(Update: A quick update on some of the issues I discussed with sound in this review from Turtle Beach: “The headsets are tuned to bring out the mid range and de-emphasize the bass because the esport gamers and teams [that] we worked [with] really implored us to create that sound profile so they can be at their highest competitive level and be able to clearly communicate with their squad.” This is a key point which I did not cover, so take that into consideration as part of the review.)
Turtle Beach has been making headsets for a good while at this point. With the Elite Atlas Pro I expected something very solid. I will hold it against the harsh light of criticism to ensure you can make the right purchase decision. I have previously reviewed the Elite Atlas Aero, which I loved, so I expect something great from this. Before we get too far into this review, let us look at the spec sheet.
The Sound of the Elite Atlas Pro
The first thing I want to cover is likely the most important; sound quality. This is a headset on which I have mixed feelings. It has solid sound, but there is some muddiness in certain areas. I want to break down some of the songs with how I felt before I go too far. Keep in mind the sound comes through 50mm Nanoclear speakers. It can get overwhelmingly loud.
“Andre the Giant” – Prof – Very clear vocals. Clean bass. A little overwhelmed when background vocals enter.
White Album – Nothing stands out. Average performance. Sounds good, but not mind blowing.
Abbey Road – “The End” Tracks – Ranges from clear audio to a little muddy mixing.
“Let Me Roll It” – Paul McCartney – Clear difference in vocals and instruments. Vocals are a little hollow.
“Mean Demeanor” – Run the Jewels – Solid Lo-Fi sound. Vocals sound solid.
Childish Gambino – “IV. Sweatpants” – Slightly less clear vocals. Sounded distant.
“Nothing for Free” – Paul McCartney – Good variety in vocals but opening mix is a little muddy. Clears up at bridge. Treble hits a little hard.
“I Turn My Camera On” – Spoon – Instrumentation is very clear. Vocals have good separation.
I also tested it out with a few games. Sea of Thieves was the primary and it sounded incredible in the game. Everything was very clear and while there was not a ton of 3D separation noticeable, it was there. This little gadget will make everything much better, so read that to see how great everything sounds with a $30 dollar add-on.
Overall, this is a fine headset that gets much better when gaming. Listening to movies and music shows how focused the product is on interactive entertainment. It sounds good overall, but not great. When used specifically for games, it sounds fantastic. The microphone is also very solid, harnessing TruSpeak technology. We will have a video review up this week using the microphone so you can hear how that sounds. It will be linked in this article.
Oh My, That’s Comfortable
I was blessed with less than perfect eye sight. Thus, glasses are part of my normal day. This has always been a bit of a problem with headsets, but the Elite Atlas Aero showed that comfort could be reached. Turtle Beach stepped it up with the Elite Atlas Pro by somehow making the cupped cushions even more comfortable.
In addition, you likely won’t notice the headband when worn. While the headset has a good heft to it, it is lighter than wireless versions and rests comfortably on your skull. The wire is also more than long enough to plug into any PC and easily reaches controllers for consoles. Overall, this is the most comfortable headset I’ve worn yet, barely edging out the wireless Elite Atlas Aero.
There aren’t a ton of bells and whistles to this headset. It does what it says it is going to do. It gives a fantastic gaming experience, with solid enough performance for multimedia. For music, podcasts, and movies, I may switch to the Elite Atlas Aero, but it this headset is good enough for everyday use. Plus, at a $100 asking price, you won’t find many competitors that stack up.
If price is no object, there are a few better options which we have covered on the site. Logitech and other Turtle Beach offerings add a little more into the mix at a premium price. If you are looking for something that will work with all of your devices (minus newer phones without a 3.5mm adapter) you can’t go wrong with the Elite Atlas Pro. I expect this to be the go-to headset for most gamers as it is just above entry level pricing and sounds significantly better than $30 – $50 headsets. The difference is easily worth the price.
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