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Reviewed on Aug 17, 2018

Turtle Beach Stealth 300
HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
6.3
Mixed Usage
7.3
Critical Listening
5.6
Commute/Travel
6.0
Sports/Fitness
6.0
Office
5.9
TV
7.3
Gaming
Type : Over-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : No
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The Turtle Beach Stealth 300 are a decent wired gaming headset. They have the same design and build quality as the Stealth 600, so they're comfortable and easy-to-use, but look a bit cheap and won't be as durable as some of the other budget gaming headsets we've tested. Unfortunately, they do not block a lot of noise, they leak a lot and you can't use them passively, despite being wired headphones, which is disappointing. Note that we tested the Xbox One variant of this headset, but we expect similar results for the PS4 variant.

Test Results
Design 6.2
Sound 7.4
Isolation 4.3
Microphone 7.0
Active Features 7.9
Connectivity 5.5
Pros
  • Above-average audio reproduction.
  • Decent controls for gaming.
  • Good battery life.
Cons
  • Poor noise and leakage isolation.
  • Plasticky and cheap-feeling build quality.
  • Lacking good customization options.
Update 6/26/2019: We've updated the Feedback score to better represent the responsiveness of the buttons.

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6.2

Design

The Turtle Beach Stealth 300 are a wired variant of the of the Stealth 600. They have the same look and feel and are also decently comfortable and easy to use but a bit tight on the head. They have the same porous pads as the 600, which are decently breathable, but being closed-back over-ears, they will still make your ears fairly warm during longer gaming or listening sessions. They also won't be a good choice for more demanding physical activities since they are not stable enough for running and aren't made for working out. Unfortunately, their build quality feels a bit cheap even if they have slightly better yoke design than the Stealth 600.

Style

The Turtle Beach Stealth 300 look almost identical to the Stealth 600. They're a wired variant of the same headset, and also have large ear cups and a wide headband with a decent amount of padding. They have a slightly different yoke design that shows the metal at the center of the frame, which looks a bit better than the all plastic design of the Stealth 600, but it's not a noticeable difference at a distance. Unfortunately, like the wireless model, the breathable fabric used for the pads looks and feels a bit cheap. They also have a typical gaming headphones' design, with color accents that match the console variant purchased. Unfortunately, they're not the most stylish-looking or outdoor-friendly headphones unlike some of the HyperX gaming headsets we've tested.

7.5 Comfort
Weight : 0.5 lbs
Clamping Force
:
1.1 lbs

The Turtle Beach Stealth 300 are the same comfort-wise as the Stealth 600. They're also a bit tight on the head, but the spacious ear cups fit comfortably around most ears. The headband and ear cups are decently well padded, although the fabric covering the ear cup pads does not feel as nice on the skin as the faux-leather of some of the other headphones we've tested. On the upside, they have a slight dip in the ear cup padding to better fit listeners who wear glasses.

6.4 Controls
Ease of use : Okay
Feedback : Decent
Call/Music Control : No
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : Yes
Channel Mixing
:
Adjustable
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : Presets

Update 06/26/2019: After reviewing the Turtle Beach Recon 70, we revisited the Feedback score of the Stealth 300, which we felt was previously scored too harshly. The score has been adjusted.

The Stealth 300 have the same button layout as the Stealth 600 despite having slightly less functionality. They provide a volume and microphone dial, as well as a fold-up-to-mute feature to completely disable the mic. They also have two buttons on the left ear cup to switch between 4 audio presets and to turn on/off the headphones. It's an easy-to-use and decently responsive control scheme.

6.6 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 5.3 C

The Turtle Beach Stealth 300 are somewhat breathable, thanks to the porous fabric used for the ear cup pads. However, since they create a decent seal around your ears, they do obstruct a fair bit of airflow which will make your ears quite warm after a couple of hours of gaming. They're not as bad as some of the other over-ears, but the temperature difference is noticeable.

