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^ nice review

 

ASR, you’re right, the HP-1000 similarity is definitely one reason I like them. Another is the fact that they are neutral and extended on both ends which is rarely achieved by $1K+ headphones, much less by an on ear, closed form factor at $300. And it still manages to sound natural and rich. So, I’m definitely impressed. 

 

As far as classical, I was listening to Karajan, Beethoven’s 7th last night which was mastered very well and the violins soar with “air” all around them while the bass adds depth and weight. I listen with an iMod and a good portable amp most of the time. So, I’d recommend giving them some time and amping them, good source, etc. just to notice their potential even if you plan to listen straight out of a phone or PC normally. If you like an accurate, uncolored sound, these should grow on you. I have also noticed if there is a bad source, recording, etc. In my experience, these are not the type of phones that will be forgiving or cover that up. If the recording or amp/source is bad, it will sound bad out of these. 


Edited by robm321 - 7/16/13 at 11:38am
post #362 of 673
^ What's an iMod?
post #363 of 673

Google red wine audio. It is all over head-fi.

post #364 of 673

Thanks. Looks like it's not available for iPhone and newer iPod models?

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Thanks. Looks like it's not available for iPhone and newer iPod models?

I think that's right.  Website says "Exclusively for 4th, 5th and 5.5 generation iPods".

post #366 of 673
How do we get in touch with a moderator/administrator?

It would be nice to rename this thread to:

KEF M200 / M500 Appreciation Thread
post #367 of 673

Maybe PM the OP.

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I've ordered a pair of M500's from RDA. I used the code RAZORDOG20 and it brought the M500 to $240 (free UPS Ground for CONUS). Looking forward to hearing these. My issue with on-ears, aside from fidelity, has been the need to situate them in a particular position to get the intended sound. If there is a "sweet spot" for the M500, positioning-wise, I hope it's easy to find. Gotta say though.. the compact, sleek, classy look to them is eye catching.
Edited by FlySweep - 7/17/13 at 2:23pm
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I've ordered a pair of M500's from RDA. I used the code RAZORDOG20 and it brought the M500 to $240 (free UPS Ground for CONUS). Looking forward to hearing these. My issue with on-ears, aside from fidelity, has been the need to situate them in a particular position to get the intended sound. If there is a "sweet spot" for the M500, positioning-wise, I hope it's easy to find. Gotta say, they compact, sleek, classy look to them is eye catching, too.

 

That's a great price!
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Anyone here have glasses? I haven't gotten most on ears to work because of them.
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I've ordered a pair of M500's from RDA. I used the code RAZORDOG20 and it brought the M500 to $240 (free UPS Ground for CONUS). Looking forward to hearing these. My issue with on-ears, aside from fidelity, has been the need to situate them in a particular position to get the intended sound. If there is a "sweet spot" for the M500, positioning-wise, I hope it's easy to find. Gotta say though.. the compact, sleek, classy look to them is eye catching.

 

DUDE!

WHY DID YOU HAVE TO POST THIS!!!!????!!!!!??

 

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That's a great price!

 

Agree!

 

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Anyone here have glasses? I haven't gotten most on ears to work because of them.

 

I'm the same... the most comfortable on-ears I've had were the Philips Downtown and that isn't saying much...

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Just got back from a four day road trip to San Diego. Took my M500s with me. Normally I would use my Ety's while flying so from that comparison I'd say the isolation from plane noise wasn't as good. No surprise there as the ER4P and some other IEMs are known for superior isolation. Was it acceptable? Yes but I did have to turn the volume up a bit to compensate. I still enjoyed them. The Kef "Sound" is really starting to grow on me.
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DUDE!
WHY DID YOU HAVE TO POST THIS!!!!????!!!!!??

I'm the same... the most comfortable on-ears I've had were the Philips Downtown and that isn't saying much...

I actually tried the $50 off coupon the first time which didn't work, but then they actually emailed me that coupon.

Yeah, I'd really prefer not to only use circumaurals which I can't really stuff in a backpack safely frown.gif
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Anyone here have glasses? I haven't gotten most on ears to work because of them.

 

The KEF M500 are very light. Too soft with clamping because too extreme tilting will lead to them falling off your head. Frankly if you cannot get on with these then you might be struggling for a long while longer!

 

Have never had issue with any headphones mind regardless of clamping or ear cup size. My two frames on rotation are thin and light. One is Oakley thin wire and the other flat design. Maybe if the arms on your frames are chunky it will lead to pressing?

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I'm calling it now: the KEF M500 is the single best closed portable headphone that I've ever heard to date!

 

These headphones are seriously awesome. They're also way better than the V-MODA M-100 and Beyerdynamic DT1350. These are the closed portable headphones that everyone should be buying! They look awesome and sound awesome! I officially give the M500 an A+! It's so good that I don't feel the need to continue the journey for a closed portable headphone! (Well, aside from the Audio-Technica ES700 which I've been curious about.)

 

The M500 earns my highest recommendation possible! Its sound shouldn't be possible at $300! I'm a fan of the MrSpeakers Mad Dog 3.2 too, and would prefer supporting an American business if I could, but even the Mad Dog sounds unnatural after the M500! The M500 has this all over the Mad Dog too. And it doesn't have the amping requirements of the Mad Dog either. It's rare to find a great-sounding headphone that's also refreshingly efficient!

 

I love these headphones. I could nitpick them to death if I really wanted to, but that would miss the point. They're the best small closed headphones that I've ever heard! Heck, there are CDs where I'd take these over the Fostex TH900 too! The only thing that would be better would be the Grado HP1000 itself, or the Stax OII MKI, or a sonic merge of those two.

 

Anyone who listens to music owes it to himself (or herself, as the case might be) to buy these. I love these. The M500 is my new favorite headphone!

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