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Updated January 10, 2024·

The AKG K712 Pro is a premium option with a wider soundstage and higher overall sound quality, particularly suited for an immersive listening experience in music and TV. However, it is open-back, which means it leaks sound and doesn't isolate noise well, making it not ideal for noisy environments. The Sennheiser HD 400S, while less expensive, provides good sound quality, a closed-back design for better noise isolation, and an integrated microphone that makes it more suitable for calls and meetings. It's also more portable due to its foldability. If budget is a concern and you need versatility for different uses including better isolation, the Sennheiser HD 400S is a solid choice. If you prioritize top-tier sound for home use, especially in quiet environments, and you're willing to invest more, the AKG K712 Pro excels. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K712 Pro
  • Very good for TV and video
Advantages of the Sennheiser HD 400S
  • Very good for phone calls
  • Very good for gaming
  • Good for air travel

Key differences

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Music

7.7
K712 Pro
HD 400S
7.1
The AKG K712 Pro and Sennheiser HD 400S are both good for music, though the AKG K712 Pro is somewhat better.

Gaming

7.0
K712 Pro
HD 400S
8.6
The Sennheiser HD 400S is very good for gaming, while the AKG K712 Pro is good.

Phone Calls

4.9
K712 Pro
HD 400S
8.2
The Sennheiser HD 400S is very good for phone calls, while the AKG K712 Pro is poor.

TV and Video

8.4
K712 Pro
HD 400S
7.6
The AKG K712 Pro is very good for TV and video, while the Sennheiser HD 400S is good.

Noise Reduction

2.5
K712 Pro
HD 400S
5.3
The Sennheiser HD 400S and AKG K712 Pro are both poor for noise reduction, though the Sennheiser HD 400S is somewhat better.

Cost

$272
K712 Pro
HD 400S
$70
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The AKG K712 Pro has a price of $272 and the Sennheiser HD 400S costs $70.
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Key similarities

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Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.8
K712 Pro
HD 400S
7.6
The AKG K712 Pro and Sennheiser HD 400S are both good for podcasts and audiobooks.

Build Quality

8.5
K712 Pro
HD 400S
8.5
The AKG K712 Pro and Sennheiser HD 400S both have very good build quality.

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How the AKG K712 Pro and the Sennheiser HD 400S compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K712 ProSennheiser HD 400S
AKG K712 ProSennheiser HD 400S

GENERAL

Price
$272
$70
Brand
AKGSennheiser
Release Date
July 1, 2013January 1, 2019
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.8/107.2/10
Phone Calls Score
4.9/108.2/10
Gaming Score
7/108.7/10
TV and Video Score
8.5/107.7/10
Exercise Score
4.4/104.2/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/105.3/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo
Mic Quality
N/A8.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108.5/10
Comfort score
8.4/108.4/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
235 Grams213 Grams
Microphone style
N/AIntegrated
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."

Sennheiser HD 400S

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Jim | August 2022
"Sennheiser has done it again. The HD 400S performs well beyond its price range and is one of the better budget model headphones I’ve tried. It has very few bells and whistles and offers a simple means of listening that still delivers amazing clarity and quality. If you need a good first pair of headphones or need something that you can take out of the house, then the HD 400S is definitely for you."

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About Sennheiser

A family-owned company, Sennheiser is a German, high fidelity, audio equipment manufacturer founded in 1945. Their consumer audio division is now owned by the Swiss hearing aid and cochlear implant manufacturer Sonova. Sennheiser offers a wide variety of, very high quality, audio equipment solutions, from headphones to earbuds, full sets of monitoring speakers, amplifiers and microphones. They also make what is widely regarded as the best, and most expensive, headphones in existence, the HE-1 Orpheus, costing a whopping $59,000 dollars.

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