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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prioritize high sound quality and use them for gaming, the EPOS PC38X is superior, offering great soundstage and a built-in boom mic, which is ideal for multiplayer games and calls. However, the AKG K361 with a closed design provides better noise isolation, making them suitable for noisier environments. The K361 is also foldable, making them more portable. The EPOS PC38X has an open design, which typically results in a more natural sound, but they do not isolate noise as well. Price-wise, the AKG is less expensive but lacks the microphone and the open design for a broad sound experience that the EPOS provides. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • Good for air travel
Advantages of the EPOS PC38X
  • Best in class for music
  • Best in class for phone calls
  • Best in class for gaming
  • Excellent for TV and video
  • Good for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Music

7.5
K361
PC38X
9.5
The EPOS PC38X is best in class for music, while the AKG K361 is good.

Gaming

6.3
K361
PC38X
10.0
The EPOS PC38X is best in class for gaming, while the AKG K361 is only fair.

Phone Calls

3.2
K361
PC38X
10.0
The EPOS PC38X is best in class for phone calls, while the AKG K361 is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
PC38X
7.9
The EPOS PC38X is good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K361 is poor.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
PC38X
9.0
The EPOS PC38X is excellent for TV and video, while the AKG K361 is good.

Noise Reduction

6.0
K361
PC38X
2.5
The AKG K361 is only fair for noise reduction, while the EPOS PC38X is poor.

Cost

$102
K361
PC38X
$169
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The AKG K361 has a price of $102 and the EPOS PC38X costs $169.
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Key similarities

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Build Quality

8.5
K361
PC38X
8.5
The AKG K361 and EPOS PC38X both have very good build quality.

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How the AKG K361 and the EPOS PC38X compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361EPOS PC38X
AKG K361EPOS PC38X

GENERAL

Price
$102
$169
Brand
AKGEPOS
Release Date
July 1, 2018September 1, 2020
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/109.6/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/1010/10
Gaming Score
6.4/1010/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/109.1/10
Exercise Score
4.3/104.5/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
6/102.5/10
Virtual Surround
NoN/A
Mic Quality
N/A10/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108.5/10
Comfort score
7.6/108.4/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
219 Grams249.4 Grams
Microphone style
N/ABoom
Waterproof Rating
00

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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."

EPOS PC38X

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Everyday Listening

Ryan Soo | November 2021
"Lightweight and comfortable design, Mic arm with mute, Excellent tuning, Highly natural midrange voicing, Clean and separated bass, Solid soundstage dimensions. Combining all day comfort and integrated coms with a balanced and spacious sound from essentially any source, it is hard to deny the versatility and value provided by the PC38X."

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About EPOS

EPOS is a relatively new company with a very long heritage. Previously known as Sennheiser Communications, EPOS is the result of the joint venture between the German headphone manufacturer Sennheiser and the Danish Demant that sought to develop premium audio communication solutions. They specialize in two main product groups, enterprise communications and gaming communication headsets and processing devices.

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