Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max for Xbox review

I wanted to love the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max for Xbox. I just liked it instead. This headset builds on that Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2, offers more features and better compatibility, albeit at a higher price. (The Gen 2 is $150; the Gen 2 Max is $200.) To be fair, the Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max for Xbox does exactly what it says on the tin, delivering quality wireless sound across a wide variety of platforms including Xbox – a system that doesn’t play well with other wireless protocols.

On the other hand, the headset has some downsides that cannot be overlooked. The fit is uncomfortably tight, and not even Turtle Beach’s novel ProSpecs technology can fully fix that. The buttons and controls are all wedged uncomfortably close together, meaning it’s difficult to reach the right one in the heat of the moment. The software is also a bit messy, requiring both a PC and a smartphone to set even the most basic functions.

The Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max for Xbox is not that Best gaming headset for any gamer, but it has its appeal, especially if you own both an Xbox and a PlayStation. Read on for our full Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max for Xbox review.

Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max for Xbox: Theme

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max for Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One (rolls right off the tongue, doesn’t it?) looks pretty similar to the previous Stealth 700 designs. It’s a large, heavy headset with oval earcups and a padded headband. The device comes in either blue or black (go for the blue; it’s a lot flashier) and doesn’t require any cables aside from the occasional USB-C charging cable.

Stealth 700 on the table

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While I have some concerns about how the Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max will fit for Xbox (more on that later), it looks pretty cool. It’s not as basic as most audio headphones, but it’s also not over-the-top like most gaming headsets.

Stealth 700 ports and power button

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However, the key layout leaves a lot to be desired. There is nothing on the left earcup. The right earcup, on the other hand, features a chat mix slider, volume slider, audio mode button, power button, Bluetooth button, charging port, and a foldable microphone. If that sounds like a lot of checking, that’s because it is. The two dials feel identical; the audio mode and Bluetooth button feel almost identical; The power button is somehow hidden in the middle. Trying to find the button or dial you want when you want it is a constant struggle, and it only gets more complicated when you realize the functionality varies by console.

Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max for Xbox: Comfort

In fact, wearing the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max for Xbox isn’t as comfortable as it could be. At 16 ounces, the headset is quite heavy, but the real problem is that it’s incredibly cramped. The memory foam earcups pressed hard on my ears, and the adjustable steel headband only helped with height, not width. (There are also no nicks on the headband, making it obnoxious to find a good fit.)

Stealth 700 is sitting on the couch

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Turtle Beach ProSpecs technology allowed me to remove the ear cups and set small “channels” to accommodate my glasses. As a result, wearing the headset wasn’t painful, but it wasn’t particularly comfortable either. After about an hour with the headset, I was usually ready to take it off, if only to give my temples a break.

Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max for Xbox: Performance

One area where the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max for Xbox excels is in its sound quality. With 50mm drivers and a rich default soundscape, the Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max sounds amazing no matter what you’re playing or watching.

Because the Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max works with so many different systems, I tested a variety of games including Age of Empires IV and Final Fantasy XIV on the PC, Nioh Remastered on PS5, Hades and Yakuza 5 Remastered on Xbox Series X and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 on the switch. Across the board, the headset delivered nuanced, balanced sound, whether I was listening to chilling background music while assembling medieval armies or fighting idiots with witty superheroes. The Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max for Xbox did a fantastic job of balancing voice acting, sound effects and music.

Stealth 700 ear cups

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It should also be noted that the mode button on the headset activates Turtle Beach’s signature “superhuman hearing” mode by default. This emphasizes sounds like footsteps and gunshots in first-person shooter titles, and made games like Doom Eternal and Halo: The Master Chief Collection a little more immersive. Superhuman hearing can also wreak havoc with dialogue, though, so you might want to stick with a more balanced soundscape for single-player adventures.

I also tested the headset for music and TV, listening to tracks from Flogging Molly, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Rolling Stones, GF Handel, and watching an episode of Bob’s Burgers. Provided you remember to turn off superhuman hearing, the sound quality is impressive. Dialogue has a tight, immediate quality and the music has a lot more bass than you might expect from a gaming headset.

Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max for Xbox: features

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max for Xbox has a ton of features. However, trying to actually use them all can be challenging. To manipulate the Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max, you first need two different pieces of software on two different platforms. The Turtle Beach Audio Hub on PC handles firmware updates; The Turtle Beach Audio Hub on Android/iOS handles button commands, microphone noise, equalization options, and other common headset customizations. (You can’t set up profiles for individual games at all, which is a hassle.)

Having to deal with two different software packages is inconvenient, but not as inconvenient as trying to get all the commands you need in a single profile. The secondary dial can control chat mix, mic echo, or Bluetooth volume. The mode button can activate superhuman hearing, change the equalization options, or do something else entirely. This also depends on whether you have connected the headset to an Xbox or another system. Essentially, if you want to take full advantage of the Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max’s features, you’ll need to open the audio hub on your phone quite a bit.

Stealth 700 placed on the table

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On the plus side, the headset lives up to its name. Because of Microsoft’s proprietary protocols, relatively few wireless headsets can connect to Xbox consoles. even fewer can also connect wirelessly to other systems. The Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max for Xbox solves this problem with a wireless USB dongle that features an “Xbox/USB” switch.

Stealth 700 USB

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Toggle Xbox for Microsoft’s family of consoles; Switch USB for something else. There’s also Bluetooth connectivity, although like other headset features it can be a bit tricky to toggle on and off when needed.

Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max for Xbox: Verdict

I generally have good things to say about the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max for Xbox. It works effortlessly with a ton of different systems and sounds great doing it. At the same time, I have no real desire to take it up again. That SteelSeries Arctis 7X has the same kind of connectivity with a much more comfortable fit; that Razer KairaPro delivers similar Xbox performance at a much lower price.

Still, the Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max is worth considering for gamers who own a variety of different consoles and want a one-size-fits-all solution. And if you’ve always wanted to own a gaming headset in blue instead of black, so much the better.

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