Turtle Beach Stealth Pro Review – Excellent sound, clunky design

The Turtle Beach Stealth Pro is an excellent headset in terms of sound and features, but in terms of design and comfort, the headset may go back to the drawing board.

Premium Gaming Headset

The Turtle Beach Stealth Pro is made primarily for gaming, and it shows in its design and features. Traditionally, you can immediately tell the target audience from gaming headsets based on their appearance, so too with this Stealth Pro from Turtle Beach. Turtle Beach is one of the most long-running brands among these types of accessories, but as soon as we open the box we see that little progress has been made in terms of design. These headphones currently cost €329 at well-known retailers such as bol.com and Amazon. That’s a hefty sum, which seems to be built up by the device’s features.

Turtle Beach Stealth Pro Review

In fact, the Turtle Beach Stealth Pro is overflowing with features, making it truly feel like a premium headset. You name it and it’s on this headset, with one major killer feature. That the device has a lot going for it you will also notice when you hold it in your hands for the first time, it is a robust thing. About the build quality, even though we haven’t been able to use it for years yet, seems to be very good. Because it is such a robust thing, it also makes the device a bit bulky. In fact, the headphones weigh 413 grams, almost half a kilo what is placed on top of your head. The headphones I handle for daily use are the WH-1000XM5, from Sony. At 249 grams, it weighs almost half as much as the Stealth Pro.

Features

First of all, let’s talk about the features. As we said, there are an awful lot of them. That is also immediately the best point about the Stealth Pro. For example, the headset uses dual mode wireless, active noise cancellation (ANC), removable batteries, compatibility with multiple platforms and an equalizer for the headphones to adjust it to your liking, should you find it necessary.

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So the headset can also connect simultaneously to your console or PC and to a cell phone via Bluetooth. Incredibly useful if you are grinding in a game and might want to put on a podcast at the same time. We’ve seen this feature come up more often in headphones lately, but we’re glad it’s not missing from the Stealth Pro.

Turtle Beach Stealth Pro Review

Perhaps the best feature of the headphones is the removable battery. The dongle has a small charger built in from Turtle Beach, which can be used to charge an extra battery while playing. That extra battery is also simply included in the Stealth Pro’s box, so there is no additional cost. The battery in the headset is incredibly simple to remove, making changing batteries in the middle of an exciting game of Warzone even easy.

Comfort

We just briefly mentioned that the headset is so heavy. In the short term, this is not a barrier to the headset’s comfort. In particular, the ear cups feel soft and are made of the right material, which is not likely to irritate the ear.

Turtle Beach Stealth Pro Review

What is striking, however, is how tight the headset sits, something that is obvious from the very first moment. From both sides, the headset presses quite a bit on the head. At first this is not very nice, but I must say that you get used to it quickly. In combination with the ANC, this ensures that the headset lets almost no sound through. The noise cancellation is just not as good as we are used to from similar headsets or headphones that are not specifically made for gaming.

Sound

In contrast, the sound of the Turtle Beach Stealth Pro is incredibly good when compared to headphones we’ve tested before. It certainly rivals the more expensive version of Sony’s Inzone headsets, which are specifically made to work with the PlayStation 5. Especially in terms of bass, the headphones do a good job. Furthermore, it is nice that we can adjust everything completely to our liking with the equalizer, although we do need the Audio Hub software on PC or cell phone for that. If you are looking for a headset that can deliver excellent sound, this is definitely it.

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Turtle Beach Stealth Pro Review

Of course, we have to talk about the sound of the microphone. This microphone is detachable, which is a nice feature. In fact, once you do this, the headset almost looks like a normal headset instead of a gaming headset. I still wouldn’t go down the street with it very quickly, but in theory it could be done. The sound we recorded with some voice tests is more than fine, and your friends can actually hear you well at all times. It’s not the quality of a stand-alone microphone sitting on your desk, but we can never really expect that with this type of headset.

For all platforms

The Turtle Beach Stealth Pro is one of the first headsets we were able to test that actually works on almost every platform. Many times gaming headsets only did it on the PlayStation or only on the Xbox. Although this headset is Xbox branded, that has little else to do with the functionality of the headset. In fact, it also works extremely well on the Nintendo Switch. All the user has to do is plug the USB dongle into the Nintendo Switch’s dock and you’re good to go.

The Turtle Beach Stealth Pro is an excellent gaming headset that sounds better than almost any other gaming headset. On top of that comes a bucket of features you could say hello to, the highlight being the removable battery. We didn’t know we needed it, but it works great. The wearing comfort of the headset allows you to game completely disconnected from the rest of the world, even if the headset is sometimes a bit tight. Then again, we find the price a bit less tight, as it is still on the high side when you look at the outside rather than the features. The eye wants something too, we say.

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