Best Turtle Beach headset for 2023: a range of models compared

Best Turtle Beach headset for 2022
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A Turtle Beach headset is a top place to start your search for one of the best gaming audio experiences on the market in 2023. Now a long-established household name across all the platforms, Turtle Beach has years of experience that have produced a modern, comprehensive range of products. 

Turtle Beach's Stealth, Elite, Recon, and Atlas lines run the gamut of prices and features, with compatibility options for PC, consoles (yes, including Nintendo Switch), and mobile devices to boot. What's the difference between picking up one of the best Turtle Beach headsets versus any other headset? The biggest difference is simple: they're built from the ground up for playing games, and what comes out are some of the best gaming headsets going.

That design mindset manifests in everything from the mic, to the way the speakers are tuned, to the level of comfort you can expect. After all, if you're going to have something on your head for hours on end as you play games and chat with friends about playing games, it had better feel good. Thankfully, Turtle Beach's product line is pretty cozy on your cranium across the board. If you don't mind dropping big bucks you can get a pretty spectacular sound experience, but even the entry-level headsets will feel and sound great.

The best Turtle Beach headsets 2023

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1. Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX

The best Turtle Beach headset going right now

Specifications

Acoustic design: Closed Back, over ear
Drivers: 50mm Nanoclear™ neodymium drivers
Weight: 385g
Compatibility: Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, PC, Nintendo Switch

Reasons to buy

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Fantastic console compatibility
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Great sound quality
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Comfortable during lengthy sessions

Reasons to avoid

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Superhuman Hearing can be  off putting 

The 2020 Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 has long been considered one of the best Xbox Series X headsets on the market - and it topped this list for a while - but it has finally met its match. 

Think of the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX as a more versatile iteration of its predecessor, with the most noticeable shift being the multiplatform support. Turtle Beach has bundled in a USB transmitter which makes this beautiful cobalt blue headset compatible with not only Xbox Series X and Xbox One hardware, but PS5, PS4, PC, and a docked Nintendo Switch as well. 

It means that all platforms can now take advantage of the core Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX features, such as the dynamic 50mm drivers which feed real life into rendered soundscapes, wonderful depth and clarity to online arenas, and solid performance for movies and music. Naturally, Turtle Beach's patented 'Superhuman Hearing' feature returns, which is designed to better pick out nuances of individual movement in online shooters – you may like it, but we found the mix to be a little off-putting in certain situations, particularly if you value clarity over cacophony in massive-scale firefights.  

While some may find the headband a little tight, most will likely find that this revised offering from Turtle Beach gets the job done over lengthy play sessions, with the headset remaining comfortable and cool. The 40-hour battery life doesn't disappoint either, nor does the ease with which you're able to use the flip-to-mute mic or alter the onboard EQ. All-in-all, if you're looking to invest in a versatile headset with a depth in options and sound, you should definitely consider investing in the Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max – the best Turtle Beach headset you can buy right now. 

The best cheap Turtle Beach headset

Specifications

Acoustic design: 40mm
Drivers: 40mm
Works with: Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC, all phone and tablets

Reasons to buy

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Solid, comfy design
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Super price
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Decent mic

Reasons to avoid

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Not as plush as more expensive models

Those looking for a Turtle Beach headset primed for Nintendo Switch - and that's wallet-friendly - should look no further than the Recon 70. Despite its low price, it's the complete package: good sound with well-balanced bass; a decent microphone; and it's fairly comfortable too. That's a strong start for a headset at the budget end of the spectrum.

Though it does have some drawbacks: it doesn't score as highly with movies or TV, for example. But that's only because it just sticks to its guns and does what its meant to do well: games. 

Oh, and don't worry about the many variants that are kicking around out there. Even though there's a Recon 70P, X, and beyond, they're all the same headset with slightly different colors. Whatever one you choose, you'll get excellent value for money.

