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Updated January 10, 2024·

If portability and isolation are important to you, the AKG K361 with its closed-back design would be a better choice, as it can block out more ambient noise and is easier to transport due to its foldable design. On the other hand, if sound quality, particularly a more open and spacious soundstage, is a priority and you mainly plan to use them in quiet environments, the Philips Fidelio X2HR with its open-back design will offer a more immersive listening experience. The Fidelio X2HR might be more comfortable for long listening sessions with its large ear cups, although it's less travel-friendly and doesn't isolate sound as effectively as the K361. Keep in mind, the AKG K361 is generally less expensive. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • Good for air travel
Advantages of the Philips Fidelio X2HR
  • Excellent for music
  • Good for gaming
  • Very good for TV and video
  • Good for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Music

7.5
K361
Fidelio X2HR
9.3
The Philips Fidelio X2HR is excellent for music, while the AKG K361 is good.

Gaming

6.3
K361
Fidelio X2HR
7.0
The Philips Fidelio X2HR is good for gaming, while the AKG K361 is only fair.

Phone Calls

3.2
K361
Fidelio X2HR
5.0
The Philips Fidelio X2HR and AKG K361 are both poor for phone calls, though the Philips Fidelio X2HR is somewhat better.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
Fidelio X2HR
7.9
The Philips Fidelio X2HR is good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K361 is poor.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
Fidelio X2HR
8.8
The Philips Fidelio X2HR is very good for TV and video, while the AKG K361 is good.

Noise Reduction

6.0
K361
Fidelio X2HR
2.5
The AKG K361 is only fair for noise reduction, while the Philips Fidelio X2HR is poor.

Cost

$99
K361
Fidelio X2HR
$148
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The AKG K361 has a price of $99 and the Philips Fidelio X2HR costs $148.

Build Quality

8.5
K361
Fidelio X2HR
9.0
The Philips Fidelio X2HR has excellent build quality, while the AKG K361 has very good build quality.
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How the AKG K361 and the Philips Fidelio X2HR compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361Philips Fidelio X2HR
AKG K361Philips Fidelio X2HR

GENERAL

Price
$99
$148
Brand
AKGPhilips
Release Date
July 1, 2018September 1, 2014
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/109.3/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/105/10
Gaming Score
6.4/107.1/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/108.9/10
Exercise Score
4.3/104.5/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
6/102.5/10
Virtual Surround
NoN/A

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/109/10
Comfort score
7.6/108.4/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
219 Grams390 Grams
Waterproof Rating
00
Dustproof Rating
00

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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."

Philips Fidelio X2HR

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Stefan | May 2022
"This piece is a fantastic option for music lovers searching for premium sound and a snug fit. You should get these headphones if you care about sound quality and want to hear music in a new light. This technology is a great option for high-quality headphones with superb sound reproduction."

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About Philips

Philips is a Dutch conglomerate and electronics manufacturer with over 130 years of history. Philips makes the Fidelio audio line which includes several models of full-sized wired and wireless headphones, true wireless earbuds. soundbars and wireless speakers.

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