Most 3.5mm wired gaming headsets are passive. This means they plug into a headphone or headset jack and rely entirely on the connected device to power and provide
Simple and Comfortable
Like the Astro Gaming A10 and many other gaming headsets, the Stealth 300 is color-coded for its intended console. The headset is almost entirely black plastic, with cloth grilles on the insides of the earcups and fabric wrapping the underside of the headband colored bright green for the Xbox One model and blue for the PS4 model. As is typical of wired headsets that connect through a 3.5mm jack, the distinctions are purely cosmetic; the color is the only difference between the versions.
The large, oval earcups feature black plastic shells and modestly padded earpads covered in breathable fabric. The earpads are glasses-friendly, with softer foam against the temple to prevent the uncomfortable pressure of glasses arms digging into the sides of your head while wearing the headset. Between the mostly plastic body and light padding on the earpads and headband, the Stealth 300 doesn’t weigh your head down or overheat your ears; it feels very unobtrusive, which is important for any headset you might wear for long periods of time.
Amp and Microphone
While it’s a wired headset that uses a 3.5mm connection, the Stealth 300’s built-in amplifier and EQ means it has more controls and options than your typical wired stereo headset. All of those
The amp needs to be charged for the headset to work. While it’s a wired headset with a 3.5mm connector, it simply won’t work unless the amp is turned on. According to Turtle Beach, the amp’s battery can last up to 30 hours between charges, which is a very long time compared
The flip-down boom microphone sounds remarkably clear for a sub-$100 gaming headset. My voice came through very clean, with no noticeable fuzziness or sibilance. This is surprising, considering the fixed plastic arm doesn’t have any flexible component for adjusting mic position; it simply flips down to an ideal angle in relation to your mouth.
As you’d expect from a headset with its own amp, the Stealth 300 can put out
The Bass + Treble Boost provides the best overall sound for the Stealth 300, though it obviously makes it very sculpted. Bringing out the lower and higher frequencies makes Yes’ “Roundabout” sound excellent, with the acoustic guitar plucks and strums getting plenty of texture and the electric bass sounding round and full.
Games can also sound powerful on the Stealth 300, but unlike most wired headsets, the different EQ settings mean you can dial back of the low-end if you want to focus more on the higher frequencies for positioning awareness. The two bass-boosting settings make Fortnite sound thunderous, with every gunshot coming through with deep, powerful bass presence. The Signature and Treble Boost settings dial back on the bass response, making gunshots a bit less overwhelming in the mix and, in the case of Treble Boost, bringing out more tactile sound effects like the rustling of grass, the knocking of footsteps, and the clinking of reloading weapons.
Overwatch’s bombastic soundtrack is filled with sweeping low-end and sounds very bass-heavy regardless of the EQ mode, but the non-bass modes help pull a little rumble away from the sounds of fighting. Higher frequency sounds like character voice clips can be heard, but tend to be swallowed a bit by the mix when in the middle of a lot of action.
No Man’s Sky sounds very good on the Stealth 300, with the treble-boosting EQ modes showing particularly strong high frequency detail. The bass-boosting modes make the steady sounds of engine noises and mining lasers seem full, but they still get plenty of presence with the other EQ presets. However, I was surprised by how clear and crisp the sound of raindrops hitting the canopy of my ship came through during a storm, a very nice experience brought out by the treble-boosting settings.
A Solid but Battery-Dependent Headset
The Turtle Beach Stealth 300 provides some interesting hardware-based flexibility most wired headsets lack, thanks to its built-in amp with different EQ presets. The ability to dial back on bass response or push up treble depending on the game you’re playing is a nice feature, and the different options can provide a surprisingly crisp, clean music experience as well. However, its dependence on the powered amp means you need to treat it like a wireless headset in terms of battery life, and that’s an extra and inconvenient step when compared with other wired headsets like the Astro A10 or the Logitech G Pro Gaming Headset, both of which offer similarly excellent listening experiences without the need to worry about a battery.
If you want the best possible wired gaming headset experience, meanwhile, the Turtle Beach Elite Pro and the Beyerdynamic MMX 300 are our two favorite options. But they’re both significantly more expensive than the other wired alternatives we’ve mentioned.