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Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Sep 23, 2020 at 09:11 am
Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 Wireless Picture
6.1
Mixed Usage
7.0
Neutral Sound
5.5
Commute/Travel
5.9
Sports/Fitness
6.1
Office
6.8
Wireless Gaming
5.5
Wired Gaming
6.0
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 are wireless gaming headphones with a flippable boom microphone. They're the newer version of the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless, and while they're better-built and have a longer battery life, their audio delivery isn't as consistent. Fortunately, they also come with EQ presets to help you customize the sound. They aren't very versatile, however. That said, they have a comfortable fit, and they're available in Xbox One and PS4 variants.

Our Verdict

6.1 Mixed Usage

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 are passable for mixed usage. These gaming-oriented over-ears have a comfortable fit and a long continuous battery life. However, their poor noise isolation performance can't block out background noises. Their bulky design isn't ideal for sports, and they aren't very portable. That said, these headphones are suitable for gaming from home.

Pros
  • Long continuous battery life.
  • Comfortable fit for most.
  • PS4 and Xbox One variants available.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation performance.
  • Bulky design.
  • Fair amount of latency.
7.0 Neutral Sound

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 are decent for neutral sound. Their audio delivery is inconsistent, so they can sound different depending on their positioning. That said, they have a well-balanced sound profile that's suitable for many different genres. However, they're lacking a bit of low-bass, which may be disappointing for fans of bass-heavy genres like EDM. Still, there are four EQ presets available to help you customize the sound.

Pros
  • Well-balanced sound profile.
  • Four EQ presets.
Cons
  • Inconsistent audio delivery.
  • Lacks sub-bass.
5.5 Commute/Travel

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 are middling for commute and travel. They can't block out a lot of background noises like plane engines or voices. These bulky headphones also need to be used with their wireless dongle, which limits their versatility and portability. That said, they're comfortable, and their long continuous battery life can get you through long days on the go.

Pros
  • Long continuous battery life.
  • Comfortable fit for most.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation performance.
  • Bulky design.
  • Leak a bit of noise.
5.9 Sports/Fitness

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 are sub-par for sports and fitness. While they have a comfortable fit, their bulky design isn't intended and isn't ideal for use while working out. These headphones move around and fall off your head during intense movements. They aren't very portable, as they need to be used with their wireless dongle.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit for most.
Cons
  • Not stable enough for exercise.
  • Bulky design.
6.1 Office

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 are passable for office use. These headphones are comfortable, and their long continuous battery life can get you through your work day without a recharge. However, they don't isolate a lot of background noise, so they can't block out voices from coworkers. They leak a bit of noise, too, but it shouldn't be too noticeable unless you listen to your music at very loud volumes.

Pros
  • Long continuous battery life.
  • Comfortable fit for most.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation performance.
  • Leak a bit of noise.
6.8 Wireless Gaming

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 are adequate for wireless gaming. They have a pretty comfortable fit, so they shouldn't cause a lot of fatigue during long gaming sessions. We tested the PS4 variant, but you can buy an Xbox One variant too. Unfortunately, these headphones have a bit of latency, and their bass isn't very extended.

Pros
  • Decent mic recording quality.
  • Long continuous battery life.
  • Comfortable fit for most.
  • PS4 and Xbox One variants available.
Cons
  • Fair amount of latency.
  • Lacks sub-bass.
5.5 Wired Gaming

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 can only be used wirelessly.

6.0 Phone Calls

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 are acceptable for phone calls. Their boom microphone has a decent recording quality, so your voice sounds understandable, but a bit thin. However, the microphone may struggle to separate your voice from background noise in noisier environments. These headphones also don't block out a lot of background noise.

Pros
  • Decent mic recording quality.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation performance.
  • 6.1 Mixed Usage
  • 7.0 Neutral Sound
  • 5.5 Commute/Travel
  • 5.9 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.1 Office
  • 6.8 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.5 Wired Gaming
  • 6.0 Phone Calls

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 have a simple design that's similar to the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless. The boom mic isn't detachable, but you can flip it up for a more casual look. You can get them in different color variants.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.64 lbs
Clamping Force
1.3 lbs

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 are comfortable. They're quite lightweight, and the headband and the ear cups are well-padded. That said, the ear cups feel a bit tighter than the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless as they clamp a bit more at the bottom of the ear.

5.4
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Decent
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. While they're easy to use, there are only four buttons. There's a power button that also controls the Superman Hearing feature, which the manufacturer says amplifies in-game sounds, but we don't test for this. The mode button lets you choose between four EQ presets: 'Signature Sound', 'Bass Boost', 'Treble Boost', and 'Vocal Boost'. The volume wheel has notches at min and max volume. Finally, the mic monitoring wheel controls how much of your own voice you hear.

