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Updated January 10, 2024·

For a premium listening experience with a broad soundstage, the AKG K712 Pro is excellent, especially for critical listening and immersive music sessions, but it's less ideal for calls and meetings due to the lack of a microphone. On the other hand, the JBL Quantum 100, while not as high in overall sound quality, has a good microphone for calls and meetings, and its closed-back design offers better noise isolation for gaming and daily commuting, all at a more budget-friendly price. Be aware that both options lack wireless capabilities and active noise cancelling, making them less suitable for exercise and travel. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K712 Pro
  • Very good for TV and video
  • Good for podcasts and audiobooks
Advantages of the JBL Quantum 100
  • Very good for gaming

Key differences

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Music

7.7
K712 Pro
Quantum 100
7.0
The AKG K712 Pro and JBL Quantum 100 are both good for music, though the AKG K712 Pro is somewhat better.

Gaming

7.0
K712 Pro
Quantum 100
8.5
The JBL Quantum 100 is very good for gaming, while the AKG K712 Pro is good.

Phone Calls

4.9
K712 Pro
Quantum 100
5.5
The JBL Quantum 100 and AKG K712 Pro are both poor for phone calls, though the JBL Quantum 100 is somewhat better.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.8
K712 Pro
Quantum 100
4.5
The AKG K712 Pro is good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the JBL Quantum 100 is poor.

TV and Video

8.4
K712 Pro
Quantum 100
7.1
The AKG K712 Pro is very good for TV and video, while the JBL Quantum 100 is good.

Noise Reduction

2.5
K712 Pro
Quantum 100
5.3
The JBL Quantum 100 and AKG K712 Pro are both poor for noise reduction, though the JBL Quantum 100 is somewhat better.

Cost

$272
K712 Pro
Quantum 100
$40
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The AKG K712 Pro has a price of $272 and the JBL Quantum 100 costs $40.

Build Quality

8.5
K712 Pro
Quantum 100
6.5
The AKG K712 Pro has very good build quality, while the JBL Quantum 100 has only fair build quality.
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How the AKG K712 Pro and the JBL Quantum 100 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K712 ProJBL Quantum 100
AKG K712 ProJBL Quantum 100

GENERAL

Price
$272
$40
Brand
AKGJBL
Release Date
July 1, 2013May 1, 2020
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.8/107/10
Phone Calls Score
4.9/105.5/10
Gaming Score
7/108.6/10
TV and Video Score
8.5/107.2/10
Exercise Score
4.4/104/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/105.3/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo
Mic Quality
N/A10/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/106.5/10
Comfort score
8.4/106/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
235 Grams220 Grams
Microphone style
N/ABoom
Waterproof Rating
00

Shopping

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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."

JBL Quantum 100

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Wes Davis | July 2023
"I appreciate a functional piece of tech as much as I do gear on the bleeding edge, and the JBL Quantum 100 certainly falls in the former category. The sound is reasonably good, the built-in microphone is surprisingly reliable and it has a thoughtful design for the price. It lacks the convenience of Bluetooth, sure, but sometimes it’s nice not to have to worry about the finicky nature of wireless communication and go with good old hard-wired tech."

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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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