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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prioritize wireless convenience and features like sweat resistance and active noise canceling for use during exercise or travel, the Beats Studiobuds may be a better fit, although their sound quality for critical listening may not match the AKG K361. Conversely, the over-ear AKG K361 headphones offer superior overall sound quality and are better suited for home use, especially for TV and gaming due to their wider soundstage, but they lack the portability and exercise-friendly features of the Studiobuds. While the AKG K361 may be a bit pricier, they could be worth the investment for an enhanced listening experience, particularly if you don't need wireless features. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • Good for TV and video
Advantages of the Beats Studiobuds
  • Good for phone calls
  • Good for exercise
  • Very good for air travel
  • Excellent for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Gaming

6.3
K361
Studiobuds
5.2
The AKG K361 is only fair for gaming, while the Beats Studiobuds is poor.

Phone Calls

3.2
K361
Studiobuds
7.0
The Beats Studiobuds is good for phone calls, while the AKG K361 is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
Studiobuds
9.0
The Beats Studiobuds is excellent for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K361 is poor.

TV and Video

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

Noise Reduction

6.0
K361
Studiobuds
6.5
The Beats Studiobuds and AKG K361 are both only fair for noise reduction, though the Beats Studiobuds is somewhat better.

Battery

N/A
K361
Studiobuds
6.0 Hours
The AKG K361 does not have a battery. The Beats Studiobuds has 6 hours of battery life.

Cost

$99
K361
Studiobuds
$83
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The AKG K361 has a price of $99 and the Beats Studiobuds costs $83.
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Key similarities

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Music

7.5
K361
Studiobuds
7.2
The AKG K361 and Beats Studiobuds are both good for music.

Build Quality

8.5
K361
Studiobuds
8.8
The Beats Studiobuds and AKG K361 both have very good build quality.

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How the AKG K361 and the Beats Studiobuds compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361Beats Studiobuds
AKG K361Beats Studiobuds

GENERAL

Price
$99
$83
Brand
AKGBeats
Release Date
July 1, 2018June 1, 2021
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
WiredWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/107.2/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/107/10
Gaming Score
6.4/105.2/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/105.6/10
Exercise Score
4.3/107.7/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A6 Hours
Wireless charging
N/ANo
Charging time
N/A0.9 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5.2
Case Battery Life
N/A24

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoYes
Noise Reduction Score
6/106.5/10
Virtual Surround
NoYes
Android App
N/AYes
iOS App
N/AYes
Mic Quality
N/A6/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108.8/10
Comfort score
7.6/107.9/10
Size
N/AMedium
Weight (headset or single earbud)
219 Grams5 Grams
Microphone style
N/AIntegrated

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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 Studiobuds

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Sound Guys

Chase Bernath | May 2023
"For less than the price of the AirPods, the Beats Studio Buds delivers a good fit, great sound, and active noise cancellation. This is also the first set of Apple-owned Beats earbuds to feature quick pairing with Android devices, albeit at the expense of some key features for Apple users."

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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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