Turtle Beach Stealth 400 Multi-Format Wireless Headset Review

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Introduction


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It’s fairly common for gamers to own more than one console, and when you’re ready to play online, the last thing you want to be doing is trying to find the right headset for the right console. The best way to reduce the need for multiple headsets is to purchase a multi-format headset; that’s where the new Turtle Beach Stealth 400 comes into play. The Stealth 400 is compatible with PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and mobile device. This means that quickly flicking between consoles should be relatively easy, with the added bonus that you can take the headset on the go with you for use with your mobile device.

The Turtle Beach Stealth 400 is a wireless headset, meaning you won’t have to suffer from trailing cables while gaming. Not all devices allow for wireless connectivity, so Turtle Beach have also included a 4-pole 3.5mm cable that will work great for hooking the headset up to your phone, tablet, mp3 player, or portable gaming device such as the PlayStation Vita.

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The headset comes with a range of connectivity options, such as the USB transmitter, which has an optical input (TosLink cable included). The headset is equipped with powerful 50mm drivers and a removable omni-directional microphone.

  • Speakers: 50mm with Neodymium Magnets
  • Speaker Impedance: 32Ω
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Headband/Earpad Material: Fabric (Black) with Foam Cushioning
  • Microphone Design: Removable Omni-Directional Microphone

The dongle is easy enough to use, it’s just a USB plug on one end that you can connect to your console and there’s a small optical cable port on the side.

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The detachable microphone has a flexible boom to better adjust your speaking position. Of course, you can completely remove it should you not need it.

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The construction of the headset is mostly plastic, which helps keep the overall weight of the unit as low as possible.

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Because this is a wireless headset, all the major controls have been placed on the underside of the drivers. Here you will find chat and game volume dials, a preset toggle button, the USB recharging port and the 3.5mm jack for mobile use.

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Separate from the other controls you’ll also find the microphone master mute button; this way you don’t knock the volume dials when you need a little privacy.

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The left driver has a recessed jack socket for the microphone.

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The plastics on the Stealth 400 have been given a lightly textured matte finish, with the exception of a small glossy panel on the back of each driver. Despite its plastic construction, the headset feels very tough and durable.

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There’s a rough rubber texture to the top of the headband, where you’ll also notice the embossed Turtle Beach logo.

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The headband comes with slide out extenders which lock firmly into place. The headset has a good range of extension that should make it suitable for younger gamers, as well as adults.

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The ear cups can be rotated inwards, allowing for a better fit against your ears, while also meaning they’re more comfortable to wear around your neck between games. The padding on the drivers is quite hard, but it’s got a nice soft external cloth cover and they should break-in over time to become more comfortable.

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Overall a really nice looking headset with understated looks. I like the blue trim around the ear cups, but given the name “stealth”, perhaps all black would have been a little bit cooler.

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Performance


Setting up the Turtle Beach Stealth 400 was a very straight forward procedure. Simply plug in the USB dongle to the back of the console, then hook the included TosLink optical cable from the console to the dongle. You can use any USB port on the console, but the one at the back is best so you don’t have a wire trailing around to the front of the console. You will need to charge the headset before use, but out of the box I found it only took an hour to get my headset up to 100% charge. You can use any available USB port on your console to charge your headset, or those found on your TV, PC or a special mains adaptor. Setting it up for use on a mobile device is even easier, just hook up the 3.5mm cable and you’re ready to use the Stealth 400 like any normal set of headphones.

Initial testing of the drivers was impressive. The drivers maxed out at 101 dBa, which is more than enough to give you a thumping headache after moderate use, or good news for those who like to have their headsets cranked up extremely loud. With the headset on my ears I found that 72 dBA of the noise leaked at 100% volume over a range of 3ft, which is pretty poor and 65 dBa at 50% volume. This means that who ever is sitting next to you and maybe whoever is setting next to them, will be listening to what you’re listening to; whether they like it or not.

Turtle Beach Stealth 400 Acoustics

Sound quality on the Stealth 400 is pretty decent, the headset is certainly powerful and crystal clear at all times. However, it does lack a little in the bass department, it sounds good while gaming, but doesn’t excite me when watching movies or listening to music. The gaming performance, especially so the in-game chat audio and microphone performance are superb. The headset sounds like it’s tuned towards eSports and pro gaming in general, where a focus on higher frequencies is often preferred as it makes it easier to pick out your enemies footsteps in fps titles.

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Final Thoughts


Price

The Turtle Beach Stealth 400 can be picked up from most major highstreet and online gaming retailers for around £79.99, a pretty good price for a wireless headset with this specification. The headset comes backed by a 1 year warranty.

Overview

Turtle Beach are one of the biggest names in the gaming peripheral business. They’ve got a wide range of gaming headsets that span from the affordable to the crazy expensive; something for everyone. The Stealth 400 isn’t cheap at £79.99, but given that it comes equipped with wireless technology, mobile support and support for more than one console, it is rather competitive.

The build quality is very good and the whole unit feels robust; it should survive more than a few knocks and bumps without any issue.  The ear cup and headband padding foam is a little tough at first, but it will wear in after extended use and this kind of foam typically lasts longer too, at least from my personal experience. The Stealth 400 is also lightweight, which is impressive considering that this is a wireless headset, so there’s a few extra electronics and a battery tucked away in there that you would expect to add excess weight.

Sound quality is pretty good, but far from the best in its class. The thing that sets this headset apart is that it’s one of the best sounding multi-format and wireless headsets. If you want all those feature with even better sound, then you’re going to have to pay more for it. The Stealth 400 is worthy of our gamers choice award, because it’s a great gaming headset and little else in my opinion. If you want to be really blown away, then invest the extra £20 into the Turtle Beach PX4 Wireless headset (our review).

Pros

  • Crystal clear sound
  • Wireless technology
  • Optical cable included
  • Multi-format support
  • Great chat audio quality
  • Removable microphone
  • Excellent build quality

Cons

  • Sound is clear, but a little uninspiring for movies and music
  • Price is now very close to the superior Turtle Beach PX4
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Turtle Beach Stealth 400 Multi-format Wireless Headset Review

Thank you Turtle Beach for providing us with this sample.

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1 Comment on Turtle Beach Stealth 400 Multi-Format Wireless Headset Review

  • Wayne says:

    I think they look very nice and I like the idea of the controls built into the earcup, I wish the did the same thing with wired cans as well, the inline controls have always been a nuisance as far as I’m concerned.

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