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Updated January 10, 2024·

The AKG K712 Pro are open-back, over-ear headphones known for their wide soundstage and immersive experience, ideal for critical listening and mixing; however, they don't have a microphone or built-in controls and are not suitable for use during exercise or in noisy environments due to their open design. The Grado GT220 are stemless, closed-back earbuds, wireless with a smaller form factor, suitable for portability, exercise, and casual use with decent sound quality but a lesser soundstage; they have a microphone and touch controls, making them more versatile for calls and convenience. If you primarily listen at home and want superior sound quality, go for the AKG K712 Pro; if you need something for on-the-go use and versatility, the Grado GT220 might be better despite typically being slightly cheaper. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K712 Pro
  • Good for music
  • Good for gaming
  • Very good for TV and video
Advantages of the Grado GT220
  • Good for air travel
  • Very good for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Music

7.7
K712 Pro
GT220
6.3
The AKG K712 Pro is good for music, while the Grado GT220 is only fair.

Gaming

7.0
K712 Pro
GT220
5.1
The AKG K712 Pro is good for gaming, while the Grado GT220 is poor.

Phone Calls

4.9
K712 Pro
GT220
6.9
The Grado GT220 is only fair for phone calls, while the AKG K712 Pro is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.8
K712 Pro
GT220
8.8
The Grado GT220 is very good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K712 Pro is good.

TV and Video

8.4
K712 Pro
GT220
5.5
The AKG K712 Pro is very good for TV and video, while the Grado GT220 is poor.

Noise Reduction

2.5
K712 Pro
GT220
5.3
The Grado GT220 and AKG K712 Pro are both poor for noise reduction, though the Grado GT220 is somewhat better.

Battery

N/A
K712 Pro
GT220
5.5 Hours
The AKG K712 Pro does not have a battery. The Grado GT220 has 5.5 hours of battery life.

Cost

$272
K712 Pro
GT220
$259
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The AKG K712 Pro has a price of $272 and the Grado GT220 costs $259.
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Key similarities

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Build Quality

8.5
K712 Pro
GT220
8.8
The Grado GT220 and AKG K712 Pro both have very good build quality.

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How the AKG K712 Pro and the Grado GT220 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K712 ProGrado GT220
AKG K712 ProGrado GT220

GENERAL

Price
$272
$259
Brand
AKGGrado
Release Date
July 1, 2013September 1, 2020
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
WiredWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.8/106.4/10
Phone Calls Score
4.9/107/10
Gaming Score
7/105.2/10
TV and Video Score
8.5/105.5/10
Exercise Score
4.4/106.2/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A5.5 Hours
Wireless charging
N/AYes
Charging time
N/A2 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5
Case Battery Life
N/A36

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/105.3/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo
Android App
N/ANo
iOS App
N/ANo
Mic Quality
N/A6/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108.8/10
Comfort score
8.4/107.6/10
Size
N/ASmall
Weight (headset or single earbud)
235 Grams5 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."

Grado GT220

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Major HiFi

Alex Schiffer | October 2020
"With its superb and functional interface and its highly satisfying imaging, Grado has shown a new talent for delivering a solid true wireless system, and with future improvements, has the potential to really be one of the best."

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About Grado

Grado Labs is a small, family-owned, business based in Brooklyn New York that specializes in high-end, boutique, dynamic headphones and turntable cartridges. They boast a particular house sound, that is to say their products have a particular sound signature unique to Grado, that some audiophiles seem to really like and are unable to find anywhere else. Their high-end headphones are all hand made, completely in house, from a variety of exotic woods and materials going so far as to making one of their most popular products out of hemp.

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