5.5
Design
Portability
L 7.7 "
W 7.5 "
H 3.2 "
Volume 185 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required Yes

Like most over-ear gaming headsets, they aren't very portable. Their bulky design may not fit easily into your bag. Unlike the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless, you can fold them into a slightly more compact format, which is convenient.

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

These headphones don't come with a carrying case.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 have a decent build quality. They're mostly made of plastic, which feels dense and solid. The removable ear pads are made of cloth material, and the headband is covered in faux leather for a more comfortable fit. The hinges feel a lot more solid and durable than the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless.

6.5
Design
Stability

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 are fairly stable headphones. They stay on your head while you're gaming, but more intense movements cause them to move off your ears or fall off your head. They aren't intended to be used while working out as they'll likely fall off.

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In The Box

  • Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 headphones
  • USB transmitter
  • USB-C charging cable
  • Manuals
  • Turtle Beach decal sticker

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-1.77 db
Treble Amount
-0.76 db

These headphones have a neutral sound profile that's suitable for a variety of audio content. Unfortunately, they're lacking a bit of low-bass, so action-packed scenes may feel like they're lacking punch. They have an inconsistent audio delivery, so they may not sound the same for everyone. Fortunately, you can customize the sound using the four EQ presets: 'Signature Sound', 'Bass Boost', 'Treble Boost', and 'Vocal Boost'.

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

These headphones have a disappointing frequency response consistency. They have an inconsistent delivery, especially in the bass and treble ranges, so they may sound different depending on their fit, seal, and positioning on your head.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.5
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.09 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
87.24 Hz
Low-Bass
-4.66 dB
Mid-Bass
-2.21 dB
High-Bass
1.9 dB

These headphones have good bass accuracy. There's an underemphasis in the low and mid-bass, so the deep rumbles and thumps of explosions in your favorite games sound subdued.

8.0
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.61 dB
Low-Mid
-3.54 dB
Mid-Mid
-1.25 dB
High-Mid
-0.31 dB

The mid accuracy is impressive. The range is pretty well-balanced, which makes vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present. However, the underemphasis in the low-mids can make these same instruments sound a bit thin.

7.5
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.3 dB
Low-Treble
-0.48 dB
Mid-Treble
0.35 dB
High-Treble
-9.8 dB

These headphones have good treble accuracy. The response is even and well-balanced, so vocals and sibilants sound present and detailed.

6.9
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
2.01 db
Dips
1.53 db

These headphones have fair peaks and dips performance. There's a bit of a mismatch between the left and right drivers of our unit. The peak in the high-bass adds a bit of boominess to the mix. The dip in the low-mids thins out vocals and lead instruments, and the dip in the low-treble can hurt the comprehensibility of these same instruments.

8.1
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.3
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.52
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.6
Weighted Phase Mismatch
9.02

These headphones have very good imaging performance. Weighted group delay falls below the audibility threshold, ensuring tight bass and transparent treble. The L/R drivers of our unit are well-matched in phase and amplitude, but there's a bit of a frequency mismatch. As a result, it may seem like there's a hole in the stereo image at certain frequencies. However, these results are only valid for our test unit, and yours may perform differently.

6.1
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
2.85 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
6.93 dB
PRTF Distance
12.05 dB
Openness
5.7
Acoustic Space Excitation
4.0

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 have a passable passive soundstage performance. These over-ears interact with the outer ear, which is one of the key factors in creating a large soundstage. However, the soundstage isn't very open or spacious, and audio seems like it's coming from in your head instead of all around you.

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

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 come with Turtle Beach's SuperHuman Hearing feature, which is advertised to amplify in-game sounds like footsteps, but it isn't considered a virtual surround feature and we didn't test it. The manufacturer also advertises that they have Windows Sonic Surround Sound on the Xbox One variant.

7.0
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.569
WHD @ 100
0.193

These headphones have a decent WHD performance. There's a peak in the low-treble, but it shouldn't be too noticeable. The rest of its frequencies fall within good limits, so audio reproduction is clear and pure.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
1.1.6
Power
On
Connection
Wireless (Proprietary)
Codec
PCM, 24-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Default
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Boom

These are the settings we used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid when using these test settings. Note that the default EQ is the Signature Sound EQ.

Isolation
4.2
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-9.44 dB
Bass
0.82 dB
Mid
-7.24 dB
Treble
-22.57 dB

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 have poor noise isolation. They don't isolate at all in the bass-range, so you hear bass-heavy sounds like bus engines. They struggle to block out higher frequency sounds like voices, too.

6.5
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
42.25 dB

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 have a fair leakage performance. The overall leakage isn't too loud, so it shouldn't bother the people around you unless you're listening at very high volumes.

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

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 have a flip boom microphone.

7.3
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
177.02 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.2 dB
HFE
6267.15 Hz
Weighted THD
8.938
Gain
10.48 dB

The microphone's recording quality is decent. Your voice sounds natural and neutral, but it may also be a bit thin and muffled.

