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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, PlayStation and Xbox users have full mic and audio compatibility. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. In comparison, the SuperAmp 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.
The Plantronics RIG 800LX Wireless are a better gaming headset than the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Wireless. The Plantronics have a fairly well-rounded sound and don’t feel as flimsy as the Turtle Beach. Most of the parts are easily replaceable, and they have an amazing 25-hour battery life. However, the Plantronics don’t have the versatility of the Turtle Beach headset. You can only use it with its USB dongle, while the Turtle Beach can be used wirelessly with its dongle while streaming audio from your phone via Bluetooth.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 Wireless and the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Wireless are gaming-oriented headphones, and depending on your preferences, you may prefer one over the other. The Gen 2 are more comfortable and better-built, and they have longer continuous battery life. Also, their sound profile is more neutral compared to the bass-heavy 700. However, the 700 have a better overall microphone performance, and their companion software gives you more customization options, including an adjustable mic control and EQ presets.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Wireless are an improvement on the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Wireless in a couple of areas, though there are some drawbacks. The Gen 2 are better-built, more stable on the head, and have superior microphone recording quality. Their companion app has more features, they last longer on a single charge, and their non-Bluetooth latency is lower too. Conversely, the older Stealth 700 support passive audio playback on a wired connection, block out more ambient noise, and leak less audio. They also have an easier-to-use control scheme.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 are slightly better gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Update 10/27/2021: We have reshot and replaced the original 'Portability' photo with a new image for improved visibility. The scoring of this box hasn't changed.
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.
These headphones don't have a carrying case or pouch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These headphones have a surround mode for movies, gaming, and music.
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.
The results are only valid for these test settings.
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.
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.
These headphones have a non-detachable boom microphone on the left ear cup.
The boom microphone has a good recording quality. Speech recorded sounds clear, although lacking some detail and airiness.
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.
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.
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.
Update 10/21/2021: We've changed Multi-Device Pairing from 'No' to 'Bluetooth + Console/Non-BT Wireless' as these headphones can connect to a PS4 or PS5 console and a Bluetooth device at the same time. We could confirm this by pairing the headphones to the PlayStation using the included dongle. Then, we pressed the headphones' Bluetooth pairing button to connect it to our smartphone. Once paired to both devices, you can hear the menu sounds from the PlayStation while also simultaneously hearing audio playing from your phone. As a result, we have updated our review, and the scoring of this box has changed.
These headphones have great Bluetooth connectivity features. While they lack NFC pairing, you can connect them to your gaming console and smartphone simultaneously, which is nice if you like to listen to audio while you game. 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.
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.
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.
Update 10/21/2021: We have retested these headphones for Xbox Series X compatibility. These headphones don't come with an analog cable in the box, and you need to purchase it separately. However, you can use them with full compatibility on Xbox One and Xbox Series X consoles if you have a 1/8" TRRS cable handy. Even though we previously had issues playing audio using a TRRS cable, we were able to confirm full audio and mic compatibility via analog by using another headset's cable. Note that our unit is broken and isn't keeping its charge. To test this, we needed to plug them into a power source then connect them via analog.
These headphones provide full audio and mic support for the Xbox One or Xbox Series X consoles, either by using an analog connection by plugging in an audio cable directly into the controller or by using Xbox One Wireless if you have the Xbox variant of these headphones.
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.