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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you are looking for a more budget-friendly option with great comfort and a good overall sound quality, the AKG K712 Pro may be the better choice. However, if you are willing to spend more for a wider soundstage and prefer a warmer sound character, the Audeze LCD 2 Classic is an excellent option. Keep in mind that both headphones are open-back, meaning they won't isolate noise well and are better suited for quiet environments. Neither of these headphones are ideal for exercise or travel due to their size and lack of portability features. Neither model has a built-in microphone, so they're not designed for calls or meetings. They are both wired, so you won't have issues with battery life, but also won't have the freedom of wireless connectivity. The Audeze are quite heavy compared to the AKG, which could affect comfort during prolonged listening sessions. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K712 Pro
  • The AKG K712 Pro has no clear advantages over the Audeze LCD 2 Classic.
Advantages of the Audeze LCD 2 Classic
  • Excellent for music

Key differences

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Music

7.7
K712 Pro
LCD 2 Classic
9.2
The Audeze LCD 2 Classic is excellent for music, while the AKG K712 Pro is good.

Cost

$272
K712 Pro
LCD 2 Classic
$799
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The AKG K712 Pro has a price of $272 and the Audeze LCD 2 Classic costs $799.

Build Quality

8.5
K712 Pro
LCD 2 Classic
10.0
The Audeze LCD 2 Classic has best in class build quality, while the AKG K712 Pro has very good build quality.
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Key similarities

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Gaming

7.0
K712 Pro
LCD 2 Classic
7.3
The Audeze LCD 2 Classic and AKG K712 Pro are both good for gaming.

Phone Calls

4.9
K712 Pro
LCD 2 Classic
4.8
The AKG K712 Pro and Audeze LCD 2 Classic are both poor for phone calls.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.8
K712 Pro
LCD 2 Classic
7.7
The AKG K712 Pro and Audeze LCD 2 Classic are both good for podcasts and audiobooks.

TV and Video

8.4
K712 Pro
LCD 2 Classic
8.6
The Audeze LCD 2 Classic and AKG K712 Pro are both very good for TV and video.

Noise Reduction

2.5
K712 Pro
LCD 2 Classic
2.5
The AKG K712 Pro and Audeze LCD 2 Classic are both poor for noise reduction.

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How the AKG K712 Pro and the Audeze LCD 2 Classic compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K712 ProAudeze LCD 2 Classic
AKG K712 ProAudeze LCD 2 Classic

GENERAL

Price
$272
$799
Brand
AKGAudeze
Release Date
July 1, 2013November 1, 2017
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.8/109.3/10
Phone Calls Score
4.9/104.9/10
Gaming Score
7/107.3/10
TV and Video Score
8.5/108.6/10
Exercise Score
4.4/104.4/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/102.5/10
Virtual Surround
NoN/A

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/1010/10
Comfort score
8.4/108/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
235 Grams635 Grams
Waterproof Rating
00
Dustproof Rating
00

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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."

Audeze LCD 2 Classic

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The Greatest Song

Greatest Song Team | August 2023
"These headphones outdo rival planar magnetic headphones, especially in terms of dynamics. Compared to the Hifiman Ananda or the Hifiman Edition XS there is noticeably more slam in the sound, particularly in the bass. The LCD-2C gives you a fantastic sense of quiet dynamics with crystalline precision. This is evident also in our clinical tests, where it’s just easier to understand spoken text at very low volumes."

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About Audeze

Audeze is an, award-winning, American premium headphone manufacturer based in California. Founded in 2008, their products are developed around aerospace materials technology first used by NASA and are widely used by enthusiasts and professionals alike, not only in the fields of music and sound engineering but also in e-sports and the health industry.

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