Turtle Beach has unveiled a new line of gaming headsets directed specifically at PC gamers. Unlike the bass-heavy focus of most gaming headsets meant to emphasize higher frequency response, the Atlas series features audio tuning and engineering based on feedback from professional esports teams Astralis and OpTic Gaming.
“Every player is different, but we have tuned the Atlas series to allow players to hear the details in their game’s environments and opposing team’s movements,” said Nick Bourne, Director of Product Management & Partnerships at Turtle Beach. “This tuning was a direct result of over a year of working closely with Astralis and OpTic, developing and testing the sound profiles across a multitude of the most played PC titles.”
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The Atlas line includes three gaming headsets: the Atlas One, Atlas Three, and Elite Atlas. All three models are wired stereo headsets that connect to PCs or game systems through a 3.5mm connection.
The headsets each feature metal-reinforced headbands and faux leather-covered memory foam earpads with Turtle Beach’s ProSpecs technology. ProSpecs incorporate a softer section of foam along the temples to reduce pressure on the heads of glasses-wearing users.
The models are designed for use with PCs, but come with accessories for desktops, laptops, and other game syystems. There are short primary cables with a four-pole 3.5mm connector for modern game consoles, handhelds, mobile devices, and laptops, along with longer extension cables with two three-pole 3.5mm connectors for desktops with separate headphone and microphone ports.
The Atlas One is the entry-level model in the series, with a simple design and a $49.95 price tag. It’s the most basic headset in the line, with the aforementioned features and a permanently attached primary cable.
The Atlas Three is a $79.95 step-up model based on the Turtle Beach Stealth 300 headset. Its biggest distinction is a built-in headphone amplifier offering multiple equalizer presets, including a voice-enhancing Vocal Boost mode. Unlike the other two models, it requires power from its internal battery to drive the amp, so it can charge through a micro USB port with an included cable. According to Turtle Beach, the Atlas Three can last up to 40 hours on a charge.
The Elite Atlas is the flagship model in the new Atlas line, and is heavily based on the Editors’ Choice Turtle Beach Elite Pro Tournament Headset. While it lacks the Atlas Three’s amp and battery requirements, the Elite Atlas features 50mm drivers, a much more plush and premium-feeling design, and removable fabric-wrapped headset cables. At $99.95 it’s the most expensive Atlas headset, but it’s only half the price of the Elite Pro.
So far we’ve tested the Elite Atlas, and it demonstrates the same excellent build quality and comfortable fit that made us like the Elite Pro. The gaming-focused audio tuning is very useful for gaming, but we noticed that it makes for a less-than-stellar musical experience due to the relative under-representation of the lower frequencies. It doesn’t sound bad, but rather a very sculpted sound that’s not balanced for music.
All three Turtle Beach Atlas headsets will be available this September.