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KEF M500 on-ear headphones: Sleek and comfyThe British company's $300 headphones sound very good and feature excellent build quality.
Hi. I'm David Carnoy, executive editor at CNET.com and I'm here with the Kef M500 headphones in case you never heard of Kef. It's a British company that makes premium speakers but has entered the headphone market with a couple of models. The first thing I'll say about this headphone is one of the most comfortable in-ear models I've tested. It has memory foam in the ear pads and those pads rest nicely on your ears, sealing out a decent amount of ambient noise without feeling too snug. I also like the way they look they have a sleek modern design. They also appear to have excellent build quality with a lightweight aluminum frame and Kef's multi-directional smart hinge, which allows you to lay the headphones flat or fold them up for storage in their included carrying case. Along with that carrying case, you get 2 detachable cords, one of which has an integrated remote/microphone for cellphone use. Both cords have a flat tangle-resistant design and I like how they connect to the headphones on the back side of the aluminum frame. I cut the cable on the door handle and the cable detached from the headphone without incident, which is a good sign for this holding up well overtime. This ball has bigger bass in Kef's in-ear M200 headphone and while I prefer the sound, the M200 is the-- M500 are still quite good. They're well balanced, accurate and open headphones that offer a good detail and are pleasant to listen to for long periods. While they may not have the body, you know that fullest of sound to take you into the wild zone. They're very likable headphones and when you factor in their culmination of strong design and comfort level, it make for an excellent set of everyday headphones that worked well with the variety of music. At $300, they may not be a bargain but neither are most $300 headphones and at least these have an aluminum not plastic frames around them. I'm David Carnoy and those are the Kef M500 headphones. Thanks for watching.