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Updated January 10, 2024·

The AKG K712 Pro and the HyperX Cloud II cater to different preferences. If you prioritize wide soundstage and natural sound, especially for music and studio settings, the AKG K712 Pro is superior, but it's not well-suited for noisy environments due to its open-back design and lower noise isolation. Conversely, the HyperX Cloud II, with its closed-back design and better noise isolation, is more versatile for gaming, calls, and multimedia in various settings; plus, it includes a high-quality microphone. The Cloud II offers better value for money if you're looking for an all-rounder with good build quality, comfort, and included virtual surround sound. However, you would sacrifice some soundstage width and neutrality compared to the pricier AKGs. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K712 Pro
  • Very good for TV and video
Advantages of the HyperX Cloud II
  • Good for phone calls
  • Very good for gaming

Key differences

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Gaming

7.0
K712 Pro
Cloud II
8.6
The HyperX Cloud II is very good for gaming, while the AKG K712 Pro is good.

Phone Calls

4.9
K712 Pro
Cloud II
7.5
The HyperX Cloud II is good for phone calls, while the AKG K712 Pro is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.8
K712 Pro
Cloud II
7.0
The AKG K712 Pro and HyperX Cloud II are both good for podcasts and audiobooks, though the AKG K712 Pro is somewhat better.

TV and Video

8.4
K712 Pro
Cloud II
7.6
The AKG K712 Pro is very good for TV and video, while the HyperX Cloud II is good.

Noise Reduction

2.5
K712 Pro
Cloud II
6.0
The HyperX Cloud II is only fair for noise reduction, while the AKG K712 Pro is poor.

Cost

$272
K712 Pro
Cloud II
$99
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The AKG K712 Pro has a price of $272 and the HyperX Cloud II costs $99.

Build Quality

8.5
K712 Pro
Cloud II
10.0
The HyperX Cloud II has best in class 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
Cloud II
7.7
The AKG K712 Pro and HyperX Cloud II are both good for music.

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How the AKG K712 Pro and the HyperX Cloud II compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K712 ProHyperX Cloud II
AKG K712 ProHyperX Cloud II

GENERAL

Price
$272
$99
Brand
AKGHyperX
Release Date
July 1, 2013January 1, 2015
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.8/107.8/10
Phone Calls Score
4.9/107.5/10
Gaming Score
7/108.6/10
TV and Video Score
8.5/107.6/10
Exercise Score
4.4/104.3/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/106/10
Virtual Surround
NoYes
Mic Quality
N/A10/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/1010/10
Comfort score
8.4/108.9/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
235 Grams317.5 Grams
Microphone style
N/ABoom
Waterproof Rating
00

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AKG K712 Pro

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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."

HyperX Cloud II

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Rhys McIntyre | December 2022
"My overall impression of the HyperX Cloud II gaming headset is overwhelmingly positive. In my opinion, this is one of the best mid-priced gaming headsets currently on the market.Solid sound quality, superior comfort, and a sleek, lightweight design – this headset delivers all of the important aspects that a gaming headset should."

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About HyperX

Starting originally as a high-performance and gaming line of memory modules within Kingston and later acquired by HP, HyperX is a dedicated esports and gaming division focused on developing peripherals, microphones and headsets. Providing budget-friendly, comfortable and highly functional products, HyperX has become the go-to for many gamers around the world, resulting in sales of over 20 million headsets throughout the years.

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