FOCAL Bathys Bluetooth Headphones | NEWS






The new FOCAL Bathys advances the acclaimed FOCAL headphone lineup into wireless territory, and we suspect so with a winning recipe that’s destined to change the way we look at both Bluetooth and ANC (active noise cancelling) technology.

Introducing Bathys, a bluetooth headphone that fully adapts upstream technologies from FOCAL headphones, like the ones we’ve reviewed: Utopia, Stellia, and the forthcoming Clear MG.

In the press release below are the technical details, price, and availability. Along with some photographs of the new Bathys headphones that I took with my second wife on our summer yacht in Malta. Enjoy!

PRESS RELEASE


Focal Unveils Its First-Ever Hi-Fi Bluetooth® and ANC Headphones: Bathys

October 4, 2022 – Focal presents Bathys, its first wireless headphones with Active noise cancellation and high-fidelity sound.

Benefiting from the brand’s savoir-faire in sound and high-end headphones prowess, Bathys delivers a pure hi-fi sound, via 5.1 Bluetooth® multipoint or wired connection thanks to its USB-DAC mode.

The headphones boast Focal speaker drivers made in France, high-performance noise cancelling technology, over 30 hours of battery life, high-grade materials and a number of attractive features. Bathys is the new must-have Bluetooth® headphone set to enhance all your travels.

HIGH-FIDELITY SOUND & MULTIPLE FEATURES

Bathys offers a detailed, precise and dynamic sound, showcasing the high-fidelity sound responsible for Focal’s reputation for over 40 years, both in France and worldwide.

It offers two noise-cancelling modes for a total escape into your music: a “Silent” mode optimized for journeys with high background noise (planes, trains, etc.) and a “Soft” mode to help with focus at home, in the office, etc. It also features a “Transparency” mode that allows you to hear sounds around you when needed.

Easily accessible control buttons and Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice assistants are provided for effortless use. It also has an adjustable EQ to customize the sound. The voice assistants, EQ and other settings are available in the dedicated app developed by Focal.

Compatible with SBC, AAC, Apt-X™ and Apt-X™ Adaptive codecs, Bathys provides an extensive choice of connectivity modes (Bluetooth®, Jack, USB). It also has a Clear Voice Capture microphone technology for crystal clear telephone conversations.

In terms of battery life, Bathys offers over 30 hours of use, with its fast-charging function giving you 5 extra listening hours in just 15 minutes. Finally, two cables – 4ft (1.2m) 3.5mm Jack and 4ft (1.2m) USBC® – are supplied with the headphones for optimal wired listening to suit all uses.

MADE IN FRANCE SPEAKER DRIVERS

Manufactured in Saint-Étienne at the Focal workshops, the speaker drivers inside the Bathys headphones benefit from the expertise of a brand that constantly innovates to improve its products, providing the ideal solution regardless of how you want to listen.

With their Aluminum/Magnesium dome, the Bathys speaker drivers deliver a deep bass, soft trebles and a clear mid-range, for an extremely precise sound. The integrated USB-DAC mode offers a resolution of up to 24 bit / 192kHz for even more impressive performance.

A REFINED AESTHETIC SIGNATURE

The Bathys design is inherited from Focal’s open- and closed-back headphones. These ergonomic headphones combine refined materials, such as Magnesium on the yokes, real leather on the headband and Aluminum for a robust construction, resulting in outstanding comfort for any head shape. The earcup grilles reflect Focal’s distinctive headphones design code, with its highly aesthetic curves. Focal’s flame symbol features at the center of the earcup, incorporating a white backlight system to be activated if desired, for an understated, chic visual effect. Another standout feature of Bathys is its elegant and timeless Black Silver colorway. Designed to be lighter, more compact and with superior staying power, it is the ideal travel companion. A meticulously finished carrying case is supplied with the headphones.

BATHYS: WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Bathys comes from the word ‘bathyscaphe’, the first submarine exploration vehicle. The embodiment of calm, depth and absolute silence, this vessel is the inspiration behind the name of these ANC headphones.

Bathys will be available October 2022 for $799.

For more information on Bathys: https://www.focal.com/en/headphones-0/headphones/for-travel/bathys

ABOUT VERVENT AUDIO GROUP

VerVent Audio was born in 2011, incorporating Focal and Naim Audio. Each brand brings its savoir-faire: Focal is a French manufacturer of hi-fi loudspeaker and speakers, pro-audio monitors, in-car audio, custom-install products and headphones. Naim is a renowned British electronics specialist, specializing in two-channel hi-fi, multi-room music streaming systems, amplifiers. Both are recognized as exceptional brands in their countries: Naim is a multiple Queen’s Award winner, while Focal is designated by the French state as an ‘Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant’. Together, they have united their unique areas of excellence and innovation and constitute a reference point in the world.

ABOUT FOCAL NAIM NORTH AMERICA

Born from the merger of Focal, world leader in acoustic sound made in France, and Naim Audio, world leader in British-made hi-fi electronics, VerVent Audio Group’s brand subsidiaries signal a new investment phase and direction for VerVent in the US and Canada. By creating its own distribution entity, the group is striving to turn the North American territory into the market leader for Focal and Naim.

Since joining forces, Naim and Focal have united their unique areas of excellence and innovation, meaning even higher levels of authentic audio performance are possible – taking you closer to the music you love.

For more information on each brand visit: www.focal.com, www.naimaudio.com. Focal Naim America: www.focalnaimamerica.com