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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prioritize sound quality and intend to use your headphones primarily for listening to music indoors, consider the AKG K361, which also tends to be less expensive. They are wired over-ear headphones with no microphone and excellent sound isolation, suitable for longer listening sessions. However, for convenience, the Apple Airpods (3rd generation) offer true wireless freedom, a charging case that extends their use, and sweatproof certification for exercise. They have a sizeable bump in call quality thanks to the microphone, are optimized for Apple devices, and feature ear/head detection, but they provide less sound isolation compared to the AKGs. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • Good for TV and video
Advantages of the Apple Airpods (3rd generation)
  • Good for phone calls
  • Good for exercise
  • Very good for air travel
  • Very good for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Gaming

6.3
K361
Airpods (3rd generation)
5.4
The AKG K361 is only fair for gaming, while the Apple Airpods (3rd generation) is poor.

Phone Calls

3.2
K361
Airpods (3rd generation)
7.6
The Apple Airpods (3rd generation) is good for phone calls, while the AKG K361 is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
Airpods (3rd generation)
8.6
The Apple Airpods (3rd generation) is very good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K361 is poor.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
Airpods (3rd generation)
5.5
The AKG K361 is good for TV and video, while the Apple Airpods (3rd generation) is poor.

Noise Reduction

6.0
K361
Airpods (3rd generation)
2.5
The AKG K361 is only fair for noise reduction, while the Apple Airpods (3rd generation) is poor.

Battery

N/A
K361
Airpods (3rd generation)
6.0 Hours
The AKG K361 does not have a battery. The Apple Airpods (3rd generation) has 6 hours of battery life.

Cost

$99
K361
Airpods (3rd generation)
$189
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The AKG K361 has a price of $99 and the Apple Airpods (3rd generation) costs $189.

Build Quality

8.5
K361
Airpods (3rd generation)
9.0
The Apple Airpods (3rd generation) has excellent build quality, while the AKG K361 has very good build quality.
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Key similarities

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Music

7.5
K361
Airpods (3rd generation)
7.1
The AKG K361 and Apple Airpods (3rd generation) are both good for music.

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How the AKG K361 and the Apple Airpods (3rd generation) compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361Apple Airpods (3rd generation)
AKG K361Apple Airpods (3rd generation)

GENERAL

Price
$99
$189
Brand
AKGApple
Release Date
July 1, 2018October 1, 2021
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
WiredWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/107.2/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/107.6/10
Gaming Score
6.4/105.4/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/105.6/10
Exercise Score
4.3/107.2/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A6 Hours
Wireless charging
N/AYes
Charging time
N/A1.5 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5
Case Battery Life
N/A30

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
6/102.5/10
Virtual Surround
NoYes
Android App
N/ANo
iOS App
N/AYes
Mic Quality
N/A7/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/109/10
Comfort score
7.6/107/10
Size
N/AMedium
Weight (headset or single earbud)
219 Grams4.3 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."

Apple Airpods (3rd generation)

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Sound Guys

Lily Katz, Christian Thomas | February 2023
"The Apple AirPods improves upon the 2019 model with its more ergonomic, yet unsealed, fit, water-resistant build, MagSafe charging case, and advanced software features. You can enjoy a wholly immersive movie experience with the new AirPods' spatial audio with head tracking, and enjoy HD audio during FaceTime calls. Of course, most of these features are limited to Apple hardware."

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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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