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Turtle Beach Recon 200 Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Updated Apr 28, 2020 at 02:26 pm
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5.9
Mixed Usage
6.8
Neutral Sound
5.5
Commute/Travel
5.8
Sports/Fitness
5.9
Office
5.3
Wireless Gaming
6.9
Wired Gaming
6.3
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless No
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 are over-ear gaming headphones with a wired connection. They don't really stand out from the crowd except for their rechargeable battery which powers active features like an always-on Bass Boost. However, while the intense thump and boom help highlight explosions and gunshots, these headphones can sound different depending on who's wearing them. In addition, although their battery life is great, once it dies you can't use these headphones passively. Still, these headphones are comfortable, compatible with all consoles and PCs, and their wired connection helps eliminate lag.

Our Verdict

5.9 Mixed Usage

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 are mediocre for mixed-use. While they're fairly comfortable, they don't really breathe and their bulky design makes it difficult to take them with you on the go. They also barely reduce background noise like bus engines and while they help to cut down the chatter, this may not be enough for an office setting. They can sound different depending on who's wearing them, but they also have an always-on Bass Boost feature that may not be suited for critical listening. If you're gaming, their lack of lag, fair microphone, and powerful bass help keep you in the game.

Pros
  • Fairly comfortable.
  • Audio and microphone compatible with PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Cons
  • No passive playback for a wired headset.
  • Disappointing isolation performance.
  • Bass and treble delivery varies significantly across users.
6.8 Neutral Sound

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 are okay for neutral sound. While their bass and treble delivery depend on their fit, seal, and positioning, their default sound profile is very bass-heavy as they have an always-on Bass Boost feature. Some may find this sound profile muddy and boomy and they lack an easy way to adjust it as they don't have companion software or an app.

5.5 Commute/Travel

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 are disappointing for commuting. They don't reduce almost any background noise like bus or plane engines. While they're fairly comfortable, their bulky design makes them hard to transport and if you forget to charge their battery, you can't use them even though they use an audio cable to deliver their sound.

5.8 Sports/Fitness

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 are sub-par for sports. They have a tight fit and are fairly stable, but their design is very bulky, making them difficult to carry around with you. They're not very breathable and make your ears warm while wearing them, especially during more vigorous exercise. Their audio cable can also snag on things and pull off your headphones.

5.9 Office

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 are sub-par for office use. While they're fairly comfortable, they trap heat around your ears, especially if you're wearing them throughout your work day. They also struggle to reduce background noise like chatter and if you turn up the volume to compensate for it, then the coworkers closest to you may hear your audio. Their battery life is long enough to get you through the day, so you won't have to worry about charging them while you're in your workflow.

5.3 Wireless Gaming

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 are wired headphones and can't be used wirelessly.

6.9 Wired Gaming

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 are okay wired gaming headphones. They're fairly comfortable but they get warm around your ears if you wear them for long periods. Although they can sound different depending on who's wearing them, they have an overall bass-heavy sound due to their always-on Bass Boost. Their boom microphone doesn't stand out though and it captures your voice fairly clearly unless you're speaking in a loud environment. Their soundstage isn't anything to write home about, as it feels like it's coming from inside your head.

6.3 Phone Calls

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 are unremarkable for phone calls. The boom microphone does a fair job in capturing voice but it still lacks airiness and brilliance. Voices are still understandable but are lost in louder environments like gaming tournaments. You may also have a problem hearing the other person on the line as these headphones do a disappointing job of isolating noise around you.

  • 5.9 Mixed Usage
  • 6.8 Neutral Sound
  • 5.5 Commute/Travel
  • 5.8 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.9 Office
  • 5.3 Wireless Gaming
  • 6.9 Wired Gaming
  • 6.3 Phone Calls
  1. Update 3/26/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  2. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  3. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

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Test Results

Design
Design
Style

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 are plastic gaming headphones covered with a faux carbon fiber finish. They also come in white, if you prefer a more standout look. On the downside, they still retain a fairly gamer-like look as their boom microphone isn't detachable.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.6 lbs
Clamping Force
1.2 lbs

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 are comfortable headphones and despite their plasticky build quality, they're fairly lightweight. The ear cups are also well-padded. However, only a small part of the headband has padding and you may touch the plastic parts of the band if you have a larger head. These headphones may also feel tight for some users.

5.6
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Mute/Unmute
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Presets

These headphones have disappointing controls. As these are gaming headphones, they lack more casual features like music and call management. However, they have volume and microphone monitoring wheels. The microphone is mutable when you flip it upwards. Also, they have a preset audio slider for PS4 and Xbox One. Xbox One, in particular, is optimized for "Windows Sonic for Headphones" which can create a more immersive sound. Still, either setting works regardless of the console you're using and there doesn't seem like there's much of a difference other than audio volume.

4.8
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 9.3 C

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 have poor breathability. These headphones have a tight fit which creates a seal that doesn't really let air circulate. The temperature can rise around your ears too, especially if you're wearing them for long gaming sessions. These aren't designed for physical activity and you may sweat more than usual.

