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M500 Hi-Fi On-Ear Headphones

Light, robust and supremely comfortable, the KEF M500 On-Ear Hi-Fi Headphones are designed for people who are serious about sound. The M500 has been awarded multiple awards for sound quality and comfort design.

Designed in collaboration with KEF engineering and Studio F-A-Porsche Design.


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High Resolution Sound


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.


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.


Maximum Comfort


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.


Ergonomic Excellence


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.


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.


In the box


• M500 HiFi Headphones
• Tangle-free flat cable
• Protective Case
• Flight adaptor
• Extra tangle-free flat cable
• 6.3mm converter

KEF M500 Made to work with Apple



 



Customer Reviews

A good substitute for Bose Review by Buster
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As Bose no longer makes on ear headphones, Keff is the next best thing. Had some issues with comfort. I found I couldn't wear the headband on top of my head but had to adjust the angle more towards the back of my head with the pads not resting directly on my ears. Overall, worthy substitute for the Bose SoundTrue. (Posted on 2016-12-16)
just great sound & comfort Review by twinmaker
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Sound is great, style and wear are so cool. I have another pair I gave to my kid, he loves them, my home sound system is KEF, no brainer! (Posted on 2016-12-15)
Amazing sound but delicate headphones Review by LE
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Would not recommend for anyone who travels or exercises a lot. The sound quality is excellent but these headphones were falling apart in not even a year. the headphone covers were falling off in no time. (Posted on 2016-11-25)
M500 poor build quality Review by Wafflezilla
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I think these are designed for old people who only sit at home and listen to music. For young people who constantly take them on and or slide them off our ears to talk with friends the cups fall apart. First the leather splits at the seam then the foam falls out. All this in less than a year of normal use. Buy something more mobile friendly or uou will be stuck with hard plastic on your ears like I am (Posted on 2016-07-18)
These are FABULOUS. Review by MrChiSox
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I was on the fence about these headphones after reading many reviews. I was concerned about comfort and sound quality. But I have been a KEF guy since the late 1970's and I own to this day a pair of 105.2 Reference and a pair of 104.2 Reference Series Loudspeakers. This pair of headphones was a Christmas gift to me from my wife 7 months ago and I have worn them a LOT. I'm fortunate, I guess, in that she found them online for $149. And I am a happy guy to own these.

I can't say that these are the absolute most comfortable pair of headphones I have worn in my life because I prefer an over the ear headphone and I sincerely hope that the fine folks at KEF will build a pair. That said I can attest to the fact that the ear pads are soft as butter and I've never experienced excessive heat. I have a "Gordo" sized melon and have had to manipulate these a tad. I would suggest that anyone do the same to make them fit their own head.

I find these headphones to be true to the KEF sound that I have loved since my teen years. NO, they won't hammer you with BASS like my 105's can, but I have found myself shaking my head more than once while listening to these headphones. At times (depending on source material/recording) it's been like having actual speakers on each ear. That is to say, like not thinking I were listening to headphones at all.

I will say, these fine headphones won't stay on your head if you need to bend over to pull up your socks and they are not for portable use. I wanted to use them at home anyway but they have dropped to the carpet a time or two. Just a heads up.

A fine first effort from KEF and I'm a nearly 40 year fan of this wonderful company.

(Posted on 2016-07-07)
Perfect parameters Review by KenM
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I bought these from KEF Direct around Christmas time, a gift for myself so I could listen to music later at night without bothering others. I got more that I imagined. The sound quality rivals my wonderful KEF R500/R200c/R100 and sub setup. They are supremely comfortable for hours of use, and I really appreciate that my wife starts talking to me and I can't hear a thing. She can't either, so until she looks at me and sees the M500 on my head there's no telling I'm listening to music. You have to be within a foot or two to know the headphones are playing, even at somewhat elevated volume. You don't get this with an open back headphone set. I have no problem driving them from my Android phone, tablet, computer or receiver.

