Turtle Beach - EAR FORCE Stealth 450 Over-the-Ear Wireless Gaming Headset for PC - Black/Red

This Turtle Beach EAR FORCE Stealth 450 TBS-6160-01 headset is fully wireless and features 50mm speakers, DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Surround Sound and DTS Surround Sound modes, Superhuman Hearing, 4 audio presets, microphone monitoring and voice prompts.

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Overview

What's Included


  • EAR FORCE Stealth 450 Over-the-Ear Wireless Gaming Headset
  • Microphone boom
  • 2' USB charge cable, 3.5mm mobile audio cable
  • Owner's manual

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
91% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (168 out of 185)

Features


Compatible with PC and select mobile devices

For wide-ranging use.

Wireless USB transmitter

With intelligent channel hopping allows you to connect audio devices from up to 30' away. A rechargeable lithium-polymer battery enables lasting wireless use.

DTS Headphone:X 7.1-channel surround sound

With 4 surround sound modes and 4 EQ presets promotes immersive listening to bring your games, movies and music to life.

Superhuman Hearing mode

Allows you to hear your in-game opponents in rich detail, picking up sounds as small as footsteps and weapon reloads.

50mm drivers

Along with neodymium magnets create a rich, dynamic soundscape.

Removable high-sensitivity microphone

Makes it easy to chat with your teammates. Variable microphone monitoring lets you hear your own voice in the headset to help prevent unnecessary shouting.

Over-the-ear design

With mesh fabric ear pads offers comfort during marathon gaming sessions.


What experts are saying

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars with 5 reviews

Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars with 185 reviews

91%of customers would recommend this to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Headset + Affordable Wireless - Great Sound

    Posted
    JoshuaQueen

    This is the best headset I have owned so far. I try to stay in the <$200 range. I was looking at the A50 or the Steelseries headsets that are all $300 plus, but they weren't in stock at Best Buy and I use my headsets for work at home and gaming, etc. I had taken the Logitech G933 back 3x (1x cause my dog ate it, 2x because issues/defective) and the Corsair Void wireless x2 (comfort/fit and to upgrade to g933). The g933 is great and all, except it's a p of poo. First one my dog ate, so it attracts dogs. The second and third pair both had defects. The headset padding just happened to come out on one side and got sticky good all over the strap. The third one couldn't stay connected and I ran into a weird COMMON issue that is not fixed. I didn't think I needed to troubleshoot my p of poo headset for hours in order to use it, so I took it back. Logitech let me down..again. I am slowly transitioning from using their products even though I like them. The sound was great...when it worked. I wish it was a hit, but it was poo instead. The Void Wireless fits oddly and the sound was meh, just whatever. It does the job, but I don't like it that much. Their software is weird too, at least for the headset itself. I have their Strafe RGB and the software is decent. Now for the Turtle Beach. This thing was hiding from me the whole time at Best Buy. I went there at least 5x for headset returns. I went there to look at headsets multiple times too. Somehow I found this after going through 3x G933 and 2x Void Wireless, and 1x A40 (looks very wireless). This headset was $40 cheaper than the next cheapest (Void Wireless). It was $99 I think when I got it. When I brought it home I knew what to expect. It doesn't fit well. It is very tight on your head. This may turn some people off. I honestly don't care. It is worth $200 if you compare it to the other headsets here. The sound is great! It is better or equal to the G933. The fitment is tight, but not painful, just, it could be more comfortable, but not a deal breaker at all. The mic is nice. Very flexible and removable. The button layout is odd, but works, especially once you get used to it. Muting the mic is on the front of the right cup while volume knobs and preset button is on the back. If you use your thumbs like most humans, it is easy to hit the volume or preset button when muting the mic. You have a knob for hearing yourself and you can turn it all the way down if you don't want to hear it. It is actually a nice feature. Pros: Sound is great Mic output is clear and great Mic is removable and flexible CHEAP! Looks decent Small, compact and lightweight Solid construction. Cons: Fitment is a little tight I'd recommend this headset over any other $50-200 ranged headset.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Sounds great, less filling