5.7
Design
Portability
L 7.2 "
W 7.7 "
H 2.5 "
Volume 139 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

Similar to most other over-ear gaming headphones, the Recon 200 aren't very portable. While the ear cups can swivel to lay flat, their bulky, plastic design can't be folded for easier storage.

0
Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 don't come with a carrying case or pouch.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 have an okay build quality. Their plasticky design is light, although the material feels poorly made and cheap. Parts of the headphone are also thin and can break if you drop them. Luckily, the headband is reinforced with metal which gives it slightly more flexibility and sturdiness. Unfortunately, the audio cable and microphone aren't detachable or replaceable so if they're damaged, you may need to replace the entire headset.

7.0
Design
Stability

The Recon 200 are fairly stable as their tight fit keeps them from moving around, especially when sitting in one place during a gaming session. These headphones are wired, and their non-detachable audio cable can snag on something and pull off your headphones if you're not careful.

Design
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In The Box

  • Turtle Beach Recon 200 headset
  • Micro-USB charging cable
  • Manuals
  • Turtle Beach sticker

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
3.91 db
Treble Amount
-0.97 db

The sound profile of these headphones depends on their fit on your head. Their position, seal, and whether you have glasses or thick hair can all affect sound delivery, resulting in inconsistent bass and treble. However, their default profile is very bass-heavy thanks to their always-on Bass Boost. This added bass immerses you in action-driven gameplay with explosions and gunshots that have intense body and boom. However, other users may find their mix muddy.

6.4
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.77 dB

The frequency response consistency is passable. Depending on these headphone's fit, positioning, and seal, bass delivery can vary noticeably across users and even cause a bit of a dip in bass. The treble delivery also varies a bit.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
4.9
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
7.17 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
5.75 dB
Mid-Bass
8.31 dB
High-Bass
8.86 dB

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 have poor bass accuracy, though delivery can vary across users. Overemphasized across the range, the bass is overtly thumpy, boomy, and muddy. However, the bass delivery can be sensitive to fit, seal, and whether you have thick hair or glasses. This bass accuracy performance represents the average response and your experience may vary.

8.9
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.48 dB
Low-Mid
1.12 dB
Mid-Mid
0.09 dB
High-Mid
0.58 dB

The mid accuracy is outstanding and fairly flat, producing clear lead instruments and vocals. While there are very slight matching issues between the left and right drivers, it won't be noticeable.

7.4
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.51 dB
Low-Treble
2.02 dB
Mid-Treble
3.97 dB
High-Treble
-4.3 dB

The treble accuracy is decent although delivery varies across users. There's a slight peak in the low-treble that brings harshness while a steeper rise in the mid-treble makes sibilants like S and T sound piercing. However, this treble accuracy performance represents the average response. As fit and positioning can affect sound delivery for different users, your experience may vary.

6.9
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
2.12 db
Dips
1.4 db

The peaks and dips performance of these headphones is okay. The peak in the high-bass brings a lot of boom and produces mixes that sound muddy and lack in clarity. The following dip in the low-mids also thins out vocals and lead instruments, pushing them to the back of the mix while keeping the bass heavy. Finally, the uneven mid-treble makes sounds in this range dull and dark as the response dips. However, their following peak brings sharpness that cuts through the recessed mid-range.

8.3
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.43
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.82
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.92
Weighted Phase Mismatch
4.16

The imaging is great. Most of the group delay response falls below the audibility threshold, except for a couple of tiny peaks in the low-bass. This can produce a loose bass but it may not be noticeable to all users. Our unit's L/R drivers are also well-matched in amplitude, frequency, and phase. This ensures accurate localization and the placement of objects (such as voices, instruments, footsteps, and video game effects) in the stereo image. However, these results are only valid for our unit and yours may perform differently.

5.6
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
2.19 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
4.33 dB
PRTF Distance
7.62 dB
Openness
4.8
Acoustic Space Excitation
4.1

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 headphones have a mediocre soundstage. Due their closed-back design, the soundstage doesn't sound overtly open or spacious, and may feel like it's coming from within the listener's head.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No App

These headphones don't have any virtual soundstage features.

7.8
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.323
WHD @ 100
0.106

The weighted harmonic distortion performance is good. While there's a peak in the mid-treble and in the high-treble, this may not be noticeable to all listeners. The frequencies otherwise fall within good limits, which should result in clear and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
No Firmware
Power
Passive
Connection
Wired
Codec
PCM, 24-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Default
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Boom

The Turtle Beach Recon 200's results are only valid for these settings.

Isolation
5.1
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-12.69 dB
Bass
0.35 dB
Mid
-10.06 dB
Treble
-29.25 dB

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 have disappointing passive noise isolation performance. They don't reduce almost any noise from the bass range such as bus or plane engines. The mid-range is slightly better performing and helps cut out some of the chatter found in cafes or office settings. However, the treble range has the most isolation and significantly reduces noises like humming A/C units or sharp sounds like S and Ts.

