KEF M500/M200 Impressions Thread
Aug 15, 2013 at 8:55 PM Post #151 of 1,358

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What are some of the main sounds differences between the M200/M500? I realize there are some obvious discrepancies with one being an IEM and the other an on-ear headphone, but from what others have described they seem to share similarities.
 
Also, would the M200 be comfortable for smaller ears?
 
Aug 15, 2013 at 9:33 PM Post #152 of 1,358

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M200 is much more refined than the w4 and ie-8. Ie-8 has more bass quantity but m200's bass far superior quality. M200 beats both of them.
 
Aug 15, 2013 at 10:05 PM Post #153 of 1,358

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I have a friend who uses small to medium tips and he found monster tips made the M200 comfortable for him.
 
Aug 15, 2013 at 10:29 PM Post #155 of 1,358

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Aug 15, 2013 at 10:38 PM Post #156 of 1,358

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Alright, thanks for the help!
 
I will probably place my order sometime this week or the next (since they're only $200) depending on if I want to really splurge and get a pair of W4R's. I'll give early impressions and comparisons to my RE-400 and e-Q5 upon receiving them.
 
Aug 15, 2013 at 10:48 PM Post #157 of 1,358

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Be prepared to use either UE or monster tips though, my friend hated the original tips and they do look like they would not work for small ears to me.
 
Aug 15, 2013 at 11:01 PM Post #159 of 1,358

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Happy listening then :)
 
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Aug 16, 2013 at 9:49 AM Post #161 of 1,358

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What is the volume setting required from an iPod Touch headphone out to adequately power these 12ohm impedance phones...  Given their marketing to ensure they respect the volume limitations as directed by the EU I would imagine you would not be able to get them too loud.  Just wondering if an iPod Touch would be sufficient for someone with normal hearing.
 
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Aug 16, 2013 at 11:34 AM Post #162 of 1,358

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Thanks for mentioning the EU thing about hearing, that definitely helps explain why I am cranking the volume up on these.

I have to turn it up considerably but am able to listen to these at enjoyable levels while still have room on my Nokia 920 to go louder (10 more notches or 1/3 from my loudest volume setting).
 
Aug 16, 2013 at 11:57 AM Post #163 of 1,358

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Thanks for mentioning the EU thing about hearing, that definitely helps explain why I am cranking the volume up on these.

I have to turn it up considerably but am able to listen to these at enjoyable levels while still have room on my Nokia 920 to go louder (10 more notches or 1/3 from my loudest volume setting).

It's probably just because they have pretty low impedance paired with fairly low sensitivity - not such a mystery. Sometimes people forget that low impedance headphones can be hard to drive too.
 
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It's probably just because they have pretty low impedance paired with fairly low sensitivity - not such a mystery. Sometimes people forget that low impedance headphones can be hard to drive too.


I think they designed it specifically IAW the EU requirements which is why they chose such a low impedance and sensitivity (i.e. 12 ohms and 94dB with a maximum input power of 10mW):
 
 
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For your comfort and safety, KEF headphones are designed to comply with the CENELEC standard EN60065/A12 for protection against excessive sound pressure.

 
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Aug 16, 2013 at 12:25 PM Post #165 of 1,358

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So to reiterate, I have 1/3 volume to play with from the loudest volume I listen at. So think these have room for people to go louder than I do.

good info on how these were designed from the last couple of posts. You guys have put my mind at ease regarding my volume settings on my phone.
 

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