The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 wireless headset is aiming to be a high-quality, affordable headset made specifically for PS4 and PS4 Pro.
I’m very fond of my Sony Gold headset, and I’m on my second pair now. Big ear cups, wireless capabilities and a lengthy charge make it a joy to use, and it uses surround sound which is very useful for some games like Rainbow Six: Siege and Overwatch, where hearing enemy footsteps can make all the difference. The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 manages to be comfortable and offer similar surround sound features, as well as an incredibly clear microphone that others have been praising since I’ve begun using the Stealth 600!
The microphone is attached to the left cup, and is automatically muted when it’s facing upwards. When it’s faced down, you’re able to speak into it but when you do, and it’s made clear when it’s muted and unmuted thanks to a little beeping noise. There’s a mic monitoring function which allows you to hear yourself back, so that you don’t catch yourself accidentally shouting, but I couldn’t get used to this function. Hearing yourself back so often is jarring and although it does the job well, it’s a function I opted not to use often. There’s a superhuman hearing mode I’m not fond of either. It’s intended to allow you to hear things such as footsteps in a game clearer, but what it does is constantly readjust in-game noises and makes for a jarring experience. It doesn’t settle, and ends up providing poor audio feedback.
I’ve been informed that the microphone is very clear, and superior to the Sony Gold one, which is probably thanks to it not being built into the headset cup. Having checked it out for myself, it’s certainly clearer and I can’t complain about the audio quality, even more so considering that this is the cheaper alternative to the Turtle Beach Stealth 700. Audio quality is impressive too, utilising surround sound across games so that I’m able to hear the direction someone is approaching me in, or just because it aids the game’s atmosphere — I love a good surround sound headset, readers!
I like the build and the headband feels flexible yet sturdy, and I can’t see it becoming damaged anytime soon – at least not easily. The ear cups are a good size but after a while I felt my ears aching, and so Sony Gold’s headset wins in this regard. I do prefer that Turtle Beach uses a soft fabric rather than a faux leather though, so I didn’t find myself unnecessarily sweating. The headset is adjustable but, sadly, it doesn’t fold in, making it hard to store away. You’re also unable to change voice volume and game volume separately, so you’ll need to tinker with each individual game option.
I’m pleased with the build and quality of the Stealth 600, although I think I prefer the Sony Gold for comfort and audio options. The Stealth 600 boasts terrific bass and has some other pre-sets, and it’s a headset I’ll enjoy using for as long as it lasts, but a few quality-of-life adjustments need to be made for this to really shine. I think it’s worth the asking price for £90, but I managed to pick up my Sony Gold for £50 and there’s not £40+ of notable difference between them. There’s a lot of praise I can heap on the Stealth 600, even if it may not be my headset of choice, and you should find yourself happy with it if you decide to buy it. I’ll certainly look into another Turtle Beach headset in future.