We at B&H are pleased to be the bearers of good news for those in need of lightweight travel headphones that hold their own during critical and casual listening. The new K361 and K371 headphones from AKG deliver the goods, whether you split your days between working at the office and producing content at home, or spend the bulk of your time bouncing from studio to studio.
Both models share a solid foundation in their form and functionality. The earcups employ an oval, over-ear design that extends low-frequency capabilities and yields a tighter seal than the traditional circular earcup shape, giving you effective isolation from external sounds without compromising sonic performance. Thick, slow-retention foam earpads reduce bass leakage while maximizing comfort for those all-day sessions. Further enhancing comfort is the contoured self-adjusting headband, which grants a fit that lets you focus on the music instead of fiddling with what's on your head. The earcups rotate up to 90 degrees to allow single-ear monitoring, and feature notched hinges that make it easy to fold and pack the headphones. When it comes to traveling, leave your worries elsewhere; the K361 and K371 headphones undergo a demanding stress test to ensure reliable durability.
As for their differences, the K361 was made with podcasters, part-time music producers, and amateur content creators in mind, whereas the K371 is intended for professionals (in all fields of audio production) who require that hard-to-describe step up in sound quality and ruggedness. The K361's 50mm drivers produce a frequency response of 15 Hz to 28 kHz, while the titanium-coated 50mm drivers of the K371 boast a shocking 5 Hz to 40 kHz spectrum. Plus, the K371 headphones match AKG's Reference Response Curve, an optimal frequency response found through an exhaustive 5-year study about the tonal perception and preferences of hundreds of people.
Other enhancements on the K371 include partial metal hinges, a reinforced headband, and a mini-XLR connection on the left earcup. Both headphone models come with a protective carry pouch, a 3.5mm to 1/4" adapter, and two straight cables, but the K371 also includes a coiled cable.