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Turtle Beach Recon 70 Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Updated Nov 17, 2020 at 08:54 am
Turtle Beach Recon 70 Picture
5.4
Mixed Usage
7.0
Neutral Sound
4.6
Commute/Travel
5.3
Sports/Fitness
5.1
Office
5.0
Wireless Gaming
7.0
Wired Gaming
6.3
Phone Calls
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Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless No
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Turtle Beach Recon 70 are budget-friendly gaming headphones. Their microphone's voice recording quality is good, their sound profile is decently well-balanced, and they have a comfortable fit for long gaming sessions. Unfortunately, they're cheaply-built, don’t have a companion app to allow for customization options, and their fit doesn’t isolate well against ambient noise. Nevertheless, they're a good option if you want a versatile wired headset for all your gaming platforms without breaking the bank.

Our Verdict

5.4 Mixed Usage

The Turtle Beach Recon 70 are poor for mixed usage. They're good for wired gaming thanks to their decent boom microphone and relatively comfortable fit. However, they feel very plasticky and filter out very little background noise, so they aren't the best option for bringing to the office or on your commute. Also, their bulky design isn’t breathable or stable, which makes them a poor option for wearing during workouts.

Pros
  • Decently well-balanced sound profile.
  • Decently comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Cheap and plasticky build.
  • Poor isolation performance.
  • Limited control scheme.
  • Wired-only connection limits versatility.
7.0 Neutral Sound

The Turtle Beach Recon 70 are decent for neutral sound. Their bass lacks a bit of low-end thump and rumble and can sound a bit boomy, but their mid and treble ranges are quite well-balanced, so they should be a decent option for a wide variety of music genres and video games. Unfortunately, they don't have a companion app with an EQ to fine-tune their sound profile.

Pros
  • Decently well-balanced sound profile.
Cons
  • Audio delivery inconsistencies.
4.6 Commute/Travel

The Turtle Beach Recon 70 are bad for commuting. They barely isolate against ambient noise, so you're likely to hear the rumble of bus or plane engines as well as the chatter of other commuters. They're also quite bulky and hard to carry around. On the upside, you don’t have to worry about running out of battery and won't experience any audio delay. They're also quite comfortable to wear for a while without feeling ear fatigue.

Pros
  • Decently comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Cheap and plasticky build.
  • Poor isolation performance.
  • Wired-only connection limits versatility.
5.3 Sports/Fitness

The Turtle Beach Recon 70 are sub-par for sports, though they aren’t designed for this use. They're bulky and not especially breathable, so you're likely to sweat more than usual when working out while wearing them. Their audio cable can also snag on other things.

Pros
  • Decently comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Cheap and plasticky build.
  • Unstable fit.
  • Wired-only connection limits versatility.
5.1 Office

The Turtle Beach Recon 70 are a poor fit for the office. They block out very little background noise and leak a lot of audio, which means surrounding colleagues may hear what you’re listening to. On the upside, they have a well-balanced audio reproduction and are comfortable enough for you to wear for a while.

Pros
  • Decently comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Poor isolation performance.
  • Wired-only connection limits versatility.
5.0 Wireless Gaming

The Turtle Beach Recon 70 aren't suitable for wireless gaming, as they're wired-only headphones.

7.0 Wired Gaming

The Turtle Beach Recon 70 are satisfactory for wired gaming. While they feel cheaply made, their boom microphone offers good recording quality and they have a surprisingly well-balanced sound profile. They're also comfortable enough for long gaming sessions. They have virtually no latency thanks to their wireless design. However, they don’t have a companion app for customization options.

Pros
  • Decently well-balanced sound profile.
  • Good voice recording quality.
  • Decently comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Audio delivery inconsistencies.
  • No companion app with customization features.
  • No on-the-fly channel mixing.
6.3 Phone Calls

The Turtle Beach Recon 70 are passable for phone calls. Their boom microphone makes your voice sound clear and full-bodied, but it may struggle to isolate it from loud background noise. You're also likely to hear a lot of ambient noise due to their bad noise isolation capability.

Pros
  • Good voice recording quality.
Cons
  • Poor isolation performance.
  • 5.4 Mixed Usage
  • 7.0 Neutral Sound
  • 4.6 Commute/Travel
  • 5.3 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.1 Office
  • 5.0 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.0 Wired Gaming
  • 6.3 Phone Calls
  1. Update 11/17/2020: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  2. Update 3/24/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  3. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  4. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  5. Update 8/9/2019: We've updated the Comfort score to better reflect how comfortable this headset feels.

