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Updated January 10, 2024·

The AKG K712 Pro would be a good choice if you're looking for a more balanced sound with a wide soundstage, suitable for mixing and critical listening, and you prefer a lighter, more comfortable fit. They also come with a detachable cable which is useful for replacement. On the other hand, the HifiMan Edition XS offers planar magnetic drivers which generally provide a more detailed and fast response especially in the bass region, making them potentially more appealing for bass-heavy music genres and a more immersive experience. They might also give a sense of better build quality but can be heavier, which could affect long-term comfort. Considering their price, the AKG K712 Pro offers good value if you are sensitive to cost and do not require the distinctive sound characteristics of planar magnetic headphones like the HifiMan Edition XS. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K712 Pro
  • The AKG K712 Pro has no clear advantages over the HifiMan Edition XS.
Advantages of the HifiMan Edition XS
  • Very good for music
  • Best in class for TV and video

Key differences

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Music

7.7
K712 Pro
Edition XS
8.8
The HifiMan Edition XS is very good for music, while the AKG K712 Pro is good.

TV and Video

8.4
K712 Pro
Edition XS
9.5
The HifiMan Edition XS is best in class for TV and video, while the AKG K712 Pro is very good.

Cost

$272
K712 Pro
Edition XS
$379
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The AKG K712 Pro has a price of $272 and the HifiMan Edition XS costs $379.
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Key similarities

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Gaming

7.0
K712 Pro
Edition XS
7.4
The HifiMan Edition XS and AKG K712 Pro are both good for gaming.

Phone Calls

4.9
K712 Pro
Edition XS
5.0
The HifiMan Edition XS and AKG K712 Pro are both poor for phone calls.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.8
K712 Pro
Edition XS
7.9
The HifiMan Edition XS and AKG K712 Pro are both good for podcasts and audiobooks.

Noise Reduction

2.5
K712 Pro
Edition XS
2.5
The AKG K712 Pro and HifiMan Edition XS are both poor for noise reduction.

Build Quality

8.5
K712 Pro
Edition XS
8.5
The AKG K712 Pro and HifiMan Edition XS both have very good build quality.

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How the AKG K712 Pro and the HifiMan Edition XS compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K712 ProHifiMan Edition XS
AKG K712 ProHifiMan Edition XS

GENERAL

Price
$272
$379
Brand
AKGHifiMan
Release Date
July 1, 2013December 1, 2021
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.8/108.9/10
Phone Calls Score
4.9/105.1/10
Gaming Score
7/107.5/10
TV and Video Score
8.5/109.5/10
Exercise Score
4.4/104.4/10

FEATURES

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

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108.5/10
Comfort score
8.4/107.6/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
235 Grams421 Grams
Waterproof Rating
00
Dustproof 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."

HifiMan Edition XS

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Headphonesty

Eric D Hieger | January 2023
"The Edition XS easily compete with headphones in their price range with a very high price-to-performance ratio. The XS are an amazing value and offer performance not far off from headphones more than twice their cost. These will be a mind-blowing revelation for enthusiasts and music lovers who have only heard standard big-brand mainstream headphones."

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About HifiMan

HiFiMAN is a Chinese, high-end, audio product manufacturer, with 20 years of experience, that specializes in amplifiers, digital audio players and planar magnetic headphones, some of which have become a staple in the audiophile community such as the entry-level Sundara, the midrange Edition X, and the very well-regarded, high-end, Arya.

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