Summary: 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.
Pros: Amazing detail retrieval, decent soundstage for a small can, high end engineering and construction
Cons: Slightly dubious fit, can be a little wobbly on the head when walking around
Until now, my pick for the best sounding portable headphone has been the Sennheiser Momentum. While slightly mellow overall with a noticeably forward bass and laid-back treble, until now the Momentum has provided a naturalness and transparency unrivaled by any competitor I've had the chance to try out.
Pros: Fantastic sound. Amazing value. Premium build quality. Very comfortable for an on-ear headphone. Very portable.
Summary: 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.
Pros: Excellent sound in all genres, very comfortable even with glasses, very efficient (no need for amp), build quality, foldable with hardcase
Cons: Slippery headband (not suitable for other active use than walking), isolation is a little below average (leakage is low though)
Summary: 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 me as a pair that you would go out wearing in the street. The sound of full and warm with good solid bass, descent middle and a very good treble top end. Detail of the sound is really quite excellent.
Summary: There are headphones I own .... and then there are these. 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.
Summary: 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 might from high quality materials.
Summary: 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.
Summary: When I mentioned to my hubby that there were Kef headphones on vine and would he like to try them I thought he was going to melt. When they arrived he did in fact melt. Beautifully made to withstand the test of time these are a seriously magnificent set of headphones. With there own case for travel or just to keep them safe and sound, well at this price point you wouldn't leave them lying around would you they are Everymans gadget dream product.
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6 October 2013
Summary: 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. Oh how wrong I was.
Summary: 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.