The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 is a mid-range and affordable wireless gaming headset with some additions and improvements to Stealth 600. It has a stellar microphone (small in length), long battery life, and quite good audio quality. Alongside this, it also has decent build quality. It is mostly made of plastic as it withstands little stress and damage. Although Stealth 600 wasn’t bad at the features, Stealth Gen 2 came up with significant improvements which you’ll explore below. At the price point of $99.95, you get a worthy headphone and have ultimate gaming pleasure.
After the domination of Stealth 600, Turtle Beach came up with a bang, releasing its improved, more advanced, and better version named Stealth 600 Gen 2. Our Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 review exposes what significant improvements this headphone came up with.
To be straightforward, this headphone has a meaningful improvement in sound quality than the original ones. Its light design and comfort are also commendable. Overall, we would say that this is one of the top options available in the range of $100 to choose from for console gaming.
Pros and Cons of Buying Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2
- Good quality microphone.
- Strong sound performance.
- Wider platforms compatibility.
- Low latency.
- Slightly stiff padding.
- Bass quality is not that good.
- Doesn’t isolate background noise properly.
Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2: Design & Comfort
The design of Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 is very similar to the Stealth 600. You can move and turn the boom mic to give it a casual look. Its ear cups and headband have good padding on them. Moreover, the headband is adjustable and has painted notches on it denoting measurements so you can adjust the size accordingly. These headphones feel tighter when you’re having them on your head.
The ear cups of Stealth Gen 2 are larger than those of the Steal 600, which makes these headphones more comfortable for long-time usage. According to Turtle Beach, the ear cups of Stealth 600 Gen 2 are “D-shaped”. No, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is another reason for these headphones to be more comfortable. I mean, it could be, depending upon the size and fit on your ears and head. But it is quite useful in keeping the headphones in place as long as you have them on your head.
On the other hand, there are different control buttons on the left ear cup. It features a power button, an audio mode button, a volume roller (+,-), and a microphone control button.
Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2: Gaming Experience
The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 wireless gaming headset comes in a few PC, PlayStation, and Xbox variations. One of them is compatible with PC, PlayStation 4, and 5, but Xbox has a separate variant that is compatible with Xbox One and the upcoming Xbox series. Gaming with the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 is fairly acceptable as it gets.
You just need to plug the wireless dongle into your platform of choice and that’s all you’ll need to do to get stereo sound streaming. As the PlayStation 5 has a built-in spatial audio standard, you’ll have to first settle it on the PlayStation 4 to use it on the PS5.
However, there is no virtual surround sound that can be a barrier for those who are into games like Fortnite or Valorant, which rely on directional audio instincts mostly. Other games like Far Cry and Fall Guys sounded perfect because there isn’t any need for noise-canceling or surround sound.
The high pitch sounds like that of thunder or disaster and won’t feel that much perfect as you’ll experience in some other high-end headphones. Talking about the lower notes, you’ll be hearing every faint sound being produced during a story mode or while talking to your friends.
Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2: Sound Quality
Although Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 sounds great, the only major thing that this headphone lacks is its bass performance. It has a notable lack of emphasis in bass range sounds up to around 150Hz even though we didn’t go for a higher bass range to test the bass performance. Instead, we went for a truly neutral goal, this would still be pretty quiet.
The sound profile of these headphones seems to be louder than it should be. This may not be favorable for gamers because the alerting sounds (like footsteps) are faded away if the speakers sound too loud. The sound quality also turns away from standard gaming headphones when the sound distorts due to irregular bass.
Furthermore, these headphones also don’t do much for noise isolation. For this, you can blame its mesh covering the ear cups, the groves for glasses, or the stiffness of the foam. There is no way that you would rely on these headphones to block any background noise while being at home or even in a building.
Overall, these headphones sound really well for different genres or audio content. The sound quality is a bit inconsistent which may not sound appropriate to everyone. Surprisingly, Stealth 600 Gen 2 supports EQ which helps you to customize the sounds according to 4 given presets.
Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2: Microphone
The flip boom microphone on these headphones performs really well. It is as good as you could ever expect from a $100 headset. However, you won’t be using these headphones to record podcasts or any in-house show because they don’t sound as good as the dedicated mics do. The audio quality is also good when you listen to recorded voice, but it is not much clearer. You’ll feel like something is hindering the path of the microphone from not transmitting the sound properly. It is surely going to work perfectly for zoom meetings, talking to your friend, or any casual talkative usage.
The microphone’s recording quality is decent and you’ll find the sound real, natural, and neutral. It might be faint or thin but not going to disappoint you that much. Its mic has a mid-level noise handling ability. In moderately noisy place, you’ll be hearing background noise too, but your voice will be sufficiently audible. However, sound transmission may be affected too much if you’re using the microphone in an extremely noisy place.
Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2: Battery Life
The Turtle Beach stealth 600 gen 2 has an amazing battery backup of roughly 22 hours. The company itself advertises 15 hours of battery timing, but that turned out to be completely different. These headphones turn off after 5 minutes of inactivity, which is an interesting and most useful feature which a headset could have.
We tested these headphones for non-stop usage on a full charge. The headset lasted for 21 hours and 07 minutes, which we believe could have lasted a bit longer if we took a little break while streaming. Moreover, playing the games of listening to music at lower sound levels will also increase the battery life for sure.
At the price point of $99.95, getting the battery backup for almost round a day is something worth it. For gamers, this battery life is going to satisfy their longer gaming sessions craze with non-stop playbacks.
P.S: There is no certain alert for indicating battery status.
If you want a wireless headset that sounds good and has a reliable battery life, then be unhesitant to get Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2. In the price range of $100, these are not the wrong choice to select. There are plenty of other wireless gaming headsets available at different price points. So, if you want to get out of the box owing to budget, then HyperX Cloud II Wireless could be the best decision to buy.