Focal recently announced its first-ever Bluetooth headphone with active noise canceling features – meet the Focal Bathys. With the new Focal Bathys, the company competes with other Bluetooth headphones with ANC features, like the Sony WH-1000XM5, Bowers & Wilkins Px8, and many more. Focal is known for its high-end HiFi headphones that are popular among the audiophile community. Looks like the Bathys will not only target the audiophile market, but also the regular consumers who are looking for a high-end HiFi headphone that could probably be better than the current existing ANC headphones in the market. Check out more of its features, specs, pricing, and availability from the official news release below.
UPDATE: The Focal Bathys is now listed on Amazon.com here.
Focal unveils its first-ever Hi-Fi Bluetooth
and ANC headphones – Bathys
Focal presents Bathys, its first wireless headphones with Active noise cancellation. 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 canceling 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 and 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-canceling 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) USB-C®) are supplied with 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 Aluminium/Magnesium dome, the Bathys speaker drivers deliver 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 an 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 Aluminium for 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 and 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.
Focal Bathys Pricing and Availability
The Focal Bathys Bluetooth ANC headphone will be available starting October 2022. It comes with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $799 USD.
(#ad) UPDATE: The Focal Bathys is now listed on Amazon.com here.
Focal Bathys Specifications
|Type||Closed-back wireless headphones with active noise cancelling|
|Bluetooth technology||5.1 Multipoint|
|Bluetooth frequency range||2402MHz – 2480Mhz|
|Audio codecs||SBC, AAC, aptX™ Adaptive, aptX™|
|Battery life||30 hours Bluetooth Noise Cancelling|
35 hours Jack mode
42 hours USB DAC
|Voice assistants||Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa|
|Other features||Google Fast Pair|
|Speaker drivers||15/8″ (40mm) Aluminium-Magnesium ‘M’-shaped dome, made in France|
|Frequency response||15Hz to 22kHz|
|Harmonic distortion rate||<0.2% @1kHz|
|Carrying case supplied||97/16″x81/4″x23/4″ (24x21x7cm)|
|Control application||Focal & Naim, iOS and Android compatible|
|Connections||Bluetooth / Jack 3.5mm / USB-C|
• Rigid carrying case supplied
• 2 cables supplied: one 4ft (1.2m) Jack cable; one 4ft (1.2m) USB-C® cable
• Quick start guide