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Updated January 10, 2024·

The AKG K361 offers a slightly better overall sound quality for music listening, but if you’re looking for a headset for gaming or calls and meetings, the HyperX Cloud II outperforms with its higher scores in mic quality and gaming. The Cloud II also provides virtual surround sound which the AKG lacks, enhancing the gaming and movie watching experience. For frequent travelers or those using headphones in noisy environments, neither have active noise canceling, but both have closed backs which provide some noise isolation. If comfort is a priority, the HyperX Cloud II rates higher. Bear in mind, the AKG K361 is often more expensive than the HyperX Cloud II. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • Good for air travel
Advantages of the HyperX Cloud II
  • Good for phone calls
  • Very good for gaming
  • Good for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Gaming

6.3
K361
Cloud II
8.6
The HyperX Cloud II is very good for gaming, while the AKG K361 is only fair.

Phone Calls

3.2
K361
Cloud II
7.5
The HyperX Cloud II is good for phone calls, while the AKG K361 is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
Cloud II
7.0
The HyperX Cloud II is good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K361 is poor.

Cost

$110
K361
Cloud II
$99
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The AKG K361 has a price of $110 and the HyperX Cloud II costs $99.

Build Quality

8.5
K361
Cloud II
10.0
The HyperX Cloud II has best in class 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
Cloud II
7.7
The HyperX Cloud II and AKG K361 are both good for music.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
Cloud II
7.6
The AKG K361 and HyperX Cloud II are both good for TV and video.

Noise Reduction

6.0
K361
Cloud II
6.0
The AKG K361 and HyperX Cloud II are both only fair for noise reduction.

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How the AKG K361 and the HyperX Cloud II compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361HyperX Cloud II
AKG K361HyperX Cloud II

GENERAL

Price
$110
$99
Brand
AKGHyperX
Release Date
July 1, 2018January 1, 2015
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/107.8/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/107.5/10
Gaming Score
6.4/108.6/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/107.6/10
Exercise Score
4.3/104.3/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
6/106/10
Virtual Surround
NoYes
Mic Quality
N/A10/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/1010/10
Comfort score
7.6/108.9/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
219 Grams317.5 Grams
Microphone style
N/ABoom
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."

HyperX Cloud II

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Rhys McIntyre | December 2022
"My overall impression of the HyperX Cloud II gaming headset is overwhelmingly positive. In my opinion, this is one of the best mid-priced gaming headsets currently on the market.Solid sound quality, superior comfort, and a sleek, lightweight design – this headset delivers all of the important aspects that a gaming headset should."

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About HyperX

Starting originally as a high-performance and gaming line of memory modules within Kingston and later acquired by HP, HyperX is a dedicated esports and gaming division focused on developing peripherals, microphones and headsets. Providing budget-friendly, comfortable and highly functional products, HyperX has become the go-to for many gamers around the world, resulting in sales of over 20 million headsets throughout the years.

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