Turtle Beach has been in the accessory game for a while. The 600 series of headsets has always been a value choice for most gamers. Generally, one would buy the Stealth series based on cost and get a decent, but not great headset. I recently had the chance to review the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 headset for PS4 (and PS5). With a wide range of headsets already reviewed, how did this stack up?
First, the specs:
Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 Review
I’ve reviewed lower end and much higher end headsets compared to the Gen 2. All the above information is essentially advertising speak for what is included in this headset and none of it is an exaggeration. Personally, it took a while to get the comfort side of things going. When I first put on the headset it was a bit tight and the mesh on the ear cups was not as comfortable as I expected. Right then I thought the whole thing was in trouble. I then loaded up some of the music I generally test with and was blown away.
I asked my wife to try on a high end headset that I generally use for comparison and then asked her to try out the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2. She asked the prices and I told her and she couldn’t figure it out. The Stealth 600 sounded so much better than anything we had used before hand. This was before any presets or messing with equalization. Out of the box, it sounded like a $200-300 headset.
So I was a bit torn for the first few days. It sounded as good or slightly better than the Logitech Pro X and Elite Atlas Pro, but it was lacking a bit in the comfort department. Over time I either developed a resistance to the rougher mesh on the Stealth or it loosened up and was easier to wear for long periods of time. Glasses were never an issue, it was the texture.
I’ve been playing Marvel’s Avengers beta over the weekend and I was using the Logitech Pro X at first but it didn’t have the volume I wanted. I switched over to the Elite Atlas Pro and it sounded a bit better, but when I put on the Stealth it became the default headset. The volume was much louder and the deep rumbles of Hulk’s roars and all the different levels of tonality were clear enough to feel like I was playing something designed specifically for this headset.
You Get What You Pay for and a Bit More
This is a midrange headset as far as pricing goes, and you should expect it to come in at that level. The mic is not as good as some of the other mics I’ve tested, but for gaming with friends it does the job without any issue. The biggest piece that I miss is a 3.5mm jack. With Turtle Beach selling the Atlas Edge it seems like a bit of a miss. Granted, the sound quality is the selling point here. And the USB-C charger is a nice move in the right direction, but it really hurts that the 3.5mm jack has been excluded when the inclusion would allow use with the Atlas Edge and possibly push this headset to amazing levels of sound fidelity.
There are a few misses with the headset. The microphone is fine and has a nice flip of feature, but it won’t blow anyone away. The lack of a 3.5mm headset jack hurts a little, but that seems to be the way things are going now so it isn’t a huge issue. Comfort takes a bit of time as well as you break in the headset and it will never feel like a pillow on your head, but if you want to test the 15-hour battery life in one sitting, it is comfortable enough to do that.
Where the headset shines is in the quality of sound. It really is a remarkable range of tones and the clarity is as good as headsets double the price. Bass hits hard, treble doesn’t sound tinny, it all just comes together in a very clean and high quality sound at a lower end price range. The stark white version for the PlayStation (which also works with Nintendo Switch) has a nice aesthetic and stands out among the myriad of hyper colorful or Darth Vader inspired darker headsets on the market.
This is an easy recommendation for those in the $100 price range. It is easily one of the best headsets in this price range, but it is getting harder to say which is the best due to so many offerings at such a high quality. Ultimately, the features are what matter, so make your choice based on what makes most sense. For pure sound quality, though, this one is around the front of the pack.
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