    Posted
    Virtek
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    How do they sound? They sound great! Zero complaints, other than the small annoyance of switching between the different soundscapes. There is only one button and you have to cycle through them 1 every 3 seconds. If you accidentally hit the button, gonna take you 15 seconds to get back to the soundscape you want. How do they feel? They fit nicely, not too tight and not too loose. The earpads might be more comfy if it were memory foam, but the material they use is still very nice. Ease of Use? Plug and Play EZPZ. Detachable mic is great, mic/main audio mix dial helps a ton, Ability to use Bluetooth, USB wired or headphone jack cable offers a fantastic array of choices not available on most other headsets. Solid features for sure! Build quality? This is the big fail. By "big" I mean BIG. This is the second set of Turtle Beach headsets I've owned, and they've both broken on the extendable arms that come out of the headrest. WITHIN 2 YEARS! Yes, that's right, *within* 2 years. Neither of them saw 2 full years out of the box without dying. And I'm SUPER careful with them. I only use them at home, on my PC. They never leave my desk unless they're on my head. I always use 2 hands to remove them. I treat them like gold. I DJ as a hobby for the last 17 years, so I know how to make headphones last in heavy abuse situations. I've had to buy 2, yes TWO sets of headphones in that entire time. The first set of DJ headphones I only replaced because I was tired of them and wanted an upgrade. Now, these headphones are cheap for the features they provide, so maybe replacing them every 2 years isn't a big deal for you. For me, it is. I will not be buying Turtle Beach products any longer if they can't learn to use metal (or stronger/less-brittle plastic) to support the main points of stress on their headsets. It's a shame, really, because everything else about these are great. The audio, features, and ease of use are the only things saving these from receiving a 1 star review. Had the quality of their building choice not been so abysmal, this could have been a 5 star review. I purposely waited for the 2 year anniversary of purchase before reviewing, in case the same thing happened as the last set. I made it 19 months. yes, 19 months. I basically rented a pair of headphones for $5.58 a month, based on the price listed on the Best Buy website today.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A very nice balance

    Posted
    H3llbAne
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    To put it simply, this headset is the best I've ever owned. I tried Logitech and Corsair and both have their trade offs. Logitechs have excellent sound quality, but are cheaply made and break very easily. Corsairs on the other hand, are extremely durable, they're built like tanks. But this came at the price of sound quality not being as good. They also always have that yellow color scheme......which I absolutely hate. Now why did I mention these two in this review? Simple. Turtle Beach seems to have found a nice balance between the two. The sound quality is on par with Logitech, the headphones are nice and light, and they nearly as solid as the Corsairs.(Which is amazing given how light they are.) Battery life is nothing special, it will run for 10-15 hours on a charge, which is industry standard. The range is also on par with it's competitors.(In a century old house) What really blew me away though, was that the headphone actually canceled out noise and that it only asks you to install the driver, not an entirely new program. It's competitors claim their headsets cancel noise, but I always had problems with them. And they always make you install their management program.(Which slows down your computer on start up) That being said, this headset does have a few small issues. While getting the headset to search for a link is easy, you have to press a paperclip or staple(or something of that size) into a tiny hole on the USB to establish the link. I'm guessing this is because it doesn't use a management program, but I'm not sure. Would have been nice if they connected automatically after you reset the headset. Finally the headset has lights on both sides. They are a nice touch, but I wish I could shut them off at times. Neither of these issue are enough for me to down-rate this product though. I am more than willing to deal with them for what this headset offers for it's surprisingly low price. P.S. I've owned this for maybe 4 months now.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Does what I expected +more

    Posted
    Steve
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I game on both pc and xbox one, and i was looking for a new headset, one that i can use with my pc AND my xbox with no crazy setup or modifications. The first headset i picked up was the logitech g633, which as much as i liked, was certainly lacking in In mainly the overall design such as the mic boom being too short and the overall size being enormous. Not to mention they weren't wireless unless you paid $200 for the wireless g933 version. So i picked up these for a reasonable price around $100, and didn't really know what to expect. Right out of the box, they work and do exactly what i wanted them to do. Pc setup is simple and painless, and in no time i had them working. Through the software , available on turtle beaches website you are able to configure the surround settings. I usually just leave them set to stereo which works well for most games. The headset itself has built in sound profiles for bass, treble, vocal, etc which is something i like seeing as even the logitech pair didn't have this. As gor xbox one, it was easier than expected. Using the INCLUDED 3.5mm cable, it was as simple as plugging the one end in the headset, and the other in the controller (i use the 2nd gen controller with the 3.5mm port built in, the adapter should do the same though.) amazingly enough, i was able to get sound in, and voice out! So, if you like to switch between console and pc, and not be bothered by having 2 seperate headsets, pick up a set of these. For the price i paid, they certainly perform as any other mid range pair of head phones should, the ease of use and the adaptability make them my go-to headset for the time being.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    EAR Force Stealth 450, works with XBOX ONE and PC

