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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you value wireless convenience and frequently travel, the Bowers and Wilkins Pi7 S2, with superior noise isolation, better call quality, and travel-friendly features like wireless charging, might be worth the extra cost. However, if you prioritize sound quality and comfort while listening to music at home or the office and don't mind a wired connection, then the less expensive AKG K361 could be a better fit, especially considering their good build and sound quality. The AKG K361 lacks features like a microphone and built-in controls which are present in the Pi7 S2, making them less versatile for calls or on-the-go adjustments. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • Good for TV and video
Advantages of the Bowers and Wilkins Pi7 S2
  • Very good for air travel

Key differences

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Gaming

6.3
K361
Pi7 S2
5.3
The AKG K361 is only fair for gaming, while the Bowers and Wilkins Pi7 S2 is poor.

Phone Calls

3.2
K361
Pi7 S2
5.2
The Bowers and Wilkins Pi7 S2 and AKG K361 are both poor for phone calls, though the Bowers and Wilkins Pi7 S2 is somewhat better.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
Pi7 S2
5.6
The Bowers and Wilkins Pi7 S2 and AKG K361 are both poor for podcasts and audiobooks, though the Bowers and Wilkins Pi7 S2 is somewhat better.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
Pi7 S2
6.0
The AKG K361 is good for TV and video, while the Bowers and Wilkins Pi7 S2 is only fair.

Noise Reduction

6.0
K361
Pi7 S2
8.3
The Bowers and Wilkins Pi7 S2 is very good for noise reduction, while the AKG K361 is only fair.

Battery

N/A
K361
Pi7 S2
5.0 Hours
The AKG K361 does not have a battery. The Bowers and Wilkins Pi7 S2 has 5 hours of battery life.

Cost

$109
K361
Pi7 S2
$359
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The AKG K361 has a price of $109 and the Bowers and Wilkins Pi7 S2 costs $359.
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Key similarities

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Music

7.5
K361
Pi7 S2
7.5
The AKG K361 and Bowers and Wilkins Pi7 S2 are both good for music.

Build Quality

8.5
K361
Pi7 S2
8.9
The Bowers and Wilkins Pi7 S2 and AKG K361 both have very good build quality.

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How the AKG K361 and the Bowers and Wilkins Pi7 S2 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361Bowers and Wilkins Pi7 S2
AKG K361Bowers and Wilkins Pi7 S2

GENERAL

Price
$109
$359
Brand
AKGBowers and Wilkins
Release Date
July 1, 2018January 1, 2023
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
WiredWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/107.5/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/105.2/10
Gaming Score
6.4/105.4/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/106/10
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/A13

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/A7/10

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 Grams7 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 Pi7 S2

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Billy Steele | March 2023
"While the overall sound quality is great, these earbuds fall short in terms of battery life, customization and ANC performance. Bowers & Wilkins’ ability to consistently deliver pristine sound isn’t enough to make up for what the Pi7 S2 lacks, which is unfortunately quite a bit."

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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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