Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX Impressions
Back in 2020, we told you about Turtle Beach’s Stealth 600 Gen 2 headset. At the time we were impressed with not only the sound, but the price really stood out for us. For $100 bucks (USD), you won’t find a better-sounding pair of wireless headphones for your Xbox One. A little over a year and a half later, Turtle Beach has released a MAX version of their best-selling wireless console headset. It’s 30 bucks more than the 2020 model, but given some of the features of the MAX, the extra cost shouldn’t hold you back.
Granted, there are better headsets on the market. Many of them. Turtle Beach isn’t trying to sell you the best headset around. It’s affordably priced for a reason. Think of them as the Honda Accord of headsets. They are rock solid but won’t turn any heads. The Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX won’t replace my Astro A50s either; however, not everyone is ready to splurge on a $400 or $500+ headset. The $129.99 USD MSRP is pretty sweet, and I am not disappointed with the sound at all.
Out of the box and for the purpose of this review, the MAX was used primarily on my Xbox Series X. That said, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC, and Nintendo Switch users can also take advantage of the MAX headset’s multiplatform connectivity option. This is accomplished through a simple 2.4GHz wireless USB transmitter. Having one headset for all your gaming consoles is a nice little perk, and one parents will certainly appreciate. Having to fork over big bucks for various headphones for all your consoles is a pain in the ass, no doubt.
One neat feature I like about this transmitter is that when muted, a red light appears on the dongle, but when mic’d up a green light emerges. This is a simple little feature that I absolutely loved while playing multiplayer shooters online. I also noticed a super-strong connection. My couch is a little ways away from my console. The headset didn’t suffer from any connectivity issues at all.
Another key feature I loved was the battery life. The 48+ hour battery life per charge is outstanding. In fact, I’m not sure many other wireless headsets can beat this. It’s impressive and it’s one less thing gamers have to worry about during long play sessions. This battery life is a significant upgrade over the 2020 model. I would argue the battery life improvements alone is enough justification for the extra 30 bucks.
Comfort-wise, the headset is decent. Not the most comfortable feeling headset I’ve worn but certainly not the worst. The earcup fabric however is an improvement over the Stealth 600 Gen 2 and it is lightweight. Like its predecessor, it is glasses friendly as well. While I only wear glasses for reading, I threw the headset on with my glasses and I didn’t notice any discomfort at all. Otherwise, the headset is adjustable as you would expect. Just don’t expect anything fancy or next level in the comfort department.
When it comes to the sound, the Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX is surprisingly really good. The 50mm speakers deliver amplified surround sound and the updated chambers results in a satisfying audio experience. The bass and overall clarity is outstanding. All the sounds come through crystal clear with no lag or latency issues. The deep bass and clear highs made for an audio experience that fully immerses you. Needless to say, I was impressed with the audio.
I should mention, that the headset features standard game and chat volume control. It also includes Turtle Beach’s signature presets and Superhuman Hearing all accessible via the “mode” button. If you haven’t tried the Superhuman Hearing yet, you should. It is truly a game-changer for Call of Duty players and those who love their online shooters. The mic comes through crystal clear and my friends had no complaints when it came to how my voice sounded coming through the mic.
On the downside, the headset doesn’t come with any case or stand. This is without question a no-frills headset but to be expected given the price point.
Just like the 2020 model, the Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX delivers fantastic sound quality at an affordable price. While the MAX is priced slightly higher than its predecessor, the enhancements and extra battery life is worth the extra price of admission. Console and PC gamers can purchase this headset with confidence. Is this the best headset on the market? Absolutely not. But there is no question it is an excellent bang for the buck.
***The Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX was provided to COGconnected for the purpose of this review***
- Fantastic price
- Excellent sound
- Incredible battery life
- Not the most comfortable headphones
- No storage case or stand
- You can find better headsets