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.
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
KEF M500 Hi-Fi Headphones Are Simply Masterful [Review]
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.
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
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...
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...