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Updated January 10, 2024·

The AKG K361 is a closed-back headphone, making it better for noise isolation, and thus suitable for noisy environments. It's also more portable due to its foldable design. On the other hand, the Focal Elex is an open-back headphone with a larger soundstage, providing a more immersive experience for music and TV, but its open design means less isolation from external noise and is less conducive for use in noisy settings or during travel. The Focal Elex also has a higher build quality. The AKG K361 is less expensive; consider the Focal Elex if your priority is soundstage and build quality, and you'll mainly use them in quieter environments. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • Good for air travel
Advantages of the Focal Elex
  • Very good for TV and video
  • Good for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Gaming

6.3
K361
Elex
6.9
The Focal Elex and AKG K361 are both only fair for gaming, though the Focal Elex is somewhat better.

Phone Calls

3.2
K361
Elex
4.3
The Focal Elex and AKG K361 are both poor for phone calls, though the Focal Elex is somewhat better.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
Elex
7.1
The Focal Elex is good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K361 is poor.

Noise Reduction

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

Cost

$99
K361
Elex
$749
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The AKG K361 has a price of $99 and the Focal Elex costs $749.

Build Quality

8.5
K361
Elex
9.0
The Focal Elex 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
Elex
7.7
The Focal Elex and AKG K361 are both good for music.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
Elex
8.3
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Focal Elex to be very good for TV and video, while the AKG K361 is good.

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How the AKG K361 and the Focal Elex compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361Focal Elex
AKG K361Focal Elex

GENERAL

Price
$99
$749
Brand
AKGFocal
Release Date
July 1, 2018December 1, 2017
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/107.8/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/104.4/10
Gaming Score
6.4/106.9/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/108.4/10
Exercise Score
4.3/104.3/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
6/102.5/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/109/10
Comfort score
7.6/108/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
219 Grams450 Grams
Waterproof Rating
00
Dustproof 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 Elex

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Golden Sound | October 2021
"The Focal Elex are an excellent pair of headphones for the money and a great all-rounder that will suit many tastes. They’re an easy recommendation for anyone looking for something comfortable, well built, that looks good, and will work with just about any genre."

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