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Updated January 10, 2024·

The AKG K361 headphones are a more budget-friendly option that deliver strong overall sound quality and are comfortable for long listening sessions; they’re also suitable for music listening and have a closed-back design for some passive noise isolation, which may not be as effective for noisy environments. The Thieaudio Monarch Mk II earbuds, while more expensive, offer superior sound with a more expansive soundstage and are also excellent for music, with higher scores for TV and video as well. Neither has a microphone, so consider another option if you need to take calls. If cost is a primary concern, go for the AKG K361, but if you're seeking better sound and higher portability, and can stretch your budget, the Monarch Mk II could be your choice. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the AKG K361
  • Good for air travel
Advantages of the Thieaudio Monarch Mk II
  • Best in class for music
  • Very good for TV and video
  • Good for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Music

7.5
K361
Monarch Mk II
9.5
The Thieaudio Monarch Mk II is best in class for music, while the AKG K361 is good.

Phone Calls

3.2
K361
Monarch Mk II
5.1
The Thieaudio Monarch Mk II and AKG K361 are both poor for phone calls, though the Thieaudio Monarch Mk II is somewhat better.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.0
K361
Monarch Mk II
7.9
The Thieaudio Monarch Mk II is good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the AKG K361 is poor.

TV and Video

7.8
K361
Monarch Mk II
8.8
The Thieaudio Monarch Mk II is very good for TV and video, while the AKG K361 is good.

Cost

$99
K361
Monarch Mk II
$999
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The AKG K361 has a price of $99 and the Thieaudio Monarch Mk II costs $999.

Build Quality

8.5
K361
Monarch Mk II
9.0
The Thieaudio Monarch Mk II has excellent build quality, while the AKG K361 has very good build quality.
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Key similarities

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Gaming

6.3
K361
Monarch Mk II
6.7
The Thieaudio Monarch Mk II and AKG K361 are both only fair for gaming.

Noise Reduction

6.0
K361
Monarch Mk II
6.0
The AKG K361 and Thieaudio Monarch Mk II are both only fair for noise reduction.

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How the AKG K361 and the Thieaudio Monarch Mk II compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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AKG K361Thieaudio Monarch Mk II
AKG K361Thieaudio Monarch Mk II

GENERAL

Price
$99
$999
Brand
AKGThieaudio
Release Date
July 1, 2018October 1, 2020
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/109.5/10
Phone Calls Score
3.3/105.1/10
Gaming Score
6.4/106.8/10
TV and Video Score
7.9/108.9/10
Exercise Score
4.3/104.5/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
6/106/10
Virtual Surround
NoN/A

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/109/10
Comfort score
7.6/107.6/10
Size
N/ALarge
Weight (headset or single earbud)
219 Grams9 Grams
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."

Thieaudio Monarch Mk II

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Audiophile On | August 2021
"No other earphone I have listened to in the past 12 months has given me as much joy as the Thieaduio Monarch MKII. One of those IEMs will make you question where we can go from here. The sound is jaw-dropping, leaving you wanting more and more. It makes you want to run through your entire music library and reevaluate. It makes you not feel bad about paying full price for them, especially in a hobby where buyers' remorse is genuine. For me, it's top tier, rivaled by a few but not surpassed."

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About Thieaudio

Thieaudio is the in-house brand of Linsoul Audio, a Chinese earbud and headphone retailer specializing in what the community lovingly calls Chi-fi, that is high fidelity brands out of China. Thieaudio was established in 2019 as the creative engineering branch of Linsoul. As of today, they market three different lines of earbuds, Voyager, Legacy and the extremely well-received Monarch.

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