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Updated January 10, 2024·

The AKG K712 Pro is an open-back design, offering a more expansive soundstage that can feel more immersive for music and more natural, but this design leaks sound and provides little isolation from external noise, which isn’t ideal for noisy environments. Being less expensive than the Focal Bathys, they are a cost-effective choice for critical listening in a quiet space but would require a dedicated amplifier for best performance. On the other hand, the Focal Bathys are closed-back, offer better noise isolation, and come with features like Bluetooth and active noise cancelling, making them versatile for use in various environments and situations—including commuting and traveling—where external noise can be an issue. They also have an integrated microphone and the convenience of wireless functionality with a battery that needs charging, even in wired mode. If budget allows and versatile use including a mix of quiet and noisy environments is anticipated, the Focal Bathys might justify the extra expense. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K712 Pro
  • Good for podcasts and audiobooks
Advantages of the Focal Bathys
  • Very good for music
  • Excellent for gaming
  • Best in class for TV and video
  • Very good for air travel

Key differences

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Gaming

7.0
K712 Pro
Bathys
9.3
The Focal Bathys is excellent for gaming, while the AKG K712 Pro is good.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.8
K712 Pro
Bathys
6.2
The AKG K712 Pro is good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Focal Bathys is only fair.

TV and Video

8.4
K712 Pro
Bathys
10.0
The Focal Bathys is best in class for TV and video, while the AKG K712 Pro is very good.

Noise Reduction

2.5
K712 Pro
Bathys
8.3
The Focal Bathys is very good for noise reduction, while the AKG K712 Pro is poor.

Battery

N/A
K712 Pro
Bathys
31.0 Hours
The AKG K712 Pro does not have a battery. The Focal Bathys has 31 hours of battery life.

Cost

$270
K712 Pro
Bathys
$699
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$350

$400

The AKG K712 Pro has a price of $270 and the Focal Bathys costs $699.

Build Quality

8.5
K712 Pro
Bathys
9.0
The Focal Bathys has excellent build quality, while the AKG K712 Pro has very good build quality.
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Key similarities

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Music

7.7
K712 Pro
Bathys
8.0
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Focal Bathys to be very good for music, while the AKG K712 Pro is good.

Phone Calls

4.9
K712 Pro
Bathys
5.2
The Focal Bathys and AKG K712 Pro are both poor for phone calls.

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How the AKG K712 Pro and the Focal Bathys compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K712 ProFocal Bathys
AKG K712 ProFocal Bathys

GENERAL

Price
$270
$699
Brand
AKGFocal
Release Date
July 1, 2013October 1, 2022
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired + Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.8/108.1/10
Phone Calls Score
4.9/105.3/10
Gaming Score
7/109.4/10
TV and Video Score
8.5/1010/10
Exercise Score
4.4/106.6/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A31 Hours
Wireless charging
N/ANo
Charging time
N/A1.5 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5.1

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoYes
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/108.4/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo
Android App
N/AYes
iOS App
N/AYes
Mic Quality
N/A6.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/109/10
Comfort score
8.4/108.4/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
235 Grams350 Grams
Microphone style
N/AIntegrated
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."

Focal Bathys

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Soundguys

Christian Thomas | May 2023
"As much as I hesitate to recommend a headphone that sells for $800 USD, if you’re looking for the best sound quality you can find in the ANC space: it’s the Focal Bathys."

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