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KEF M500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 90 reviews of KEF M500. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. Views about the portability and usability are overall positive. The design and comfort also get good feedback, but comments are divided on the price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the KEF M500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 26 user reviews of KEF M500 from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones on People are impressed by the price and comfort. The portability and design also get good reviews, whereas there are some negative opinions about the usability.

sound, design, portability, comfort, price


96% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: KEF M500 Hi-Fi On Ear Headphone - Silver/BlackKEF M500 Hi-Fi On Ear Headphone - Silver/Black

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Ryan Waniata (

KEF M500 review


KEF audio is best known for its diverse lineup of hi-fi speakers and home theater systems. However, like any savvy speaker designer, KEF has recently utilized its four decades or so of audio experience to make its play in the lucrative game of hi-fi...

Excellent balance ; Rich detail, especially at the edges of the stereo field ; Smooth, expressive dynamics ; Stylish and extremely comfortable

Midrange could have more definition at the center ; Pricey

The KEF M500 are an absolute win for the on-ear headphone segment; easily one of the finest sounding and indescribably comfortable on-ear headphones in recent memory.

Nov, 2013

Expert review by: Tim Gideon (

KEF M500


KEF's M500 headphones deliver rich, clean audio, plenty of features, and a comfortable on-ear fit, making them worth the high price.

Solid audio performance with rich lows, clean mids and highs. Inline remote and microphone for mobile devices. Comes with two detachable cables

Doesn't block out room noise very well, making it hard to use in noisier environments, like airplanes

Once we enter the $300 price range for headphones, our expectations become quite high. The first pair of headphones we've ever reviewed from KEF, however, do not disappoint. The $299.99 (direct) KEF M500 is a comfortable, great-sounding pair with a...

Aug, 2013

Expert review by: (

KEF M500


The first thing I'll say about the M500 is that it's one of the most comfortable on-ear headphones I've tested, ranking up there with the Bose OE2i . Like the Bose, this KEF has memory foam in the "breathable" earpads, and those pads rest nicely on...

The KEF M500 on-ear headphones are sleekly and sturdily designed and offer a very comfortable fit. They also sound very good and come with two detachable cords, one of which has an Apple-friendly inline remote/microphone for smartphone use. The...

Fairly expensive; some people may not find the sound detailed enough.

They're fairly pricey, but the combination of very good sound and a sleek, comfortable design, make the KEF M500s contenders in the $300 price class.

Aug, 2013

Expert review by: Tom Andry (

KEF M500 On-Ear Headphone Review


Review: The KEF M500 on-ear headphones bring comfort, style, and fantastic sound quality to the on-ear headphone category. Some of the best sounding headphones we've reviewed. Highly recommended!

Comfort ; Sound Quality ; Looks


Feb, 2014

Expert review by: Clint DeBoer (

KEF M500 Headphones and M200 Earphones Preview


The KEF M500's are over-the-ear headphones that are made with durable, light-weight aluminum frames. The equally impressive-looking in-ear M200s use what KEF describes as its DDD (Dual Dynamic Driver)

These are expensive earphones. At $200 you won't see casual users flocking to buy them—but what stylish high-end product was ever held back by that?

Apr, 2013

Expert review by: Justin Whitaker (

KEF M500 On-ear Headphones


British hi-fi speaker manufacturer KEF has entered the consumer headphone market with its first pair of headphones, the M500, which retail for $299.99. They seem to have entered with a solid bang, with accolades and positive reviews from numerous...

Comfortable; nice sounding; fold flat for easy transport

Not as balanced of sound signature as other high-end sets

The KEF 500 headphones prove that KEF is here to stay in the consumer headphone market, and they make a great choice for those seeking style, comfort and great sound.

Sep, 2013

Expert review by: Chip Chick (

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


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...

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

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

Aug, 2013

Expert review by: Chris Haslam (

KEF M500 review


We've seen so many pairs of great headphones it takes a lot to grab out attention, but the Kef M500s offer the promise of sublime sound quality

Peerless styling and comfort ; Quality build ; Detailed sound

Scuffable leather ear pads ; Wallet rupturing RRP ; Slippery headband

The Kef M500 headphones are good, really good. The combination of high class looks, luxury build and sensational audio performance has us sold. £250 is steep considering the lack of noise cancelling and wireless wizardry, but if you want a hi-fi...

Oct, 2013

Expert review by: Chris Martin (

KEF M500 review


After a while, however, once we'd cracked the puzzle, these headphones were extremely comfortable. The super-soft memory foam cushions feel luxurious on your ears and the stiff arms mean no more adjusting once you've got them set correctly.

KEF has come up trumps with its first pair of headphones offering excellent build quality and a stylish comfortable design. After running in, the M500 headphones sound clear, punchy and balanced but won't blow you away quite as touted. They are also...

Jul, 2013

Expert review by: (

KEF M500


KEF's debut in the headphone market is a strong one – the M500s have plenty of appeal

Rich, smooth sound ; Powerful delivery ; Weighty bass ; Snug fit ; Luxury, solid build-quality

Not the final word in sonic subtlety or timing

Considering KEF’s lack of experience in headphone design, the M500s are a fine starting point. They don’t quite have the timing or dynamics of the class-leaders, but their smooth and likeable sound is going to get them plenty of admirers.


Product Specifications


Active Noise Cancellation: No
Dolby PL / AC3: No
Earclip: No
Neckband: No

General Features

Ear Canal Headphone:Not Applicable
Product Type:Mini Headphones
Signal Connection:Wired