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Updated January 10, 2024·

The AKG K361 headphones, being at a higher price, offer better overall sound quality, making them suitable for critical listening. However, if you're looking for a microphone, the Steelseries TUSQ earbuds have a higher mic quality, better for calls and gaming. If portability and exercise use are important, TUSQ's lighter form and ear hooks provide an advantage. On the other hand, the K361, with its over-ear design and closed enclosure, offers a more immersive experience for TV and video, but less portability. Neither offer active noise cancelling, but both do well with noise isolation. TUSQ's stemless earbuds are more discreet, while K361's over-ear design may provide better comfort for extended sessions. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • The AKG K361 has no clear advantages over the Steelseries TUSQ.
Advantages of the Steelseries TUSQ
  • Very good for gaming

Key differences

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Gaming

6.3
K361
TUSQ
8.5
The Steelseries TUSQ is very good for gaming, while the AKG K361 is only fair.

Phone Calls

3.2
K361
TUSQ
5.2
The Steelseries TUSQ and AKG K361 are both poor for phone calls, though the Steelseries TUSQ is somewhat better.

Cost

$119
K361
TUSQ
$37
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The AKG K361 has a price of $119 and the Steelseries TUSQ costs $37.
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Key similarities

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Music

7.5
K361
TUSQ
7.6
The Steelseries TUSQ and AKG K361 are both good for music.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
TUSQ
4.7
The AKG K361 and Steelseries TUSQ are both poor for podcasts and audiobooks.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
TUSQ
7.3
The AKG K361 and Steelseries TUSQ are both good for TV and video.

Noise Reduction

6.0
K361
TUSQ
6.0
The AKG K361 and Steelseries TUSQ are both only fair for noise reduction.

Build Quality

8.5
K361
TUSQ
8.0
The AKG K361 and Steelseries TUSQ both have very good build quality.

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How the AKG K361 and the Steelseries TUSQ compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361Steelseries TUSQ
AKG K361Steelseries TUSQ

GENERAL

Price
$119
$37
Brand
AKGSteelseries
Release Date
July 1, 2018August 1, 2021
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/107.7/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/105.3/10
Gaming Score
6.4/108.6/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/107.4/10
Exercise Score
4.3/104.2/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
6/106/10
Virtual Surround
NoN/A
Mic Quality
N/A8.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108/10
Comfort score
7.6/107.6/10
Size
N/ALarge
Weight (headset or single earbud)
219 Grams11 Grams
Microphone style
N/ABoom

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."

Steelseries TUSQ

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Can Buy or Not

Aloysius Low | March 2021
"The SteelSeries Arctis Tusq is a great headset for those on a more modest budget. You can use it for gaming or music, and I daresay it's also great for Zoom meetings when you don't want to be wearing on-ear or over-ear headphones."

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About Steelseries

Steelseries is a Danish gaming products manufacturer founded in 2001 and owned by GN Store Nord. Beside a large variety of gaming peripherals like mice, keyboards, and mousemats, Steelseries markets the Arctis line of gaming headsets which feature integrated boom microphones and RGB lighting. Steelseries has partnered with several game publishers and studios for limited editions of their products like a line of Cyberpunk 2077 themed headsets in 2020.

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