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Updated January 10, 2024·

The AKG K361 headphones offer better overall sound quality and are designed for an immersive listening experience with a closed back for noise isolation; whereas, the Apple Earpods are budget-friendly, more portable, and have a solid microphone for calls. If you prioritize higher sound quality and are using them in environments where noise isolation is beneficial, the AKG K361 would be more suitable. However, for casual listening, taking frequent calls, and convenience of carrying them around, the Apple Earpods would be more appropriate despite their lower sound quality and open design that offers less noise isolation. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • Good for air travel
Advantages of the Apple Earpods
  • Very good for phone calls
  • Very good for gaming
  • Good for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Gaming

6.3
K361
Earpods
8.3
The Apple Earpods is very good for gaming, while the AKG K361 is only fair.

Phone Calls

3.2
K361
Earpods
8.0
The Apple Earpods is very good for phone calls, while the AKG K361 is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
Earpods
7.4
The Apple Earpods is good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K361 is poor.

Noise Reduction

6.0
K361
Earpods
2.5
The AKG K361 is only fair for noise reduction, while the Apple Earpods is poor.

Cost

$102
K361
Earpods
$19
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The AKG K361 has a price of $102 and the Apple Earpods costs $19.

Build Quality

8.5
K361
Earpods
7.6
The AKG K361 has very good build quality, while the Apple Earpods has good build quality.
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Key similarities

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Music

7.5
K361
Earpods
7.8
The Apple Earpods and AKG K361 are both good for music.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
Earpods
7.4
The AKG K361 and Apple Earpods are both good for TV and video.

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How the AKG K361 and the Apple Earpods compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361Apple Earpods
AKG K361Apple Earpods

GENERAL

Price
$102
$19
Brand
AKGApple
Release Date
July 1, 2018September 1, 2012
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/107.9/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/108/10
Gaming Score
6.4/108.4/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/107.4/10
Exercise Score
4.3/104.1/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
6/102.5/10
Virtual Surround
NoN/A
Mic Quality
N/A8.3/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/107.6/10
Comfort score
7.6/107/10
Size
N/ASmall
Weight (headset or single earbud)
219 Grams6.5 Grams
Microphone style
N/AIn-Line

Shopping

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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 Earpods

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Michael Andronico | May 2023
"Apple’s wired buds sound just fine for the price, and their handy inline controls and clear microphone give them an edge on wireless earbuds that are much more expensive. Plus, you never have to worry about running out of battery — or worse, a stray earbud going missing."

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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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