Conclusion: Providing elegance in style, sound, and comfort, and capsulized in a travel-ready package, KEF’s M500 is a formidable offering to the ever expanding hi-fi genre. We think their $300 price tag is a bit high for a set of on-ears, but sometimes you have to pay a little extra for luxury. Pricing aside, KEF’s new M500 are a smooth ride all around, and a worthy choice for your next headphone splurge.
Pros: Excellent balance, Rich detail, especially at the edges of the stereo field, Smooth, expressive dynamics, Stylish and extremely comfortable
Cons: Midrange could have more definition at the center, Pricey
KEF M500 Hi-Fi Headphones Are Simply Masterful [Review]
28 August 2013
Summary: KEF’s M500′s headphones are simply masterful – they look and sound exquisite, and are crazy comfortable to boot. They may not turn on those bass lovers, but for traveling executives and well-heeled ladies, these headphones belong in the first class cabin. The fact that they are easily portable with their high quality collapsible design, and leather finishes, are all just the icing on the cake.
Pros: Fantastic Apple-like design with excellent build quality. These are luxury headphones that look more expensive then their price tag. Great balanced listening experience. Super comfortable, lightweight, and collapsible.
Cons: Might be too balanced for some who are looking for a more intense bass audio experience. Not impressed with the design of the 3-button remote. Takes a while to burn in and appreciate.
Excerpt: The M500 headphones have a strikingly simple and modern design – a sleek combination of black vinyl and matt silver aluminium which looks right at home with a MacBook or iPad. See also Group test: What are the best headphones?
Excerpt: With the recent launch of the Onkyo ES-HF300 s and the on-going success of the B&W P5 s (and B&W P3 ) it looks as if old school hi-fi brands are finally taking headphones seriously and with the £250 KEF M500 (and £150 in-ear M200) the brand's first foray looks set to impress both audiophiles and fashionistas.
Pros: Peerless styling and comfort, Quality build, Detailed sound
Excerpt: KEF is famous for its speakers, but the M500 headphones (and the KEF M200 in-ears) are the company's first attempt at tackling the headphone market. It’s a bold move going straight in with a £250 pair of headphones, but out of the box the KEF M500s make a good first impression.
Conclusion: Le marché du casque nomade, notamment des modèles haut de gamme, représente un gâteau conséquent mais de plus en plus partagé. Avec son M500, KEF décrète qu'il en veut lui aussi une part. Mais bonnes manières britanniques obligent, le constructeur le fait de la plus belle façon qui soit. Le M500 est racé et sobre à la fois, rudement bien soigné dans sa fabrication, agréable à porter (si tant est qu'on ne secoue pas trop la tête) et il sonne admirablement bien.
Pros: Rendu sonore neutre mais sans fadeur, Design élégant / finition solide, Câbles détachables et plats, Pliable / très isolant / confortable
Cons: Puissance modérée sur source nomade, Image sonore pourrait être plus large, Glisse si on penche la tête en avant, Prix conséquent