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Updated January 10, 2024·

The AKG K712 Pro provides a premium open-back listening experience with a broad soundstage that offers an immersive music experience, but lacks a microphone and active noise canceling, making it less suited for calls and noisy environments. The Bose QuietComfort 45, on the other hand, is a closed-back headphone with excellent noise cancellation and built-in controls, ideal for air travel, calls, and everyday use; it also supports wireless connectivity which adds to its portability, but its sound may not be as spacious for critical listening. Consider your primary use: if it's for critical listening in a quiet space, go with AKG; if it's for versatile use including traveling and calls, Bose might be your better choice. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K712 Pro
  • Good for music
  • Good for gaming
  • Very good for TV and video
Advantages of the Bose Quiet Comfort 45
  • Very good for phone calls
  • Best in class for air travel
  • Excellent for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Music

7.7
K712 Pro
Quiet Comfort 45
6.4
The AKG K712 Pro is good for music, while the Bose Quiet Comfort 45 is only fair.

Gaming

7.0
K712 Pro
Quiet Comfort 45
5.5
The AKG K712 Pro is good for gaming, while the Bose Quiet Comfort 45 is poor.

Phone Calls

4.9
K712 Pro
Quiet Comfort 45
8.0
The Bose Quiet Comfort 45 is very good for phone calls, while the AKG K712 Pro is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.8
K712 Pro
Quiet Comfort 45
9.3
The Bose Quiet Comfort 45 is excellent for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K712 Pro is good.

TV and Video

8.4
K712 Pro
Quiet Comfort 45
5.8
The AKG K712 Pro is very good for TV and video, while the Bose Quiet Comfort 45 is poor.

Noise Reduction

2.5
K712 Pro
Quiet Comfort 45
10.0
The Bose Quiet Comfort 45 is best in class for noise reduction, while the AKG K712 Pro is poor.

Battery

N/A
K712 Pro
Quiet Comfort 45
22.5 Hours
The AKG K712 Pro does not have a battery. The Bose Quiet Comfort 45 has 22.5 hours of battery life.

Cost

$272
K712 Pro
Quiet Comfort 45
$330
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The AKG K712 Pro has a price of $272 and the Bose Quiet Comfort 45 costs $330.
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Key similarities

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Build Quality

8.5
K712 Pro
Quiet Comfort 45
8.5
The AKG K712 Pro and Bose Quiet Comfort 45 both have very good build quality.

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How the AKG K712 Pro and the Bose Quiet Comfort 45 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K712 ProBose Quiet Comfort 45
AKG K712 ProBose Quiet Comfort 45

GENERAL

Price
$272
$330
Brand
AKGBose
Release Date
July 1, 2013September 1, 2021
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired + Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.8/106.5/10
Phone Calls Score
4.9/108/10
Gaming Score
7/105.6/10
TV and Video Score
8.5/105.8/10
Exercise Score
4.4/106.4/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A22.5 Hours
Wireless charging
N/ANo
Charging time
N/A3 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5.1

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoYes
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/1010/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo
Android App
N/AYes
iOS App
N/AYes
Mic Quality
N/A7/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108.5/10
Comfort score
8.4/1010/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
235 Grams235.8 Grams
Microphone style
N/AIntegrated
Waterproof 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."

Bose Quiet Comfort 45

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What HiFi?

What HiFi? | November 2022
"If you want a set of wireless over-ear headphones you can put on, deploy noise-cancelling on your commute or at your desk and largely extinguish the outside world for up to 24 hours, the Bose QC 45 has the edge over most of the competition at the price."

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About Bose

Bose is an American audio equipment manufacturer based out of Framingham, Massachusetts. Founded in 1964 by Amar Bose with the goal of creating a speaker system that could accurately recreate the sound of a concert hall, Bose has become one of the most prominent players in the modern consumer audio market due to the premium feel of their products and their wide brand recognition.

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