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Focal Bathys – Focal’s new Hi-Fi Bluetooth 5.1 and ANC headphones

French audio brand Focal has unveiled Focal Bathys, its first wireless headphones with Active noise cancellation, and 5.1 Bluetooth connectivity.

Available now, the Focal Bathys promises 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, more than 30 hours of battery life, high-grade materials and a number of attractive features: Focal Bathys is the new must-have Bluetooth headphone set to enhance the user’s travel experiences.

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, the company said.

The headphones offer two noise-cancelling modes: a “Silent” mode optimised 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 the user to hear sounds around when needed.

Easily accessible control buttons and Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice assistants are provided “for effortless use” meanwhile, and the Focal Bathys also has an adjustable EQ to customise 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, Focal 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, Focal 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) USB-C) are supplied with the headphones for optimal wired listening to suit all uses.

A refined aesthetic signature

The Bathys design is inherited from Focal’s open- and closed-back headphones, the brand states. These ergonomic headphones combine refined materials, such as Magnesium on the yokes, real leather on the headband and Aluminium 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 centre 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 colourway. Designed to be lighter, more compact and with superior staying power, Focal claims the headphones make the ideal travel companion. A carrying case is also supplied with the headphones.

Made in France

Manufactured in Saint-Étienne at the Focal workshops, the speaker drivers inside the Bathys headphones feature a Aluminium/Magnesium dome, delivering a deep bass, soft trebles and a clear mid-range, for an extremely precise sound, Focal claims. The integrated USB-DAC mode offers a resolution of up to 24 bit / 192kHz.

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.

Key Selling Points

  • Compatible with SBC, AAC, Apt-X™ and Apt-X™ Adaptive codecs, with an extensive choice of connectivity modes (Bluetooth, Jack, USB)
  • Two noise-cancelling modes
  • High-end materials with drivers crafted in France

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