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KEF M500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 133 reviews of KEF M500. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. Reviewers really like the portability and design. The comfort and usability also get good opinions, but some have doubts about the soundstage.

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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 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for KEF M500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 31 user reviews of KEF M500 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the price and comfort. The design and portability also get good opinions, but there are some mixed reviews about the usability.

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94% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Nov, 2019

Expert review by (t3.com)

KEF M500 review

 

Will the Kef M500 headphones sound as good as they look?

Peerless styling and comfort ; Quality build ; Detailed sound

Scuffable leather ear pads ; Wallet rupturing RRP ; Slippery headband

Expert review by (whathifi.com)

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.

Expert review by : David Carnoy (cnet.co.uk)

KEF M500 headphones review

 

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.

Aug, 2013

Expert review by : Chris Martin (techadvisor.co.uk)

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 : Tim Gideon (itreviews.co.uk)

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.

On tracks with serious sub-bass content, like the Knife’s “Silent Shout,” the M500 delivers considerable low frequency presence. At top, unadvisable listening levels, it brings the big bass with no distortion, which is to be expected from a headphone...

Aug, 2013

Expert review by : Jonathan Margolis (howtospendit.ft.com)

KEF M500 headphones

 

An upscale company adds a touch of class to the product of the moment

Aug, 2013

Expert review by : Tim Gideon (pcmag.com)

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.

If you're looking for a bass-heavier pair, the SMS Audio Street by 50 DJ brings an abundance of low-end, but you'll lose balance. Meanwhile, the Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro has an adjustable sound signature, so you can go bass-heavy or flat-response....

Aug, 2013

Expert review by : David Carnoy (cnet.com)

KEF M500 headphones review

 

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.

Aug, 2013

Expert review by : Tom Andry (audioholics.com)

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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Feb, 2014

Expert review by : David Carnoy (cnet.com.au)

KEF M500 headphones review: A drool-worthy on-ear headphone

 

The ; 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 headphones...

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
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