The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 was one of the most successful gaming headsets the company ever put out. Now Turtle Beach has released a new version to prepare for the next generation of gaming. The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 claims improvements across the board, as well as support for next generation consoles.
Does it pass muster?
Editor’s note: this review was updated on February 12, 2021 to include a table of contents.
Who is the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 for?
- Gamers looking for something ready for new consoles.
- At-home workers looking for a comfortable, all-day option that works on mobile platforms too.
What is the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 like?
Much like the recent Stealth 600 Gen 2, if you’ve used a Turtle Beach gaming headset in the last couple years, the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 is going to seem pretty familiar. The headset has a lot in common visually with the company’s popular Recon line, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
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The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 is a wireless gaming headset built for the PlayStation 4, 5, and PC. Unfortunately, while the new generation of consoles has arrived, it didn’t bring a new ear of cross-platform compatibility, so you’ll need to get the Xbox version if you play on the Xbox One and Xbox Series X.
The headset is built mainly from plastic (with a metal strip running through the headband), and is pretty light. Turtle Beach designed a nice dual hinge system that allows for a decent range of tilt, and lets the headphones lay flat when you don’t need to wear them. The ear pads are made of memory foam with a cooling gel layer covered in leatherette and fabric. Altogether that means most head shapes won’t have any issue finding a comfortable position with this headset, and that includes gamers with glasses—there are carved channels in the ear pads meant to reduce pressure on frames. It won’t get you quite as far as velour cushions will, but it definitely makes getting a comfortable seal more of a reality.
The headset is pretty easy to use. The attached microphone folds out of the left headphone, and unmutes when you pull it down. The left headphone also features an array on onboard controls—there are buttons for power, audio preset modes, and Bluetooth pairing, as well as dials for headphone volume and sidetone/monitor volume. This layout works well enough—though the audio mode and Bluetooth buttons are basically the same size and shape, as are the two volume dials, which makes them pretty easy to get mixed up when you’re in a game and fumbling around to turn something down.
Is the Turtle Beach Audio Hub app useful?
Turtle Beach offers a software companion app via mobile devices, called Audio Hub, and the Stealth 700 Gen 2 supports it. It’s a barebones app, which can be a good thing, depending on how you feel about this kind of software. The desktop version only supports firmware updates for the headset, so you’ll need the mobile one if you want access to a handful of EQ presets, and the Superhuman Hearing setting, and the option to remap a couple of the controls. Plenty of gaming headsets use apps to augment their features, but Turtle Beach’s mobile app is definitely a little less convenient than most.
How do you connect the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2?
The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 is largely a plug-and-play affair, but it has plenty of options too. For gaming, the headset connects to your platform of choice using a 2.4 GHz USB wireless RF dongle. Additionally, this gaming headset also supports simultaneous Bluetooth connections to your mobile device. It only offers Bluetooth 4.2 and support for the default SBC codec, but it’s not really intended has a hi-res audio device.
This feature is built to let you answer a phone call or listen to something on your phone without needing to pause your game or take your headset off. Unfortunately, there’s no real wired option, though you can listen while it charges (via USB-C) as long it’s connected using Bluetooth or the dongle as well.
How is the battery?
Turtle Beach claims the Stealth 700 Gen 2 can last up to 20 hours on a single charge, and in our testing we found it far exceeds that. At a constant output of ~75dB, the headset lasted for 35 hours, 24 minutes of playback on a single charge. Not only is this essentially 75% longer than advertised, it’s also one of the best battery results for a gaming headset we’ve reviewed.
Gaming with the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2
Gaming with the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 is a pretty easy experience to like. It’s simple to set up, comfortable enough for lengthy sessions, and its battery life means you can cram almost a day and half of gaming in before you need to charge it. The actual gameplay experience is fairly standard, if a little barebones. Because the headset is built for the PlayStation 5, it doesn’t offer anything in the way of virtual surround sound on its own. The console has its own built-in spatial audio standard, and that will work with the headset, but we’re still a couple weeks away from the release of the PS5, so we can’t yet assess it.
