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KEF M500 Hi-Fi On Ear Headphone - Silver/Black

by KEF
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Sound engineered by KEF - light, robust and supremely comfortable, M500 Hi-Fi headphones are designed for people who are serious about sound.
  • KEF M500 headphones make high fidelity sound a truly portable experience. They use a full range 40mm neodymium driver with high quality CCAW (copper clad aluminium wire) voice coil that's been expertly tuned by KEF's Acoustic Engineers to deliver a powerfully musical sound with tight, clean bass.
  • Elegant and distinctive, the M500 has been precision engineered in aluminium to assure maximum comfort. The racetrack supra-aural ear shell provides a tight acoustic seal for improved performance and good noise isolation.
  • Sweat resistant, durable and breathable memory foam earpads and headband along with a cleverly designed Smart Hinge, means M500 can fold and rotate easily to adapt to different sized (and shaped heads).
  • The M500 is designed to work with most smartphones, computers and other mobile devices. Featuring an integrated in-line microphone and remote control on a tangle-free flat cable for iPhone and other Apple products, it allows you to operate the play functions or switch between calls and music.


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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 38.1 x 40.6 x 27.9 cm ; 209 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 862 g
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  • Item model number: M500
  • ASIN: B00CYBOUO0
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 5 July 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Product Description

KEF M500 Headphones

KEF M500 Headphones - Become the Music

The unique technologies that underpin KEF’s passion for creating the most natural possible sound immerse you in the intense clarity and detail of the piece played live: vivid, spacious and exquisitely balanced.

Light, robust and supremely comfortable, M500 Hi-Fi Headphones are designed for people who are serious about sound.

High Fidelity Sound

Sweet, natural and beautifully balanced, KEF’s 40mm neodymium driver is tuned to deliver full range high definition response from 20Hz to 20kHz. Half the weight of conventional copper wire, the copper-clad aluminium wire voice coil improves HF response to enhance musical subtleties and detail. Each aperture in the tuning plate mounted over the drive unit in the acoustic chamber is precisely positioned to optimise clarity, dynamics and bass weighting. Opera or hip-hop, on the move or just chilling, you make the most of every note.

Maximum Comfort, Minimum Noise

Precision engineered in aluminium alloy and incorporating KEF’s ingenious multi-directional Smart Hinge, the sturdy lightweight frame securely locates each ear cup in exactly the right position. Memory foam in the breathable ear pads automatically moulds itself to the shape of your ear for a perfect fit. As well as maximising bass performance, this means you can listen in complete comfort for as long as you like.

Made For iPod
Fits All Your DeviceS

Compatible with most smartphones, computers and other mobile devices. Featuring an integrated in-line microphone and remote control on a tangle-free flat cable for iPhone and other Apple products, it allows you to operate the play functions or switch between calls and music. Just plug in and relax for First Class entertainment.

Protect Your Hearing

For your comfort and safety, KEF headphones are designed to comply with the CENELEC standard EN60065/A12 for protection against excessive sound pressure.

M500 Hi-Fi Headphones - In the Box
Gold Plated Connector
Tangle-free flat cable (1.3m) with gold plated connector, 3-button remote and microphone
Protective Case
Protective case
Flight Adapter
Flight adapter & 6.3mm converter
tangle-free flat cable
Extra tangle-free flat cable (1.3m) with gold plated connector

M Series Comparison Chart

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M200 Earphones
M500 Headphones
Driver 40mm 5.5 mm and 10mm
Frequency Response 20Hz~20kHz 20Hz~20kHz
Sensitivity 103 dB±4dB 103 dB±4dB(IEC-318 at 1KHz) 94 dB±4dB(IEC-318 at 1KHz)
Impedance 32±15%Ohm 12±10%Ohm
Maximum Input Power 30mW 10mW
Noise Attenuation -20dB -30dB
Cable length 1.3m 1.2m
Connector 2.5/3.5mm 3.5mm
Weight 208g 26g

Box Contains

1 x pair of M500 Hi-Fi Headphones
1x Tangle-free flat cable (1.3m) with gold plated connector
3 - button remote and mircophone
Protective case
1 x Flight adaptor
Extra tangle-free flat cabe (1.3m) with gold plated connector
6.3mm converter
Quick Start Guide
Warranty


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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars KEF M500 Review 16 July 2013
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. The sound is much more open and natural than other closed headphones I have tested, it's quite neutral with a little tilt up in the upper bass and a little down in the upper treble, just enough to make it sound bigger than it is, and avoid any harshness of any kinds in the treble. There's a great "room feel" in the sound, to make it sound like floorstanding speakers, they almost rival my PSB Synchrony Two in sound quality.

