KEF M200 in-ear headphones

The Good The KEF M200 Hi-Fi Earphones deliver very clean, well-balanced sound and feature impressive build quality with aluminum housings and a flexible arm to keep the earphones securely in place. They also have an Apple-friendly inline remote/microphone and come with a nice carrying case.

The Bad Because the housing is so large, some people will have trouble getting a tight seal and comfortable fit with the included eartips. Not getting a tight seal will seriously impact sound quality.

The Bottom Line The KEF M200s sound excellent, with clean, accurate sound, but they just won't fit some ears.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Sound 9.0
  • Value 7.0
7.1 Overall

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Review

Iffy fit, but impressive sound

In case you've never heard of KEF, it's a British company that makes premium speakers that generally sound really good. Those speakers tend to be a bit pricey -- and some are very pricey -- but now the company has made a foray into the headphone market with two new models, the $200 M200 Hi-Fi Earphones reviewed here and the $300 M500, an on-ear model.

Frankly, I had a bit of a hard time reviewing these headphones. As you can see, they have a pretty unique design. They're large for an in-ear model and that's because they have two drivers jammed into their aluminum housings.

The larger, 10mm driver is dedicated to low frequencies and the smaller, 5.5mm driver is dedicated to highs and mids. That's all great -- and the headphones sound impressive, with accurate, detailed sound. They really are an audiophile headphone and in terms of sound they can hold their own against most in-ear models in this price class.

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