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Updated January 10, 2024·

Choosing between the AKG K712 Pro and Audeze Maxwell depends on your priorities. The AKG K712 Pro, being an open-back headphone, offers a wider soundstage which is excellent for an immersive music experience; however, it lacks noise isolation and wouldn't be ideal for noisy environments or travel. The K712 Pro also has no built-in microphone or wireless capabilities, making it less versatile for calls or convenient use away from a wired connection. On the other hand, the Audeze Maxwell is a closed-back headphone with both wired and wireless options, active noise cancellation, and a boom microphone, making it a more versatile choice for varied environments and uses including calls and meetings. It also has longer battery life for wireless use and supports high-quality LDAC codec for Bluetooth audio. However, the Maxwell is heavier, which could impact comfort during long listening sessions. If portability, versatility for different use cases, and wireless convenience are important to you, the Audeze Maxwell might be the better option, while for critical listening in a quiet environment with a preference for natural sound, the AKG K712 Pro could be more suitable. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K712 Pro
  • The AKG K712 Pro has no clear advantages over the Audeze Maxwell.
Advantages of the Audeze Maxwell
  • Very good for music
  • Very good for phone calls
  • Excellent for gaming
  • Very good for air travel
  • Excellent for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Music

7.7
K712 Pro
Maxwell
8.4
The Audeze Maxwell is very good for music, while the AKG K712 Pro is good.

Gaming

7.0
K712 Pro
Maxwell
9.0
The Audeze Maxwell is excellent for gaming, while the AKG K712 Pro is good.

Phone Calls

4.9
K712 Pro
Maxwell
8.7
The Audeze Maxwell is very good for phone calls, while the AKG K712 Pro is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.8
K712 Pro
Maxwell
9.4
The Audeze Maxwell is excellent for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K712 Pro is good.

Noise Reduction

2.5
K712 Pro
Maxwell
6.0
The Audeze Maxwell is only fair for noise reduction, while the AKG K712 Pro is poor.

Battery

N/A
K712 Pro
Maxwell
78.0 Hours
The AKG K712 Pro does not have a battery. The Audeze Maxwell has 78 hours of battery life.

Cost

$272
K712 Pro
Maxwell
$299
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The AKG K712 Pro has a price of $272 and the Audeze Maxwell costs $299.

Build Quality

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

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TV and Video

8.4
K712 Pro
Maxwell
8.9
The Audeze Maxwell and AKG K712 Pro are both very good for TV and video.

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How the AKG K712 Pro and the Audeze Maxwell compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K712 ProAudeze Maxwell
AKG K712 ProAudeze Maxwell

GENERAL

Price
$272
$299
Brand
AKGAudeze
Release Date
July 1, 2013January 1, 2023
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired + Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.8/108.4/10
Phone Calls Score
4.9/108.7/10
Gaming Score
7/109.1/10
TV and Video Score
8.5/108.9/10
Exercise Score
4.4/106.3/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A78 Hours
Wireless charging
N/ANo
Charging time
N/A2 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5.3

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/106/10
Virtual Surround
NoN/A
Android App
N/AYes
iOS App
N/AYes
Mic Quality
N/A8/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/109/10
Comfort score
8.4/108/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
235 Grams498.9 Grams
Microphone style
N/ABoom
Waterproof 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."

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Sound Guys

Christian Thomas | August 2023
"Despite a few caveats, the Audeze Maxwell is one of the best-performing gaming headsets on the market and should top the ranks for a few buyers — provided the budget (and neck strength) is there. Gaming headsets have their work cut out for them, and their audience is historically unkind to performance flaws. If you’re an older gamer with some cash to blow, you should be pleased with the Audeze Maxwell."

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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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