Firmly anchored in the High Fidelity universe, B&W and KEF have created some of the most mythical loudspeakers in the audio galaxy… The confrontation between their 2 favorite headsets was therefore inevitable. Here’s what we think!
With its P5, B&W had made a very noticeable entry into the high-end mobile headset segment, and achieved almost dazzling success. Today, the very recent KEF M500 wants to walk on these flowerbeds… What about the facts?
Wiser in terms of design, the B&W P5 offers a rather different sound, especially with regard to the restitution of the high register. This one stands out as more defined, more incisive, and finally, a little more highlighted than on an M500. This gives the P5 a rather “clear” sound, especially since the bass remains discreet and wonderfully tamed. It’s clean, lively, well articulated… B&W all spit! The medium is slightly set back from the treble: this contributes to obtaining this very fine and volatile sound aesthetic that has made it so successful. Lovers of Jazz, Classical Music or very elaborate styles will appreciate this very special sound! In this regard, we were dazzled by the splendid reproduction of the album aurora by Avishai Cohen, in which each instrument reaches us with quite remarkable realism and precision. Finally, on the comfort side, nothing to complain about: the shape memory pads adapt well to the ears, and the weight of 195 grams remains extremely reasonable.
It’s hard to choose a winner… However, depending on your musical affinities, you can easily determine the headphones that suit you best. Indeed, while fans of Jazz, Classical or Acoustic music will undoubtedly prefer the B&W P5, listeners who appreciate eclecticism can count on the versatility, softness and presence of the KEF M500.
NB1: The two helmets have a microphone and a remote control compatible with iPod/iPad/iPhone.
NB 2: You own one of these helmets, do not hesitate to say what you think in a brief comment 🙂!
Avishai Cohen – Aurora
Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation Of
Adele – 21