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Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Updated May 04, 2020 at 02:27 pm
Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Wireless Picture
6.8
Mixed Usage
6.8
Neutral Sound
6.8
Commute/Travel
6.8
Sports/Fitness
6.6
Office
6.9
Wireless Gaming
7.4
Wired Gaming
6.8
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling Yes
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Wireless are alright gaming headphones that come in console-specific variants. They have Bluetooth connectivity so you can connect to your mobile devices as well as non-Bluetooth wireless when you use their USB dongle, which is great. While some may prefer their bass-heavy sound for action games, the treble is weak and dull. Their active noise cancelling feature is also disappointing and their plasticky design is bulky. This review tests the PS4 variant of these headphones which uses a dongle to connect to this console and we expect similar results from the Xbox One model.

Our Verdict

6.8 Mixed Usage

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Wireless are alright for mixed use. As these are gaming headphones, their bulky design makes them hard to transport, and they don't really block out background noise during your commute or at the office. Despite their tight fit, they can be unstable if you're using them for working out. They're also bass-heavy and their dark sound may not suit all listeners. On the upside, these headphones can be used for both wireless and wired gaming. They provide a dedicated low-latency connection for wireless gaming while their Bluetooth connection can be used with your phone.

Pros
  • Console-specific variants available.
Cons
  • Disappointing active noise cancelling feature.
  • Plasticky and bulky design.
  • Can have a tight fit.
6.8 Neutral Sound

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Wireless are okay for neutral sound. Although the treble delivery can vary between users, these headphones still have an overly muddy and dark sound profile that isn't balanced enough for critical listening. Luckily, the companion software offers EQ presets if you don't like your mix so bass-heavy.

6.8 Commute/Travel

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Wireless are alright for commuting. They struggle to reduce background noise such as bus engines and chatter, which make them less than ideal in even moderately loud environments. Although they're fairly comfortable, they're still bulky gaming headphones and can't be stowed away easily. However, their almost 11 hours of continuous battery life should be enough for most commutes and their Bluetooth connection can be used with your mobile devices.

6.8 Sports/Fitness

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Wireless are okay for sports. Their bulky design makes them hard to take with you on the go and they aren't the most stable for physical exercise, despite their tight fit and lack of an audio cable. While the headphones are fairly comfortable, their ear cups can also trap a lot of heat, which may make you sweat more during intense workouts.

6.6 Office

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Wireless are acceptable for office use. Although fairly comfortable, these headphones do a disappointing job of reducing background noise such as office chatter. They also leak sound at louder volumes, which can annoy those around you. However, their battery life is long enough to get you through a 9-5 workday with little trouble.

6.9 Wireless Gaming

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Wireless are fair for wireless gaming. These comfortable headphones have a boom microphone that captures voice clearly but struggles a bit in more noisy environments like a gaming tournament. Their bassy-heavy sound can be good for action games but may be too muddy and dark for dialogue or cinematic cutscenes. These headphones also have console-specific variants and the PS4 variant includes a USB dongle. However, they still have a bit of latency which can impact gameplay and Xbox One users only receive audio with their wireless connection.

7.4 Wired Gaming

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Wireless are decent for wired gaming and come in console-specific variants. While they have an audio jack, they don't include an audio cable in the box. With a wired connection, PS4 and Xbox One users can receive audio. However, our test unit is currently broken and we are unable to further test their wired connection. Still, thanks to their bass-heavy sound profile, explosions and gunshots sound full and rumbly. Their boom microphone also captures voice clearly but it can have trouble in loud, noisy environments.

6.8 Phone Calls

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Wireless are okay for phone calls. The boom microphone captures voice clearly although it struggles in louder environments. As these headphones don't really reduce a lot of background noise around you, it may be harder for you to hear others on the other end of the line.

  • 6.8 Mixed Usage
  • 6.8 Neutral Sound
  • 6.8 Commute/Travel
  • 6.8 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.6 Office
  • 6.9 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.4 Wired Gaming
  • 6.8 Phone Calls
  1. Update 3/18/2020: 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.

