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The Next Best Universal Headset? Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX

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The Next Best Universal Headset? Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX

In late 2020, we took a look at the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Wireless Headset for the Xbox Series X|S & Xbox One. The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Wireless Headset highlighted Turtle Beach’s continued strides in the comfort and sound departments. Well, it turns out that Turtle Beach had a bit more they wanted to add to their flagship Stealth 700 Gen 2 headset. Here, we look at the new Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX wireless headset, offering twice the battery life, more features, and seemingly universal compatibility across all gaming platforms.

Let’s dive into the wireless Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX for Xbox Series X|S & Xbox One to see just how much more Turtle Beach was able to stuff into this model.

A purchase of the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX wireless headset comes with the headset, a 2.4 GHz USB Transmitter, and a USB-C to USB-A charging cable.

Build and Comfort

On the surface, the Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX utilizes the same base design and silhouette as its preceding Stealth 700 Gen 2 model. However, now the Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX is also offered in a visually stunning Cobalt Blue in addition to its standard all-black colorway. Outside of that, much of what I said in my previous Stealth 700 Gen 2 review remains true…

The headset features a stylish mostly black with silver trim design, housing subtle logos on each ear cup and the Turtle Beach name on the top of the headband. Instead of the boom mic resting on the side of the headset, here you have a mic that folds almost seamlessly into the left ear cup when not in use. Under the headband, you have leatherette cushioning that rests against your head.

The most notable aspects of the headset’s build in the comfort department are the Aerofit™ cooling gel-infused memory foam ear cushions and ProSpecs glasses-friendly technology. The ear cups continue a solid practice in gaming headsets today, using a fabric and leatherette skin hybrid in the ear cushions. The fabric portion rests against your skin while the leatherette surface on the outside provide passive sound isolation. The cushions in the Stealth 700 Gen 2 headset go even further by implementing cooling gel infused memory foam inside of the cushioning. This further helps to combat wearing fatigue over long periods of use.

Turtle Beach’s ProSpecs technology is more or less an intentional hollowing of the ear cups where glasses frames would normally rest against the cushions. This helps combat the pinching sensation glasses-wearing gamers would have when headsets clamp down on their glasses frames. The area is not completely devoid of cushioning. The cushions simply have less of a presence in these areas below.

However, I can elaborate a bit further on the ProSpecs system. You can actually remove the ear cups to make adjustments to the glasses frame channel. So if you have larger or considerably protruding glasses frames, the Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX allows you to adjust the level of “sink” that the channel allows to your liking.

The headset’s onboard controls also remain mostly the same as they did on their previous iteration, with all controls residing on the left ear cup. From the rear to the bottom of the ear cup, you have the master game volume dial, a remappable dial, a remappable Mode button, the main power button, the Bluetooth pairing button, and the USB-C charging port.

The new MAX version of Turtle Beach’s Stealth 700 Gen 2 wireless gaming headset does not fix what is not broken. That is to say, we liked the strides in comfort exhibited by the Stealth 700 Gen 2 we reviewed back in 2020. The headset is snug, but not uncomfortably tight. The ProSpecs technology present in the ear cups allow the headset to play very nicely with glasses frames. Expanding on the ear cups, they use the kind of leatherette and cool fabric hybrid skin that I hope to see in any flagship gaming headset nowadays. You get the long term and non-suffocating comfort of fabric against your skin while still enjoying the passive sound isolation that leatherette provides. The added cooling gel in these ear cups only further enhance that comfort.

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX utilizes a comfortable build that simply works. Controls are easy to find and reach for and the headset remains comfortable for hours upon hours on end, whether you wear glasses or not. Top marks in the build department.

MAX Features

Taking it “to the MAX”, the Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX ups the ante with a now 40-hour battery life and a wireless USB transmitter that expands its compatibility. When the USB transmitter is set to Xbox, the transmitter offers full game and chat capabilities between the headset and the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S family of consoles. When the USB transmitter is set to USB, the headset can then be used on the PC, PS4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch.

The Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX also houses Bluetooth connectivity as well. This allows you connect the headset to your mobile device so that you can manage the headset’s features via the Turtle Beach Audio Hub app.

Through the app, you can determine what the “Mode” button toggles when pressed, as well as what the lower dial controls on the headset. I chose to leave the “Mode” button set to toggle Superhuman Hearing while I left the custom dial to control party chat volume.

Beyond that, you can also individually control the volumes of Mic Monitoring play-back, headset voice prompts, and indicator tones.

The Audio Hub app is very straight forward and easy to use, giving you switches and slider bars to tweak the Stealth 700 Gen 2 headset to your liking.

Additionally, the headset’s Bluetooth connectivity expands usability even further with your mobile device and the Nintendo Switch. For mobile devices, your Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX is ready to play audio coming from your mobile device as well as handle calls. If you need to have a phone call while gaming, you can handle your call via the headset while still being connected to in-game audio.

For the Nintendo Switch, you have two methods of connectivity. You can connect the USB transmitter dongle to a free port on your Nintendo Switch dock, allowing you to immediately enjoy lossless 2.4 Ghz wireless audio from your docked console. However, if you are on-the-go with your Nintendo Switch, you can simply pair with the Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX via Bluetooth. Whether you are on the go or stationed at home, the Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX offers you an impressive variety of wireless connectivity options.

The mic on the Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX flips down fully to open up and activate, and flips back up to mute. When muting and unmuting, the headset plays informative beeps that help indicate when the mic changes between the two states. The USB transmitter also contributes to this feedback, illuminating it’s LED in green when the mic is active and flashing in red when the mic is muted. If you have your transmitter plugged into an easily visible USB port on your gaming platform of choice, then you can enjoy this refreshing quality of life add-on.

As far as features go, the 40-hour battery life and practically universal compatibility with any current gen gaming platform out today make this a solid flagship gaming headset. At $199, the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX for Xbox Series X|S & Xbox One gives you that bang for your buck with its feature set alone. The headset’s controls and companion app features are intuitive and easy to use. Via the Audio Hub for PC, you can also install firmware updates for your Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX whenever they become available. The Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX is a surprisingly refreshing step forward by Turtle Beach.  

Performance

I spent a couple of weeks with the Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX before doubling back to see what I said about its predecessor, the Stealth 700 Gen 2. After seeing what I said before, I can say at the baseline that not much has changed. Considering that the very same 50mm Nanoclear™ speakers are used in both headsets, this is a very good thing. The Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX continues that trend of dealing out impressive high-quality sound…

Signature Sound – This is the vanilla sound presentation of the Stealth 700 Gen 2 headset. It does a good job at balancing high, mid, and low ranges. In gaming, you a nice overall sound that gives you satisfying but not overbearing rumblings from vehicles and explosions. Team chatter comes in nice and clear while gunshots and footsteps remain properly detectable. Whether you use Windows Sonic or Dolby Atmos for your surround sound provider on the Xbox One, you will not be disappointed with either. As for music, you have a nice and even blend of percussion, vocals and bass. I found this EQ to be my go-to for whenever I was not playing PVP in first person shooters, specifically Call of Duty or Destiny 2.

Bass Boost – If you are looking to enjoy movies or if you simply like more bass in your media, this Bass Boost EQ executes it well. Highs and mids are taken back while lows are enhanced. In gaming, this gives a boost to explosions and rumblings while doing a good job at maintaining overall sound clarity. Vocals still come through fine and I sensed just a pinch of loss in my ability to pick up footsteps. In music, the bass comes in nice and deep, with percussion and vocals taking a noticeable but not significant step back.

Bass and Treble Boost – I like bass and I love clarity in my highs, so this EQ became my go-to EQ for music listening. This EQ deals a deep but not deafening bass with crisp percussion. Vocals came through fine as well, even if they were not as pronounced as the highs or lows.