    Posted
    JAXTECHIE
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Bought these for my kid because he bought his own gaming computer. I like the fact that I have to constantly put them on a charge because he forgets to. Actually I don't do that. Sometimes I like to turn them on to drain the battery on him and he has to play his games with no sound. The headset has great sound. Volume control for mic and regular sound. There is a button on the under side of the ear to change different sound settings (xtra bass, etc). There is a a Bluetooth USB dongle that connects to the PC and I assume will also work on a PS4, so the headset connects wirelessly in that application. To connect to an XBOX ONE, there is a separate cable that attaches on the underside of the headset and plugs into the game controller. The headset notifies you when it's turned on, charging, turned off, and it will also do an auto shutoff and notify you when it is doing a auto shutoff which gives you time to cancel it by tapping the power button. You will use this feature when using the wire connection. It always happens to me at the most inopportune times when I am playing Battlefield 4 because as soon as I take my hand off the controller, that is when I get shot. Slamming the side of my head against the wall or table doesn't seem to get to the power button :/ These headphones have noise cancelling. It's called turning the volume up. I can't hear squat when I have these things cranked. Like when my girlfriend is screaming at me to get off the XBOX. Unfortunately the same goes for my kid when he's playing. Good thing I have good aim with my controller, phone, or any other blunt object, when I need to get his attention. For the price, its a great buy for wireless headphones. I would have given it 5 stars but the auto shutoff feature when I have it wired is really annoying.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It just works and it sounds great

    Posted
    BravoMan
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Prior to buying this headset, I tried another headset and I was just not satisfied with it. After looking for a while, I came across this headset from Turtle Beach. I'm glad that I found it and I have enjoyed it without much trouble since purchase. The detachable mic is easy to work with, even though it did take a bit to get use to. The sound quality is superb and the headset gives you quite a bit of control over how you want to hear the sound. The battery lasts for quite some time and the headset even works when you're charging it. The only problem is that the charging cable is a bit short, so you might want to get an extension USB cable. When the headset is on, you will see a white LED in the Turtle Beach logo on both sides of the headset when it is on. So it's obvious that your headset is on. There is an auto shutdown function that will turn the headset off after a bit of inactivity. Which is nice if you have to leave your desk in a hurry for whatever reason. Overall it is a solid headset for both gaming and casual usage. I would definitely recommend this headset and Turtle Beach in general as a good brand.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Fine for Gaming, not for anything else.

    Posted
    XipherZero
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    The Good: This headset has a high build quality and the built in audio DSP presets were a nice touch. Audio from the computer was clear and basses solid and the ability to hear yourself speak was great. The headset was comfortable and did not pinch tightly so I could have seen wearing it for long periods of time. The Bad: When using this headset with any other devices besides the computer it was a complete failure. Any 3.5mm jack connection to different devices produced a ridiculous amount of static and white noise which was distracting and resulted in a terrible headache after a 20 minute phone call. There are many many complaints about this problem for the Stealth series of headsets and dates this particular issue to being around for many years. This indicates a lack of commitment by the manufacturer to fix problems with this line and build a truely quality product. I ended up returning the headset as it did not meet my needs for a multipurpose audio device and I couldn't see using it for anything other than gaming. Even trying to plug it in to a phone or MP3 player will not work as the problem seems to be related specifically to connections using the 3.5mm headphone jack. Overall a big disappointment.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Headset I've Ever Bought

    Posted
    JaRyCu
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    To start, I'm a 38 year old who's been gaming for 34 years and I've been through a lot of "cheap" headsets. In the last few years I've finally started investing in better quality headsets. First I bought a nice Logitech set for roughly $40. It had great sound quality, but I snapped it in half in less than a year. After that, around 2 years ago, I bought a Steel Series headset at Best Buy that I caught on a daily deal. That headset was great but was finicky to get setup. It was also hot on my ears. The volume was extremely loud, so I often used it as a desktop speak in order to avoid the ear discomfort. It snapped in half one month ago today, so it was time for something new. I bought this headset a month ago and it has been a dream. I got an Amazon price match in-store so I paid $90 + the warranty. Setting it up was easy - I just plugged it in, charged it, and started using it. The volume is awesome, the mic is the best mic I've ever owned, and the headset is extremely comfortable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

What experts are saying

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars with 5 reviews

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The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about noise isolation, mids quality, treble quality and sound. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 86/100 = Very good quality.
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