Read more: Turtle Beach Recon 70 review (opens in new tab)

The best wired Turtle Beach headset

Specifications

Acoustic design: Closed Back, over ear
Drivers: 60mm Eclipse
Weight: c.600g
Compatibility: PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch, Mobile

Reasons to buy

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THAT excellent sound
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No ‘gamer aesthetic’ flare or design quirks
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Zero distortion

Reasons to avoid

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Nothing special about its construction materials

You make certain tradeoffs when you impose a budget on yourself. And when you’re shopping for a gaming headset, first to walk the plank are extraneous features and luxurious construction materials. You won’t find these in the Recon 500’s box, then, since Turtle Beach’s latest in the long-running line costs less than $100/£100. What you do find, crucially, is sound so good it takes you aback.

Wood composite injection technology. 60mm drivers. Dedicated woofers and tweeters per earcup. It doesn’t sound like the recipe for crisp, precise sound, and yet it all comes together in a powerful surge of ultra-responsive bass, detailed high end, and a pleasingly flat EQ curve with just a bit of audible kick further down the spectrum. 

So that’s yours. Take it to the bank. But what isn’t coming along for the ride is much in the way of added features - this is a simple wired model with just a mic mute, detachable mic arm, and volume scroll wheel in the way of physical controls. Not one for perennial tweakers then, but those who enjoy simplicity and fundamentally great audio should scout out this new Recon as one of the latest best Turtle Beach headsets to appear.

Read more: Turtle Beach Recon 500 review

The best mid-range multi-platform Turtle Beach headset

Specifications

Acoustic design: Closed Back, over ear
Drivers: 50mm Nanoclear™ neodymium drivers
Weight: 295g
Compatibility: Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, PC, Nintendo Switch

Reasons to buy

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Fantastic battery life
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Great console compatibility 
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Dependable microphone

Reasons to avoid

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Tight fit for some
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Sound lacks depth

If you're looking for solid performance without delivering a heartbreaking blow to your bank balance, the Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX from Turtle Beach is an affordable point of entry into the world of top gaming headsets. Coming in a rather ostentatious midnight red color configuration, this supercharged revision of the Turtle Beach Stealth Gen 2 boasts a 48-hour battery life (a huge improvement over the 24-hour offering of its predecessor), a latency-free 2.4GHz Wireless connection, and fantastic compatibility across all major platforms. 

And that's despite being an Officially Licensed product by Microsoft for Xbox. A handy USB transmitter ensures Wireless compatibility with PlayStation consoles, PC, and Nintendo Switch. That versatility is also reflected in the quality of sound that the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX can deliver, with its 50mm drivers delivering solid amplified surround sound and a considerable amount of clarity – this will be particularly noticeable for those of you with a penchant for playing first-person shooters online, and RPGs where you want to feel enveloped in the world around you. 

The integrated flip-to-mute microphone is effective, if unspectacular, and the compact design is relatively comfortable throughout lengthy play sessions. Some may long for headier bass, and a more dynamic mid-range, but the truth is for the price it's difficult to find all that much to complain about. The Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX is a solid alternative to other mid-range headsets out there, with its long battery life and console compatibility helping to push it over the edge.  

Read more: Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX review

Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2

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5. Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2

The best premium Turtle Beach headset

Specifications

Acoustic design: Closed Back
Drivers: 50mm
Weight: 1.12kg
Compatibility: PC, PS4, Xbox One, mobile

Reasons to buy

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Easily swappable magnetic deco plates and ear cushions
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Bluetooth connectivity
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SuperAmp connects to app for full control over audio

Reasons to avoid

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Bulky

The Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 was developed in collaboration with top esports teams and delivers great clarity for competitive gaming. The generously-sized cooling gel-infused memory foam ear cups keep out external noise, while the TruSpeak mic has optional mic monitoring and is remarkably clear. The SuperAmp packed in with the headset is where the fun is at. It hooks up via Bluetooth to the Turtle Beach Audio Hub app on your mobile device, letting you switch between sound profiles, tweak your game/ chat mix, and you can even take phone calls via the Bluetooth connection to your phone. It's an expensive gaming headset, but it'll give you the edge in any online scenario, and that is something you can't put a price on.

