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Updated January 10, 2024·

Choosing between the AKG K712 Pro and the Apple AirPods Pro depends on your priorities. The AKG K712 Pro headphones offer superior sound quality and a more expansive soundstage, best for critical listening and an immersive experience at home, but they're more expensive and not suitable for outdoor activities or exercise due to their open design and lack of wireless capability. The AirPods Pro, meanwhile, are portable, offer good noise isolation with active noise cancelling, and are sweatproof, making them ideal for exercise, commuting, and calls or meetings on the go. They also support convenient features like wireless charging and ear detection, which the AKGs lack. Give Feedback

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

Key differences

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Music

7.7
K712 Pro
Airpods Pro
6.8
The AKG K712 Pro is good for music, while the Apple Airpods Pro is only fair.

Gaming

7.0
K712 Pro
Airpods Pro
5.1
The AKG K712 Pro is good for gaming, while the Apple Airpods Pro is poor.

Phone Calls

4.9
K712 Pro
Airpods Pro
7.4
The Apple Airpods Pro is good for phone calls, while the AKG K712 Pro is poor.

TV and Video

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

Noise Reduction

2.5
K712 Pro
Airpods Pro
9.1
The Apple Airpods Pro is excellent for noise reduction, while the AKG K712 Pro is poor.

Battery

N/A
K712 Pro
Airpods Pro
5.0 Hours
The AKG K712 Pro does not have a battery. The Apple Airpods Pro has 5 hours of battery life.

Cost

$272
K712 Pro
Airpods Pro
$250
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The AKG K712 Pro has a price of $272 and the Apple Airpods Pro costs $250.

Build Quality

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

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Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.8
K712 Pro
Airpods Pro
8.3
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Apple Airpods Pro 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 Pro compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K712 ProApple Airpods Pro
AKG K712 ProApple Airpods Pro

GENERAL

Price
$272
$250
Brand
AKGApple
Release Date
July 1, 2013October 1, 2019
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
WiredWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.8/106.9/10
Phone Calls Score
4.9/107.4/10
Gaming Score
7/105.2/10
TV and Video Score
8.5/105.7/10
Exercise Score
4.4/106.1/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A5 Hours
Wireless charging
N/AYes
Charging time
N/A1.5 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5.2
Case Battery Life
N/A24

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoYes
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/109.1/10
Virtual Surround
NoYes
Android App
N/ANo
iOS App
N/ANo
Mic Quality
N/A7/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/109/10
Comfort score
8.4/108/10
Size
N/AMedium
Weight (headset or single earbud)
235 Grams5.4 Grams
Microphone style
N/AIntegrated

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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 Pro

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Sound Guys

Adam Molina | January 2023
"For just $50 USD more than the original model with the wireless charging case, this is definitely the pair of buds to get. The AirPods Pro (1st generation) sounds better than the originals and has a way better fit and active noise canceling to boot. If you have an iOS device, just get this."

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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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