Reviewed on Mar 02, 2018

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
6.6
Mixed Usage
7.7
Critical Listening
5.5
Commute/Travel
5.9
Sports/Fitness
6.5
Office
6.7
TV
7.6
Gaming
Type : Over-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Yes
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

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. Note that we tested the PS4 variant of this headset, but we expect similar results for the Xbox One variant.

Test Results
Design 5.9
Sound 8.0
Isolation 3.6
Microphone 7.0
Active Features 7.9
Connectivity 4.8
Pros
  • Great sound quality.
  • Very low latency.
Cons
  • Bulky design.
  • Mediocre build quality.

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5.9

Design

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.

Style

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.

7.5 Comfort
Weight : 0.6 lbs
Clamping Force
:
1 lbs

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 are decently lightweight and comfortable headphones. They're a bit more comfortable than the Astro A10, but they're a bit tight on the head. However, 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 the more recent TurtleBeach Elite Atlas and Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp.

6.2 Controls
Ease of use : Okay
Feedback : Mediocre
Call/Music Control : No
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : Yes
Channel Mixing
:
Adjustable
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : Bass Effect

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.

6.6 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 5.1 C

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.

2.7 Portability
L : 7.2 "
W : 6.3 "
H : 3.1 "
Volume : 141 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : USB

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.

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 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.

6.5 Stability

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.

Cable
Detachable : N/A
Length : N/A
Connection : N/A

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 come with a USB transmitter and micro USB charging cable.

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8.0

Sound

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.

8.5 Bass
Std. Err.
:
2.15 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
10 Hz
Low-Bass
:
2.14 dB
Mid-Bass
:
2.49 dB
High-Bass
:
2.17 dB

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.

8.9 Mid
Std. Err.
:
1.44 dB
Low-Mid
:
0.24 dB
Mid-Mid
:
0.16 dB
High-Mid
:
0.78 dB

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.

8.5 Treble
Std. Err.
:
2.9 dB
Low-Treble
:
-2.13 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-1.66 dB
High-Treble
:
-4.87 dB

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.

7.2 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.56 dB

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.

8.6 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.19
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.46
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
2.29
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
5.31

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.

6.2 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
2.42 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
3.16 dB
PRTF Distance
:
7.27 dB
Openness
:
9.1
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
4.9
Correlated Crosstalk
:
-0.39 dB

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.

7.2 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
2.592
Weighted THD @ 100
:
3.929

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.

3.6

Isolation

Like the Stealth 300, 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.

2.5 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-6.36 dB
Bass
:
0.09 dB
Mid
:
0.43 dB
Treble
:
-19.23 dB
Self-Noise
:
21.04 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. In the treble range, important for cutting out sharp S and T sounds, they achieve an ordinary 20dB of isolation.

5.8 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
46.04 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. 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.

7.0

Microphone

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

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.

7.2 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
160.0 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
3.58 dB
HFE
:
6544.63 Hz
Weighted THD
:
5.168
Gain
:
22.67 dB

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).

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

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.

7.9

Active Features

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.

8.3 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Battery Life
:
16.1 hrs
Charge Time
:
1.9 hrs
Power Saving Feature
:
Auto-Off Timer
Audio while charging
:
Yes
Passive Playback
:
No

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.

4.0 App Support
App Name : Turtle Beach Audio Hub
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : Yes
Windows : Yes
Equalizer
:
No
ANC control
:
N/A
Mic Control : Level
Room effects
:
No
Playback control
:
No
Button Mapping : No
Surround Sound : No

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.

4.8

Connectivity

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.

Update: 23/11/2018: We tested the Ps4 variant of the Stealth 600 which comes with a dongle to connect wirelessly with you PC and PS4. However, the Xbox variant does not come with a dongle and connects wirelessly to your Xbox one the same way your controllers do. Unfortunately, this also means that they require an Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows (not included in the box).

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

These headphones do not support Bluetooth like the Stealth 700.

0 Wired
OS Compatibility
:
N/A
Analog Audio
:
N/A
USB Audio
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 do not come with an audio cable and have no other connection option but their USB dongle.

4.2 Base/Dock
Type
:
Wireless USB Dongle
Optical Input
:
No
Line In
:
No
Line Out
:
No
USB Input
:
Yes
RCA Input
:
No
PS4 Compatible
:
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Compatible
:
No
PC Compatible
:
Audio + Microphone
Power Supply
:
USB
Dock Charging
:
No

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.

Update: 23/11/2018: We tested the Ps4 variant of the Stealth 600 which comes with a dongle to connect wirelessly with you PC and PS4. However, the Xbox variant does not come with a dongle and connects wirelessly to your Xbox one the same way your controllers do. Unfortunately, this also means that they require an Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows (not included in the box).

8.5 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
47 ft
Line of Sight Range
:
112 ft

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.

9.9 Latency
Default Latency
:
12 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

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
  • Manuals

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. See our recommendations for the best gaming headsets, the best gaming headsets for PC, and the best wireless gaming headsets.

