So this post is either going to make you think I’m the worlds biggest weirdo or be jelly about how cool my life is.
You know how you get people who love silence? Like their biggest goal in life is to have their house be peaceful and quiet? Well I’m pretty much the exact opposite of that. If I’m faced with silence I will almost go out of my way to change it.
Let’s examine this example of how I live my life:
Netflix, YouTube or Deezer: one or more of these are ALWAYS running, and I do mean always. I don’t think I’ve fallen asleep in my adult life without some form of ‘background’ noise.
Skype or Discord: I am ALWAYS on Skype, even when it says I’m not, I am – I just changed my status so that people don’t think I’m always online.. but I totally am.
Then on top of this, there is a 90% chance I have a game running on my PC or Playstation.
Basically if you’re at my house there is probably a TV Show, a game, some music and some form of conversation with people all happening simultaneously. Quite is not welcome here.
This all makes for a few 1st world problems for me. I never had wireless headphones so unless I almost burst a speaker, I couldn’t really move around my house easily while talking and instead every few minutes I had to leave the conversation hanging while I left the room to make coffee. Even when I am in the same room as the call, I actually need a pair of really great noise canceling headphones because as you’ve read, I hardly have an ideal situation for calls.
This is a struggle I had pretty much given up on ever finding a permeant solution for.
I recently had the chance to make some content for Turtle Beach, an American headset manufacturer. I was able to review a bunch of Turtle Beach headsets and one of them really stood out for me: the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless Headset.
I recently got the chance make some content for Apex surrounding Turtle Beach (total life goals and a bucket list scratch off for sure) I got to review a whole bunch of Turtle Beach headsets, one of which is actually why I’m writing this post, and that is the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless Headset.
The first thing you need to know is that this headset is EXCLUSIVELY for next-gen consoles, sorry PC Master racers but this one isn’t for you, everyone else, get ready for your eargasm now because once you go Stealth 600 you don’t go back. The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 is a 100% Wireless Headset, it has powerful 50mm speakers so you get really crisp and clear sounds even though you’re effectively ‘unplugged. It’s a ‘virtual surround sound’ headset meaning it automatically turns normal stereo (flat/2D) sound into surround sound (3D), making it really easy to become totally immersed. They also block out ambient room noise like a beast.
One of the reasons I was always skeptical about going wireless was battery life. I had a wireless mouse and after the first few weeks of it almost always being flat I was totally willing to burn it in a fire, but the battery on the Stealths actually really surprised me. According to Turtle Beach, you should be looking at 15 hours of continuous gaming per charge, but that’s just the thing,
From my experience, you can go longer than that and if you’re a casual gamer/user, and you’re only using it a couple of hours at a time, you can easily go a full five-day week without having to charge them up, which is a godsend.
One of the other things I’m usually worried about is if the headset is going to fit over my glasses easily without creating pressure. I’m prone to headaches and this is made way worse if I have something effectively pressing my head like a stress ball, but to my pleasant surprise, the Stealth 600s are completely glasses friendly. What they’ve done is implement a ‘dual-foam’ system in the ear cups so there is a softer foam in the section that would rest against your glasses meaning it alleviates almost all of the pressure and if you don’t have glasses it doesn’t make any difference to your experience at all.
Another problem I usually find with headsets that can cancel the noise in my house out is that I then start talking WAY too loud and end up practically deafening not only the people on the call but the poor souls in my house also, but the Stealths had this covered by giving me the ability to hear my own voice through the headset and be able to adjust the volume of the mic and my actual voice so that I’m not the crazy person seemingly yelling at myself.
Then there is the Stealth 600s secret weapon, the reason why I can’t go back to another headset ever again, and that is it’s ‘ethical advantage’ system known as Superhuman Hearing. Basically, what this does is slightly boost all the soft/subtle sounds in game, so think footsteps, reloads, bullets being shot in the distance etc. for you. This, combined with the Virtual Surround Sound, makes for a truly killer combo of you being able to hear someone sneaking up on you and being able to tell from where just by listening normally.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 really earns the tagline of Hear Everything, Defeat Everyone.
The Stealth 600 is quite honestly one of the best wireless headsets you will find for either PS4 or Xbox One and I can’t believe a battled for so long before it came into my life.