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Review: Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Wireless Headset for Xbox One & Series X|S

Review: Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Wireless Headset for Xbox One & Series X|S

It has been three years since we covered the first generation of the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 wireless headset for the Xbox One. Since then, Turtle Beach has released their second generation of their flagship wireless gaming headset, touting upgrades in features, comfort, and looks. The Stealth 700 Gen 2 headset is going for $149.95 and is compatible with the Xbox One, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X consoles. There is a variant of this very same headset for the Playstation 4 and Playstation 5. However, today we will focus on the Xbox One version.

Let’s dive right into the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Wireless Headset for Xbox Series X & Xbox One.

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Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Wireless Headset Base Specs
Speaker Frequency Response20Hz – 22kHz
Speaker Size50mm Nanoclear™ neodymium drivers
BatteryRechargeable 1000mAh Lithium Polymer
Ear Cushion MaterialSynthetic Leather (Black) with Memory Foam Cushioning

Source: Product Page

Build and Comfort

At a mere glance, the Stealth 700 Gen 2 headset is sleeker and more attractive than its first generation predecessor. The headset features a stylish mostly black with silver trim design, housing subtle logos on each ear cup and the Turtle Beach name on the top of the headband. Instead of the boom mic resting on the side of the headset, here you have a mic that folds almost seamlessly into the left ear cup when not in use. Under the headband, you have leatherette cushioning that rests against your head.

The most notable aspects of the headset’s build in the comfort department are the Aerofit™ cooling gel-infused memory foam ear cushions and Prospecs glasses-friendly technology. The ear cups continue a solid practice in gaming headsets today, using a fabric and leatherette skin hybrid in the ear cushions. The fabric portion rests against your skin while the leatherette surface on the outside provide passive sound isolation. The cushions in the Stealth 700 Gen 2 headset go even further by implementing cooling gel infused memory foam inside of the cushioning. This further helps to combat wearing fatigue over long periods of use.

Turtle Beach’s Prospecs technology is more or less an intentional hollowing of the ear cups where glasses frames would normally rest against the cushions. This helps combat the pinching sensation glasses-wearing gamers would have when headsets clamp down on their glasses frames. The area is not completely devoid of cushioning. The cushions simply have less of a presence in these areas below.

All of the headset’s onboard controls reside on the left ear cup. From the rear to the bottom of the ear cup, you have the master game volume dial, a remappable dial, a remappable Mode button, the main power button, the Bluetooth pairing button, an Xbox One pairing button, and the USB-C charging port.

Turtle Beach has taken strides in the comfort department, getting away from their “tight fit” stigma from so many years ago. The Stealth 700 Gen 2 headset is an excellent example of this. I will always be a sucker for fabric and leatherette hybrid ear cushions. They offer the acoustic seal of leatherette cushions while giving you fatigue-combating comfort of fabric or mesh ear cushions. The cooling gel in the Stealth 700 Gen 2‘s cushions do a great job at keeping the headset from feeling warm after hours of use. I used the headset for four to five hours at a time before even feeling a negligible amount of wearing fatigue. All in all, the Stealth 700 Gen 2 headset provides a solid level of comfort, whether you wear glasses or not.

Despite having all of the controls and inputs on the left ear cup, the controls of the Stealth 700 Gen 2 headset were still easy to become accustomed to. The headset plays a chime whenever you move the boom mic to either mute or unmute yourself. So, you will always have a clear indicator of whether or not the mic is listening to you, regardless of how for you move the mic. Outside of mic control, you only have to worry about the two dials and the Mode button. The Mode button sticks out a bit, making it easy to reach for and toggle whichever setting you apply to it.

Features and Performance

I am seeing a lot of flagship headsets for the Xbox One featuring Bluetooth outside of their wireless connectivity with the console. As such, you also have that here with the Stealth 700 Gen 2 headset. The headset connects to your console without any dongles or base stations while simultaneously connecting to your mobile device via Bluetooth. You can have both your mobile device and the console’s audio playing on the headset at the same time, allowing you to listen to your own music while you game. You can also handle phone calls through the headset, which is a welcome feature for when you are playing online when someone calls.

The Bluetooth pairing button also lets you control your phone’s media, using a familiar single-button control scheme. Single presses of this button initiate Play and Pause, double presses initiate Forward Track, and triple presses trigger Back Track.

That Bluetooth connection to your mobile device also allows you control and customize your headset with Turtle Beach’s free mobile companion app, Audio Hub.

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Getting into the meat and potatoes, the sound presentation of the Stealth 700 Gen 2 wireless headset is broken up into 4 base EQ settings and one additional custom one.

Signature Sound – This is the vanilla sound presentation of the Stealth 700 Gen 2 headset. It does a good job at balancing high, mid, and low ranges. In gaming, you a nice overall sound that gives you satisfying but not overbearing rumblings from vehicles and explosions. Team chatter comes in nice and clear while gunshots and footsteps remain properly detectable. Whether you use Windows Sonic or Dolby Atmos for your surround sound provider on the Xbox One, you will not be disappointed with either. As for music, you have a nice and even blend of percussion, vocals and bass. I found this EQ to be my go-to for whenever I was not playing PVP in first person shooters, specifically Call of Duty or Destiny 2.

