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Updated January 10, 2024·

The AKG K361 headphones provide a higher overall sound quality and are particularly good for critical listening with a better soundstage. These wired over-ear headphones are more suited for use where portability is not a priority, like at home or in a studio. However, they are not ideal for exercise or travel due to their size and lack of active noise cancelling. On the other hand, the JBL Live Free NC+ earbuds are wireless, much more portable, and feature active noise cancelling, making them better for use on the go, during exercise, or while traveling. The JBL earbuds also support AAC codec and offer better call quality, built-in controls, and are optimized for both Android and Apple devices. If you need versatility and mobility along with good noise isolation, the JBL might be the better choice, despite a slightly lower overall sound quality compared to the AKG. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • Good for music
  • Good for TV and video
Advantages of the JBL Live Free NC+
  • Good for phone calls
  • Good for exercise
  • Very good for air travel
  • Very good for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Music

7.5
K361
Live Free NC+
5.8
The AKG K361 is good for music, while the JBL Live Free NC+ is poor.

Gaming

6.3
K361
Live Free NC+
5.0
The AKG K361 is only fair for gaming, while the JBL Live Free NC+ is poor.

Phone Calls

3.2
K361
Live Free NC+
7.6
The JBL Live Free NC+ is good for phone calls, while the AKG K361 is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
Live Free NC+
8.4
The JBL Live Free NC+ is very good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K361 is poor.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
Live Free NC+
5.6
The AKG K361 is good for TV and video, while the JBL Live Free NC+ is poor.

Noise Reduction

6.0
K361
Live Free NC+
7.0
The JBL Live Free NC+ is good for noise reduction, while the AKG K361 is only fair.

Battery

N/A
K361
Live Free NC+
5.0 Hours
The AKG K361 does not have a battery. The JBL Live Free NC+ has 5 hours of battery life.

Cost

$109
K361
Live Free NC+
$60
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The AKG K361 has a price of $109 and the JBL Live Free NC+ costs $60.
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Key similarities

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Build Quality

8.5
K361
Live Free NC+
8.5
The AKG K361 and JBL Live Free NC+ both have very good build quality.

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How the AKG K361 and the JBL Live Free NC+ compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361JBL Live Free NC+
AKG K361JBL Live Free NC+

GENERAL

Price
$109
$60
Brand
AKGJBL
Release Date
July 1, 2018March 1, 2021
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
WiredWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/105.9/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/107.6/10
Gaming Score
6.4/105/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/105.6/10
Exercise Score
4.3/107.7/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A5 Hours
Wireless charging
N/AYes
Charging time
N/A1.3 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5.1
Case Battery Life
N/A18

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoYes
Noise Reduction Score
6/107/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo
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
7.6/107.6/10
Size
N/ALarge
Weight (headset or single earbud)
219 Grams7 Grams
Microphone style
N/AIntegrated

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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 Live Free NC+

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Maike Paeßens | 2020
"JBL has added great-sounding, rock-solid all-rounders with a pleasant, warm sound character to their range. They are equipped with a high level of functionality that can be customised via the app. Some compromises have to be made with the active noise cancellation, which has a discreet effect, while the ambient mode and the Talkthru function proved to be powerful despite a perceptible background noise."

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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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