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Updated January 10, 2024·

The AKG K361 headphones are significantly more affordable and are better suited for wired listening with a detachable cable, while the Bowers and Wilkins Pi5 S2 earbuds are more expensive, wireless, offer active noise cancelling, and are optimized for both Android and Apple devices. If you prioritize sound quality and budget, AKG K361 may be the choice for you. However, if you need wireless convenience, better call quality, and active noise cancelling for travel or gym use, the Pi5 S2 earbuds could be worth the extra cost. Neither option supports low latency, so they may not be ideal for gaming or watching TV. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • Good for music
  • Good for TV and video
Advantages of the Bowers and Wilkins Pi5 S2
  • Very good for air travel

Key differences

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Music

7.5
K361
Pi5 S2
6.7
The AKG K361 is good for music, while the Bowers and Wilkins Pi5 S2 is only fair.

Gaming

6.3
K361
Pi5 S2
5.3
The AKG K361 is only fair for gaming, while the Bowers and Wilkins Pi5 S2 is poor.

Phone Calls

3.2
K361
Pi5 S2
5.0
The Bowers and Wilkins Pi5 S2 and AKG K361 are both poor for phone calls, though the Bowers and Wilkins Pi5 S2 is somewhat better.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
Pi5 S2
5.6
The Bowers and Wilkins Pi5 S2 and AKG K361 are both poor for podcasts and audiobooks, though the Bowers and Wilkins Pi5 S2 is somewhat better.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
Pi5 S2
5.6
The AKG K361 is good for TV and video, while the Bowers and Wilkins Pi5 S2 is poor.

Noise Reduction

6.0
K361
Pi5 S2
8.3
The Bowers and Wilkins Pi5 S2 is very good for noise reduction, while the AKG K361 is only fair.

Battery

N/A
K361
Pi5 S2
5.0 Hours
The AKG K361 does not have a battery. The Bowers and Wilkins Pi5 S2 has 5 hours of battery life.

Cost

$109
K361
Pi5 S2
$231
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The AKG K361 has a price of $109 and the Bowers and Wilkins Pi5 S2 costs $231.
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Key similarities

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Build Quality

8.5
K361
Pi5 S2
8.9
The Bowers and Wilkins Pi5 S2 and AKG K361 both have very good build quality.

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How the AKG K361 and the Bowers and Wilkins Pi5 S2 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361Bowers and Wilkins Pi5 S2
AKG K361Bowers and Wilkins Pi5 S2

GENERAL

Price
$109
$231
Brand
AKGBowers and Wilkins
Release Date
July 1, 2018January 1, 2023
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
WiredWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/106.8/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/105.1/10
Gaming Score
6.4/105.3/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/105.6/10
Exercise Score
4.3/106.3/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A5 Hours
Wireless charging
N/AYes
Charging time
N/A0.75 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5
Case Battery Life
N/A19

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/A6.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108.9/10
Comfort score
7.6/108/10
Size
N/ALarge
Weight (headset or single earbud)
219 Grams6 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."

Bowers and Wilkins Pi5 S2

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Chris Golembeski | January 2023
"Bowers and Wilkins isn’t looking to make an obscure, premium wireless bud catered specifically towards audiophiles. Instead, it seems apparent that they’re going for the crown: a cool and popular look, an easy and comfortable fit, and an engaging stage with a great balance that is perfectly suited for mainstream listeners and audiophiles alike."

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About Bowers and Wilkins

Bowers and Wilkins is a British audio equipment manufacturer with a focus on innovation and product development. It was founded by a couple of real-life James Bonds, the co-founders John Bowers and Roy Wilkins, who met while working for MI6 during World War II. The company keeps being favored by enthusiasts due to their sound quality, craftsmanship and signature aesthetics.

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