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Updated January 10, 2024·

The AKG K361 headphones provide good sound quality with a more spacious soundstage suited for a variety of content. They're comfortable for longer listening sessions but are bulkier and less portable than earbuds. While they're suitable for music and TV, their lack of a microphone means they aren't great for calls. The Etymotic ER2SE earbuds excel in sound quality, especially for music, with superior noise isolation, making them perfect for noisy environments. They're highly portable but might be less comfortable for some due to their deep-insert design. Neither model has wireless capability; choosing between them depends on prioritizing sound isolation and portability (Etymotic) over comfort and a larger soundstage (AKG). Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • Good for air travel
Advantages of the Etymotic ER2SE
  • Very good for music
  • Good for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Music

7.5
K361
ER2SE
8.8
The Etymotic ER2SE is very good for music, while the AKG K361 is good.

Phone Calls

3.2
K361
ER2SE
4.9
The Etymotic ER2SE and AKG K361 are both poor for phone calls, though the Etymotic ER2SE is somewhat better.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
ER2SE
7.6
The Etymotic ER2SE is good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K361 is poor.

Noise Reduction

6.0
K361
ER2SE
9.1
The Etymotic ER2SE is excellent for noise reduction, while the AKG K361 is only fair.

Build Quality

8.5
K361
ER2SE
9.0
The Etymotic ER2SE has excellent build quality, while the AKG K361 has very good build quality.
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Key similarities

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Gaming

6.3
K361
ER2SE
6.2
The AKG K361 and Etymotic ER2SE are both only fair for gaming.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
ER2SE
7.8
The AKG K361 and Etymotic ER2SE are both good for TV and video.

Cost

$100
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ER2SE
$100
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$40

$60

$80

$100

$120

$140

$160

The AKG K361 has a price of $100 and the Etymotic ER2SE costs $100.

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How the AKG K361 and the Etymotic ER2SE compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361Etymotic ER2SE
AKG K361Etymotic ER2SE

GENERAL

Price
$100
$100
Brand
AKGEtymotic
Release Date
July 1, 2018February 1, 2019
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/108.9/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/105/10
Gaming Score
6.4/106.3/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/107.9/10
Exercise Score
4.3/104.2/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
6/109.1/10
Virtual Surround
NoN/A

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/109/10
Comfort score
7.6/106/10
Size
N/ASmall
Weight (headset or single earbud)
219 Grams4 Grams
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."

Etymotic ER2SE

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Lily Katz | April 2022
"Etymotic isn’t playing around: it takes audio seriously and has mastered the art of the noise-isolation earphone. Sure, the fit of the earbuds looks silly but it’s a signature Etymotic thing and could be considered charming by some. If you’re looking for best-in-class audio for a realistic price, the ER2SE is it."

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About Etymotic

Etymotic Research is an American based research, development and manufacturing company founded in 1983. They invented the first insert earphones that were used for the diagnosis and research of hearing loss and other auditory disorders. They went on to pioneer the market of high fidelity, isolating, in-ear earphones.

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