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Updated January 10, 2024·

Choosing between the AKG K361 and Audeze Maxwell depends largely on your priorities and budget. The AKG K361 is significantly more affordable and offers wired connectivity with good overall sound quality, suitable for casual listening and professional use given its over-ear, closed-back design. They are also lighter and foldable, enhancing their portability. However, they lack built-in controls and a microphone, which could be a drawback for calls or gaming. The Audeze Maxwell, while more expensive, provides advanced features like wireless connectivity, excellent built-in controls, a high-quality microphone, and support for virtual surround, which is great for an immersive experience in gaming and TV. The Maxwell's also have a solid build quality, longer battery life, and are optimized with app controls, making them better suited for a wide range of uses, including calls and meetings. If you are looking for a premium experience and willing to invest, the Maxwell’s are a superior choice, but for those on a tighter budget or who don’t need wireless and mic features, the K361 will suffice. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • The AKG K361 has no clear advantages over the Audeze Maxwell.
Advantages of the Audeze Maxwell
  • Very good for music
  • Very good for phone calls
  • Excellent for gaming
  • Very good for TV and video
  • Very good for air travel
  • Excellent for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Music

7.5
K361
Maxwell
8.4
The Audeze Maxwell is very good for music, while the AKG K361 is good.

Gaming

6.3
K361
Maxwell
9.0
The Audeze Maxwell is excellent for gaming, while the AKG K361 is only fair.

Phone Calls

3.2
K361
Maxwell
8.7
The Audeze Maxwell is very good for phone calls, while the AKG K361 is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
Maxwell
9.4
The Audeze Maxwell is excellent for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K361 is poor.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
Maxwell
8.9
The Audeze Maxwell is very good for TV and video, while the AKG K361 is good.

Battery

N/A
K361
Maxwell
78.0 Hours
The AKG K361 does not have a battery. The Audeze Maxwell has 78 hours of battery life.

Cost

$102
K361
Maxwell
$299
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The AKG K361 has a price of $102 and the Audeze Maxwell costs $299.

Build Quality

8.5
K361
Maxwell
9.0
The Audeze Maxwell has excellent build quality, while the AKG K361 has very good build quality.
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Key similarities

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Noise Reduction

6.0
K361
Maxwell
6.0
The AKG K361 and Audeze Maxwell are both only fair for noise reduction.

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How the AKG K361 and the Audeze Maxwell compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361Audeze Maxwell
AKG K361Audeze Maxwell

GENERAL

Price
$102
$299
Brand
AKGAudeze
Release Date
July 1, 2018January 1, 2023
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired + Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/108.4/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/108.7/10
Gaming Score
6.4/109.1/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/108.9/10
Exercise Score
4.3/106.3/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A78 Hours
Wireless charging
N/ANo
Charging time
N/A2 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5.3

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
6/106/10
Virtual Surround
NoN/A
Android App
N/AYes
iOS App
N/AYes
Mic Quality
N/A8/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/109/10
Comfort score
7.6/108/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
219 Grams498.9 Grams
Microphone style
N/ABoom
Waterproof Rating
00

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."

Audeze Maxwell

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Christian Thomas | August 2023
"Despite a few caveats, the Audeze Maxwell is one of the best-performing gaming headsets on the market and should top the ranks for a few buyers — provided the budget (and neck strength) is there. Gaming headsets have their work cut out for them, and their audience is historically unkind to performance flaws. If you’re an older gamer with some cash to blow, you should be pleased with the Audeze Maxwell."

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About Audeze

Audeze is an, award-winning, American premium headphone manufacturer based in California. Founded in 2008, their products are developed around aerospace materials technology first used by NASA and are widely used by enthusiasts and professionals alike, not only in the fields of music and sound engineering but also in e-sports and the health industry.

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