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What we think

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Updated January 10, 2024·

If sound quality is a priority, the AKG K361s are known for clear and balanced audio, which could enrich your listening experience, especially in quiet environments. Conversely, if you're often on the move or plan to use your headphones for extended periods, the Marshall Major IVs, with their impressive battery life and on-ear design that some may find more comfortable, could be a better fit. The Marshall also comes with a built-in microphone, which is convenient for calls, whereas the AKG does not have this feature. Both are similarly priced, so your choice should hinge on your specific listening habits and lifestyle needs. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • Good for music
  • Good for TV and video
Advantages of the Marshall Major IV
  • Very good for air travel

Key differences

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Music

7.5
K361
Major IV
6.6
The AKG K361 is good for music, while the Marshall Major IV is only fair.

Gaming

6.3
K361
Major IV
5.4
The AKG K361 is only fair for gaming, while the Marshall Major IV is poor.

Phone Calls

3.2
K361
Major IV
5.8
The Marshall Major IV and AKG K361 are both poor for phone calls, though the Marshall Major IV is somewhat better.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
Major IV
6.1
The Marshall Major IV is only fair for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K361 is poor.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
Major IV
5.7
The AKG K361 is good for TV and video, while the Marshall Major IV is poor.

Battery

N/A
K361
Major IV
80.0 Hours
The AKG K361 does not have a battery. The Marshall Major IV has 80 hours of battery life.

Cost

$102
K361
Major IV
$88
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The AKG K361 has a price of $102 and the Marshall Major IV costs $88.
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Key similarities

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Noise Reduction

6.0
K361
Major IV
5.6
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers AKG K361 to be only fair for noise reduction, while the Marshall Major IV is poor.

Build Quality

8.5
K361
Major IV
8.5
The AKG K361 and Marshall Major IV both have very good build quality.

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How the AKG K361 and the Marshall Major IV compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361Marshall Major IV
AKG K361Marshall Major IV

GENERAL

Price
$102
$88
Brand
AKGMarshall
Release Date
July 1, 2018October 1, 2021
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired + Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/106.6/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/105.8/10
Gaming Score
6.4/105.5/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/105.8/10
Exercise Score
4.3/106.3/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A80 Hours
Wireless charging
N/AYes
Charging time
N/A3 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
6/105.7/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo
Android App
N/ANo
iOS App
N/ANo
Mic Quality
N/A9/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108.5/10
Comfort score
7.6/107.8/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
219 Grams165 Grams
Microphone style
N/AIntegrated
Waterproof Rating
00

Shopping

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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."

Marshall Major IV

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Jasper Lastoria | September 2023
"The Marshall Major IV shares quite a bit in common with its predecessor, but a key upgrade appears to be softer ear cushions. They make upgrading worth it. As a set of basic wired or wireless headphones the Major IV ticks most boxes by remaining easy to use, and fairly comfortable (at least, as on-ear headphones go)."

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