The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max is a significant upgrade to one of the best wireless headphones currently available, the Stealth 700 Gen 2. It costs $50 more, but that money gets a lot more bang for your buck: it has the same punchy sound, double the battery life, more padding on the headband, and one new color option.
Perhaps most crucially, it wirelessly connects to all popular gaming consoles, so you are no longer forced to choose between the Xbox and PlayStation versions of the headset as you were with the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 headset.
TWO MINUTE REVIEW
Turtle Beach last year introduced the Stealth 700 Gen 2, a wireless headset that was outstanding but might still use some work. It wasn’t always possible to get the sound quality to be as exact. However, the headset is designed to be used with Xbox consoles using Microsoft’s Xbox Wireless technology, even though it does offer Bluetooth for connecting to PCs and other devices.
Because the “Max” part stands for “maximum compatibility,” the new Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max casts a larger net. While Bluetooth is still supported, the Max headset also comes with a new USB wireless adaptor that offers a quicker, lag-free option for PC, Mac, Playstation 4 and PlayStation 5, as well as Nintendo Switch.
- Drivers – 50mm neodymium
- Frequency response – 20Hz – 22KHz
- Connectivity – Bluetooth 5.1, USB (2.4GHz), Xbox Wireless
- Battery – 40hrs
- Weight – 380g
- Sound quality
- Nice materials
- Stylish design
- Connectivity options, includes Bluetooth
- A bit too expensive
- Made for small heads
- Very similar to other Turtle Beach offerings
Turtle Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max – Design & Features
Let’s begin with those new characteristics, starting with console compatibility across the board, which is fairly uncommon in wireless headphones. In one of two methods, the Max connects to consoles. You attach the headset with a dongle that inserts into a USB port in order to use it with a docked Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox, PlayStation, and Xbox Series X, Series S, One X, and One S.
It connects through 2.4GHz internet access, and when testing with my PS5, it paired with the console right away each and every time, even the first time. Both the original black and the new dark blue style with golden accents are available in the Max. Although not a traditional color combination, it works because the bronze glows and shines without being overly flashy.
The adjustable steel headband is also completely covered in bronze, so the more you open the adjustment, the more bronze you’ll see.
How does this Headphone connect?
The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX is a wireless-only headset that connects through Bluetooth or the USB-A dongle that is provided with it. The dongle has a switch to switch between Xbox and USB modes, allowing it to work with various game platforms even though the headset is made particularly for the new Xbox Series X/S consoles.
These options, along with Bluetooth connectivity, provide rather broad compatibility with devices like the PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, the majority of gaming PCs, laptops, mobile phones, and the Steam Deck. The headset performs admirably when connected to the USB-A dongle when used within the same room, however performance soon deteriorates when used outside of the line of sight.
The Turtle Beach Audio Hub app can be used to connect the headset to desktop computers and mobile devices. This program can change the “mode” button’s behavior on mobile devices and let you use EQ profiles on those platforms. The experience is similarly mediocre on PC because the desktop app just provides a way to update the headset’s firmware.
For games, music, movies, or podcasts, it can pair with your phone. The ability to maintain a pairing with your phone while connected to your PlayStation, Xbox, or docked Nintendo Switch through the dongle is perhaps my favorite feature of the Max.
I spent a significant amount of time playing Elden Ring on my PS5 while watching a podcast. The game’s volume was just high enough for me to hear an enemy racing up behind me. Heaven was there. The original 700 Gen 2 has the same feature, if you really wanted to you could use your Xbox and PlayStation in back-to-back sessions with the Max.
Similar to any headset, after a long gaming session I became aware of the band pressing against the top of my head, but it never hurt, and making little adjustments eased any mild pain. I slept with the headset on while listening to podcasts late at night as a testament to how comfortable it was, and I didn’t wake up until many hours later.
How does this Headphone sound?
The frequency response of the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX closely resembles the curve of our ideal headphones. Like many gaming headphones, this one includes a modest bass emphasis, commonly used to emphasize gunfire and other combat foley. From 200 to 600 Hz, there is a perceptible dip, which affects the timbre of various musical instruments.
There is a small departure from our goal curve in the high end, which is probably where the sound quality suffers the most. The overall quality of the sound makes the price tag seem much more reasonable.
Lows, mids, and highs
Songs with a strong bass component frequently sound amazing on this headset because of the bass boost. The Prodigy’s Diesel Power stands out as a particularly good example, as the bass dominates the mix while the high-end sounds serve to perfectly balance it out. However, the midrange drop might significantly affect some songs.
For instance, on Gorillaz’s Feel Good Inc., the bass guitar sounds hollow and as though it is playing inside a small box, which is different from how it sounds on other headsets. Many different songs exhibit the high-end aberration, though typically just to a very slight extent. The majority of music from all genres sound excellent overall on this headset.
The spatial audio in games that support Dolby Atmos tested great on my PC, giving you a 360-degree soundscape that will completely alter how you view your game.
How is the microphone of this Headset?
A flip-down microphone is integrated into the left ear cup of the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX. When flipped upwards, it is very well concealed and is simple to move towards or away from the user’s mouth when in use. It has an extremely steady frequency response and reproduces practically all usable speech well up to 6 kHz before falling off sharply.
Although it doesn’t do much to block out background noises like keyboard clicks or ringing phones, this wireless headset mic is one of the best-performing models we’ve tested in a while. A great headset that offers reliable wireless performance, delightful sound quality, and a nice design is the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX.
It may have some weaknesses, such being abnormally tight on the head, but it excels at what it does. This headset is perfect for a variety of various gaming systems thanks to the variety of wireless connecting choices. The microphone does a fantastic job, taking up your voice in a smooth and natural way and instantly muting when necessary, from the perspective of sound quality.
