The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 are good gaming headphones with a surprisingly balanced sound for critical listening. They have one of the lowest latency measured so far, which makes them suitable for gaming and watching videos, as long as the dongle is compatible with your device. Unfortunately, like most gaming headphones, they're not made to be used outdoors or for sports. They have weak isolation, a bulky and cumbersome design and a non-detachable mic.
- Great sound quality.
- Very low latency.
- Bulky design.
- Mediocre build quality.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 have a fairly weak build quality and a bulky design that's not meant for outdoor use. They have decently spacious ear cups and they're well padded which makes them comfortable. They also have a decent amount of controls for gaming but their design is not very portable and requires the USB dongle to work. They're a bit tight on the head, but not stable enough for sports, and the somewhat breathable material used for the pads does not feel as nice on the skin as some of the headphones with faux leather padding.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 look like budget gaming headphones. They have large ear cups and a wide headband with a decent amount of padding. Unfortunately, their all-plastic design and the breathable fabric used for the pads looks and feels a bit cheap. They also have a typical gaming headphones design with accents that match the console variant purchased, but they're not the most stylish-looking or outdoor-friendly headphones.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 are decently lightweight and comfortable headphones. They're a bit tight on the head but the ear cups are spacious and large enough to fit comfortably around most listeners' ears. The headband and ear cups are also 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.
These headphones have a fairly simple button layout for gaming. They provide a volume and microphone dial, as well a fold-up-to-mute feature to completely disable the mic. They also have two buttons on the left ear cup to switch between audio presets and to turn on/off the headphones. It's an easy-to-use and decently responsive control scheme.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 are somewhat breathable headphones thanks to the porous fabric used for the ear cup pads. However, since they create a good seal around your ears they prevent a good amount of airflow which will make your ears quite warm after a couple hours of gaming. They''re not as bad as some of the other over-ears but the temperature difference is noticeable.
Like most gaming headphones, they 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.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 have a plasticky build quality that does not feel as durable as some of the other gaming headsets that we've reviewed. The ear cups are moderately dense and would not get damaged by a couple of accidental drops. The headband is also relatively large and decently flexible but the frame and hinges feel fragile and creak a lot just by adjusting the fit. The hinges especially are quite loose which make the Turtle Beach 600 feel like a cheap plastic headphone that won't last very long.
They 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.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 are a very good sounding pair of closed-back gaming headsets. They have a deep, punchy, and tight bass capable of producing low thumps and rumbles. They also have very good mid and treble ranges, making them quite versatile and suitable for a variety of genres from EDM, to folk, and classical. However, they are slightly hyped, which fans of bass may like, and their treble is a tad veiled, especially considering the hyped bass. Additionally, they have very good imaging, but most like other headphones, their soundstage is not speaker-like and out-of-head.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 have a very 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 2.5dB, which fans of bass may like. Overall, the bass of these headphones is deep and well-balanced, but slightly hyped.
The mid-range is very good. Low-mid, mid-mid, and high-mid are a bit uneven but overall within 1dB of our target response, which is excellent. This ensures a clear reproduction of vocals and lead instruments, without overpowering or being drowned by the bass and treble ranges. The mismatch between the L/R drivers in the graph is not considered an issue in frequency response, but they will get penalized for it in the Imaging section.
The treble is very good. The response is rather uneven, but flat. Low-treble is underemphasized by about 2dB, and mid-treble by about 1.5dB. Overall, their treble is quite well-balanced, but a tad veiled and lacking in presence.
The frequency response consistency is decent. The maximum amount deviation in the bass range, across our human subjects, is about 6dB at 20Hz. This is subtle but noticeable. In the treble range however, the maximum deviation below 10KHz is less than 6dB, which is good.
The imaging is great. Their weighted group delay is 0.46 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 (except for the high-treble phase mismatch which won't be audible to most). This ensures for the proper placement of objects (voice, instruments, footsteps), in the stereo image.
Mediocre soundstage performance. The PRTF response has good accuracy, but the overall level of it (Avg.) is not very high. This suggests a natural but small soundstage. The small PRTF Distance value also suggests a inside-the-head soundstage as opposed to a speaker-like soundstage which is perceived to be in front of the listener. However, their perforated pads and low isolation, makes these headphones sound a bit more open than heavily isolating headphones.
The harmonic distortion performance is average. The overall amount of THD is rather elevated. Especially at 100dB SPL and in the bass range. This suggests that the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 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 bump in THD around 4KHz could make the sound of the region a bit harsh and brittle.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 have a poor isolation performance. The ear cups make a decent seal around your ears, but the breathable pads let noise seep into your audio and also leaks quite a bit. They will not be the best headphones if you have a noisy gaming environment or if you're at a competition and need to focus on the game audio. They're also leaky so you may distract the people around at higher volumes.
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. In the treble range, important for cutting out sharp S and T sounds, they achieve an ordinary 20dB of isolation.
The leakage performance is sub-par. The significant portion of their leakage is spread between 500Hz and 5KHz, which is a relatively broad range. Their leakage won't be as full-sounding as fully open-back headphones', but 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, so leakage will be an issue only at moderately to loud volumes.
