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AKG K371 BT Test: A simple Bluetooth integration

AKG K371 BT Test: A simple Bluetooth integration

Appropriately labeled wireless version K371, K371 BT shares many points with its wired counterpart, especially in terms of production and sound performance. We therefore recommend reading the comprehensive K371 test before tackling this short K371 BT test, which focuses on the most significant differences.

You can feel it when you first put the helmet on your head. Surprisingly, the K371 BT offers less sturdy comfort than its 100% wired version. The main reason is the narrow depth of the atria, which causes slight discomfort in the back, especially during long listening sessions. The slightly more significant weight (295 g vs 264 g) of this wireless version plays a small role as the thinner thickness of the rubber pad of the ring is felt a little more. The K371 BT offers slightly lower performance sound insulation and is more prone to sound leakage.

Minor aesthetic difference: The shell-protecting surface of the ear cups is coated with a slightly grainy coating on the K371 BT, smooth on the K371.

Minor aesthetic difference: The shell-protecting surface of the ear cups is coated with a slightly grainy coating on the K371 BT, smooth on the K371.

The manufacturer does not bother to integrate Bluetooth with this K371 BT. The user experience is very simple: some rare sound signals and vague guidance to the LED user; No accessory, no advanced functionality or no possibility to connect the headset to a second device simultaneously (Multipoint).

The parts supplied with the headset are identical regardless of version, but be careful: the cables of the K371 and K371BT are not interchangeable as there is a fourth point connection on the headset connector!

The parts supplied with the headset are identical regardless of version, but be careful: the cables of the K371 and K371BT are not interchangeable as there is a fourth point connection on the headset connector!

The commands, which are relatively complete, are placed on a small tactile surface (in the AKG logo) which, unfortunately, is not very responsive and not entirely reliable, so it is necessary to restart to check the correct command initially requested. On the other hand, we can be satisfied with more convenient autonomy for 55 hours more generously than the initial promise – however charging via micro-USB connector. Unless you are in a very noisy environment, the integrated hands-free kit accomplishes its function.

AKG K371 and K371 BT side by side

AKG K371 and K371 BT side by side

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Frequency response (K371 in red, K371 BT in blue and green in wire or wireless use), harmonic distortion rate, square waves at 50 and 500 Hz, LV latency measurement

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