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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you primarily play games, the EPOS PC38X will likely serve you better as they are tailored for gaming, including a high-quality microphone for communication. In contrast, while the AKG K712 Pro has an expansive soundstage making them excellent for music listening, they do not come with a microphone, making them less suitable for gaming or calls. Although the AKG K712 Pro is more expensive, they have a reputation for superior comfort and build quality. If your focus is on the highest fidelity for music and you are not concerned about the lack of an in-built microphone, the AKG might be the right choice for you. However, if you require a versatile headset that provides immersive gaming experience and excellent call quality, the EPOS PC38X offers significant value at a lower cost. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K712 Pro
  • The AKG K712 Pro has no clear advantages over the EPOS PC38X.
Advantages of the EPOS PC38X
  • Best in class for music
  • Best in class for phone calls
  • Best in class for gaming
  • Excellent for TV and video

Key differences

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Music

7.7
K712 Pro
PC38X
9.5
The EPOS PC38X is best in class for music, while the AKG K712 Pro is good.

Gaming

7.0
K712 Pro
PC38X
10.0
The EPOS PC38X is best in class for gaming, while the AKG K712 Pro is good.

Phone Calls

4.9
K712 Pro
PC38X
10.0
The EPOS PC38X is best in class for phone calls, while the AKG K712 Pro is poor.

TV and Video

8.4
K712 Pro
PC38X
9.0
The EPOS PC38X is excellent for TV and video, while the AKG K712 Pro is very good.

Cost

$659
K712 Pro
PC38X
$169
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The AKG K712 Pro has a price of $659 and the EPOS PC38X costs $169.
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Key similarities

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Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.8
K712 Pro
PC38X
7.9
The EPOS PC38X and AKG K712 Pro are both good for podcasts and audiobooks.

Noise Reduction

2.5
K712 Pro
PC38X
2.5
The AKG K712 Pro and EPOS PC38X are both poor for noise reduction.

Build Quality

8.5
K712 Pro
PC38X
8.5
The AKG K712 Pro and EPOS PC38X both have very good build quality.

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How the AKG K712 Pro and the EPOS PC38X compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K712 ProEPOS PC38X
AKG K712 ProEPOS PC38X

GENERAL

Price
$659
$169
Brand
AKGEPOS
Release Date
July 1, 2013September 1, 2020
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.8/109.6/10
Phone Calls Score
4.9/1010/10
Gaming Score
7/1010/10
TV and Video Score
8.5/109.1/10
Exercise Score
4.4/104.5/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/102.5/10
Virtual Surround
NoN/A
Mic Quality
N/A10/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108.5/10
Comfort score
8.4/108.4/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
235 Grams249.4 Grams
Microphone style
N/ABoom
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."

EPOS PC38X

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Everyday Listening

Ryan Soo | November 2021
"Lightweight and comfortable design, Mic arm with mute, Excellent tuning, Highly natural midrange voicing, Clean and separated bass, Solid soundstage dimensions. Combining all day comfort and integrated coms with a balanced and spacious sound from essentially any source, it is hard to deny the versatility and value provided by the PC38X."

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About EPOS

EPOS is a relatively new company with a very long heritage. Previously known as Sennheiser Communications, EPOS is the result of the joint venture between the German headphone manufacturer Sennheiser and the Danish Demant that sought to develop premium audio communication solutions. They specialize in two main product groups, enterprise communications and gaming communication headsets and processing devices.

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