Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Updated Apr 15, 2020 at 11:05 am
Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless Picture
6.1
Mixed Usage
7.7
Neutral Sound
5.2
Commute/Travel
6.0
Sports/Fitness
5.9
Office
7.4
Wireless Gaming
5.9
Wired Gaming
6.2
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 are decent wireless gaming headphones. They have a surprisingly well-balanced sound and a low latency wireless connection. Their battery performance is great, and they're comfortable too. Unfortunately, they have a bulky, plasticky design that doesn't feel very durable. They also have very few customizable features, especially compared to other competing gaming headsets. Note that we tested the PS4 variant of this headset, but expect similar results for the Xbox One-compatible model.

Our Verdict

6.1 Mixed Usage

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 are best used for gaming and neutral listening. They have a surprisingly well-balanced sound that delivers a good amount of bass without being overpowering. They also have a low-latency wireless connection for gaming or watching movies, but don't support Bluetooth. This, combined with their bulky design, makes them less than ideal for casual uses like commuting or sports.

Pros
  • Well-balanced default sound profile.
  • Low-latency non-Bluetooth wireless connection.
  • Decent overall microphone quality.
Cons
  • Mediocre build quality.
  • Disappointing controls.
  • Lackluster customization options.
7.7 Neutral Sound

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 are good for neutral listening. They're decently comfortable and have a rather well-balanced default sound profile. They have a deep, extended bass that delivers great rumble and punch without overpowering instruments and vocals. Their soundstage is also fairly spacious for headphones with a closed-back design.

5.2 Commute/Travel

Poor for commuting. The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 have a bulky design that doesn't fold into a more compact format. They barely isolate any noise and aren't compatible with most mobile devices since they use a wireless USB dongle to connect.

6.0 Sports/Fitness

Sub-par for sports. While the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 have a somewhat breathable design, they'll still make your ears sweat more than if you were using in-ears. They have a bulky, unstable fit and aren't compatible with most mobile devices since they use a wireless USB dongle to connect.

5.9 Office

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 are inadequate for office use. While they have a well-balanced sound and comfortable fit, they don't help block out the noise of your chatty colleagues. They also leak quite a bit, which can be quite bothersome to others. The PS4 variant should work wirelessly with most PCs, but an adapter may be required for the Xbox One model.

7.4 Wireless Gaming

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 are decent for wireless gaming. They have a well-balanced sound, a decent mic, and a low-latency wireless connection. They have a couple of built-in EQ presets, but not many other customizable features. You're also limited by console compatibility - you have to choose between a variant for either the PS4 or the Xbox One.

5.9 Wired Gaming

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 can only be used wirelessly, so they're not suitable for wired gaming.

6.2 Phone Calls

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 are passable for phone calls, provided you're taking them from your PC. They don't support Bluetooth so they aren't compatible with most mobile devices, but they're not bad for video-conferencing since their microphone quality is decent in environments that aren't too noisy.

  • 6.1 Mixed Usage
  • 7.7 Neutral Sound
  • 5.2 Commute/Travel
  • 6.0 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.9 Office
  • 7.4 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.9 Wired Gaming
  • 6.2 Phone Calls
  1. Update 2/18/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  2. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  3. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

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Test Results

Design
Design
Style

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 have a pretty simple gamer-centric style and share a similar design to other Turtle Beach headsets. They're quite plasticky - most of the headset has a matte finish but the ear cups have glossy accents. The model we tested was all-black, but they're available in white as well. The stripes around the ear cups, along with the Turtle Beach logo, are blue on our PS4-compatible model, but they're green on the Xbox One compatible variant.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.6 lbs
Clamping Force
1 lbs

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 are comfortable headphones. They're rather lightweight and their headband is fairly well-padded, so they don't put too much pressure on the top of your head. They tend to fit quite tightly, but their ear cups are fairly spacious and have decent padding as well, so they shouldn't feel too constricting. The mesh fabric covering the padding doesn't feel as pleasant as the smoother synthetic leather of the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Wireless but does help with breathability a bit.