5.7 Portability
L : 7.2 "
W : 6.3 "
H : 3.1 "
Volume : 141 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

Like most gaming headphones, the Turtle Beach Stealth 300 are not very portable. They're big and bulky with large ear cups that only lay flat and do not fold into a more compact format. They're a hassle to carry on you if you don't have a bag or a backpack and do not come with a case or pouch which is slightly disappointing. On the upside, since they are wired, you can use them outdoors with your phone if you want to, unlike the Stealth 600, which have the same design but are limited by their USB transmitter.

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

These headphones do not come with a case or pouch.

6.0 Build Quality

The Turtle Beach Stealth 300, like the similarly designed Stealth 600, have a plasticky build quality that does not feel as durable as some of the other gaming headsets we've reviewed. The ear cups are decently dense and would not get damaged by a couple of accidental drops. The headband is also flexible enough to handle the physical stress of most casual use cases. Unfortunately, the frame and hinges feel fragile and cheap. They have slightly different yokes that expose a metal center, however, they do not feel that much more durable than the Stealth 600.

6.0 Stability

These headphones are bulky, unstable and not made for sports. 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, since they're not made for physical activities, they're cumbersome and sway quite a bit when running. They will quickly fall off your head if you use them for working out. They also have a non-detachable cable that will yank the headphones off your head if it gets hooked by something.

Cable
Detachable : No
Length : 4 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRRS

The Turtle Beach Stealth 300 do not have a detachable audio cable but come with a micro USB charging cable.

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7.4

Sound

The Turtle Beach Stealth 300 are an above-average sounding pair of closed-back gaming headsets. They have a deep, powerful, and tight bass capable of producing low thumps and rumbles common to bass-heavy music and video games. They also have a very good mid-range and a well balanced treble. This makes them a good choice for a wide variety of use cases, especially video games and bass-heavy music. However, their upper mid-range and lower treble lacks a bit of detail and brightness, so they may not be the ideal choice for vocal-centric music.

These headphones come with 4 EQ presets, and this review was done with them on the default setting (preset 1).

7.5 Bass
Std. Err.
:
3.66 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
10 Hz
Low-Bass
:
3.8 dB
Mid-Bass
:
4.48 dB
High-Bass
:
3.46 dB

The Turtle Beach Stealth 300 have a good bass. Their LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 10Hz, which is excellent. This indicates a deep bass that is capable of producing thumps and rumbles common to EDM, Hip-hop, and film scores. Additionally, the range's response is quite flat but consistently overemphasized by about 4dB, which makes the sound boomy but fans of heavy bass may like it. Overall, the bass of these headphones is deep and well-balanced, but noticeably heavy.

8.3 Mid
Std. Err.
:
2.33 dB
Low-Mid
:
-0.17 dB
Mid-Mid
:
0.61 dB
High-Mid
:
-1.83 dB

The mid-range of the Stealth 300 is very good. Low-mid, mid-mid, and high-mid are a bit uneven but overall decently balanced. This ensures a clear reproduction of vocals and lead instruments. The mismatch between the L/R drivers in the graph is not considered an issue in the frequency response, but they will get penalized for it in the Imaging section.

7.5 Treble
Std. Err.
:
3.94 dB
Low-Treble
:
-3.33 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-0.73 dB
High-Treble
:
-7.62 dB

The treble performance is good. The response is rather uneven and generally underemphasized. Low-treble is underemphasized by about 3dB, and mid-treble by about 1dB. Overall, their treble is quite well-balanced, but a tad veiled and lacking in detail and brightness.

8.0 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.4 dB

The frequency response consistency is very good. The bass delivery across our human subjects was quite consistent, with the maximum deviation being less than 3dB at 20Hz. Their treble delivery across multiple re-seats was even more consistent than their bass range, which is probably due to their relatively small ear cups.

8.2 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.23
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
1.15
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
2.21
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
4.71

The imaging is great. Their weighted group delay is 0.23 which is within good limits. Also, the graph shows that their group delay never crosses the audibility threshold. This results in a tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were pretty well-matched in amplitude and phase response, but showed some mismatch in the frequency response of their bass and mid ranges. This could create a inconsistencies in the stereo image but won't have a significant negative effect on the the placement and localization of objects (voice, instruments, footsteps), in the stereo image.

