I’ve no hesitation in admitting that Focal makes a few of my favourite audio gear, so every time the corporate declares a brand new set of headphones, my ears perk up. This time the announcement is a bit totally different than standard although: it’s launching the brand new Focal Radiance as part of a partnership with Bentley. Yep, that Bentley.
As you would possibly anticipate given the partnership, the Radiance are premium headphones, coming in at a cool $1,300 (£1199/€1300). For the worth, you’re getting a chic black and copper closed-back design with leather-based earpads and a flowery diamond grille sample. The headphones use Focal’s 40mm M-shaped dome frequent all through a lot of Focal’s high-end headphones.
That mentioned, it’s additionally price noting these are removed from the costliest headphones in Focal’s lineup. The Focal Utopia and Stellia, as an example, use fancier beryllium drivers and are available at roughly $three,000 and $four,000 every, so it’s good to see that Focal doesn’t appear to be overcharging simply for slapping a Bently brand on a brand new pair of headphones.
The Radiance is roughly on par with the $1,500 Focal Clear price-wise, which makes use of comparable drivers in a decidedly much less fancy enclosure. Hopefully, they carry out equally effectively, because the Clear stays considered one of my reference headphones a number of years after I first heard them.
Headphones apart, Naim (Focal’s sister firm) can also be releasing a brand new Bentley-themed version of the Mu-So 2, an all-in-one streaming speaker. Whereas this isn’t an all-new product just like the Radiance, after I examined this speaker I used to be impressed by the sound high quality that would emerge from a single field.
This new variant additionally options nifty copper accents and is the primary Mu-so to characteristic a wood end. Naim is utilizing Ayous “a sustainable African hardwood” that provides the unit a distinctly extra luxe look than the Mu-so’s different iterations. You’ll pay for it although, as this variant retails for $2,199(£1799/€1999) in comparison with the $1,599 of the usual model.
The Focal Radiance and Mu-so for Bentley Particular Version will probably be obtainable beginning October from Focal, Naim, and Bentley sellers, in addition to the businesses’ internet shops.