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Published on February 5th, 2015 | by Greg


Turtle Beach Elite 800: Wireless, Noise Cancelling Gaming Headset

There is something very satisfying about a well-made piece of gear- the way it feels solid in the hand, stable on the head, polished edges and soft, supple materials. We love it when equipment exceeds expectations, when controls work easily, and nothing is too heavy or too light. Today’s gadget is aimed directly at gamers, but includes features rarely seen in the market. Whether you need a better way to listen to Madden or Call of Duty, the latest Mortal Kombat or the next MMORPG, you’ll enjoy the audio performance from this next-generation headset.

The latest thing around our ears is the Turtle Beach Elite 800 Wireless Noise-Cancelling DTS Surround Sound Gaming Headset- and yes, that is its complete title. Built specifically for the Sony Playstation 3 and PS4, it’s also billed as being useful for mobile gaming- though we focused on console use, since it’a a bit large to really want to use with your tablet or smartphone on-the-go. And don’t fret Xbox fans- Turtle Beach has you covered as well, with a separate model we’ll be looking at tomorrow.

This is one of the only gaming headsets that we’ve seen to include active noise cancellation. Passive cancellation is simply a good, tight seal around your ears to block out external noise- but the more sophisticated method is to analyze the noises and create an equal-and-opposite signal to render them basically inaudible. As with others, it won’t work on every sudden scream, but the dual hidden microphones do a good job of capturing and blocking out whirring, regular ones. Wireless headsets are definitely the way to go right now for console gaming, because cords can really get in the way- with PCs it matters less since you’re likely much closer to the screen. Thankfully, the Elite 800 includes a hefty battery that offers 10 or so hours of use between charges, enough for even the longest sessions. One of the coolest parts of the entire package is the magnetic charging system, a super-simple dock that also serves as the hub. Connect via USB and optical audio cabling to your gaming console and you’re all set.

Turtle Beach, though, didn’t include a wall power adapter in the box, which can mean a bit of awkwardness as you are forced to take up one of the console’s precious USB ports. Plus, if you’re not careful, the USB ports won’t be powered when the console is turned off. We loved that you can independently adjust chat and game volume levels, and the DTS surround sound is pretty good- it can help you pinpoint where those shots are coming from, thanks to excellent spatial dynamics. The Elite 800 is quite adjustable, both in terms of fit and audio- it’s among the more comfortable we’ve tested, with plenty of cushiness, large cups, and not too tight of a headband. And though the onboard controls can be too sensitive, we were impressed at how much control you have at your fingertips- everything from EQ settings to the ability to take calls from your phone while still in-game thanks to Bluetooth pairing. It isn’t cheap, but the Turtle Beach Elite 800 is worthy of the name, and the price tag- available now, online and in stores for around $300.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Appleā€™s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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