Test Results

Design
Design
Style

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 have a similar look and size to the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless. Although they have a slightly different headband design, the ear cups are just a touch thicker to account for the extra electronic elements inside this model. On the downside, they still have a fully plastic design that feels a bit cheap. They also still look like gaming headphones and probably won't look the most casual or versatile.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.6 lbs
Clamping Force
1.2 lbs

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 are fairly comfortable headphones. The headband and ear cups are both padded with a faux-leather fabric that feels better on the skin than on the previous model. On the downside, they have a tight fit that some may find uncomfortable, but their ear cups are more spacious than the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless.

7.7
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Okay
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Mute/Unmute
Channel Mixing
Yes
Noise Cancelling Control On/Off
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls No

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 have good controls that are suited for gaming and mobile use. On the left ear cup, there are three dedicated buttons including a Superhuman Hearing Mode which is an EQ for emphasizing audio cues like footsteps, Bluetooth control, and an on/off power button. The power button also doubles as an on/off button for their noise cancelling feature while the Bluetooth button has call/music control. They have sliders for volume and channel mixing too. You can even mute the microphone by flipping it upwards.

6.4
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 5.9 C

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 are slightly less breathable than the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless as they use different fabric pads. On the Stealth 700, this reduces airflow and can increase the temperature around your ears if you're wearing them during long gaming sessions or working out.

5.7
Design
Portability
L 7.1 "
W 7 "
H 3 "
Volume 150 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

Like most gaming headphones including the Turtle Beach Stealth 300, they aren't very portable. Their bulky design can't be folded up into a more compact format. They also don't come with a carrying case or pouch but if you need to bring them somewhere, they should fit into a backpack.

0
Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A

These headphones don't have a carrying case or pouch.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700, like the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless, have a plasticky build that feels cheap. Although flexible, their headband creaks when you adjust the fit and they lack the similar durability of other gaming headsets within this price range such as the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II. However, the ear cups feel dense enough to survive a couple of accidental drops or falls while the plastic body keeps these headphones decently lightweight.

Note 05/05/2020: We've noticed that our unit isn't able to hold a charge anymore, but your mileage may vary in everyday use.

6.5
Design
Stability

These headphones are fairly stable but they're not designed for physical activity. While they have a tight fit, their bulky design has ear cups that can sway and fall off when exercising. However, if you use them wirelessly, you don't have to worry about an audio cable catching on something and yanking them off your head.

Design
Headshots 1
Design
Headshots 2
Design
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Design
In The Box

  • TurtleBeach Stealth 700 headphones
  • USB transmitter dongle
  • USB charging cable
  • Digital optical cable
  • Manuals
  • Turtle Beach sticker

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
3.36 db
Treble Amount
-4.75 db

These headphones sound fairly bass-heavy, which is great for more thumpy genres like EDM or hip-hop or action games with lots of explosions. However, their treble is dark and dull which can affect the brightness of cinematic cutscenes.

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

The frequency response consistency is okay. Bass delivery can slightly vary and a drop in bass may occur if the ear cups are not flush to your head, especially if you wear glasses or have thick hair. There's also some inconsistencies in the treble range and they seem to be sensitive to positioning and placement.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
6.7
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.65 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
3.0 dB
Mid-Bass
4.47 dB
High-Bass
6.83 dB

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 have okay bass accuracy. Overall, the bass is overemphasized which adds thump and punch to your favorite tracks. However, their boomy sound muddies the overall mix.

7.5
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.35 dB
Low-Mid
3.17 dB
Mid-Mid
-0.21 dB
High-Mid
-3.3 dB

The mid accuracy is good. The low-mid is cluttered and muddy while the mid-mid pushes instruments to the back of your mix. There's also another dip in the high-mid which reduces the overall clarity and intensity of instruments in this range.

6.9
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.13 dB
Low-Treble
-4.02 dB
Mid-Treble
-2.74 dB
High-Treble
-10.8 dB

The treble accuracy is okay but it can slightly vary across users. Overall, it's underemphasized, which produces a veiled and dark sound. Instruments in this range like cymbals lose presence, sounding dull.

7.6
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.58 db
Dips
1.08 db

The peaks and dips performance of these headphones is good. The bump that starts in high-bass and continues into the low-mid range gives them a boomy, muddy sound, which clutters instruments. The following dips and peaks in the mid-range can make certain noises sound closer or further than intended, but shouldn't be too noticeable overall. However, the gradual, yet unbalanced, overemphasis in the treble range can make certain sounds overly harsh in piercing in comparison.

