Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max Review

The new Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max offers fine craftsmanship paired with an appealing sound and high mileage. However, these advantages come at a price, which is not reflected in the choice of materials and microphone quality. The app that belongs to the headset, on the other hand, needs to be revised urgently.

Design, execution and price

With the Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max, Turtle Beach presents a new wireless headset that ranks above the Stealth 600 Gen 2 Max (test) and has its design origins in the Stealth 600 G2 (test). The manufacturer’s naming does not necessarily make it easy for potential buyers to keep track.

If the price screw between the Stealth 600 Gen 2 and the Max version was increased from around 100 to 130 euros with small improvements in terms of sound and running times, but the same choice of materials, Turtle Beach officially demands almost 200 euros for a change of ownership of the new headset – in retail it is around 160 euros by the end of July 2022. But there are also other innovations in this case.

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max

Turtle Beach uses the same design basis for the third offspring of the family, but the quality of the materials used has also increased with the price. Overall, the new headset appears to be bulkier and more valuable at first glance. The material change is also reflected in the weight, which has also increased from 380g to the previous 294g.

The changes are already evident on the headband. While the older model still used brittle plastic, Turtle Beach has given the newcomer a smoother and lightly rubberized surface. The bracket itself is now also made of metal and no longer also made of plastic. This ensures a much tighter fit, which is well absorbed by the ear cushions. The padding on the underside of the headband, on the other hand, remains unchanged and could therefore have been slightly thicker in the new generation.

The Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max uses too much plastic in some places for the price offered
The Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max uses too much plastic in some places for the price offered

There are also no changes in the suspension of the ear cups. The manufacturer failed to make it more stable by using metal. The same applies to the side covers, which are also made of plastic. As with its predecessors, the ear cups can be turned inwards by almost 100 degrees and can therefore also be adapted to any head shape in the new model. They have also grown in size, giving rise to the bulkier appearance.

Special attention is paid to the easily replaceable ear cushions. These are not only thicker and firmer in the new headset than in the indirect predecessor, but also have a gel layer to keep the ears cool even in summer temperatures. In the test, however, no difference could be identified to other headsets without cooling. For the surface, Turtle Beach uses a mixture of artificial leather on the sides and a fabric cover on the contact surface.

The Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max's padding ensures a comfortable fit
The Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max’s padding ensures a comfortable fit

Microphone almost invisible

In the new headset, the microphone is also attached to the left ear cup, and when it is folded up, it is completely captured by it. This means that the sound recorder can simply be folded down and activated if desired. The joint mechanism, in order to bring the microphone closer to the mouth, which is still not necessarily large at 7 cm, has also been revised and now appears more stable and at the same time more discreet.

The Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max's microphone packs a punch
The Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max’s microphone packs a punch

The controls with which the headset can be operated in a basic way can also be found in the same place. As with its predecessors, this includes the volume of the headphone unit and the level of the microphone. Below that are the buttons to turn on the headset, as well as the mode and pairing buttons to establish a Bluetooth connection.

Connection and driving times

The Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max has several ways to transfer content. Most users should be able to connect the headset wirelessly to the respective source, with both PCs and Microsoft’s Xbox supported. It transmits at 2.4 GHz, but the distance is disappointing at 10 m and a plasterboard between – even cheap representatives can do more.

In addition, the headset can be controlled via Bluetooth in version 4.2. This can be very useful as phone calls can also be accepted when used during a gaming session. The balance between the two sources can be adjusted in the app, which will be discussed in more detail later. Use via USB connection is not intended, it is only used to charge the battery and upload firmware updates.

The Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max uses too much plastic in some places for the price offered
The Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max uses too much plastic in some places for the price offered

The manufacturer states the driving time at 40 hours, which is slightly less than the 600 stealth variant. In general, such runtimes are now not uncommon and therefore no longer a unique selling point – HyperX names a runtime of 300 hours for its Cloud Alpha Wireless (test).

But even after 40 hours, it is already difficult to verify the information. With such values, a different source device, a different volume, or even a different content can lead to divergent measurements – which overall can significantly change the performance of the battery and ultimately amount to differences in the hourly range. However, even if the values ​​specified by Turtle Beach are not fully achieved, in most cases the power storage should even be sufficient for an entire weekend.

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