I’ve had about a month with the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2, the successor to the wildly popular Stealth 600. I’ve had great experience with the previous versions of these headsets so how was my time with the 2nd gen?
***As a side note before we move along, I urge you to download the Turtle Beach Audio Hub to your PC prior to getting started to make sure you have the very latest and greatest firmware on there. Trust me. It makes a difference and early on there was a slight bug that needed to be addressed for the sound.***
The first thing I noticed when I pulled the Stealth 600 Gen 2 out of the box was a slight redesign on the headphones. They’re a little sleeker and more rounded looking. Maybe even a bit smaller looking in appearance because of that. As the the specs say, the Stealth 600 Gen 2 still has precision tuned 50mm drivers are the same size so there was no cutting corners there. At the end of the day these are very pretty to look at.
The ear pads are non replaceable and feature the Turtle Beach ProSpecs™ technology in the foam which provide glasses friendly and a breathable mesh fabric that makes long gaming sessions comfortable for all. On the left side of the headset you’ll see the slightly redesigned Gen 2 Flip-to-Mute mic which blends in nicer to the side of the head set. It’s also got the ability to adjust the microphone in 2 positions to allow for those with a smaller head or quieter voice to get closer.
The audio controls have received a nice re-design to make the buttons stick out just a shade more. I know with my 700s I would at times fumble with the button and have to take the headset off to make adjustments. Now the mode button which has 4 audio presets for Bass Boost, Signature sound (my personal favorite), Treble Boost and Vocal Boost is elevated and sticks out a bit more than the power button. No more need to take the headset off when adjusting to find that pesky button. Next to the mode button, we have 2 dials. 1 for the chat audio control and one for game. Personally I love this about these headsets. Turning down that friend who jumps into the party just as you’re about to get the drop on some enemies is a welcome feature.
The battery life is great sitting at about 15 hours of life on paper but, in my experience I could often get more than that. I’m much to old with too much to do to be able to play a game for 15+hours in a row. If I were to wager a guesstimate I’d give them about 17-18 hours of game play out of box which will no doubt deteriorate after some time but my Gen 1 700s are still getting pretty close to that 15hr mark after a lot of use. Huge win here for gamers. The headset features USB-C charging and while I applaud that, I do wish the cable that was includes was longer but it sure does charge fast. I was able to jump back in from a fully dead battery in about 15-20 minutes for a couple more hours of gaming.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 also supports Windows Sonic virtual surround sound and is also compatible with Dolby Atmos for headphones which sounds great. I spent most of my time testing them out in a variety of games that I knew would give me a great audio experience including Hellblade, Call of Duty Warzone, Forza Horizon 4 and Alien Isolation. I’m pleased to report that each game sounds clean, crisp and at times just downright creepy as hell. Having great audio in a game is really a MUST HAVE.
The version I received is not only compatible for the Xbox One and PC (with extra wireless adapter not included) but also next gen compliant and will in fact work flawlessly with the Xbox Series S and Series X
With a MSRP of just $139.99 CAD you’re getting a ton of great features in the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2. To top it all off you can use this headset with your current Xbox One and when you’re ready to make the jump to the next gen of gaming, you’re all set with full compatibility on the Xbox Series S/X. If you’re looking for an outstanding
The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 for Xbox One and Series S/X will be available in retail available September 20th.
Redesigned buttons make life a bit easier when changing presets
Great sound in game and party chat
Next gen compatibility
Longer charge cable would be nice
***Note Turtle Beach very graciously provided us with the hardware reviewed above