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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prioritize sound quality for music listening, the HifiMan Sundara is the better choice due to its slightly higher music score. However, the AKG K712 Pro offers a better experience for TV and video. Neither has a built-in microphone for calls, which may be a drawback if you need that feature. Both are similarly comfortable and neither is suitable for exercise due to their open-back design and lack of sweat resistance. The Sundara is heavier and less portable, and neither offers active noise cancelling or wireless connectivity, thus they're not ideal for noisy environments like air travel. If you're seeking durability and a longer cable, the K712 Pro has the edge. Both have detachable cables, but keep in mind neither supports low latency, making them less suitable for gaming. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K712 Pro
  • The AKG K712 Pro has no clear advantages over the HifiMan Sundara.
Advantages of the HifiMan Sundara
  • Excellent for music

Key differences

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Music

7.7
K712 Pro
Sundara
9.3
The HifiMan Sundara is excellent for music, while the AKG K712 Pro is good.
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Key similarities

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Gaming

7.0
K712 Pro
Sundara
7.2
The HifiMan Sundara and AKG K712 Pro are both good for gaming.

Phone Calls

4.9
K712 Pro
Sundara
4.9
The HifiMan Sundara and AKG K712 Pro are both poor for phone calls.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.8
K712 Pro
Sundara
7.8
The HifiMan Sundara and AKG K712 Pro are both good for podcasts and audiobooks.

TV and Video

8.4
K712 Pro
Sundara
8.8
The HifiMan Sundara and AKG K712 Pro are both very good for TV and video.

Noise Reduction

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

Cost

$272
K712 Pro
Sundara
$279
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The AKG K712 Pro has a price of $272 and the HifiMan Sundara costs $279.

Build Quality

8.5
K712 Pro
Sundara
8.2
The AKG K712 Pro and HifiMan Sundara both have very good build quality.

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

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K712 ProHifiMan Sundara
AKG K712 ProHifiMan Sundara

GENERAL

Price
$272
$279
Brand
AKGHifiMan
Release Date
July 1, 2013May 1, 2020
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.8/109.3/10
Phone Calls Score
4.9/105/10
Gaming Score
7/107.2/10
TV and Video Score
8.5/108.8/10
Exercise Score
4.4/104.5/10

FEATURES

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

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108.2/10
Comfort score
8.4/108.4/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
235 Grams394.6 Grams
Waterproof Rating
00
Dustproof Rating
00

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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."

HifiMan Sundara

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Sound Guys

Christian Thomas | July 2023
"The HiFiMan Sundara is the set of headphones to get if you want high-end audio, but don't want to shell out a king's ransom for it. These planar magnetic headphones are comfortable, straightforward, and excellent performers."

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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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