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post #16 of 30

This is what I think it's going to happen to me...

 

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The Kef M500 headphones are good, really good. The combination of high class looks, luxury build and sensational audio performance has us sold. £250 is steep considering the lack of noise cancelling and wireless wizardry, but if you want a hi-fi quality commute you'll not find much better.

Sure, sizing may be an issue for a few unfortunate souls, and the slippery headband may frustrate at times, but after listening to the M500s we can't think of many more enjoyable reasons to walk slower to work.

 

But I'm definitely interested!

post #17 of 30
I really enjoy my K550 but it sounds like this headphone is just as detailed while being even more portable. How big is the soundstage on these? Is it comparable to that of the K550?
post #18 of 30
No. The K550s have an unusually big soundstage. Its probably its best trait.
post #19 of 30
The M500's soundstage is average, maybe a little above average for on ear headphones but not equal to the over the ear ones I've heard like a T1, AKG 702, etc.
post #20 of 30
It's more deep than wide ime. Best closed can I've heard.
post #21 of 30

Is there a particular retailer that would be best to order from?  I'd like to try it out for a few days and compare it to my K550 before I decide to keep it.  It looks like most are selling it at $299.

post #22 of 30

Yeah, it just came out.  I got mine on amazon.

post #23 of 30

What kind of music would you recommend the M500s for? I was about to order M100s until I saw these. I am not a bass head but do like some nice bass on headphones. How do they compare to the M100s? 

post #24 of 30
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Originally Posted by Maaasih View Post

What kind of music would you recommend the M500s for? I was about to order M100s until I saw these. I am not a bass head but do like some nice bass on headphones. How do they compare to the M100s? 

 

Completely different headphones. M-100 has way more bass; M500 is very linear and neutral across the entire spectrum including the bass. M-100 has superior isolation and much heavier clamp; M500 will fall off your head if you bend down or shake your head. I would prefer the M-100 for outdoor or commute use, and M500 for quiet indoor listening.

 

I would recommend that you audition the Sennheiser Momentum at a local hifi store or Apple store, and use that as the benchmark. If you want more bass and more fun than Momentum, get M-100. You want less bass and more neutral than Momentum, get M500. Of course, you may find that the Momentum is just right for you, and that's fine too.
Edited by blueangel2323 - 7/12/13 at 7:53am
post #25 of 30
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Originally Posted by musicday View Post

Tried yesterday out of my AK120 and didn't impressed me.

I like better Momentum.

 

As in the main M500 thread, you cannot really go wrong with either as it comes down to preferences. I do think if you base it on initial impressions then the Momentum would impress more due to the upper bass boost. But once you spend more time with both I think the balance and resolution of the M500 shines through, bearing in mind preferences again. In fact the M500 is like a portable more easily driven version of the HD600 imo, only with less soundstage.

 

In fact the Kef M500 is better on portable devices because it is a more coherent package as it is designed for portable use. The HD600 mids and bass is loose when not being fed properly. I would not call the M500 bass-light. It gives whatever the song has.


Edited by LFC_SL - 7/13/13 at 10:34am
post #26 of 30

Isn't this the same guy who loved the sound of the ED10? Makes his credibility questionable to say the least, in my opinion. That being said, this seems promising. Now very interested in these KEF cans.

post #27 of 30

To:

 

ATHFANe"

blueangel2323

Trunks159

Bolardito

LFC_SL

 


First of all, nice review!!!

 

The member i listed above, i supose you guys own this beautiful M500. The reviewer and all you guys mention about how good the sound is, but is it because it got a good cd/dac &Amp??

 

I am planning to buy this one to play on a simple Android phone like HTC ONE S, without any external dac or amps. How will this headphone sound like, will it sound as good as mentioned? Because this was designed as a portable headphone for IPhone,  will i get the beautiful sound as mentioned above in the review, or do i have to get a amp to reach this kind of sound?

 

The reviewer said this player is as good on a mp3/mobilphone, but please tell more about how it sound or worked with a simple mp3 player or smart phone without dac and amps.

 

 

Best regards.

post #28 of 30
I actually don't own it (yet) but I have listened to it a few times and it's on my wish list for when I need a portable headphone in addition to my IEMs... and when I have money again :p

I don't know much about Andriod phones, but they should sound fine out of any player. There tends to be a bit less bass without a good amp, but the rich engaging sound that characterizes these should be there.

post #29 of 30

Everything I have wrote about them on the internet is straight out of the Nexus 4

 

Someone asked me the same question by PM. Honestly through the Clas -dB and Pico Power I am not feeling the synergy. The expanded stage makes it sound thinner and a bit strange. Fuller more coherent sound when switching back to straight headphone port

post #30 of 30

I did a side by side comparison today KEF M500s/Momentums/VModa M-100s thru a Sony PHA-1 playing from a stock Ipod 3g ALAC files

For me the KEFs were the best of the lot by far.They had a very nice all around sound.If I were to complain about anything at all it would be the actual design of the headphones themselves and perhaps a little shy on mid bass...other than that Id have to say they were the best closed can mobile HP Ive tested yet.

​I also tried them plugged straight into my Ipod and they again sounded good,but I had the volume maxed out..the amp/DAC def helped alot.
On my Galaxy 3 they sounded bad,but every headphone sounds horrid straight outta my Samsung...


The M100s were very nice with dark trance,but had too much bass to fully crank up the volume.For rock they were too V-shaped for my tastes.

The Momentums I did not like at all,except for on a couple acoustic tracks 

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