Test Results

Design
Design
Style

The Turtle Beach Recon 70 look quite similar to the Turtle Beach Recon 200. They have the same large headband design, but they have different yokes for size adjustment as well as large ear cups lined with pleather instead of fabric. They have color accents to match their console variants, although all variants are wired and should work on all platforms. This means you can choose whichever color you prefer regardless of which platform you game on.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.51 lbs
Clamping Force
1.2 lbs

The Turtle Beach Recon 70 are decently comfortable headphones. They have a cheap pleather coating that doesn’t feel that nice on the skin. While their headband isn't as well padded as that of other Turtle Beach models, it still does a good job of distributing their weight. Unfortunately, some people may find them to be a bit tight on the head, and they aren't quite as comfortable as alternatives like the Razer Kraken X.

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 No

The Turtle Beach Recon 70 have a physical control scheme that's easy-to-use but lacks functionality. They have a volume wheel on the left ear cup that stops when you reach max or minimum volume. They also have a flippable boom microphone, but no playback controls.

6.2
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 6.5 C

These headphones aren’t very breathable, but this shouldn’t be an issue during casual gaming sessions. However, they aren’t a good option for sports as they trap quite a bit of heat inside their ear cups, which will make you sweat more than usual.

5.5
Design
Portability
L 7.9 "
W 7.1 "
H 3.2 "
Volume 180 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

Like most over-ear gaming headphones, the Turtle Beach Recon 70 aren’t very portable. They don’t fold into a more compact format, but their cups do swivel to lay flat. This makes them noticeably wider, but also easier to slide them inside a bag.

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

These headphones don’t come with a case.

6.0
Design
Build Quality

These headphones have mediocre build quality. They're entirely made of plastic with pleather-lined ear cup and headband padding. The headband is also thin, but fairly flexible. Additionally, they don’t have metal-centered yokes like the Turtle Beach Stealth 300. They creak a lot and feel fragile when manipulating them.

6.0
Design
Stability

These headphones aren't especially stable. They're a bit tight on the head, so they don't move too much during more casual activities like gaming, listening to music, or walking around. However, they're cumbersome and sway quite a bit when running. They're likely to fall off your head if you use them for working out. They also have a non-detachable cable that can yank them off your head if it gets hooked on something.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Turtle Beach Recon 70 headphones
  • Sticker
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-3.12 db
Treble Amount
-1.69 db

The Turtle Beach Recon 70 have a mostly balanced sound profile. The dip in the low-bass range may be disappointing if you prefer some extra thump and rumble in your favorite action-heavy games. However, their fairly flat and even mid and treble ranges should yield clear and detailed dialogue and in-game instrumental music.

5.4
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
1.34 dB

The Turtle Beach Recon 70 have poor frequency response consistency. They struggle to deliver audio consistently, as their audio reproduction is highly sensitive to fit, seal, and positioning. This could be a nuisance, especially if you have long hair or wear glasses.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
6.8
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.11 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
82.34 Hz
Low-Bass
-6.65 dB
Mid-Bass
-2.41 dB
High-Bass
3.26 dB

The Turtle Beach Recon 70's bass accuracy is okay. Their underemphasized low-bass range results in an overall loss of thump and rumble, which should be most apparent in action-heavy games as well as musical genres like EDM and hip-hop. That said, mixes should have adequate body and warmth, though the slight overemphasis in the high-bass range does yield a boomy quality in some mixes. Due to their poor frequency response consistency, your real-world experience can vary.

9.1
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.2 dB
Low-Mid
0.79 dB
Mid-Mid
0.02 dB
High-Mid
-0.59 dB

These headphones have very good mid-range accuracy. Dialogue, as well as vocals and lead instrumentals, should be clear, present, and detailed in the mix.

7.6
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.23 dB
Low-Treble
-1.21 dB
Mid-Treble
0.04 dB
High-Treble
-6.82 dB

The Turtle Beach Recon 70's treble accuracy is good. Aside from a dip in the mid-treble range that results in some sibilants sounding dull and lispy, the rest of the range is flat and even. Higher notes should be clear and well-articulated. However, not everyone hears treble frequencies the same way, so your listening experience may vary, especially since these headphones have frequency response consistency issues between reseats.

7.2
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.82 db
Dips
1.34 db

The Turtle Beach Recon 70 have decent peaks and dips performance. A dip in the low-bass range robs some tracks and sound effects of adequate thump and rumble. There's a bump in the high-bass range that generates a lot of boominess and muddies some vocals and lead instruments. An alternating spike and dip in the low treble range makes vocals and lead instruments sound alternatively harsh and veiled. A peak in the mid-treble range can make some sibilants sound a little piercing.

6.0
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.29
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.57
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.56
Weighted Phase Mismatch
58.04

The Turtle Beach Recon 70's stereo imaging performance is mediocre. Their weighted group delay doesn’t surpass the audibility threshold, which should result in tight bass and transparent treble. While the L/R drivers are well-matched in regards to amplitude and frequency response, a severe phase mismatch is present. This has an impact on the localization and placement of objects like voices and footsteps in the stereo image. However, these results are only valid for our unit and yours may perform differently.

