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Updated January 10, 2024·

The AKG K361 offers a closed-back design for better noise isolation, making it suitable for noisy environments and providing some privacy for your music. They are portable with a foldable design and come with a detachable cable. On the other hand, the Philips SHP9500 has an open-back design which delivers a more expansive soundstage and natural listening experience, ideal for quiet environments. They are known for exceptional comfort, but are less portable and offer less noise isolation due to their larger size and open-back nature. While both headphones are wired and do not support active noise cancelling, the SHP9500 is typically somewhat less expensive if budget is a primary concern. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • Good for air travel
Advantages of the Philips SHP9500
  • Excellent for music
  • Good for gaming
  • Excellent for TV and video
  • Very good for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Music

7.5
K361
SHP9500
9.2
The Philips SHP9500 is excellent for music, while the AKG K361 is good.

Gaming

6.3
K361
SHP9500
7.2
The Philips SHP9500 is good for gaming, while the AKG K361 is only fair.

Phone Calls

3.2
K361
SHP9500
4.9
The Philips SHP9500 and AKG K361 are both poor for phone calls, though the Philips SHP9500 is somewhat better.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
SHP9500
8.0
The Philips SHP9500 is very good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K361 is poor.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
SHP9500
9.0
The Philips SHP9500 is excellent for TV and video, while the AKG K361 is good.

Noise Reduction

6.0
K361
SHP9500
2.5
The AKG K361 is only fair for noise reduction, while the Philips SHP9500 is poor.

Cost

$99
K361
SHP9500
$80
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The AKG K361 has a price of $99 and the Philips SHP9500 costs $80.
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Key similarities

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Build Quality

8.5
K361
SHP9500
8.5
The AKG K361 and Philips SHP9500 both have very good build quality.

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How the AKG K361 and the Philips SHP9500 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361Philips SHP9500
AKG K361Philips SHP9500

GENERAL

Price
$99
$80
Brand
AKGPhilips
Release Date
July 1, 2018August 1, 2013
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/109.3/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/105/10
Gaming Score
6.4/107.3/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/109.1/10
Exercise Score
4.3/104.4/10

FEATURES

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

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108.5/10
Comfort score
7.6/1010/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
219 Grams294.8 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 SHP9500

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Brian Stone | April 2020
"You can’t go wrong with the Philips SHP9500 for their price. Their audio quality is superb, and the fact that you can use them for just about anything you can think of makes them well worth your money"

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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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