Playing games like Hades and League of Legends worked great on PC, and the stereo experience playing games like Pokemon Sword on Nintendo Switch, and Persona 5 Royal on PlayStation 4 were similarly good. Lack of a surround sound at this point is a bit of a bummer if you’re really into games like Fortnite or Call of Duty, but even then stereo sound is hardly a significant handicap.
How does the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 sound?
The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 offers pretty accurate audio for a gaming headset, but it runs into some common pitfalls. Audio in the mid and high end are relatively accurate, but bass gets a big boost across the board. Up until around 250Hz, audio output is around twice as loud as it otherwise should be.
In music, a sound profile like this is great for EDM and other genres where hearing really intense and dominant bass sounds is desirable. For instance, the very increased bass output and slightly boosted mids make the rhythm guitar and the bass drum/hi hat combo that set the tone and pace of Nightcall by Kavinsky really come through clearly.
Sound like this is great for EDM and other genres where hearing really intense bass sounds is desirable.
However, this isn’t all there is to the sound of the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2. The headset also has a feature available in the audio hub mobile app called Superhuman hearing. This mode pretty dramatically changes the headset’s frequency response, and it’s meant to make in-game cues come through more clearly.
What this mode actually does, apart from just increasing the headset’s overall volume, is reduce output on bass notes under 100Hz and high frequency sounds past 10kHz pretty much all the way. In game, it means the rumble of explosions and gunfire won’t get in the way of subtler audio cues in heated multiplayer games, or anything else for that matter, because you probably won’t hear the deeper parts of those sounds at all. This is an audio setting meant for competitive utility, rather than accuracy or overall listening pleasure. If you’re not terribly interested in competitive gaming (or you like listening to music) I’d leave it turned off.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 offers pretty average isolation for a gaming headset. With attenuation like this you shouldn’t run into any trouble with the normal sounds of the home, but outdoors is another story. A result like this isn’t necessarily bad—gaming headsets aren’t really designed for outdoor use—but it’s a little disappointing, given the Stealth 700 Gen 2’s Bluetooth functionality. In theory, this is the kind of gaming headset you could take to a cafe and use. You probably wouldn’t even get any funny looks, given its understated aesthetic. It’s a shame the isolation performance just can’t keep pace with that potential.
How is the microphone?
Turtle Beach has put out a lot of gaming headsets with very accurate microphones in the last couple of years, and the Stealth 700 Gen 2 is no exception. This microphone features accurate audio output across the vocal spectrum, including in the bass range, where most gaming headsets don’t. This means people with deep voice shouldn’t run into any issues with sounding tinny or abnormally quiet due to hardware over Discord, Zoom or console voice chat. Listen for yourself:
Should you buy the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2?
If you want something wireless with good battery life and an accurate microphone, you should consider the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2.
This is a very solid wireless gaming headset. Like most Turtle Beach headsets, it’s got decent sound, a very accurate microphone, and a frame that’s comfortable for a long time. The Superhuman Hearing feature is pretty strange, but otherwise this is a solid, if a little simple gaming headset. We can’t really assess how it performs with the PlayStation 5 yet, but if it works as well there as it does most everywhere else, you won’t be disappointed.
Alternatives to the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2
All that isn’t to say this is a be-all-end-all gaming audio option. If you’re looking for a wireless gaming headset for PC, something like the Logitech G Pro X Wireless or Razer BlackShark V2 Pro are definitely a little better suited to your needs.
If you’re an Xbox gamer, this headset offers an Xbox Series X/S-targeted model, and there are plenty of other great options for the console, like the Razer Thresher Ultimate for Xbox One or SteelSeries Arctis 9X. Alternatively, the LucidSound LS50X is a great premium pick with Bluetooth capabilities, and a perfectly fine microphone.
People playing on the Nintendo Switch might want to check out the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless or Arctis 7p gaming headsets—they’re the only ones on the market that come with a USB-C dongle, and so work wirelessly on Nintendo Switch when undocked.
Regardless, if you’re looking for something to futureproof your audio setup, the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 brings a lot to the table for a pretty reasonable price.
Frequently Asked Questions
This headset is compatible with Apple devices via Bluetooth.
Yes, it works on PC. This review focused on the Playstation version, and it was used extensively with a PC during testing.