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Updated January 10, 2024·

The AKG K361 offers good overall sound quality and comfort, at a lower price point, making them a value-friendly choice suitable for various uses, including TV and video with their closed design providing better noise isolation. They are also more portable than the HifiMan Sundara. On the other hand, the HifiMan Sundara, while more expensive, provides exceptional soundstage and imaging, superior comfort, and outstanding music performance, but their open design means they're less isolating and not ideal for noisy environments. Both lack wireless connectivity and active noise cancelling, but they have detachable cables, with the Sundara featuring a planar driver type for a more refined sound compared to the K361's dynamic driver. The AKG K361 is often significantly less expensive than the HifiMan Sundara. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • Good for air travel
Advantages of the HifiMan Sundara
  • Excellent for music
  • Good for gaming
  • Very good for TV and video
  • Good for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Music

7.5
K361
Sundara
9.3
The HifiMan Sundara is excellent for music, while the AKG K361 is good.

Gaming

6.3
K361
Sundara
7.2
The HifiMan Sundara is good for gaming, while the AKG K361 is only fair.

Phone Calls

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

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
Sundara
7.8
The HifiMan Sundara is good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K361 is poor.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
Sundara
8.8
The HifiMan Sundara is very good for TV and video, while the AKG K361 is good.

Noise Reduction

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

Cost

$109
K361
Sundara
$279
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The AKG K361 has a price of $109 and the HifiMan Sundara costs $279.
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Key similarities

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Build Quality

8.5
K361
Sundara
8.2
The AKG K361 and HifiMan Sundara both have very good build quality.

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How the AKG K361 and the HifiMan Sundara compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361HifiMan Sundara
AKG K361HifiMan Sundara

GENERAL

Price
$109
$279
Brand
AKGHifiMan
Release Date
July 1, 2018May 1, 2020
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/109.3/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/105/10
Gaming Score
6.4/107.2/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/108.8/10
Exercise Score
4.3/104.5/10

FEATURES

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

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108.2/10
Comfort score
7.6/108.4/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
219 Grams394.6 Grams
Waterproof Rating
00
Dustproof 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."

HifiMan Sundara

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Sound Guys

Christian Thomas | July 2023
"The HiFiMan Sundara is the set of headphones to get if you want high-end audio, but don't want to shell out a king's ransom for it. These planar magnetic headphones are comfortable, straightforward, and excellent performers."

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About HifiMan

HiFiMAN is a Chinese, high-end, audio product manufacturer, with 20 years of experience, that specializes in amplifiers, digital audio players and planar magnetic headphones, some of which have become a staple in the audiophile community such as the entry-level Sundara, the midrange Edition X, and the very well-regarded, high-end, Arya.

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