Turtle Beach Stealth 600 review: Wireless for less

The Stealth 600 is the most impressive wireless solution at an affordable price point that we've tested.

The Good

  • Balanced audio across lows, mids and highs
  • Decent directional audio
  • Affordable wireless

The Bad

  • Fabric cups
  • Awkward headband positioning
  • Fixed mic

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Turtle Beach cans have long been considered the go-to option for everyday gaming headsets. The Turtle Beach Stealth range doesn't disappoint but in terms of comfort and flexibility, its Stealth 600 option doesn't meet the competition.

With that said, the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 sounds fantastic. It's sold in two forms for competing consoles: A headset with green highlights for Xbox One and one with blue for PlayStation 4. For this review, we tested the PlayStation 4 but the only difference is the PlayStation 4 requires the USB dongle whereas the Xbox One version doesn't (the flip-side of this is that an Xbox One Wireless Adapter is required to use the Xbox One version on PC). I found that the PlayStation 4 version offered significantly better sound on console than the HyperX Cloud Alpha, which is a huge argument for the Stealth 600 at its price range.


Design

  • Convenient on-cup controls provide easy access to key functions
  • The fabric cups typically attract sweat faster than leather
  • Headband doesn't provide a lot of support

Performance

  • Excellent audio quality
  • Virtual surround sound does a bang-up job
  • Rigid boom mic can get in the way during both use and storage

Features

  • Solid battery life
  • "Superhuman hearing" mode is neat but mostly unnoticeable

Verdict

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 may not be the most comfortable headset. Its fabric cups begin to irritate fast, and the oddly positioned headband is uncomfortable and its plastic frame is very noisy when bumped. With that said, Turtle Beach currently offers what I think is the best wireless headset experience at its particular price point (roughly $169).

It has a solid battery life of 15 hours and a well-rounded audio experience. There are some take-em-or-leave-em features like Superhuman Hearing that hardcore competitive players might appreciate but when it comes down to it, these are just a damn fine pair of affordable wireless headphones.

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless Surround Sound Gaming Headset

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless Surround Sound Gaming Headset

Free yourself from wires and enjoy top-notch audio quality with the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 gaming headset.

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    Pricing and availability

    The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 retails for $169 and is available from JB Hi-Fi, EB Games and Amazon.


    Specs

    Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless Surround Sound Gaming Headset

    Build

    Wired/Wireless
    Wireless
    Speaker Driver
    50mm Neodymiummm
    Frequency Response
    20Hz - 20kHz
    Ear Cushion
    Over-ear mesh
    Microphone Type
    Omni-directional mic
    Colours
    Black/Blue
    Sound Format
    Virtual Surround Sound

    Connectivity

    Battery Life
    Up to 15 hours

    Features

    RGB Lighting
    No
    Detachable Microphone
    No

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