Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 Max Teal Headset Review
Peter Donnell / 1 month ago
A Closer Look & Performance
As you already know, I have the Teal version of this headset, but I’m happy to see the attention to detail, as even the dongle is colour matched.
There’s a small switch on the side, allowing you to change it from console to PC mode, as they use different protocols.
The charging cable is white, but again, that matches up with the highlights on the headset, as you’ll see next.
The headset is a nice mixture of that vibrant teal colour and some creamy white padding that really makes it pop. Branding is kept fairly minimal, with a small logo on the side of each ear cup, which I really appreciate. There’s no RGB either, but it’s not like the headset design isn’t bright enough anyway. The colour won’t be for everyone, but I honestly think it looks awesome.
The design is pretty standard for Turtle Beach, following the general design we’ve seen them use on this series of headsets for quite some time now, albeit with some minor tweaks, but nothing that really leaps out. The bulk of the changes here are internal, with manufacturing improvements and the new colours, battery life and other tweaks giving this the Gen 2 moniker.
The ear cups are nice and deep, with a hybrid mix of materials, where you see PU leather acting as the ear padding mount, which then transitions to a softer cloth coating over a fairly firm memory foam padding.
It’s a little hard at first, but I’ve always found this to be the case with Turtle Beach headsets. It takes a while to break them into your head shape, but it does get more comfortable, and it also ensures they have a longer life too.
The headset comes with a good range of built-in controls, with two volume wheels, one for game volume and the other for chat. However, that feature only works on consoles, as on PC it’s just one wheel and you’ll use your PC volume mixer for the rest. Next to that, there’s a mode button, which can be used to cycle through the EQ profiles, and a master power button, which simply turns the headset on/off.
As I said, the headset is a little hard-wearing at first, not quite uncomfortable, but as I said, it takes a few days to really settle into your ear shape and it does improve a lot. The ear cup padding does have that glasses-friendly relief that Turtle Beach has had for a long time now, which I love, as most headsets press the glasses frames into my head, so I simply wear them less often at my desk… not always ideal.
The drivers are classic Turtle Beach, with that signature sound that offers excellent clarity and detail. There are a few EQ modes built in to boost the treble or the bass, but honestly, the one that boosts both sounds the best to me and always has. It has a good amount of bass to make explosions exciting, but still enough brightness on the high end to make conversation comfortable.
The overall ergonomics really help too, with some tilt on the ear cups thanks to the mounting arm.
Plus, the deep ear cups and that first boundary of PU leather help lock in the sound reasonably well, helping further enhance the bass response. However, the softer fabric does allow some sound to leak, but the trade-off is that it’s a little breathable. So a little from column a, a little from column b in regards to the parks of both leather and cloth ear pads, as it’s sort of both here.
The flip-down microphone is great, as I rarely use my microphone, so if it’s removable, I remove it and throw it in a drawer. When it comes to the time I need to use it, I can never remember which drawer, or it’s buried under a pile of cables. So having one that flips up out of the way so as not to be a visual distraction is a huge advantage in my opinion. It’s decent too, with a nice clear and natural sound. Nothing world-changing, but certainly, nothing to complain about too. Plus, being a shorter boom, you can’t yell directly into it or breathe into it by accident.
Overall, lightweight, durable, and flexible, and it sounds great. To be honest, I am struggling to tell much difference from the old model, but all the tiny tweaks still add up, as this is still a great-looking and sounding headset!