There is a lot of debate out there, in the gamer community, about which gaming headsets are the best. Turtle Beach has a wired headset out that is shifting the debate in their favor. This is our review of the Turtle Beach Stealth 300 Amplified Gaming Headset!
One of the Most Comfortable Gaming Experiences
Video games have gone through an evolution, over the last few decades. In the 8 to 16-bit days, audio always took a backseat to the visuals. It wasn’t until a few years ago that the audible experience rivaled that of the visual. The company who’s been the pioneer of that movement is the highly-respected Turtle Beach. Now, the iconic Palm Tree brand is stepping up their game with a new wired headset, called the Stealth 300.
When you think of gaming headsets, what are the requirements most gamers have? The two top ones that come to mind are that they have to feel comfortable and they have to provide high-quality, game-changing sound. That was in the forefront of my mind when I had the opportunity to test out the Turtle Beach Stealth 300 headset.
As I picked up the box, for the first time, I took a moment to read what Turtle Beach promised from this headset. It boasted about how the Stealth 300 had “Powerful Amplified Audio”, “Durable Comfort”, and how they were “Glasses Friendly”. That last part took me by surprise, as I am part of the visually impaired community that dons glasses for function, rather than fashion. Admittedly, I had always noticed that there was a certain level of discomfort when wearing other headsets for long periods of time. I’d have to take off the headset, from time to time, remove my glasses, and allow my head to breathe for a moment. So, reading about this “Glasses Friendly” feature piqued my interest, and ultimately blew my mind.
After opening the box and removing the protective padding, I tried the Stealth 300s on and I immediately noticed the difference from other headsets. The Stealth 300 fits snug around the frame of your face. It’s tight on above and below the ears, but not to the level of discomfort. Instead, it makes it feel more secure as it encapsulates your ears in a comfortable sound oasis.
Now you may be wondering how they could be Glasses Friendly if they’re snug around the ears. Amazingly, the combination of the design of the headset and the breathable memory foam create zero pressure on the cheekbone area, where the glasses rest. They call it their Exclusive ProSpecs technology. It was originally used for Tournament and Esports gamers, until recently when Turtle Beach decided to include it in all of their products, which is a welcome addition. Moreover, that breathable memory foam material are what help make the Stealth 300 one of the most comfortable headsets on the market.
Amped Up Audio Quality Enhances Gameplay
One of the key features of the Turtle Beach Stealth 300 Headset is the Amplified Audio. That’s not to confuse it with Surround Sound. This isn’t a surround sound headset. On the contrary, the Stealth 300 utilizes 50MM speakers to grow the sound quality into a crisper, deeper experience. You won’t hear sound coming at you from all different directions, but you will hear deeper, more enhanced tones than you would if you used a lower-quality headset/headphones or TV.
True to Turtle Beach standards, the Stealth 300 does allow gamers to change the quality of the sound through a variety of ways. There is the grooved dial behind the left ear for headset volume control and the presets button to the right of the power button. Obviously, the dial increases or decreases what is heard, but the presets help gamers really hear what the Stealth 300 can really do.
Upon pressing the button, you’ll hear 1 beep. This beep stands for “Signature Sound”, which is a fancy way for saying standard, no frills. 2 beeps means Bass Boost, this helps enhance deep, impactful gameplay moments. It’s a good one to use, because you can never have enough Bass. My personal favorite is when you click it again and hear 3 beeps. That means Bass & Treble Boost. This boost raises the bass level, like the previous preset, but now it includes the music, the upbeat moments as well, creating crystal clear tones. Finally, 4 beeps means Treble Boost only. If you’re not into Bass, this is the one for you. Meghan Trainor should avoid this setting.
Finding the setting you prefer isn’t an easy feat, when you’re just getting started. It takes time to figure out which one you like best. At first, it’s highly likely that each preset will sound exactly the same. The more you use the Stealth 300, the more it becomes clear the differences in each preset. My recommendation is to get used to Signature Sound first and then start going through each preset you prefer. At that point, you can graduate to the different presets until you find the one for you. Whichever preset is your preference, there is little doubt that you’ll be happy with the sound quality, as a whole.
From the highs, let’s move on to the lows. I’ll start off by saying there aren’t many issues with the Stealth 300. For the most part, it’s a great product that, if purchased, will be enjoyed to the fullest. That being said, the biggest downside I have with the Stealth 300 isn’t with the product itself, but rather the lack of information in the guide that comes included. You may scratch your head at this statement, but humor me. When you purchase your gaming headset and put it on for the first time, you naturally start playing around with what all it can do and the different presets. When you hear the beeps of the different presets, wanting to know what that means, you consult the instructions, only to find that they don’t say anything about the different presets. In fact, I had to go online, here, to figure out what each beep means. While it isn’t a deal-breaker, it’s a major oversight on the part of Turtle Beach to not include it in the instructions.
Another issue is one that is simply unavoidable, but could get cumbersome, and it has to do with the wires. Obviously, when you purchase the Stealth 300, you’re going in knowing that it’s a wired headset and are prepared to plug the 3.5mm jack into your controller and start playing. However, unlike other headsets, the Stealth 300 requires regular charging of the rechargeable battery to work. It’s not a simple plug in and play, it’s a bit more technologically sophisticated than that.
Where the issue lies is in the cumbersome amount of wires you’ll eventually have to deal with. The Stealth 300 uses the same charging cord as the Playstation 4 controllers, and various other forms of technology, the Power A USB 2.0. The charging port is right under your left ear, along with the Stealth 300 wire. So, say you run out of charge on your headset but aren’t done gaming, and have to charge it to the console. Thus, you’ll have to now find a better angle to game to reach the cord and keep playing. It becomes a bit of a chore to handle both wires. The need to charge is an unavoidable one and the use of wires is likely a non-issue for most, but it is something to consider when purchasing. If purchased, it’s ideal to keep the headset regularly charged.
A Solid Headset at a Bargain
The current going rate for the Turtle Beach Stealth 300 Headset (PS4 or Xbox One) is $79.99. To the casual gamer, that may sound like a lot of money for a headset. In all actuality, though, it’s a bit of a bargain. Think about a competitor’s headset. A wired headset without any frills or bells and whistles could cost anywhere from $40 to $50, and that just includes a mic and headphones, no enhanced audio, no volume controls, nothing. For just a little bit more, you get an extremely comfortable headset you can control how you want to listen to your games and you have the peace of mind knowing that you’re using a high-quality brand that has perfected this technology.
Additionally, the Stealth 300 has a really cool mic that doesn’t get in your face, it’s tucked in the left ear and only requires flipping up to turn on and flipping down to turn off. It’s an awesome feature that I may have gotten a little too excited about when I first used it. Furthermore, there is dial for mic volume to prevent the gamer from getting distorted.
With all that in mind, $79.99 is a good deal for one of the premiere brands in the headset game, today. It’s a solid headset that will enhance your gameplay experience, with its extremely comfortable material and design, and gorgeous sound, tuned the way you like it. In terms of wired headsets the Turtle Beach Stealth 300 gets our recommendation as the one to get.