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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prioritize sound quality and a wide soundstage for an immersive experience in music and prefer an open-back design, the AKG K712 Pro headphones would be a better choice, though they are not portable and not ideal for use during exercise or travel. In contrast, Apple Earpods are more budget-friendly, offer good microphone quality for calls and meetings, have a more compact design for portability, and work well for general use, but they may not match the AKG's music quality and they lack features like active noise cancelling and app equalizer customization. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K712 Pro
  • Very good for TV and video
Advantages of the Apple Earpods
  • Very good for phone calls
  • Very good for gaming

Key differences

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Gaming

7.0
K712 Pro
Earpods
8.3
The Apple Earpods is very good for gaming, while the AKG K712 Pro is good.

Phone Calls

4.9
K712 Pro
Earpods
8.0
The Apple Earpods is very good for phone calls, while the AKG K712 Pro is poor.

TV and Video

8.4
K712 Pro
Earpods
7.4
The AKG K712 Pro is very good for TV and video, while the Apple Earpods is good.

Cost

$659
K712 Pro
Earpods
$20
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The AKG K712 Pro has a price of $659 and the Apple Earpods costs $20.

Build Quality

8.5
K712 Pro
Earpods
7.6
The AKG K712 Pro has very good build quality, while the Apple Earpods has good build quality.
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Key similarities

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Music

7.7
K712 Pro
Earpods
7.8
The Apple Earpods and AKG K712 Pro are both good for music.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.8
K712 Pro
Earpods
7.4
The AKG K712 Pro and Apple Earpods are both good for podcasts and audiobooks.

Noise Reduction

2.5
K712 Pro
Earpods
2.5
The AKG K712 Pro and Apple Earpods are both poor for noise reduction.

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

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K712 ProApple Earpods
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GENERAL

Price
$659
$20
Brand
AKGApple
Release Date
July 1, 2013September 1, 2012
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.8/107.9/10
Phone Calls Score
4.9/108/10
Gaming Score
7/108.4/10
TV and Video Score
8.5/107.4/10
Exercise Score
4.4/104.1/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/102.5/10
Virtual Surround
NoN/A
Mic Quality
N/A8.3/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/107.6/10
Comfort score
8.4/107/10
Size
N/ASmall
Weight (headset or single earbud)
235 Grams6.5 Grams
Microphone style
N/AIn-Line

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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 Earpods

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Michael Andronico | May 2023
"Apple’s wired buds sound just fine for the price, and their handy inline controls and clear microphone give them an edge on wireless earbuds that are much more expensive. Plus, you never have to worry about running out of battery — or worse, a stray earbud going missing."

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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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