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M500 Hi-Fi On-Ear Headphones

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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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Product Features

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

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Click here to learn more about the KEF M500 Headphones at KEF.com

 

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Spec
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. **

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Press and Awards
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
• Visit the iF Online Exhibition site
Review: M500 - WIRED.com
"The M500s are clearly built to last."
Year: 2014
Magazine / Issuing Body: WIRED.com
Country: USA
Product: M500
• Visit the WIRED.com for full review
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
• Visit the Men’s Journal site for full review
 
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
• Visit the Good Design site
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
• Visit the Gizmodo site for full review
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
• Visit the Techbargains site for full review
Review : M500 - ZDNet
 
Year: 2013
Magazine / Issuing Body: ZDNet
Country: USA
Product: M500
• Visit the ZDNet site for full review
Clubic.com – 5 star award
 
Year: 2013
Magazine / Issuing Body: Clubic.com
Country: France
Product: M500
• Visit the Clubic site for full review
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
• Visit the T3 site for full review
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
• Visit the Reddot site for full citation
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