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Turtle Beach Stealth 700
The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 PS4 / Xbox One are a good gaming headset with a versatile amount of connection options for mobile use. They're Bluetooth compatible and also have a regular audio jack with a decent control scheme that will work with your phone. They have a slightly worse sound than the Stealth 600, but they isolate a bit better with their noise canceling feature. Unfortunately, they're still a bit too bulky for outdoors, and sports use and their ANC is not strong enough for commuting.
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- Low latency.
- Great connection options.
- Poor noise isolation.
- Plasticky and bulky design.
- A bit tight on the head.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 have a slightly better design than the Stealth 600 but are also a bit less comfortable. They're tighter on the head which may get a bit fatiguing during long listening and gaming sessions. They also have a plastic design that feels and looks a bit cheap. On the upside, they have a good control scheme that works well on mobile and PCs, and they're relatively lightweight for their size. Unfortunately, they're still a bit too bulky and unstable for more intense sports and outdoor use.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 look very similar to the Stealth 600. They have a slightly different headband design but are about the same size and shape. The ear cups are also similar but slightly thicker to house the added electronics for the extra features offered in this model that are not in the 600s. Unfortunately, their all-plastic design still looks and feels a bit cheap. They're also not the most stylish-looking or outdoor-friendly headphones.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 are lightweight and comfortable headphones. They're a bit tighter on the head than the Stealth 600, but the ear cups are slightly more spacious. The headband and ear cups are decently padded, with a different faux leather fabric that feels a bit nicer on the skin than with the previous model. Unfortunately, the tight fit does get a bit uncomfortable after a while.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 PS4 / Xbox have a decent control scheme with a lot of functionality for both mobile and gaming. They have a dedicated Bluetooth button for call/music control and track skipping. They have a volume and a chat (channel mixing) dial as well as a fold-up-to-disable microphone. You can also disable/enable the noise canceling feature by tapping on the power button.
- 100% Avg.Temp.Difference
The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Xbox One / PS4 are a bit less breathable than the Stealth 600 due to the different fabric used for the pads. They obstruct a bit more airflow which makes your ears warmer during long gaming sessions. This makes them poorly suited for exercising, but they should be somewhat average for more casual uses like most closed-back over-ear designs.
Like most gaming headphones, they are not very portable. They're 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 700, like the 600, has an all-plastic build quality that feels a bit cheap. The headband and hinges have a slightly better design and are also decently flexible but do not feel as durable as some of the other gaming headsets we've tested within the same price range like the HyperX Cloud II. The headband creaks a lot just by adjusting the fit. On the upside, the ear cups feel dense enough to not break from a couple of accidental drops, and the plastic build quality keeps the headphones relatively lightweight despite all the features packed in the ear cups.
These headphones are not made for physical activity and aren't stable enough for running. They're bulky, and even though they're tight on the head, the ear cups sway a lot when exercising. They will quickly fall off your head if you use them for working out but on the upside, since they're wireless Bluetooth headphones, there is no cable to get caught on your clothes and yank the headphones off your head.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 is an average sounding pair of closed-back over-ear gaming headset. Their bass is deep and thumpy, but noticeably overpowering and boomy. Their mid-range is even and consistent, but sounds a bit cluttered and muddy. Also, although their treble is well-balanced it is on the warm and veiled side, which given their already heavy bass, makes the overall tone of these headphones boomy and dark. Additionally, our test unit didn't have the good imaging performance, and most like other headphones, they don't have a speaker-like soundstage.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 have a decent bass. Their LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 10Hz, which is excellent and indicates a deep and thumpy bass. However, low-bass, mid-bass, and high-bass are consistently overemphasized by at least 4dB. Making these headphones noticeably bass-heavy, but also boomy.
The mid-range is good. The response throughout the range is quite even and flat, but with a 10dB tilt favoring lower frequencies. This will give more emphasis to bass instruments as well as the lower harmonics of vocals and lead instruments. The result will be a mid-range that makes mixes a bit cluttered and muddy, and makes vocals a little thick sounding.
The treble is decent. The response is relatively flat, but slightly uneven. It is also consistently underemphasized by more than 3dB. Overall, the treble reproduction is well-balanced, but it is on the warm and veiled side.
