The KEF M500 headphones exhibit the unique technologies that underpin the brand’s passion for producing the most natural possible sound that immerses you in the intense clarity and detail of the audio played with a vivid, spacious and exquisitely balanced sound.
Sound by KEF
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.
There are two tangle-proof 1.3m cables in the box. One has an in-line mic and three-button control for iPhone users, and the other is a plain cable. Both have a 3.5mm connector for your smartphone, tablet or music source and a 2.5mm jack which fits in to the corresponding hole in the rear of the left earpiece; you’ll soon know if you’ve got the cable the wrong way round.
KEF’s ‘Smart Hinge’ rotates on two axes to help them fit to your head: they sit snugly, but don’t feel vice-like. Adjusting the headband length could be smoother, though – it’s a very stiff sliding action for both ear-pieces. Otherwise, the left-to-right movement of the earpads helps to angle the drive units depending on the shape of your ears, and helps keep them secure. Sat on your ears, the pads add a good degree of isolation from outside noise, although they’re no match for a pair of active noise-cancelling headphones such as the Bose QuietComfort 15.
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.
KEF M500 – Sound Quality
The bassline to J Cole’s Power Trip hits with authority. The KEFs favour refinement and solidity above mega-enthusiasm, but that does prevent them conveying the intent in this track. Play Adele’s Skyfall and the track sounds suitably dramatic. Vocals are smooth and refined, too – an KEF M500 tonal trait that means the M500s can still be your friend when it comes to harsh recordings.
However, there’s a slight lack of subtlety. Even more affordable headphones such as the excellent AKG K551 cans bring dynamic subtlety, fluidity and a neutrality that the KEF M500s can’t quite match. In our opinion, Skyfall, for example, doesn’t ebb and flow as naturally as it should.
If the K551s are too big for you to wear while you’re out and about, then the 2012 Award-winning Beyerdynamic T50p at a similar price (and five stars) offer a more neutral, dynamic and detailed sound than the KEF M500s.
Back to the KEF M500s. Switching between the two supplied cables, we found the one without mic sounded slightly purer – with the other there’s a hint of a rough edge to the presentation. This is something we often find with in-line mics. And, although the mic sounds relatively clear for phone calls, the controls are quite small and fiddly. We found fingers tend to smother the buttons and pressing them with a nail was the more effective option.
Thanks to KEF’s unique multi-directional Smart Hinge, the lightweight aluminium frame automatically conforms to the shape of your head, sitting neither too tight nor too loose, and folds up neatly afterwards. Together with the overall lightness, the breathable and sweat-resistant memory foam ear pads and headband feel naturally comfortable, even for long periods.
KEF M500 Minimum Noise
An acoustic sealing ring in each ‘racetrack’ ear cup provides an excellent seal that cuts out extraneous noise while minimising sound leakage. All you hear is your chosen track in its purest form, while those around you hear virtually nothing.
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.
Convenience and Protection
Elegant, compact and finished to the same distinctively high standard as your headphones,the cleverly designed matching case protects your KEF M500 while you’re out and about.
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.
In The Box
A pair of M500 Hi-Fi Headphones Tangle-free flat cable (1.3m) with gold plated connector 3-button remote and microphone Protective case Flight adapter Extra tangle-free flat cable (1.3m) with gold plated connector 6.3mm converter.
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