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Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 Review

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The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 is an affordable gaming headset with good audio quality, but it lacks the versatility and customization you can find in other similarly-priced alternatives.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

Launched in 2020, the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 headphones are a basic pair of gaming headsets that can be used with PlayStation consoles or PCs, but they don’t work on Xbox consoles (there’s a variant that does). They also don’t support noise canceling. The headphones have a battery life of 23.7 hours. The best gaming headsets can last much longer, though. Owners can adjust the sound output of the headphones through the equalizer setting on the Turtle Beach Audio Hub, but they are missing Bluetooth support and can’t be used wired. They also have 50mm drivers and a boom mic that’s flipped up to mute.

Consensus

our Verdict

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 wireless gaming headset is a good choice for both casual and hardcore gamers. The headphones provide an enjoyable audio experience, though they are somewhat lacking in bass, so more immersive scenes lack impact. Unfortunately, the Stealth 600 Gen 2 doesn’t offer any kind of EQ customization options. Instead, you’ll have just four EQ presets from which to choose, meaning you can’t tailor the sound profile to your individual preferences.

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 headphones are bulky but comfortable, even over extended periods of use. They also offer an impressive tested battery life of around 24 hours, which adds to their overall versatility. The headphones also come in Playstation or Xbox variants, so be sure to buy the right one.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Overall Well-Balanced Sound Profile
    • Gamers will appreciate that the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 offers a neutral sound profile that will work well for most video games. Out-of-box, you get a good audio experience.

    • If you don’t like the default sound profile, the headphones include four different EQ presets that you can adjust using a “Mode” button directly on the ear cup.

  • Comfortable for Extended Use
    • Despite their bulky design, these headphones are surprisingly comfortable, even over longer periods of use. They’re lightweight, and both the headband and ear cups are well-padded with breathable mesh materials.

  • Good Microphone Recording Quality
    • The integrated boom microphone performs well at capturing your voice, so it sounds clear during in-game chat and phone calls. They rank at 7.2 out of 10 in our Microphone Sound Quality Rating.

    • The headphones also include a mic monitoring adjustment so you can adjust the mic sidetone, which is when you can hear your voice in your headphones as you speak.

Reason to Avoid

  • Lacks EQ Customization
    • The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 doesn’t include any kind of customizable EQ settings. You can only use the four included EQ presets. This is disappointing for gamers who want more control over how their games sound.

  • Lacks Bass Response
    • This headset’s sound profile lacks a punchy bass response. This is especially noticeable for anyone who likes bass-heavy music, but it can also be apparent during game cutscenes.

  • Not a Very Stable Fit
    • Unfortunately, these headphones don’t offer a very stable fit for most users’ heads. This can be okay if you plan on sitting in one place, but if you plan on using the headphones on the go or at the gym, you’ll likely be frustrated.

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 Specs

Adjustable HeadbandAdjustable HeadbandYes
Auto-Adjusting HeadbandAuto-Adjusting HeadbandNo
Battery LifeBattery Life15 hrs
Compatible PlatformsCompatible PlatformsNintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X
Connector SizeConnector SizeUSB Type-C
Detachable MicDetachable MicNo
Driver SizeDriver Size50mm
Earcup Foam MaterialEarcup Foam MaterialSoft Cushion
Headphone FitHeadphone FitOver-ear
Max Frequency ResponseMax Frequency Response20,000 Hz
Min Frequency ResponseMin Frequency Response20Hz
Noise CancelingNoise CancelingNo
Product WeightProduct Weight0.62 lbs
Programmable ButtonsProgrammable ButtonsNo
WirelessWirelessYes
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityUSB Dongle

All Specs

Test Results

Max Volume (dB)0
Microphone Sound Quality Rating (out of 10.0)7.2
Speech To Noise Ratio (dB)6.54
BT Latency (ms)0
Non-BT Latency (ms)0
Low End Roll Off (Hz)4,197.8065
High End Roll Off (Hz)8,736.026

