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Updated January 10, 2024·

The AKG K361 is a more budget-friendly choice and is great for music listening with its high sound quality, but doesn't feature a microphone which makes it less ideal for calls or meetings. It's wired, so you won't have concerns about battery life, but it's not suitable if you prefer wireless convenience. On the other hand, the Sony WH-1000XM5 is a higher-end model with superior noise cancellation, making it excellent for travel and noisy environments. It has wireless capabilities, a long battery life, and a microphone for clear calls, but these features contribute to it being significantly more expensive than the AKG K361. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • Good for TV and video
Advantages of the Sony WH-1000XM5
  • Very good for music
  • Very good for air travel

Key differences

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Music

7.5
K361
WH-1000XM5
8.2
The Sony WH-1000XM5 is very good for music, while the AKG K361 is good.

Gaming

6.3
K361
WH-1000XM5
5.6
The AKG K361 is only fair for gaming, while the Sony WH-1000XM5 is poor.

Phone Calls

3.2
K361
WH-1000XM5
5.5
The Sony WH-1000XM5 and AKG K361 are both poor for phone calls, though the Sony WH-1000XM5 is somewhat better.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
WH-1000XM5
6.0
The Sony WH-1000XM5 is only fair for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K361 is poor.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
WH-1000XM5
5.8
The AKG K361 is good for TV and video, while the Sony WH-1000XM5 is poor.

Noise Reduction

6.0
K361
WH-1000XM5
9.1
The Sony WH-1000XM5 is excellent for noise reduction, while the AKG K361 is only fair.

Battery

N/A
K361
WH-1000XM5
40.3 Hours
The AKG K361 does not have a battery. The Sony WH-1000XM5 has 40.3 hours of battery life.

Cost

$110
K361
WH-1000XM5
$400
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The AKG K361 has a price of $110 and the Sony WH-1000XM5 costs $400.
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Key similarities

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Build Quality

8.5
K361
WH-1000XM5
8.8
The Sony WH-1000XM5 and AKG K361 both have very good build quality.

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How the AKG K361 and the Sony WH-1000XM5 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361Sony WH-1000XM5
AKG K361Sony WH-1000XM5

GENERAL

Price
$110
$400
Brand
AKGSony
Release Date
July 1, 2018May 1, 2022
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired + Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/108.3/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/105.6/10
Gaming Score
6.4/105.6/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/105.8/10
Exercise Score
4.3/106.3/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A40.3 Hours
Wireless charging
N/ANo
Charging time
N/A3.5 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5.2

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoYes
Noise Reduction Score
6/109.1/10
Virtual Surround
NoYes
Android App
N/AYes
iOS App
N/AYes
Mic Quality
N/A8.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108.8/10
Comfort score
7.6/107.6/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
219 Grams249.4 Grams
Microphone style
N/AIntegrated
Waterproof 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."

Sony WH-1000XM5

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Kazi Mahbub Mutakabbir | February 2023
"The Sony WH-1000XM5 are the best Sony Bluetooth headphones so far and one of the most well-rounded Bluetooth headphones around. Look no further if you need class-leading ANC with a mostly inoffensive sound signature. Just be ready to pony up the price premium."

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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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