6.0 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
2.25 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
2.17 dB
PRTF Distance
:
10.75 dB
Openness
:
6.5
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
4.8
Correlated Crosstalk
:
0.0 dB

Mediocre soundstage performance. The PRTF response has decent accuracy and size. This suggests a relatively natural soundstage. However, there is not a notch at 10KHz which suggests an inside-the-head soundstage as opposed to a speaker-like soundstage which is perceived to be in front of the listener. On the upside, their perforated pads and low isolation makes these headphones sound a bit more open than heavily isolating headphones.

7.4 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
1.005
Weighted THD @ 100
:
4.734

The harmonic distortion performance of the Stealth 300 is average. The overall amount of THD is rather elevated, especially at 100dB SPL in the bass range. This suggests that the Turtle Beach Stealth 300 may struggle with producing a lot of bass at high volumes, and may not respond well to a lot of EQ boost in the bass range. Additionally, the spikes in THD around 2KHz 4KHz could make the sound of the region a bit harsh and impure.

4.3

Isolation

The Turtle Beach Stealth 300 do not isolate well in loud environments and would not be a good choice to use in noisy conditions. The porous ear cup pads help with breathability but also let a lot of noise seep into your audio. They will not be the best gaming headphones to use at eSport competitions, where there's a lot of noise, but should be OK if you're gaming at home. Unfortunately, they also do not block a lot of noise so they will be audible to the people around you in quieter settings.

3.6 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-6.95 dB
Bass
:
0.08 dB
Mid
:
-0.3 dB
Treble
:
-20.35 dB
Self-Noise
:
0 dB

The isolation performance is sub-par. Although these are closed-back headphones, their perforated breathable pads make them quite open and weak at isolating. They do not isolate at all in the bass and mid ranges, letting in the rumble of engines and the voice of people around you. However, you can mask some of these noise by turning up the volume of your headphones. In the treble range, occupied by sharp sounds like S and Ts, they achieve a decent 20dB of isolation.

5.8 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
45.92 dB

The leakage performance is sub-par. The significant portion of their leakage is spread between 500Hz and 5KHz, which is a relatively broad range. So although their leakage won't be as full-sounding as that of open-back headphones, it'll be more noticeable than that of in-ears and earbuds. On the plus side, the overall level of their leakage is not very loud. With the music at 100dB SPL their leakage averages at 46dB SPL and peaks at 60dB SPL which is higher than the noise floor of an average office.

7.0

Microphone

Integrated
:
No
In-line
:
No
Boom
:
Yes
Detachable Boom
:
No

The microphone of the Turtle Beach Stealth 300 is decent. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted will sound rather full, detailed, and easily understandable. But it lacks a bit of airiness and could also be a bit sibilant (sharp and piercing on S and T sounds). In noisy situations, they perform decently well and are able to separate speech from ambient noise in moderately loud environments, such as a busy street. But they may not be ideal for very loud places, like a subway station.

7.4 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
190.27 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
3.83 dB
HFE
:
7034.64 Hz
Weighted THD
:
1.023
Gain
:
23.72 dB

The microphone of the Turtle Beach Stealth 300 has a decent recording quality. Their LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 160Hz, indicating recorded/transmitted speech will sound relatively full-bodied. The HFE of 6.5KHz is above-average, so although speech will lack some airiness, it will have enough detail and presence to be easily understood. The 15dB peak around 5KHz however, makes voice a bit too sharp and piercing, especially on S and T sounds (sibilant).

6.7 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
18.57 dB

The noise handling capabilities of the Stealth 300's boom mic is about-average. In our SpNR test, they achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 19dB. This means they are suitable for quiet and moderately loud environments, but may not be able to fully separate speech from ambient noise in very loud places like a subway station.

