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Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero vs Stealth 600 Gen 2 (2020): Which Gaming Headset Should You Choose?

Choosing a gaming headset can be a daunting task because of all the options that are available to you. To narrow things down for you, we’ve taken two popular gaming headsets and put them side by side for comparison. These are the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero and the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2

These headsets are targeted at different users and sit at different price points. Will the Elite Atlas Aero, being the more expensive headset, blow the Stealth 600 Gen 2 out of the water with its many features? Or will the newer and cheaper Stealth 600 Gen 2 prove to be the better headset? Let’s dive into the details and find out.

Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero vs Stealth 600 Gen 2 Comparison Chart

ModelElite Atlas AeroStealth 600 Gen 2
 Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero Wireless PC Gaming HeadsetTurtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 Wireless Gaming Headset for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4
PriceCheck PriceCheck Price
TypePC GamingConsole Gaming
Ear CushionsPleather
Memory Foam
AeroFit™ Cooling Gel
ProSpecs™ Glasses Relief System
Pleather
Plush
ProSpecs™ Glasses Relief System
ConnectivityWireless Transmitter
3.5mm Aux Cable
Wireless Transmitter
Drivers50mm Nanoclear™ Neodymium50mm Nanoclear™ Neodymium
Frequency Range12Hz-20kHz20Hz-20kHz
Sound TechnologyWaves NX® 3D Audio
Superhuman Hearing (digital 7.1)
Superhuman Hearing (digital 7.1)
BuildPlastic/MetalPlastic
Battery Life30hrs15hrs
Release DateSeptember 2019September 2020

Comfort

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero takes the lead with their large memory foam ear cushions infused with cooling gel.

Shown: Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero (left) and Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 (right).

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero and Stealth 600 Gen 2 come with very soft and comfortable ear cushions that can be worn through many hours of gaming. The ear cushions are made from plush materials and pleather on the outside to keep unwanted noise from entering. These headsets are also perfect for the four-eyed with Turtle Beach’s ProSpecs™ Glasses Relief System. What this does is create a small notch on the ear cushions where your eyeglasses can slip right in. 

The Elite Atlas Aero has the edge when it comes to ear cushion design and features. The large oblong ear cushions on the Elite Atlas Aero ensure a comfortable fit for everyone. The Stealth 600 Gen 2 has a unique ear cushion shape that you might have to wiggle around a bit to get them to fit. They are also a bit smaller than the ear cushions of the Elite Atlas Aero. They will fit some users perfectly, but others with larger ears might experience ear pinching. The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero ear cushions are also infused with AeroFit™ Cooling Gel. This cooling gel will keep your head and your ears cool even when your game is heating up.

Build

Both the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero and Stealth 600 Gen 2 have great build quality but the Elite Atlas Aero goes above with a metal headband.

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero (left) comes with a metal headband while the Stealth 600 Gen 2 (right) comes with an all-plastic headband.

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero is made from durable solid plastic and a metal headband. The headset has a bit of weight to it and feels really premium on your hands. When you put them on your head, however, that weight seems to vanish. This headset weighs only 1.8lbs so you’re not going to experience discomfort even with long hours of gaming. The earcups on this headset can also fold in towards the headband for compact storage. 

The Stealth 600 Gen 2, on the other hand, is an all-plastic headset weighing only 1.28lbs. Everything from the speaker housing to the headband is made from durable plastic. The Stealth 600 Gen 2 does not feel cheap or flimsy, but a metal reinforcement for the headband would have made us feel a little more confident that it won’t break in the long run. In terms of adjustability, you are able to swivel the earcups inward a full 90-degrees so they rest flat on your chest when not in use.

Sound

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero takes an easy win in the sound department with better sound clarity and Waves NX® 3D audio technology.

Left: Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero is powered by Waves NX® 3D Audio. Right: The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 comes with Superhuman Hearing technology.

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero and the Stealth 600 Gen 2 are fitted with 50mm Nanoclear™ neodymium drivers. These drivers are known to produce an excellent bass punch and very clear and crisp highs. The Elite Atlas Aero has a frequency range of 12Hz-20kHz while the Stealth 600 Gen 2 has a range of 20Hz-20kHz. On paper, these specs seem fairly similar but when put to the test, the Elite Atlas Aero came out on top with better sound clarity.

