The AKG K712 PRO delivers a great sound for critical listening. They’re super comfortable headphones with a few more accessories than the K701 or the K702. However, like the previous models, they’re a bit bulky and cumbersome for everyday use. They also have an open-back design that improves their overall sound quality but leaks a lot and won’t block much noise, which is not ideal for loud, noisy commutes. Now, let’s we read the below review to know more.
AKG K712 PRO Headphones Review
Design & Build Quality
The AKG K712 PRO shares the same design as the AKG 701 and AKG 702 with few minor differences in color schemes. The open-back ear cups are large and circular and covered in suede-like padding that gives the headphones a premium feel. Sadly, they may be too big and bulky for some listeners and will stand out in a crowd more for their size than their style.
The AKG K712 PRO is an incredibly comfortable headphone. The headband design does not put too much pressure on your head. The large ear cups easily fit around most ears but might be a little too large for some listeners. They deliver a comfortable listening experience, but their bulky design is not for everyone.
The AKG K712 PRO is one of the biggest headphones reviewed so far. Like the AKG 702, they are bulky, cumbersome, and do not fold up into a more compact format. The ear cups also do not lay flat to take less space and the retro headband design is quite large. This results in a headphone that’s hard to carry around, and that will only fit in a backpack or large bag.
The AKG K712 PRO headphones have the decent build quality, but not as good as the Beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO. The ear cups are dense, and the headband design is flexible enough to handle an above-average amount of physical stress. However, the adjustable headband padding has a lot of moving parts. This means a lot of potential weak points where the headphones could get damaged through wear and tear.
As the AKG K712 Pro is made for professional use, you can expect amazing audio quality. The open-back design ensures that the soundstage will be spacious; however, this also means that you will experience some sound leakage. Looking at the sound signature of the headphones, you will find that the overall audio reproduction is very lively, warm, and spacious – spreading all over the sound spectrum. The lows of the K712 Pro are intense for an open-back headphone. The overall bass reproduction of the headphone is clean and tight. Furthermore, the open-back design makes the bass more impactful and present.
However, the thump of the lows is a bit disappointing. Furthermore, without adjusting the sub-bass in the EQ, you won’t be able to feel the rumble to the desired extent. On the other hand, the mids are great. It never sounds too distant or thin; it’s rather more forward. In the highs department, the treble is perfectly tuned. The treble is bright and sound natural, yet it doesn’t cause any fatigue.
The highs are dynamic and filled with energy; it is not too sharp either. when it comes to the soundstage of the K712 Pro, the open-back design ensures that the headphones sound very spacious. In fact, these are one of the most spacious sounding headphones out there. Because of the wider soundstage, you can hear the instruments very clearly. Thanks to the open-back design, you can easily distinguish each musical instrument played on a track. The overall vocals sound amazing too since it has more room for breathing. However, some might find the separation a bit unnatural.
Noise Isolation & Leakage
Poor isolation. These headphones don’t offer any isolation below 1KHz, which is expected of open-back headphones. Above 1KHz, there is a 3dB/Octave roll-off present, which won’t be effective in blocking outside noise.
Poor leakage. The AKG K712 PRO headphones are quite loud and leak a lot, which is due to their open-back design. The profile of the leakage is narrower than most open headphones we have measured, similar to the K702. However, the drop in the leakage above 4KHz is rather uncharacteristic of most open headphones.
In conclusion, Great headphones for neutral listening. They’re comfortable and have an excellent sound quality that reproduces tracks with high fidelity. They also have an open-back design, which gives them a broad and spacious soundstage.