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KEF M500 Hi-Fi On-Ear Headphones - Aluminum/Black

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  • The KEF M500 utilizes a 40mm neodymium driver to deliver its signature hi-fi sound audio, alongside copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils and mounted apertures in the acoustic chamber to optimize clarity.
  • Thanks to KEF's unique multi-directional Smart Hinge, the M500's lightweight aluminum frame comfortably conforms to the shape of your head and folds up neatly after use.
  • The KEF M500 features an integrated in-line microphone and remote volume/play control on a tangle-free flat cable for iPhone and other Apple products.
  • The M500 sits comfortably on your ears, encompassing each with our own breathable and sweat-resistant memory foam ear pads. These pads also provide noise isolation and maximize bass performance.
  • With an additional tangle-free cable, flight adapter, and complimentary hardshell case, the KEF M500 is designed for listening on the go.
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  • foldable
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Headphones Form Factor closed-back closed-back closed-back Information not provided
Dimensions 11 inches x 15 inches x 16 inches 8.3 inches x 7.8 inches x 2.7 inches 7 inches x 5 inches x 2 inches 9.5 inches x 3 inches x 7.09 inches
Item Weight 0.46 pounds 12.8 pounds Information not provided 205 pounds
Special Features foldable ios-phone-control foldable noise-isolation
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Color: Black/Aluminum

The KEF M500 clearly articulates audio from its 40mm neodymium drivers, through its copper-clad aluminum wire voice coil, and into your ears without interruption, thanks to acoustic sealing ring in each ear cup. The M500's aluminum frame was acoustically engineered to optimize clarity, dynamics and bass weighting, as well as meticulously designed by our engineers, in collaboration with Studio F.A. Porsche, to sit comfortably on your head. Once you're done listening to your music, the KEF M500 effortlessly folds up and can be stored in its hardshell case.

Product Information

Color:Black/Aluminum
Product Dimensions 15 x 16 x 11 inches
Item Weight 7.4 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer KEF
ASIN B00CYBOUO0
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Item model number M500
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4.2 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,190 in Electronics > Headphones > On-Ear Headphones
#30,484 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 & MP4 Players & Accessories > MP3 & MP4 Player Accessories
#31,372 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater
Date first available at Amazon.com May 31, 2013

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Hi Fi On Ear Headphones

Sleek Design

The KEF M500's sleek, stylish look was crafted by our audio engineers alongside Studio F.A. Porsche, of Porsche vehicle fame. The result of our collaboration is a design that enhances the M500 listening experience, from strategically positioned tuning plates to meticulously-planned acoustic chambers, all while retaining a sleek new look.

On Ear Headphones

Sleek Design

High Quality Headphones

Realistic Sound

Headphones With Microphone

Hassle-Free Control

Foldable Headphones

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M500 M400 M100
Driver 1.5 inch 1.5 inch 0.3 inch
Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz 20Hz - 20kHz 20Hz - 20kHz
Carrying Case
Flight Adapter
Quarter-Inch Adapter
Cable Length 51 inch 51 inch 51 inch

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Color: Black/Aluminum
So, not sure if burn in will change things down the road, and its definitely too early to give any "set in stone" opinions. But I know how antsy I was waiting for more impressions, so I'll just start with a little background and say how these are working out for ME, YMMV. And if burn in or time changes things, it will only be for the better.

I've started out with high end audio listening to speakers years ago. I moved over to headphones because of how practical they are, and I haven't always had access to a listening room to dial in speakers, etc.

I have been happy with my main headphones for a long time now, mainly K-1000s and HP-2s. And my IEMs ER4s, but I really wanted a good portable closed headphone that wouldn't be embarrassing to wear in public. My expectations were high, and all of the options pretty much fell short... due to my high expectations, mainly. As you can probably tell from my main phones, I like mostly an uncolored, neutral, natural and a detailed presentation of music, or in a word, accurate to the original recording. I can't stand excess bass or recessed treble which seem to be the standard these days.

I've either listened to or owned the follow phones:

Vmoda 80 - too much bass, not enough treble
Vmoda 100 - Way too much bass
DT1350 - One of my favorites but upper mid-range dip left me wanting more, treble sparkle missing
Amperiors - Exciting phone.
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Here's my review and comments regarding 10 very different headphones that I was fortunate to have access to (I own or borrowed from friends), hoping that it may be useful to you since I'm comparing them side-by-side: Philips Fidelio X2, V-Moda M-100, KEF M500, Sennheiser Momentum, Audio-Technica ATH-M50x, Sony MDR1R, Bose AE2, Bose QC15 and QC3, Monster Turbine in-ear ($180, I bought a long time ago, just for comparison purposes), various Beats by Dr. Dre models, Sol Republic & the like. I tried many different styles of music and compared side-by-side for each song before drawing a conclusion. Bottom line: the newly released Philips Fidelio X2 sounded overall the best to my ears, and by a lot (read below for general comments, then comparisons). But as you know it's also an open headphone (leaks sound) and big (not meant for travel).

But first I will preface with general comments so you can understand where I came from and what I was looking for, as it may not be the same for you. And in the end, people have different tastes and don't always hear the same thing -- this is very clear (no pun intended.) I decided to post a review after finally buying the Philips Fidelio X2 because:

1) After testing approximately 10 headphones under $300, this one sounded to me, and by far: the most natural, "analog", "warm" but still relatively neutral, with life-like/"live music" type of sound, and overall was the best-sounding pair of headphones. It was the closest to the sound I would hear from the actual instruments playing live, or playing music with high-end speakers in a nice room with wood floors, for example. Very detailed sound and clarity, without harsh treble, and with appropriate bass (volume and frequency extension).
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Color: Black/Aluminum
KEF M500 Hi-Fi HEADPHONES. (Internet: kef.com)
Listening to music on these headphones is like hearing the music for the first time. Details lost in listening to other headphones are clearly heard. On the kef.com/M500 website, the frequency response graph is essentially flat, but in actual listening, the bass is a bit weak and could use some tone control or equalizer adjustment to improve it. These headphones seem to be solid and well made. The biggest downside? Getting used to the on-ear pads. Though very soft, they are too thin, and need a lot more padding. You can still feel the metal speakers squashing your ears against your head. I wish they also came with extra pads surrounding the ears. The tiny oblong on-ear pads and the strange offset headband design means tilting the headband forward. The weight of the headphones (7 3/4 ounces with cord), combined with the tiny ear cups and narrow headband, -make the headphones prone to sliding around, even while you are sitting in a chair. The two supplied 53 1/2" flat cords (one with a microphone, switching device, and volume control) are earphone plug-ins, but they can not be plugged into the earphone on the right, to keep the cord off your neck if your sound source is to your right. The headband could be wider or use some more padding to disperse the weight on the top of your head. I love the quality of the sound, but the comfort issue is going to take some home remedy experimentation. When plugged into a desktop computer, the maximum sound output is loud enough, but not rock music loud. The instructions even caution users against turning the sound up too high and causing hearing loss. That is unlikely to happen with these headphones, unless you try adding a headphone amplifier.
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