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Updated January 10, 2024·

The AKG K361 is a more budget-friendly choice with closed-back design, offering better noise isolation, which makes them suitable for commuting or use in noisy environments; however, they have a smaller soundstage compared to open-back headphones. The Sennheiser HD800S is at the higher end of the price spectrum, but provides an expansive soundstage and is extremely comfortable, ideal for critical listening in quiet environments. Neither have wireless capabilities or active noise cancelling, and both are better suited for music rather than calls and gaming, with the HD800S having a slight edge in gaming. If portability and noise isolation are important to you, the AKG K361 would be a practical choice, while for a more immersive and detailed listening experience in a stationary setting, the Sennheiser HD800S may be worth the investment despite the higher price. Both have detachable cables and similar durability, but Sennheiser is less portable due to its size. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • Good for air travel
Advantages of the Sennheiser HD800S
  • Best in class for music
  • Good for gaming
  • Best in class for TV and video
  • Very good for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Music

7.5
K361
HD800S
9.9
The Sennheiser HD800S is best in class for music, while the AKG K361 is good.

Gaming

6.3
K361
HD800S
7.5
The Sennheiser HD800S is good for gaming, while the AKG K361 is only fair.

Phone Calls

3.2
K361
HD800S
5.0
The Sennheiser HD800S and AKG K361 are both poor for phone calls, though the Sennheiser HD800S is somewhat better.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
HD800S
8.1
The Sennheiser HD800S is very good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K361 is poor.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
HD800S
9.7
The Sennheiser HD800S is best in class for TV and video, while the AKG K361 is good.

Noise Reduction

6.0
K361
HD800S
2.5
The AKG K361 is only fair for noise reduction, while the Sennheiser HD800S is poor.

Cost

$109
K361
HD800S
$1,388
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The AKG K361 has a price of $109 and the Sennheiser HD800S costs $1,388.

Build Quality

8.5
K361
HD800S
9.0
The Sennheiser HD800S has excellent build quality, while the AKG K361 has very good build quality.
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How the AKG K361 and the Sennheiser HD800S compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361Sennheiser HD800S
AKG K361Sennheiser HD800S

GENERAL

Price
$109
$1,388
Brand
AKGSennheiser
Release Date
July 1, 2018December 1, 2015
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/1010/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/105/10
Gaming Score
6.4/107.6/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/109.7/10
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
7.6/1010/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
219 Grams371.9 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 HD800S

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Sound Guys

Christian Thomas | March 2023
"The cans offer stellar sound quality, comfort, and good maintenance options—so they're an easy recommendation if you have the cash and the need for the last headphones you'll buy for years."

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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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