The Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 + Super Amp presents itself, right out of the box, as if it’s meant strictly for the kings and queens of gaming. Available now for $249.99, the Elite Pro 2 includes two fairly large 50mm Nanoclear speakers and a microphone with TruSpeak tech. Those are indeed some fancy words, and the Elite Pro 2 does possess a hefty price tag. But are those fancy words and expensive price tag worth your hard-earned cash?
In terms of comfortability, this headset really hits the spot. One of my biggest gripes with gaming headsets in the past is that they typically bother the left and right side of my face, exclusively due to my glasses. The Elite Pro 2 doesn’t check that box, thankfully, making it pleasant for individuals that game with or without glasses.
The sound department was originally anything but impressive. Right out of the gate, I was completely unsatisfied with the quality of sound coming from the Elite Pro 2. I wasn’t happy with the max level of volume. And I’m really big on bass quality so that left me unimpressed as well. But that all changed once I downloaded the Turtle Beach app on my smart phone which really cracked the headset’s features wide open. It was like the headset evolved from Charmander straight to Charizard in a matter of seconds. It was a whole new headset, and my level of enthusiasm for this piece of hardware greatly improved along with overall quality.
You see, you’re really doing yourself a disservice if you fail to download the application for your smart phone, which connects to your headset via Bluetooth. Once you’ve accomplished this task and have successfully paired the two together, you’re then able to tweak individual sound features like “superhuman hearing” – which increases the overall volume in things like reloading and footsteps – and adjust “bass boost” or create your own custom preset. I didn’t bother with creating my own custom presets, but I did enable bass boosting almost instantly, and I’m more than happy I did so.
When it comes to the Elite Pro 2’s Super Amp, well, it essentially works as a volume controller. It’s a device that you plug into your system, which gives it power, and you dial a nob back and forth to increase or decrease volume. On a scale from 1 to 10, 10 being the loudest, even with the application adjustments the Elite Pro 2 sits at a solid 7 in terms of volume projection. It could always be louder. And in the case of the Elite Pro 2, the overall volume proved to be more than adequate.
The Elite Pro 2 worked very well with games like Gears of War 4 and Monster Hunter: World. I got a kick out of hearing how nicely my active-reload sounded each and every time, and the screaming from monster did not go unnoticed as well. Enemy footsteps when in proximity are identifiable, and explosions coming from my switch-axe after blasting away at the back of a monsters head sounded delightful.
The Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 + Super Amp is a great piece of gaming hardware. The quality of sound is nice, though the volume could be a bit louder. Utilizing the Turtle Beach application via smart devices unlocks the headset’s full potential, and tinkering around with settings on your phone is absolutely worth your time. Given the rather large price tag, I would have to say, with full confidence, that the Elite Pro 2 gaming headset is worth every penny. But that is, however, only if you can effort to scratch out the extra couple of bucks.