Astro A10
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 are a slightly better gaming headset than the Astro A10, mostly due to their slightly more convenient wireless design. However, if you prefer a wired option, the A10 are a better choice. The Stealth 600 have a better range, and they're a bit more comfortable. They also have a better default sound quality than the Astro A10, but not by much. On the upside, the Astro are better-built and feel a lot more durable than the Turtle Beach. They also have no battery life to worry about since they are wired.

Turtle Beach Recon 200
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 is a better gaming headset than the Turtle Beach Recon 200. It has a more accurate audio reproduction, and while they both have the same battery life, the Stealth model is wireless, and the Recon is wired. You also get channel mixing with the Stealth 600, and their porous fabric is more comfortable and more breathable. On the other hand, the Recon 200 feels more stable on your head and isolates more noise due to their tight fit. They can also be used with every console due to their wired connection while the Stealth 600 can only work wirelessly, and with their compatible console variant.

Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 are a slightly better gaming headset overall when compared to the Turtle Beach Stealth 600. The Stealth 700 have a lot more connection options, including Bluetooth and a wired mode which make them a bit more versatile to use with your console, PC, or phone. The Stealth 700 also have more customization options when paired to the Turtle Beach Audio Hub. They're also noise cancelling headphones, although their noise cancellation feature is not very strong. The Stealth 600, on the other hand, have a slightly better default sound quality and are a bit more comfortable than the 700s. They also have slightly better battery life than the Stealth 700.

HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The HyperX Cloud II are wired and versatile gaming headphones, while the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless are great sounding, but wireless-only gaming headphones. If you’re playing on consoles, the wireless Stealth 600 could be a better option than the Cloud II for some. On the other, the Cloud II is one of the better-built and most comfortable gaming headphones we’ve reviewed. They also have a better sounding microphone, which is great for online multiplayer games.

Astro A50 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Astro A50 are a much better gaming headset than the Turtle Beach Stealth 600. The Astro A50 have a more durable and premium build quality. They're more comfortable and are a bit more suitable as a home theater headset thanks to their great base station, optical in and out, and many other connection options. They have low latency, more customizable features with their app, and better microphone for voice chats. On the other hand, the Stealth 600 are considerably more affordable than the Astros. They also have longer-lasting battery life, even if they do not have dock charging like the A50s.

Turtle Beach Elite Atlas
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas and Turtle Beach Stealth 600 are two good gaming headsets with different things going for each of them. The Elite Atlas is better-built and doesn’t feel as cheap as the Stealth 600. The microphone is also way better, and recorded speech is clearer. Also, the padding is thicker and more comfortable on the Elite Atlas. On the other hand, the Stealth 600 is wireless, which some gamers will prefer, and it has great audio reproduction.

Turtle Beach Stealth 300
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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.

SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2017
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 are a much better gaming headset than the Turtle Beach Stealth 600. The SteelSeries have a lot more connection options which make them a bit more suitable for gaming and outdoors use. They also have more customizable and better-balanced sound quality, a better boom mic and a more premium build quality that's a lot more durable than that of the Turtle Beach. On the other hand, they can be slightly more comfortable for some users compared to the Arctis 7. They're also a bit lighter and less cumbersome, but overall the Steelseries outperform the Turtle Beach in almost every category and would be the better gaming headset.

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Conclusion

6.6 Mixed Usage

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 are best used for gaming and maybe critical listening. They have a surprisingly well-balanced sound that delivers a good amount bass without being overpowering. They also have very negligible latency despite being wireless. Unfortunately, they're not really suitable for more casual uses like commuting or sports and their build quality feels a bit fragile and not as durable as some of the other gaming headphones we've tested.

7.7 Critical Listening

Good for critical listening. They're decently comfortable and have a surprisingly balanced audio reproduction with a good bass that rumbles without overpowering instruments and vocals. They have a decent reproduction of the stereo image despite the slight mismatch in our test unit and their soundstage is fairly spacious for a closed-back design. This makes them suitable for critical listening.

5.5 Commute/Travel

Poor for commuting. The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 are not made for traveling so they have a bulky design that doesn't fold, no control scheme for mobile devices, and somewhat breathable pads that do not block a lot of noise. They will not be suitable for loud environments and you need the USB transmitter dongle for them to work since they have no other connection option.

5.9 Sports/Fitness

Sub-par for sports. The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 are not made for running and jogging. They have a somewhat breathable design but still make your ears warm after a couple of hours and they're a bit too bulky and unstable.

6.5 Office

Average for office use. They sound great but don't block a lot of noise so you will hear what's going on around you. They also leak quite a bit so they may distract your colleagues.

6.7 TV

Decent for home theater use. If you're using these headphones with your PC or have your PC set up with your TV then they could be a decent option thanks to their incredibly low latency and good sound. Unfortunately, they have no wired option and the dongle is not compatible with most TVs and only compatible with the selected console version, which is limiting.

7.6 Gaming

Good for gaming. The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 have a very good sound, a decent mic, and almost no latency for a wireless headset. This makes them a suitable choice for gaming but they're limited by the console version you get. They're also not the most breathable design for a gaming headset, although they have slightly more porous padding than most.

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