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Updated January 10, 2024·

Choosing between the AKG K361 headphones and the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds mainly comes down to your needs for portability, noise isolation, and sound quality. The AKG K361s are over-ear headphones that offer very good sound quality and are generally less expensive, are more comfortable for long listening sessions, and are better suited for critical listening or studio work. However, they are bulkier, less portable, and do not have active noise canceling. On the other hand, the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds provide excellent noise isolation with active noise canceling, making them ideal for travel and noisy environments. They also have good sound quality, are optimized for workouts due to being sweat-proof, and feature app controls and customization, which the AKG lacks. However, they are typically more expensive and their in-ear design might be less comfortable for some users over long periods. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • Good for TV and video
Advantages of the Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds
  • Very good for air travel
  • Best in class for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Gaming

6.3
K361
Quiet Comfort Earbuds
5.6
The AKG K361 is only fair for gaming, while the Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds is poor.

Phone Calls

3.2
K361
Quiet Comfort Earbuds
6.6
The Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds is only fair for phone calls, while the AKG K361 is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
Quiet Comfort Earbuds
9.5
The Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds is best in class for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K361 is poor.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
Quiet Comfort Earbuds
6.0
The AKG K361 is good for TV and video, while the Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds is only fair.

Noise Reduction

6.0
K361
Quiet Comfort Earbuds
9.1
The Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds is excellent for noise reduction, while the AKG K361 is only fair.

Battery

N/A
K361
Quiet Comfort Earbuds
7.0 Hours
The AKG K361 does not have a battery. The Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds has 7 hours of battery life.

Cost

$109
K361
Quiet Comfort Earbuds
$199
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The AKG K361 has a price of $109 and the Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds costs $199.
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Key similarities

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Music

7.5
K361
Quiet Comfort Earbuds
7.1
The AKG K361 and Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds are both good for music.

Build Quality

8.5
K361
Quiet Comfort Earbuds
8.9
The Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds and AKG K361 both have very good build quality.

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How the AKG K361 and the Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds
AKG K361Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds

GENERAL

Price
$109
$199
Brand
AKGBose
Release Date
July 1, 2018October 1, 2020
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
WiredWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/107.1/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/106.7/10
Gaming Score
6.4/105.6/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/106/10
Exercise Score
4.3/106.8/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A7 Hours
Wireless charging
N/ANo
Charging time
N/A1.5 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5.1
Case Battery Life
N/A18

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoYes
Noise Reduction Score
6/109.1/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo
Android App
N/AYes
iOS App
N/AYes
Mic Quality
N/A5.4/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108.9/10
Comfort score
7.6/108.6/10
Size
N/ALarge
Weight (headset or single earbud)
219 Grams8.5 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."

Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds

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Lily Katz | March 2023
"The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds is a great do-it-all option for anyone, so long as you can afford it. This is a great alternative to the Apple AirPods Pro and Sony WF-1000XM4. You can choose the degree of noise canceling, and enjoy premium features like automatic ear-detection. These earbuds merit an IPX4 rating, making them a fine workout companion."

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About Bose

Bose is an American audio equipment manufacturer based out of Framingham, Massachusetts. Founded in 1964 by Amar Bose with the goal of creating a speaker system that could accurately recreate the sound of a concert hall, Bose has become one of the most prominent players in the modern consumer audio market due to the premium feel of their products and their wide brand recognition.

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