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Updated April 11, 2024·

If price is a major concern and you don't need wireless capabilities, AKG K361 headphones offer a lower midrange price with very good sound quality, comfort, and build. They are ideal for music and TV thanks to their good soundstage, but not suited for exercise due to being wired and not sweatproof. Conversely, JBL Live Beam 3 earbuds are a premium wireless option that excel in portability, exercise use, and feature a smart charging case with touch controls, active noise cancelling, and optimized interaction with both Android and Apple devices. However, they may not be as suitable for long music sessions or watching TV due to the absence of low latency features. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • Good for TV and video
Advantages of the JBL Live Beam 3
  • Very good for exercise
  • Very good for air travel

Key differences

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Gaming

6.3
K361
Live Beam 3
5.4
The AKG K361 is only fair for gaming, while the JBL Live Beam 3 is poor.

Phone Calls

3.2
K361
Live Beam 3
5.2
The JBL Live Beam 3 and AKG K361 are both poor for phone calls, though the JBL Live Beam 3 is somewhat better.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
Live Beam 3
5.9
The JBL Live Beam 3 and AKG K361 are both poor for podcasts and audiobooks, though the JBL Live Beam 3 is somewhat better.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
Live Beam 3
5.6
The AKG K361 is good for TV and video, while the JBL Live Beam 3 is poor.

Noise Reduction

6.0
K361
Live Beam 3
8.3
The JBL Live Beam 3 is very good for noise reduction, while the AKG K361 is only fair.

Battery

N/A
K361
Live Beam 3
12.0 Hours
The AKG K361 does not have a battery. The JBL Live Beam 3 has 12 hours of battery life.

Cost

$109
K361
Live Beam 3
$216
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The AKG K361 has a price of $109 and the JBL Live Beam 3 costs $216.
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Key similarities

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Music

7.5
K361
Live Beam 3
7.8
The JBL Live Beam 3 and AKG K361 are both good for music.

Build Quality

8.5
K361
Live Beam 3
8.5
The AKG K361 and JBL Live Beam 3 both have very good build quality.

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How the AKG K361 and the JBL Live Beam 3 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361JBL Live Beam 3
AKG K361JBL Live Beam 3

GENERAL

Price
$109
$216
Brand
AKGJBL
Release Date
July 1, 2018June 1, 2024
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
WiredWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/107.9/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/105.3/10
Gaming Score
6.4/105.4/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/105.7/10
Exercise Score
4.3/108.4/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A12 Hours
Wireless charging
N/AYes
Charging time
N/A2 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5.3
Case Battery Life
N/A36

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoYes
Noise Reduction Score
6/108.4/10
Virtual Surround
NoYes
Android App
N/AYes
iOS App
N/AYes
Mic Quality
N/A7/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108.5/10
Comfort score
7.6/107/10
Size
N/ALarge
Weight (headset or single earbud)
219 Grams8.8 Grams
Microphone style
N/AIntegrated

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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."

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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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