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Updated January 10, 2024·

The AKG K361 is a more budget-friendly option with closed-back design, offering better noise isolation which makes them suitable for commuting or office use. They also have a detachable cable, which adds to their durability, and a foldable design for better portability. On the other hand, the Sennheiser 560S has an open-back design, which generally provides a wider soundstage for a more immersive listening experience, making them excellent for music and TV. However, they offer less noise isolation which isn't ideal for noisy environments. Both lack a built-in microphone for calls and neither supports wireless connectivity. Consider the Sennheiser 560S if you prioritize sound quality and don't mind the higher price, and the AKG K361 if you need noise isolation and portability at a more affordable price. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • Good for air travel
Advantages of the Sennheiser 560S
  • Best in class for music
  • Excellent for TV and video
  • Very good for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Music

7.5
K361
560S
9.5
The Sennheiser 560S is best in class for music, while the AKG K361 is good.

Gaming

6.3
K361
560S
6.9
The Sennheiser 560S and AKG K361 are both only fair for gaming, though the Sennheiser 560S is somewhat better.

Phone Calls

3.2
K361
560S
5.1
The Sennheiser 560S and AKG K361 are both poor for phone calls, though the Sennheiser 560S is somewhat better.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
560S
8.1
The Sennheiser 560S is very good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K361 is poor.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
560S
9.1
The Sennheiser 560S is excellent for TV and video, while the AKG K361 is good.

Noise Reduction

6.0
K361
560S
2.5
The AKG K361 is only fair for noise reduction, while the Sennheiser 560S is poor.

Cost

$102
K361
560S
$210
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The AKG K361 has a price of $102 and the Sennheiser 560S costs $210.
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Key similarities

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Build Quality

8.5
K361
560S
8.0
The AKG K361 and Sennheiser 560S both have very good build quality.

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How the AKG K361 and the Sennheiser 560S compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361Sennheiser 560S
AKG K361Sennheiser 560S

GENERAL

Price
$102
$210
Brand
AKGSennheiser
Release Date
July 1, 2018September 1, 2020
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/109.5/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/105.1/10
Gaming Score
6.4/106.9/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/109.2/10
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
8.5/108/10
Comfort score
7.6/108.4/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
219 Grams244.9 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."

Sennheiser 560S

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Kazi Mahbub Mutakabbir | March 2022
"Sennheiser made a near perfect pair of studio monitors with the HD 560S. Flat bass response? Check. Neutral and uncolored midrange? Check. Extended treble with a bit of lower-treble emphasis to highlight mastering flaws? Check. Fairly easy to drive? Check. Good soundstage and imaging? Check, and check."

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About Sennheiser

A family-owned company, Sennheiser is a German, high fidelity, audio equipment manufacturer founded in 1945. Their consumer audio division is now owned by the Swiss hearing aid and cochlear implant manufacturer Sonova. Sennheiser offers a wide variety of, very high quality, audio equipment solutions, from headphones to earbuds, full sets of monitoring speakers, amplifiers and microphones. They also make what is widely regarded as the best, and most expensive, headphones in existence, the HE-1 Orpheus, costing a whopping $59,000 dollars.

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