Built for Next-Gen Gaming
Turtle Beach’s 1st generation Stealth 700 headset was one of their best-selling headsets ever. With the next generation of gaming upon us, Turtle Beach offers a new, updated version of the formula that made the Stealth 700 such a good headset the first time around.
Upping the battery life and connection options whilst adding a bunch of support for next-gen features, the Stealth 700 Gen 2 deserves your attention. Are these some of the best gaming headsets on the market today?
Let’s take a deep dive into our in-depth Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Review and see what it has to offer…
Considering this is marketed towards next-gen gaming, the design choices made by Turtle Beach seem reasonable. Resembling much of their newer line-up of headsets, like their popular Recon line of headsets, any gamer familiar with the current headset designs will know what to expect.
Made for the Playstation…
This headset has been designed to work with the PS4, PC, and PS5. It has a decent life span and will work on the PS5 for a minimum of five years. Therefore, it could be one of the best PS5 headsets you are likely to find. That said, this version won’t work on Xbox consoles.
Built for comfort…
Like most headsets these days, the main body is built from mostly plastic. This keeps it lightweight, and the added metal strip that runs through the headband adds a bit of structural integrity. The dual-hinge system offers excellent comfort with a decent tilt-range and lets the headset fold completely flat when not in use.
The earpads are padded with memory foam, which is very comfy. There is a cooling gel layer added over the foam and then wrapped in leatherette and fabric. This makes the headset’s pads quite versatile and will be comfy for all gamers, even those who wear glasses.
The ease of use is great. The microphone can fold in and out to the left of the headset. This is convenient when you are watching movies or just listening to music. The onboard controls are also found on the left side of the headset. There is a power button, audio preset control, and a Bluetooth button. Volume is controlled with volume dials also found on the left side.
We found the volume dials were easily distinguishable from the rest of the headset. As a result, it was easy to adjust the volume in a pinch. In the end, we found the Stealth 700 to be one of the most comfortable gaming headsets we have reviewed.
Gaming with the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2
Gaming is great on this headset. The setup is easy and quick, and the comfortable nature of the headset pairs well with hours of gaming fun. Its excellent battery life also means you can have a 24-hour gaming session without having to worry about charging them.
Sound-wise, the gaming experience was pretty good. Nothing special on a PC or PS4. This is because there is no virtual surround option built-in. Instead, it will make use of Sony’s 3D audio on the PS5.
Where it shines…
Being designed for use with the PS5 specifically, games like Fortnite come alive. The soundstage is excellent and very wide. Footsteps were easily recognizable and almost felt like we had an advantage over our opponents. We are willing to say these rank among the best Fortnite headsets out there.
That said, if you do not plan on purchasing a PS5, this headset might not be for you. With a lack of features on the PC side, you’d be better off purchasing a headset designed for use with PC only.
In-game sounds are very accurate, and the overall quality is quite decent. However, it does have some of the common gaming headset flaws.
First off, the low frequencies are boosted significantly. Meaning the bass can sound a little overwhelming at times. This can lead to a fun gaming experience. But it also means that dialogue can sometimes be lost due to auditory masking.
This also carries over to listening to music. If you love a nice hard bass thump, especially if you enjoy EDM or genres where the bass usually is the main instrument, then the headset will leave you with a smile on your face every time.
Unfortunately, if you enjoy listening to less bass-heavy music, expect a lot of guitars, pianos, cymbals, and vocals to take the backseat.
On the dedicated app, there is a mode called “Superhuman Hearing.” It essentially raises the volume of all the frequencies but cuts off any frequencies lower than 100Hz and above 10kHz.
This means any low bass rumbles from explosions will be mostly gone. But any other noise like footsteps or leaves rustling will be much louder. This mode is excellent if you play competitively but has no use outside of that.
Using the headset at home, we had no issues with any outside noise creeping in. We did run into some trouble when we had a fan blowing on our backs, which means the headset should not be used outside. If you are looking for a daily driver that goes on the road with you as well as gaming at home and work, then there are more versatile options out there.
This is a shame considering it is a wireless headset. Theoretically, could go with you to a café or on your daily commute, but isolation really lets it down.
Turtle Beach has been nailing it lately in the microphone department, and this time around, things are no different. The microphone is extremely accurate and loud enough without sounding obnoxious.
We received a few compliments online whilst playing Valorant and a few gamers asking what microphone we were using. The mic on the Stealth 700 Gen 2 can compete with the best gaming microphones that usually cost a bit more.
Battery Life and Connectivity
On their website, they give a moderate battery life estimate, saying that you can expect a days’ worth of gaming. However, during our test, we got just over 30 hours of gaming, with the volume at around 75%.
Therefore, this is one of the best batteries in a gaming headset on the market currently. If you hate the constant charging nature of wireless headsets, this headset might just change your mind.
Additionally, there are plenty of connection options with the Stealth 700 Gen 2. There is a 2.4 GHz USB RF dongle for wireless use with the consoles. As well as a standard SBC codec for a direct Bluetooth connection with compatible devices.
Unfortunately, there are no wired connection options. This might put off some who enjoy listening to hi-res music as well as gaming. Although, that does not seem to be the market this headset is catering to.
Who should buy the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2?
If you are looking to get a next-gen console, then we highly recommend getting this headset. It is future-proof and supports the PS5’s version of surround sound.
It is also great for work-at-home gamers who want a comfy headset to use at home all day. Whether it be gaming, working, or listening to music, this headset won’t let you down. The excellent microphone quality and subdued black design make it perfect for online meetings or work.
Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Review – Pros and Cons
- Excellent sounding microphone.
- Battery life.
- Versatile connectivity.
- No hi-res codecs are supported.
- No 3.5mm audio jack.
- Isolation is lackluster.
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Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Review – Final Thoughts
As with a lot of next-gen accessories, there seems to be a lack of features. Or coming soon additions that might make the headsets worth considering in the future. This is exactly why we recommend buying this headset if you have or are planning on purchasing a next-generation console.
If you are content with your PC or older generation console, then there are a plethora of better headsets available. Ones that will have a wider set of features compatible with PCs or the likes of the PS4, Xbox One, or Nintendo Switch.
Until next time, game on.