Turtle Beach products had a sketchy reputation 4 or 5 years ago. Since then, though, the headsets have shown significant growth in quality. With the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 PS4/PC headset, many of my concerns with the Stealth 600 have been rectified. Before getting into the review proper, as always, let’s look at the fact sheet.
Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Specs
PlayStation®5*, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®4 Pro, Nintendo Switch™** Via Wireless USB Transmitter
*Sony has indicated that PS4™ headsets will work on PS5™. Turtle Beach anticipates the Stealth™ 700 Gen 2 will be compatible with PS5™ and will confirm once testing is complete.
**Nintendo Switch wireless compatibility supported through USB connection while in docked mode only. Chat available for games that support in-game chat capability.
Speaker Frequency Response
20Hz – 22kHz
50mm Nanoclear™ neodymium drivers
Rechargeable 1000mAh Lithium Polymer
Ear Cushion Material
Synthetic Leather (Black) with Memory Foam Cushioning
Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Review
My biggest complaint about the Stealth 600 was the mesh ear cushions which never fully broke in and felt extremely comfortable. They were better than some headsets, worse than others, but never up to the standards of some of the other headsets out there like the Logitech Pro X. While I’m happy to report that this is a much more comfortable headset, it is still not the most comfortable fit out there. The build quality is extremely good with a metal reinforced headband and enough give to be flexible.
I will say that the Stealth 700 is very comfortable, especially when compared to others in the price range ($149.99 as of this writing). The difference in comfort with the Pro X, which is $20 dollars less is minimal but the sound quality has an edge. Ultimately, you are looking at a slightly more comfortable and less expensive headset with the Logitech Pro X versus better sound quality and more options with the Stealth 700. The Stealth 700 was my daily driver for a good while.
I’m a glasses wearer and the fit is generally the deal breaker, but I had no issues wearing the 700 for long periods of time. As you will see in the upcoming review for the ELO series from ROCCAT (part of the Turtle Beach brand) the biggest problem is the over the head strap. It is static and comfortable enough, but for some heads it may not work as well as it did for me.
The microphone is similar to the 600 Gen 2 mics. Functionally it is identical but the quality seemed to be a bit better. This likely won’t translate over Discord or in a game, but for recording you should notice a bit of a difference. It still has the fold out, built in, design and you are able to put the mic at the half way point to mute. I never used this featured as folding it back into the headset was just as quick, but I can see the use as it has a tactile feel when you hit the right spot for muting.
One of the things I liked a great deal was the simple design of the controls on the left ear cup. Volume and mic controls have a slightly raised lip which makes it easier to prevent changing volume when hitting the mode button if needed. The headset also has a dedicated Bluetooth button so you won’t need to jump through hoops trying to figure out what to press and for how long to enable it. Overall the layout of the controls is the best I’ve seen from headsets in this price range and is easy to get used to within minutes.
You will also use Bluetooth to connect your phone to change EQ settings if you aren’t hooking it up through a PC. This is wonderful as it allows you to control the soundscape regardless of where you are using it. Nintendo Switch games benefit a great deal since there aren’t a lot of great options, though it only works in docked mode since this also lacks a 3.5 mm jack. When listening to music or videos on your phone, the EQ setting are at your fingertips, and the same is true on PS4/5.
Sound quality is where the Stealth 700 shines. While I loved the 600 Gen 2 sound, the 700 takes it up just enough to make a difference. You won’t be going from Insignia to Klipsch in terms of quality differences, but it is enough that it is fairly noticeable. It isn’t the best sounding headset on the market, but I would make an argument that for a gaming focused headset you won’t find much better in this price range.
One of my biggest let downs with the 600 series was the lack of ability to connect it to my phone. Most flagships are moving away from 3.5 mm jacks and the inability for the 600 series to connect in any way was a frustration. The Turtle Beach 700 Gen 2 gets past that problem with included Bluetooth. Now, connecting to my phone, sound system, television, or computer (without using the included USB receiver), is a piece of cake. And the sound quality remains just as good with no noticeable delay.
With the Turtle Beach 700 Gen 2 and 600 Gen 2 both selling at aggressive prices, it is hard to argue against spending the extra $50 for the upgraded model. The 700 is a significant upgrade in every respect. Sound quality is improved, fit and comfort are improved and the inclusion of Bluetooth makes this a multipurpose headset. It is too large to wear while working out or going out on walks, but for general use around the house, it is fantastic.
A review unit was provided by Turtle Beach for this review.
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