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Market Context

Launched in 2020, the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 headphones are a basic pair of gaming headsets that can be used with PlayStation consoles…

Launched in 2020, the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 headphones are a basic pair of gaming headsets that can be used with PlayStation consoles or PCs, but they don’t work on Xbox consoles (there’s a variant that does). They also don’t support noise canceling. The headphones have a battery life of 23.7 hours. The best gaming headsets can last much longer, though. Owners can adjust the sound output of the headphones through the equalizer setting on the Turtle Beach Audio Hub, but they are missing Bluetooth support and can’t be used wired. They also have 50mm drivers and a boom mic that’s flipped up to mute.

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 headphones last a bit shorter than the SteelSeries Arctis 9X wireless on a single charge, offering about 23.7…

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 headphones last a bit shorter than the SteelSeries Arctis 9X wireless on a single charge, offering about 23.7 hours of playtime compared to the latter’s 28-hour playback time. The Arctis headphones also have Bluetooth connectivity and allow for passive playback while the Turtle Beach headphones do not, and lastly, their app also allows for graphic presets, as opposed to the Turtle Beach headphones. For another option from this brand, consider reading our SteelSeries Arctis Pro review.

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 headphones are significantly larger than the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 headphones, but they miss out on…

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 headphones are significantly larger than the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 headphones, but they miss out on support for surround sound, a feature that the 700 Gen 2 headphones come with. On the flip side, the 600 Gen 2 wireless headphones have much better sound leakage performance. They’re also compatible with PlayStation and not Xbox consoles, while the 700 Gen 2 headphones work with Xbox consoles but not PlayStation consoles. Take a look at our Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 review to learn more.

While the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 headphones are wireless, the Turtle Beach Recon 500 headphones are wired, but the boom mic on the…

While the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 headphones are wireless, the Turtle Beach Recon 500 headphones are wired, but the boom mic on the Beach Recon 500 is detachable, while the one on the Stealth 600 Gen 2 headphones is not. Lastly, the Stealth 600 Gen 2 headphones have app support, which is missing on the Turtle Beach Recon 500 headphones. Check out our Turtle Beach Recon 500 review to see what else they offer.

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 headphones are the update to the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless headphones. The newer release uses a USB-C…

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 headphones are the update to the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless headphones. The newer release uses a USB-C charging port instead of a micro-USB port, and they’re also larger than the previous version. The Gen 2 headphones also offer better sound leakage performance and have a battery life of 23.7 hours, which is better than its predecessor’s 16-hour battery life.

Adjustable Headband

Yes

Yes

Auto-Adjusting Headband

No

Yes

Battery Life

15 hrs

20 hrs

Compatible Platforms

Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X

Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X

Connector Size

USB Type-C

3.5mm, USB

Detachable Mic

No

Yes

Driver Size

50mm

40mm

Earcup Foam Material

Soft Cushion

AirWeave Fabric

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True Score

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    101.8

    Category Trust Rating

    63
    The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 are decent for neutral sound. Their audio delivery… Read More

    By:

    Jake Thauvette
  • PC Mag
    66.9

    Category Trust Rating

    70
    The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 is an easy-to-use, good-sounding wireless gaming headset with… Read More

    By:

    Will Greenwald
  • Tom’s Guide
    62.71

    Category Trust Rating

    70
    The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 is a good wireless gaming headset for its… Read More

    By:

    Marshall Honorof
  • Sound Guys
    67.47

    Category Trust Rating

    71
    The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 is a simple, affordable wireless gaming headset with… Read More

    By:

    Sam Moore
  • Sound Guys
    67.47

    Category Trust Rating

    72
    The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX isn’t that different to the regular Gen… Read More

    By:

    Sam Moore
  • Techradar
    50.31

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    Despite being a little too overloaded with plastic, we can’t fault the sound quality of… Read More

    By:

    Phil Iwaniuk

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