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Updated January 10, 2024·

The AKG K712 Pro headphones offer a higher overall sound quality, better soundstage and imaging, and superior comfort compared to the KZ ZSN Pro earbuds. AKGs are open-back and wired, which makes them suitable for critical listening and studio work, but less portable and they don't isolate noise well, so they're not ideal for noisy environments or travel. On the other hand, the KZ earbuds are closed-back, have a higher build quality, and come with a detachable cable and secure fit accessories. They might be a better choice if you need something more portable, budget-friendly, and versatile for different environments, including exercise. 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 KZ ZSN Pro
  • The KZ ZSN Pro has no clear advantages over the AKG K712 Pro.

Key differences

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Gaming

7.0
K712 Pro
ZSN Pro
6.0
The AKG K712 Pro is good for gaming, while the KZ ZSN Pro is only fair.

Phone Calls

4.9
K712 Pro
ZSN Pro
3.1
The AKG K712 Pro and KZ ZSN Pro are both poor for phone calls, though the AKG K712 Pro is somewhat better.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.8
K712 Pro
ZSN Pro
4.9
The AKG K712 Pro is good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the KZ ZSN Pro is poor.

TV and Video

8.4
K712 Pro
ZSN Pro
7.4
The AKG K712 Pro is very good for TV and video, while the KZ ZSN Pro is good.

Noise Reduction

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

Cost

$272
K712 Pro
ZSN Pro
$18
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The AKG K712 Pro has a price of $272 and the KZ ZSN Pro costs $18.

Build Quality

8.5
K712 Pro
ZSN Pro
9.0
The KZ ZSN Pro has excellent 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
ZSN Pro
7.7
The AKG K712 Pro and KZ ZSN Pro are both good for music.

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How the AKG K712 Pro and the KZ ZSN Pro compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K712 ProKZ ZSN Pro
AKG K712 ProKZ ZSN Pro

GENERAL

Price
$272
$18
Brand
AKGKZ
Release Date
July 1, 2013March 1, 2019
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.8/107.8/10
Phone Calls Score
4.9/103.2/10
Gaming Score
7/106/10
TV and Video Score
8.5/107.5/10
Exercise Score
4.4/104.3/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/105.3/10
Virtual Surround
NoN/A

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/109/10
Comfort score
8.4/107.6/10
Size
N/ALarge
Weight (headset or single earbud)
235 Grams7 Grams
Waterproof Rating
00

Shopping

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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."

KZ ZSN Pro

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PrimeAudio

David Becker | 2019
"Undoubtedly the focus and the star of the show, the ZSN Pro’s bass is big, bold and bangin’. The amount of gusto in the low end should satisfy anyone who likes a large lick of bass and even certified bassheads will probably get a kick out of this."

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