KEF M500 Hi-Fi Headphone – I love these headphones

Amazing, but expensive and of questionable worth. £250 rrp is a fair whack for headphones so the normal for any judgement is heading to be high. Therefore, these four stars are specified with a large, but essentially honest, heart, in that these are just excellent headphones in just about every way, but the big difference, marginally, compared with headphones costing 50 % as considerably is only likely to charm in some specialized niche environments. To leading this, and as i have observed with other respectable headphones, there are factors of the structure that just aren’t suited to all those environments. For example, the type issue of these headphones is clearly related to optimising portability. They are beautifully designed, classy and beautiful. They fold into a neat carry-case with all the attachments and spare cords within, so that they can be employed on planes, tubes, strolling in the road etc. And stowed in protection in a bag without the need of panic of harm. The 2 equipped cords are innovatively flat and genuinely really don’t tangle, so can be jammed carelessly absent with out be concerned about a gordian puzzle on arrival. There are even two cords, a single with inline controls and a ‘spare’ without the need of.

Actually good, but not for long sessions. . Wonderful sound, convenience and make. I love these headphones so a lot. I would like i could have held them. Currently being more than the ear headphones, they bend my ears back and just after an hour or two, my ears start to hurt. Other than that, they are so wonderful to wear. Possibly if i experienced a smaller head they would not have finished up hurting.

The look for is around :)for a extensive time i have been looking for a foldable shut headphones that seems wonderful and is uncomplicated to carry about for my travels. The kef m500 has every thing i have to have. Very first of all, it sounds excellent in all genres. I’ve tried using pop, rock, traditional, jazz, heavy metal, opera, and it handles anything properly. The audio is considerably a lot more open up and organic than other shut headphones i have tested, it really is rather neutral with a little tilt up in the upper bass and a minimal down in the higher treble, just enough to make it audio larger than it is, and avoid any harshness of any types in the treble. You can find a good ‘room feel’ in the audio, to make it audio like floorstanding speakers, they practically rival my psb synchrony two in sound high-quality. This is a list of closed headphones (not all foldable) i’ve experienced or read in my search just before acquiring the kef m500:sony mdr-1rsennheiser momentumakg k167akg k267logitech ue6000b&o h6beyerdynamic dt770 (32/80 ohm)b&w p5denon ah-d600martin logan mikros 90my aged reference are the denon ah-d2000, which i very own for a few of years. The kef m500 are initial of all significantly a lot more easy than the denons. Tunes that have a inclination to audio harsh in the treble are clean in the kef m500.

  • Unflavoured, detailed sound
  • Very smart and good sound.
  • superb quality and excellent sound reproduction
  • Brilliant Comfort for Glasses Wearers
  • Premium in every way
  • Great quality, cracking sound

Kef have a very pleased heritage in audiophile speaker units – aimed at the top quality conclusion of the industry. I was delighted when i listened to that they had been bringing their acoustic techniques to the headphone current market. Let us be distinct these headphones (cans) are at the pretty upper limit of what most folk would spend but are they worthy of it?.In a phrase, sure – in two phrases = a resounding sure. The cans ooze high quality made from higher good quality elements. They look very futuristic in contrast to most headphones on the marketplace but hey ho – it signifies decision. I appreciated the kink free of charge ribbon cables that were being supplied 2 lengths. The cans are extremely at ease and light-excess weight but in a top quality way. I have utilised them for intensive periods of time for actively playing a range of video games on my ps3 through dss five.

I’m not a hi-fi buff but i know obvious as a bell seem when i listen to it and i can unquestionably realize quality. These nifty headphones come folded in a large duty situation with a pair of tape- as opposed to wire- connections with volume command bundled. The connections are plug in fairly than fastened. The cans fold into the head cradle when not in use. Described as being created with apple products and solutions in thoughts,they will in reality function with all contemporary gizmos. Tunes and speech is similarly very clear. Previous evening for example i was listening to a griff rhys jones documentary on my iphone and it was just about a cinematic working experience. The dialogue and incidental songs as sharp as a pin. The only draw back of program is the cost.

