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Updated January 10, 2024·

The AKG K712 Pro is a premium-priced, open-back headphone designed for an immersive sound experience and broad soundstage, making it great for critical listening and music enjoyment. However, these are not suitable for noisy environments due to poor noise isolation. They're also bulkier, which reduces portability, and lack a built-in microphone for calls. Conversely, the Razer Kraken is a more affordable closed-back headset, providing better noise isolation and a built-in boom microphone, making it better suited for gaming and online calls. The Kraken's foldable design enhances portability, but it might not match the AKG in terms of sound quality for music enthusiasts. If budget is a concern and you need a versatile headset for gaming and casual use, the Razer Kraken could be the better choice; if superior sound quality for music is a priority, consider investing in the AKG K712 Pro. 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 Razer Kraken
  • Very good for gaming

Key differences

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Music

7.7
K712 Pro
Kraken
7.1
The AKG K712 Pro and Razer Kraken are both good for music, though the AKG K712 Pro is somewhat better.

Gaming

7.0
K712 Pro
Kraken
8.3
The Razer Kraken is very good for gaming, while the AKG K712 Pro is good.

Phone Calls

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

Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.8
K712 Pro
Kraken
4.7
The AKG K712 Pro is good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Razer Kraken is poor.

TV and Video

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

Noise Reduction

2.5
K712 Pro
Kraken
6.5
The Razer Kraken is only fair for noise reduction, while the AKG K712 Pro is poor.

Cost

$272
K712 Pro
Kraken
$50
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The AKG K712 Pro has a price of $272 and the Razer Kraken costs $50.
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Key similarities

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Build Quality

8.5
K712 Pro
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8.5
The AKG K712 Pro and Razer Kraken both have very good build quality.

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How the AKG K712 Pro and the Razer Kraken compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K712 ProRazer Kraken
AKG K712 ProRazer Kraken

GENERAL

Price
$272
$50
Brand
AKGRazer
Release Date
July 1, 2013March 1, 2019
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.8/107.1/10
Phone Calls Score
4.9/105.5/10
Gaming Score
7/108.4/10
TV and Video Score
8.5/107.4/10
Exercise Score
4.4/104.2/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/106.5/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo
Mic Quality
N/A9/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108.5/10
Comfort score
8.4/107/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
235 Grams322 Grams
Microphone style
N/ABoom
Waterproof Rating
00

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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."

Razer Kraken

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PC Gamer

Rob Dwiar | March 2019
"Generally the Kraken is a very comfortable headset and there’s nothing that really identifies it as anything else. All in, the Kraken performed exactly as I’d expect a premium, designated gaming headset to perform: performing well in game audio, though not quite with the same quality of those headsets further up the price scale."

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About Razer

Razer is an American-Singaporean hardware manufacturer aimed specifically toward the gaming market. They manufacture a very wide array of gaming laptops, tablets, phones, peripherals and, of course, headphones and earbuds both wired and wireless. Since 2016, Razer has owned the THX suite, aimed at quality assurance of audiovisual systems such as speaker sets, video game consoles and even movie theaters.

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