Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Review: Immersion and Quality

Will Its Retro Look Fare Well on Today’s Gaming Headset Market?

Turtle Beach is well known for its signature headsets; they combine comfort, aesthetics, and sound quality. With competitors racing to land the number one title, Turtle Beach needs to boost its game to stay in the chase.

Now with the arrival of the Stealth 600, a wireless headset with versions for the PS4 and Xbox One (both versions are compatible with PC), the company seeks to determine whether it still got what it takes.

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Review: Immersion and Quality

Our Verdict

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 has a competitive price and is impressive by its own right. However, it is far from perfect as it still suffers from some issues.

Pros

Decent battery life

Striking aesthetics and nice colors

Audio quality is good

Cons

Build quality feels cheap due to the excess use of plastic

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless Surround Sound…

  • Xbox wireless: Enjoy a direct connection from your headset to your Xbox One or Xbox Series X console, or compatible Windows 10 PCs (may require Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows (not included)
  • Windows sonic surround sound: Windows Sonic for headphones (and compatible Windows 10 PCs) by Microsoft delivers immersive virtual surround sound to bring your games, movies and music to life
  • High quality audio: A bigger speaker delivers better quality audio, and the stealth 600 features large, powerful 50 millimeter speakers to delivery crisp highs and deep, thundering lows

Build and Design

The Stealth 600’s design is minimalistic. It’s good looks
with no excessive flair. The plastic frame might cause concern to some. It does
feel sturdy enough to withstand a fair amount of abuse, but the material used gives
out some cheap vibes.

Size-wise, it doesn’t stand out awkwardly on my relatively
small head. At 1.28lbs it doesn’t make me uncomfortable even if worn for
extended periods.

I can’t help but get some pangs of nostalgia from the
Stealth 600’s design. It sure looks like a device coming from an older gaming
era where oval-shaped ear cups and bright monochrome streaked designs were
prevalent.

This headset comes in versions compatible with PS4 and Xbox
One (both versions are compatible with PC), unlike the earlier Turtle
Beach Stealth 520 which was a PS4 exclusive.

Headband and Earcups

The headband is adjustable so that you won’t have any trouble
regardless of your head size. The Stealth 600’s headband has the iconic Turtle
Beach wordmark stamped across the top part. On the underside, it is covered in
a thick fabric-wrapped foam cushion that is super soft and comfy.

The outside of the ear cups is a matte black with the Turtle
Beach logo. On the left ear cup, you can see the attached flip-up microphone.
It is also nicely padded for your convenience. I also like that the foam has
two firmness levels to accommodate gamers who wear glasses. There is a softer
foam where eyeglass arms rest and the other parts have the same softness as the
rest of the cushioned parts.

Controls

The controls of the Stealth 600 are fuss-free and fairly
easy to use. I like how the flip-down mic gets conveniently muted when flipped
up. The control buttons also have power and mode buttons.

The mode button is for the virtual surround sound mode; it also
toggles between a few different EQ presets (signature sound, bass boost, bass
and treble boost, and vocal boost).

There is also one more power button function – the switch
for the ‘Superhuman hearing’. We will discuss it in the sound quality section.
Additional controls for volume and mic monitor volume dials are also available.

Sound Quality

The Stealth 600’s gaming audio performance is impressive and
definitely adds to the immersion experience. I tested this headset on ‘Bloodborne’.
With its ‘Lovecraftian’ inspiration, the soundtrack will get you in the zone.
Thankfully I was not disappointed because the virtual surround sound of the
Stealth 600 has helped me hear the world through the ears of ‘The Hunter’.
Though it cannot stand up to the audio performance of the ASTRO A40
TR,  it still delivers, especially considering the reasonable
price.

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I also tested the Stealth 600’s 50mm audio drivers playing
FPS games with more gunshots and explosions. During my Overwatch sessions, the
Turtle Beach’s exclusive ‘Superhuman Hearing’ has lived to its name. You can
literally hear everything, from footsteps to doors opening, it is amazing. This
feature essentially amplifies minuscule sounds to certain levels, so that
footsteps and weapon reload sounds are more intense.

Connectivity

The maximum range of the Stealth 600 as advertised by Turtle
Beach is 30 feet. When I first connected the headset, the wireless signal
proved flawless. Connectivity with consoles was super easy.

Microsoft Xbox One Wireless Adapter for Windows

Sadly, this was not the case when I connected the headset to
a PC. If this is the
first time connecting with the USB cord, it will require a firmware upgrade. It
will not be usable during that upgrade.

The Xbox headset version also requires an Xbox One Wireless Adapter to be usable on PC. This is super-hassle and adds additional costs if you game on both Xbox and PC.

Battery Life

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 can run for up to 15 hours on a
single charge. I know how the prospect of your headset dropping dead all of a
sudden is dreadful. It, however, did not fail me playing ‘Hitman: Absolution’
for a good week, a couple of hours every day.

Microphone Quality

The Stealth 600’s microphone is functional, and that is all.
I find the distance from the mouth annoyingly big. As a result, the voice
pickup is not that good. During my ‘Discord’ session with the squad, they said
my speech was understandable, but the audio sounded unrefined. Sure, it is
enough for multiplayer voice chat, but aside from that, it is not that good.

Stealth 600 Alternatives

Platform

PS4 and Xbox One Version (both are compatible with PC)

PS4and Xbox One Version (versions are compatible with PC)

Platform

PS4 and Xbox One Version (both are compatible with PC)

Platform

PS4and Xbox One Version (versions are compatible with PC)

Final Verdict

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 is a gaming headset that is quite
good at its job. The audio quality is on point, crisp and immersive. Wireless
connectivity is lag free, and battery life is decent.

There are some drawbacks to consider. The plastic build, to
be honest, feels cheap. The material choice could be better. Also, the lack of
cross-platform compatibility raises some concerns. There are versions for the
major consoles, but those who game on multiple platforms would not be the
target audience. Single platform gamers who just want a gaming headset to boost
immersion should be happy with this headset, and for the price, it sure is
worth it.

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless Surround Sound…

  • Xbox wireless: Enjoy a direct connection from your headset to your Xbox One or Xbox Series X console, or compatible Windows 10 PCs (may require Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows (not included)
  • Windows sonic surround sound: Windows Sonic for headphones (and compatible Windows 10 PCs) by Microsoft delivers immersive virtual surround sound to bring your games, movies and music to life
  • High quality audio: A bigger speaker delivers better quality audio, and the stealth 600 features large, powerful 50 millimeter speakers to delivery crisp highs and deep, thundering lows

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