Features of KEF M500 Hi-Fi Headphone – White/Black

  • Sound engineered by KEF – light, robust and supremely comfortable, M500 Hi-Fi headphones are designed for people who are serious about sound.
  • KEF M500 headphones make high fidelity sound a truly portable experience. They use a full range 40mm neodymium driver with high quality CCAW (copper clad aluminium wire) voice coil that’s been expertly tuned by KEF’s Acoustic Engineers to deliver a powerfully musical sound with tight, clean bass.
  • Elegant and distinctive, the M500 has been precision engineered in aluminium to assure maximum comfort. The racetrack supra-aural ear shell provides a tight acoustic seal for improved performance and good noise isolation.
  • Sweat resistant, durable and breathable memory foam earpads and headband along with a cleverly designed Smart Hinge, means M500 can fold and rotate easily to adapt to different sized (and shaped heads).
  • The M500 is designed to work with most smartphones, computers and other mobile devices. Featuring an integrated in-line microphone and remote control on a tangle-free flat cable for iPhone and other Apple products, it allows you to operate the play functions or switch between calls and music.

It has been complicated to assess benefit as amazon do not have the headphones in inventory as of 21 september 2013 but i have identified the selling price from a different internet site and they are best of the range over two hundred lbs. The makers point out that these headphones are for all those who are serious about sound. The overall look and ease and comfort score for these headphones is 5 out of five with out issue. The headphones are housed in a very trendy and protecting case. You can use these headphones with a wide range of tools and in my head the very best use for them should be for music where the array of frequencies and appears can be listened to to their very best. All over again i imagine a 5 out of five rating is relevant. These will be an great gift for those who enjoy their complex specifications.

Great seem for what is a reasonable selling price. The headphones are incredibly properly produced the audio is wonderful (in my feeling) and the cost was not unreasonable.

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  • Colour Name: Silver and Black
    Brilliant comfort for glasses wearers. Other reviewers have written informatively and in great detail about how the kef m500s sound, so i would only like to add comments from a personal perspective – that of comfort. I am a glasses wearer and have found many headphones that sound great to be simply impracticable due to the pressure they exert on the arms of glasses, both on-ear and over-ear varieties. These kefs are unbelievably comfortable. Their aluminium construction, as well as looking and feeling very high quality, makes them light and they exert minimal sideways pressure on the ears. The memory foam earpads are incredibly soft and although they cover the whole of my ears i can still slide my glasses on and off, such is their minimal pressure. I have a narrow, rather long head (don’t laugh) yet the cans stay on my head no problem and i have had no slippage issues reported by others. Oh, yes and they sound brilliant. Heaven for the visually-challenged.
    • Colour Name: Silver and Black Verified Purchase
      Really nice, but not for long sessions. . Amazing sound, comfort and build. I love these headphones so much. I wish i could have kept them. Being over the ear headphones, they bend my ears back and after an hour or two, my ears start to hurt. Other than that, they are so lovely to wear. Perhaps if i had a smaller head they wouldn’t have ended up hurting.
  • Colour Name: Silver and Black
    I will only add here that the ear pads have fallen apart in a years time with average wear. I can only assume that this is why the replacement ear pads are out of stock wherever you look. My old sony mdr-7506s had this same issue but then they didn’t run me $300. Otherwise i have been very pleased with the sound quality and fit of this item.
    • Colour Name: Silver and Black Verified Purchase
      I will try not to repeat too many of the comments others have made, but i guess people may want my thoughts on using these headphones so here goes after two months of ownership. You need to position the phones correctly to ensure comfort over a 2-3 hour listening session, otherwise the pads seem to press against prominent parts of the ear and cause discomfort almost like a burning effect. I have written to kef and asked whether the pads could be offered in lambs leather like the b&w p5 which seem during my brief trial to be comfortable on the ear. It is possible to walk around with phones on, but i doubt that they would stay in place during jogging. I suspect that head size may be quite a driver in whether true comfort is achieved. I do believe that they have become more comfortable after my two months of use. I am now sorry to have to take them off to get on with other things in my life.But would i wear them on flight over six hours, possibly not, i’d use the px200i’s for that as you don’t know you have them on.
  • Colour Name: Silver and Black What's this?

