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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you want exceptional sound quality and are willing to invest in high-end headphones, the Focal Bathys would be the better choice with their superior sound and active noise cancelling; they also have a comfortable fit and a built-in microphone, which enhances their use for calls and meetings. However, they are significantly more expensive than the AKG K361. The AKG K361, on the other hand, offers good sound quality and comfort at a much lower price point. They are wired and do not have noise cancelling or a built-in mic, making them less versatile but a solid choice for budget-conscious customers. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • The AKG K361 has no clear advantages over the Focal Bathys.
Advantages of the Focal Bathys
  • Very good for music
  • Excellent for gaming
  • Best in class for TV and video
  • Very good for air travel

Key differences

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Music

7.5
K361
Bathys
8.0
The Focal Bathys is very good for music, while the AKG K361 is good.

Gaming

6.3
K361
Bathys
9.3
The Focal Bathys is excellent for gaming, while the AKG K361 is only fair.

Phone Calls

3.2
K361
Bathys
5.2
The Focal Bathys and AKG K361 are both poor for phone calls, though the Focal Bathys is somewhat better.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
Bathys
6.2
The Focal Bathys is only fair for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K361 is poor.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
Bathys
10.0
The Focal Bathys is best in class for TV and video, while the AKG K361 is good.

Noise Reduction

6.0
K361
Bathys
8.3
The Focal Bathys is very good for noise reduction, while the AKG K361 is only fair.

Battery

N/A
K361
Bathys
31.0 Hours
The AKG K361 does not have a battery. The Focal Bathys has 31 hours of battery life.

Cost

$102
K361
Bathys
$699
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The AKG K361 has a price of $102 and the Focal Bathys costs $699.

Build Quality

8.5
K361
Bathys
9.0
The Focal Bathys has excellent build quality, while the AKG K361 has very good build quality.
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How the AKG K361 and the Focal Bathys compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361Focal Bathys

GENERAL

Price
$102
$699
Brand
AKGFocal
Release Date
July 1, 2018October 1, 2022
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired + Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/108.1/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/105.3/10
Gaming Score
6.4/109.4/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/1010/10
Exercise Score
4.3/106.6/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A31 Hours
Wireless charging
N/ANo
Charging time
N/A1.5 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5.1

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/A6.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/109/10
Comfort score
7.6/108.4/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
219 Grams350 Grams
Microphone style
N/AIntegrated
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."

Focal Bathys

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Soundguys

Christian Thomas | May 2023
"As much as I hesitate to recommend a headphone that sells for $800 USD, if you’re looking for the best sound quality you can find in the ANC space: it’s the Focal Bathys."

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