7.0
Sound
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 okay. The group delay response falls below our audibility threshold and ensures a fast bass and a transparent treble reproduction. However, the left and right drivers show some mismatch in amplitude and frequency response which can result in an unclear placement of objects such as voices, footsteps, or instruments in the stereo image. However, these results are unique to our test unit, and your unit may perform differently.

5.5
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
2.91 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
6.89 dB
PRTF Distance
10.04 dB
Openness
4.2
Acoustic Space Excitation
3.9

Their soundstage is disappointing. These headphones produce a soundstage that sounds somewhat large but unnatural and as if it's coming from inside the listener's head.

2.0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
On/Off
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
Yes

These headphones have a surround mode for movies, gaming, and music.

7.8
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.314
WHD @ 100
0.111

The weighted harmonic distortion performance of these headphones is good. Although there's a peak in the high treble, it won't be audible to all listeners. Overall, all frequencies fall within good limits, which should result in clear and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
8.0.2
Power
On
Connection
Wireless (Proprietary)
Codec
PCM, 24-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Default
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Boom

The results are only valid for these test settings.

Isolation
5.8
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-15.17 dB
Bass
-10.04 dB
Mid
-7.09 dB
Treble
-27.69 dB

The isolation of the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 is disappointing. Their active noise cancelling slightly cuts bass down sounds like the rumble of bus or plane engines but this may not be enough for commuting or traveling. They also struggle to reduce mid-range noise like chatter. However, they perform slightly better in blocking out sharp sounds such as sibilants in the treble range.

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

The leakage performance is acceptable. Leakage from these headphones don't sound as full or loud as open-back headphones. That said, while their leakage isn't that loud, if you like to listen to your music with the volume cranked up, those around you may be able to hear it.

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

These headphones have a non-detachable boom microphone on the left ear cup.

7.8
Microphone
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. Speech recorded sounds clear, although lacking some detail and airiness.

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

The noise handling of the mic is acceptable. It struggles to separate voice from background noise in noisy environments like gaming tournaments. However, if you're shotcalling at home, you should have no problem being heard.

Active Features
7.5
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
10.8 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
10.8 hrs
Charge Time
2.9 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port micro-USB

These headphones have good battery performance. They provide almost 11 hours of continuous playback time. However, they can take nearly three hours to fully charge. On the upside, they have an auto-off timer that helps to conserve power when inactive. You can also use these headphones while they're charging but the ear cups can get a little warm. If you want a pair of wireless gaming headphones with a much longer battery life, check out the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero Wireless

Note 05/05/2020: We're aware of a recent battery life update in their changelog, but unfortunately, our unit doesn't hold a charge anymore, so we aren't able to retest them.

6.5
Active Features
App Support
App Name Turtle Beach Audio Hub
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS Yes
Windows Yes
Equalizer
Presets
ANC Control
No
Mic Control Adjustable Level
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
Yes

These headphones have okay app support. The Turtle Beach Audio Hub provides EQ presets, mic control, noise gate, chat boost, and surround sound modes that cater to different kinds of audio. On the downside, they don't have a parametric or graphic EQ such as the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019's Astro Command Center or the SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2017's SteelSeries Engine.

Connectivity
7.0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
4.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
157 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
205 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
27 ms
Android Latency
34 ms

These headphones have decent Bluetooth connectivity features but lack multi-device or NFC pairing. However, thanks to their dedicated Bluetooth button, pairing is still fairly easy. These headphones have an exceptionally low latency on iOS and Android. Their PC latency is much higher and can cause noticeable sync issues. If you're looking for more gaming headsets with Bluetooth connectivity, check out our review of the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless.

6.8
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
107 ft
Non-BT Latency
106 ms

These headphones have satisfactory non-Bluetooth wireless connectivity. Our test unit is the PS4 variant which connects to your console via a USB dongle. It has a lot less lag than using Bluetooth but it still may not be enough for time-sensitive gameplay. These headphones also have an Xbox One variant that connects via Xbox Wireless and doesn't use a dongle, but we haven't tested this variant.

