Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Wireless Headphones Review

Updated Mar 08, 2018 at 06:48 pm
Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Wireless Picture
Usage Ratings - Version 1.3.1
6.9
Mixed Usage
7.0
Neutral Sound
6.8
Commute/Travel
6.9
Sports/Fitness
6.7
Office
7.4
Wireless Gaming
7.5
Wired Gaming
6.9
Phone Call
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling Yes
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 PS4 / Xbox One are good gaming headphones 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, which uses a dongle to connect to your console. There's also an Xbox One variant that supports Xbox Wireless for connectivity without a dongle, and we expect similar results with this model.

Our Verdict

6.9 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 Neutral Sound

Above-average for neutral 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 neutral listening due to their lacking soundstage.

See our Neutral Sound recommendations
6.8 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.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
6.9 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.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
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.

See our Office recommendations
7.4 Wireless 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.

See our Wireless Gaming recommendations
7.5 Wired Gaming

Good for wired gaming. These headphones can be connected via a 1/8" TRRS cable to the controller of either a PS4 or an Xbox One, though this wire isn't included. There's also a optical input on the USB dongle, which is rather unique, so you can connect to your TV via optical.

6.9 Phone Call

These headphones are decent for phone calls. While they're Bluetooth capable, the microphone performance will likely be much better via it's USB dongle. This means that the microphone performance on your phone will be lower than what you'd get on your PS4.

  • 6.9 Mixed Usage
  • 7.0 Neutral Sound
  • 6.8 Commute/Travel
  • 6.9 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.7 Office
  • 7.4 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.5 Wired Gaming
  • 6.9 Phone Call
Pros
  • Low latency.
  • Great connection options.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Plasticky and bulky design.
  • A bit tight on the head.
  1. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  2. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

Test Results

Design
Design
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
Design
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
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Okay
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Yes
Channel Mixing
Adjustable
Noise Cancelling 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
Design
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
Design
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
Design
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
Design
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
Design
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.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • TurtleBeach Stealth 700 Headphones
  • USB transmitter dongle
  • USB charging cable
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
2.61 db
Treble Amount
-4.15 db
6.9
Sound
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.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.1
Sound
Bass Accuracy
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
Sound
Mid Accuracy
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
Sound
Treble Accuracy
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.

8.1
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.21 db
Dips
1.04 db
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 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.

5.8
Sound
Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
2.91 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
6.89 dB
PRTF Distance
10.04 dB
Openness
4.1
Acoustic Space Excitation
4.2

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.

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

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
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
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. 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
Microphone
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.

Active Features
7.5
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
10.8 hrs
Additional Charges
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 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
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 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.

Connectivity
7.1
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
4.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line of Sight Range
157 ft
Default Latency
205 ms
aptX Latency
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
N/A

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.

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.

8.8
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
107 ft
Non-BT Latency
20 ms

We tested the PS4 variant of these headphones which connects to your console via a USB dongle and gives you much lower latency than Bluetooth. There's also an Xbox One variant that connects via Xbox Wireless and doesn't require a dongle, though we haven't tested this version.

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

These headphones do not come with a 1/8" TRRS 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.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
Audio Only
PC / PS4 Wired USB
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone
Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio Only
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
Audio Only
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 come with a USB dongle for wireless compatibility with the PS4. There's also an Xbox One variant which supports Xbox Wireless and doesn't require a dongle (it's one of the best Xbox One headsets we've tested so far). 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.

Compared to other headphones

Comparison picture

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 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. 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.

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 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 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 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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