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Updated April 11, 2024·

If you value overall sound quality and build quality, the AKG K361 would be a better choice for music listening and air travel, plus it has a detachable cable which can be replaced if damaged. However, if you're on a budget and prioritize wireless convenience, longer battery life, and built-in controls for calls and general use, the JBL 510BT might suit you better, especially given its lower price. The JBL 510BT also features app controls customization and AAC codec support which is beneficial for Apple device users, but lacks active noise cancelling which the AKG doesn’t have either. The AKG has a more secure fit for over-ear comfort but the JBL is more portable due to its smaller, foldable design. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • Good for music
  • Good for TV and video
Advantages of the JBL 510BT
  • The JBL 510BT has no clear advantages over the AKG K361.

Key differences

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Music

7.5
K361
510BT
6.2
The AKG K361 is good for music, while the JBL 510BT is only fair.

Gaming

6.3
K361
510BT
5.4
The AKG K361 is only fair for gaming, while the JBL 510BT is poor.

Phone Calls

3.2
K361
510BT
5.1
The JBL 510BT and AKG K361 are both poor for phone calls, though the JBL 510BT is somewhat better.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
510BT
5.6
The JBL 510BT and AKG K361 are both poor for podcasts and audiobooks, though the JBL 510BT is somewhat better.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
510BT
5.5
The AKG K361 is good for TV and video, while the JBL 510BT is poor.

Noise Reduction

6.0
K361
510BT
5.3
The AKG K361 is only fair for noise reduction, while the JBL 510BT is poor.

Battery

N/A
K361
510BT
38.0 Hours
The AKG K361 does not have a battery. The JBL 510BT has 38 hours of battery life.

Cost

$99
K361
510BT
$28
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The AKG K361 has a price of $99 and the JBL 510BT costs $28.

Build Quality

8.5
K361
510BT
6.5
The AKG K361 has very good build quality, while the JBL 510BT has only fair build quality.
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How the AKG K361 and the JBL 510BT compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361JBL 510BT
AKG K361JBL 510BT

GENERAL

Price
$99
$28
Brand
AKGJBL
Release Date
July 1, 2018February 1, 2021
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/106.2/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/105.2/10
Gaming Score
6.4/105.5/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/105.6/10
Exercise Score
4.3/105.8/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A38 Hours
Wireless charging
N/ANo
Charging time
N/A2 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
6/105.3/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo
Mic Quality
N/A7/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/106.5/10
Comfort score
7.6/105.5/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
219 Grams158.7 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."

JBL 510BT

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Sam Smart | September 2023
"The JBL Tune 510BT is affordable and compact, making it a great companion for a commute, so long as you don't need active noise canceling. If you wear glasses or have ear piercings, the on-ear design might not be comfortable, since the ear cups will squish your ears."

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About JBL

JBL is an American audio equipment manufacturer. Owned by Harman International which is, itself, owned by Samsung Electronics. JBL markets a wide array of monitoring speakers, professional headphones and consumer market headphones and earbuds. It was founded in 1946 by James Bullough Lansing (whose initials give the company its name) and has become one of the most prolific audio companies ever. Their products were responsible for audio during the 1969 Woodstock Festival.

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