Twelve years of their partnership with Bentley Motors, Naim and Focal have launched two new Bentley special edition products – Naim Mu-So for Bentley Special Edition wireless speakers and Focal of Bentley Radiance headphones. And, well, right Appearance Towards them.
The former is a remake of the current Naim Mu-so a five-star all-in-one music system that we passed on to be “fantastic-sounding” and “full-featured” – although the latter is a brand new Bentley-flavored, high-end, Focal to close-back over-ear.
Both new additions to the Bentley collection have been created by audio and design experts from three companies and, as you would expect, they feature unique nodes in the luxurious Bentley design.
Naim’s first-generation Mu-so (and Mu-so Kibi, then) Bentley treatment was back in 2016, but the aesthetic approach for second-generation Mu-so is different – and in our opinion, even more interesting. Here, Mu-So’s color accents are influenced by the styling of the Bentley Mullina ballerina (which itself is inspired by the XP100 GT electronic concept car), but the signature Bentley lattice design is illuminated around the top-panel volume dial directly to the car brand’s iconic diamond seat.
Along with the wood finish, it also prefers the first Mu-so, standard Mu-so and its predecessor for brushed aluminum styling. It is made from African hardwood aisles, complemented by smoked plinths and copper-threaded speaker grills. Really smart.
“The copper seen in the Naim Miu for the Bentley Special Edition was inspired by the XP100GT’s exterior metallic luminous work and represents Bentley’s move towards more durable materials in the future. This theme was mirrored by the front mesh knitting as a highlight and can be seen in the anodized, machine veins at the back, ”said Stephen Silaf, director of Bentley design.
“The etching on the ‘dial plate’ takes the form of a progressive diamond that grows nicely from the center and conforms to the interior of Bentley’s diamond-in-diamond from the new Continental GT,” he added.
Meanwhile, the radioactivity in the Focal Bentley – made, developed and manufactured in France like all focal rentals – also honors the splendor of the copper accent and lattice pattern. Their ear cups end up in Peters’ distinctive gloving skin (because it’s good enough for yacht racers and Spitfire pilots, it’s good enough for focal ones), and they come complete with a bispoke carry case that is found in the same knitted material as the finished Bentley Mi-So’s. Speaker grill.
If Focal’s other high-end headphones, like the Stadias, are of overall quality, then future owners have a real treat.
For the special edition of the Bentley, the Num Mu Mu-So and the Focal of the Bentley Radiance will be available from October priced at 17 99 1799 (99 2199) and £ 1199 (12 99 1299) respectively.
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