The Super Handy Turtle Beach Recon 70 Headphones Review

Turtle Beach Recon 70
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The Turtle Beach Recon 70 are low-cost gaming headphones. The voice recording quality of their microphone is good, their sound profile is well-balanced, and they have a comfortable fit for long gaming sessions. Unfortunately, they’re poorly made, don’t come with a companion app for customization, and don’t effectively block out background noise. However, if you don’t want to spend a lot of money, they’re a good option for a wired headset that works with multiple systems. 

Build quality

Build quality
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The Turtle Beach Recon 70 is a simple device in every way, from its design to its features. However, if that’s what you’re looking for, this headset has a lot to offer. This is a stereo gaming headset that works with your PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. 

The exterior is a nice matte textured hard plastic, with leatherette padding on the ear cups and headband. However, the lack of metal does not make this headset any less durable. The headband clamps down with enough force to make you feel secure, there are no creaking noises, and the overall design is very comfortable. The Turtle Beach Recon 70 has a swivelling hinge where the headphones connect to the headband that allows them to lay flat, and additional hinges on the outer surfaces of the headphones provide a good amount of tilt, making them suitable for a wide range of head sizes and shapes. 

Portability and controls 

The Turtle Beach Recon 70’s physical controls are simple and straightforward, but they offer little in terms of actual gameplay enhancement. On the left ear cup, there is a volume wheel that stops when you reach the maximum or minimum volume. There is a movable boom microphone but no controls for media playback.

The Turtle Beach Recon 70, on the other hand, aren’t the most portable over-ear gaming headphones. They don’t fold up into a smaller package, but their cups swivel to lay flat. This makes them noticeably wider, but also makes it easier to slip inside a bag. 

Sound quality 
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Sound quality 

With its under-emphasized bass and sub-bass output and a slight dip in the 3-4kHz range, the Turtle Beach Recon 70 provides fairly subdued sound for a gaming headset. It’s surprising to see this under-emphasis, given that the usual issue with gaming headsets is the opposite: the bass is cranked up to eleven.

However, because of the frequency response, the music’s punchy bass lines won’t come through as clearly as they should. The underlying bassy beat that punctuates the chorus and the beginning of Run the Jewels’ In the Ground Below is a great example of this. As a result, it becomes background noise rather than serving its intended purpose of propelling the song forward. 


The bass accuracy of the Turtle Beach Recon 70 is adequate. This loss of thump and rumble should be especially noticeable in action-oriented video games and musical genres such as EDM and hip-hop. Mixes should have enough body and warmth, but some have a boomy quality due to too much high bass. Your real-world experience may vary due to their inconsistent frequency response consistency.

Furthermore, the Turtle Beach Recon 70 has good treble accuracy. Except for a dip in the mid-treble that causes some sibilants to sound dull and lispy, the range is mostly flat and even. Higher notes should be articulated clearly and clearly. However, because not everyone hears treble frequencies the same way, your listening experience may differ, especially because these headphones have frequency response consistency issues between reseats. 

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There are no major decisions to be made at this time. The Turtle Beach Recon 70 has good audio quality, is comfortable to wear for long periods of time, and can be used anywhere. If you’re looking for a simple plug-and-play solution, you could do a lot worse (and spend a lot more money) (and spend a whole lot more money).

If this doesn’t quite meet your needs, there are plenty of other great options, including some from Turtle Beach. Still, if saving money without sacrificing quality is your only concern, this is an excellent option. Remember to get a 3.5mm splitter if your PC only has a single jack for a microphone and headphones.

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