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Updated January 10, 2024·

The AKG K361 headphones offer a very good sound quality and are less expensive than the Etymotic ER4XR earbuds. They're suitable for a variety of uses, but their over-ear, closed-back design may be less portable and less comfortable during exercise compared to earbuds. The AKG has a detachable cable, which can be convenient. If you prioritize noise isolation and a more snug in-ear fit, the Etymotic ER4XR excels in these areas, although they are more expensive. Neither option includes a microphone, active noise cancelling, or wireless capabilities, so take that into consideration if those features are important to you. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • Good for air travel
Advantages of the Etymotic ER4XR
  • Very good for music
  • Good for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Phone Calls

3.2
K361
ER4XR
4.7
The Etymotic ER4XR and AKG K361 are both poor for phone calls, though the Etymotic ER4XR is somewhat better.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
ER4XR
7.3
The Etymotic ER4XR is good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K361 is poor.

Noise Reduction

6.0
K361
ER4XR
9.1
The Etymotic ER4XR is excellent for noise reduction, while the AKG K361 is only fair.

Cost

$109
K361
ER4XR
$300
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The AKG K361 has a price of $109 and the Etymotic ER4XR costs $300.

Build Quality

8.5
K361
ER4XR
9.0
The Etymotic ER4XR has excellent build quality, while the AKG K361 has very good build quality.
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Key similarities

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Music

7.5
K361
ER4XR
8.0
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Etymotic ER4XR to be very good for music, while the AKG K361 is good.

Gaming

6.3
K361
ER4XR
6.2
The AKG K361 and Etymotic ER4XR are both only fair for gaming.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
ER4XR
7.4
The AKG K361 and Etymotic ER4XR are both good for TV and video.

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How the AKG K361 and the Etymotic ER4XR compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361Etymotic ER4XR
AKG K361Etymotic ER4XR

GENERAL

Price
$109
$300
Brand
AKGEtymotic
Release Date
July 1, 2018June 1, 2016
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/108/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/104.8/10
Gaming Score
6.4/106.3/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/107.4/10
Exercise Score
4.3/104.1/10

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

Shopping

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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 ER4XR

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What HiFi?

What HiFi? | May 2015
"The Etymotic ER4XRs' top qualities are the detail and definition of the midrange, rewarding the closest listening. While the soundstage is large rather than gigantic, the excellent separation and spatial precision mean you can dive deep into music just as much as when wearing a pair of full-size open-backed headphones."

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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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