However, that is to be anticipated from the mic on a gaming headset. You do sound a little further away and a little higher in tone than you would with a great desktop mic.
Turtle Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max – Software
The headset’s settings can only be changed by connecting it to your phone and opening Turtle Beach’s mobile app. It still offers a tonne of functions but stops short of offering complete EQ level adjustments. You can customize the bass and treble balance, the mic level, and the loudness of the system audio prompts.
Additionally, you can modify how the volume dial and “mode” button on the left earcup behave. The wheel can be adjusted to modify your mic level rather than overall volume, and the button can be configured to, for instance, trigger the “Superhuman Hearing” setting that amplifies footstep and gun sounds in competitive shooters.
In the middle of a conflict, I rarely remembered to enable Superhuman Hearing, and when I did, I found the sound distortion to be annoying. As a result, I found the majority of these adjustments to be mostly ineffective. For example, changing the bass and treble made just a small change.
The application wouldn’t launch for me either. It took a few tries for the basic setup to work properly. When the software was running, strangely, my sound would clip in and out. Additionally, for no apparent reason, using the app needs you to turn on location services.
Turtle Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max – Gaming
The Max never lags or skips a note while using wireless connectivity for gaming. The sound quality is exactly the same as the 700 Gen 2, which means the same, potent 50mm speakers are pounding loudly and clearly. The Max perfectly captured the rumbling, ambient spacecraft noises and the lively, futuristic music placed on top in the narrative game Citizen Sleeper, while in Elden Ring the clang of sword on armor reverberated in my brain.
Yes, you can purchase headphones with deeper bass and slightly sharper high notes, but you’ll pay a lot more for these rather insignificant upgrades. Similar to the 700 Gen 2, Windows Sonic and Dolby Atmos provide you virtual 7.1 surround sound.
I put it to a lot of tests with Fortnite, my go-to battle royale, and discovered that it performed satisfactorily without wowing me. I had trouble distinguishing minute variances in the distance at which gunshots were fired, despite the fact that the direction of footsteps was usually obvious.
It was more amazing when the Max was used with the PS5’s 3D Audio. A setup that provided me with a full, rich environment of music and game sounds was discovered after some tinkering with the PS5 settings and testing in Elden Ring.
The sounds of the wind rustling through the grass, a flag flapping in the breeze, the crunch of my feet, and the screams of adjacent creatures engaged in battle were all layered on top of one another. It further dragged me into the game’s environment.
What should you get instead of this Headphone?
The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 (sans MAX) is our top pick since it offers nearly all of the same features and caliber as this headset while costing only around a third as much. The battery life is the only substantial difference between the MAX and the standard model. We recommend the base model if you don’t mind charging the headset more frequently.
In addition, the Logitech G Pro X Wireless is a good option if you’re looking for a different gaming headset in the same vein as this one. With a battery life of more than 300 hours between charges, the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless is now king of the wireless headset battery life. Last but not least, the Razer Barracuda X is a less expensive wireless headset that nonetheless offers quality and comfort.
BUY IT IF
- You need as much compatibility as possible. The new Turtle Beach 700 headset employs a USB wireless adaptor for compatibility with PC, Mac, and the majority of consoles.
- You’re seeking comfort. The generously padded earpieces enable for extended gaming sessions given the headset’s size, mass, and weight.
- Extra sound control is something you want. You may modify a number of variables, including treble and bass as well as the microphone’s sensitivity, using the Audio Hub app for iOS and Android.
DON’T BUY IT IF
- You need a headset for more than just gaming. Music listening doesn’t have the same level of sound quality.
- The headset will only be used with Xbox. The less priced Gen 2 variant was created for Microsoft’s platform; this headgear is designed for widespread use.
Turtle Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max Review Summary
Overall, Turtle Beach 700 Gen 2 Max was an outstanding headset that provided high-quality sound. It also has features geared towards gamers and a high battery life for nonstop use.
We worked on our systems and devices without any issues because of its excellent Bluetooth connectivity. We entirely suggest the product. Visit Turtle Beach’s official website to find out more information about the Turtle Beach 700 Headphones.
The Turtle Beach 700 headset excels in both sound quality and microphone performance, making it a wonderful option for gamers who enjoy playing a variety of games across several platforms thanks to its cross-console compatibility. Although there is no guilt in seeking improvement, a few connectivity issues have held us back a little. We still believe the headset could be a little more comfortable given how well-known and experienced Turtle Beach is in the headset sector.
Has the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max noise cancellation technology?
Turtle Beach headsets with active noise cancellation, such as the Turtle Stealth Gen 2, are made to keep you focused and totally engrossed in your games.
What about the Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX’s 3D audio?
The Bluetooth-enabled Turtle Stealth 700 Gen 2 premium wireless gaming headset for PS5TM and PS4TM offers significant improvements in comfort, durability, and battery life, and is tuned for PS5TM 3D audio.
What distinguishes the 700 Gen 2 from the 700 Gen 2 Max?
The bigger, more expensive variant of the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 is the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2MAX. It has a doubling battery life (40 hours as opposed to 20 hours).
How long does it take to charge a Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX?
The headset will finish charging in 3 to 4 hours. The headset’s battery life can last up to 15 hours after charging. Charge the headset frequently, please. Before putting your headset away for an extended period of time (more than three months), always charge it.
Can I connect my phone to the Turtle Beach 700?
The Stealth 700 Gen 2 Xbox headset features Bluetooth capabilities, so you may couple it with a smartphone or mobile tablet or other Bluetooth-enabled device.