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Updated January 10, 2024·

If price is a major consideration, the AKG K712 Pro might be the better choice, as they are significantly less expensive than the Focal Elex. Both offer open-back designs suited to giving you a broad soundstage for an immersive music experience, but neither is ideal for use in noisy environments or during exercise because of poor noise isolation and lack of sweat resistance. The K712 Pro has a slight edge in comfort, which could make a difference during long listening sessions. Nevertheless, the Focal Elex has a slightly sturdier build that may translate to better durability over time. Neither has wireless capability, active noise cancelling, or built-in controls and microphones, making them less suited for calls and meetings or activities like gaming and TV watching where low latency is important. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K712 Pro
  • Good for gaming
Advantages of the Focal Elex
  • The Focal Elex has no clear advantages over the AKG K712 Pro.

Key differences

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Phone Calls

4.9
K712 Pro
Elex
4.3
The AKG K712 Pro and Focal Elex are both poor for phone calls, though the AKG K712 Pro is somewhat better.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.8
K712 Pro
Elex
7.1
The AKG K712 Pro and Focal Elex are both good for podcasts and audiobooks, though the AKG K712 Pro is somewhat better.

Cost

$272
K712 Pro
Elex
$749
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The AKG K712 Pro has a price of $272 and the Focal Elex costs $749.

Build Quality

8.5
K712 Pro
Elex
9.0
The Focal Elex 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
Elex
7.7
The AKG K712 Pro and Focal Elex are both good for music.

Gaming

7.0
K712 Pro
Elex
6.9
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers AKG K712 Pro to be good for gaming, while the Focal Elex is only fair.

TV and Video

8.4
K712 Pro
Elex
8.3
The AKG K712 Pro and Focal Elex are both very good for TV and video.

Noise Reduction

2.5
K712 Pro
Elex
2.5
The AKG K712 Pro and Focal Elex are both poor for noise reduction.

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

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K712 ProFocal Elex
AKG K712 ProFocal Elex

GENERAL

Price
$272
$749
Brand
AKGFocal
Release Date
July 1, 2013December 1, 2017
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.8/107.8/10
Phone Calls Score
4.9/104.4/10
Gaming Score
7/106.9/10
TV and Video Score
8.5/108.4/10
Exercise Score
4.4/104.3/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/102.5/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/109/10
Comfort score
8.4/108/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
235 Grams450 Grams
Waterproof Rating
00
Dustproof 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."

Focal Elex

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Golden Sound

Golden Sound | October 2021
"The Focal Elex are an excellent pair of headphones for the money and a great all-rounder that will suit many tastes. They’re an easy recommendation for anyone looking for something comfortable, well built, that looks good, and will work with just about any genre."

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