The frequency response consistency is about average. In the bass range, the maximum deviation measured across our human subjects is about 5dB at 20Hz, which could be better. This suggests that if you have long hair, or wear glasses that break the seal between the headphones and your ears, you may experience a bit of a drop in bass. In the treble range, they perform more consistently with a maximum deviation of 3dB below 10KHz.
The imaging performance is decent. Weighted group delay is 0.18, which is within very good limits. The GD graph also shows that the entire group delay response is below our audibility threshold. This ensures a fast bass and a transparent treble reproduction. In terms of driver matching, however, the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 showed significant mismatch in amplitude and frequency response which could result in an incorrect or unclear placement of objects (such as voice, instruments, footsteps...) in the stereo image. It should be noted however, that this could be unique to our test unit, and the one you buy may be better matched.
The soundstage is mediocre. PRTF accuracy is above average, which is good. But PRTF size is a bit far from our reference, suggesting a large but slightly unnatural soundstage. Also, there is no 10KHz notch present here really, resulting in a soundstage that is perceived to be located inside-the-head, as opposed to in-front.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 has a good harmonic distortion performance. The overall amount of THD in the bass range is low and within good limits. However, the slight change in the shape of THD at 100dB SPL suggests that these headphones may not be able to take a lot of EQ bass boost without negatively affecting their sound quality. In the treble range however, there are a couple of spikes in THD around 4KHz that could make the sound of that region a bit harsh and brittle.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 PS4 / Xbox are noise canceling headphones but do not do a good enough job to isolate you on busy commutes. They cancel a lot more noise than the previous model, and they should be okay if you're gaming by yourself or in a quiet environment. Unfortunately, they won't be the best headphones to use on a bus or train as the chatter, and ambient noise will seep into your audio. They're also bit leaky so they won't be ideal if you like to listen to your music at high volumes but shouldn't be too distracting at moderate levels.
The isolation of the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 is sub-par. Their ANC (active noise canceling) does a decent job of canceling bass frequencies, important for blocking the rumble of airplane and bus engines. However, they only achieve a mediocre 7dB of isolation in the mid-range, where the bulk of speech sits. In the treble range, important for blocking sharp sounds like S and Ts, they perform above average and reduce noise by 28dB.
The leakage is average. The significant portion of their leakage is spread from 400Hz to 6KHz, which is a relatively broad range. This means that their leakage will be fuller than that of in-ears and earbuds, but not as full or loud as that of open-back headphones. Additionally, the overall level of their leakage is not very loud, meaning it should not be a concern unless you are playing your music loud.
The microphone of the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 has a decent performance. In a quiet environment, speech recorded or transmitted with this microphone will sound full, clear, and easily comprehensible, but lacking a bit of detail and airiness. In noisy situations, the performance is about average and well-suited to moderately loud environments like a busy room or street, but may not be best for very loud places like a subway station.
The boom microphone has a good recording quality. The LFE (low-frequency extension) of 170Hz means that speech recorded/transmitted with this headphone will sound full. The HFE (high-frequency) of 7KHz is above-average and results in a speech that although lacks some detail and airiness, will sound quite clear and intelligible. The 5dB bump between 5KHz and 7KHz, makes the S and T sounds a bit sharp though (sibilant).
- 100% SpNR
The noise handling of the mic is average. In our SpNR test, they achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 17dB, suggesting they would be best suited to quiet and moderately loud environments, and they may struggle in very loud situations like a subway station.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 PS4 / Xbox have a slightly worse battery life than the Stealth 600 but provide more features with the Turtle Beach Audio Hub. They lasted about 11 hours on a single charge and have a lot of power saving features like an auto-off timer, and being able to use them while they are charging. The Turtle Beach Audio Hub is also much better with this model as it offers presets, mic control, surround sound, and chat boost. It's also available for iOS and Android since these headphones are Bluetooth capable. Unfortunately, it lacks a good parametric equalizer like the Astro Command Center or Logitech Gaming Software.
These headphones have a decent battery life but a long charge time. They played audio continuously for 11 hours but took 3 hours to fully charge which is average for a gaming headset but not ideal for Bluetooth headphones. On the upside, they have a couple of power saving features. They will turn off automatically when inactive and you can use them while they charge but the ear cups do get a little warm when charging. Unfortunately, you can not used them wired passively. An additional note; the most recent update indicates a better battery performance in the changelog but we have yet to test the new battery life but will update the results as soon as possible.
