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Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Oct 28, 2021 at 10:38 am
Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 Picture
7.6
Neutral Sound
5.5
Commute/Travel
5.9
Sports/Fitness
6.5
Office
5.5
Wireless Gaming
7.2
Wired Gaming
6.4
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless No
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 are the next generation of the Turtle Beach Recon 200 and are wired gaming headphones. Unlike their predecessor, they use mesh fabric padding instead of faux leather. They have a unique surround and Bass Boost feature to provide a more immersive audio experience on PlayStation and Xbox consoles, depending on the setting you've selected. This feature is powered by a battery that offers roughly under 17 hours of continuous battery life, although you can use them passively, too, if you prefer. Their flippable boom mic also does a very good job of recording your voice clearly. However, the headphones have a cheap and plasticky build quality.

Our Verdict

7.6 Neutral Sound

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 are good for neutral sound. They have an excited sound profile with extra boom in the bass range. Their mid-range is also very flat and neutral, so vocals and lead instruments are accurately reproduced, although they're a bit bright. They have a wide and natural passive soundstage too, but it seems like it's coming from inside your head, rather than from speakers placed around you. However, they lack sound customization features to help adjust their sound to your liking.

Pros
  • Decently comfortable.
  • 16.8-hour battery life.
Cons
  • Prone to inconsistencies in bass and treble delivery.
5.5 Commute/Travel

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 are sub-par for commute and travel, though they aren't designed for this purpose. These gaming headphones have a hard time blocking out the low rumble of bus and plane engines, which can be annoying during your trip. Their boom mic doesn't detach either, and they have a bulky design that doesn't fold into a more portable size. On the upside, they're decently comfortable.

Pros
  • Decently comfortable.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation performance.
  • No call or music-related controls.
  • Prone to inconsistencies in bass and treble delivery.
5.9 Sports/Fitness

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 are middling for sports and fitness, although they're not designed for this use. They can easily fall off your head with moderate head movements, and they have a bulky, gamer-centric design. They also have a cheap and plasticky build, and their non-detachable audio cable could snag on something and pull them off your head.

Pros
  • Decently comfortable.
Cons
  • No call or music-related controls.
  • Prone to inconsistencies in bass and treble delivery.
  • Can fall off your head with minimal movement.
6.5 Office

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 are fair for office use. If you don't mind their bulky and gamer-centric design, they have a decently comfortable fit, and their 16.8-hour battery should easily last through long days at the office. However, they struggle to block out office chatter around you, and they leak a lot of audio at high volumes.

Pros
  • Decently comfortable.
  • Very good recording quality.
  • 16.8-hour battery life.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation performance.
  • No call or music-related controls.
  • Prone to inconsistencies in bass and treble delivery.
5.5 Wireless Gaming

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 are wired-only headphones, and you can't use them wirelessly.

7.2 Wired Gaming

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 are decent for wired gaming. They have a decently comfortable fit, have a surround sound feature that you can use on PlayStation or Xbox consoles, and their wired design ensures low latency. Their flippable boom mic also has a very good recording quality, but it struggles to separate your voice from moderate ambient noise, and your voice could be drowned out by the sound of traffic from an open window.

Pros
  • Very good recording quality.
  • Surround sound feature available.
  • 16.8-hour battery life.
Cons
  • Prone to inconsistencies in bass and treble delivery.
  • No EQ.
  • Mic has mediocre noise handling.
6.4 Phone Calls

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 are passable for phone calls. Their flippable boom mic has a very good recording quality, ensuring your voice sounds clear and natural. However, it struggles to separate your voice from moderate ambient noise around you, and your voice may be drowned out if you're taking a call from a busy street. Unfortunately, the headphones also struggle to block out background noise, so it may be hard to hear your conversation.

