wireless. Make that happen TB, and you've got a purchase from me.
 
 
 
Posted by Nick2016NZ
On Tuesday 15 Nov 2016 9:28 PM
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15 November 2016, 03:58 PM Reply to ThatUndeadLegacy
Slap pro on it, will sell like hotcakes, also looks like it will snap easily.
Turtle Beach headsets don't "snap", and certainly not easily. They are high quality, even the cheaper ones. I've owned 5 Turtle Beach headsets, including my current one, and wouldn't buy any other brand now. Amazing sound and build quality.
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Wednesday 16 Nov 2016 1:01 AM
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15 November 2016, 09:28 PM Reply to Nick2016NZ
Turtle Beach headsets don't "snap", and certainly not easily. They are high quality, even the cheaper ones. I've owned 5 Turtle Beach headsets, including my current one, and wouldn't buy any other brand now. Amazing sound and build quality.
The 2 pairs i had snapped easily, sorry i can only talk from experience.
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Wednesday 16 Nov 2016 1:02 AM
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15 November 2016, 09:28 PM Reply to Nick2016NZ
Turtle Beach headsets don't "snap", and certainly not easily. They are high quality, even the cheaper ones. I've owned 5 Turtle Beach headsets, including my current one, and wouldn't buy any other brand now. Amazing sound and build quality.
Frankly im liking the Hyperx series much more, made out of Metal, sounds quality is much better and can hear footsteps much easier than with turtlebeaches.
 
 
 
Posted by AdamC
On Wednesday 16 Nov 2016 3:01 AM
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15 November 2016, 09:28 PM Reply to Nick2016NZ
Turtle Beach headsets don't "snap", and certainly not easily. They are high quality, even the cheaper ones. I've owned 5 Turtle Beach headsets, including my current one, and wouldn't buy any other brand now. Amazing sound and build quality.
Can I ask how long it took you to go through 5 headsets? That seems like alot
 
 
 
Posted by ModifiedSoul
On Wednesday 16 Nov 2016 6:45 AM
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looking about time i retired my Astros and what im looking for in my next headset is wireless for both PS4 and XB1.... hopefully somethings out there... maybe these ?
 
 
 
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Wednesday 16 Nov 2016 11:50 AM
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Had a few different pairs of Turtle Beach, Tried alot of them also at PAX over the years. Just find them uncomfortable and a cheap build esp the foam surrounds are normally hard as hell and dont conform to my ears or head anyway. From my experience Turtle Beach is the one brand Id never buy no matter how good a review is. Each to their own :)
 
 
 
Posted by birdman
On Wednesday 16 Nov 2016 1:37 PM
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16 November 2016, 11:50 AM Reply to SpawnSeekSlay
Had a few different pairs of Turtle Beach, Tried alot of them also at PAX over the years. Just find them uncomfortable and a cheap build esp the foam surrounds are normally hard as hell and dont conform to my ears or head anyway. From my experience Turtle Beach is the one brand Id never buy no matter how good a review is. Each to their own :)
Same here mate, Turtle Beach = avoid at all costs! I went through 4 pairs of the PX22's back in the PS3 days in a matter of months. Headband would either snap or the main issues were poor wire integrity. I've owned my Astro A50's for the past 3 or 4 years now with ZERO issues!

@Modified Soul. Sony Gold's would be out then if you need XB1 compatibility I suppose. I can definitely recommend Astro A50's, but have also heard awesome things about the Steelseries Siberia 800 wireless headset (it has batteries which can be swapped out!!!!). I think I'll give the Steelseries a go when (and if) then Astros ever give out.
 
 
 
Posted by ModifiedSoul
On Wednesday 16 Nov 2016 6:08 PM
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16 November 2016, 01:37 PM Reply to birdman
Same here mate, Turtle Beach = avoid at all costs! I went through 4 pairs of the PX22's back in the PS3 days in a matter of months. Headband would either snap or the main issues were poor wire integrity. I've owned my Astro A50's for the past 3 or 4 years now with ZERO issues!

