Reviewed on Mar 08, 2018

Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Wireless HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
6.8
Mixed Usage
7.0
Critical Listening
6.5
Commute/Travel
6.6
Sports/Fitness
6.7
Office
7.2
TV
7.6
Gaming
Type : Over-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Yes
Noise-Cancelling : Yes
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

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

Test Results
Design 6.4
Sound 7.0
Isolation 5.8
Microphone 7.2
Active Features 7.3
Connectivity 7.6
Pros
  • Low latency.
  • Great connection options.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Plasticky and bulky design.
  • A bit tight on the head.

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6.4

Design

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.

Style

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.

7.0 Comfort
Weight : 0.6 lbs
Clamping Force
:
1.2 lbs

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.

7.9 Controls
Ease of use : Decent
Feedback : Okay
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : Yes
Channel Mixing
:
Adjustable
Noise Canceling Control : Yes
Talk-Through
:
No
Additional Buttons :

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.

6.4 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 5.9 C

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.

5.9 Portability
L : 7.1 "
W : 7 "
H : 3 "
Volume : 150 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : No

Like the Turtle Beach Stealth 300 and 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.

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.

6.5 Build Quality

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.

6.5 Stability

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.

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

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 comes with a USB transmitter, micro USB charging cable and an optical to 1/8TRS audio cable, but doesn't come with a regular 1/8TRS audio cable.

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7.0

Sound

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.

7.3 Bass
Std. Err.
:
4.04 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
10 Hz
Low-Bass
:
3.61 dB
Mid-Bass
:
3.94 dB
High-Bass
:
5.46 dB

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.

7.7 Mid
Std. Err.
:
3.06 dB
Low-Mid
:
2.83 dB
Mid-Mid
:
-0.18 dB
High-Mid
:
-3.48 dB

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.

7.1 Treble
Std. Err.
:
4.27 dB
Low-Treble
:
-3.73 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-3.12 dB
High-Treble
:
-6.49 dB

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.

6.9 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.63 dB

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.

7.0 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.18
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
2.24
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
3.85
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
9.79

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.

6.0 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
2.91 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
6.89 dB
PRTF Distance
:
10.04 dB
Openness
:
4.6
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
3.9
Correlated Crosstalk
:
0.0 dB

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.

7.7 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
1.195
Weighted THD @ 100
:
1.851

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.

5.8

Isolation

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.

5.3 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-15.17 dB
Bass
:
-10.04 dB
Mid
:
-7.09 dB
Treble
:
-27.69 dB
Self-Noise
:
21.88 dB

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.

6.6 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
41.69 dB

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.

7.2

Microphone

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

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.

7.8 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
169.51 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
2.69 dB
HFE
:
6933.79 Hz
Weighted THD
:
0.402
Gain
:
12.83 dB

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). If you need a pair of wireless gaming headset within the same price range as the Stealth 700 but with a better boom mic then check out our review of the Corsair HS70 Wireless.

6.5 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
17.25 dB

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.

7.3

Active Features

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.

7.3 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Battery Life
:
10.8 hrs
Charge Time
:
2.9 hrs
Power Saving Feature
:
Auto-Off Timer
Audio while charging
:
Yes
Passive Playback
:
No

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, like the Recon 200, 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.

6.5 App Support
App Name : Turtle Beach Audio Hub
iOS : Yes
Android : Yes
Mac OS : Yes
Windows : Yes
Equalizer
:
Presets
ANC control
:
No
Mic Control : Yes
Room effects
:
No
Playback control
:
No
Button Mapping : No
Surround Sound : Yes

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.

7.6

Connectivity

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.

6.0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
4.0
Multi-Device Pairing
:
No
NFC Pairing
:
No

They are Bluetooth headphones with no NFC support or simultaneous multi-device pairing. But on the upside, they are fairly easy to pair with a dedicated Bluetooth button. If you want more Bluetooth capable gaming headphones then check out the LucidSound LS31 or the SteelSeries Artcis Pro Wireless.

7.2 Wired
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
PS4 Compatible
:
Audio Only
Xbox One Compatible
:
Audio Only
PC Compatible
:
Audio Only

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.

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

These headphones come with a USB dongle for wireless compatibility with the PS4 or the XBox One (it is one of the best Xbox One headsets we've tested so far) 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.

7.7 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
36 ft
Line of Sight Range
:
107 ft

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.

9.8 Latency
Default Latency
:
20 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

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
  • Manuals

Compared to other Headphones

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 are a good gaming headset with very low latency and one of the best wireless headphones we've tested for gaming. 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. See our recommendations for the best Xbox One gaming headsets and the best noise cancelling headphones under $200.