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    Nice design headphones that are comfortable to wear and look smart and appealing. They sit on the head comfortably, but can have a tendency to slip. They are not heavy but really don’t strike me as a pair that you would go out wearing in the street, because of the possibility they will slip off from moving around. The sound is full and warm with good solid bass, descent middle and a very good treble top end. Detail of the sound is really quite excellent with a nice spread of sound across a believe sonic stage. All headphones have their particular signature and these firmly place you in the middle of the action, it is a very exciting and enticing sound. I listen to a lot of classical and progressive 1970’s music and i think these headphones are stunning and very lively and responsive. I note the flat chord length is around 1 meter in length. I am disappointed with the ability of being unable to purchase longer cable length or 3rd party cable improvements for these headphone, to me that could be restrictive.
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    These are premium in every way. Normally, i struggle to hear the difference in sound quality. With these i know that there is a difference. The music is so `rich’ and there is no seepage of external sound. The sound quality, build quality, case and attachments are superb. The headphones are light weight but sturdy and give the feel that they will last. The price is high, but for that you are getting a set of head phones that are quality.
    • Colour Name: Silver and Black What's this?
      Kef have a proud history in audiophile speaker systems – aimed at the premium end of the market. I was delighted when i heard that they were bringing their acoustic skills to the headphone market. Let’s be clear these headphones (cans) are at the very upper limit of what most folk would pay but are they worth it?.In a word, yes – in two words = a resounding yes. The cans ooze quality made from high quality materials. They look very futuristic compared to most headphones on the market but hey ho – it represents choice. I liked the kink free ribbon cables that were supplied; 2 lengths. The cans are very comfortable and light-weight but in a quality way. I have used them for extensive periods of time for playing a number of games on my ps3 via dss 5.
  • Colour Name: Silver and Black What's this?

    This review is from : KEF M500 Hi-Fi Headphone – White/Black

    Very smart and good sound. . A lovely pair of headphones, probably the best looking ones i have tried. Very comfortable on ear however they do not stay in place when you dip your head forward. Small inconvenience but not irrelevent if you are thinking of doing exercise with them. A good clear sound and reasonable bass that does not muddy the sound. The sound is good but not superb (hence drop of one star). I have tried many pairs of headphones. For me they are not as good sound as sennheiser momentum closed circumaural headphone with smart remote – black which i reviewed earlier on this year. For design they are similar to the bowers and wilkins p5. The sound of the kef’s in my opinion are much better and even look better.
  • Colour Name: Silver and Black What's this?

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    Great quality, cracking sound. Ok, i know the addage of you get what you pay for and whilst i stick to it with things like tea bags, loo roll and a few other pieces, i always thought that with the technology was today that it wasn’t going to make much difference. Kef i know from my grandfather who has sworn by thier speakers for years so when i was given the chance to review thier products i thought i’d give it a go, not expecting too much. Whilst in my opinion they’re extremely pricy, the sound quality was amazing. How do i know, well i used my mp3 player to test them. Firstly i put a selection of tracks through my usual headphones and then i had them play through again using the kef’s. The difference was astonishing, like hearing music for the first time as i could hear things that i’d never heard within the tracks before. They were great and to be honest i couldn’t believe it at first until i gave the same demonstration to a friend who looked at me like i was crazy before hearing the difference themselves. Now i suspect that this one experiment has sold at least one more pair and whilst i still feel that they’re pricey, if you want your music at the highest possible quality then its a price that will keep on giving.
    • Colour Name: Silver and Black What's this?
      I’m not a hi-fi buff but i know clear as a bell sound when i hear it and i can certainly recognize quality. These nifty headphones come folded in a heavy duty case with a pair of tape- as opposed to wire- connections with volume control included. The connections are plug in rather than fixed. The cans fold into the head cradle when not in use. Described as being designed with apple products in mind,they will in fact work with all modern gizmos. Music and speech is equally clear. Last night for example i was listening to a griff rhys jones documentary on my iphone and it was almost a cinematic experience. The dialogue and incidental music as sharp as a pin. The only downside of course is the price.
  • Colour Name: Silver and Black What's this?

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    I’ve never believed a pair of headphones can be worth £250, and i’m not sure i do now. I’ve previously stuck with a pair of sennheiser cx 300 ii precision noise isolating ear-canal phones – black, which cost about £30, and found them more than adequate. They cut out external noise and the quality is as good as i thought i, a non-music expert, would need. So putting on these kef headphones, the first thing that struck me was i could actually hear the difference. Not being in-ear headphones, they provide a more rounded, natural sound. The bass is less dominant, and the treble resists becoming tinny when being turned up on the music source. At the same time, they don’t provide that total vacuum from external noise that my sennheisers provided, but if i had to choose between the two, i’d plump for the kef because the quality is noticeably better. I should say that i mostly listen to classical and electronic music, so can’t really comment on how much of a difference they make with listening to indie, rock etc. They fit easily over my head, and once you’ve had them on for a few minutes, you don’t notice they are there – which is my definition of comfortable.
  • Colour Name: Silver and Black What's this?

