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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you value sound quality for listening to music in a critical setting, AKG K712 Pro is the superior choice, with its open-back design providing a wider soundstage for immersive audio experiences. However, these headphones do not include a microphone and aren't suitable for calls or meetings. The open design also means they are less portable and provide poor noise isolation, making them a poor fit for commuting or listening in noisy environments. On the other hand, Beats Solo 3 offers a closed-back design that isolates more noise, a built-in microphone for calls, improved portability with a foldable design, and wireless technology—making them more versatile for everyday use including calls, and more convenient for travel or exercise. They offer less sound quality and a smaller soundstage, which is typically less preferred for critical listening but might be favored for convenience and varied use cases. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K712 Pro
  • Good for music
  • Good for gaming
  • Very good for TV and video
  • Good for podcasts and audiobooks
Advantages of the Beats Solo 3
  • Very good for air travel

Key differences

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Music

7.7
K712 Pro
Solo 3
6.3
The AKG K712 Pro is good for music, while the Beats Solo 3 is only fair.

Gaming

7.0
K712 Pro
Solo 3
5.3
The AKG K712 Pro is good for gaming, while the Beats Solo 3 is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.8
K712 Pro
Solo 3
5.8
The AKG K712 Pro is good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Beats Solo 3 is poor.

TV and Video

8.4
K712 Pro
Solo 3
5.6
The AKG K712 Pro is very good for TV and video, while the Beats Solo 3 is poor.

Noise Reduction

2.5
K712 Pro
Solo 3
5.3
The Beats Solo 3 and AKG K712 Pro are both poor for noise reduction, though the Beats Solo 3 is somewhat better.

Battery

N/A
K712 Pro
Solo 3
41.5 Hours
The AKG K712 Pro does not have a battery. The Beats Solo 3 has 41.5 hours of battery life.

Cost

$272
K712 Pro
Solo 3
$150
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The AKG K712 Pro has a price of $272 and the Beats Solo 3 costs $150.
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Key similarities

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Phone Calls

4.9
K712 Pro
Solo 3
4.7
The AKG K712 Pro and Beats Solo 3 are both poor for phone calls.

Build Quality

8.5
K712 Pro
Solo 3
8.0
The AKG K712 Pro and Beats Solo 3 both have very good build quality.

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How the AKG K712 Pro and the Beats Solo 3 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K712 ProBeats Solo 3
AKG K712 ProBeats Solo 3

GENERAL

Price
$272
$150
Brand
AKGBeats
Release Date
July 1, 2013October 1, 2016
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired + Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.8/106.3/10
Phone Calls Score
4.9/104.7/10
Gaming Score
7/105.3/10
TV and Video Score
8.5/105.6/10
Exercise Score
4.4/105.9/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A41.5 Hours
Wireless charging
N/ANo
Charging time
N/A2 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A4.2

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/105.3/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo
Android App
N/AYes
iOS App
N/AYes
Mic Quality
N/A5.4/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108/10
Comfort score
8.4/105.7/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
235 Grams213.1 Grams
Microphone style
N/AIntegrated
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."

Beats Solo 3

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Sound Guys

Lily Katz | May 2023
"The Beats Solo3 Wireless is an old set of headphones but still works reliably well with iPhones, due to W1 chip integration and AAC support. The Beats Solo3 Wireless holds up well today with just a few features showing its age."

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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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