So I did NOT try the Turtle Beach Stealth 600s. Instead, I ordered a Razer Thresher with direct connect wireless: https://smile.amazon.com/Razer-Thres...thresher&psc=1
Got it set up last night and played a couple of hours of Gears of War 4, watched a little Mad Max Fury Road and listened to some music via Pandora Plus. I didn't have anyone to party up with last night so I did not get a chance to try out chat yet, but I can confirm that this headset DOES have mic monitoring. It's not really advertised by them and I had seen a ton of reviews complaining that there is no mic monitoring. However, if you press in the left audio wheel, like a button, and hold it for a second, you'll get a tone and mic monitoring is on. I do not think it's adjustable and it's not a super high level, but I was able to test it while listening to a movie and I could hear myself talk, so this was a big bonus for me as I was assuming it just wouldn't have that feature.
Again, I have only played a couple of hours and I haven't tried chat yet, but here's my initial thoughts:
1. Everything about this headset is dead simple. Good, solid, simple packaging with the headset safely nestled in black foam within the box. One small box inside the big box holds the USB charging cable and the instructions. You also get a Razer sticker.
2. Setup is also really easy. Once the set is charged (I didn't wait to fully charge it to be honest) you simply turn on the Xbox and press the pairing button. Then hold the power button on the headset down until the Razer logo on the earcup starts flashing quickly. In about 5 seconds or so it pairs up with the Xbox directly and you're done.
3. Sound is good. Not the best I've ever heard but really solid. The sound is clear, which is my biggest issue anyway. It's not naturally as heavy with the bass as many other headsets I've heard, but what's there is clear and tight.
4. Comfort level is high for me. This set puts way less pressure on my giant head than most gaming headsets I've tried. This fits more like an old school, full size set of cans. Note: This is definitely a full sized headset. It is not compact in anyway. If you have a small head, this is going to look gigantic on you. The large size means the ear cups completely cover my ears and provide a nice sense of space since the drivers have a little room away from your ears.
5. Controls are straightforward. There's a power button, a charging port, a chat balance wheel that can also be pressed in like a button to mute the chat mic, or held down for turning mic monitoring on and off. There is an audio wheel on the right earcup for game volume. It can be pressed in like a button to mute the game audio. You do not get anything to tell you what you're changing other than sound tones in the headset.
6. Being able to connect directly to the Xbox is great and totally solves my problem with Atmos for home theater. When I turn on the headset, it automatically switches to optimization for headsets. When I power it off, the Xbox goes back to bitstream for home theater. I can also confirm that you can turn on the Xbox system by turning on these headsets. I did notice if you turn the headset on or off during a stream (Vudu, YouTube, etc.) it crashes the player and you have to restart it from where you were. Not a big deal to me as i would never be doing that midstream, but I wanted to point it out.
7. Surround sound is good to very good depending on the use. I tried them in stereo, Windows Sonic, and Dolby Atmos. I tend to prefer the Atmos setup for most things, especially with games or apps that directly support Atmos. Once it's setup, listening to the Atmos trailers sound amazing. Played some Overwatch and Gears of War this way too. Pretty Slick. Windows Sonic sounds good too. I just felt like Atmos gave me a little better spatial sense of sound. Honestly though, both are really good. Stereo support is good and music sounds very good in this set. Again, I've heard headsets that are much better for music, but they are also typically twice as expensive and these are very solid at a price of $149.
COMPARISON TO MY TURTLE BEACH ELITE 800X
1. Again, to me these Razers are WAY more comfortable. The 800s were always tight on my head and caused me to have a headache after a couple of hours.
2. The 800s sound better. There's no way around that. The 800s naturally sound more dynamic to me and you have equalization and preset sound options. You also get a voice that tells you what you're changing, rather than just a tone. (i.e. when you change sound profiles, the 800s will tell you that you've changed to "footstep focus" or "signature sound.") The bass sounds better by default in the 800s, but it can become a little boomy if you have it amped up in a setting while watching a movie. The Razers have much more treble than the 800s but they still sound really good. Remember, the 800s were 300 bucks when I bought them, and they run from an optical cable with the base station handling surround sound. The Razers are a very good stereo set that cost 149.
3. The 800s have a lot more features such as noise cancellation, bluetooth, etc. The Razers are just for use with the Xbox, period. I'm fine with that as I like having a dedicated headset just for gaming.
WRAPPING UP MY INITIAL THOUGHTS
With a few hours under my belt with the Razers, I really, really like them. If the chat function is solid, I'll likely keep them and they will replace my 800s. Yes, the 800s are a nicer headset, and they do sound better in most cases. However, they also cost me twice as much, made my head hurt from the tension of the headband, and mic monitoring never worked on them for me, ever.
The Razers sound very good, maybe really only like one notch down in sound quality from my 800s and they cost half as much. (Well, $100 less now as the 800s can be had new for $249 now, but still...) They also solve my home theater problem by connecting directly to the Xbox. I can now have a dedicated headset that supports everything I need it to AND leave my Xbox app and bluray player set to directly stream and pass through Atmos to my receiver and it's all automatic. Much better solution for me.
I still have to really test the chat feature and spend some time with this set before I decide for sure to keep them longterm or not, but I'm already leaning that way. So far I think this headset is a very good deal at a price of $149.
I'll keep everyone posted on other feedback as I test. I am really pleased with this set so far!