9.5
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable Yes
Length N/A
Connection 1/8" TRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms

While these headphones have an audio jack, they don't come with a 1/8" TRS audio cable in the box. They do come with a dongle, a digital optical cable, and a micro-USB charging cable.

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

These headphones have full compatibility with PC and PS4 using non-Bluetooth wireless so you can hear what's going on around you and use the microphone. If you're using an analog connection by plugging in these headphones to the controller with an audio cable, you can only receive audio.

Note 05/05/2020: Our test unit is currently broken and we are unable to confirm our previous test results. We plugged in a TRRS cable into our PS4 controller and we were able to use the microphone but not to receive audio.

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

These headphones will only provide audio for the Xbox One, either by using an analog connection by plugging in an audio cable directly into the controller or by using Xbox One Wireless. If you're looking for more gaming headsets that are Xbox One compatible, check out our reviews of the best Xbox One headsets we've tested so far.

Note 05/05/2020: Our test unit is currently broken and we are unable to confirm our previous test results. We tested a TRRS cable connection using our PS4 controller and we were able to use the microphone but not to receive audio. We do not know how our model works with the Xbox One controller and your mileage may vary.

4.2
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Wireless USB Dongle
USB Input
Yes
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
Yes
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
USB

These headphones have a USB dongle for wireless compatibility with the PS4. The dongle uses an optical input cable that adds surround sound support and channel mixing, which is a nice touch. The Stealth 700 also come in an Xbox One variant that doesn't come with a dongle as it supports Xbox Wireless.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

These headphones come in two console-specific variants. We tested the PS4 variant which uses a wireless USB dongle to connect to this console. The Xbox One variant connects directly to the console using Xbox Wireless without the use of a dongle. We expect both models to otherwise perform similarly.

Compared to other headphones

Comparison picture

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 are alright gaming headphones that don't really stand out from the crowd. However, they have both Bluetooth and non-Bluetooth wireless connectivity, which is great. On the downside, their plasticky build feels cheap and their active noise cancelling struggles to reduce background noise. Their battery life is also less than some of the other gaming headphones we've tested so far. If you're looking for more gaming headphones, check out our recommendations for the best wireless gaming headsets, the best Xbox One gaming headsets, and the best gaming headsets.

Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Wireless and the Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp are both decent gaming headphones, but they differ in some significant ways. The Stealth 700 are designed with wireless gaming in mind and come with either Xbox Wireless support or a wireless USB dongle for PC and PS4. They should also work wired, but they don't come with an audio cable. The Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp can only be used wired; however, their SuperAmp supports Bluetooth so you can mix chat audio from your phone while gaming. They also have a much better microphone, feel a lot better-built, and are significantly more comfortable. However, the wireless support of the Stealth 700 makes them a better option for console gamers who like gaming from the couch.

SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless are much better wireless gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Wireless. While they both can mix audio from a Bluetooth source, the SteelSeries have a better microphone, their battery lasts over twice as long, and they feel much better-built.

Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017 are better gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Wireless. The Astro are more comfortable for long gaming sessions, feel more durable, and have a more well-balanced and neutral sound than the Turtle Beach. However, you need to use the Astro with their base, meaning they aren't as versatile as the Turtle Beach, which can be used wirelessly and via Bluetooth connection. The Astro's microphone also has a better recording quality, and they have music controls on their cups.

SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2017
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2017 is a better gaming headset than the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Wireless. It's more comfortable, noticeably better-built, and it has a more neutral and well-balanced sound profile. The microphone quality and the battery life are also considerably better on the Arctis 7. On the other hand, the Stealth 700 has a noise cancelling feature and are Bluetooth compatible, which the Arctis 7 aren't.

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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.

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. On the other hand, the Elite model has an ANC feature, but it struggles to reduce background noise. Overall, both headsets are fairly cheaply made and may not be worth the investment.

Astro A20 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Astro A20 is a more neutral sounding gaming headset than the Turtle Beach Stealth 700. 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.

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 a fairly well-rounded sound 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.

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 connectivity options than the 300. They also have a headphone jack and a USB dongle that has low latency for wireless gaming. They're noise cancelling too, although it doesn't really reduce much background noise. On the upside, since the Stealth 300 don't have as many active features and connection options, they have an excellent battery life that will last you longer than the Stealth 700. As they're wired, the range of their audio cable can be limiting for some.

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