Pros
  • Very good recording quality.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation performance.
  • 7.6 Neutral Sound
  • 5.5 Commute/Travel
  • 5.9 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.5 Office
  • 5.5 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.2 Wired Gaming
  • 6.4 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Oct 28, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Oct 26, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 look very similar to their predecessor, the Turtle Beach Recon 200. They have a somewhat bulky and plastic look, with bisected detailing on the ear cups. While you can't detach their boom mic, you can flip it upwards if you want a less gamer-centric look. They come in three color variations: Black, White, and Midnight Blue.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.6 lbs
Clamping Force
0.9 lbs

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 are decently comfortable. Unlike the Turtle Beach Recon 200, they now use mesh cloth padding instead of faux leather, which feels good on your skin. They also feel lightweight and don't clamp too tightly on your head. However, they can slide around your head with slight head movements, and you may need to adjust their fit as you wear them.

5.7
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
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

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 have sub-par controls. Unfortunately, like most gaming headphones, they lack call and music-related controls. That said, while there are a few commands to remember, they're easy to use. Both the sidetone and volume wheel stop at min and max, and there's a light on the slider to let you know when the headphones are on. The light also changes depending on the battery level. However, it can be hard to distinguish the volume wheel from the sidetone wheel.

  • Volume wheel: Raises or lowers the volume.
  • Mic sidetone wheel: Raises or lowers the mic's sidetone.
  • PS/Xbox slider: This slider turns on or off the surround sound effect on the console you've selected. When using either preset, 'Bass Boost' is turned on, which adds thump and kick to your audio.
  • Microphone flip up and down: Mutes and unmutes the microphone.

5.7
Design
Portability
L 7.5" (19.1 cm)
W 7.4" (18.9 cm)
H 2.6" (6.7 cm)
Volume 147.62 in³ (2,419.00 cm³)
Transmitter Required No

Like most over-ear gaming headphones, the Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 aren't very portable. The ear cups can swivel to lay flat, but you can't fold their frame for easier storage. Unfortunately, you also can't detach their mic, and they don't come with a carrying case to help protect them when you're on the go.

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Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A
6.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is okay. They're similarly built to the Turtle Beach Recon 200, and their plastic frame feels cheap. Unfortunately, their silicone audio cable isn't detachable, so you need to replace the entire headset if the cable is damaged. On the upside, the headband is reinforced with a metal band, and they now use cloth padding on the ear cups instead of faux leather.

6.5
Design
Stability

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 have okay stability. They can easily slide around your head with low-intensity head movements and may fall off with larger motions. Their non-detachable audio cable can also snag on something and pull them off your head if you're not careful.

Design
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Design
Headshots 2
Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 headset
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • Manuals
  • Turtle Beach sticker

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
0.1 dB
Treble Amount
-0.66 dB

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 have an excited sound profile with the slider to set to 'Xbox,' which also turns on their Bass Boost feature. You can see a comparison between the slider off and the slider set to Xbox on PC here. Using the slider, they deliver extra warmth and boom while dialogue and lead instruments are bright. However, some users may find them a bit muddy and piercing. Unfortunately, they lack any other sound customization features to help adjust their sound to your liking.

5.6
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
1.11 dB

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2's frequency response consistency is sub-par. Bass and treble delivery are very sensitive to the fit, seal, and positioning of the headphones on your head. You may especially notice a drop in bass if you have thick hair or wear glasses.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.0
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.74 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
20.59 Hz
Low-Bass
-0.07 dB
Mid-Bass
5.12 dB
High-Bass
6.86 dB

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 have satisfactory bass accuracy. The low-bass is very flat and accurate, resulting in adequate thump and rumble. However, the mid and high-bass are very overemphasized, so mixes have extra punch and boom. Some users may find this sounds muddy, though.

Bass delivery is sensitive to fit, seal, and positioning. This measurement represents an average response, and your real-world experience may differ.

9.1
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.22 dB
Low-Mid
0.57 dB
Mid-Mid
0.02 dB
High-Mid
1.09 dB

The mid accuracy is outstanding. The range is very neutral and balanced, so vocals and lead instruments sound clear, detailed, and accurate.