7.9

Active Features

The Turtle Beach Stealth 300 do not have many active features. They're not noise canceling, wireless or Bluetooth headphones, but do have audio presets so you can switch between different sound profiles. On the upside, this gives them an excellent battery life that will last over 24Hrs of continuous playback, which should be more than enough for most gaming marathons, especially since they can also charge while playing audio. Unfortunately, they cannot be used passively when the battery dies, which is very disappointing. They also do not support the Turtle Beach Audio Hub, which means they have no customization options beyond the 4 different audio presets that you can cycle through with the "Mode" button on the right ear cup.

8.8 Battery
Battery Type
:
Battery Life
:
25.8 hrs
Charge Time
:
2 hrs
Power Saving Feature
:
Auto-Off Timer
Audio while charging
:
Yes
Passive Playback
:
No

The Stealth 300 have a good battery life that provides about 26hrs of continuous playback on a single charge. They also charge relatively fast for a gaming headset. Unfortunately, like the Turtle Beach Recon 200, they do not have passive playback despite being wired so you won't be able to use them once the battery dies which is disappointing. On the upside, they have an auto-off timer that will switch off the headphone when inactive which saves a lot of power.

0 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
N/A
ANC control
:
N/A
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
:
N/A
Playback control
:
N/A
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

The Stealth 300 do not support the Turtle Beach Audio Hub.

5.5

Connectivity

The Turtle Beach Stealth 300 are the wired variant of the Stealth 600. They do not support Bluetooth and do not have a USB transmitter or base/dock. This means they will be a bit less convenient for gaming on your couch since you will be a bit limited by the relatively short audio cable. On the upside, since they are wired, they have even less latency when gaming or watching videos, and they have mic support for both console controllers, although mic monitoring is handled differently for the Xbox One and the PS4 variants, which we do not yet measure with our current test bench.

0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
:
N/A
NFC Pairing
:
N/A

These headphones are wired and do not have a Bluetooth connection. If you want a gaming headset that supports Bluetooth, check out the Turtle Beach Stealth 700.

9.1 Wired
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
PS4 Compatible
:
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Compatible
:
Audio + Microphone
PC Compatible
:
Audio + Microphone

The Turtle Beach Stealth 300 have a wired connection that provides volume control and microphone compatibility support for both the Xbox and PS4 controllers. However, you will need a 4 pin audio jack or a headset adapter for the microphone to work with your PC. You could use an adapter but it's not provided in the box which is not ideal. Also, mic monitoring is handled differently for the Xbox One and the PS4 variants which will be tested more thoroughly in a future test bench update.

0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A

This gaming headset does not have a dock. If you need a headset with a dock that also has a wired connection for gaming or watching movies, then consider the SteelSeries Arctis 7.

0 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
N/A
Line of Sight Range
:
N/A

This gaming headset does not have a dock. If you need a headset with a dock that also has a wired connection for gaming or watching The Turtle Beach Stealth 300 do not have a wireless range since they're wired. If you want a good wireless gaming headset, check out the Astro A50.

10 Latency
Default Latency
:
0 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

The wired connection of these headphones has negligible latency which is suitable for gaming and home theater.

In the box

  • TurtleBeach Stealth 300 Headphones
  • USB charging cable
  • Manuals

Compared to other Headphones

The Stealth 300 are decent wired gaming headsets, but do not have many features or connection options. Unlike some of the other wired gaming headsets we've tested, the stealth 300 are active headphones that need to be charged to work. On the upside, they have a good 26Hr battery life that will easily last you long enough for most gaming marathons, and also has an auto-off feature to conserve power when inactive. Unfortunately, their build quality is mediocre-at-best. Like the Stealth 600, they feel a little cheap and not as durable as some of the headsets compared below. They also do not have many customizable features apart from the built-in presets that you can use cycle through with the 'Mode' button on the right ear cup. See our recommendations for the best PS4 headsets.

Turtle Beach Recon 200

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.

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 are a better gaming headphone overall than the Turtle Beach Stealth 300. The Stealth 600 have a greater range since they're wireless, so you can more conveniently game from your couch. The Stealth being wired, on the other hand, means they will work with both the PS4 and Xbox One controllers and your phone. They also have even less latency for gaming. However, the rest of their design is pretty much identical to the Stealth 600, so it really depends if you need a wired or wireless headset for gaming.

