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Updated April 10, 2024·

If you're looking for a versatile, over-ear headphone with very good build quality and sound, consider the AKG K361, which is also friendly on your wallet; however, it lacks wireless capabilities and active noise cancelling. On the other hand, the JBL Live Flex 3 earbuds are better suited for those who prioritize features like wireless connectivity, an LED touch display for controls on the charging case, and sweat and dust resistance, making them ideal for exercise, though at a premium price. They also support advanced audio codecs and offer active noise cancelling for quieter environments. Choose the AKG K361 if you require a studio-like experience with a detachable cable and don't mind the lack of modern features, or go for the JBL if you want cutting-edge functionalities and portability. Give Feedback

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

Key differences

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Music

7.5
K361
Live Flex 3
8.0
The JBL Live Flex 3 is very good for music, while the AKG K361 is good.

Gaming

6.3
K361
Live Flex 3
5.5
The AKG K361 is only fair for gaming, while the JBL Live Flex 3 is poor.

Phone Calls

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

Podcasts and Audiobooks

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

TV and Video

7.8
K361
Live Flex 3
5.7
The AKG K361 is good for TV and video, while the JBL Live Flex 3 is poor.

Noise Reduction

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

Battery

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

Cost

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

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Build Quality

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

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

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361JBL Live Flex 3
AKG K361JBL Live Flex 3

GENERAL

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

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/108.1/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/105.3/10
Gaming Score
6.4/105.5/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/105.8/10
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/A40

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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