The Turtle Beach Audio Hub is much better with the Turtle Beach Stealth 700. It provides audio presets, mic monitoring levels, noise gate, chat boost and surround sound presets. It's also available on iOS and Android since these headphones are Bluetooth compatible. Unfortunately, it lacks a couple of features like a good parametric equalizer to be a truly customizable software like the Astro Command Center or the SteelSeries Engine, for the A50 and Arctis 7 respectively.
- 10% Bluetooth
- 32% Wired
- 10% Base/Dock
- 22% Wireless Range
- 25% Latency
The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 have a lot of connection options. They're Bluetooth headphones with a decently easy to pair button but no NFC or simultaneous multi-device pairing. They work wired although they did not include a 1/8TRRS audio cable in the box. They also have a USB dongle that is console specific and has an optical input which is rather unique. They also do not have much latency which is suitable for gaming and have a decent wireless range.
- 79% Multi-Device Pairing
- 20% NFC
- 0% PS4 Compatible
- 0% Xbox One Compatible
They are Bluetooth headphones with a no NFC support or simultaneous multi-device pairing. But on the upside, they are fairly easy to pair with a dedicated Bluetooth button.
- 13% Analog
- 9% USB
- 26% PS4 Compatible
- 26% Xbox One Compatible
- 26% PC Compatible
These headphones do not come with a 1/8TRRS audio cable in the box but do have an audio jack. We tested them with a basic audio cable which only had audio when connected to the PS4 or Xbox One as well as the with PCs.
- 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
These headphones come with a USB dongle for wireless compatibility with the PS4 or the XBox One depending on the variant you purchase. This dongle, however, has a fairly unique optical input which makes them a bit better than the previous model and a lot of other gaming headsets with wireless dongles.
Thes Turtle Beach Stealth 700 have a good wireless range even when the USB transmitter dongle was obstructed. They do fairly well in direct line-of-sight but overall have a slightly worse range than the Stealth 600. They do a lot better when using them in Bluetooth mode, reaching up to 42ft when obstructed and 157ft in direct line-of-sight but Bluetooth has a more latency, so depending on your use case the additional range may not be worth it.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 have a bit more latency than the Stealth 600. Their latency is still great and low enough to be suitable for gaming and watching movies without any noticeable sync issues. However, they have a lot more Bluetooth latency at 205ms.
In the box
- TurtleBeach Stealth 700 Headphones
- USB transmitter dongle
- USB charging cable
Compared to other Headphones
The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 are a good gaming headset with very low latency. They have a decently balanced sound, they're Bluetooth compatible and can be used wired. Unfortunately, they have a mediocre build quality that feels a bit cheap. They also have a poor noise canceling feature that makes their battery life relatively shorter than then some of the other gaming headsets we've tested.
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, they lack a few features like a good app support which the Stealth 700 does better. They also have a build quality feels a bit cheap and not as durable as some of the other gaming headsets we've tested. If you want the better sounding option than go for the stealth 600 but the features and versatility of the Stealth 700, especially with mobile devices, make them the more attractive options for most use cases.
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 700, but they're also considerably more expensive. However, you can't use the A50 with your phone since they're not Bluetooth like the Turtle Beach and do not have a wired option. If you need the versatility of Bluetooth compatibility, then get the STealth 700 but If you have the budget then get the A50s as they're considerably better for gaming with more customizable options and features thanks to the Astro Command Center.
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 like the Stealth 700. However, they have a much better, metal build quality that feels durable and they're a bit more comfortable too. If you must have a gaming headset that also has Bluetooth compatibility then the Turtle Beach are a decent option. However, the Arctis 7 are much better in most aspects and about the same price
The Turtle Beach Elite 800 like the Stealth 700 are Bluetooth headphones with a lot of connection options. They come with a better base/dock that has multiple inputs and dock charging. They have bit more latency than the Turtle Beach Stealth 700, but it's not that noticeable and should still suitable for gaming. Unfortunately, they have a much worse control scheme that's a bit confusing and subject to a lot of accidental inputs. They're also quite a bit pricier than the 700s, so if you're on a tight budget, the lower end model may be the better option.