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Updated January 10, 2024·

The AKG K361 and Soundcore Life P3 both cater to different needs. The AKGs are over-ear headphones with better overall sound quality, well-suited for critical listening and have a cable, so no worries about battery life. However, they're not ideal for exercise and aren't portable like earbuds. On the other hand, the Soundcore Life P3 earbuds are wireless, offer great features like active noise cancelling, and are more suited for exercise and travel due to their higher portability and sweatproof design. They also have a mic, unlike the AKGs, making them better for calls and have app customization options. If portability and features like noise cancelling are important to you and you're okay with good but not great sound, the Soundcores are your pick. But if you prioritize sound and don't mind a wired connection, the AKGs may be worth the extra cost. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • Good for music
  • Good for TV and video
Advantages of the Soundcore Life P3
  • Very good for exercise
  • Very good for air travel

Key differences

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Music

7.5
K361
Life P3
5.7
The AKG K361 is good for music, while the Soundcore Life P3 is poor.

Gaming

6.3
K361
Life P3
5.1
The AKG K361 is only fair for gaming, while the Soundcore Life P3 is poor.

Phone Calls

3.2
K361
Life P3
5.1
The Soundcore Life P3 and AKG K361 are both poor for phone calls, though the Soundcore Life P3 is somewhat better.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
Life P3
5.9
The Soundcore Life P3 and AKG K361 are both poor for podcasts and audiobooks, though the Soundcore Life P3 is somewhat better.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
Life P3
5.5
The AKG K361 is good for TV and video, while the Soundcore Life P3 is poor.

Noise Reduction

6.0
K361
Life P3
9.1
The Soundcore Life P3 is excellent for noise reduction, while the AKG K361 is only fair.

Battery

N/A
K361
Life P3
7.0 Hours
The AKG K361 does not have a battery. The Soundcore Life P3 has 7 hours of battery life.

Cost

$109
K361
Life P3
$50
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The AKG K361 has a price of $109 and the Soundcore Life P3 costs $50.
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Key similarities

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Build Quality

8.5
K361
Life P3
8.8
The Soundcore Life P3 and AKG K361 both have very good build quality.

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How the AKG K361 and the Soundcore Life P3 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361Soundcore Life P3
AKG K361Soundcore Life P3

GENERAL

Price
$109
$50
Brand
AKGSoundcore
Release Date
July 1, 2018June 1, 2021
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
WiredWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/105.8/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/105.1/10
Gaming Score
6.4/105.2/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/105.5/10
Exercise Score
4.3/108.4/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A7 Hours
Wireless charging
N/AYes
Charging time
N/A0.8 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5
Case Battery Life
N/A35

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoYes
Noise Reduction Score
6/109.1/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo
Android App
N/AYes
iOS App
N/AYes
Mic Quality
N/A6.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108.8/10
Comfort score
7.6/107.6/10
Size
N/ASmall
Weight (headset or single earbud)
219 Grams4.5 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."

Soundcore Life P3

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Alex Bracetti | July 2021
"Anker continues its trend of stealth releases, recently dropping the Soundcore Life P3 out of nowhere. This product essentially replaces the disappointing Life A2 NC as the brand’s flagship ANC model under $100. It comes with bassy audio and enough features to give even the best noise-cancelling earbuds pause."

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About Soundcore

Soundcore is a sub-brand belonging to Anker Innovations. Starting in 2014, initially marketing wireless, Bluetooth, speakers, Anker now offers an array of, budget-friendly, wireless earbuds and headphones that directly compete, especially in the Active Noise Canceling field, with other brands several times as expensive.

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