Vocal Boost – I did not detect as much of a “boost” in vocals as much as I detected a dip in highs and lows, instead. Therefore, this EQ came across as more of a “Vocal Focus” than a “Vocal Boost”. That said, if you want an emphasis in vocals more than you would in instrumentals, this EQ may be to your liking. However, I personally did not really find any applications for this EQ.

Custom – This mode gives the user a simplified EQ customization option where the various ranges are split into Game Treble, Game Bass, and Game Dialog.

This time around, I spent most of my time with the Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX playing Destiny 2 and Apex Legends exclusively on the Xbox Series X. In Apex Legends, Signature Sound worked quite well as a base, promoting a satisfying and immersive experience while still allowing me to pick up important enemy sound queues. However, here is where the headset’s Superhuman Hearing feature shines. Superhuman Hearing brings down the sounds and ranges not relating to gunshots and footsteps, allowing you to focus on the sounds coming your surrounding enemies. In Apex Legends, this worked like a charm.

In Destiny 2, I did not use Superhuman Hearing too much this time around. I found that Signature Sound still allowed me to notice my enemies’ placements through their gunshots and ability activations while not taking away from Destiny 2’s immersive sound presentation. Signature Sound is just that solid. I was even able to win another trip to the Lighthouse while using the Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX during last week’s Trials of Osiris runs.

Now for the mic. Last time, with the Stealth 700 Gen 2, I wrote about my trouble with that headset’s microphone. The key issue was that the mic picked up all of my background sounds when I spoke. This was even the case when I activated the headset’s Noise Gate feature, which was intended to combat that exact scenario. After a firmware update, the headset improved somewhat in its ability to refrain from sending my background sounds to my teammates. However, the issue was still there.

Now with the Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX, the Noise Gate feature is definitely better. With Noise Gate off, any and all sounds will be picked up by the headset’s sensitive mic. When it is on, no sound is picked up at all unless I speak. So far so good.

Interestingly, I found something out during my personal use case. The lower the level I used in my mic monitoring, the more effective the Noise Gate feature was. To my shock, with Noise Gate on and Mic Monitoring off, my teammates did not even hear the living room TV next to me. Just to give you an idea, I am on the left while my girlfriend is playing on a separate Xbox Series X on the right. I am just that close to the living room TV.

I have used several headsets that filter out that TV’s sound effectively when I speak. It was the Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX’s predecessor that was having notable trouble on that front. I can at least say that the Noise Gate feature has been improved since then. At its base, the mic projected my speech to my teammates loudly and clearly, whether it included background noise or not. Whereas before I cited the mic being a trouble point, for now I can say that it is ok.

I personally like Mic Monitoring as I tend to speak loudly when I am gaming. Therefore, I ended up having to sacrifice a feature, which works well in with this headset, so that I did not disturb my teammates with my background sounds. This was the case even when that television next to me was muted.

As for the headset’s versatility, I personally loved the Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX’s across-the-board compatibility. Whether I wanted to catch Pokémon on the go in Pokemon Legends: Arceus or wanted to try out the new Apex Legends for mobile on my Samsung Galaxy S22, the Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX was ready to accommodate.

Final Thoughts

With its compatibility, feature set, and future protection via firmware updates, the Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX for Xbox Series X|S & Xbox One is a solid solution for any multi-platform gamer, let alone an Xbox-centric one. When you then consider its impressive sound presentation quality and listening options, that makes this $199 purchase a very easy one to consider. Add in long-lasting comfort and battery life, and you have yourself a headset that iss worth considering for all of your wireless audio entertainment needs. As a whole, the Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX is an effective product that more than validates its price point.

If you are in the market for a wireless Xbox Series X|S & Xbox One audio solution that is feature-rich and has mutli-platform support, this is the 2022 headset for you to check out. Check out the Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX for Xbox Series X|S & Xbox One for yourself by clicking here.

† As usual, there are no affiliate links contained within this post. We were provided a Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX for Xbox Series X|S & Xbox One headset for review purposes and were not compensated for this review.