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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you value higher overall sound quality and can manage without wireless functionality, the AKG K361 will offer you a superior listening experience, particularly because of its better sound isolation which is useful in noisy environments. However, it lacks a built-in microphone, unlike the Sony WH-CH520, which means it may not be ideal for calls. The Sonys, on the other hand, are wireless, provide a longer battery life, and include a microphone, making them more convenient for on-the-go use and communication, even though they might not isolate sound as well as the AKGs. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • The AKG K361 has no clear advantages over the Sony WH-CH520.
Advantages of the Sony WH-CH520
  • Very good for gaming
  • Very good for TV and video
  • Very good for air travel
  • Very good for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Gaming

6.3
K361
WH-CH520
8.8
The Sony WH-CH520 is very good for gaming, while the AKG K361 is only fair.

Phone Calls

3.2
K361
WH-CH520
6.7
The Sony WH-CH520 is only fair for phone calls, while the AKG K361 is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
WH-CH520
8.0
The Sony WH-CH520 is very good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K361 is poor.

Noise Reduction

6.0
K361
WH-CH520
4.6
The AKG K361 is only fair for noise reduction, while the Sony WH-CH520 is poor.

Battery

N/A
K361
WH-CH520
52.0 Hours
The AKG K361 does not have a battery. The Sony WH-CH520 has 52 hours of battery life.

Cost

$109
K361
WH-CH520
$40
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The AKG K361 has a price of $109 and the Sony WH-CH520 costs $40.

Build Quality

8.5
K361
WH-CH520
7.0
The AKG K361 has very good build quality, while the Sony WH-CH520 has good build quality.
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Key similarities

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Music

7.5
K361
WH-CH520
7.6
The Sony WH-CH520 and AKG K361 are both good for music.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
WH-CH520
8.2
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Sony WH-CH520 to be very good for TV and video, while the AKG K361 is good.

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How the AKG K361 and the Sony WH-CH520 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361Sony WH-CH520
AKG K361Sony WH-CH520

GENERAL

Price
$109
$40
Brand
AKGSony
Release Date
July 1, 2018April 1, 2023
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/107.7/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/106.8/10
Gaming Score
6.4/108.8/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/108.2/10
Exercise Score
4.3/106.4/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A52 Hours
Wireless charging
N/ANo
Charging time
N/A1.9 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5.2

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
6/104.6/10
Virtual Surround
NoYes
Android App
N/AYes
iOS App
N/AYes
Mic Quality
N/A8/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/107/10
Comfort score
7.6/1010/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
219 Grams147.41 Grams
Microphone style
N/AIntegrated
Waterproof Rating
00

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 WH-CH520

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Sound Guys

Christian Thomas | September 2023
"If you’re looking for headphones that simply do what you ask them to: the Sony WH-CH520 is a decent option, even if it isn’t very exciting. Sony’s WH-CHXXX line fits this role quite well, and the WH-CH520 offers a decent raft of quality-of-life updates over its predecessor that should keep listeners happy. If the Sony WH-CH520 were a car, it’d be the boring-but-safe commuter compact."

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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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