Turtle Beach Elite Atlas vs. Turtle Beach Stealth 600: Which should you buy?
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The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas is an excellent all-round headset with quality and sound that defies its price point. But you are limited to a short 3.5mm cable, and the feature set isn't terribly exciting.
- Premium build quality at an affordable price
- Stellar audio quality
- Maximum comfort and durability
- In-line mute button
- Limited features by itself
Dollar for dollar, the Stealth 600 is probably the best wireless headset on the market, with a rock-solid Xbox Wireless connection and a range of interesting features. The build quality and audio suffer at this price point, however.
- Wireless convenience
- 15-hour battery life
- Flip-to-mute mic
- Audio presets and mic monitoring
- Construction isn't the best
- Audio could be better
- Need an adapter (sold separately) for use on most PCs
Ultimately the battle between these headsets boils down to wires (or lack thereof). If you want a wireless headset, you won't be disappointed with the Stealth 600, but if you want better audio quality, construction, and comfort, the Elite Atlas is the way to go.
Battle of the cables
The most obvious difference between the Stealth 600 and the Elite Atlas is the connectivity. The Stealth 600 is a completely wireless headset, utilizing the Xbox Wireless signal to connect to devices. On Xbox One, it's as simple as pairing a controller. On unsupported PCs, however, you'll need an additional Xbox Wireless dongle (opens in new tab), which costs around $25. The Elite Atlas connects with a trusty old 3.5mm cable.
|Header Cell - Column 0||Elite Atlas||Stealth 600|
|Connectivity||3.5mm wired||Xbox Wireless|
|Speaker type||50mm "Nanoclear" neodymium||50mm neodymium|
|Frequency response||12Hz – 20kHz||20Hz – 20kHz|
|Features||In-line mute, detachable mic, customizable speaker plates||On-ear audio controls, bass boost, mic-monitoring feedback, flip-to-mute mic|
|Compatibility||Xbox, PC, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, 3.5mm mobile devices||Xbox One, compatible PCs|
With both headsets sitting in the $100 range, the devil is in the details. The Elite Atlas is an all-around superior headset, at least when it comes to the basics. The headset follows the design conventions set out by the Elite Pro Tournament headset, with sturdy metal framework, thick, premium memory foam earcups, and Turtle Beach's stellar "Nanoclear" speakers, which vastly outstrip the quality of audio found in the Stealth 600. While the Stealth 600's audio isn't bad by any means, the difference between the two headsets in terms of clarity and soundscaping is obvious — for better sound, you're going to want the Elite Atlas.
That said, when it comes to pure convenience, the Stealth 600 has the Elite Atlas beat in a number of ways. First and foremost, the Stealth 600 sports mic monitoring, which allows you to hear yourself while you're speaking in party chats. The isolating nature on the Elite Atlas' sound chambers makes it difficult to hear yourself — you may end up yelling needlessly, annoying those around you. The Xbox One does have mic monitoring built in, but it's far too quiet for most scenarios in my opinion.
The Stealth 600 also has a flip-to-mute mic, which is a nice touch and it doesn't get in the way as much as the long boom mic on the Elite Atlas does. The Elite Atlas' mic is detachable, however, if you ever wanted to ditch it or use the headset outside, but it's also pretty leaky, I don't think you'll fancy using it in public. And since the Stealth 600 doesn't have 3.5mm connectivity at all, you definitely won't be using that one in public, unless you bring your Xbox along.
Finally, the Elite Atlas just feels a lot nicer, and looks a lot nicer too. Rocking premium materials and metallic gunmetal accents, it makes the Stealth 600 look like a toy by comparison, which has the loud Xbox green color throughout its design. The plastics on the Stealth 600 just feel a lot cheaper, inferring that the bulk of the price represents the wireless tech and other features, such as mic monitoring.
So, which should you buy?
If you want better sound and better build quality, the Elite Atlas is the way to go. We currently list it as one of our top Xbox headsets for a reason, and it's all found in those speakers and construction, which are simply utterly rare at the $100 price point. That said, I combine my Elite Atlas with my trusty $130 Astro MixAmp (opens in new tab) to inject mic monitoring and additional audio features.
Without my MixAmp, I think I may personally prefer the Stealth 600, just for those added onboard features. Wirelessness is also far more convenient for those who play in the living room, rather than at a desk, for example, which might also make the Stealth 600 better for you.
Whichever headset you pick, you won't be disappointed, as the tradeoffs in sound quality for features are largely worth it at both sides of the argument, depending on your preference and setup.
Premium has never been this cheap
The Elite Atlas defies its $100 price to bring premium sound, and premium build quality to the mid-range. For what it lacks in features, it makes up with big sound and big comfort.
Wireless for the masses
The best affordable wireless headset
The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 isn't the most robust-feeling headset out there, but it's crammed with features and convenience.
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Jez Corden a Managing Editor at Windows Central, focusing primarily on all things Xbox and gaming. Jez is known for breaking exclusive news and analysis as relates to the Microsoft ecosystem while being powered by caffeine. Follow on Twitter @JezCorden and listen to his Xbox Two podcast, all about, you guessed it, Xbox!