The Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max is the ultimate refresh of one of the most notable headsets. And today, we will discuss everything about it in our Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max Review.
It is slightly more expensive, but that extra $50 goes a long way. The headset offers the same punchy sounds, has double the battery life, a new colour option, and more. Most importantly, it wirelessly links to every gaming console.
So no more choosing between its PS or Xbox version like its sibling, the Stealth 700 Gen 2.
Before checking if the product is as good as claimed, let us check the package and contents.
Our package shipped in a durable-looking container that helps protect the product inside. It arrived on time for our Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max Review, so we started unboxing immediately.
Inside, you will find the headset with other inclusions. These are the USB transmitter, USB-C charging cable, a quick start guide, and the Turtle Beach sticker.
Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max Review – Design and Functionality
We have the dark blue headset for this Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max Review, which features bronze accents. But you can choose the original black colour if blue is not your thing. These are not the classic colour combination, but these shades still work and look good on the product.
We love how the bronze accents pop and shine without being too flashy. The accents also coat the adjustable steel headband. So if you make further adjustments, expect to see more bronze.
This product is unassuming compared to other RGB-covered headsets. It also features a simple plastic finish on its exterior, with a sturdy metal headband with adequate padding.
Its ear cups feature comfy pleather paddings, which only get warm after using them for two hours. The padding is not too hot, so it is comfortable to wear even for hours.
Materials-wise, everything felt nice, and the quality was excellent, which is fitting for its price tag. Plus, it was not overly heavy and weighed around 454g.
This part of our Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max Review will discuss the control buttons of the product.
It has an ideal number of controls resting on the rear portion of its left ear cup.
These include the sidetone knob, volume knob, mode button, power button, and Bluetooth pairing button.
These are helpful controls, though having all of these jumbled together makes the layout confusing. Another thing to note is it is easy to accidentally hit the headset controls when removing/wearing the product.
Next to these controls are the power LEDs and charging port.
Key Features of the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max
Officially Licenced by Microsoft for the Xbox
The Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max is an officially licenced product for Xbox Series S and X, Xbox One, and the Xbox One S. It guarantees high-quality gaming audio and chats.
Lag-free While Staying Wireless
Its lossless, low-latency 2.4GHz wireless connection optimises chat and gaming audio in real time for a lag-free gaming experience.
Also, the mini-USB transmitter links in just two seconds with the PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, and Xbox.
Aerofit Cooling + Gel-infused Comfort
Get premium comfort with the Aerofit cooling gel-infused cushions. These re-shaped ear pads feature plush memory foam infused with Aerofit to keep everything cooled and comfy while gaming.
Enhanced for Surround Sounds
When we tested the product for this Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max Review, we experienced excellent surround sound.
The headset sports a design that provides immersive audio with Windows Sonic, Dolby Atmos, and the PS5. However, DTS:X: and Dolby Atmos may need extra purchases, supported hardware, and app downloads.
High-performing Nanoclear Speakers
The headset features the 50mm Nanoclear speakers from Turtle Beach, which produce realistic sound imaging that bring games to life. The speakers also let you hear every important detail in-game.
The company upgraded their voice chat once more with the help of a larger, voice-accurate, and high-sensitivity mic. This Gen 2 mic optimises chat clarity while concealing itself into the headset design when you flip it to mute.
The headset comes with the all-new metal-reinforced headband, plus a re-designed hinge form for increased durability. It is rugged yet lightweight, so you can expect the product to last.
App-based Audio Customisation
You can adjust your audio settings and program the dial and buttons via the Turtle Beach Audio Hub app. From your Android or iOS mobile device, the app provides tune your audio settings and achieve a customised immersive audio experience.
We used this app while testing the product. But we will discuss more of its details later in this Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max Review.
Superhuman Hearing is an exclusive sound setting of Turtle Beach. It makes subtle sounds more audible to step up your game. You can live longer and win more battles with vital game audio details being easier to hear.
Longer Hours of Gaming without Charging
With over 40 hours of battery life, you can use the headset for weeks without charging the battery. Since this headset connects via USB-C, you can enjoy its fast charging. It only takes 15 minutes of charging time to get eight hours of battery life.
With the Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max, you will not need to shout during voice chats. The built-in mic monitoring enables you to hear your voice via the headset as you talk. When flipping to USB mode, you can adjust mic monitoring volume levels.
Easily Accessible Audio Presets
A single touch of a button enhances your gameplay experience with four signature Turtle Beach audio presets. Choose from Signature Sound, Vocal Bost, Treble Boost, and Bass Boost.
Stay Connected via Bluetooth
Lightning-fast Bluetooth 5.1 allows you to play while taking calls or listening to music. This low-latency wireless connection always keeps you connected.
Listed in our Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max Review are the product specifications for this headset. Before purchasing, check these details to see if the product can work with your setup.
Its wireless transmitter is compatible with the following: Xbox Series S, Series X, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X. For the Playstation, it works with the PS5, PS4, PS4 Pro, and PS4 Slim.
It also works with the Nintendo Switch, PC, and Mac.
For its Bluetooth connection, it can link with iOS, the Nintendo Switch, PC, Mac, Android, and other Bluetooth-equipped products.
The Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max uses 50mm Nanoclear neodymium speakers with a frequency response of 20Hz to 22kHz. It uses a flip-up omnidirectional mic and a rechargeable lithium polymer battery.
Hands-on with the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max
Turtle Beach Audio Hub App
The only way to tweak the headset settings is by linking it to your phone. From there, you will boot the dedicated phone app of Turtle Beach. It stops short of EQ controls but still offers numerous features.
We like that you can set your custom balance of treble and bass while adjusting the mic level. It is also possible to tweak the volume of system audio prompts. It is even possible to alter the behaviour of its mode button and volume wheel.
For example, you can set the button to toggle the Superhuman Hearing mode. The latter enhances footsteps and gun sounds which is ideal for competitive shooters.
And lastly, you can set the wheel to customise your mic level instead of the overall volume.
When we tried connecting the headset to our console, it paired directly via Bluetooth. The connection was quick, immediate, consistent, and 100% lag-free.
It was reassuring to know that whenever we have to change consoles, the headset will link without any hassles.
The Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max has the same drivers as the Gen 2. And surprisingly, its audio quality was equally as good. It consistently sounded natural and clear while playing music and gaming.
In some games, the Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max nailed ambient and rumbling sounds. Also, swords clashing on armour rang through our heads, and it sounded good.
Other standouts from our play session were the explosions and resounding cracks of rifles firing.
The headset also gave us atmospheric sounds, and everything was excellent. In one of the games, it was hard to resist admiring rain pattering and the buzzing of electric street signs. Also, the thunder rumbling in the distance gave us sounds of vivid realism.
We tried the spatial audio on our PC with games supporting Dolby Atmos, proving that the headset works very well. It gave us 360-degree soundscapes that changed our perspective in some games.
Its flip-to-mute mic is praise-worthy since it is a big timesaver. It prevented us from fumbling for the mute button mid-game.
Based on sound quality, the mic does an excellent job of picking up our voices in a naturally refined manner. Also, it quickly mutes whenever necessary.
We sounded slightly further away, and voices were higher in tone than with a desktop mic. However, this is something expected from microphones in gaming headsets.
Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max Review Summary
Overall, the Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max from Turtle Beach was an impressive headset that produced refined sounds. It also had gamer-friendly features and long battery life for continuous gameplay.
Its Bluetooth connectivity was superb, and we seamlessly linked our consoles and devices without hassles.