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Updated January 10, 2024·

The AKG K712 Pro offers a more immersive audio experience with a larger soundstage and superior comfort, ideal for long listening sessions and critical music listening. However, its open-back design means it doesn't isolate noise well, making it less suitable in noisy environments. The Audio Technica ATH M30X is closed-back and offers better noise isolation, portability with a foldable design, and is less expensive, though it may not match the AKG's sound quality. Neither has a built-in mic or wireless capabilities, but the M30X's stronger build may be better for travel and more casual use. 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 M30X
  • Good for air travel

Key differences

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Phone Calls

4.9
K712 Pro
ATH M30X
4.3
The AKG K712 Pro and Audio Technica ATH M30X are both poor for phone calls, though the AKG K712 Pro is somewhat better.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.8
K712 Pro
ATH M30X
6.9
The AKG K712 Pro is good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Audio Technica ATH M30X is only fair.

TV and Video

8.4
K712 Pro
ATH M30X
7.9
The AKG K712 Pro is very good for TV and video, while the Audio Technica ATH M30X is good.

Noise Reduction

2.5
K712 Pro
ATH M30X
6.0
The Audio Technica ATH M30X is only fair for noise reduction, while the AKG K712 Pro is poor.

Cost

$272
K712 Pro
ATH M30X
$68
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The AKG K712 Pro has a price of $272 and the Audio Technica ATH M30X costs $68.

Build Quality

8.5
K712 Pro
ATH M30X
7.2
The AKG K712 Pro has very good build quality, while the Audio Technica ATH M30X has good build quality.
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Key similarities

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Music

7.7
K712 Pro
ATH M30X
7.6
The AKG K712 Pro and Audio Technica ATH M30X are both good for music.

Gaming

7.0
K712 Pro
ATH M30X
6.6
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers AKG K712 Pro to be good for gaming, while the Audio Technica ATH M30X is only fair.

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How the AKG K712 Pro and the Audio Technica ATH M30X compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K712 ProAudio Technica ATH M30X
AKG K712 ProAudio Technica ATH M30X

GENERAL

Price
$272
$68
Brand
AKGAudio Technica
Release Date
July 1, 2013January 1, 2014
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.8/107.7/10
Phone Calls Score
4.9/104.4/10
Gaming Score
7/106.6/10
TV and Video Score
8.5/107.9/10
Exercise Score
4.4/104.3/10

FEATURES

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

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/107.2/10
Comfort score
8.4/107.4/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
235 Grams220 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 M30X

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Soundguys

Jasper Lastoria | August 2023
"The Audio-Technica ATH-M30x is a great choice for anybody that needs a decent set of over-ear studio monitors. While the frequency response is not totally spot on, it works for basically every situation reasonably well. The sound quality and reasonably good comfort promote its candidacy as a great pick for $69 USD."

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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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