5.6
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Okay
Feedback Mediocre
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Adjustable Level
Channel Mixing
Yes
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Bass Effect

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 have disappointing controls. Most controls you'll need for gaming are there, but they're not the easiest to use. There are channel mixing dials for you to adjust the in-game and chat volume levels, but they're quite small and close to each other. There's also a power button and a "mode" button to cycle through onboard EQ presets, but it can be difficult to tell them apart when you've got the headset on. On the upside, the mic mute feature is pretty straightforward - you mute the mic by flipping it upwards, and the headset plays a tone when it's muted/unmuted.

6.7
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 5.1 C

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 are fairly breathable thanks to the mesh fabric used to cover their padding. They'll still likely create a good seal around your ears, which prevents a good amount of airflow. This can make your ears quite warm after a couple of hours of gaming but isn't as bad as other Turtle Beach headsets we've tested, like the Turtle Beach Recon 200.

5.7
Design
Portability
L 7.2 "
W 6.3 "
H 3.1 "
Volume 141 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required Yes

Like most gaming headphones, the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 aren't very portable. They have a bulky design with large ear cups that can't fold inwards. Since these headphones can't fold into a more compact format, they can be quite a hassle to carry around, especially if you don't have a bag or a backpack on you.

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 carrying case or pouch.

6.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality of the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 is mediocre. They're very plasticky and don't feel like the most durable headphones. The ear cups feel solid enough to withstand being dropped a couple of times without suffering too much damage, but the frame and hinges feel more fragile. The hinges especially are quite loose and simply adjusting the fit of these headphones makes them creak.

6.5
Design
Stability

These bulky gaming headphones have a passably stable fit. They'll stay in place while gaming, but they're not made for sports. They fit tightly enough to be fine if you wear them while walking around the house, but they'll quickly fall off if you try running or working out with them.

Design
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In The Box

  • Turtle Beach Stealth 600 headphones
  • Wireless USB dongle
  • Micro-USB charging cable
  • Manuals
  • Turtle Beach decal sticker

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
0.36 db
Treble Amount
-2.71 db

These wireless gaming headphones have a very well-balanced sound profile. It's fairly neutral with a bit of extra intensity on vocals and instruments, which can help make dialogue in your favorite games more pronounced. Their sound profile can change a bit depending on who's wearing them, so you might find they have more, or less, bass or emphasis on vocals than what is shown here, but the difference shouldn't be too drastic.

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

These headphones have decent frequency response consistency. If you wear glasses, have long hair, or a narrower head, you might find they have less bass than someone else, but the difference shouldn't be that noticeable. There's also little variation in treble performance as well, which is good.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
8.3
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.33 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
1.07 dB
Mid-Bass
2.55 dB
High-Bass
3.07 dB

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 have great bass accuracy. Their bass is very well-extended, which means they can effectively deliver the deep rumbles of an explosion or jet engine. The entire range is also very balanced, so they reproduce various thump, punch, and kick sounds at even levels.

8.4
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.14 dB
Low-Mid
0.56 dB
Mid-Mid
1.01 dB
High-Mid
1.84 dB

The mid-range accuracy is great, ensuring a clear reproduction of vocals and lead instruments. The response is a bit uneven, with a bit of extra intensity in voices and dialogue, but it's not too extreme.

8.1
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.52 dB
Low-Treble
-1.54 dB
Mid-Treble
-0.39 dB
High-Treble
-8.32 dB

These gaming headphones have great treble accuracy. The response is very even and well-balanced, but slightly underemphasized. Some might find they lack a little bit of detail and brightness, but this shouldn't be an issue for most people.

7.5
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.71 db
Dips
0.94 db

These headphones have a good peaks and dips performance. The most prominent peak is situated between the mid-mid and high-mid ranges. This makes these headphones sound a bit forward and adds extra intensity to voices. It can also make the bass and treble sound a bit weak in comparison, but shouldn't be too noticeable.

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

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 have great imaging. Their weighted group delay is within good limits, never crossing into the audibility threshold. This results in a tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. The left and right drivers of our test unit were also quite well-matched overall, especially in phase and amplitude. There's a small mismatch in frequency across the range, but it's not very audible, so objects in the stereo image (like voices, instruments, footsteps) still sound properly placed.

