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Updated January 10, 2024·

For a more immersive listening experience, the AKG K361 headphones are superior with better overall sound quality. However, they don't have a microphone, which might be crucial for calls and meetings. The JBL Vibe Beam True Wireless earbuds, while offering slightly lower sound quality, do have a microphone scoring high for call and meeting purposes, and they're better suited for exercise due to being sweatproof. The JBLs also offer more convenience with true wireless technology, which eliminates the need for cables and they have better portability. If budget is a main concern, the JBLs are more affordable and might be the practical choice. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • Good for music
  • Good for TV and video
Advantages of the JBL Vibe Beam True Wireless
  • Good for phone calls
  • Good for gaming
  • Very good for air travel
  • Good for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Music

7.5
K361
Vibe Beam True Wireless
6.6
The AKG K361 is good for music, while the JBL Vibe Beam True Wireless is only fair.

Gaming

6.3
K361
Vibe Beam True Wireless
7.3
The JBL Vibe Beam True Wireless is good for gaming, while the AKG K361 is only fair.

Phone Calls

3.2
K361
Vibe Beam True Wireless
7.8
The JBL Vibe Beam True Wireless is good for phone calls, while the AKG K361 is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
Vibe Beam True Wireless
7.3
The JBL Vibe Beam True Wireless is good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K361 is poor.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
Vibe Beam True Wireless
6.9
The AKG K361 is good for TV and video, while the JBL Vibe Beam True Wireless is only fair.

Noise Reduction

6.0
K361
Vibe Beam True Wireless
6.5
The JBL Vibe Beam True Wireless and AKG K361 are both only fair for noise reduction, though the JBL Vibe Beam True Wireless is somewhat better.

Battery

N/A
K361
Vibe Beam True Wireless
8.3 Hours
The AKG K361 does not have a battery. The JBL Vibe Beam True Wireless has 8.3 hours of battery life.

Cost

$110
K361
Vibe Beam True Wireless
$40
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The AKG K361 has a price of $110 and the JBL Vibe Beam True Wireless costs $40.
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Key similarities

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Build Quality

8.5
K361
Vibe Beam True Wireless
8.5
The AKG K361 and JBL Vibe Beam True Wireless both have very good build quality.

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How the AKG K361 and the JBL Vibe Beam True Wireless compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361JBL Vibe Beam True Wireless
AKG K361JBL Vibe Beam True Wireless

GENERAL

Price
$110
$40
Brand
AKGJBL
Release Date
July 1, 2018February 1, 2023
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
WiredWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/106.6/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/107.9/10
Gaming Score
6.4/107.4/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/107/10
Exercise Score
4.3/106/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A8.3 Hours
Wireless charging
N/ANo
Charging time
N/A1.1 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5.2
Case Battery Life
N/A16

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
6/106.5/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo
Android App
N/AYes
iOS App
N/AYes
Mic Quality
N/A8/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108.5/10
Comfort score
7.6/106/10
Size
N/ALarge
Weight (headset or single earbud)
219 Grams8.8 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 Vibe Beam True Wireless

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LaFonda | April 2023
"The Vibe Beam earbuds may not be a sleek as other earbuds in the price range, such as the equally priced Vibe Buds, but they sound great, have a long battery life, and come with an equalizer. And if you just need a solid pair if earbuds to get you through your commute, these will do the trick. I have no complaints here."

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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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