As a machinist I appreciate the fine metalworking of the M500. As a music lover I appreciate the rich sound. True that others dig deeper but I don't feel I'm missing anything. These are the first I've owned that do not make my ears all sweaty or make me feel claustrophobic. That they are a quality product in terms of both build and sound, I expect long life. (Posted on 2016-04-25)
Most Comfortable Headphones Review by JWH
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Excellent product with great customer service. (Posted on 2015-12-15)
KEF M500 is an excellent choice for balanced listenng Review by Brian R
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My second set for this model. Comfortable and well made. Slightly light on bass, but non fatiguing sound quality coupled with sweet mid range and treble make these among my favorite headphones, along with my Sennheiser HD 589 cans which sound great but do not isolate sound leakage like the Kefs. (Posted on 2015-10-30)
Earpads are of low quality Review by Jay Nichols
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Pros: They sound good

Cons: The earpads break apart and expose the foam inside, evan after minor use. I'm on my third pair. The worst part is that KEF doesn't offer any replacement pads on their site anymore, so now I am stuck with a pair of expensive headphones that look cheap as hell.

Can't recommend. (Posted on 2015-09-22)
Great Product Review by Jake
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I got these headphones as a gift. I'd never heard of this company before, and Have always thought the Bose was the pioneer of quality sound in a small package. Boy was I wrong. These Headphones by-far out sound any modern day headphone that is on the market, From Beats by Dre, to klipsch, these blow them out the water. I will be converting my whole home theater system to KEF. What a great sounding speaker. (Posted on 2014-09-05)
Just Wanted to Add Some More Review by Big Ed
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In my previous review I failed to mention the fact that the M500 can be easily powered by an i-pod. With 15 hours in, the phones have opened up even more & with that comes an increase in volume that is as clean & pure as it is at lower volume. In addition, the 500's outperform several open back phones that I have such as the Grado SR 225i & Sennheiser HD-598. Important as they are open back which usually denotes better sound butwith tha tcomes a great deal of leakage eliminating the idea of portablity due to outside noises. Not here, not at all. These are very portable and very lightweight. (Posted on 2013-06-04)
Oh No Not Another Company Coming Out With Headphones Review by Big Ed
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An electronics salesman told me the KEF was going to introduce their version of over the ear headphones as well as in-ear phones. My immediate reaction was "oh no", not another company entering the market. After I settled down it began to sink in, "this is KEF" meaning I have to look into this. I am an audiophile but not the type who examines each & every detail to the point of overkill. Too much detail is too much for me. Let me say that this was easily the best headphone purchase I've ever made & I've made way too many.I have some top rated phones like the PSB MU 4 2 as well as the Sennheiser Momentum,, & so forth.) Those cost more than the M500's & don't come close to the precise details, imaging, imaging ,soundstage, etc. The 500's are pure magic when it comes to reproducing all types of music & do so on a grand scale. Beauty & comfort make up the rest of this very fine product which operates with such ease. The fit & finish is typical KEF (meaning as good as it gets) & while they are on ear phones, they provide very good isolation. I've taken them outside & walked sevral miles in very warm weather & the faux leather ear pads & headband do not heat up like so many other headphones do. Am I surprised?, of course not because I figured KEF would wait until they got it right. So back to the Oh no response, because this 500's surpass all of my other phones, Oh yes, applies here. The case is very nice & the cables are flat & wonderfully flexible. The i-pod cable as well as the standard one are very high quality & blend well with the magnificent aluminum body. At $299.99 they're an absolute bargain, bar none. My wife doesn't believe me when I told her that the 500's may very well be my last headphone purchase. I'm really not sure where I would go from here so I'll leave it at that. (Posted on 2013-06-03)

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Drive 40mm
Frequency Response 20Hz~20kHz
Sensitivity 103 dB±4dB
(IEC-318 at 1KHz)
Impedance 32±15%Ohm
Maximum Input Power 30mW
Noise Attenuation  -20dB
Cable length 1.3m
Connector 2.5/3.5mm
Weight 208g
** KEF reserves the right, in line with continuing research and development, to amend or change specifications. E&OE. **


