Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Gaming Headset

The Turtle Beach Atlas Elite Gaming Headset is a good wired gaming headset and is very similar to the Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp, with slight differences in performance. They still have the same comfortable design with thick and comfortable padding for long gaming sessions and great build quality. Turtle Beach Atlas Elite Gaming Headset have good audio reproduction that even critical listeners can appreciate, and their detachable boom microphone is great for online gaming and calls. Unfortunately, they aren’t compatible with the Turtle Beach Audio Hub app for customization options, and they don’t isolate much noise. On the upside, these headphones are a more budget variant of the Elite Pro 2 and perform similarly, so the SuperAmp may not be worth it for some.
Ask any PC gamer and it’s likely that they’ll know Turtle Beach as “that company that makes console peripherals.” And, while it’s true that the manufacturer has been behind a lot of peripherals for the Xbox One and PS4, it’s trying to branch out and reach PC gamers with headsets like the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas.

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Turtle Beach Atlas Elite Gaming HeadsetOver-ear

Enclosure:
Closed-Back

Wireless:
Yes

Noise-Cancelling:
Yes

Mic:
Yes

Transducer:
Dynamic

 

Turtle Beach Atlas Elite Gaming Headset Good audio reproduction
Turtle Beach Atlas Elite Gaming Headset Durable and comfortable design
Turtle Beach Atlas Elite Gaming Headset Great microphone
best headphones Sub-par isolation and leakage performance
best headphones Lack of features and customization options
best headphonesA bit too bulky for casual use

 

Design

Has Stereo Speakers
Has An Over-the-ear Foam
Has A Detachable Cable
Has A Tangle Free CableX
Has An Open-Back DesignX
Can Be FoldedX

Sound Quality

Highest Frequency28000Hz
Lowest Frequency12Hz
Has A Neodymium Magnet
Has Passive Noise Reduction
Has Active Noise Cancelling (Noise Control)X

Microphone

Has A Noise Cancelling Microphone
No of Microphones1
Has A Removable Microphone
Has A Wind Noise Reduction MicrophoneX

Power

Has A Rechargeable BatteryX
Has A Battery Level IndicatorX
Has A Removable BatteryX

Connectivity

Can Be Used WirelesslyX
Compatible With PlayStation
Compatible With Xbox Live
Has A 3.5mm Male Connector
Supports Bluetooth Pairing Using NFCX
Has WI-FIX

Features

Can Be Used As A Headset
Has A Mute Function
Control Panel Placed on A DeviceX
Has An In-Line Control Panel
Has Included Ear PadsX
Travel Bag Is IncludedX

 