6.4
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
43.01 dB

The leakage performance of the Recon 200 isn't bad. However, most of the leakage is in the mid-range to low-treble which is where lead instruments and vocals sit. If you like to crank up the volume to your favorite tunes, those around you may hear some of it, even in louder environments like an office. It can also sound fuller than in-ear headphones or earbuds.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
No
Boom
Yes
Detachable Boom
No

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 have a boom microphone on the left ear cup.

7.2
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
193.04 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
3.82 dB
HFE
7452.94 Hz
Weighted THD
1.726
Gain
23.42 dB

The boom microphone has a fair recording quality. While voices are still understandable, they lack airiness and brilliance. However, a peak in the treble range may make sibilants such as S and T sounds sharp and piercing.

6.4
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
16.62 dB

The noise handling performance of the mic is unremarkable. It struggles to capture speech in loud environments like a gaming tournament. However, you won't have any problems being understood if you're shotcalling at home.

Active Features
7.0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
15.7 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
15.7 hrs
Charge Time
3.1 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port micro-USB

Although the Recon 200 are wired headphones, they have active features such as Bass Boost that use an internal battery. They have just under 16 hours of continuous playtime, which is great for long gaming sessions; however, they don't have passive playback and you won't be able to use your headphones once the battery dies. While it takes some time to charge them back up, you can listen to your audio while charging.

0
Active Features
App Support
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 aren't compatible with the Turtle Beach AudioHub software and lack any customization options.

Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
No Bluetooth
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
N/A
PC Latency (SBC)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
N/A
Android Latency
N/A

These are wired headphones and don't have any Bluetooth capabilities.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 are wired headphones and don't support non-Bluetooth wireless.

9.0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length 3.9 ft
Connection 1/8" TRRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms

The Recon 200 come with a 1/8" TRRS audio cable that can be plugged into PC, PS4, and Xbox One with full audio and microphone capabilities.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
Audio + Microphone
PC/PS4 Wired USB
No
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No

These wired headphones are PC and PS4 compatible while using the audio jack of your computer or controller and have full audio and microphone capabilities.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No

You can plug in the Turtle Beach Recon 200 into an Xbox One controller and receive audio as well use the boom microphone.

0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
No Base/Dock
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
No Base/Dock

These headphones don't have a base/dock. If you're looking for gaming headphones with a dock, check out the SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2017 or the Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017.

Compared to other headphones

Comparison picture

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 are okay wired gaming headphones. However, unlike other wired headphones, you still need to charge them in order to use them, even though they don't have any wireless connectivity. Otherwise, they don't really stand out amongst other gaming headphones unless you like heavy, boomy bass. Still looking for more gaming headsets? Check out our recommendations for the best gaming headsets, the best gaming headsets under $100, and the best PS4 headsets.

Astro A10
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The Astro A10 are better gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Recon 200. They are noticeably better built and have a more neutral sound profile. The Astro mic is also considerably clearer, and they don't get as hot as the Turtle Beach.

HyperX Cloud Stinger
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The HyperX Cloud Stinger is a better gaming headset than the Turtle Beach Recon 200. It has a superior microphone that will transmit a clearer and full-bodied speech to your online teammates and also has slightly better sound quality. Also, this wired headset doesn’t need a battery to function fully, like the Recon 200 does. The HyperX also feels better made and more comfortable. On the other hand, the control scheme of the Turtle Beach is more complete and more useful, and some will like the sidetone feature.

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless
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The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 are better gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Recon 200. While they both have the same battery life, the Recon are wired. The Stealth 600 use a low-latency wireless connection, have a better-balanced sound profile and give you channel mixing. The Recon isolate more noise, though, and are compatible with more devices.

Turtle Beach Recon 70
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The Turtle Beach Recon 70 and the Turtle Beach Recon 200 are very similar gaming headphones, but the Recon 70 will be less of a hassle than the Recon 200, unless you want the always-on Bass Boost of the Recon 200. Having this feature means the Recon 200 need a battery, which is quite rare for wired headphones. Also, the Recon 70’s mic sounds slightly better and they are a bit more comfortable. On the other hand, the Recon 200 are slightly better built thanks to a metal reinforced headband, and they have more controls on their ear cups like microphone levels and presets.

Turtle Beach Stealth 300
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The Turtle Beach Stealth 300 is a better gaming headset than the Turtle Beach Recon 200. Their porous fabric is slightly more comfortable and allows for more airflow, so you won’t feel your ears get as warm as with the Recon 200. However, both headsets are wired and still need a battery to function. The Stealth has about twice the Recon’s battery life. On the other hand, the Recon 200 is slightly better-built than the Stealth 300 but doesn’t have channel mixing.

Corsair HS60
Unavailable
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The Corsair HS60 is a better gaming headset than the Turtle Beach Recon 200. The Corsair is surprisingly well-built and feels durable for its affordable price. The materials feel premium, and the headset is more comfortable than the Turtle Beach. The audio reproduction is also more accurate, and it has a better microphone as well. You can also use the Corsair Utility Engine to EQ the headset and enable surround sound.

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