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Back in 2020, Turtle Beach released their flagship Stealth Gen 2 (600 & 700) headsets for Xbox and Playstation consoles. Sadly PC players were left out in the cold and gamers that owned both consoles were stuck with buying two dedicated pairs in order to play between their systems. 

If you remember me ranting and raving about the amazing Stealth Gen 2 headsets in my 2020 Holiday Buyer's guide, you'll remember that I absolutely love love LOVE this headset. 

As we fast forward to 2022, Turtle Beach has stepped up to the plate and cracked another homerun out of the gaming stadium, with the newly released "MAX!" What does this mean??? ONE HEADSET TO RULE THEM ALL!!! 

Xbox Series X, S, One, 360 and Switch…no problem. 

Playstation 4, 4 pro, 5…but of course. 

Gaming PC, Android and iOS…yessir!

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 & 700 Gen 2 MAX gaming headsets

In this review we will be focusing on the flagship Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX but will be referencing its lower priced sibling in a comparison section below. 

DESIGN:

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Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX cobalt side view
Stealth 700 Gen 2 cobalt microphone

FEATURES & CONTROLS:

Turtle Beach Stealth™ 700 Gen 2 MAX for Xbox - Controls
Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max - Control layout details
Stealth 700 Gen 2 LED blinking behaviors
Stealth 700 Gen 2 mappable buttons
Turtle Beach Audio Hub - Android & iOS
Turtle Beach Audio Hub - Android App screens
Stealth Gen 2 Max - EQ Presets
Stealth 700 & 600 Gen 2 USB DONGLE transmitter
Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max - flip up microphone
Stealth 700 Gen 2 ProSpecs eyeglass relief system

SPECIFICATIONS

Sound Mode: Stereo, Simulated Surround, Dolby Atmos, DTS Headphone:X

Connection Type: Wireless Radio Frequency (RF), Bluetooth

Wireless Range: Approximately 30 feet

Microphone: Flip-Up Hideaway, noise cancelling

Headphone Fit: Over-the-Ear

Adjustable Headband: Yes

Battery Life: 40 hours rechargeable

Battery Charge Time: Approximately 2 hours

Maximum Talk Time: 24 hours

Battery Capacity: 1400 mAh

Compatible Platform(s): Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Windows, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite, Nintendo Switch (OLED Model), Mac, Mac/Windows, Android, iOS

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Color: Cobalt Blue & Black

Minimum Frequency Response: 20 hertz

Maximum Frequency Response: 20 kilohertz

Impedance: 32 ohms

Sensitivity: 99.95 decibels adjusted

Integrated Amplifier: Yes

Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.2 percent

Sound Mode: Stereo, Simulated Surround, Dolby Atmos, DTS Headphone:X

Driver Size: 50 millimeters Nanoclear neodymium magnets

Volume/Mute: Dial control volume with flip-up microphone mute

Lighting: None

Included Accessories: USB-C Cable and Xbox/USB dongle

Headband Material: Polyurethane with reinforced metal headband

Product Weight: 1.39 pounds

700 / 600 COMPARISON:

Stealth 700 & 600 Gen2 MAX full side-by-side
Stealth 700 & 600 Gen2 MAX side-by-side
Stealth 700 & 600 Gen2 MAX microphone side-by-side
Stealth 700 & 600 Gen2 MAX control side-by-side

PROS & CONS:

Magnetic Magazine / Turtle Beach - Pros & Cons

CONCLUSION:

The biggest question left is should I take the plunge and spend $199.99 for the Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX or opt for the more affordable Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX...decisions decisions. Here are some of my thoughts.

After 2 years of vigorously using the older 2020 Stealth 700 Gen 2, I was more than happy to find that Turtle Beach left a great headset alone and just added new fun colorways and two extremely welcomed features, ultimate cross compatibility and longer battery life with quick charge capabilities. 

The biggest downside, plaguing EVERYTHING in top gaming peripherals, is price. 

2020's Stealth flagship was $50.00 cheaper, at release, but it didn't have the ability to crossover into my PC gaming. Truth be told my 2020 headset is just an expensive great performing compliment to my PS5/PS4 only. Now that the MAX has reared it's beautiful head, I honestly feel that YES! the $50.00 jump up from last year's $150.00 price tag is 100% worth it, simply for the fact that you only need to buy one headset. Trying to purchase comparable flagship headsets for the many gaming platforms you may own, can easily cost 4x the price. 

But still, $200 is a lot of money for anything these days, which brings us to the Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX, priced at $129.99. There can be nothing negative said about this aggressive audio performer as it 100% delivers on the goods more so than many comparably priced wireless headsets out in the market today. 

In comparing features to other manufacturers, this $130 headset offers top tier premium features like amplified 50mm neodymium drivers which are tuned for Dolby Atmos, DTS Headphone:X and Sony 3D audio for PS5, "mic monitoring" which is RARE in gaming headsets, customizable audio and to top it all of, an impressive 48 hours of battery life with quick charge. 

Yes, it sucks that there is no Bluetooth connectivity which cripples the 600 in the smartphone/tablet world but the other features truly set this affordable sibling apart from its competitors. Frankly speaking, if you don't care about using your gaming headset as a headphone for normal day activities or have zero desire to be tapped into your phone and your game simultaneously, then the $70 savings is well worth the lower price. 

One last thing, if 40+ hour battery life and cross platform compatibility make you yawn, run a google search for the 2020 Stealth Gen 2 headsets as the 600 & 700 are both being marked down at various online retailers. Turtle Beach is also offering refurbished models of the 2020 flagship (700 Gen 2 with Bluetooth connectivity) for only $89.95!!!

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