Both Stef & myself drive a Bentley, that’s why we got the news through that they are going to collab with Naim and Focal. Wait, no, that’s not right, I was dreaming that last night. Anyway, Bentley continue their partnership with Naim, formed some 12 years ago and as Naim & Focal became unfied in 2011, the three have come under one umbrella for two new exciting products, the Naim Mu-so for Bentley Special Edition and Focal for Bentley Radiance headphones.
“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 honour proudly held heritage principles, blending them with cutting-edge technologies to define new benchmarks in premium performance and customer experience,” says Charlie Henderson, Managing Director of Naim Audio.
“Bentley and Naim are celebrating the 12th year of a successful partnership founded on unrivalled quality and a passion to create the ultimate customer experience. The world’s most powerful in-car sound system available in the market heightens Bentley’s extraordinary drive with music that speaks to the heart. The new Mu-so system extends that experience and enjoyment from our cars to the home, delivering peerless sound performance and enhancing the lifestyle of Bentley’s discerning customers,” says Chris Craft, Member of the Board: Sales and Marketing at Bentley Motors.
Naim Mu-so for Bentley Special Edition
This is a unique edition of Naim’s multi-Award-winning Mu-so 2nd Generation: a wireless speaker system that offers authentic audio expertise blended with the latest music-streaming technology, exquisite build quality, delightful usability and even the ability to transform your TV sound. The powerful Naim Mu-so can be enjoyed on its own or as part of a multi-room system, all with easy App control. Just look at it, it oozes sophistication and luxury, I just hope it delivers on sound quality too.
“The copper seen within the Naim Mu-so for Bentley Special Edition was inspired by the exterior metal brightwork of the EXP 100 GT, and represents Bentley’s move towards more sustainable materials for the future. This theme was mirrored through the weave of the front mesh as a highlight and can be seen in the anodised, machined veins at the back,” says Stefan Sielaff, Director of Design at Bentley.
Focal for Bentley Radiance
Created, developed and made in France, Radiance headphones are a closed-back design that incorporate a combination of the best Focal technologies and high-quality materials. They share the sonic signature of the Naim Mu-so, for a consistently excellent musical experience anywhere.
Again, these headphones ooze luxury and not just in appearance now but comfort too by the sounds of it. The earcups are finished in soft, breathable Pittards gloving leather, for incredible comfort. Pittards has been crafting leather in Somerset since 1826, with its ultra-soft yet durable designs used by everyone from fashion houses to round-the-world yacht racers and the military; Spitfire pilots wore Pittards gloves. That’s cool!
Naim Mu-so for Bentley Special Edition and Focal for Bentley Radiance will be available from October, from selected Focal, Naim and Bentley retailers, and direct from Focal, Naim and Bentley web stores.
Suggested retail pricing will be £1799/€1999/$2199 for the Naim Mu-so for Bentley Special Edition, and £1199/€1299/$1299 for the Focal for Bentley Radiance. For the speaker, I get it, and as long as it performs, the price is justified. The headphones, however, need to blow one’s socks off to justify that price tag! Time will tell…