6.3
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
2.73 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
5.16 dB
PRTF Distance
10.59 dB
Openness
5.9
Acoustic Space Excitation
4.3

The passive soundstage is mediocre. While it's fairly spacious and natural, sound is still likely to be perceived as originating from inside the head rather than a speaker setup in front of you.

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.

7.6
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.408
WHD @ 100
0.115

The weighted harmonic distortion performance is good. At moderate volumes, there's some distortion in the low-bass range, but this may not be noticeable to all listeners. The rest of the frequency spectrum falls within acceptable limits at both moderate and high volumes, resulting in mostly clean and pure audio reproduction.

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

These are the settings used to test the Turtle Beach Recon 70. Our results are only valid when they're used in this configuration.

Isolation
4.0
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-9.43 dB
Bass
0.7 dB
Mid
-5.96 dB
Treble
-23.52 dB

The Turtle Beach Recon 70's noise isolation performance is bad. In the bass range, where the rumble of airplane and bus engines sit, they provide virtually no isolation. They don't do that much better with dealing with ambient noise in the mid-range, so you may hear a lot of background chatter from people nearby. They perform slightly better in regards to higher-pitched sounds, like the hum of an AC unit.

6.3
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
43.62 dB

The leakage performance is mediocre. The majority of their audio leakage occurs in the mid-range, so escaping sound is relatively full-bodied. If you blast your music at high volumes in a relatively quiet environment, people nearby are likely to hear what you're listening to.

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

These headphones have a boom microphone.

7.5
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
138.49 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
3.62 dB
HFE
7782.91 Hz
Weighted THD
1.433
Gain
22.54 dB

The boom microphone has a good recording quality. Recorded speech should sound full-bodied, clear, and natural, but also a bit bright.

6.5
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
17.08 dB

The boom microphone's noise handling performance is okay. It may struggle to fully separate speech from ambient noise in louder settings like a very crowded room.

Active Features
0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
No Battery
Continuous Battery Life
N/A
Additional Charges
N/A
Total Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
Passive Headphone
Charging Port None

These headphones don’t have a battery.

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 70 don’t have a companion app for 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 headphones aren’t Bluetooth compatible. For a Turtle Beach gaming headset with Bluetooth, take a look at the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Wireless or the Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp.

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

The Turtle Beach Recon 70 are wired-only headphones that don't support any wireless connections.

9.0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length 4.0 ft
Connection 1/8" TRRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms

The Turtle Beach Recon 70 have a 1/8" TRRS cable that offers full audio and microphone compatibility.

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

The Turtle Beach Recon 70 offer full microphone and audio compatibility with PCs and PS4 consoles when you plug their 1/8" TRRS cable into an AUX port.

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

These headphones offer full audio and microphone support when you plug their 1/8" cable into an Xbox One controller.

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 or a dock.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

These headphones come in eight different color variants: 'Black/Red', 'Blue Camo', 'Green Camo', 'Black/Blue', 'Black/Green', 'Red/Black', 'White/Blue', and 'White/Green'. We tested the 'Black/Red' model, but expect the other color variants to perform similarly overall. While there are also variants listed as the Turtle Beach Recon 70P, Turtle Beach Recon 70X, and Turtle Beach Recon 70N, there doesn't seem to be any differences in terms of features, performance, or system compatibility, with these models only offering color schemes that complement specific consoles.

If someone comes across a different model, let us know in the discussions and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

Comparison picture

The Turtle Beach Recon 70 are budget-friendly gaming headphones that have a decently well-balanced sound profile and good microphone recording quality. Unfortunately, they feel very plasticky, have a very rudimentary control scheme, and lack any sort of companion software to fine-tune your listening experience. See our recommendations for the best gaming headsets, and the best gaming headsets under $100 and $50.

Astro A10

The Astro A10 are slightly better gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Recon 70. The Astro are quite noticeably better built and feel more durable. Their microphone performance is also better and records detailed and full-bodied speech. On the other hand, the Turtle Beach are more comfortable and have a more neutral sound profile.

HyperX Cloud Stinger

The HyperX Cloud Stinger is a better gaming headset than the Turtle Beach Recon 70. The HyperX are noticeably better built even if they are made of plastic. Their sound profile is also better-balanced and packs a bit more sub-bass. The microphone of the HyperX offers a better recording quality. The Turtle Beach have a slightly more neutral mid-range.

Turtle Beach Recon 200

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 Recon 50X/Recon 50P

The Turtle Beach Recon 70 and Turtle Beach Recon 50X/Recon 50P models are very similar, but the Recon 70 might be a better option thanks to their more comfortable design and better sound profile. However, the Recon 50x have an excellent microphone and outperform the Recon 70 in that regard. Overall, the recording quality of the Recon 70’s mic is good, making them a decent choice for gaming.

RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset

The RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset and the Turtle Beach Recon 70 are similarly performing budget wired gaming headphones. The Turtle Beach are more comfortable and have a better-balanced sound, but the RUNMUS have better mic performance and come with a longer cable.

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