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Updated January 10, 2024·

For immersive music listening with better overall sound quality and a focus on durability, the AKG K361 headphones could be the better choice, but keep in mind they lack a microphone and are less portable. If you prefer convenience and the ability to make calls, the Apple AirPods will serve you well with their integrated mic, compact size, and wireless charging; however, they offer lower noise isolation and may not be as suitable for a noise-heavy environment like air travel. Both are closed-back and similarly comfortable, but the AirPods have additional features like ear detection and are optimized for Apple devices. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • Good for music
  • Good for TV and video
Advantages of the Apple Airpods (2nd generation)
  • Very good for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Music

7.5
K361
Airpods (2nd generation)
5.8
The AKG K361 is good for music, while the Apple Airpods (2nd generation) is poor.

Gaming

6.3
K361
Airpods (2nd generation)
4.8
The AKG K361 is only fair for gaming, while the Apple Airpods (2nd generation) is poor.

Phone Calls

3.2
K361
Airpods (2nd generation)
6.9
The Apple Airpods (2nd generation) is only fair for phone calls, while the AKG K361 is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
Airpods (2nd generation)
8.1
The Apple Airpods (2nd generation) is very good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K361 is poor.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
Airpods (2nd generation)
5.4
The AKG K361 is good for TV and video, while the Apple Airpods (2nd generation) is poor.

Noise Reduction

6.0
K361
Airpods (2nd generation)
2.5
The AKG K361 is only fair for noise reduction, while the Apple Airpods (2nd generation) is poor.

Battery

N/A
K361
Airpods (2nd generation)
4.0 Hours
The AKG K361 does not have a battery. The Apple Airpods (2nd generation) has 4 hours of battery life.

Cost

$109
K361
Airpods (2nd generation)
$89
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The AKG K361 has a price of $109 and the Apple Airpods (2nd generation) costs $89.

Build Quality

8.5
K361
Airpods (2nd generation)
7.6
The AKG K361 has very good build quality, while the Apple Airpods (2nd generation) has good build quality.
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How the AKG K361 and the Apple Airpods (2nd generation) compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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GENERAL

Price
$109
$89
Brand
AKGApple
Release Date
July 1, 2018March 1, 2019
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
WiredWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/105.9/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/107/10
Gaming Score
6.4/104.9/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/105.5/10
Exercise Score
4.3/105.8/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A4 Hours
Wireless charging
N/AYes
Charging time
N/A0.5 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5
Case Battery Life
N/A24

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
6/102.5/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo
Android App
N/ANo
iOS App
N/ANo
Mic Quality
N/A6.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/107.6/10
Comfort score
7.6/107.6/10
Size
N/ASmall
Weight (headset or single earbud)
219 Grams4 Grams
Microphone style
N/AIntegrated

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AKG K361

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Alex Rowe | November 2019
"The K361 retains much of what makes the K371 such a winner, though it has a leaner sound, and the build changes made to trim the price down are immediately apparent. Still, it’s another excellent offering from AKG, and other companies in this fight should either be very worried or quickly designing updates to their old models."

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About Apple

Apple Inc. is an American technology company, founded in 1976, known for its wide range of premium products, including smartphones, computers, and audio solutions. Apple offers the very popular personal audio line AirPods, highly regarded for their wireless, smart capabilities and their seamless integration with the iPhone, iPad and Mac devices. They provide a high-quality sound, comfort and lifestyle features perfect for all users invested in their ecosystem.

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