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Updated January 10, 2024·

The AKG K361 and Audio Technica ATH M40X both offer high-quality sound, but each has its strengths. The ATH M40X delivers a slightly richer sound quality and boasts a larger soundstage, which can be crucial for an immersive listening experience, making them a strong choice for critical listening and professional use. Conversely, the AKG K361 has a more moderate soundstage but provides better noise isolation and is slightly lighter, which could be more comfortable for long listening sessions. However, neither has a built-in microphone, so if you need to make calls or attend meetings, you may need an additional microphone. Both headphones are wired, over-ear, and foldable for portability, and they come with detachable cables. The AKG K361 might be more suitable for enjoying music casually, while the ATH M40X could be the better choice for audiophiles and professionals looking for an accurate sound reproduction, though it has a slightly lower noise isolation performance. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • The AKG K361 has no clear advantages over the Audio Technica ATH M40X.
Advantages of the Audio Technica ATH M40X
  • Very good for music
  • Good for gaming
  • Very good for TV and video

Key differences

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Music

7.5
K361
ATH M40X
8.1
The Audio Technica ATH M40X is very good for music, while the AKG K361 is good.

Gaming

6.3
K361
ATH M40X
7.0
The Audio Technica ATH M40X is good for gaming, while the AKG K361 is only fair.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
ATH M40X
8.7
The Audio Technica ATH M40X is very good for TV and video, while the AKG K361 is good.

Noise Reduction

6.0
K361
ATH M40X
5.3
The AKG K361 is only fair for noise reduction, while the Audio Technica ATH M40X is poor.
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Key similarities

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Phone Calls

3.2
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ATH M40X
3.3
The Audio Technica ATH M40X and AKG K361 are both poor for phone calls.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
ATH M40X
5.1
The Audio Technica ATH M40X and AKG K361 are both poor for podcasts and audiobooks.

Cost

$99
K361
ATH M40X
$99
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The AKG K361 has a price of $99 and the Audio Technica ATH M40X costs $99.

Build Quality

8.5
K361
ATH M40X
8.2
The AKG K361 and Audio Technica ATH M40X both have very good build quality.

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How the AKG K361 and the Audio Technica ATH M40X compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361Audio Technica ATH M40X
AKG K361Audio Technica ATH M40X

GENERAL

Price
$99
$99
Brand
AKGAudio Technica
Release Date
July 1, 2018January 1, 2014
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/108.1/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/103.3/10
Gaming Score
6.4/107.1/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/108.8/10
Exercise Score
4.3/104.3/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
6/105.3/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108.2/10
Comfort score
7.6/107.6/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
219 Grams245 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 M40X

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Lily Katz | August 2023
"If you were to pick one headset to fill all of your needs, the ATH-M40x is a great buy with its sub-$100 price tag, pleasant sound quality, and accessories. Whether you need to use it for live monitoring, a midnight editing session, or to underscore a campus walk, the Audio-Technica ATH-M40x is a great companion."

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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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