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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prioritize sound quality and an expansive soundstage for immersive listening, especially at home, the AKG K712 Pro may be better. They have an open design providing a natural sound but offer limited noise isolation, not ideal for noisy environments. Conversely, if you need versatility, including active noise cancelling for travel and good sound across various content types, the Apple Airpods Max would be suitable. They're wireless with controls on the headset, have a sturdy build, and support Apple's ecosystem, but they're heavier and less ideal for long listening sessions due to lower comfort scores. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K712 Pro
  • Good for gaming
  • Very good for TV and video
Advantages of the Apple Airpods Max
  • Excellent for air travel
  • Very good for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Gaming

7.0
K712 Pro
Airpods Max
5.5
The AKG K712 Pro is good for gaming, while the Apple Airpods Max is poor.

Phone Calls

4.9
K712 Pro
Airpods Max
6.6
The Apple Airpods Max is only fair for phone calls, while the AKG K712 Pro is poor.

TV and Video

8.4
K712 Pro
Airpods Max
5.7
The AKG K712 Pro is very good for TV and video, while the Apple Airpods Max is poor.

Noise Reduction

2.5
K712 Pro
Airpods Max
10.0
The Apple Airpods Max is best in class for noise reduction, while the AKG K712 Pro is poor.

Battery

N/A
K712 Pro
Airpods Max
21.0 Hours
The AKG K712 Pro does not have a battery. The Apple Airpods Max has 21 hours of battery life.

Cost

$272
K712 Pro
Airpods Max
$449
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The AKG K712 Pro has a price of $272 and the Apple Airpods Max costs $449.

Build Quality

8.5
K712 Pro
Airpods Max
9.0
The Apple Airpods Max has excellent build quality, while the AKG K712 Pro has very good build quality.
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Key similarities

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Music

7.7
K712 Pro
Airpods Max
7.3
The AKG K712 Pro and Apple Airpods Max are both good for music.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.8
K712 Pro
Airpods Max
8.0
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Apple Airpods Max to be very good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K712 Pro is good.

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How the AKG K712 Pro and the Apple Airpods Max compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K712 ProApple Airpods Max
AKG K712 ProApple Airpods Max

GENERAL

Price
$272
$449
Brand
AKGApple
Release Date
July 1, 2013December 1, 2020
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired + Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.8/107.4/10
Phone Calls Score
4.9/106.6/10
Gaming Score
7/105.5/10
TV and Video Score
8.5/105.8/10
Exercise Score
4.4/106.2/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A21 Hours
Wireless charging
N/ANo
Charging time
N/A2 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoYes
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/1010/10
Virtual Surround
NoYes
Android App
N/ANo
iOS App
N/AYes
Mic Quality
N/A7/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/109/10
Comfort score
8.4/107/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
235 Grams385.5 Grams
Microphone style
N/AIntegrated
Waterproof Rating
00

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AKG K712 Pro

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Headfonics

Michael | October 2013
"AKG has created a mini-masterpiece in my opinion. I enjoy this headphone a great deal and it will become my go-to reference headphone for the time being. She is slick, sexy, well-balanced, and crazy comfortable."

Apple Airpods Max

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Sound Guys

Adam Molina | July 2023
"Objectively, the AirPods Max is a spectacular pair of headphones. I appreciate the smart features like auto-pause and the transparency mode are super practical. It also sounds great, is well-built, and has solid battery life."

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About Apple

Apple Inc. is an American technology company, founded in 1976, known for its wide range of premium products, including smartphones, computers, and audio solutions. Apple offers the very popular personal audio line AirPods, highly regarded for their wireless, smart capabilities and their seamless integration with the iPhone, iPad and Mac devices. They provide a high-quality sound, comfort and lifestyle features perfect for all users invested in their ecosystem.

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