6.3
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
2.42 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
3.16 dB
PRTF Distance
7.27 dB
Openness
9.2
Acoustic Space Excitation
4.8

Mediocre soundstage performance. The PRTF response has good accuracy, but the accuracy and distance aren't great, suggesting suggests a natural but small soundstage that'll sound more like it's coming from inside your head than in front of you, like speakers. On the upside, their mesh padding helps them sound more open than most closed-back headphones.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No

These wireless gaming headphones are advertised to have Turtle Beach Virtual Surround Sound on the PS4 model and Windows Sonic Surround Sound on the Xbox One variant. They also feature Turtle Beach's SuperHuman Hearing feature, which could help with sounds like footsteps, although we didn't test it.

7.3
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.344
WHD @ 100
0.181

The weighted harmonic distortion performance of the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 is decent. They distort a bit in the bass range at higher volumes, but this generally isn't too noticeable for most people. There's also a bit more distortion in the higher frequencies, but it's still within good limits.

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

These results are only valid for the PS4 variant of the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 with these test settings.

However, we were unable to determine the firmware version. If you own these headphones and know where to find it, let us know in the discussion section below.

Isolation
2.4
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-6.36 dB
Bass
0.09 dB
Mid
0.43 dB
Treble
-19.23 dB

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 have poor noise isolation. Although they're closed-back, their breathable mesh pads let in a lot of ambient noise. They don't isolate at all in the bass range, letting in all the low rumbles of bus engines or city traffic. They're not effective at blocking out speech in the mid-range and don't do a very good job at cutting out sharper sounds in the higher frequencies.

5.8
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
46.04 dB

The leakage performance is sub-par. It won't sound as full and speaker-like as what you might expect from open-back headphones, but it'll be more noticeable than that of in-ears and earbuds. On the plus side, their leakage isn't too loud, so it should only be an issue if you're listening at high volumes or someone is sitting close by.

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

These wireless gaming headphones have a boom microphone that isn't detachable, but that you can flip upwards to mute and conceal.

7.2
Microphone
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

Their microphone's recording quality is decent. Speech recorded or transmitted with this mic will lack some airiness and brilliance, but has enough detail and presence to be easily understood, and will sound fairly full-bodied. However, you might find your voice sounds a bit sharp and piercing at times, especially on sibilants like S and T sounds.

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

The noise handling of the mic is alright. It does a decent job at parsing speech in quiet to moderately loud environments, like at home. However, it struggles to separate speech from ambient noise in very loud places, like a gaming convention.

Active Features
8.2
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
16.1 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
16.1 hrs
Charge Time
1.9 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port micro-USB

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 have a great battery. They last for about 16 hours of continuous playback, which should be enough for most gaming sessions. They also automatically turn off when not in use, which can help save power, and you can use them while charging. However, they can't be used wired with a regular audio cable. If you want something with a much longer battery life, check out the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero Wireless.

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 Adjustable Level
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
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 volume level of voice prompts but there are otherwise no sound or control customization options. The Xbox variant seems to have a mic level monitoring feature, but we didn't test it.

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 don't support Bluetooth, unlike the Turtle Beach Stealth 700.

8.0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
112 ft
Non-BT Latency
52 ms

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 have a great non-Bluetooth wireless connection. While the line-of-sight range is only okay, they have great, low latency. This is great not only for gaming but also for watching movies since there shouldn't be any noticeable lip-sync issues.

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 can't be used wired with an audio cable.

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

The PS4 variant of the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 is fully compatible with the PS4, as well as most PCs, with their wireless USB dongle. Although not tested, the Xbox One variant would require a separate Xbox Wireless adapter for compatibility with PCs that don't have it built-in.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No

The PS4 variant of the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 we tested isn't compatible with the Xbox One; however, there's an Xbox One-specific model available that connects directly via Xbox Wireless.

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 PS4 variant of the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 come with a wireless USB dongle that has no additional input options. The dongle is compatible with most PCs as well as the PS4 Pro.

The Xbox variant of this headset doesn't come with a dongle - instead, it uses Xbox Wireless to connect the same way your controllers do. We didn't test it, but this would mean it would require an Xbox Wireless Adapter for use on a PC.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

There are two variants of these headphones. We tested the PS4 variant, which uses a wireless USB transmitter to connect and has the Turtle Beach Virtual Surround Sound feature. The Xbox One variant connects directly to the console over Xbox Wireless and supports Windows Sonic Surround Sound. We expect both models to otherwise perform similarly.