Both headsets have SuperHuman Hearing capabilities, which is Turtle Beach’s way of saying “digital 7.1 surround sound”. The Elite Atlas Aero, however, also comes with Waves NX® 3D Audio, which delivers a more accurate and realistic surround sound. Another great feature on the Elite Atlas Aero is that it can be used with the Turtle Beach Control Studio, a PC app that lets you take full control of your headset’s sound dynamics.

Microphone

When it comes to microphones, both headsets carry an omnidirectional, noise-canceling microphone. On the Elite Atlas Aero, the microphone is detachable. This allows you to leave it off if you know you won’t be needing a microphone. You can even plug in a different microphone to use with the headset. The Stealth 600 Gen 2’s microphone is tucked into the headphone’s speaker housing. You flip the microphone down when you need it and it’s automatically activated. Flipping the microphone back up will put it on mute. 

Features & Functions

Both headsets offer a good number of features but the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero again goes above with double the battery life and the option to use a 3.5mm auxiliary cable.

Left: The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero is shown folded for compact storage. Right: The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2’s controls are shown.

Connectivity 

Both the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero and the Stealth 600 Gen 2 are wireless headsets. The Elite Atlas Aero is made specifically for PC gamers and is connected using a wireless transmitter that comes with the headset. You can also use the headset with other devices by plugging in the supplied detachable 3.5mm auxiliary cable. 

With the Stealth 600 Gen 2, you can choose between an Xbox model and a PlayStation model. The Xbox model connects wirelessly to your Xbox or any PC that has the Xbox logo. You can also purchase the Xbox wireless adapter for Windows 10 to get it to work with your PC. The PlayStation model works with PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch (dock mode only), PC, and even Mac, using the supplied wireless USB transmitter. 

Controls and Ports

Running down the back of the left earcup are your headset controls. On the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero, you have two control wheels that control sound volume and mic monitor volume, a programmable mode button, a power button, a USB-C charge port, and a microphone jack. You also have a mic mute button found on the outside of the earcup. The buttons on the Elite Atlas Aero can be remapped on the Turtle Beach Control Studio. 

On the Stealth 600 Gen 2, you get two control wheels for sound volume and chat volume, a mode button (used to switch between standard, bass, treble, and voice mode), a power button that doubles as the Superhuman Hearing activation button, and a USB-C charging port. 

Battery Life

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero blows the Stealth 600 Gen 2 out of the water with a battery that is twice as powerful. The Elite Atlas Aero gives you 30 hours while the Stealth 600 Gen 2 only gives you 15 hours. 

Verdict

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero is the better headset but the Stealth 600 Gen 2 comes with a lower price tag and packs everything you need in a gaming headset.

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero takes an easy win over the Stealth 600 Gen 2. Although you pay roughly $50 more for the Elite Atlas Aero, we think that it is well worth it. The Elite Atlas Aeros are more comfortable on your ears, have a sturdier metal headband, produce a more realistic sound with Waves NX® 3D Audio, can be used with an auxiliary cable, have 15 hours more battery life, and last but not least, its sound can be fine-tuned in the Turtle Beach Control Studio. 

That isn’t to say that the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 is trash. It still is a really good headset that can produce great sound and has versatile wireless connectivity. It also has a neat little flip-out microphone. We wouldn’t be surprised if people choose the Stealth 600 Gen 2 over the Elite Atlas Aero because of its many features and low price tag.

FAQs

📌 Does the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 have an auxiliary jack?

No, the Stealth 600 Gen 2 can only be connected wirelessly via its USB transmitter.

📌 Can I use the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero with my console?

Yes, you can use the Elite Atlas Aero with any device that has a 3.5mm audio jack. However, you might have difficulty connecting wirelessly to your console.

📌 Does the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 have Bluetooth?

No, the Stealth 600 Gen 2 does not have Bluetooth capabilities.

📌 Do I need an amp with the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero?

No, you do not need an amp to use the Elite Atlas Aero gaming headset.

Last update on 2020-10-25 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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