7.6
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.61 dB
Mid-Treble
3.78 dB
Low-Treble
2.6 dB
High-Treble
-5.39 dB

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2's treble accuracy is good. There's a bit of overemphasis in the low and mid-treble, so the upper harmonics of vocals and lead instruments are detailed but a bit harsh. Sibilants like cymbals, in contrast, are bright but piercing.

Treble delivery is sensitive to fit, seal, and positioning. This measurement represents an average response, and your real-world experience may differ.

7.0
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
2.08 dB
Dips
1.13 dB

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 have satisfactory peaks and dips performance. A large peak in the mid to high-bass adds extra punch and boom to mixes, while a small dip from the low to mid-mid thins out vocals and lead instruments while pushing them to the back of your mix. A small peak in the left driver's high-mid can make vocals and lead instruments slightly harsh. Another peak in the low-treble affects both drivers and harshens these same sounds, and a peak in the mid-treble turns sibilants like S and T sounds piercing.

8.4
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.4
Weighted Phase Mismatch
6.82
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.54
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.76

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2's imaging performance is great. There are a couple of small peaks above the audibility threshold in the group delay, but they're very minor. As a result, the group delay falls within good levels, resulting in tight bass and transparent treble. There are also a couple of minor peaks in the phase response, but this shouldn't be audible for most users. That said, the L/R drivers are well-matched in phase, amplitude, and frequency response, which is important for the accurate localization and placement of objects like voices in the stereo image. However, our results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.

6.6
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
1.63 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
4.65 dB
PRTF Distance
12.39 dB
Openness
5.5
Acoustic Space Excitation
4.6

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 have an okay passive soundstage. Since they have a closed-back design, their soundstage doesn't seem as open or as spacious as that created by open-back headphones. The soundstage struggles to sound as if it's coming from speakers placed in the room around you, rather than as if coming from inside your head. However, the soundstage is perceived as large and natural.

2.0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
On/Off
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
Yes

These headphones are compatible with Window Sonic Spatial Audio on Xbox and 3D Audio on PlayStation 5. They also have a slider on the left ear cup that activates their surround sound and Bass Boost feature, which you can then set to PlayStation or Xbox. You can't use the virtual soundstage features without also turning on Bass Boost, though.

When the slider is off, the sound is lower and lacks a surround effect, but the Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 can still produce audio. You can see the difference between off and the slider set to Xbox on PC here. If you put the slider on the opposite console to what you're using (if you've selected Xbox when you're using a PlayStation console and vice-versa), the sound is a bit louder than when off, but it's quieter than when using the correct console settings.

7.8
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.258
WHD @ 100
0.115

The weighted harmonic distortion performance of the Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 is good. All frequencies fall within good limits at moderate and high listening volumes, resulting in clear and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
On
Connection
Wired
Codec
PCM, 24-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Preset Xbox, Bass Boost On
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Boom

These are the settings used to test the Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2. Our results are only valid when used in this configuration.

Isolation
4.4
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-11.9 dB
Bass
-0.89 dB
Mid
-9.06 dB
Treble
-26.4 dB

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 have a poor noise isolation performance. They hardly block out any of the low rumbles of bus and plane engines. They also struggle to cut down mid-range sounds like ambient chatter and higher-pitched noise like the hum of an AC unit.

6.0
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
45.15 dB

The leakage performance is mediocre. Leakage is concentrated in the mid to treble range and sounds somewhat full. If you like to listen to your audio at high volumes, others around you can likely hear it, even in moderately noisy environments like a busy office.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
No
Boom
Yes
Detachable Boom
No
7.8
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
204.52 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.73 dB
HFE
7,240.77 Hz
Weighted THD
0.445
Gain
22.62 dB

The flippable boom mic has a very good recording quality. Your voice sounds natural and clear, although lacking somewhat in body.

6.0
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
14.07 dB
Noise Gate
Always On
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
6.0
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
6.0
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The boom mic's noise handling is mediocre. It struggles to separate your voice from moderate ambient noise. If you like to game near an open window, sounds like traffic may drown out your voice.

