The K712 Pro Reference Studio Headphones from AKG are over-ear, open-back headphones that are designed for use in mixing and mastering applications. They have a two-layer diaphragm with a flat-wire voice coil that was designed by AKG to provide an accurate high end response. The genuine leather headband and velour earpads allow for comfort during extended listening periods.
- Over-Ear, Open Back Design
- Flat Wire Voice Coil
- Leather Headband
- Velour Earpads
AKG K712 PRO Overview
AKG K712 PRO Specs
|Maximum Power Handling||200 mW|
|Audio Connector to Source||1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS|
|Package Weight||2.15 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||11.6 x 9 x 5"|
AKG K712 PRO Reviews
Comfort and accuracy
I had an older version of very much loved AKG reference headphones from the early '90s that were destroyed by my son... after many years of service, many of the plastic elements were held by mini bulldog clamps so good timing for an upgrade, thanks, son! After listening to a lot of alternatives, many costlier, (although for the listening pleasure I have put cost on a low priority criteria scale) the K712 PRO was the right choice: better sound than my previous ones and still the same neutral yet accurate and true experience for my mostly classical and jazz listening. Paired with a SHIIT Bifrost DAC and Valhalla tube amp stack, every instrument is clearly distinct and spatially identifiable. You feel you are in the space with the musicians, be it in a studio or concert hall. Also own a Grado PS500e - a warmer experience perhaps that I enjoy with a more "mobile" red Dragonfly DAC/Amp when working, but I find the AKG's neutrality better for the orchestral music I often listen to. And the comfort fit bears no comparison between them: I can wear the AKGs for hours - not so for the Grados The open back was a must for me as I usually don't like (or need) to feel isolated. In the rare condition I need to withdraw from the surroundings I reluctantly use a Meze 99 classic walnut pair that match the comfort of the AKGs with an enjoyable sound stage but not close in accuracy to my preferred cans. Minor detail: I replaced the velvet cushions with fabric covered AKG ones. Found the sound stage to be even more detailed. The only criticism I would have is the elastic threads holding the headband. After a few years they show signs of fatigue and I don't know how easy it is to replace them. Not a big concern as the excellent comfort does not appear to be affected. Headphone choice is a personal affair. Every ear is different, everyone's sound processing, taste and pleasure seeking is different. The K712 PRO are perfect for me.
I WILL HAVE THESE FOREVER!!!
I bought these 8 years ago an everytime I put them on I just smile and get all giddy. they sound so amazing. wish real life could sound this good haha but yeah if i had 1 downside id say for the money plastic anywhere isn't cool. but its not like i use them outside. by far best headphones i've ever heard and when playing some games the open back makes pin pointing foot steps in first person shooters almost fell like your cheating. 8 years now an i just put them on smiled again an looked them up to write this review. if you even thinking about them just do it and thank me later
Great sound quality, poor build quality.
Sound quality alone I would say 4 stars, but build quality really lets it down. They are very comfortable physically and audibly, which is great, but I believe they will break down easily. I purchased these many years ago and had an issue with the mini XLR port (for the removable cable) out of the box. The port was just not in the headphone chassis anymore. I got it replaced immediately and continued using for years, very pleased with the audio quality. The issue with the headphone port repeated on the replacement some years later. The port is glued into place on the chassis, not firmly manufactured into the headphones. The glue seems to have dried up and the weight of the cable pulled out the entire mini-XLR port over time, splitting two of the three internal wires for the mini XLR pins. The headphone cable is very long, so it is possible something may have tugged it from the headphones, but I couldn't say i noticed any resistance on my head; rather I put them on and one side just wasn't working anymore. The internal wiring was too short for me to pull it out the port area and solder back on myself. Aside from this, the two orange rods feel very very flimsy. I would not want to put these in a backpack and take them anywhere for fear of putting my bag down somewhere too heavily, or having someone bump into me and snapping them. They are also very big, so not too portable anyway. The bleed makes them unfair for anyone around you, but that is expected with open back designs and feeds into the quality. I keep them indoors always at my desk due to the drawbacks mentioned above, which also feeds into their strengths as good comfortable studio headphones. Regardless of the precautions, they've still broke down twice without ever being put through any real stress. I will repair these, replace them, then probably just keep them lying around in case I need another set as a reference.
SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO amazing cool cool cool cool
Left Channel failed in less than a year
Left Channel failed in less than a year. I paid a lot of money for these headphones.
Very good headphones!!
Very good headphone. I have been using these (with caution) for several years to ballpark and check mixes. Wish AKG would publish average frequency response curves so that they could be finely EQ'd against the latest Harmon curve. I've had to rely on other internet sources for the frequency response information.
WOW! Incredible for Professional Producer
*Clearly of Midrange *Ultra Low Distortion in high gain *Bass is Flat ( OMG!) *High Quality Cable and Nice mini XLR Connector *Very Confortable *Thanks a lot AKG
I took this one around 1.5 years ago. It is the best headphones that I used ever! Great quality of sound (extremely accurate and detailed sound reproduction), ergonomics, and the great feature to connect or disconnect the cable. But it's important to say you, AKG. One thing that I don't like it is the lack of a solid case. Make it, please.
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