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Updated April 11, 2024·

Considering cost, AKG K361 is the more budget-friendly option, suitable for over-ear comfort and a very good overall sound quality that's ideal for TV and video, and listening to music in quieter environments. However, they lack wireless capability, have no noise isolation features, and are not the best choice for exercise or travel. On the other hand, Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX earbuds offer excellent sound with superior noise isolation, wireless convenience, and are sweatproof, making them better for active use and travel, but they come at a premium price. If you make calls often, the Beoplay EX also has better mic quality. Choose AKG K361 for value with good sound when portability and wireless are not priorities, or Beoplay EX for top-tier sound and features in a portable, exercise-friendly design. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • The AKG K361 has no clear advantages over the Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX.
Advantages of the Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX
  • Excellent for gaming
  • Very good for TV and video
  • Very good for exercise
  • Very good for air travel

Key differences

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Gaming

6.3
K361
Beoplay EX
9.3
The Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX is excellent for gaming, while the AKG K361 is only fair.

Phone Calls

3.2
K361
Beoplay EX
5.3
The Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX and AKG K361 are both poor for phone calls, though the Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX is somewhat better.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
Beoplay EX
6.1
The Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX is only fair for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K361 is poor.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
Beoplay EX
8.9
The Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX is very good for TV and video, while the AKG K361 is good.

Noise Reduction

6.0
K361
Beoplay EX
8.3
The Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX is very good for noise reduction, while the AKG K361 is only fair.

Battery

N/A
K361
Beoplay EX
6.5 Hours
The AKG K361 does not have a battery. The Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX has 6.5 hours of battery life.

Cost

$109
K361
Beoplay EX
$399
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The AKG K361 has a price of $109 and the Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX costs $399.

Build Quality

8.5
K361
Beoplay EX
10.0
The Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX has best in class 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
Beoplay EX
7.9
The Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX and AKG K361 are both good for music.

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How the AKG K361 and the Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX
AKG K361Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX

GENERAL

Price
$109
$399
Brand
AKGBang and Olufsen
Release Date
July 1, 2018May 1, 2022
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
WiredWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/108/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/105.4/10
Gaming Score
6.4/109.3/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/109/10
Exercise Score
4.3/109/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A6.5 Hours
Wireless charging
N/AYes
Charging time
N/A1.5 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5.2
Case Battery Life
N/A22

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoYes
Noise Reduction Score
6/108.4/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo
Android App
N/AYes
iOS App
N/AYes
Mic Quality
N/A7/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/1010/10
Comfort score
7.6/108.4/10
Size
N/ALarge
Weight (headset or single earbud)
219 Grams6 Grams
Microphone style
N/AIntegrated

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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."

Bang and Olufsen Beoplay EX

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Danielle | January 2023
"If you’ve wanted truly wireless headphones, but couldn’t pick them up because they sound terrible, these will be the headphones that win you over. If you’re the kind of person who would consider spending $400 on headphones, these are the right truly wireless headphones for you."

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About Bang and Olufsen

Bang and Olufsen is an almost century-old electronic goods manufacturer based in Denmark with a very special focus on design. Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen created the first AC radio in 1925 and went on to develop televisions, telephones and, of course, headphones and loudspeakers. Today, they are partnered with several companies, like Audi, BMW and Aston Martin, to provide very high-quality audio solutions.

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