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Updated January 10, 2024·

The AKG K361 are less expensive and offer over-ear comfort, superior sound quality for music, and come with a detachable cable, making them suitable for home or studio use. They do not have a built-in microphone, so they're not ideal for calls. The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II are pricier, but provide excellent noise isolation and are built for portability and exercise with sweatproof features and stability bands. They also feature active noise cancelling, wireless convenience, and an integrated microphone for calls. If you travel often or use earbuds for sports, Bose may be your pick, while AKG fits studio and critical listening better. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • Good for TV and video
Advantages of the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II
  • Very good for exercise
  • Very good for air travel

Key differences

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Gaming

6.3
K361
QuietComfort Earbuds II
5.5
The AKG K361 is only fair for gaming, while the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II is poor.

Phone Calls

3.2
K361
QuietComfort Earbuds II
5.1
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II and AKG K361 are both poor for phone calls, though the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II is somewhat better.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
QuietComfort Earbuds II
6.0
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II is only fair for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K361 is poor.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
QuietComfort Earbuds II
6.2
The AKG K361 is good for TV and video, while the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II is only fair.

Noise Reduction

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

Battery

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

Cost

$109
K361
QuietComfort Earbuds II
$179
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The AKG K361 has a price of $109 and the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II costs $179.

Build Quality

8.5
K361
QuietComfort Earbuds II
9.2
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II has excellent 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
QuietComfort Earbuds II
7.4
The AKG K361 and Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II are both good for music.

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How the AKG K361 and the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II
AKG K361Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II

GENERAL

Price
$109
$179
Brand
AKGBose
Release Date
July 1, 2018September 1, 2022
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
WiredWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/107.4/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/105.2/10
Gaming Score
6.4/105.6/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/106.3/10
Exercise Score
4.3/108.5/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A7 Hours
Wireless charging
N/ANo
Charging time
N/A2 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5.3
Case Battery Life
N/A20

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoYes
Noise Reduction Score
6/109.1/10
Virtual Surround
NoYes
Android App
N/AYes
iOS App
N/AYes
Mic Quality
N/A6.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/109.2/10
Comfort score
7.6/108.6/10
Size
N/AMedium
Weight (headset or single earbud)
219 Grams7.7 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 QuietComfort Earbuds II

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What HiFi? | September 2023
"Bose’s flagship wireless earbuds were never going to be cheap, but the question was whether they’d be competitive in an area of the market where rivals have never been more capable. The fact that the company has not only managed to implement a successful redesign, but also push the envelope for noise-cancelling and sound quality in such a highly competitive category simultaneously is truly impressive."

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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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