5.2
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
6.54 dB

The mic has a disappointing noise handling performance. It struggles to separate speech from background noise, even in moderately noisy environments.

Active Features
8.5
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
23.7 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
23.7 hrs
Charge Time
2.2 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 have an amazing battery performance. Although they're advertised to have a continuous battery life of 15 hours, we measured over 23 hours, which is more than enough to get you through long gaming sessions. They automatically turn off after 5 minutes of inactivity so you don't drain the battery.

4.0
Active Features
App Support
App Name Turtle Beach Audio Hub
iOS No
Android No
macOS Yes
Windows Yes
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

The Turtle Beach Audio Hub is a poor app that doesn't have a lot of customization features. You can use the app to update the headset and control the volume level of voice prompts.

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

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 aren't Bluetooth-compatible.

6.8
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
92 ft
Non-BT Latency
105 ms

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 have an adequate non-Bluetooth wireless connectivity. Their line-of-sight range is fair, but it should be enough for gaming at home. They also have a bit of latency, which may be disappointing for some gamers.

0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 can't be used wired. The USB-C cable is for charging only.

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

The PS4 variant of these headphones are fully compatible with the PS4 and PCs using their wireless USB dongle.

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

The PS4 variant of these headphones isn't compatible with the Xbox One, but you can buy an Xbox One variant.

3.4
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Wireless USB Dongle
USB Input
Yes
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
USB

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 don't have a dock, but they come with a wireless USB dongle that works with PCs and PS4s.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 come in two different color variants: Black and White. With the PS4 variant, the Black model has blue accents, and with the Xbox One variant, the Black model has green accents. Both versions of the White model have silver accents. We tested the Black and Blue PS4 model, but we expect the White model to perform similarly.

We tested the PS4/PS5 variant, but you can buy the Xbox One/Xbox Series X variant instead. The Xbox One variant is compatible with Xbox One consoles via Xbox Wireless, and it's advertised as having Windows Sonic Surround Sound. We expect them to perform similarly to our model, but if you notice any differences, let us know in the comments section below.

Compared to other headphones

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 are the newer version of the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless, and while their audio delivery isn't as consistent, they're better-built and have longer battery life. These gaming-oriented headphones are well-built, but they aren't very versatile or customizable. They have somewhat high latency, and they're lacking a touch of sub-bass. On the upside, these headphones are available in PS4 and Xbox One variants. If you're looking for other headphones, check out our recommendations for the best gaming headsets under $100, the best PS4 headsets, and the best gaming headsets.

Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Wireless

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 Wireless and the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Wireless are gaming-oriented headphones, and depending on your preferences, you may prefer one over the other. The Gen 2 are more comfortable and better-built, and they have longer continuous battery life. Also, their sound profile is more neutral compared to the bass-heavy 700. However, the 700 have a better overall microphone performance, and their companion software gives you more customization options, including an adjustable mic control and EQ presets.

SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless are better gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 Wireless. The SteelSeries are better-built and have a more stable fit. Their boom microphone has a better recording quality and noise handling performance, making it easier to communicate with your teammates. They also have a longer continuous battery life, and their companion software gives you a lot more customization options.

Corsair HS70 Wireless

The Corsair HS70 Wireless are better gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 Wireless. The Corsair are better-built and have a more stable fit. Their audio delivery is more consistent, and their bass extends lower, so you can feel the thump and punch from action-packed scenes. The Corsair's boom mic is detachable, and it performs better in noisier environments. The iCUE companion software makes the Corsair more customizable, and they have lower latency than the Turtle Beach. That said, the Turtle Beach have longer continuous battery life.

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 Wireless are the newer version of the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless. The Gen 2 are better-built, more stable, and they charge using USB-C instead of Micro-USB, which is more convenient. They also have improved noise isolation and leakage performance. That said, the Gen 1 have a more consistent audio delivery and a more neutral sound profile with a more extended bass. They also have less latency over a non-Bluetooth wireless connection than the Gen 2, which is ideal for gaming and videos. 

SteelSeries Arctis 3 2019 Edition Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 3 2019 Edition Wireless are better gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 Wireless. The SteelSeries have a more stable fit, a better noise isolation performance, and they leak less noise. Their continuous battery life is longer, and their boom microphone performs better overall. They're compatible with both the PS4 and the Xbox One, while the Turtle Beach have separate variants for each console.

Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset

The Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset is a better headset for wireless gaming than the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 Wireless. The Logitech are better-built, more comfortable, and they have less latency over a wireless connection. Their sound profile is more neutral, and their audio delivery is more consistent. If you like a different sound, the Logitech also have more customization options. They leak less noise, and their detachable boom mic performs better than the Turtle Beach. That said, the Turtle Beach have an Xbox One variant. The Turtle Beach also have a more stable fit.

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