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Updated January 10, 2024·

The AKG K361 headphones offer better overall sound quality and are ideal if you prioritize an immersive music experience and require a wired connection. However, they're not specifically designed for making calls or gaming. The Beats Solo 3 have the convenience of wireless connectivity with good battery life and are optimized for both Android and Apple devices, making them versatile for daily casual use, including exercise and travel, but their overall sound quality and comfort are lower compared to the K361. Neither model has active noise cancelling, but the Solo 3 does provide some level of noise isolation. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • Good for music
  • Good for TV and video
Advantages of the Beats Solo 3
  • Very good for air travel

Key differences

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Music

7.5
K361
Solo 3
6.3
The AKG K361 is good for music, while the Beats Solo 3 is only fair.

Gaming

6.3
K361
Solo 3
5.3
The AKG K361 is only fair for gaming, while the Beats Solo 3 is poor.

Phone Calls

3.2
K361
Solo 3
4.7
The Beats Solo 3 and AKG K361 are both poor for phone calls, though the Beats Solo 3 is somewhat better.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
Solo 3
5.8
The Beats Solo 3 and AKG K361 are both poor for podcasts and audiobooks, though the Beats Solo 3 is somewhat better.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
Solo 3
5.6
The AKG K361 is good for TV and video, while the Beats Solo 3 is poor.

Noise Reduction

6.0
K361
Solo 3
5.3
The AKG K361 is only fair for noise reduction, while the Beats Solo 3 is poor.

Battery

N/A
K361
Solo 3
41.5 Hours
The AKG K361 does not have a battery. The Beats Solo 3 has 41.5 hours of battery life.

Cost

$109
K361
Solo 3
$150
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The AKG K361 has a price of $109 and the Beats Solo 3 costs $150.
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Key similarities

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Build Quality

8.5
K361
Solo 3
8.0
The AKG K361 and Beats Solo 3 both have very good build quality.

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How the AKG K361 and the Beats Solo 3 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361Beats Solo 3
AKG K361Beats Solo 3

GENERAL

Price
$109
$150
Brand
AKGBeats
Release Date
July 1, 2018October 1, 2016
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired + Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/106.3/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/104.7/10
Gaming Score
6.4/105.3/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/105.6/10
Exercise Score
4.3/105.9/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A41.5 Hours
Wireless charging
N/ANo
Charging time
N/A2 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A4.2

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
6/105.3/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo
Android App
N/AYes
iOS App
N/AYes
Mic Quality
N/A5.4/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108/10
Comfort score
7.6/105.7/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
219 Grams213.1 Grams
Microphone style
N/AIntegrated
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."

Beats Solo 3

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Lily Katz | May 2023
"The Beats Solo3 Wireless is an old set of headphones but still works reliably well with iPhones, due to W1 chip integration and AAC support. The Beats Solo3 Wireless holds up well today with just a few features showing its age."

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About Beats

Beats is an American, consumer-focused, audio products manufacturer. Founded originally by American rapper and producer Dr Dre, the company is now a subsidiary of Apple. Beats sells a wide range of audio products, including several models of headphones, earbuds and speakers as well as full car audio systems.

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