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Updated April 11, 2024·

If you prefer a budget-friendly option for listening to music and watching TV with good sound quality and comfort, the AKG K361 headphones are suitable. However, they lack features such as wireless connectivity and active noise cancelling. On the other hand, if you're willing to invest in a premium, portable option that supports wireless use, has excellent noise isolation, and is ideal for exercise and travel with added features like a smart charging case and touch controls, the JBL Live Buds 3 may be the better choice, despite being significantly more expensive. The JBL also supports better call quality, which could be important if you plan to use them during calls and meetings. Give Feedback

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

Key differences

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Gaming

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

Phone Calls

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

Podcasts and Audiobooks

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

TV and Video

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

Noise Reduction

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

Battery

N/A
K361
Live Buds 3
10.0 Hours
The AKG K361 does not have a battery. The JBL Live Buds 3 has 10 hours of battery life.

Cost

$102
K361
Live Buds 3
$216
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The AKG K361 has a price of $102 and the JBL Live Buds 3 costs $216.
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Key similarities

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Music

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

Build Quality

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

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

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361JBL Live Buds 3
AKG K361JBL Live Buds 3

GENERAL

Price
$102
$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/A10 Hours
Wireless charging
N/AYes
Charging time
N/A2 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5.3
Case Battery Life
N/A30

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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