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Updated January 10, 2024·

If sound quality is your top priority and you primarily listen in a quiet environment, the AKG K712 Pro may be worth the investment due to superior soundstage and detail, especially for critical listening. However, if you value portability, convenience for phone calls and listening on the go, and don't want to spend as much, the Google Pixel Buds A-Series are a good fit with their compact design, wireless features and integrated microphone, albeit with a tradeoff in overall sound fidelity compared to the AKGs. The AKGs are also open-back, meaning they leak sound and don't isolate noise well, unsuitable for noisy environments or privacy, whereas the Pixel Buds offer some passive isolation due to their in-ear design. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K712 Pro
  • Good for music
  • Very good for TV and video
Advantages of the Google Pixel Buds A Series
  • Very good for phone calls
  • Very good for gaming
  • Good for exercise
  • Good for air travel
  • Very good for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Music

7.7
K712 Pro
Pixel Buds A Series
6.4
The AKG K712 Pro is good for music, while the Google Pixel Buds A Series is only fair.

Gaming

7.0
K712 Pro
Pixel Buds A Series
8.6
The Google Pixel Buds A Series is very good for gaming, while the AKG K712 Pro is good.

Phone Calls

4.9
K712 Pro
Pixel Buds A Series
8.5
The Google Pixel Buds A Series is very good for phone calls, while the AKG K712 Pro is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.8
K712 Pro
Pixel Buds A Series
8.4
The Google Pixel Buds A Series is very good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K712 Pro is good.

TV and Video

8.4
K712 Pro
Pixel Buds A Series
7.8
The AKG K712 Pro is very good for TV and video, while the Google Pixel Buds A Series is good.

Noise Reduction

2.5
K712 Pro
Pixel Buds A Series
4.6
The Google Pixel Buds A Series and AKG K712 Pro are both poor for noise reduction, though the Google Pixel Buds A Series is somewhat better.

Battery

N/A
K712 Pro
Pixel Buds A Series
5.0 Hours
The AKG K712 Pro does not have a battery. The Google Pixel Buds A Series has 5 hours of battery life.

Cost

$272
K712 Pro
Pixel Buds A Series
$98
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The AKG K712 Pro has a price of $272 and the Google Pixel Buds A Series costs $98.

Build Quality

8.5
K712 Pro
Pixel Buds A Series
7.4
The AKG K712 Pro has very good build quality, while the Google Pixel Buds A Series has good build quality.
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How the AKG K712 Pro and the Google Pixel Buds A Series compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K712 ProGoogle Pixel Buds A Series
AKG K712 ProGoogle Pixel Buds A Series

GENERAL

Price
$272
$98
Brand
AKGGoogle
Release Date
July 1, 2013June 1, 2021
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
WiredWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.8/106.4/10
Phone Calls Score
4.9/108.5/10
Gaming Score
7/108.7/10
TV and Video Score
8.5/107.8/10
Exercise Score
4.4/107.4/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A5 Hours
Wireless charging
N/ANo
Charging time
N/A1.3 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5
Case Battery Life
N/A24

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/104.6/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo
Android App
N/AYes
iOS App
N/ANo
Mic Quality
N/A8.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/107.4/10
Comfort score
8.4/108.2/10
Size
N/AMedium
Weight (headset or single earbud)
235 Grams5.1 Grams
Microphone style
N/AIntegrated

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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."

Google Pixel Buds A Series

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Sound Guys

Jasper Lastoria | October 2022
"For the person who doesn’t want to think about their earphones while using them, Google has created the Pixel Buds A-Series. For a reasonable price, Google packs in a bevy of features like touch controls and a good fit into this Android-friendly set of earbuds to make productivity and life easier."

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About Google

Mainly known as the most popular search engine on the planet, Google is a multinational technology company that also offers a variety of audio-oriented products. Beside their smart speakers under the Nest product line, Google offers several models of true wireless earbuds under the Pixel line, some of which happen to be an affordable but very powerful option for those already in the Android ecosystem.

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