The Wire Cutter M500 Review. The Best On-Ear Headphones
 "After putting in dozens of hours of research on hundreds of models, and spending 45 hours testing 53 finalists with a panel of four audio professionals, we found that the KEF M500 is the best pair of on-ear headphones for music lovers who hate earbuds but want more portability than an over-ear set offers. These headphones are comfortable and solidly built, and they sound great..."
Year: 2017
Magazine / Issuing Body: The WireCutter
Country: United States
Product: KEF M500
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C|NET BEST HEADPHONES 2016 One of the best On-Ear headphones of 2016
 "Its warm sound signature and lightweight aluminum frame make the KEF M500s contenders..."
Year: 2016
Magazine / Issuing Body: C|Net
Country: United States
Product: KEF M500
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20 Best Headphones of 2015
 "KEF has come up trumps with its first pair of headphones offering excellent build quality and a stylish comfortable design."
Year: 2015
Magazine / Issuing Body: PC Advisor - Tech Advisor
Country: United Kingdom
Product: KEF M500
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Hi-Fi News & Record Review - Highly Commended
“The M500 looks neat and classy yet rugged, and is practical too if you listen on the move…. Preferable across a range of musical genres, with a delivery more like what you’d expect from a good pair of loudspeakers.”
Year: 2014
Magazine / Issuing Body: Hi-Fi News & Record Review
Country: United Kingdom
Model: M500
 
Best of IT Award 2013 - The Best Overhead Headphone Product
 
Year: 2014
Magazine / Issuing Body: PC Market
Country: Hong Kong
Product: M500
 
iF product design award 2014
 
Year: 2014
Magazine / Issuing Body: iF Online Exhibition
Country: Germany
Product: M500
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Review: M500 - WIRED.com
"The M500s are clearly built to last."
Year: 2014
Magazine / Issuing Body: WIRED.com
Country: USA
Product: M500
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HEADPHONES OF THE YEAR - HIGHLY COMMENDED
 
Year: 2013
Magazine / Issuing Body: Sound+Image Awards 2014
Country: Australia
Product: M500
 
Review: M500 - Men’s Journal
"The World's Most Comfortable Headphones."
Year: 2013
Magazine / Issuing Body: Men’s Journal
Country: USA
Product: M500
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Review: M500 - The Manual
"They may not look like a lot of other $300 cans, but they beat them into the ground them when in comes to sound quality."
Year: 2013
Magazine / Issuing Body: The Manual
Country: USA
Product: M500
• Visit the Manual site for full review
Good Design Award 2013
 
Year: 2013
Magazine / Issuing Body: Japan Institute of Design Promotion
Country: Japan
Product: M500
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Hi-fi Choice Recommended - Five Stars
"The KEF M500s give a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience. They have a penchant for fast beats, but can also handle more sedate musical tastes. They ooze style and their foldable design only adds to their impressive flexibility."
Year: 2013
Magazine / Issuing Body: Hi-fi Choice Magazine
Country: United Kingdom
Model: M500
 
Review : M500 - Gizmodo
 
Year: 2013
Magazine / Issuing Body: Gizmodo
Country: USA
Product: M500
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Review : M500 - Techbargains
"The M500 Hi-Fi headphones by KEF produce abundantly rich sound without having to turn the volume to the max, creating sound that becomes an experience in the process."
Year: 2013
Magazine / Issuing Body: Techbargains
Country: USA
Product: M500
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Review : M500 - ZDNet
 
Year: 2013
Magazine / Issuing Body: ZDNet
Country: USA
Product: M500
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Clubic.com – 5 star award
 
Year: 2013
Magazine / Issuing Body: Clubic.com
Country: France
Product: M500
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Review: KEF M500 Headphones
"KEF’s first foray into the world of personal audio is nothing less than engineering excellence at an audiophile level never before see used in conjunction with a smartphone… The hottest things you'll ever, sensibly, put on your head."
Year: 2013
Magazine / Issuing Body: Life of Android
Country: United Kingdom
Product: M500
• Visit the Life of Android site for full review
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."
Year: 2013
Magazine / Issuing Body: T3
Country: United Kingdom
Product: M500
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Red dot award: product design 2013
"The design of the headphones is well-conceived and coherent. Each detail is geared to comfort and high performance."
Year: 2013
Magazine / Issuing Body: Reddot
Country: Germany
Product: M500
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