The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 is the best all-around Xbox headset for most gamers, boasting the widest array of features at a bewilderingly affordable price.

Our pick

Turtle Beach Stealth 600

Lightweight, great sound, and completely wireless.

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 is the best headset for most Xbox gamers, boasting impressive versatility at an incredible price.

Who should buy this headset

If you're looking for the ideal all-around Xbox headset that is as convenient as it is high-quality, the wireless Stealth 600 is tough to beat. Rocking great sound options, high-quality audio, 15 hours of battery life, and a low price, this is the headset I always recommend first.

Is it a good time to buy this headset?

The Stealth 600 is still relatively new, and while Turtle Beach has been releasing an array of new headsets recently, none of them boast wireless capabilities like this one.

Reasons to buy

  • Lightweight and comfortable.
  • Great price.
  • Sounds excellent, with 50mm neodymium drivers.
  • Configurable with bass boost and other audio presets.
  • Fully wireless without a dongle for Xbox One.
  • 15-hour battery life.
  • Has configurable mic monitoring (so you can hear yourself while speaking).
  • Attractive design with a flip-to-mute microphone.

Reasons not to buy

  • When it comes to sound quality, you can find better elsewhere in this price range.
  • Few PCs support Xbox Wireless, so you might need an extra adapter for PC.

An affordable sound solution for Xbox

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 remains a favorite headset of mine for its pure convenience and great value. It won't give you the most amazing audio in the world versus some of the more expensive alternatives out there, but it's tough to beat at $85.

It lacks built-in virtual surround, instead enlisting Windows Sonic or Dolby Atmos to provide a similar surround experience, both of which are adequate (and in the case of Atmos, sometimes better, if the game supports it properly). Overall, the audio quality is rock solid, and features like Turtle Beach's "Superhuman Hearing" accentuate audio cues like footsteps in games, granting you a competitive edge in some games.

On pure value and breadth of features, nothing comes close to the Turtle Beach Stealth 600.

The Xbox Wireless signal isn't as widespread across different devices as Bluetooth, but it is far more reliable, using the same connection your Xbox One controllers use. You simply pair the headset as you would a controller, and you're ready to go.

The voice quality is also a priority for Turtle Beach, and this headset is fully compatible with Xbox One and compatible PCs, avoiding echoes and other forms of distortion. Additionally, the Stealth 600 has a mic monitoring voice feedback option, which many other headsets in this price range sadly neglect. If you want to be able to hear yourself speak so you don't accidentally yell in the mic, you'll need a headset like this one.

Naturally, you can get more if you're willing to pay for one of the higher-end alternatives listed below, but on pure value and breadth of features, nothing comes close to the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 right now.

Alternatives to the Turtle Beach Stealth 600

The Stealth 600 might not be the best option for some scenarios. For example, if you'd simply prefer a wired headset for peace of mind, want something a little more versatile for streaming, or need unbridled audio quality, there are other options.

Runner-up

HyperX CloudX

Uncompromising audio quality.

It lacks some bells and whistles, but this wired headset boasts totally uncompromised sound quality.

HyperX's CloudX Xbox One headset is a standard wired headset that delivers big on the basics. There are no magical audio presets, no wirelessness and no mic monitoring, but the sound quality delivered by the big 53mm speakers is unbeatable in this price range. Its large over-ear oval cups are comfortable and airy, creating the perfect environment for the CloudX's creamy audio. They're also incredibly comfortable.

Premium experience

Astro A50

The best of the best, if you can afford it.

If you're looking for a truly incredible sound experience on Xbox One, there is only one option.

The Astro A50 is in a class of its own for prospective Xbox One headset buyers. Complete with a charging dock, microphone monitoring feedback, incredible audio, and supreme comfort, the Astro A50s is a purchase you won't soon regret if you can justify the price.

Best for pros

Astro A40 TR & MixAmp

Esports or game-streamer aspirant? The Astro A40 TR MixAmp is for you.

The Astro A40 TR MixAmp combo is a must-have piece of kit for mixing different sound sources.

The Astro A40 TR with MixAmp combo is the most versatile sound solution for gamers who need to mix audio from different sources. The Astro MixAmp is fully compatible to mix sound from both Xbox One and PC at the same time for game sound and communication platforms. The Astro A40 headset seals the deal, with optional custom speaker branding for streamers and esports aspirants, with great audio quality and a powerful microphone.

Best chat headset

Plantronics RIG 100HX

For chat-only, look no further than the RIG 100HX.

If you're looking for a classic monopiece-style headset for chat only, the RIG 100HX is awesome for the price.

If you have an existing sound setup and want a headset purely for Xbox party chat, the RIG 100HX is an ideal purchase. This open-back style monopiece will ensure that you'll still hear the full force of your external speakers, while providing crystal clear voice communications at an affordable price.

Bottom line

There are dozens of great Xbox One headsets out there for all different types of user scenarios, but these are the best we've found in our extensive testing experience for every type of user scenario.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Jez Corden is a full-time writer for Windows Central, focusing on Xbox, Surface, and Windows PC. He spends the vast majority of his time gaming, or writing about gaming, with a mission to provide gamers in the Microsoft ecosystem the best and most up-to-date info possible.

Cale Hunt is a full-time writer for Windows Central, focusing mainly on PC hardware and VR. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and when he has some free time you can usually find him practicing guitar or reorganizing his ever-growing library. If you hear him say "Sorry!" it's only because he's Canadian.

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