The new Stealth 600 Gen 2 wireless gaming headset from Turtle Beach is compatible with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. For about $90 you can get this headset from Amazon with a lightweight design, excellent sound quality, and simple wireless connectivity to your preferred console. Though its microphone could use some cleaning, the Stealth 600 Gen 2 is a straightforward and dependable method of having wireless audio and voice chat from your console. It does feel a little stiff though.
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Physically identical, the Stealth 600 headsets come in black or white and are compatible with both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Both are thin, lightweight headsets composed of matte plastic, with the left earpiece’s side housing a hard plastic microphone that is hinged. The headset’s power and sound mode buttons, microphone monitoring and volume wheels (which are mechanical and operate independently of the volume on the linked device) and a USB-C port for charging are all located on that single earpiece. The Xbox One version differs slightly from the other model in that it has an extra pairing button next to the USB-C port.
The foam pads on the headphones are covered in fabric, which is not as comfortable as the memory foam padding found on the majority of other headsets, like the Razer Nari Essential. The headset feels a little stiff around the ears, in addition to the faux leather padding beneath the headband. Nonetheless, gaming should be fairly comfortable thanks to its lightweight design and breathable ear cushions.
The headsets for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are primarily made to function with those systems. A tiny USB transmitter that plugs into the front of the PlayStation 4 version I tested is included with the device. Unlike the Xbox One version, you don’t need to worry about pairing the headset yourself because it is already paired with the transmitter. You can use the headset with your PC by just plugging in the transmitter, which is compatible with PCs as well. But you’ll need a free USB port for this.
You just need to press the pairing buttons on the headset and console to pair the Xbox One version with any Xbox One directly. It does this by utilizing Microsoft’s wireless connection. The headset connects directly to the Xbox, which is nice because it eliminates the need for a USB adapter. The headset’s inability to be used with a computer without an Xbox wireless adapter is a drawback. Since the headset lacks a built-in dongle, you’ll need to buy one yourself in order to use Bluetooth. Alternatively, you can use Xbox wireless controllers, such as the Xbox Elite Controller Series 2, which has a more dependable signal than Bluetooth.
The microphone is not very clear or clean for recording or streaming, but it functions adequately for voice chat. You can place the microphone appropriately in relation to your mouth using a few different methods because it is attached to a rigid boom that moves very little. My voice sounded a little hazy and distant, but it was clearly audible on test recordings. This microphone sounds far worse than the ones found in Razer headsets like the wired Blackshark V2 and the Nari Essential. If you’re serious about streaming or recording, we also advise taking into account getting a dedicated USB microphone. Presentation
Although the bass is comparatively weak, the Stealth 600 delivers a clear, well-balanced musical performance. Although the headset comes with four built-in audio modes, including bass boost, we discovered that the default mode produced the best overall sound balance. We put The Knife’s “Silent Shout” at full volume as our test bass track, and the headset played it without even the slightest distortion—rattling, that is.
How the headphones are tested
Yes ‘Roundabout’s opening acoustic guitar tones feature a faint string texture in the treble and a bass resonance. The electric bass gradually gives way to the dynamic mix and sounds a little more pop than aggressive when it starts. The guitar, drums, and vocals are all given the proper attention, and the remaining components all sound clear.
Crystal Method’s “Born Too Slow” sounds decent on the Stealth 600 because the vocals and riffs have a lot of midrange presence, making the song sound upbeat. Though it never drops low enough to be felt, the backbeat picks up enough thudding beats to sound menacing enough to carry the song.
With the Stealth 600, Doom (2016) has a full-bodie sound, but once more, the industrial soundtrack doesn’t really hit you over the head like a jackhammer. Stereo panning makes it easy to distinguish between different battle sounds, but any simulated surround sound effect you get will come from a connected console (or PC, if you want to use software like Razer’s THX Spatial Audio app) instead of the headset itself.
In a headset, Fortnite also has excellent sound quality. With effective visualization, every sound—from distant gunshots to thunder to footsteps—can be easily identified, enabling me to determine the general direction from which they are coming. Fortunately, in my test game, this did not protect me from distant sniper fire. Nevertheless, I managed to keep my ear to the outside to prevent anyone from sneaking up on me.
Basic wireless audio
The only drawback to the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 wireless headset is its somewhat subpar microphone. Other than that, it’s a very good headset with great audio performance. Though there are many other appealing options available to PC gamers, the Razer Nari Essential stands out for having better sound quality and a microphone at the same price point. Choose the Razer Blackshark V2 X (a version of the excellent Razer Blackshark V2 without a USB sound card) or the Astro Gaming A10 to save money on headsets since PS4 and Xbox One support wired headsets via controller ports. if using a cable doesn’t bother you. Even so, the Stealth 600 is a fantastic option for wireless gaming on the PS4 or Xbox One that is simple and convenient.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 wireless gaming headset is user-friendly and has excellent sound quality. It is available in versions specifically designed for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.