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KEF M500
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KEF M500

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KEF M500 Headphones

tonepublications.com
14 January 2014
  • Excerpt: Though traditionally a loudspeaker manufacturer KEF has joined the likes of B&W and Martin Logan, extrapolating in-house expertise to the personal audio market.  The M500 (US$299) are KEF’s first supra-aural (on-ear) headphone; it rides tandem with the M200 IEM to form KEF’s M-series.
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KEF M500 Review

Digitaltrends
30 November 2013
  • 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.
  • 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
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KEF M500 Hi-Fi Headphones Are Simply Masterful [Review]

Chip Chick
16 November 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.
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

Top Review Shop
9 September 2013
  • Pros: Comfortable; nice sounding; fold flat for easy transport
  • Cons: - The M500 Hi-Fi Headphones themselves
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Overall 8
8.0

KEF M500

PC Magazine
8 September 2013
  • Conclusion: KEF's M500 headphones deliver rich, clean audio, plenty of features, and a comfortable on-ear fit, making them worth the high price.
  • Pros: Solid audio performance with rich lows, clean mids and highs. Inline remote and microphone for mobile devices. Comes with two detachable cables.
  • Cons: Doesn't block out room noise very well, making it hard to use in noisier environments, like airplanes.
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Overall 10
10
Design 9
9.0
Value for money 8
8.0
Performance 10
10

Simply lovely: KEF M500 headphones reviewed

Gadget Guy
1 April 2014
  • Excerpt: KEF may be known for its speakers , but the English high-end audio company is now showing the world what it’s capable of doing in headphones, and turning out one of the best pairs we’ve ever heard.
  • Pros: Amazing sound, Some of the most balanced headphones we’ve come across, Compact and foldable, Very comfortable
  • Cons: Headphone side of the cable uses 2.5mm jack, No noise cancelling, Can fall off easily from lots of movement
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Expert Review

AVHub
2 November 2013
  • Excerpt: The Australian RRP of $499 might seem a little high if you compare across markets, and at this level also puts them up against some quality competition, but we’ve already noticed that the street price for the M500s can be significantly lower than that quoted RRP, thereby bringing the KEF’s value...
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Expert Review

How To Spend It
10 August 2013
  • Summary: I can’t remember a flood of a single item to rival the current onslaught of new headphones hitting the market. When an old-school, upscale British hi-fi company such as KEF in Kent (author of the extraordinary £20,000 Blade speakers I reviewed here early last year) goes to the trouble of designing...
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Overall 8
8.0

KEF M500

What Hi-Fi?
25 July 2013
  • Conclusion: KEF’s debut in the headphone market is a strong one – the M500s have plenty of appeal
  • Pros: Rich, smooth sound, Powerful delivery, Weighty bass, Snug fit, Luxury, solid build-quality
  • Cons: Not the final word in sonic subtlety or timing
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Overall 10
10

KEF M500 review

T3
13 May 2013
  • Summary: Will the Kef M500 headphones sound as good as they look?
  • Pros: Peerless styling and comfort, Quality build, Detailed sound
  • Cons: Scuffable leather ear pads, Wallet rupturing RRP, Slippery headband
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