Three brands and one glorious collaboration. The best in acoustics, electronics, and luxury motoring have come together to create a unique collection of audio products that should be on your Christmas list this year. Focal high-fidelity solutions, Naim Electronics, and Bentley merged high-end design with precision engineering to create an unforgettable experience for audiophiles. So, what was the product of this super team’s work?
Bentley has been known for the past 100 years for its consistency in automotive innovation and dedication to engineering with its beautifully designed high-performance vehicles. Bentley’s engineers aspired to bring the same level of heritage to these luxury audio products. The Bentley team tapped the minds of Naim Audio to create a special edition Mu-So wireless home speaker and Focal for a pair of Radiance headphones. Both products directly infuse the essence of some of Bentley’s most iconic cars. But, we are getting ahead of ourselves.
For the uninitiated, Focal is a world-renowned French brand that prides themselves with their high-fidelity solutions. If you are an audiophile, you have definitely come across this 40-year-old brand. At the same time, Naim’s team of infinitely curious engineers has consistently aspired to create some of the world’s best speakers. Both brands are heralded for their expertise and remarkable products. Between Bentley, Naim, and Focal, these brands represent more than 200 years of knowledge and cutting edge engineering. So, are the products any good?
As mentioned above, both audio products share the DNA of some of Bentley’s most iconic cars. Stated in the Bentley Motors’ press release, “Not just for music fans, the new products take aesthetic cues from Bentley’s iconic design language including the Bentley Mulliner Bacalar and the EXP 100 GT. If you take a look at the Naim Mu-So wireless speakers for Bentley Special Edition, it is hard to miss it.
The award-winning Mu-so second-generation speakers include a stunning wood finish crafted from a sustainable African hardwood called Ayous. The color and accent of the speakers take the design cues of the cars mentioned above. Like the Focal headphones, Eagled-eyed Bentley fans will quickly notice that the tactile volume dial is finished with Bentley’s signature lattice design.
The wireless speakers can be used on its own or as a multi-room system. The sound system boasts 450 watts, six custom-designed drivers, and a powerful 16-core 32-bit digital signal processor. You can play all your favorites songs with Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay 2, and Chromecast. We are trying to figure out what album to play first. Queen – News of the World? Michael Jackson – Thriller? David Bowie – Blackstar?
Created and developed in France, the Radiance headphones take some of Focal’s best sound technologies and place them into a high-quality Bentley designed over-ear headphone. Enjoy music anywhere as the Radiance headphones offer soft and breathable black leather earcups perfectly complemented by the Bentley styled copper accents. You will find the elegant diamond shapes of Bentley’s seat quilting, distinctive headlamps, and other design aspects woven into the design. The high-fidelity headphones pack a punch and include a 40 mm full-range speaker driver with aluminum/magnesium “M” shape dome and are packed in a soft-touch Focal for Bentley box.
Naim Mu-so Special Edition and Focal for Bentley Radiance will be available in October and will cost $2199 and $1300, respectively. As mentioned by Charlie Henderson, Managing Director of Naim Audio, “Bentley, Naim, and Focal share an enthusiasm for innovation, dedication to engineering excellence, and a true passion that drives our respective areas of expertise. There is also a collective desire to honor proudly held heritage principles, blending them with cutting-edge technologies to define new benchmarks in premium performance and customer experience.”
Would you pick up these headphones or speakers? What would you listen to? Or are you going to wait for Neuralink so that you can directly stream music into your brain?