Astro A20 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Astro A20 is a better-sounding gaming headset than the Turtle Beach Stealth 700. Their default sound profile is more accurate, and you also have access to an EQ in the Astro Command Center app to customize them to your liking. However, if you need a microphone to play online with friends, the Stealth 700 has the edge in that category. Speech transmitted will be clearer and decently full-bodied. On the other hand, the Astros feel better-built and not as plasticky as the Stealth 700, but you won’t be able to stream music via Bluetooth while gaming, which you can do with the Turtle Beach headset.

Astro A50 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Astro A50 Wireless are better gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Wireless. They are more comfortable for long gaming sessions, feel more durable, and have better audio reproduction than the Stealth 700. However, you need to use them with their base, which isn’t as versatile as the Stealth 700 which can be used wirelessly, wired, and they are also Bluetooth compatible. Their microphone also has a better recording quality, and they have music controls on their cups for when you’re streaming music from a Bluetooth source.

Plantronics RIG 800LX Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Plantronics RIG 800LX is a better gaming headset than the Turtle Beach Stealth 700. They have great audio reproduction and don’t feel as flimsy as the Stealth 700. Most of the parts are easily replaceable, and they have an amazing 25-hour battery life. However, the RIG 800LX don’t have the versatility of the Turtle Beach headset. You can only use it with its USB dongle, while the Stealth 700 can be used wirelessly with its dongle while streaming audio from your phone via Bluetooth. You can also use their wired connection.

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 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.

Turtle Beach Elite 800 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 and Turtle Beach Elite 800 are very similar gaming headsets. Both have decent performance, but the recording quality of the Stealth 700’s mic is better but doesn’t handle noise as well as the Elite 800. Both control schemes offer plenty of options, but the Elite 800 are hard to use and the feedback is bad. Also, the Stealth 700 have very low latency with only 20ms, which is noticeably better than the 63ms of delay on the Elite 800. On the other hand, the Elite model has an ANC feature, but it doesn’t seem to perform that well. Overall, both headsets are fairly cheaply made and may not be worth the investment.

Turtle Beach Stealth 300
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 are a better gaming headset overall than the Turtle Beach Stealth 300. The Stealth 700 have a lot more connection options than the 300, including Bluetooth, so they can work wirelessly with your phone. They have a headphone jack and come with a USB dongle that has low latency for wireless gaming. They're also noise cancelling and have a slightly better build quality than the 300, being a higher-end model of the lineup. On the upside, since the Stealth 300 do not have as many active features and connection options, they have an excellent battery life that will last you longer than the Stealth 700. They also have less latency since they're wired, but will be a bit limited by the range of their audio cable.

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Conclusion

6.8 Mixed Usage

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 are a better and more versatile gaming headset than the Stealth 600. They have a decent sound quality, a lot of connection options including Bluetooth and a wired design. They also have a better app and have noise canceling. Unfortunately, their isolation and bulky design is not ideal for outdoor use or sports. They also have a worse sound quality than the Stealth 600 which makes them a bit worse for critical listening.

7.0 Critical Listening

Above-average for critical listening. The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 PS4 / Xbox have a decently balanced sound that packs a lot of bass but unfortunately, drowns a bit of the instruments and vocals in the higher frequencies. They also reproduce a decent stereo image despite the mismatch in our unit. Unfortunately, they won't be the best headphones for critical listening due to their lacking soundstage.

6.5 Commute/Travel

Average for commuting. These headphones have a wired and Bluetooth connection so you can use them with your mobile phone on the go. They're also noise canceling headphones but do not isolate very well in noisy environments. Unfortunately, they're a bit too bulky to comfortably carry them around on your person.

6.6 Sports/Fitness

Average for sports. They're a bit tighter on the head than the Stealth 600, have Bluetooth, and a decent control scheme for mobile. Unfortunately, they're a bit too bulky and unstable for more intense work out routines.

6.7 Office

Average for office use. The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Xbox One / PS4 sound pretty good and isolate a bit better than the Stealth 600 but will not block enough noise for a noisy office and they leak quite a bit.

7.2 TV

Above-average for home theater use. If you're using these headphones with your PC or PS4, then they're a decent option with low latency and a good sound. They also have a wired option but no long 1/8TRS audio cable in the box so they won't be ideal for all setups when wired. Unfortunately, their dongle is not compatible with most TVs and only compatible with the selected console version, which is limiting but you can always use them with Bluetooth.

7.6 Gaming

Good for gaming. The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 PS4 / Xbox have a decent sound, a good mic, and very low latency for a wireless headset. They're a suitable choice for gaming but are a bit limited by the console version you get. They're also not the most breathable gaming headset, and their tight fit can get a bit uncomfortable during long gaming sessions.

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