Bass Boost – If you are looking to enjoy movies or if you simply like more bass in your media, this Bass Boost EQ executes it well. Highs and mids are taken back while lows are enhanced. In gaming, this gives a boost to explosions and rumblings while doing a good job at maintaining overall sound clarity. Vocals still come through fine and I sensed just a pinch of loss in my ability to pick up footsteps. In music, the bass comes in nice and deep, with percussion and vocals taking a noticeable but not significant step back.

Bass and Treble Boost – I like bass and I love clarity in my highs, so this EQ became my go-to EQ for music listening. This EQ deals a deep but not deafening bass with crisp percussion. Vocals came through fine as well, even if they were not as pronounced as the highs or lows.

Vocal Boost – I did not detect as much of a “boost” in vocals as much as I detected a dip in highs and lows, instead. Therefore, this EQ came across as more of a “Vocal Focus” than a “Vocal Boost”. That said, if you want an emphasis in vocals more than you would in instrumentals, this EQ may be to your liking. However, I personally did not really find any applications for this EQ.

Custom – This mode gives the user a simplified EQ customization option where the various ranges are split into Game Treble, Game Bass, and Game Dialog.

Outside of these base EQ’s exists a completely separate listening mode, Superhuman Hearing. Superhuman Hearing is another one of Turtle Beach’s signature features where the audio is highly focused on footsteps, gunshots, and weapon reloads. Other sounds and ranges are noticeably suppressed allowing you to focus only on your enemies. Superhuman Hearing is nothing short of effective. When playing PVP in Destiny 2 and even moreso in Call of Duty, this became the mode I would always play in. It was especially handy in Call of Duty: Warzone. My teammates and I would move around quietly crouched in buildings that we thought other players where hiding in. Therefore, I was able to make accurate callouts whenever I heard any pinch of movement.

Summing up all of these various listening styles, the Stealth 700 Gen 2 headset delivers a strong, clear, and effective sound presentation that allows for an enjoyable listening experience. Whether you are listening to music, enjoying some casual gameplay, or more importantly, diving into some intense competitive PVP, the Stealth 700 Gen 2 headset is up to the task when it comes to inbound sound. This experience is further complemented by the Aerofit ear cushions, which do a great job at passively isolating sound for the wearer. I was able to remain focused on crucial in-game sounds without being disturbed by my surroundings.

While inbound sound was excellent with the Stealth 700 Gen 2 headset, I could not say the same about outbound sound, unfortunately. On the plus side, the headset’s Mic Monitoring worked quite well. I was able to clearly hear myself talking which helped me curb my yelling over in-game explosions. It was also a nice touch to be able to customize the level of the Mic Monitoring through the Turtle Beach Audio Hub app. My voice projected loud and clear to my teammates, making communication as easy as it should be.

The problem with the mic is that it picks up *everything* clearly. Regardless of whether I had Noise Gate activated via the Audio Hub app, teammates reported being able to hear a bulk of background sounds from my living room. I could see it myself as well whenever I would check my mic status in the Xbox One’s party interface. The headset would easily pick up the most casual of sounds, whether it be the sounds of my desk chair, the scratching of my arm, or the sounds from the kitchen sink. This caused me to keep my mic muted for sake of not disturbing my teammates during those quieter and more tense PVP matches. This mostly led to having to rush to flip down my mic to belt out timely call-outs. The other option for me was to make sure that no one else in the apartment was doing anything remotely noisy when I played, just so that I could keep an active mic at all times.

Outside of that, I did enjoy the general usability of the Stealth 700 Gen 2 headset. The flip-to-mute feature of the boom mic is pretty standard in gaming headsets, so it took no time at all to get used to muting and unmuting myself. I also personally like the level of customizability of the Stealth 700 Gen 2 headset via the Turtle Beach Audio Hub app.

Through the app, you can determine what the “Mode” button toggles when pressed, as well as what the lower dial controls on the headset. I chose to set the “Mode” button to toggle Superhuman Hearing while left the custom dial to control party chat volume.

Beyond that, you can also individually control the volumes of Mic Monitoring play-back, headset voice prompts, and indicator tones.

The Audio Hub app is very straight forward and easy to use, giving you switches and slider bars to tweak the Stealth 700 Gen 2 headset to your liking. The mic already projected my voice well enough to keep me from using Chat Boost while Noise Gate did not seem to do much of anything. Here is to hoping that this can be fixed in a simple firmware or mobile app update.

Final Thoughts

I was not exactly thrilled that the mic on the Stealth 700 Gen 2 headset picks up more background noise than I would like. However, surprisingly the good outweighed the bad for me with this headset. Turtle Beach continues to make strides in making their flagship headsets more comfortable. The headset’s Aerofit and Prospecs ear cushion technologies effectively pulled their weight for this cause, making this headset comfortable to wear. Mappable controls and a myriad of features allow you to personalize the Stealth 700 Gen 2 headset to your exact tastes. Most importantly, the sound presentation on the Stealth 700 Gen 2 headset is solid, making it a great solution for competitive gameplay and media consumption.

Turtle Beach is probably a firmware patch away from making this a perfect $150 purchase option for Xbox One owners. If they can just wrangle in that mic in an update, then Turtle Beach would have a solid wireless headset product that only few could contend with.

You can check out the Stealth 700 Gen 2 headset for the Xbox One, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X for yourself here.

If you are a Playstation owner, and the Stealth 700 Gen 2 headset has you interested, you can check out the Stealth 700 Gen 2 headset for Playstation 4 and Playstation 5 here.

† As usual, there are no affiliate links contained within this post. We were provided a Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Generation 2 headset for review purposes and were not compensated for this review.