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Updated April 11, 2024·

If you're looking for comfortable over-ear headphones that provide good sound quality and are designed mainly for stationary use given their wired connectivity, the AKG K361 would suit you. They're built well and have a closed enclosure that helps with noise isolation. They might not be the best for calls or gaming but are reliable for music and TV. On the other hand, if you prefer earbuds that are more portable, offer wireless convenience with good battery life, and come with features like active noise cancelling and sweatproof certification, the Creative Labs Zen Air would be more appropriate. They are also more suited for exercise and air travel due to their form factor and ANC feature. Keep in mind that while they're budget-friendlier, they provide fair sound and comfort and may not be ideal for critical listening. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • Good for music
  • Good for TV and video
Advantages of the Creative Labs Zen Air
  • Very good for air travel

Key differences

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Music

7.5
K361
Zen Air
6.8
The AKG K361 is good for music, while the Creative Labs Zen Air is only fair.

Gaming

6.3
K361
Zen Air
5.1
The AKG K361 is only fair for gaming, while the Creative Labs Zen Air is poor.

Phone Calls

3.2
K361
Zen Air
5.1
The Creative Labs Zen Air and AKG K361 are both poor for phone calls, though the Creative Labs Zen Air is somewhat better.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
Zen Air
5.6
The AKG K361 is good for TV and video, while the Creative Labs Zen Air is poor.

Noise Reduction

6.0
K361
Zen Air
7.0
The Creative Labs Zen Air is good for noise reduction, while the AKG K361 is only fair.

Battery

N/A
K361
Zen Air
5.0 Hours
The AKG K361 does not have a battery. The Creative Labs Zen Air has 5 hours of battery life.

Cost

$119
K361
Zen Air
$40
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The AKG K361 has a price of $119 and the Creative Labs Zen Air costs $40.

Build Quality

8.5
K361
Zen Air
9.0
The Creative Labs Zen Air has excellent build quality, while the AKG K361 has very good build quality.
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Key similarities

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Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
Zen Air
5.4
The Creative Labs Zen Air and AKG K361 are both poor for podcasts and audiobooks.

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How the AKG K361 and the Creative Labs Zen Air compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361Creative Labs Zen Air
AKG K361Creative Labs Zen Air

GENERAL

Price
$119
$40
Brand
AKGCreative Labs
Release Date
July 1, 2018December 1, 2022
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
WiredWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/106.9/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/105.1/10
Gaming Score
6.4/105.1/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/105.7/10
Exercise Score
4.3/106.9/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A5 Hours
Wireless charging
N/AYes
Charging time
N/A2 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5
Case Battery Life
N/A12

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoYes
Noise Reduction Score
6/107/10
Virtual Surround
NoYes
Android App
N/AYes
iOS App
N/AYes
Mic Quality
N/A7/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/109/10
Comfort score
7.6/107/10
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."

Creative Labs Zen Air

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Maike Paeßens | February 2023
"The Creative Zen Air’s weak points are its low battery life and rather short Bluetooth range. On the other hand, the strengths of these weatherproof True Wireless in-Ears are the sound and the wide attenuation of the Active Noise Cancellation. Considering the price range, the speech intelligibility during calls is also exceptionally good."

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About Creative Labs

Creative Labs is a Singaporean technology company specialized in the manufacture of multimedia products. They created the world-famous Soundblaster soundcard back in 1989 which was a staple of the gaming community for a long time. Nowadays, besides still marketing their discrete audio systems, they offer a wide array of headphones, gaming headsets and speakers that still preserve that same heritage.

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