Turtle Beach Recon 500 Multiplatform Headset Review
Peter Donnell / 3 weeks ago
Turtle Beach is one of the biggest and oldest names in the business when it comes to gaming headsets. They’ve been doing this for as long as I can remember. It’s no surprise then that they have some of the best sounding headsets across multiple price points, from sub £50 models all the way up to £250! Their drivers have always been what gives them that “Turtle Beach Signature Sound” and it’s something I’ve been a fan of for a long time now. However, what if they were to tinker with their DNA, would it make them better, worse or simply just different? With their new 60mm Eclipse Dual Drivers, the Turtle Beach Recon 500 is the new king of the Recon range. Not to be confused with the Turtle Beach 500 mouse, Impact 500 Keyboard, or Stealth 500X headset, but since those products are 1) 5-6 years old and 2) discontinued, I don’t think we’ll struggle too much.
Turtle Beach Recon 500
There are three key features which define the Turtle Beach Recon 500 headset. The new Turtle Beach 60mm Eclipse Dual Drivers, the AccuTune Precision Engineered Earcup Design and the Pro-Level TruSpeak Microphone. If they’re successful, I expect their new designs will carry Turtle Beach through the next few years. They generally only roll out designs they’re confident in. If anything, they remind me of the Porsche 911, revising and steadily improving over the years, rather than constantly trying to reinvent the range; clearly, it’s worked well for them.
Features & Specifications
- Speaker Frequency Response – 20Hz – 20kHz
- Speakers – 60mm Eclipse™ Dual Drivers with Neodymium magnets
- Earcup Design – Over-Ear (Closed)
- Ear Cushion Material – Athletic Weave Fabric with Memory Foam
- Mic Design – Removable TruSpeak™ Uni-Directional Noise-Cancelling Mic
- Cable Length – 4’ / 1.3m Braided Cable with 3.5mm Connection
- Connections – 3.5 Jack Connection: Xbox Series X|S & Xbox One | PS5 & PS4 | Nintendo Switch (handheld mode only) & Mobile Devices
- Also works great with PC: 3.5mm or 3.5mm + PC Splitter Cable (Sold Separately)
For further information you can check out the official product page here.
What Turtle Beach Had to Say
“Hear a revolution in gaming audio with the Turtle Beach® Recon™ 500. Featuring first-of-their-kind 60mm Eclipse™ Dual Drivers delivering stunning sound with dedicated woofers and tweeters, engineered with AccuTune™ for acoustic perfection. Keep in touch with your teammates (or taunt your enemies) on the removable TruSpeak™ noise-cancelling mic delivering clear, pro-level comms. Play in comfort – even during marathon sessions – thanks to breathable memory foam ear cushions and a durable, lightweight, metal-reinforced headband. And its simple wired connection works perfectly on any device using a standard 3.5mm jack, so your Recon™ 500 is always ready for battle, no batteries required.” – Turtle Beach
“With our all-new, patented Eclipse™ Dual Drivers, Turtle Beach is once again first-to-market with groundbreaking gaming audio technology that makes the Recon 500 one of the best sounding headsets,” said Juergen Stark, Chairman and CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation. “The Recon 500 delivers some of the most impressive engineering advances our Recon series gaming headsets have ever achieved. It redefines what gamers will expect in a headset at this price point, offering an innovative design, masterful audio performance, and plush comfort.”