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Updated April 11, 2024·

The AKG K712 Pro is better for a premium sound experience, particularly for music and TV due to its open design and very good soundstage. However, it has no microphone and lacks portability. It's best used at home with an amplifier for optimal performance. The JBL Live Beam 3 is a more versatile, portable choice suitable for exercise, travel, and casual use with features like active noise cancelling, a touch display on the case for controls, and a better battery life. While the JBL's sound quality is strong, it may not match the AKG’s soundstage for critical listening. If you need a mic and often use earbuds on the go, the JBL is likely a fit; for dedicated home listening, consider the AKG. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K712 Pro
  • Good for gaming
  • Very good for TV and video
  • Good for podcasts and audiobooks
Advantages of the JBL Live Beam 3
  • Very good for exercise
  • Very good for air travel

Key differences

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Gaming

7.0
K712 Pro
Live Beam 3
5.4
The AKG K712 Pro is good for gaming, while the JBL Live Beam 3 is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.8
K712 Pro
Live Beam 3
5.9
The AKG K712 Pro is good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the JBL Live Beam 3 is poor.

TV and Video

8.4
K712 Pro
Live Beam 3
5.6
The AKG K712 Pro is very good for TV and video, while the JBL Live Beam 3 is poor.

Noise Reduction

2.5
K712 Pro
Live Beam 3
8.3
The JBL Live Beam 3 is very good for noise reduction, while the AKG K712 Pro is poor.

Battery

N/A
K712 Pro
Live Beam 3
12.0 Hours
The AKG K712 Pro does not have a battery. The JBL Live Beam 3 has 12 hours of battery life.

Cost

$272
K712 Pro
Live Beam 3
$216
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The AKG K712 Pro has a price of $272 and the JBL Live Beam 3 costs $216.
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Key similarities

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Music

7.7
K712 Pro
Live Beam 3
7.8
The JBL Live Beam 3 and AKG K712 Pro are both good for music.

Phone Calls

4.9
K712 Pro
Live Beam 3
5.2
The JBL Live Beam 3 and AKG K712 Pro are both poor for phone calls.

Build Quality

8.5
K712 Pro
Live Beam 3
8.5
The AKG K712 Pro and JBL Live Beam 3 both have very good build quality.

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How the AKG K712 Pro and the JBL Live Beam 3 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K712 ProJBL Live Beam 3
AKG K712 ProJBL Live Beam 3

GENERAL

Price
$272
$216
Brand
AKGJBL
Release Date
July 1, 2013June 1, 2024
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
WiredWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.8/107.9/10
Phone Calls Score
4.9/105.3/10
Gaming Score
7/105.4/10
TV and Video Score
8.5/105.7/10
Exercise Score
4.4/108.4/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A12 Hours
Wireless charging
N/AYes
Charging time
N/A2 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5.3
Case Battery Life
N/A36

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoYes
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/108.4/10
Virtual Surround
NoYes
Android App
N/AYes
iOS App
N/AYes
Mic Quality
N/A7/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108.5/10
Comfort score
8.4/107/10
Size
N/ALarge
Weight (headset or single earbud)
235 Grams8.8 Grams
Microphone style
N/AIntegrated

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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."

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About JBL

JBL is an American audio equipment manufacturer. Owned by Harman International which is, itself, owned by Samsung Electronics. JBL markets a wide array of monitoring speakers, professional headphones and consumer market headphones and earbuds. It was founded in 1946 by James Bullough Lansing (whose initials give the company its name) and has become one of the most prolific audio companies ever. Their products were responsible for audio during the 1969 Woodstock Festival.

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