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Updated January 10, 2024·

The AKG K361 are over-ear closed-back wired headphones that offer excellent overall sound quality and are quite comfortable, however, they may not be the most suitable for taking calls, as they lack a microphone. They are better for critical listening and due to their closed-back design, provide some noise isolation, making them a good choice for commuting or use in moderately noisy environments. The "Nothing" Brand Ear Stick are more modern open-back earbuds with a true wireless design, featuring a microphone with good quality, which makes them very suitable for calls and meetings. They come with a charging case extending battery life and are optimized for both Android and Apple devices, alongside supporting a low latency mode that is beneficial for video and gaming. They are highly portable, however, due to their open design, they won't isolate noise as effectively as the AKG K361. If you prioritize sound quality and listening in noisy environments, you may find the AKG K361 to be worth the higher price point. Conversely, if you need a versatile option for calls, portability, ease of use with different devices, and a wireless experience at a more affordable price, the "Nothing" Brand Ear Stick earbuds would be a more suitable choice. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • Good for music
  • Good for air travel
Advantages of the "Nothing" Brand Ear Stick
  • Very good for phone calls
  • Very good for gaming
  • Very good for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Music

7.5
K361
Ear Stick
6.1
The AKG K361 is good for music, while the "Nothing" Brand Ear Stick is only fair.

Gaming

6.3
K361
Ear Stick
8.1
The "Nothing" Brand Ear Stick is very good for gaming, while the AKG K361 is only fair.

Phone Calls

3.2
K361
Ear Stick
8.6
The "Nothing" Brand Ear Stick is very good for phone calls, while the AKG K361 is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
Ear Stick
8.4
The "Nothing" Brand Ear Stick is very good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K361 is poor.

Noise Reduction

6.0
K361
Ear Stick
2.5
The AKG K361 is only fair for noise reduction, while the "Nothing" Brand Ear Stick is poor.

Battery

N/A
K361
Ear Stick
5.0 Hours
The AKG K361 does not have a battery. The "Nothing" Brand Ear Stick has 5 hours of battery life.

Cost

$109
K361
Ear Stick
$64
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The AKG K361 has a price of $109 and the "Nothing" Brand Ear Stick costs $64.

Build Quality

8.5
K361
Ear Stick
9.0
The "Nothing" Brand Ear Stick has excellent build quality, while the AKG K361 has very good build quality.
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Key similarities

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TV and Video

7.8
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Ear Stick
7.5
The AKG K361 and "Nothing" Brand Ear Stick are both good for TV and video.

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How the AKG K361 and the "Nothing" Brand Ear Stick compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361"Nothing" Brand Ear Stick
AKG K361"Nothing" Brand Ear Stick

GENERAL

Price
$109
$64
Brand
AKG"Nothing" Brand
Release Date
July 1, 2018November 1, 2022
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
WiredWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/106.2/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/108.7/10
Gaming Score
6.4/108.2/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/107.6/10
Exercise Score
4.3/107/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A5 Hours
Wireless charging
N/ANo
Charging time
N/A1.2 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5.2
Case Battery Life
N/A22

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
6/102.5/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo
Android App
N/AYes
iOS App
N/AYes
Mic Quality
N/A8.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/109/10
Comfort score
7.6/107/10
Size
N/ASmall
Weight (headset or single earbud)
219 Grams4.4 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."

"Nothing" Brand Ear Stick

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Sound Guys

Jasper Lastoria | December 2022
"If the Ear (stick) fits your ears, its light weight means you can easily wear it until the unimpressive battery life totally drains. The IP54 rating of the buds lends some confidence that it’ll survive some light abuse too. Finally, for the person who only wears earbuds at their desk, the Nothing Ear (stick) with its decent microphone could offer a reasonable Zoom meeting solution."

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