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Updated January 10, 2024·

The AKG K361 headphones offer great sound quality and comfort, suitable for long listening sessions, and they have a wired connection which means no latency issues during video editing or gaming. However, they don't have noise-canceling features or portability like the Sony WF1000XM3 earbuds, which are wireless with active noise cancellation, making them ideal for travel and busy environments. The Sonys also have a built-in microphone for calls, while the AKGs do not. Choosing between these depends on whether you prioritize sound quality and a wired connection (AKG K361) over wireless convenience and noise cancellation (Sony WF1000XM3). Remember, the AKGs are generally less expensive. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • Good for TV and video
Advantages of the Sony WF1000XM3
  • Very good for phone calls
  • Very good for air travel
  • Very good for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Gaming

6.3
K361
WF1000XM3
5.6
The AKG K361 is only fair for gaming, while the Sony WF1000XM3 is poor.

Phone Calls

3.2
K361
WF1000XM3
8.2
The Sony WF1000XM3 is very good for phone calls, while the AKG K361 is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
WF1000XM3
8.7
The Sony WF1000XM3 is very good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K361 is poor.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
WF1000XM3
5.7
The AKG K361 is good for TV and video, while the Sony WF1000XM3 is poor.

Noise Reduction

6.0
K361
WF1000XM3
8.3
The Sony WF1000XM3 is very good for noise reduction, while the AKG K361 is only fair.

Battery

N/A
K361
WF1000XM3
6.0 Hours
The AKG K361 does not have a battery. The Sony WF1000XM3 has 6 hours of battery life.

Cost

$110
K361
WF1000XM3
$180
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The AKG K361 has a price of $110 and the Sony WF1000XM3 costs $180.

Build Quality

8.5
K361
WF1000XM3
9.0
The Sony WF1000XM3 has excellent build quality, while the AKG K361 has very good build quality.
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Key similarities

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Music

7.5
K361
WF1000XM3
7.5
The Sony WF1000XM3 and AKG K361 are both good for music.

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How the AKG K361 and the Sony WF1000XM3 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361Sony WF1000XM3
AKG K361Sony WF1000XM3

GENERAL

Price
$110
$180
Brand
AKGSony
Release Date
July 1, 2018August 1, 2019
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
WiredWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/107.6/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/108.2/10
Gaming Score
6.4/105.6/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/105.8/10
Exercise Score
4.3/106/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A6 Hours
Wireless charging
N/ANo
Charging time
N/A3.5 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5
Case Battery Life
N/A24

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoYes
Noise Reduction Score
6/108.4/10
Virtual Surround
NoYes
Android App
N/AYes
iOS App
N/AYes
Mic Quality
N/A8/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/109/10
Comfort score
7.6/107.9/10
Size
N/ALarge
Weight (headset or single earbud)
219 Grams9 Grams
Microphone style
N/AIntegrated

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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 WF1000XM3

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Lily Katz | November 2022
"Wireless earbuds are a dime a dozen, and the Sony WF-1000XM3 makes it easy to justify the cost. The design and comfort are good, and the connection strength is consistent. While the lack of aptX or LDAC support is a big drawback, DSEE HX processing improves low-quality audio files. If you want stylish active noise canceling (ANC) earbuds, the WF-1000XM3 needs to be at the top of your list."

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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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