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Updated January 10, 2024·

The AKG K712 Pro, being open-backed, will offer a broader soundstage, which is ideal for an immersive music experience but does not block external noise, making them less suited for noisy environments or commuting. They are priced at a premium, indicating higher quality or additional features, although they are not specified here. The Rode NTH-100, on the other hand, features a closed-back design, which means better noise isolation for private listening and use in mixed settings. They also have a detachable cable, making them relatively more convenient for portability and storage. Given the significantly lower price, the Rode NTH-100 may offer better value for most users unless an open soundstage is a priority. Both models are wired and don't have active noise cancellation, but for gaming and calls, the low-latency of a wired connection is beneficial. Neither supports sweat or dust proof certifications, so neither is tailored for exercise. If microphone quality is a factor in your decision, it's worth noting that neither of these options includes a mic. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K712 Pro
  • Good for gaming
  • Very good for TV and video
Advantages of the Rode NTH-100
  • Very good for music

Key differences

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TV and Video

8.4
K712 Pro
NTH-100
7.7
The AKG K712 Pro is very good for TV and video, while the Rode NTH-100 is good.

Noise Reduction

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

Cost

$272
K712 Pro
NTH-100
$134
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The AKG K712 Pro has a price of $272 and the Rode NTH-100 costs $134.
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Key similarities

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Music

7.7
K712 Pro
NTH-100
8.2
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Rode NTH-100 to be very good for music, while the AKG K712 Pro is good.

Gaming

7.0
K712 Pro
NTH-100
6.5
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers AKG K712 Pro to be good for gaming, while the Rode NTH-100 is only fair.

Phone Calls

4.9
K712 Pro
NTH-100
4.8
The AKG K712 Pro and Rode NTH-100 are both poor for phone calls.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.8
K712 Pro
NTH-100
7.6
The AKG K712 Pro and Rode NTH-100 are both good for podcasts and audiobooks.

Build Quality

8.5
K712 Pro
NTH-100
8.5
The AKG K712 Pro and Rode NTH-100 both have very good build quality.

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How the AKG K712 Pro and the Rode NTH-100 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K712 ProRode NTH-100
AKG K712 ProRode NTH-100

GENERAL

Price
$272
$134
Brand
AKGRode
Release Date
July 1, 2013March 1, 2022
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.8/108.2/10
Phone Calls Score
4.9/104.8/10
Gaming Score
7/106.6/10
TV and Video Score
8.5/107.8/10
Exercise Score
4.4/104.2/10

FEATURES

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

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108.5/10
Comfort score
8.4/107.6/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
235 Grams349.2 Grams
Waterproof Rating
00
Dustproof 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."

Rode NTH-100

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PC Gamer

Kizito Katawonga | March 2023
"The NTH-100M is a closed-back headset aimed at professional audiophiles—streamers, podcasters and content creators included—looking for masterful audio and a detachable 'broadcast-grade' microphone."

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About Rode

Rode is an Australian audio equipment manufacturer. Rode was founded in 1967 as Freedman Electronics, transitioning into its modern brand in 1990, and it’s mainly known for their high-end microphones and audio production equipment. In 2022 they entered into the headphone market with their NTH-100 closed back headphone which was received with very good reviews from the community.

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