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Updated April 11, 2024·

If you prioritize high-quality sound for music and a wide soundstage for immersive listening, the AKG K712 Pro could be worth the investment despite being more expensive and requiring a dedicated amplifier for best performance. However, for gaming and calls, the Razer Kraken V3 would be more suitable with its boom microphone and good build quality, at a typically much lower cost. Keep in mind, the AKG is open-backed which means less noise isolation, whereas the Razer is closed-back, offering better noise isolation and suitability for a wider range of environments. 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 V3
  • The Razer Kraken V3 has no clear advantages over the AKG K712 Pro.

Key differences

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Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.8
K712 Pro
Kraken V3
4.7
The AKG K712 Pro is good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Razer Kraken V3 is poor.

TV and Video

8.4
K712 Pro
Kraken V3
7.0
The AKG K712 Pro is very good for TV and video, while the Razer Kraken V3 is good.

Noise Reduction

2.5
K712 Pro
Kraken V3
6.0
The Razer Kraken V3 is only fair for noise reduction, while the AKG K712 Pro is poor.

Cost

$272
K712 Pro
Kraken V3
$80
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The AKG K712 Pro has a price of $272 and the Razer Kraken V3 costs $80.
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Key similarities

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Music

7.7
K712 Pro
Kraken V3
7.3
The AKG K712 Pro and Razer Kraken V3 are both good for music.

Gaming

7.0
K712 Pro
Kraken V3
7.3
The Razer Kraken V3 and AKG K712 Pro are both good for gaming.

Phone Calls

4.9
K712 Pro
Kraken V3
5.0
The Razer Kraken V3 and AKG K712 Pro are both poor for phone calls.

Build Quality

8.5
K712 Pro
Kraken V3
8.5
The AKG K712 Pro and Razer Kraken V3 both have very good build quality.

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How the AKG K712 Pro and the Razer Kraken V3 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K712 ProRazer Kraken V3
AKG K712 ProRazer Kraken V3

GENERAL

Price
$272
$80
Brand
AKGRazer
Release Date
July 1, 2013June 1, 2021
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.8/107.3/10
Phone Calls Score
4.9/105.1/10
Gaming Score
7/107.4/10
TV and Video Score
8.5/107/10
Exercise Score
4.4/104.1/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/106/10
Virtual Surround
NoYes
Mic Quality
N/A7/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108.5/10
Comfort score
8.4/107/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
235 Grams325 Grams
Microphone style
N/ABoom
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."

Razer Kraken V3

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Soundguys

Sam Smart | November 2022
"This Razer Kraken V3 is a great headset for gamers who want comfort, surround sound, and software customization for a reasonable price. It's primarily a headset for PC gamers since THX Spatial audio is only supported on Windows. If you want something more multifaceted for multiple systems, this won't be an ideal headset for you. Luckily, there are plenty of competent Kraken V3 alternatives available to you."

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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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