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Updated January 10, 2024·

The AKG K712 Pro is a premium choice praised for its comfort and wide soundstage, making it suitable for music listening and TV, though less so for calls and meetings. The Sennheiser HD800S, while significantly more expensive, offers a superior soundstage and music quality, and is great for immersive listening experiences. It's extremely comfortable and well-built, though neither model is ideal for exercise or travel due to their open-back design and lack of noise isolation. Both lack a microphone and controls, relying on external devices for those functions. If budget is a concern and you prioritize value over the pinnacle of sound quality, the AKG K712 Pro may be more appealing; however, for the ultimate listening experience without financial constraints, the HD800S stands out. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K712 Pro
  • The AKG K712 Pro has no clear advantages over the Sennheiser HD800S.
Advantages of the Sennheiser HD800S
  • Best in class for music
  • Best in class for TV and video
  • Very good for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Music

7.7
K712 Pro
HD800S
9.9
The Sennheiser HD800S is best in class for music, while the AKG K712 Pro is good.

Gaming

7.0
K712 Pro
HD800S
7.5
The Sennheiser HD800S and AKG K712 Pro are both good for gaming, though the Sennheiser HD800S is somewhat better.

TV and Video

8.4
K712 Pro
HD800S
9.7
The Sennheiser HD800S is best in class for TV and video, while the AKG K712 Pro is very good.

Cost

$272
K712 Pro
HD800S
$1,330
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The AKG K712 Pro has a price of $272 and the Sennheiser HD800S costs $1,330.

Build Quality

8.5
K712 Pro
HD800S
9.0
The Sennheiser HD800S has excellent build quality, while the AKG K712 Pro has very good build quality.
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Key similarities

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Phone Calls

4.9
K712 Pro
HD800S
5.0
The Sennheiser HD800S and AKG K712 Pro are both poor for phone calls.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.8
K712 Pro
HD800S
8.1
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Sennheiser HD800S to be very good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K712 Pro is good.

Noise Reduction

2.5
K712 Pro
HD800S
2.5
The AKG K712 Pro and Sennheiser HD800S are both poor for noise reduction.

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How the AKG K712 Pro and the Sennheiser HD800S compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K712 ProSennheiser HD800S
AKG K712 ProSennheiser HD800S

GENERAL

Price
$272
$1,330
Brand
AKGSennheiser
Release Date
July 1, 2013December 1, 2015
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.8/1010/10
Phone Calls Score
4.9/105/10
Gaming Score
7/107.6/10
TV and Video Score
8.5/109.7/10
Exercise Score
4.4/104.5/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/102.5/10
Virtual Surround
NoN/A

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/109/10
Comfort score
8.4/1010/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
235 Grams371.9 Grams
Waterproof Rating
00
Dustproof Rating
00

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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 HD800S

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Sound Guys

Christian Thomas | March 2023
"The cans offer stellar sound quality, comfort, and good maintenance options—so they're an easy recommendation if you have the cash and the need for the last headphones you'll buy for years."

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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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