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Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 Review

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 Review

Back in 2018, the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 gaming headset was awarded the prestigious title of best-selling Xbox One gaming headset — This comes as no surprise as Turtle Beach have built their reputation on providing high-quality headsets for console gamers since their inception. Earlier this year, Turtle Beach announced the next evolution of the Stealth 600 headset by unveiling the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 for both Xbox and PlayStation. Building on the foundation laid by the original Stealth 600, the Stealth 600 Gen 2 prepares gamers for the next generation of games and consoles with a redefined premium look and more features than ever before.

Design

It is clear that Turtle Beach has focused on providing a premium look with the Stealth 600 Gen 2 but still remains loyal to its heritage. The overall construction of the headset feels strong despite its lightweight, matte plastic finish. The drastically improved modern design is a welcomed addition that is sure to appeal to gamers, especially in regards to the microphone. No longer is the microphone awkwardly sticking out when not in use, instead, the microphone becomes one with the headset as it recesses into the body and is streamlined with the headset’s natural curves. When you extend the microphone out for use there is an adjustable hinge that helps angle the microphone towards your mouth to improve its performance.

Moving up to the top of the headset, the padded headband provides similar comfort levels when compared to the original 600’s. But instead of being finished in mesh-like material, Turtle Beach has upgraded the Stealth 600 Gen 2 to a leather-bound cushion that provides a much more premium look and feel. Adjusting the headband also receives a noticeable upgrade as instead of the basic vertical (and ugly) mechanism in the original 600s, the Gen 2 features a completely adjustable headband on each side that locks into place.

The left ear cups surprisingly houses all of the headset’s controls and until you familiarise yourself with the layout, can be confusing. This is due to one earcup containing the power button, audio mode buttons, microphone monitoring, volume control, USB-C port for charging, and a pairing button if you own the Xbox version of the headset (no USB dongle required).

The PlayStation version, however, includes a USB dongle/transmitter to connect their headset to the console, which is pretty standard for wireless products. If you wish to use the Xbox version with your PC/laptop, you will need to purchase an Xbox Wireless Adapter. This is again, pretty standard for Xbox accessories as they utilise a different wireless frequency than your standard 2.4Ghz.

Finishing off the ear cups is a padded foam that is a bit on the hard and thin side if I’m honest. This padded foam is finished in a breathable mesh material that allows your ears the breathe and reduce the heat inside, which is perfect for long gaming binges and even includes a subtle Turtle Beach logo inside the ear cup, which is a nice touch!

When comparing the Stealth 600 Gen 2 to the original Stealth 600, the Gen 2 earcups are noticeably larger and provide an additional level of comfort, especially for gamers with large ears. It is obvious that when developing the Gen 2, Turtle Beach not only wanted to improve the core concept of the Stealth 600 but also develop a headset worthy of the Stealth name.

Performance

The original Turtle Beach Stealth 600 headsets were known for providing outstanding performance for their price tag, and thankfully, the Gen 2 headsets are no different. There isn’t a major difference between the two headsets in regards to hardware as both include the same 50 mm drivers with neodymium magnets. These drivers provide a frequency response range of 20 Hz to 20 kHz and provide a high level of sound reproduction and accuracy that definitely justifies the $150 AUD price.

There are four built-in audio modes (Signature Sound, Bass Boost, Bass + Treble Boost, and Vocal Boost) to suit a variety of games. These modes come down to personal preference as I found myself happy with the Signature Sound setting as this provides solid all-round performance. On a few occasions I decided to listen to stream music from my Xbox One, I found that the Bass + Treble Boost was perfect. By default, the Gen 2s do lack some bass. This isn’t too noticeable when gaming but when pumping out some Parkway Drive or Metallica I found the headset failed to pump out enough low end but with a press of a button this all changes.

The wireless performance of the Stealth 600 Gen 2 is great. I experienced no dropouts or noticeable delays and was impressed by the reliability of the wireless connection. Backing up this connectivity is a rechargeable 900mAh Lithium Polymer Battery that provides around 15 hours of continuous gaming. Best of all, the headset can also be charged while in use, which is a nice luxury that is sometimes overlooked in other headsets.

Honestly, I was expecting more — Turtle Beach fans are going to love the improvements in the design and comfort of the headset, but as we move into the next generation of consoles I was expecting there to also be a noticeable improvement in sound quality. But for well under 200 bux, I understand that there is going to be some compromises, I just wish that Turtle Beach invested the same R&D into improving the sound performance of the headset as it did with its design.

Software

Unfortunately for console gamers, you don’t get the luxury of software support for either Xbox or PlayStation consoles unless you connect the headset to a PC (via the supplied USB-C cable) and download the Turtle Beach Audio Hub software. The primary role of the Turtle Beach Audio Hub software is for firmware updates, but there are one or two (literally) options that you can adjust. Don’t get me wrong, customising the volume level of the warning tones and mic monitoring levels is better than nothing, I guess, but in the current age of technology, I feel that there should be adequate software support for all major headsets.

Conclusion

Turtle Beach has ensured that its Stealth 600 Gen 2 range of headsets is prepared for the next generation of games, gamers, and consoles. The Stealth 600 Gen 2 is a noticeable improvement in quality, design, and comfort, but unfortunately fails to deliver any noticeable improvement in audio quality. This isn’t much of an issue as the sound quality of the Stealth 600’s is already of a high standard, but Turtle Beach fans looking for reasons to upgrade their existing Stealth 600 headset may need slightly more than a fancy looking headset.

Turtle beach stealth 600 gen 2 review

Pros

  • Improved Design
  • Next-Gen Ready
  • Long Battery Life – 15 Hours
Turtle beach stealth 600 gen 2 review

Cons

  • Not A Noticeable Improvement In Audio Quality
  • Software Support
Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 Review
80%

Summary

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The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 prepares gamers for the next-generation on gaming. There are a host of small improvements, particularly around the design and comfort of the headset that are welcomed improvements, however, the audio performance fails to receive the same levels of improvement may discourage previous owners of the original Stealth 600 from upgrading to Gen 2.

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 Review

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