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Updated January 10, 2024·

Considering the tradeoffs, the AKG K712 Pro is known for a wider soundstage and higher comfort, making it excellent for immersive music experiences and long listening sessions at home, but the open-back design means poor noise isolation, not likely suitable for noisy environments or recording work. On the other hand, the Audio Technica ATH M20X with its closed-back design offers better noise isolation and a more contained soundstage, suitable for recording or monitoring in noisier settings, but are less comfortable for extended use. The AKG's are much more expensive and potentially better for critical listening, while the Audio Technica's provide a more affordable option with decent overall sound quality. Neither has a microphone for calls or additional features like app controls or active noise cancelling. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K712 Pro
  • Good for gaming
  • Very good for TV and video
  • Good for podcasts and audiobooks
Advantages of the Audio Technica ATH M20X
  • The Audio Technica ATH M20X has no clear advantages over the AKG K712 Pro.

Key differences

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Gaming

7.0
K712 Pro
ATH M20X
6.2
The AKG K712 Pro is good for gaming, while the Audio Technica ATH M20X is only fair.

Phone Calls

4.9
K712 Pro
ATH M20X
4.3
The AKG K712 Pro and Audio Technica ATH M20X are both poor for phone calls, though the AKG K712 Pro is somewhat better.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.8
K712 Pro
ATH M20X
6.7
The AKG K712 Pro is good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Audio Technica ATH M20X is only fair.

TV and Video

8.4
K712 Pro
ATH M20X
7.6
The AKG K712 Pro is very good for TV and video, while the Audio Technica ATH M20X is good.

Noise Reduction

2.5
K712 Pro
ATH M20X
6.0
The Audio Technica ATH M20X is only fair for noise reduction, while the AKG K712 Pro is poor.

Cost

$272
K712 Pro
ATH M20X
$49
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The AKG K712 Pro has a price of $272 and the Audio Technica ATH M20X costs $49.

Build Quality

8.5
K712 Pro
ATH M20X
6.9
The AKG K712 Pro has very good build quality, while the Audio Technica ATH M20X has only fair build quality.
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Key similarities

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Music

7.7
K712 Pro
ATH M20X
7.6
The AKG K712 Pro and Audio Technica ATH M20X are both good for music.

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How the AKG K712 Pro and the Audio Technica ATH M20X compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K712 ProAudio Technica ATH M20X
AKG K712 ProAudio Technica ATH M20X

GENERAL

Price
$272
$49
Brand
AKGAudio Technica
Release Date
July 1, 2013January 1, 2014
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.8/107.6/10
Phone Calls Score
4.9/104.4/10
Gaming Score
7/106.2/10
TV and Video Score
8.5/107.7/10
Exercise Score
4.4/104.1/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/106/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/106.9/10
Comfort score
8.4/105.8/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
235 Grams190 Grams
Waterproof Rating
00
Dustproof Rating
00

Shopping

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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."

Audio Technica ATH M20X

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Soundguys

Jasper Lastoria | September 2023
"Audio-Technica positively defies what you can expect for around $50. Ultimately, Audio-Technica did not design the ATH-M20x to go on the subway with you. It’s for the budget-conscious, do-it-yourself producer, podcaster, or studio that needs to buy tracking cans in bulk. If you don’t need the most deluxe, comfortable headphones, maybe you’ll like the ATH-M20x for its spartan functionality. The headphones are aimed at giving you the minimum requirements without it feeling like a sacrifice."

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About Audio Technica

Audio Technica is a 60-year-old, Japan-based, professional audio equipment manufacturer. They started off making phonograph cartridges and have expanded their scope of products ever since to include extremely popular models of microphones and headphones. They have been the official audio equipment supplier of several editions of the Summer and Winter Olympics and every edition of the Grammy Awards since 1998.

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