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Updated April 11, 2024·

If sound quality for music and watching TV is important to you, the AKG K361 offers very good overall sound and is good for comfort with over-ear design, but it's wired and less portable. The JBL Tune Buds are much more portable, sweatproof, and have wireless features, making them suitable for exercise and travel with good noise isolation, although they may not match the AKG's sound quality for music and TV. The JBLs are also less expensive, offering fair sound quality for their price point, and come with app customization features which the AKGs lack. Give Feedback

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

Key differences

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Music

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

Gaming

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

Phone Calls

3.2
K361
Tune Buds
4.9
The JBL Tune Buds and AKG K361 are both poor for phone calls, though the JBL Tune Buds is somewhat better.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
Tune Buds
5.8
The JBL Tune Buds and AKG K361 are both poor for podcasts and audiobooks, though the JBL Tune Buds is somewhat better.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
Tune Buds
6.1
The AKG K361 is good for TV and video, while the JBL Tune Buds is only fair.

Noise Reduction

6.0
K361
Tune Buds
6.7
The JBL Tune Buds and AKG K361 are both only fair for noise reduction, though the JBL Tune Buds is somewhat better.

Battery

N/A
K361
Tune Buds
10.4 Hours
The AKG K361 does not have a battery. The JBL Tune Buds has 10.4 hours of battery life.

Cost

$102
K361
Tune Buds
$70
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The AKG K361 has a price of $102 and the JBL Tune Buds costs $70.
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Key similarities

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Build Quality

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

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

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361JBL Tune Buds
AKG K361JBL Tune Buds

GENERAL

Price
$102
$70
Brand
AKGJBL
Release Date
July 1, 2018May 1, 2023
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
WiredWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/106.3/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/104.9/10
Gaming Score
6.4/105.5/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/106.1/10
Exercise Score
4.3/107.6/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A10.4 Hours
Wireless charging
N/ANo
Charging time
N/A2 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5.3
Case Battery Life
N/A30

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoYes
Noise Reduction Score
6/106.8/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo
Android App
N/AYes
iOS App
N/AYes
Mic Quality
N/A6/10

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 Grams10.8 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 Tune Buds

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Tim Gideon | September 2023
"JBL’s Tune Buds stick with the company’s signature bass-heavy sound by default, but a quality in-app EQ lets you sculpt the audio to taste. These noise-cancelling true wireless earphones also mitigate environmental distractions fairly well for the price and offer good battery life. If you're specifically seeking bold, bass-tuned audio out of the box, the Tune Buds are worth a listen."

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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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