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Updated January 10, 2024·

The AKG K712 Pro is ideal for those seeking a more expansive, open soundstage for critical listening thanks to its open-back design; it's very comfortable too, but that openness comes at the cost of sound isolation and it's not intended for noisy environments. On the other hand, the Audio Technica M50x, being less expensive, offers a closed-back design better for noise isolation; they're portable, foldable, and have a balanced sound suitable for a variety of content, though some may find them less comfortable during long sessions. Neither option includes a microphone or active noise cancelling, so for calls or noisy travel, you might need additional gear or consider alternatives. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K712 Pro
  • Good for gaming
  • Very good for TV and video
Advantages of the Audio Technica M50x
  • Very good for music
  • Good for air travel

Key differences

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Music

7.7
K712 Pro
M50x
8.5
The Audio Technica M50x is very good for music, while the AKG K712 Pro is good.

Gaming

7.0
K712 Pro
M50x
6.3
The AKG K712 Pro is good for gaming, while the Audio Technica M50x is only fair.

Phone Calls

4.9
K712 Pro
M50x
4.4
The AKG K712 Pro and Audio Technica M50x are both poor for phone calls, though the AKG K712 Pro is somewhat better.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.8
K712 Pro
M50x
7.0
The AKG K712 Pro and Audio Technica M50x are both good for podcasts and audiobooks, though the AKG K712 Pro is somewhat better.

TV and Video

8.4
K712 Pro
M50x
7.8
The AKG K712 Pro is very good for TV and video, while the Audio Technica M50x is good.

Noise Reduction

2.5
K712 Pro
M50x
5.3
The Audio Technica M50x and AKG K712 Pro are both poor for noise reduction, though the Audio Technica M50x is somewhat better.

Cost

$272
K712 Pro
M50x
$142
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The AKG K712 Pro has a price of $272 and the Audio Technica M50x costs $142.
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Key similarities

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Build Quality

8.5
K712 Pro
M50x
8.5
The AKG K712 Pro and Audio Technica M50x both have very good build quality.

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How the AKG K712 Pro and the Audio Technica M50x compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K712 ProAudio Technica M50x
AKG K712 ProAudio Technica M50x

GENERAL

Price
$272
$142
Brand
AKGAudio Technica
Release Date
July 1, 2013January 1, 2007
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.8/108.5/10
Phone Calls Score
4.9/104.4/10
Gaming Score
7/106.3/10
TV and Video Score
8.5/107.9/10
Exercise Score
4.4/104.3/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/105.3/10
Virtual Surround
NoN/A

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108.5/10
Comfort score
8.4/107.3/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
235 Grams294.8 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."

Audio Technica M50x

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Sound Guys

Jasper Lastoria | October 2022
"Good sound is timeless. It doesn’t matter that a number of years have passed since the ATH-M50x came out because it still works well. Since this wired headset doesn’t rely on batteries or Bluetooth technology, it’s bound to outlast its wireless counterparts. The no-nonsense performance, fit, and comfort of the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x make it worth picking up."

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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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