@Modified Soul. Sony Gold's would be out then if you need XB1 compatibility I suppose. I can definitely recommend Astro A50's, but have also heard awesome things about the Steelseries Siberia 800 wireless headset (it has batteries which can be swapped out!!!!). I think I'll give the Steelseries a go when (and if) then Astros ever give out.
yeah i've had A50s as long as the PS4 and XB1 have been around and zero hassles (touch wood)... i only wish they didnt need the chat cable with the XB1.... but im not even sure that the XB1 supports wireless chat at all ?
 
 
 
Posted by Nick2016NZ
On Wednesday 16 Nov 2016 9:22 PM
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16 November 2016, 03:01 AM Reply to AdamC
Can I ask how long it took you to go through 5 headsets? That seems like alot
I go through them when I upgrade, not because they break. The very first set I owned years ago is still going strong, I sold it to a mate and it still works just as well as they day I bought it. Seems some people here have something personal against them lol
 
 
 
Posted by AdamC
On Wednesday 16 Nov 2016 11:34 PM
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16 November 2016, 09:22 PM Reply to Nick2016NZ
I go through them when I upgrade, not because they break. The very first set I owned years ago is still going strong, I sold it to a mate and it still works just as well as they day I bought it. Seems some people here have something personal against them lol
I don't know if I'd call it something personal when you yourself have gone through 5 sets.
 
 
 
Posted by teljam
On Wednesday 16 Nov 2016 11:40 PM
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Hi Folks - there seems to be a few comments about Turtle Beach build quality. I've covered it off in the review, but just to reiterate these are made really well. I think I understand the comments as related to some of their older headsets, but these ones are of a high build quality made for a lot of use. Again - I understand some of the views here, but those assumptions definitely don't apply to this headset. Hope that sets the record straight. Cheers
 
 
 
Y3llowFish
Posted by Y3llowFish
On Thursday 17 Nov 2016 12:15 AM
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16 November 2016, 01:37 PM Reply to birdman
Same here mate, Turtle Beach = avoid at all costs! I went through 4 pairs of the PX22's back in the PS3 days in a matter of months. Headband would either snap or the main issues were poor wire integrity. I've owned my Astro A50's for the past 3 or 4 years now with ZERO issues!

@Modified Soul. Sony Gold's would be out then if you need XB1 compatibility I suppose. I can definitely recommend Astro A50's, but have also heard awesome things about the Steelseries Siberia 800 wireless headset (it has batteries which can be swapped out!!!!). I think I'll give the Steelseries a go when (and if) then Astros ever give out.
I have been recommended Steelseries from friends, seems to be the new headphone brand to go to.
 
 
 
Posted by birdman
On Thursday 17 Nov 2016 2:40 PM
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16 November 2016, 11:40 PM Reply to teljam
Hi Folks - there seems to be a few comments about Turtle Beach build quality. I've covered it off in the review, but just to reiterate these are made really well. I think I understand the comments as related to some of their older headsets, but these ones are of a high build quality made for a lot of use. Again - I understand some of the views here, but those assumptions definitely don't apply to this headset. Hope that sets the record straight. Cheers
Fair enough, sorry but I'm of the "Once bitten, twice shy" opinion though.
 
 
 
Posted by Nick2016NZ
On Thursday 17 Nov 2016 5:16 PM
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16 November 2016, 11:34 PM Reply to AdamC
I don't know if I'd call it something personal when you yourself have gone through 5 sets.
I don't understand what you're trying to get at, that's fine if you don't agree with me, I'm just saying I've always had a great experience with their headsets so that's why I've stuck with them for many years. I don't see what's wrong with that, and like I said, it's called upgrading, much like people do with a new phone every year.
 
 
 
Posted by maxnaughty
On Monday 21 Nov 2016 11:14 PM
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This just got added to my letter to Santa!
 
 
 
Posted by maxnaughty
On Friday 13 Jan 2017 1:19 PM
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Its a lot of money for a headset, but sounds like it's worth it.