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Good old Tur­tle Beach. Re­li­able, af­ford­able and a great way to beef up your au­dio ex­pe­ri­ence with a some made-for-pur­pose head­phones. The Tur­tle Beach range con­tin­ues to of­fer an ex­cel­lent level of qual­ity at a mix of price points so that you can get the most from your in­vest­ment, and the Stealth 300 head­set de­liv­ers again, al­though not with­out is­sues.

It’s all about the per­for­mance though, and with these head­phones you’re get­ting a lot more con­trol than you even get with some higher-priced mod­els. A mode se­lec­tion but­ton on the left ear cup al­lows you to se­lect bass boost, tre­ble boost or bass and tre­ble boost on top of the nor­mal play­back op­tion. Cy­cling through the set­tings on a good loud game re­ally shows as you get meatier ex­plo­sions with bass boost and more de­fined voices with tre­ble. This also has its ap­pli­ca­tions if you’re us­ing the head­set just for mu­sic, of course.

We did find the bass boost to be rel­a­tively weak for what it was try­ing to do, and it made ev­ery­thing else sound a lit­tle mud­dier as a re­sult. What you’re play­ing is go­ing to make a big dif­fer­ence here, or course. Per­haps more frus­trat­ing is the but­ton place­ment, right next to the power but­ton on the head­set and with not much dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion in their pro­file to judge them on touch alone.

The big­ger an­noy­ance for us, though, is charg­ing this head­set at all. It sim­ply won’t work un­less charged, and while there’s the prom­ise of 40 hours of play­back with it, charg­ing a head­set even if we don’t want to use its fancier fea­tures seems like a lot. Per­haps you’re cool with that, but it feels like a nui­sance to us.

Ul­ti­mately, if you have the pa­tience with it, there’s good value here and some ex­cel­lent fea­tures avail­able. Def­i­nitely an up­grade for a mod­er­ate in­vest­ment. uk.turtle­beach.com

As well as be­ing a gen­er­ally com­fort­able cush­ion on this head­set, it also fea­tures what Tur­tle Beach calls its Prospecs tech­nol­ogy that means they're comfy to play when wear­ing glasses The head­set mic couldn’t be eas­ier to use. If you want to mute it you just flick it back up and that’s it. n n

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