a good helmet with perfectible comfort

The Stealth 600 Gen 2 Max is one of the newest additions to the Turtle Beach headset line. Wireless and compatible with all platforms, it promises excellent autonomy and full functionality.

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Helmet gamer Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX is a wireless model, compatible with our computers and all consoles. However, they benefit from extensive compatibility with Xbox consoles. It is also equipped with a discreet retractable microphone.

Primarily intended for console use, all its features can be configured using the many buttons it accommodates. This new model is offered at the recommended price of 139.99 euros and is thus positioned in the middle of the manufacturer’s range.

Design and ergonomics

The Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX is entirely made of plastic. The red version that we received for testing is original in color, but the omnipresence of plastic still gives the helmet an impression of fragility and a somewhat toy-like appearance.

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX
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The headband, which features the brand’s logo, retains a relative flexibility and is covered with a properly padded imitation leather covering on the lower part. The headset supports slide in the headband and take advantage of well marked notches while also offering a graduation very visual.

As is often the case with Turtle Beach, the Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX has 90° rotatable bells which allow the helmet to be placed around the neck when not in use. The earpieces also have a pivot on the horizontal axis in order to adapt to the morphology of the user.

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX
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The ear cups are not particularly large and barely leave room for our ears. They nevertheless benefit from a good padding combined with perforated fabric cover which contributes to the ventilation of the gills. A good point, although it slightly taints the passive insulation of the helmet.

Once screwed on our skull, the Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX disappoints a bit. While it offers enough amplitude for our rather large head, its design makes it slightly uncomfortable due to the excessive angle of the ear cups which cause their lower part to rest on the base of the ears. At the same time, the arch also quickly becomes painful on the top of the skull.

This bad experience, again mainly for large heads, is accentuated by the fact that the headband is too rigid and tends to exert too much pressure on either side of the head. However, we noticed a little improvement after a few days of use, a sign that the headband softens slightly over time.

All buttons and connectors are installed on the left atrium. It includes the power button, a function button and two adjustment wheels. We will come back in detail to the features integrated into the helmet in the next part.

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX
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The headset charges via USB C and also has a retractable microphone. This one has a short stem that is not shape memory, but can be slightly oriented on two axes. This somewhat surprising design does not seem very qualitative either and one therefore wonders about the durability of the whole.

Features

Due to its compatibility with consoles, the Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX does not have a dedicated driver. In return, all the functions of the headset can be managed using the buttons positioned on the left atrium.

The power button allows for example to activate the audio processing Superhuman Hearing to highlight inaudible sounds such as footsteps. The second button allows you to navigate between 4 equalizer presets: signature, boosted bass, boosted bass and treble, boosted voice.

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX
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We also have a adjustment wheel which acts on the audio return of the microphone which is therefore managed directly by the headset, without delay. If the headset is used with an Xbox, this dial will control the voice chat volume.

The second wheel is dedicated to adjusting the output volume of the headphones. Surprisingly, on PC, this wheel does not affect the volume of the system, but only that of the headphones.

Autonomy and connectivity

The Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX is a wireless and wireless-only headset. In effect, the USB port will only be used to charge the battery and any updates. The link with the PC or the console is therefore made using a dongle Very classic USB that Turtle Beach has matched the helmet dress.

The 2.4 GHz link does not suffer from any noticeable problems. The range is quite satisfactory and no clipping was “heard” during our gaming sessions. On this point, the Stealth 600 is positioned among the good students on the market.

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX
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Autonomy is one of the main arguments put forward by the brand with no less than 48 hours announced. It is always difficult to check these values ​​precisely, but after a full charge, we we were able to use the headphones for more than 35 hours.

Since it is not possible to know the exact level of the battery, we can only say that after 35 hours of use, the battery was still considered charged.

Performances

We’re focusing on the default sound preset here for the simple reason that it’s the most balanced and the others are way too overpowered to judge the sound quality of the headphones. In short, the Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX delivers very decent sound performance.

Without being exceptional, it offers a audio rendering finally quite balanced although a little light in bass frequencies. The rest of the spectrum is therefore just as balanced and allows the headset to be used calmly for most multimedia uses.

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX
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We can just blame him a sound stage that is a little too narrow although this is not insurmountable. The stereophony is also convincing and allows good localization of the source of sounds in games where this is important, such as FPS.

We were a little worried about the quality of the microphone due to its design and also being quite far from the mouth. In the end, he gets out of it in an honorable way by managing to correctly transcribe the voice while ensuring very correct volume.

Unfortunately, it does not perform miracles on the cancellation of ambient noise which will be very easily picked up and may possibly disturb your playmates if you are used to playing in noisy environments.

🎙️ Recording with microphone (normalized to 0 dB)

Price and availability

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX headset is available at the recommended price of 139.99 euros.


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