Astro A10

The Astro A10 are a better wired gaming headset than the Turtle Beach Stealth 300. The A10s have a better build quality with a more premium-looking design than the Stealth 300. They also sound better and have a better boom mic for voice chat. The Stealth 300, on the other hand, are a bit more comfortable than the Astro since they're not as tight on the head. Also, since the Stealth 300 are active, you can switch between 4 audio presets directly on the headphones. This makes them slightly more customizable than the Astros, although a full app would have been preferable.

Turtle Beach Recon 50X/Recon 50P

The Turtle Beach Stealth 300 are a better, wired headset than the Turtle Beach Recon 50X. The Stealth 300 have a better-built design that's more comfortable to wear during long gaming sessions. They also feel a lot more durable than the Recon 50X and have a better-balanced sound that caters to a greater genre of music and games. They also come with 3 other audio profiles you can cycle through. The only factors that should make you choose the Recon 50X over the Stealth 300 are price and battery life, since the 50X are completely passive, unlike the 300 which run out of battery and have no passive playback.

Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Wireless

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 are a better gaming headset overall than the Turtle Beach Stealth 300. The Stealth 700 have a lot more connection options than the 300, including Bluetooth, so they can work wirelessly with your phone. They have a headphone jack and come with a USB dongle that has low latency for wireless gaming. They're also noise cancelling and have a slightly better build quality than the 300, being a higher-end model of the lineup. On the upside, since the Stealth 300 do not have as many active features and connection options, they have an excellent battery life that will last you longer than the Stealth 700. They also have less latency since they're wired, but will be a bit limited by the range of their audio cable.

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Conclusion

6.3 Mixed Usage
Average-at-best for mixed usage. The Turtle Beach Stealth 300 have a wired design which makes them slightly more versatile than the Stealth 600 since you can use them with your phone and both console controllers (Xbox and PS4). However, they won't be as convenient for gaming because you will be limited by the range of the cable. They also do not have a lot of customization options since they do not support the Turtle Beach Audio Hub. Other than that, they have the same design as the Stealth 600, so they won't be the best headphones for outdoor use and they look a little cheap and plasticky but should be comfortable enough for most.
7.3 Critical Listening
Above-average for critical listening. The Stealth 300 have a decently balanced sound with a lot of bass, a decent mid and treble range, and a fairly consistent reproduction even with listeners that wear glasses. Unfortunately, their bass range can sometimes sound a bit boomy. Their treble range lacks a bit of detail and presence on vocals and lead instruments. On the upside, they should sound good enough for gaming and also have access to 3 other profiles, with more or less bass. So you can slightly adjust them to fit what your listening to, even if they won't be as customizable as some of the other gaming headsets we've tested.
5.6 Commute/Travel
Below-average for commuting. They do not block enough noise for loud environments. They're also bulky and do not have a detachable mic but on the upside, they're comfortable and easy-to-use.
6.0 Sports/Fitness
Mediocre-at-best for sports and fitness. The Turtle Beach Stealth 300 have a bulky design that's not stable enough to run with, and they have a low breathability so your ears will get uncomfortably warm if you work out with them. They're also wired which means they will work with your phone but can also be yanked off your head because the cable got hooked by something.
6.0 Office
Mediocre-at-best for office use. They leak a lot and do not isolate well in loud environments so they will not be great headphones for the office. On the upside they're comfortable and have a good control scheme. They also have a long battery life.
5.9 TV
Sub-par for home theater use. They're comfortable, have an above-average sound, and no latency since they're wired. But you may need an aux extension cord unless you mostly watch your movies on your PC, tablet or phone since the cable is not the very long.
7.3 Gaming
Decent for gaming. The headphones have a low latency wired connection, a comfortable design that you can wear for hours, and an above-average sound quality. They don't have the convenience of a wireless design like some of the other gaming headsets we've reviewed but they have a decent mic that filters a lot of noise and accurately reproduces your voice.

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