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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you're after exceptional comfort and an immersive soundstage suitable for critical listening, the AKG K712 Pro could be your choice, yet it comes at a premium price and lacks a microphone. In contrast, the Rode NTH-100M, being significantly less expensive, offers good all-around performance with excellent mic quality, making it versatile for calls, meetings, and gaming. Keep in mind the Rode has a closed-back design which can isolate noise better but may not provide as wide a soundstage as the open-back AKG K712 Pro. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K712 Pro
  • Very good for TV and video
Advantages of the Rode NTH-100M
  • Very good for music
  • Best in class for phone calls
  • Very good for gaming

Key differences

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Gaming

7.0
K712 Pro
NTH-100M
8.9
The Rode NTH-100M is very good for gaming, while the AKG K712 Pro is good.

Phone Calls

4.9
K712 Pro
NTH-100M
9.5
The Rode NTH-100M is best in class for phone calls, while the AKG K712 Pro is poor.

TV and Video

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

Noise Reduction

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

Cost

$272
K712 Pro
NTH-100M
$189
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The AKG K712 Pro has a price of $272 and the Rode NTH-100M costs $189.
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Key similarities

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Music

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

Podcasts and Audiobooks

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

Build Quality

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

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

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Spec Comparison

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

GENERAL

Price
$272
$189
Brand
AKGRode
Release Date
July 1, 2013January 1, 2023
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.8/108.2/10
Phone Calls Score
4.9/109.5/10
Gaming Score
7/109/10
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
Mic Quality
N/A10/10

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
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."

Rode NTH-100M

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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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