The microphone of the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 is decent. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted will sound rather full, detailed, and easily understandable. But it lacks a bit of presence and airiness and could also be a bit sibilant (sharp and piercing on S and T sounds). In noisy situations, they perform decently 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.
The microphone has a decent recording quality. Their LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 160Hz, which is above average and results in a full-bodied voice. The HFE of 6.5KHz is also above-average, so although speech will lack some airiness and brilliance, it will have enough detail and presence to be easily understood. However, the 15dB peak around 5KHz could make voice a bit too sharp and piercing, especially on S and T sounds (sibilant).
- 100% SpNR
The noise handling capabilities of the mic is about average. In our SpNR test, they achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 19dB. This makes them suitable for quiet and moderately loud environments, but not ideal for very loud places like a subway station.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 have a good battery life with great power saving features but poor software support. They have about 16 hours of continuous playback and charge within 2 hours which is decent for a gaming headset. Unfortunately, the TurtleBeach Audio Hub software does not have a lot of features for this model. You can only reduce voice prompts (Mic monitor level and Tones level seems exclusive to the Xbox model). This pales in comparison to the Astro Command Center for the A50 or the Logitech Gaming software for most of the G-series headphones from Logitech.
The Turtle Beach Stealth headphones provide about 16 hours of continuous playtime, which should be enough for most gaming sessions. They also automatically turn off, which saves a lot of battery and they have audio while they're charging so you can have marathon gaming sessions if you're close to a power source.
The Turtle Beach Audio Hub is a poor app that offers practically no customization option and feels notably useless for the PS4 variant of the Turtle Beach 600. You can reduce the voice prompts level but you do not get an EQ, room effect, customizable surround sound, or button mapping. The Xbox variant of the headphones seems to have a mic monitoring option to control the mic level but we did not get the chance to review that model.
- 10% Bluetooth
- 32% Wired
- 10% Base/Dock
- 22% Wireless Range
- 25% Latency
The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 only connect via their dongle and do not have Bluetooth like the Stealth 700. This means they have few connection options but on the upside, they have a great wireless range and an excellent latency performance which is good for gaming and watching movies.
- 79% Multi-Device Pairing
- 20% NFC
- 0% PS4 Compatible
- 0% Xbox One Compatible
These headphones do not support Bluetooth like the Stealth 700.
- 13% Analog
- 9% USB
- 26% PS4 Compatible
- 26% Xbox One Compatible
- 26% PC Compatible
The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 do not come with an audio cable and have no other connection option but their USB dongle.
- 4% Optical Input
- 22% Line In
- 4% Line Out
- 22% USB Input
- 4% RCA Input
- 9% PS4 Compatible
- 9% Xbox One Compatible
- 9% PC Compatible
- 2% Power Supply
- 13% Dock Charging
They come with a USB dongle that has no additional input options. The dongle is compatible with the PCs and the console specific to the headset variant. In this case the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 for PS4.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 have a great wireless range when the USB transmitter dongle was obstructed, and a decent wireless range in direct line-of-sight. They will rarely drop out if you're gaming directly in front of your TV and should have enough range for you to walk around your house while listening to music. They perform about as well as most typical Bluetooth headphones.
They have one of the lowest latency results that we've measured at only 12ms. This makes them a great option for gaming and watching movies as there will rarely be any sync issues between what's happening on the screen and what you hear through the headphones.
In the box
- TurtleBeach Stealth 600 Headphones
- USB transmitter dongle
- USB charging cable
Compared to other Headphones
The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 are a good gaming headset with very low latency. They also have a well-balanced sound for more critical listeners but unfortunately, their build quality feels a bit cheap and not durable. They're a good budget choice for gaming, but their lack of connection options and software support may cause some listeners to choose a competing model instead.
The Astro A10 are a wired gaming headset with a better build quality than the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 despite also having an all-plastic design. They have a better microphone but a worse sound quality. They're also tighter on the head which may get a bit uncomfortable during long gaming sessions. If you want the convenience of a wireless design and a better sound quality, then go for the Stealth 600, but for a better-built headphone, the A10 are a good budget option.
The Astro A50 are one of the better gaming headsets that we've reviewed provided you get the dock for the right console. They have multiple input options, they sound great, and are very comfortable. They also have a more durable and well-built design than the Turtle Beach Stealth 600, but they're also considerably more expensive. If you have the budget then get the A50s as they're considerably better in almost all aspects.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 are also one of highest rated gaming headset. They have a bit more inputs than the Astro A50 and can be used wired with mobile devices. They have a great metal build quality that feels durable and a comfortable design. They're more expensive than the Turtle Beach Stealth 600, but if you have the budget, they are definitely worth the investment.
The Turtle Beach Elite 800 have a lot more connection options than the Stealth 600. They're Bluetooth headphones that come with a base/dock with multiple inputs and even have a wired option. They have bit more latency than the Turtle Beach Stealth 600, but it's not that noticeable and still suitable for gaming. Unfortunately, they have a poor control scheme that's a bit confusing and subject to a lot of accidental inputs. They're also quite a bit pricier than the 600s, so if you're on a tight budget, the lower end model may be the better option.