By: Aaron Lai
November 20, 2020
For the last few weeks, I have been watching a Korean drama called "It's Okay to Not Be Okay". If I am being honest, I have not really watched too many K-dramas. Earlier this year, I watched one called "That Winter, the Wind Blows" and it made me very melancholy for the weeks after finishing it. As such, I was not sure when I would watch another one. However, this was recommended to me by some of my younger friends, so I decided to give it a shot. As of this review, I am now nearing the end of the series, and I have to say I have really enjoyed it. There are always elements of a Korean drama that feel similar to others, but this one also has its unique aspects. One thing I have really enjoyed is the character development. There were also some topics in it that hit closer to home than I realized, which made me shed a few tears. Overall, I will still reserve judgement until I finish the whole thing in case it ends poorly like the other drama I mentioned. In reality, I will probably find some things that I do not like about this current drama, but I definitely appreciate the plot and characters they have developed so far. This is a similar mindset I have when I review products, especially with the fact I believe it is the responsibility of the reviewer to look at all aspects before making any judgement calls. In addition, it is important to identify both the positives and negatives regardless of how I feel about the product overall. Today we have the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2, a step up from the Stealth 600 Gen 2 I reviewed a few months back. However, where are the improvements, and do they make this headset a worthy option? Let us read on to find out!
Today's review sample of the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 arrived from Turtle Beach's offices in Elwood, Illinois. Traveling with UPS and their Expedited service, this brown corrugated cardboard box arrived in excellent condition with no damage or even dents to speak of. This is pretty good, but it is usually rare to see much damage on the boxes we get. We have some protection to keep the retail container of the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 intact and safe inside. Otherwise, let us continue with our review.
The retail container of the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 looks quite like the last Turtle Beach headset I reviewed, the Stealth 600 Gen 2. In fact, we have a very similar grey retail box. The top left corner shows off the Turtle Beach logo with the product name underneath. A description of "Amplified Gaming Headset" can be found underneath. On the top right corner, we have several highlighted features, including Bluetooth, a glasses-friendly design, 20-hour battery life, and Superhuman hearing. These features will be explored later on in this review. Otherwise, at the bottom you can see this is a PS4 version, similar to the Stealth 600 Gen 2 we received. With the release of the fifth PlayStation, we do know Turtle Beach does plan to support this headset to be used with the new generations of consoles. There is an Xbox variant of the Stealth 700 Gen 2 if you are interested, although both come in the single black color for either console. At the back, we have a few more descriptors of the features and specifications for this headset.
Before we carry on, I have grabbed the specifications from the manufacturer for your perusal:
Connections: PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®4 Pro, Nintendo Switch™ Via Wireless USB Transmitter
Speaker Frequency Response: 20Hz – 22kHz
Speaker Size: 50mm Nanoclear™ neodymium drivers
Headset Power: Battery
Battery: Rechargeable 1000mAh Lithium Polymer
Mic Design: Flip-up Omni-Directional
Ear-Cup Design: Over-Ear (Closed)
Ear Cushion Material: Synthetic Leather (Black) with Memory Foam Cushioning
Out of the box, we do not have too many accessories with the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2, but everything here is essential for operation. For one we have the headset, which is held in a plastic frame. A small packet of documentation can be found. A black wireless USB adapter is also included for transmitting audio to and from your console. As was the case with the Stealth 600 Gen 2, this adapter only comes with the PlayStation variant of the headphones, as the Xbox one connects directly to your console or via an Xbox Wireless Adapter. Finally, a 60cm USB Type-A to Type-C cable can be found for charging the headset.
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Hardware and Software
3. Subjective Audio Analysis