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Updated January 10, 2024·

The AKG K712 Pro headphones offer a superior sound quality, a very wide and immersive soundstage, and exceptional comfort, which makes them well-suited for critical listening, and they excel in a quiet environment due to their open-back design. However, they lack a built-in microphone, any wireless capabilities, active noise cancelling, and aren't suitable for exercising or use in noisy environments. Conversely, the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are compact, wireless, and equipped with active noise cancelling and a built-in microphone, making them versatile for calls, meetings, exercise, and travel. While their overall sound quality is slightly lower than the AKGs, they offer convenience and functionality for everyday use and outdoor activities. The Buds are also optimized for both Android and Apple devices and support wireless charging, which the AKGs do not. If you prioritize sound quality, spaciousness, and comfort for home listening, the AKGs may justify their higher price. If you value portability, versatility, and the features catering to an active lifestyle at a more affordable price, the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro would be a better choice. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K712 Pro
  • Very good for TV and video
Advantages of the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
  • Very good for music
  • Good for phone calls
  • Very good for gaming
  • Good for exercise
  • Very good for air travel
  • Very good for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Gaming

7.0
K712 Pro
Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
8.3
The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro is very good for gaming, while the AKG K712 Pro is good.

Phone Calls

4.9
K712 Pro
Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
7.0
The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro is good for phone calls, while the AKG K712 Pro is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.8
K712 Pro
Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
8.4
The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro is very good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K712 Pro is good.

TV and Video

8.4
K712 Pro
Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
7.7
The AKG K712 Pro is very good for TV and video, while the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro is good.

Noise Reduction

2.5
K712 Pro
Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
9.1
The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro is excellent for noise reduction, while the AKG K712 Pro is poor.

Battery

N/A
K712 Pro
Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
4.8 Hours
The AKG K712 Pro does not have a battery. The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro has 4.8 hours of battery life.

Cost

$272
K712 Pro
Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
$157
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The AKG K712 Pro has a price of $272 and the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro costs $157.

Build Quality

8.5
K712 Pro
Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
9.0
The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 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
Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
8.0
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro to be very good for music, while the AKG K712 Pro is good.

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How the AKG K712 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K712 ProSamsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
AKG K712 ProSamsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro

GENERAL

Price
$272
$157
Brand
AKGSamsung
Release Date
July 1, 2013August 1, 2022
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
WiredWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.8/108.1/10
Phone Calls Score
4.9/107.1/10
Gaming Score
7/108.4/10
TV and Video Score
8.5/107.8/10
Exercise Score
4.4/107.7/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A4.8 Hours
Wireless charging
N/AYes
Charging time
N/A1.1 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5.2
Case Battery Life
N/A12

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoYes
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/109.1/10
Virtual Surround
NoYes
Android App
N/AYes
iOS App
N/ANo
Mic Quality
N/A6.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/109/10
Comfort score
8.4/107.8/10
Size
N/AMedium
Weight (headset or single earbud)
235 Grams5.5 Grams
Microphone style
N/AIntegrated

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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."

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro

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Sound Guys

Jasper Lastoria | April 2023
"Consider the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro as your next pair of buds for its excellent active noise canceling (ANC) of low frequencies and comfortable fit. For Samsung users, the integration with your devices is handy and good for productivity."

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About Samsung

Samsung is a multinational conglomerate with over 85 years of history. They are mostly known to consumers for their high-end smartphones and TVs, however they are invested in many other markets like semiconductors and automotive. Samsung owns Harman International which itself owns other audio specialized companies like Harman Kardon, JBL and AKG who help engineer most, if not all, of Samsung audio products of their Galaxy line.

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