Here's a list of closed headphones (not all foldable) I've had or heard in my search before purchasing the KEF M500:

Sony MDR-1R
Sennheiser Momentum
AKG K167
AKG K267
Logitech UE6000
B&O H6
Beyerdynamic DT770 (32/80 Ohm)
B&W P5
Denon AH-D600
Martin Logan Mikros 90

My old reference are the Denon AH-D2000, which I own for a couple of years. The KEF M500 are first of all much more smooth than the Denons. Songs that have a tendency to sound harsh in the treble are smooth in the KEF M500. The bass which is one of the strong points in the Denons, is no match to the much faster and precise bass of the KEF M500, the Denons bass sounds boomy in comparison.

Conclusion:

The KEF M500 are not perfect, but they are the closest thing to perfect in my ears I have heard so far. Combining that with excellent comfort and a nice small foldable design (including case) with excellent build quality, the search is over...

PS: An iPod Touch fit in the case together with the headphones + cables.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unflavoured, detailed sound 24 Sep 2013
By Brian Hamilton TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
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.

Price point if around the 250 mark which puts it up against the benchmark in this area, the Sennheiser Momentum, themselves an amazing headphone that turns audiophile heads.

So, what does your money get you? Firstly, the KEF is well packaged, the box has a magnetic-closure opening flap that gives info on the cans. Open the box up and the cans are encased neatly in their lovely zip-up, semi-hard case. A previous reviewer compared the case as being like a large sunglasses case, a fair and accurate comparison. Everything feels pretty high grade at this point but one detail lets it down, the case sits in a cheapo plastic tray within the box. The Momentums rest in regal fashion in a die cut foam interior, probably more expensive to make but so sweet looking.

Anyway, nothing to freak out about, the cans themselves are the main attraction here, not the box. So, inside the zip-up case we have the cans themselves, two flat tangle-free cables (one with microphone and volume switch for iphone use), a 6.5mm adaptor and an in-flight adaptor. The package all fits in the case very neatly.

The cans themselves are very nice looking, made from brushed aluminum and black pleather. Opening removing them from the case the smart hinges unfold and the cans pop into place.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Supersonic! 26 Sep 2013
By Arthur Dooley VINE VOICE
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
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. Described as being designed with Apple products in mind,they will in fact work with all modern gizmos.Music and speech is equally clear. Last night for example I was listening to a Griff Rhys Jones documentary on my iPhone and it was almost a cinematic experience! The dialogue and incidental music as sharp as a pin. The only downside of course is the price. Not the cheapest by a long stretch but if you are a bit of an anorak when it comes to music or video then I'm sure you'll think they're worth it. The over ear style is a thousand times better than those God damn awful in ear phones to be sure!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Premium in every way 16 Oct 2013
By Warleybear VINE VOICE
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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. The price is high, but for that you are getting a set of head phones that are quality. These are very difficult to fault..... and if you are 'serious about sound' (and have the money), they are well worth considering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love these headphones
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. Read more
Published 10 months ago by R. Hallett
5.0 out of 5 stars premium cans
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... Read more
Published 10 months ago by P. Bradshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing
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. Read more
Published 10 months ago by foxcylady
4.0 out of 5 stars Very smart and good sound
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. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Andy O'Boogie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great quality, cracking sound
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... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog
4.0 out of 5 stars High quality, high price
I've never believed a pair of headphones can be worth 250, and I'm not sure I do now.

I've previously stuck with a pair of Sennheiser CX 300 II Precision Noise... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ian Shine
4.0 out of 5 stars awesome, but costly and of questionable value
250 RRP is a fair whack for headphones so the standard for any judgement is going to be high. Thus, these 4 stars are given with a heavy, but fundamentally honest, heart, in that... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Daniel Dalton
5.0 out of 5 stars superb quality and excellent sound reproduction
Everything about these headphones speaks quality, from the packaging to the actual article: they are light, beautifully padded in what looks and feels leather like and they fit... Read more
Published 11 months ago by R. J. de Bulat
5.0 out of 5 stars Top of the range...
It has been difficult to assess value as amazon do not have the headphones in stock as of 21 September 2013 but I have discovered the price from another site and they are top of... Read more
Published 11 months ago by C. FULLER
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sound for what is a reasonable price
The headphones are very well made; the sound is great (in my opinion) and the price was not unreasonable. What is there not to like?
Published 11 months ago by John Lockhart
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