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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prioritize sound quality and a wide soundstage for immersive music listening at home, the AKG K712 Pro headphones will likely appeal to you, given their open-back design and higher score in overall sound quality. However, they're not suitable for use on the go, during exercise, or in noisy environments because they don't block out sound and are not portable. On the other hand, the Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds are more versatile, offering excellent noise isolation with active noise cancellation, and they're sweatproof, making them ideal for exercise and travel. They also have a built-in microphone and are optimized for both Android and Apple devices. If you need earbuds that are adaptable for different situations, including taking calls and being on the move, the Bose would be the better choice. Give Feedback

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

Key differences

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Music

7.7
K712 Pro
Quiet Comfort Earbuds
7.1
The AKG K712 Pro and Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds are both good for music, though the AKG K712 Pro is somewhat better.

Gaming

7.0
K712 Pro
Quiet Comfort Earbuds
5.6
The AKG K712 Pro is good for gaming, while the Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds is poor.

Phone Calls

4.9
K712 Pro
Quiet Comfort Earbuds
6.6
The Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds is only fair for phone calls, while the AKG K712 Pro is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.8
K712 Pro
Quiet Comfort Earbuds
9.5
The Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds is best in class for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K712 Pro is good.

TV and Video

8.4
K712 Pro
Quiet Comfort Earbuds
6.0
The AKG K712 Pro is very good for TV and video, while the Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds is only fair.

Noise Reduction

2.5
K712 Pro
Quiet Comfort Earbuds
9.1
The Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds is excellent for noise reduction, while the AKG K712 Pro is poor.

Battery

N/A
K712 Pro
Quiet Comfort Earbuds
7.0 Hours
The AKG K712 Pro does not have a battery. The Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds has 7 hours of battery life.

Cost

$659
K712 Pro
Quiet Comfort Earbuds
$168
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The AKG K712 Pro has a price of $659 and the Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds costs $168.
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Key similarities

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Build Quality

8.5
K712 Pro
Quiet Comfort Earbuds
8.9
The Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds and AKG K712 Pro both have very good build quality.

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

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K712 ProBose Quiet Comfort Earbuds
AKG K712 ProBose Quiet Comfort Earbuds

GENERAL

Price
$659
$168
Brand
AKGBose
Release Date
July 1, 2013October 1, 2020
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
WiredWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.8/107.1/10
Phone Calls Score
4.9/106.7/10
Gaming Score
7/105.6/10
TV and Video Score
8.5/106/10
Exercise Score
4.4/106.8/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A7 Hours
Wireless charging
N/ANo
Charging time
N/A1.5 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5.1
Case Battery Life
N/A18

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoYes
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/109.1/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo
Android App
N/AYes
iOS App
N/AYes
Mic Quality
N/A5.4/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108.9/10
Comfort score
8.4/108.6/10
Size
N/ALarge
Weight (headset or single earbud)
235 Grams8.5 Grams
Microphone style
N/AIntegrated

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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 Earbuds

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Sound Guys

Lily Katz | March 2023
"The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds is a great do-it-all option for anyone, so long as you can afford it. This is a great alternative to the Apple AirPods Pro and Sony WF-1000XM4. You can choose the degree of noise canceling, and enjoy premium features like automatic ear-detection. These earbuds merit an IPX4 rating, making them a fine workout companion."

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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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