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Updated January 10, 2024·

Choosing between the AKG K712 Pro and the Etymotic ER2SE depends on your priorities. The AKG K712 Pro offers a broader soundstage and higher comfort, which is better for an immersive music experience and TV, but their open-back design means they don't isolate noise well, making them less ideal for noisy environments. The Etymotic ER2SE excels in sound quality and noise isolation, perfect for listening on the go or in noisy settings, but they have a smaller soundstage and are less comfortable than the AKGs, which might be a drawback for prolonged use. Moreover, AKGs are more expensive and less portable compared to the more affordable and portable Etymotics. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K712 Pro
  • Good for gaming
  • Very good for TV and video
Advantages of the Etymotic ER2SE
  • Very good for music

Key differences

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Music

7.7
K712 Pro
ER2SE
8.8
The Etymotic ER2SE is very good for music, while the AKG K712 Pro is good.

Gaming

7.0
K712 Pro
ER2SE
6.2
The AKG K712 Pro is good for gaming, while the Etymotic ER2SE is only fair.

TV and Video

8.4
K712 Pro
ER2SE
7.8
The AKG K712 Pro is very good for TV and video, while the Etymotic ER2SE is good.

Noise Reduction

2.5
K712 Pro
ER2SE
9.1
The Etymotic ER2SE is excellent for noise reduction, while the AKG K712 Pro is poor.

Cost

$270
K712 Pro
ER2SE
$100
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The AKG K712 Pro has a price of $270 and the Etymotic ER2SE costs $100.

Build Quality

8.5
K712 Pro
ER2SE
9.0
The Etymotic ER2SE 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
ER2SE
4.9
The Etymotic ER2SE and AKG K712 Pro are both poor for phone calls.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.8
K712 Pro
ER2SE
7.6
The AKG K712 Pro and Etymotic ER2SE are both good for podcasts and audiobooks.

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How the AKG K712 Pro and the Etymotic ER2SE compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K712 ProEtymotic ER2SE
AKG K712 ProEtymotic ER2SE

GENERAL

Price
$270
$100
Brand
AKGEtymotic
Release Date
July 1, 2013February 1, 2019
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.8/108.9/10
Phone Calls Score
4.9/105/10
Gaming Score
7/106.3/10
TV and Video Score
8.5/107.9/10
Exercise Score
4.4/104.2/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/109.1/10
Virtual Surround
NoN/A

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/109/10
Comfort score
8.4/106/10
Size
N/ASmall
Weight (headset or single earbud)
235 Grams4 Grams
Waterproof Rating
00

Shopping

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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."

Etymotic ER2SE

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Sound Guys

Lily Katz | April 2022
"Etymotic isn’t playing around: it takes audio seriously and has mastered the art of the noise-isolation earphone. Sure, the fit of the earbuds looks silly but it’s a signature Etymotic thing and could be considered charming by some. If you’re looking for best-in-class audio for a realistic price, the ER2SE is it."

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About Etymotic

Etymotic Research is an American based research, development and manufacturing company founded in 1983. They invented the first insert earphones that were used for the diagnosis and research of hearing loss and other auditory disorders. They went on to pioneer the market of high fidelity, isolating, in-ear earphones.

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