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Updated January 10, 2024·

The AKG K361 headphones are less expensive and offer great overall sound quality, suitable for music enthusiasts who prefer a wired connection and studio-style listening. They're comfortable, foldable for easier storage, and have a detachable cable. However, they lack a microphone, so they're not ideal for calls or gaming. In contrast, the Sony WF1000XM5 earbuds are pricier but provide wireless convenience, active noise cancelling, and a good battery life. These features make them versatile for travel, exercise, and a variety of activities. They also come with built-in controls, an app to customize your experience, and are sweatproof, yet they may not match the AKG in terms of pure sound quality for music. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • Good for TV and video
Advantages of the Sony WF1000XM5
  • Very good for music
  • Very good for air travel

Key differences

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Music

7.5
K361
WF1000XM5
8.0
The Sony WF1000XM5 is very good for music, while the AKG K361 is good.

Gaming

6.3
K361
WF1000XM5
5.1
The AKG K361 is only fair for gaming, while the Sony WF1000XM5 is poor.

Phone Calls

3.2
K361
WF1000XM5
5.0
The Sony WF1000XM5 and AKG K361 are both poor for phone calls, though the Sony WF1000XM5 is somewhat better.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
WF1000XM5
5.4
The AKG K361 is good for TV and video, while the Sony WF1000XM5 is poor.

Noise Reduction

6.0
K361
WF1000XM5
8.7
The Sony WF1000XM5 is very good for noise reduction, while the AKG K361 is only fair.

Battery

N/A
K361
WF1000XM5
9.0 Hours
The AKG K361 does not have a battery. The Sony WF1000XM5 has 9 hours of battery life.

Cost

$109
K361
WF1000XM5
$298
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The AKG K361 has a price of $109 and the Sony WF1000XM5 costs $298.
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Key similarities

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Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
WF1000XM5
4.9
The AKG K361 and Sony WF1000XM5 are both poor for podcasts and audiobooks.

Build Quality

8.5
K361
WF1000XM5
8.5
The AKG K361 and Sony WF1000XM5 both have very good build quality.

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How the AKG K361 and the Sony WF1000XM5 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361Sony WF1000XM5
AKG K361Sony WF1000XM5

GENERAL

Price
$109
$298
Brand
AKGSony
Release Date
July 1, 2018July 1, 2023
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
WiredWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/108.1/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/105/10
Gaming Score
6.4/105.2/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/105.5/10
Exercise Score
4.3/106.2/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A9 Hours
Wireless charging
N/AYes
Charging time
N/A1.5 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5.3
Case Battery Life
N/A18

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoYes
Noise Reduction Score
6/108.8/10
Virtual Surround
NoYes
Android App
N/AYes
iOS App
N/AYes
Mic Quality
N/A6.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108.5/10
Comfort score
7.6/107.6/10
Size
N/AMedium
Weight (headset or single earbud)
219 Grams6 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 WF1000XM5

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Harley Maranan | July 2023
"The Sony WF-1000XM5 is among the best noise canceling earbuds currently on the market, and they aren’t cheap. These earbuds aren’t the best choice for budget-conscious listeners. But if you prioritize active noise cancelation, sound quality, and extensive software support, the WF-1000XM5 is worth its premium price tag."

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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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