Design
This is a well-designed gaming headset that feels high-end and is very similar to the Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp. They are practically the same headset design-wise, just that the Atlas doesn’t come with the SuperAmp. They are mostly made out of dense plastic, and they feel solid and well-made. The padding on the ear cups and headband is thick and comfortable. The headband is also made out of metal and feels sturdy. The Atlas' in-line remote is fairly simple as you get a small volume wheel and a mic mute switch, which unfortunately aren’t the easiest to use. Also, like most gaming headphones, this headset is very bulky and is not meant to be portable or stable for sports. On the upside, they have a long PC splitter cable, but if you don’t use it, the default audio cable is fairly short. Their pads are also switchable and compatible with the Elite Pro 2 pads, which have a slightly different texture and are also a bit denser.
StyleComfort
The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas is very similar to the Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp. They have the same premium and high-end look. The headset has large ear cups and has a nice-looking metal headband. The ear cup backplates are magnetic and can be swapped out with different designs that can be bought separately. However, the default glossy black plates are fingerprint prone. The earpads are thick, and the microphone is malleable and detachable. These headphones were designed as gaming headphones, and their looks show it.The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas is a very comfortable gaming headset that can be worn for long playing sessions. The ear cups cushioning is thick and soft, and the cups are wide and deep, so most ears should not touch the drivers. The headband is also comfortable and well-padded. Unfortunately, there are only a few size adjustments possible, and the smallest setting might be too large for people with smaller heads. You could also feel gaps behind the ears because of the large cups. These headphones are also quite tight on the head. On the upside, Turtle Beach’s pads are also comfortable for people wearing glasses as they relieve pressure thanks to their ProSpecs glasses relief system.
PortabilityBuild Quality
Like most gaming headphones, the Elite Atlas has a bulky design and is not meant to be portable. The headset doesn’t fold into a more compact format, but the hinges do rotate, so the cups lay flat, making it easier to slide in a bag. The headphone seems to be identical to the Elite Pro 2 regarding build quality. The metal headband feels solid, and the cups are large and dense and should survive a few accidental drops. However, since the padding and backplates are magnetic, they might come off the headset if the impact is significant enough. The weakest point of the headset seems to be the size adjustment sliders as they are made of plastic. On the upside, the detachable microphone is malleable and feels well-made. All detachable parts on this headset are easy to replace as they are sold separately by Turtle Beach.
StabilityControls
This headset is not for physical activity and shouldn’t be used for running or at the gym. The bulky Elite Atlas was designed for gaming purposes in a stationary position. The clamping force of these headphones is tight, and you won’t feel them wiggling on your head while gaming. However, as soon as you start moving, they can easily come off your head. They are also wired headphones, so there’s a risk for the cable to get hooked on something, yanking the headset off your head. Thankfully, the cable is also detachable so it might disconnect before pulling the headset.The in-line remote of the Elite Atlas offers a limited amount of controls. You get a decent mic switch that shows a red strip when muted and a volume wheel. However, the switch feels a bit mushy, and the wheel doesn’t stick out much, so some might feel like it’s a bit hard to use and turn.
Sound
The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas is a good sounding closed-back over-ear gaming headset. It has a deep and powerful bass, an accurate and clear mid-range, and a great treble range. Unfortunately, their bass is a bit boomy, and mid-range may sound a bit thin on vocals and lead instruments. Their treble range might also lack a bit of detail and could be sharp on certain S and T sounds for some. Their pads are also switchable and compatible with the Elite Pro 2 pads, which gives you more bass. This means if you want a slightly more hyped sound profile, then you can purchase the Elite Pro pads directly from the Turtle Beach website. Overall, they are still versatile for a variety of music genres and are great for video games.
BassMid
The bass performance of this headphone is great. Sub-bass (low-frequency extension) is extended down to 10Hz, which is excellent. This indicates that Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Gaming Gaming Headset can produce a good amount of thump and punch. Mid-bass is flat and even, accurately adding punch to bass and kicks. The 4dB bump in high-bass makes the sound of these headphones boomy. Also, their bass delivery slightly varies across users, and is sensitive to the quality of the fit, seal, and whether you wear glasses.
The headphone has a very good mid-range. The dip in low-mid makes vocals and lead instruments a tad thin, but will also create more room for the thump and rumble of the bass to come through. Mid-mid and high-mid are flat and even and within 1dB of our target, which is important for producing well-balanced and clear vocals and instruments.
Isolation
The isolation performance of this headphone is poor. Just like the Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp, this headset doesn’t isolate lower frequencies like engine rumbles, so they would not be great headphones for a daily commute. Using them in a quieter environment is a better idea. They are also quite leaky, but this won’t be too much of a problem if your main usage is for gaming in a room where you are alone, without too much noise around you.
Noise IsolationOverall Leakage
The isolation performance is sub-par. These closed-back headphones don't have ANC (active noise canceling), and therefore don't provide any noticeable isolation in the bass range. This means they will let in all the rumble and low frequency noises like the sound of airplane and bus engines. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they achieve 7dB of isolation, which is mediocre. In the treble range, occupied by sharp sounds like S and Ts, and computer fans, they provide 25dB of isolation, which is above-average.The leakage performance of the Elite Atlas is sub-par. The significant portion of their leakage is between 300Hz and 5KHz, which is a broad range. The overall level of the leakage is also moderately loud. With the music at 100db SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages at 48dB SPL and peaks at 67dB SPL, which is noticeably louder than the noise floor of an average office.
Microphone
The boom mic of the headphone is great. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic sounds full-bodied, relatively detailed, and intelligible. However, it will sound bass-heavy and thicker than the Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp's mic. In noisy situations, it can separate speech from background noise to a great degree even in very demanding situations, like a gaming convention.
Battery
This headset is wired and doesn’t have a battery.
Connectivity
These passive headphones have a 1/8” TRRS connection and can not be used wirelessly. They provided audio and microphone support on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch, although we don’t own a Switch to test it. A wired connection is great for watching videos and gaming since you won’t have any latency issues. However, your range will be limited by their cable’s length, which is pretty short if you don’t use the included PC splitter cable.
BluetoothWired
These gaming headphones are not Bluetooth compatible.You can connect this headset with the 1/8” TRRS connection to PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch, although we don’t own a Switch to test it. It is very versatile for all platforms.
Wireless RangeBase/Dock
These headphones are wired headphones that can’t be used wirelessly. Their range will be limited by their 3.5-foot cable’s length, which is short. You can also use the included PC splitter to get more range.This gaming headset does not have a base or dock.

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