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Turtle Beach are pretty much synonymous with gaming headsets, having developed a reputation for offering great personal audio and comfortable builds.
With the next console generation now upon us, many gamers will be looking to upgrade their headesets, or at least invest in a set that is compatible with newer consoles as well as their predecessors.
One of Turtle Beach's latest releases is an iteration of their Stealth range. The Stealth 700 Gen 2 for PlayStation is a wireless Bluetooth headset compatible with the PS4, PS4 Pro and PS5. It also works for the Switch, which is a brilliant bonus given how fiddly it can be to create a wireless audio solution for Nintendo’s machine without investing in unsightly adaptors.
The headband is reinforced
Out of the box, the headset feels like a premium product, with a chunky chassis that turns out to be surprisingly lightweight despite all the tech lurking underneath.
A matte black palette is offset by a silver trim on the border between the cushions and the cups. The hinges reside on the halfway point of the cups rather than on the bottom of the headband, while the Gen 2 flip-to-mute mic discretely folds away into a nook on the left cup. Everything about the headset feels designed towards maintaining a clean look, and the whole thing is a very attractive bit of kit.
The discreet design is very sleek
The controls (mic volume, output volume, power, mode select and Bluetooth) and charging port are hidden away on the underneath and back of the left cup, so if you are someone who wants to look good while gaming, this is definitely up your alley.
One of the standout features of the headset is the Aerofit ear cushions, made from memory foam infused with cooling gel and covered in synthetic leather. Thanks to the glasses friendly design, I can honestly say that these thick and soft pads make this the most comfortable headset I’ve ever used.
When I first put them on, it felt like wearing earmuffs made out of marshmallows. Over the course of an extended late night Animal Crossing session, the sides of my head remained cool and dry, and there was no discernible irritation from the arms of my glasses.
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Setting up the headset is a breeze, achieved by plugging in the micro USB transmitter into the Switch dock or PlayStation then pairing it via the Bluetooth button on the left cup. In a very futuristic touch, a handy voice will emerge from the speakers to let you know when pairing is successful. This same voice will also give you an idea of the headset’s battery level when you turn it on.
Once you’re up and running, a pair of 50mm Nanoclear speakers with neodymium drivers and a range of 20Hz – 20kHz offer amazing sound quality, with rich tones and immersive depth. During a music-heavy section of Spider-Man: Miles Morales on PS5, the bass of the track was perfectly balanced against the ambient VFX, with virtual Harlem thrumming in my ears.
Controls are tucked away on the back of a cup
As is the standard these days, the Stealth 700 Gen 2 features different pre-set audio modes to cater for different preferences and needs. You can switch these on the fly via the Mode button on the headset, but for greater control you can tweak these settings via the free Turtle Beach Audio App smartphone app. Once you’ve linked the app and headset via Bluetooth, you can tweak to your heart’s content, and even re-map the Mode button and one of the wheel controls on the headset itself.
Using the companion app lets you customise settings
One notable audio feature is the Superhuman Hearing function, which adjusts sound to focus on directional effects like footsteps. Geared towards competitive gaming, it aims to help you more easily determine the location of other players, giving you an edge while also ramping up the tension. Superhuman Hearing can easily be toggled on and off with a simple tap of the Mode button on the headset, meaning you can activate it as and when needed.
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In terms of power, the rechargeable 1000mAh Lithium Polymer battery boasts a 20-hour life span, and the 700 Gen 2 certainly took a good few gaming sessions in between needing a top up via the included USB cable.
The almost indescribably plush, cosy ear cushions coupled with some accessible and handy features make this headset a fantastic proposition if you’re looking to treat yourself to a quality headset. The stylish design matches up perfectly with the immersive audio and brilliant comfort. If you’re a Switch owner who also has a PS4 and / or is looking to get a PS5, the dual compatibility of the Stealth Gen 2 practically makes it a no-brainer.
The Stealth 700 Gen 2 Headset for PlayStation is out now for £129.99. There is also an Xbox version available.