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    Awesome, but costly and of questionable value. £250 rrp is a fair whack for headphones so the standard for any judgement is going to be high. Thus, these 4 stars are given with a heavy, but fundamentally honest, heart, in that these are simply brilliant headphones in every way, but the difference, marginally, compared with headphones costing half as much is only going to appeal in some niche environments. To top this, and as i’ve found with other decent headphones, there are aspects of the design that just aren’t suited to those environments. For example, the form factor of these headphones is clearly related to optimising portability. They are superbly made, elegant and attractive. They fold into a neat carry-case with all the attachments and spare cords within, so that they can be used on planes, tubes, walking in the street etc. And stowed in security in a bag without fear of damage. The 2 supplied cords are innovatively flat and really don’t tangle, so can be jammed carelessly away without worry about a gordian puzzle on arrival. There are even 2 cords, one with inline controls and a “spare” without.
    • Colour Name: Silver and Black What's this?
      Unflavoured, detailed sound. Kef are a speaker manufacturer of the old heritage, stuffy hi-fi systems with mortgage level speakers. As has been the case with many audio manufacturers, the headphone sector is where it is hot right now and everyone (kef included) are wanting a piece of the pie. This is kef’s first stab at a headphone, and very good it is too. Price point if around the £250 mark which puts it up against the benchmark in this area, the sennheiser momentum, themselves an amazing headphone that turns audiophile heads. So, what does your money get you?. Firstly, the kef is well packaged, the box has a magnetic-closure opening flap that gives info on the cans. Open the box up and the cans are encased neatly in their lovely zip-up, semi-hard case. A previous reviewer compared the case as being like a large sunglasses case, a fair and accurate comparison. Everything feels pretty high grade at this point but one detail lets it down, the case sits in a cheapo plastic tray within the box.
  • Colour Name: Silver and Black What's this?

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    Superb quality and excellent sound reproduction. Everything about these headphones speaks quality, from the packaging to the actual article: they are light, beautifully padded in what looks and feels leather like and they fit extremely comfortably over the ears, not quite cancelling out ambient sound, but almost. In use, i tried them out in various ways, starting with an iplayer recording of the kings on leon on jules holland and was impressed in the difference in sound quality, especially the base, compared with my goodish, on board speakers. Using the stereo and able to play around with a graphic equaliser, i found that base is enhanced, but did not entirely dominate the sound range, with excellent reproduction of a mozart clarinet quintet and then some miles davies, that picked out subtle brushwork on cymbals that i had not really noticed before. I finished up with some vintage stones that just sounded great. Obviously, cd performance is not the same as live, but the sound was good and better, i feel, for the base quality. On an iphone or ipad, the volume controls work, but not on my samsung mobile: i could, nevertheless make a phone-call and use the headphones to hear and communicate. Listening to some lively folk on an ipad was good and these headphones compared favourably with any other headphones or speakers i could test them against. An additional plus point is that it comes with flat, tangle free cables and a 1/4 inch converter. The whole fold and fit into a hemispherical zip up case that offers good protection and convenience if putting away or in luggage etc.
    • Colour Name: Silver and Black What's this?
      It has been difficult to assess value as amazon do not have the headphones in stock as of 21 september 2013 but i have discovered the price from another site and they are top of the range over two hundred pounds. The manufacturers state that these headphones are for those who are serious about sound. The appearance and comfort rating for these headphones is 5 out of 5 without question. The headphones are housed in a very stylish and protective case. You can use these headphones with a variety of equipment and in my mind the best use for them must be for music where the range of frequencies and sounds can be heard to their best. Again i think a 5 out of 5 rating is applicable. These will be an ideal gift for those who love their technical specifications.
      • Colour Name: Silver and Black Verified Purchase
        Great sound for what is a reasonable price. The headphones are very well made; the sound is great (in my opinion) and the price was not unreasonable.
  • Colour Name: Silver and Black
    The search is over :)for a long time i’ve been looking for a foldable closed headphones that sounds fantastic and is easy to carry around for my travels. The kef m500 has everything i need. First of all, it sounds great in all genres. I’ve tried pop, rock, classic, jazz, heavy metal, opera, and it handles everything well. The sound is much more open and natural than other closed headphones i have tested, it’s quite neutral with a little tilt up in the upper bass and a little down in the upper treble, just enough to make it sound bigger than it is, and avoid any harshness of any kinds in the treble. There’s a great “room feel” in the sound, to make it sound like floorstanding speakers, they almost rival my psb synchrony two in sound quality. Here’s a list of closed headphones (not all foldable) i’ve had or heard in my search before purchasing the kef m500:sony mdr-1rsennheiser momentumakg k167akg k267logitech ue6000b&o h6beyerdynamic dt770 (32/80 ohm)b&w p5denon ah-d600martin logan mikros 90my old reference are the denon ah-d2000, which i own for a couple of years. The kef m500 are first of all much more smooth than the denons. Songs that have a tendency to sound harsh in the treble are smooth in the kef m500.