Active Features
7.6
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
16.8 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
16.8 hrs
Charge Time
2.8 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
Yes
Charging Port USB-C

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 have a good battery performance. They have a battery to power their Bass Boost feature, but you can turn this feature off and use them passively if you prefer. That said, they're advertised to have 12 hours of continuous playback time, and we measured under 17 hours. This longer playback time isn't uncommon, though, as other users and reviews have also reported this. While they lack a power-saving feature to help conserve battery life, you can use them while they're charging.

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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
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
0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
9.0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length 4.27 ft (1.30 m)
Connection
1/8" TRRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 have a non-detachable 1/8" TRRS cable that offers full audio and mic compatibility when connected to devices with an AUX port. They come with a USB-A to USB-C cable to charge the headphones.

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

These headphones can connect to PCs via an analog connection. You can receive audio as well as use their microphone.

Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
Audio + Microphone
PS4 Wired USB
No
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
PS5 Analog
Audio + Microphone
PS5 Wired USB
No
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
No

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 are fully compatible with PS4 and PS5 via an analog connection into the console's controller.

Connectivity
Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
Xbox Series X|S Analog
Audio + Microphone
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
No
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless
No

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 have full mic and audio compatibility with Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S consoles when connected to the console controller's AUX port.

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

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 come in three color variants: Black, White, and Midnight Blue. We tested the Black variant, and you can see our model's label here. If you come across another variant of these headphones, please let us know in the discussion section below, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 are budget-friendly wired gaming headphones and are the next generation of the Turtle Beach Recon 200. They have a surround sound and Bass Boost feature for PlayStation and Xbox consoles. This feature requires a battery, but it lasts just under 17 hours, and you can use the headphones passively if you run out while gaming. However, unlike the Corsair HS60, they lack companion software to help you adjust their sound to your liking.

Check out our recommendations for the best gaming headsets, the best gaming headsets under $100, and the best headsets for Xbox Series X/S.

Turtle Beach Recon 500

The Turtle Beach Recon 500 and the Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 are similarly performing gaming headphones. While they're both decently comfortable, the Recon 500 have a detachable mic with a better overall performance. However, the Recon 200 Gen 2 have EQ presets built-in as well as a virtual soundstage feature that's powered by a battery with over 16 hours of battery life.

Turtle Beach Recon 200

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 are the second generation of the Turtle Beach Recon 200. While both headphones are decently comfortable, but the second generation have mesh fabric padding instead of faux leather. The second generation also have a virtual soundstage feature, a better battery performance, and can be used passively.

Astro A10

The Astro A10 are better wired gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2. While both headphones are comfortable, the Astro are better built, have more consistent audio delivery, and their mic offers a significantly better overall performance. However, the Turtle Beach have a virtual soundstage feature.

Turtle Beach Recon 70

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 are slightly better wired headphones than the Turtle Beach Recon 70. While they're both comfortable, the Recon 200 Gen 2 are better built, and they have a virtual soundstage feature that's powered by a battery with over 16 hours of continuous playback time. Their boom mic also has a somewhat better recording quality, although the Recon 70's mic delivers a better noise handling performance.

SteelSeries Arctis 1

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 are slightly better wired gaming headphones than the SteelSeries Arctis 1. While they're both decently comfortable, the Turtle Beach are better built, have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, and have a virtual soundstage feature that's powered by a battery with over 16 hours of continuous playback time. However, the SteelSeries have a detachable boom mic that offers better overall performance.

Corsair HS50

The Corsair HS50 and the Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 have different strengths, and you may prefer either one. The Corsair are more comfortable, feel better built, and their mic has a better noise handling performance. However, the Turtle Beach have a virtual soundstage feature, and their mic has a better recording quality.

Corsair HS60

The Corsair HS60 are better wired gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2. The Corsair are more comfortable, feel better built, and their mic has a better noise handling performance. They also have companion software that allows you to adjust their sound using their graphic EQ and presets.

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