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Updated January 10, 2024·

The AKG K712 Pro is a premium open-back over-ear headphone known for excellent sound quality and wide soundstage, ideal for critical listening and a truly immersive music experience. However, its size and open-back design make it less portable and suitable for quiet environments as it does not block out much noise. On the other hand, the Beats EP is a midrange closed-back on-ear headphone that's more compact and offers better noise isolation, making it more versatile for everyday use, like commuting or office work. The Beats EP also has a stronger bass presence which is preferable for genres like hip-hop or EDM. The Beats are less expensive but may not match the AKG's superior sound clarity and comfort for extended listening sessions. If budget is a concern and you need headphones for casual, on-the-go use, the Beats EP would be a more practical choice. If you prioritize high-fidelity sound and will use them primarily in a quiet setting, the AKG K712 Pro would be worth the investment. 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 Beats EP
  • Very good for music

Key differences

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Gaming

7.0
K712 Pro
EP
6.3
The AKG K712 Pro is good for gaming, while the Beats EP is only fair.

Phone Calls

4.9
K712 Pro
EP
4.2
The AKG K712 Pro and Beats EP are both poor for phone calls, though the AKG K712 Pro is somewhat better.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.8
K712 Pro
EP
6.8
The AKG K712 Pro is good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Beats EP is only fair.

TV and Video

8.4
K712 Pro
EP
7.6
The AKG K712 Pro is very good for TV and video, while the Beats EP is good.

Noise Reduction

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

Cost

$272
K712 Pro
EP
$150
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The AKG K712 Pro has a price of $272 and the Beats EP costs $150.
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Key similarities

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Music

7.7
K712 Pro
EP
8.1
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Beats EP to be very good for music, while the AKG K712 Pro is good.

Build Quality

8.5
K712 Pro
EP
8.0
The AKG K712 Pro and Beats EP both have very good build quality.

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How the AKG K712 Pro and the Beats EP compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K712 ProBeats EP
AKG K712 ProBeats EP

GENERAL

Price
$272
$150
Brand
AKGBeats
Release Date
July 1, 2013November 1, 2018
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.8/108.1/10
Phone Calls Score
4.9/104.3/10
Gaming Score
7/106.3/10
TV and Video Score
8.5/107.6/10
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
8.5/108/10
Comfort score
8.4/107/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
235 Grams226.7 Grams
Waterproof Rating
00
Dustproof Rating
00

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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."

Beats EP

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Ulf Kaiser | 2015
"With the EP model, Beats delivers a stylish headphone with cable connection and hands-free functionality that should please consumers seeking a balanced sound for playback on mobile devices."

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About Beats

Beats is an American, consumer-focused, audio products manufacturer. Founded originally by American rapper and producer Dr Dre, the company is now a subsidiary of Apple. Beats sells a wide range of audio products, including several models of headphones, earbuds and speakers as well as full car audio systems.

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