Stealth 520 - PC Compatibility

The Stealth 520 was designed for PS3 and PS4 consoles only. We are unable to guarantee universal PC compatibility for the Stealth 520.

With a firmware update released in 12/2016, it is possible to use the Stealth 520 properly on a PC. Firmware update instructions and the Turtle Beach Audio Hub download link are detailed in the Turtle Beach Audio Hub - Firmware Update for PS4 Without Optical article. The firmware update modifies the controls on the Stealth 520 to work without an optical cable connection from the transmitter. A Stealth 520 PC setup will only use the USB path.

The following info is provided on an unsupported AS-IS basis.

• Windows or Mac PC with:
    • 1 empty USB 2.0 port

PC Setup & Windows Settings:

1. Connect the transmitter to a USB port on your PC.

2. Go to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Sound (or right-click the speaker icon in the taskbar), go to the Playback tab, right-click "Speakers - Turtle Beach Stealth 520 Chat" and select "Set as Default Device".

3. Click on the Recording Tab and select "Microphone - Stealth 520" as the Default Device.

4. Once the Default Devices have been selected, click 'OK'.

Your PC Sound Settings are now configured for Game Audio and Microphone use.

Please note that settings within chat software will still need to be configured separately.

The following diagram describes the controls on the Stealth 520 with and without an optical cable connection. The controls listed under "Headset Controls without Optical" are the controls that will be active on a PC.

Was this article helpful?

If not, please drop us a comment below to let us know how this article can be improved.
Remember to use the phrase "KB Feedback".

8 out of 11 found this helpful
Return to top



  • Avatar

    So I downloaded this firmware and now the sound quality on the headset is really loud and low quality. This is only when I set my audio output on my PS4 to tv or amplifier. I set it to this because I want to use my elgato game capture to record my gameplay and game sound. Is there anyway to fix this low quality sound when the audio output is set to tv or amplifier, or the optical audio cord is unplugged? Please let me know

  • Avatar
    TB Admin

    Hi Chris, the optical connection is required for high-quality surround-sound game audio. If you use the transmitter connection only (with no optical cable) or have the PS4 "Output to Headphones" option set to "All Audio" instead of "Chat Audio", then that tells the PS4 to send both game and chat sounds through the USB chat interface. The USB chat interface supports stereo audio only (not surround), so the audio quality would be reduced when using the headset under those circumstances. For best quality game audio, use the optical connection and have "Output to Headphones" set to "Chat Audio".

    This blog entry may help with your Elgato setup:

    If you're still having trouble, then please get in touch with us here:

  • Avatar
    Alessandro Arbeloa


    is the 5.1 working on pc?

    When I go in Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Sound , The speakers are only 2.0. There's a way to make them work as 5.1? 

  • Avatar
    TB Admin

    The Stealth 520 uses an optical connection for its surround sound on consoles.
    When using the usb setup on PC, you are not using the usual surround setup. You will not have any options within the PC in this regard. All of its surround function is within the headset proper.

  • Avatar
    Alessandro Arbeloa

    So it should work as surround on pc as well? In any test 5.1 hear, I can hear only left and right

  • Avatar
    TB Admin

    No, as mentioned, the optical connection is used for its surround sound on consoles. You are not using this in the above PC setup. There are no surround options or use. The surround functions inside the headset proper(as far as its encoding and handling of it). When it receives the proper optical signal from the transmitter and optical cable it does that on its own.

    You have no surround option on PC, the DTSX is via the wireless optical connection only.

  • Avatar
    Tylan Merriam

    For some reason the side controls aren't working, I did the firmware update. I think it's a problem with the drivers... anybody know some good drivers and/or a possible fix for this?

  • Avatar
    TB Admin

    @ Tylan

    The drivers would not make the controls not work, no. The update simply changes their functions depending on if the optical connection is plugged in/used or not.

    If your controls are doing something else, then you may want to contact our support team.


Please sign in to leave a comment.