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KEF M500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 24 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and usability. The design and sound also get good opinions, whereas many are negative about the value for money.

comfort, sound, design, usability, reliability

value for money

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the KEF M500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 99/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 24 reviews)

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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.

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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...

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KEF M500

 

In case you've never heard of KEF, it's a British company that makes premium speakers that generally sound really good. Those speakers tend to be a bit pricey -- and some are very pricey -- but now the company has made a foray into the headphone market...

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.

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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

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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)

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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.

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Overpriced.

 

Very average. They did not fit on my ears, even on the smallest setting. Very displeased by these headphones.This product has... Fall out of ears easily, Stylish, Too much ambient noise, Poor fit, leakageAbout me... Budget Conscious, Frequent traveler,...

Looks

Did not fit, leakage

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excellent buy

 

My Bose are "better" but more expensive and MUCH larger and harder to take around with me. These are goodThis product has... handyAbout me... Budget Conscious, Frequent traveler

portability

wish they were more isolating

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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...

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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.

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Product Specifications

Configuration

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
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