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Updated January 10, 2024·

The AKG K361 is priced higher but offers superior overall sound quality and comfort, with better build quality and a detachable cable which can be convenient. It's more suitable for music, with a better score in that regard, and is foldable for improved portability. Whereas, the Audio Technica ATH M20X is significantly more budget-friendly with only a marginally lower sound quality rating. Both are wired and have similar noise isolation and are not designed for exercise or with specific features like sweatproof certification or active noise cancelling. Neither includes a microphone or virtual surround, with the ATH M20X reported to be less comfortable and heavier but with a longer cable. Choose the AKG K361 if you prioritize sound quality, comfort, and better construction, and go for the Audio Technica ATH M20X if you're looking for an affordable option that still delivers good sound. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • Good for air travel
Advantages of the Audio Technica ATH M20X
  • The Audio Technica ATH M20X has no clear advantages over the AKG K361.

Key differences

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Phone Calls

3.2
K361
ATH M20X
4.3
The Audio Technica ATH M20X and AKG K361 are both poor for phone calls, though the Audio Technica ATH M20X is somewhat better.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
ATH M20X
6.7
The Audio Technica ATH M20X is only fair for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K361 is poor.

Cost

$100
K361
ATH M20X
$49
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The AKG K361 has a price of $100 and the Audio Technica ATH M20X costs $49.

Build Quality

8.5
K361
ATH M20X
6.9
The AKG K361 has very good build quality, while the Audio Technica ATH M20X has only fair build quality.
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Key similarities

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Music

7.5
K361
ATH M20X
7.6
The Audio Technica ATH M20X and AKG K361 are both good for music.

Gaming

6.3
K361
ATH M20X
6.2
The AKG K361 and Audio Technica ATH M20X are both only fair for gaming.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
ATH M20X
7.6
The AKG K361 and Audio Technica ATH M20X are both good for TV and video.

Noise Reduction

6.0
K361
ATH M20X
6.0
The AKG K361 and Audio Technica ATH M20X are both only fair for noise reduction.

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How the AKG K361 and the Audio Technica ATH M20X compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361Audio Technica ATH M20X
AKG K361Audio Technica ATH M20X

GENERAL

Price
$100
$49
Brand
AKGAudio Technica
Release Date
July 1, 2018January 1, 2014
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/107.6/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/104.4/10
Gaming Score
6.4/106.2/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/107.7/10
Exercise Score
4.3/104.1/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
6/106/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/106.9/10
Comfort score
7.6/105.8/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
219 Grams190 Grams
Waterproof Rating
00
Dustproof 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."

Audio Technica ATH M20X

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Jasper Lastoria | September 2023
"Audio-Technica positively defies what you can expect for around $50. Ultimately, Audio-Technica did not design the ATH-M20x to go on the subway with you. It’s for the budget-conscious, do-it-yourself producer, podcaster, or studio that needs to buy tracking cans in bulk. If you don’t need the most deluxe, comfortable headphones, maybe you’ll like the ATH-M20x for its spartan functionality. The headphones are aimed at giving you the minimum requirements without it feeling like a sacrifice."

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About Audio Technica

Audio Technica is a 60-year-old, Japan-based, professional audio equipment manufacturer. They started off making phonograph cartridges and have expanded their scope of products ever since to include extremely popular models of microphones and headphones. They have been the official audio equipment supplier of several editions of the Summer and Winter Olympics and every edition of the Grammy Awards since 1998.

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