AKG K361 Review: The New Champ of $99 Studio Headphones

Please stop buying the M40Xs

Alex Rowe
8 min readNov 27, 2019
Photo courtesy of the author.

Earlier this year, audio industry stalwart AKG launched the K371. It’s a true benchmark headphone, offering peerlessly accurate sonic performance for its $149 price, alongside a design that blends aspects of consumer and professional gear. It seems poised to dethrone all other comparable studio headphones, most notably Audio-Technica’s stalwart M50X.

After loving it so much, it was only a matter of time till I checked out its cheaper brother, the K361. It launched the same day for $99, and it too seems pointed brazenly at the entrenched competition, most notably Audio-Technica’s M40X.

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.

The small frame of the K361 makes it a great portable work headphone. Photo courtesy of the author.


The AKG K361 is a wired, closed-back studio-style headphone that has an MSRP of $99. I got mine on sale from Amazon…



Alex Rowe

I write about gaming, tech, music, and their industries. I have a background in video production, and I used to review games for a computer magazine.