Read more: Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 review

6. Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2

The best mid-range wireless Turtle Beach headset

Specifications

Acoustic design: Closed Back, over ear
Drivers: 50mm
Weight: 580g
Compatibility: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC

Reasons to buy

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Solid battery life
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Comfortable for glasses wearers
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Excellent audio and microphone accuracy
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Next-gen compatible

Reasons to avoid

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Plastic across headband feels cheap 
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Ear cups started to hurt after long-term wear

The second generation of Turtle Beach Stealth 600's are a great low-budget wireless headphone that works with Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5, and PC. With a 15-hour battery life, a comfortable fit for glasses wearers, and finely tuned 50mm speakers, you'll be getting plenty of bang for your buck with these. Set up is a breeze - for the Xbox version it was as simple as turning on the headset straight out of the box and pressing the sync button on it and my Xbox One simultaneously. It immediately synced up and started picking up my voice and in-game volume.

This is certainly a great choice for gaming on a budget, as the sound quality is top-tier and the microphone sensitivity is ideal for those who want to communicate without shouting. However, because of the reasonable price, the headset plastic does feel a bit cheap, especially across the headband and on the ear cups, and unfortunately, the ear cups do get rather uncomfortable after an extended play session (whether that's my funny-shaped ears or not is unclear). Mic monitoring is not a feature I'm a fan of, as it echoes back any noise I make on my end, but luckily it can be turned off via the Turtle Beach audio hub. 

In short, the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2's are a good sequel to an affordable wireless headset. It looks pretty good, feels pretty good, and sounds great - a no-brainer if you're looking to get a pair of headphones ahead of the next-gen release that won't bankrupt you. 

An increasingly great value, premium Turtle Beach headset

Specifications

Acoustic design: Closed Back, over ear
Drivers: 50mm Nanoclear™ neodymium drivers
Weight: 382g
Compatibility: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC

Reasons to buy

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Doubles battery life from the previous generation
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Incredibly comfortable 
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Great microphone accuracy

Reasons to avoid

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Might be a tight fit for some

The second generation of Turtle Beach Stealth 700's comes with some serious upgrades from the previous generation, and for only $50 more than the Stealth 600 Gen 2, it's a serious contender for your next gaming headset.

The Stealth 700 Gen 2 has gotten a design upgrade from the original headset, with a slightly toned-down look (no more bright green on the Xbox version) and a flip-to-mute mic that folds neatly into the earcup. The control buttons have also been reorganized and moved to just one earcup. The buttons are nicely sized and well-spaced out, but if you're used to the Gen 1 Stealth 700s, you might need some time to get adjusted to them. 

The Stealth 700 Gen 2 is leagues more comfortable than the Stealth 600 Gen 2, which is saying something as I found the latter fit my glasses-wearing head quite well, but had ear cups that began to pinch after a few hours of gaming. The supple memory foam cushions with Aerofit cooling gel on the Stealth 700 Gen 2 is incredibly comfortable and lets you wear this headset with ease for hours upon hours of gaming. 

And these headphones sound great, with large drivers that give you some great all-around sound, and the ability to fine-tune the audio to your liking with the Audio Hub. Turn on Superhuman Hearing mode to get the upperhand in online shooters, or enable the bass boost for some serious rumble during a heart-pumping campaign mission. The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 is a great headset for the price point.

Note: This 'regular' 700 Gen 2 headset has now seen a refreshed version usurp it's place in Turtlle Beach's line up - the MAX version which sits aop this guide - 

Read more: Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 review

Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 gaming headset

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8. Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2

A budget headset offering decent value

Specifications

Acoustic design: Closed back
Drivers: 40mm
Compatibility: PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch

Reasons to buy

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Affordable price tag
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Variable mic monitoring
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Wide compatibility
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Turtle beach audio quality

Reasons to avoid

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Cheap plastic design

Turtle Beach refreshed its Recon 200 line with the Gen 2 model earlier this year. The resulting headset still offers that enticingly low $59.99 / £49.99 price tag, but packages variable mic monitoring, a glasses-friendly design, and more comfortable memory foam cushions. Not only that but running out of juice isn't game over right now. While still a powered headset, that 12-hour battery life isn't as cumbersome these days; the Gen 2 will still work in passive mode as well. 

