I have been the very lucky recipient of a set of Turtle Beach Elite 800 Headphones in the last couple of weeks and after giving them a good test thought I would share my views on them here.
Firstly these are not a cheap set of cans weighing in at nearly the £250.00 mark but I managed to get a set brand new in box for a hundred quid cheaper off ebay.
They also come with a 2 year warranty which is very reassuring as my stealth 500s broke after 6 months and feel like the replacements TB sent me are about to break again.
There is plenty of adjustment for those with big heads and the ear cups feel soft and comfy even for a specky four eyes like me, after long gaming sessions they don't make the arms of the glasses dent your head.
The ear cups also fit well around the ears and cancel out ambient noise very well, I have lost count of the times Mr's Bagsta has scared the living shit out of me by walking into the games room and tapping me on the shoulder as I didn't hear her which never happened on the Stealth 500s.
Looking through the literature you can register them (which I advise) and you will get to choose a free t-shirt and a couple of extra pairs of ear cup covers from TB but these may take a while to arrive. I ain't got mine yet.
I think since the release Turtle Beach may have made a few changes to the headset as some of the issues I have read in some reviews no longer seem to be present.
Whilst on the subject of the mic it does take a little more adjustment with the PS4 to get it right as they are hidden away in the ear cups.
I find by going to the mic set up on the PS4 and cranking it up to nearly full works well.
The best compliment the mic can have is a when I first partied up with a friend he said "WOW, you sound different" I asked what he meant and he replied "it sounds like you're in the room with me" Enough said on that then.
This also enables you to take calls whilst in game or listen to some tunes whilst playing not something I tend to do as they do allow you to be a total sound whore on fps games (AW not included).
If not leaving the PS in standby remember to switch them off. I have in my inebriated state left them on a few times only to have to plug them in whilst playing for a while to put some charge back into them.
I tried to pair them without success and so did the reset thing where you hold down the buttons for 15 seconds etc. Still no joy.
The solution was to download the Turtle Beach software and plug the two devices into different usb ports on the PC with the software open.
Press the button to update the software and even thought the latest software was on it reinstalled it and all was good to go again.
So in conclusion, Are these headphones worth the hefty price tag?
In my view yes, they are a big step up from the stealth 500s and do not suffer from the popping and sound drop outs that happened a lot on the PX5s.
The battery life is not as epic as the stealth 500s but it is good at around 10 hours so you are not going to have to leave the PS in standby all the time.
Now that Christmas is over I think that there may well be a few sets of these coming onto ebay and if like me you can grab a bargain I would but not at the expense of starving the rest of the family........ Nah scratch that they ain't gonna waste away get them anyway.
Peace out yall, THE BAGSTA XXX