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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prioritize excellent sound quality and use them primarily for music, the AKG K361 over-ear headphones offer superior sound and build quality, appropriate for at-home listening and studio work. However, these are wired and less portable, which could be inconvenient for mobile use. On the other hand, Sony Linkbuds, being wireless earbuds with an open design, allow you to stay aware of your surroundings, making them suitable for on-the-go use and exercise. Sony Linkbuds also provide an integrated mic, app features like equalization, and touch controls for convenience, but they may not isolate noise as effectively due to their open design. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • Good for music
  • Good for TV and video
  • Good for air travel
Advantages of the Sony Linkbuds
  • Good for exercise
  • Good for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Music

7.5
K361
Linkbuds
6.6
The AKG K361 is good for music, while the Sony Linkbuds is only fair.

Gaming

6.3
K361
Linkbuds
5.5
The AKG K361 is only fair for gaming, while the Sony Linkbuds is poor.

Phone Calls

3.2
K361
Linkbuds
6.8
The Sony Linkbuds is only fair for phone calls, while the AKG K361 is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
Linkbuds
7.8
The Sony Linkbuds is good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K361 is poor.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
Linkbuds
5.4
The AKG K361 is good for TV and video, while the Sony Linkbuds is poor.

Noise Reduction

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

Battery

N/A
K361
Linkbuds
5.5 Hours
The AKG K361 does not have a battery. The Sony Linkbuds has 5.5 hours of battery life.

Cost

$110
K361
Linkbuds
$128
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The AKG K361 has a price of $110 and the Sony Linkbuds costs $128.

Build Quality

8.5
K361
Linkbuds
9.3
The Sony Linkbuds has excellent build quality, while the AKG K361 has very good build quality.
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How the AKG K361 and the Sony Linkbuds compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361Sony Linkbuds
AKG K361Sony Linkbuds

GENERAL

Price
$110
$128
Brand
AKGSony
Release Date
July 1, 2018February 1, 2022
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
WiredWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/106.7/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/106.9/10
Gaming Score
6.4/105.6/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/105.4/10
Exercise Score
4.3/107/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A5.5 Hours
Wireless charging
N/ANo
Charging time
N/A1.5 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5.2
Case Battery Life
N/A17.5

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
6/102.5/10
Virtual Surround
NoYes
Android App
N/AYes
iOS App
N/AYes
Mic Quality
N/A7/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/109.3/10
Comfort score
7.6/107.6/10
Size
N/ASmall
Weight (headset or single earbud)
219 Grams4.5 Grams
Microphone style
N/AIntegrated

Shopping

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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."

Sony Linkbuds

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Sam Moore | February 2022
"The Sony LinkBuds is definitely the most unique audio product to release so far in 2022, and it largely executes well on it's unoccluded design. However, it's hamstrung by all the same things as other unsealed earbuds."

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About Sony

Sony is a multinational corporation, based out of Japan, with over 75 years of experience in the consumer electronics industry. In the audio market, Sony has been a trendsetter several times throughout its history. In 1979 they released the first-ever portable music player, the Sony Walkman, followed by the Discman 20 years later. Today, Sony is one of the leaders in the wireless headphone and earbud market, especially in terms of Active Noise Cancellation technology.

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