At $60 / £50, you're still getting a fairly cheap plastic design, which doesn't feel like it would take much to snap. However, there's a decent sound coming from those 40mm cups, even if it's more comfortable in the mid and higher ranges than the lows. The Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 fared much better during a spin around Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Nintendo Switch than it did with the gravelly soundscape of Borderlands 3, for example. However, that bass treatment is a common gripe with cheaper headsets and you're still getting great value for money overall here. 

Read more: the original Turtle Beach Recon 200 review

9. Turtle Beach Elite Atlas

The best Turtle Beach headset from yesteryear

Specifications

Acoustic design: Closed Back
Drivers: 50mm
Weight: 0.98kg
Compatibility: PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, mobile

Reasons to buy

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Great comfort
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Feels sturdy
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Balanced well for games

Reasons to avoid

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Not as well suited for music

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas is priced like a mid-range headset at £90/ $100, but it punches above its price point in almost every way that matters. The overall build quality of the product is surprisingly sturdy, and the reserved black-and-chrome look won't attract nearly as many incredulous looks as some of the more vibrant plastic and LED-infused options you can find. The Elite Atlas' removable mic even means that you could probably take it out into public without getting singled out as a power player.

All that said, this is still very much a gamer's headset; its levels are tuned for luxuriating in explosions and picking up nearby footsteps rather than enjoying the subtleties of a philharmonic orchestra or what have you. With its lack of built-in surround sound and no amp or tuning support, the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas has no pretensions: it's simply a great gaming headset at an excellent price.

Read more: Turtle Beach Elite Atlas review

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The best value-busting Turtle Beach headset

Specifications

Acoustic design: Closed Back
Drivers: 50mm
Weight: 544g
Compatibility: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, mobile

Reasons to buy

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40 hours battery life
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Mic monitoring
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Four audio presets

Reasons to avoid

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Short cable
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Needs to be charged

The Stealth 300 isn't quite at the cheapest tier in Turtle Beach's headset range, but for £80/ $80 you can get a comfortable pair of headphones with four audio presets that cycle through default, Bass Boost, Bass and Treble Boost, and Treble/ Vocal Boost options.

The headset's amps need to be charged in order for the headset to work, which can be a pain if you've forgotten to juice them up, but on the plus side, the battery life is quite extensive, giving you around 40 hours from a single charge. They're super comfy and you'll have no problem wearing them for hours, and the ProSpecs tech means that even glasses wearers won't suffer from their eyewear being slowly fused to their skull. If you want balanced sound on a budget, the Stealth 300 is our go-to.

Read more: Turtle Beach Stealth 300 review

The best Turtle Beach earbuds

Specifications

Drivers: 10mm
Weight: 3.8 oz
Features: 3.5mm connection, carrying pouch, different sized ear buds
Works with: Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC, all phone and tablets with 3.5mm jacks

Reasons to buy

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Very portable
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Great price

Reasons to avoid

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Average sound quality
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Not as comfy for long sessions

For anyone who plays on the go, a traditional headset isn't always the answer. That's why the Turtle Beach Battle Buds are such a great solution. They're small, convenient, and eminently portable.

They actually work better than you'd think their 10mm drivers would allow; because the frequency response is limited, you'll get a fair balance of sound regardless of what you're listening to. That's quite an achievement. The Battle Buds won't match other headsets on this list in terms of quality, yet they're still able to impress.

Their size doesn't hurt, of course. These earbuds sit very firmly in place no matter how much you shake your head and the tiny microphone is reliable, too.

Read more: Turtle Beach Battle Buds review (opens in new tab)

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