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Updated April 11, 2024·

If you're primarily focused on high-quality sound for music and critical listening in a quiet environment, the AKG K712 Pro headphones would be an excellent choice; however, they are open-backed, meaning they won't isolate noise well and they are not portable. On the other hand, if you need something for casual use, such as making calls, some exercises, and listening on the go, the Creative Labs Zen Air earbuds offer good sound and features like wireless design and active noise cancelling at a budget-friendly price, yet wouldn't compare in sound quality or comfort for longer sessions like the AKGs. 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 Creative Labs Zen Air
  • Very good for air travel

Key differences

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Music

7.7
K712 Pro
Zen Air
6.8
The AKG K712 Pro is good for music, while the Creative Labs Zen Air is only fair.

Gaming

7.0
K712 Pro
Zen Air
5.1
The AKG K712 Pro is good for gaming, while the Creative Labs Zen Air is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.8
K712 Pro
Zen Air
5.4
The AKG K712 Pro is good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Creative Labs Zen Air is poor.

TV and Video

8.4
K712 Pro
Zen Air
5.6
The AKG K712 Pro is very good for TV and video, while the Creative Labs Zen Air is poor.

Noise Reduction

2.5
K712 Pro
Zen Air
7.0
The Creative Labs Zen Air is good for noise reduction, while the AKG K712 Pro is poor.

Battery

N/A
K712 Pro
Zen Air
5.0 Hours
The AKG K712 Pro does not have a battery. The Creative Labs Zen Air has 5 hours of battery life.

Cost

$272
K712 Pro
Zen Air
$20
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The AKG K712 Pro has a price of $272 and the Creative Labs Zen Air costs $20.

Build Quality

8.5
K712 Pro
Zen Air
9.0
The Creative Labs Zen Air has excellent build quality, while the AKG K712 Pro has very good build quality.
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Key similarities

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Phone Calls

4.9
K712 Pro
Zen Air
5.1
The Creative Labs Zen Air and AKG K712 Pro are both poor for phone calls.

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How the AKG K712 Pro and the Creative Labs Zen Air compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K712 ProCreative Labs Zen Air
AKG K712 ProCreative Labs Zen Air

GENERAL

Price
$272
$20
Brand
AKGCreative Labs
Release Date
July 1, 2013December 1, 2022
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
WiredWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.8/106.9/10
Phone Calls Score
4.9/105.1/10
Gaming Score
7/105.1/10
TV and Video Score
8.5/105.7/10
Exercise Score
4.4/106.9/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A5 Hours
Wireless charging
N/AYes
Charging time
N/A2 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5
Case Battery Life
N/A12

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoYes
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/107/10
Virtual Surround
NoYes
Android App
N/AYes
iOS App
N/AYes
Mic Quality
N/A7/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/109/10
Comfort score
8.4/107/10
Size
N/AMedium
Weight (headset or single earbud)
235 Grams5 Grams
Microphone style
N/AIntegrated

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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."

Creative Labs Zen Air

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Maike Paeßens | February 2023
"The Creative Zen Air’s weak points are its low battery life and rather short Bluetooth range. On the other hand, the strengths of these weatherproof True Wireless in-Ears are the sound and the wide attenuation of the Active Noise Cancellation. Considering the price range, the speech intelligibility during calls is also exceptionally good."

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About Creative Labs

Creative Labs is a Singaporean technology company specialized in the manufacture of multimedia products. They created the world-famous Soundblaster soundcard back in 1989 which was a staple of the gaming community for a long time. Nowadays, besides still marketing their discrete audio systems, they offer a wide array of headphones, gaming headsets and speakers that still preserve that same heritage.

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