Compared to other headphones

Comparison picture

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 are decent gaming headphones with well-balanced sound but feel more fragile than other gaming headphones we've tested. They could be an alright wireless option for gamers on a budget, but their limited connectivity options and software support reduces their overall value compared to competing models. See our recommendations for the best gaming headsets, the best gaming headsets for PC, and the best wireless gaming headsets.

Astro A20 Wireless
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The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless and the Astro A20 Wireless are both decent wireless gaming headphones. The Astro feel much better-built and are easier-to-use, but the Turtle Beach are more comfortable. While the Turtle Beach also have a more neutral sound profile by default and longer battery life, their microphone doesn't perform as well as the Astro's.

Turtle Beach Recon 200
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The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 are better gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Recon 200. While they both have the same battery life, the Recon are wired. The Stealth 600 use a low-latency wireless connection, have a better-balanced sound profile and give you channel mixing. The Recon isolate more noise, though, and are compatible with more devices.

Astro A10
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The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 are wireless gaming headphones while the Astro A10 can only be used wired. The freedom of going wireless is convenient, but comes at the expense of having to keep an eye on battery life. As for the headphones themselves, the Stealth 600 are a bit more comfortable and have a slightly better-balanced sound profile, while the Astro are better-built and feel a lot more durable.

HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II
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The HyperX Cloud II are wired gaming headphones, while the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 are wireless. If you’re playing on console, the wireless Turtle Beach could be a better option since they provide better range. However, the HyperX are among some of the better-built and more comfortable gaming headphones we’ve reviewed. The HyperX also have a better sounding microphone, which is great for online multiplayer games, but the Turtle Beach sound a bit better-balanced.

Turtle Beach Elite Atlas
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The Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017 are much better gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Stealth 600. The Astro have a more durable and premium build quality, are more comfortable and are a bit more suitable as a home theater headset thanks to their great base station. The Stealth 600 are considerably more affordable though, and actually even have a longer-lasting battery.

Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Wireless
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The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 are slightly better gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Stealth 600. The Stealth 700 are Bluetooth-compatible and support more customization options in the Turtle Beach Audio Hub. They also have active noise cancelling, although it's not very strong. The Stealth 600, on the other hand, have a better-balanced default sound profile, are a bit comfortable, and have a slightly better battery life.

SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2017
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The SteelSeries Arctis 7 are much better gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Stealth 600. The SteelSeries have more connectivity options which make them more versatile for not only use with different consoles but mobile devices too. They're also better-built, have more customization options, and a much better boom mic. The Turtle Beach are less heavy, but the Steelseries are otherwise better in nearly every respect.

Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017
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The Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017 are better wireless gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless, though both are good. The Astro are more comfortable, have a better control scheme, and feel significantly more durable and well-built. While their out-of-the-box sound profile isn't quite as well-balanced as the Turtle Beach, Astro's Command Center software gives access to a graphic EQ and presets. The Astro's microphone also does a much better job separating your voice from background noises in loud situations, though, in a quiet environment, the mic on the Turtle Beach sounds fuller and more natural. The Turtle Beach also have much lower latency with their USB receiver, so you shouldn't experience any lag or delay while gaming.  Their battery also lasts longer and charges much quicker.

Turtle Beach Stealth 300
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The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 and the Turtle Beach Stealth 300 are very similar, apart from differences in connectivity. The Stealth 600 have a greater range since they're wireless, so you can more conveniently game from your couch. However, since the Stealth 300 are wired, they're compatible with all consoles and mobile devices that have a regular audio jack.

Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero Wireless
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The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless are better wireless gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero Wireless. The Stealth 600 are more comfortable, have a more accurate sound profile, and work wirelessly with both PC as well as PS4, instead of only for PC like with the Atlas Aero. That being said, the Atlas Aero feel slightly better-built, though they still feel quite cheap and plasticky overall. They also have a virtual surround feature, and their battery lasts much longer off a single charge.

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