Audiophile-Grade Sound from Portable Wireless Headphones: Focal Bathys Feature Bluetooth 5.1, Active Noise Cancellation, Built-In 24-Bit/192kHz DAC
Skeptical about the sound quality you can get from a pair of portable, wireless headphones? Enhanced by patented aluminum/magnesium M-dome speaker drivers, the Focal Bathys upend conventional thought and design. Also able to be used via a wired connection, Bathys provide dynamic, accurate, and detailed playback that invites you to escape within your music.
Bolstered by an internal USB-DAC that supplies up to 24-bit/192kHz, 30 hours of battery life, two active noise-canceling modes, and adjustable EQ, Bathys has everything you could want from on-the-go ‘phones. And then some. Bluetooth 5.1, USB, and traditional jack connectivity abets Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice control — as well as a cool, defeatable, backlit flame at the center of the earcup.
Unlike most headphones on the market, Bathys also benefit by being made in Focal’s dedicated factory in France. A combination of high-grade materials ensures wearable comfort — as does the compact, lightweight form factor and pleasantly rounded shape of the earcups. A carrying case, and two cables come with every pair of these headphones that Forbes says “make an ideal travel companion.”
"For a wireless headphone performance, it's among the most engaging we have heard."
—What Hi-Fi?, five-star review
“The Bathys have a big, bold sound. Their transient attack is very quick, and if you're a fan of music heavily laden with drums and percussion, they have an extended but not fatiguing high end.”
—Jerold O’Brien, TONEAudio
"[These headphones offer] one of the best soundstages I've heard on Bluetooth over-ear headphones. The stereo image is wide, with instruments in the extreme left or right channels appearing like they are being performed right up against the shell of the ear cups."
—Alex Schiffer, Major Hi-Fi
"The Focal Bathys are an absolute joy to listen to, wired or wireless, and they never failed to reveal details in songs I thought I had already deeply explored..."
—Michael Brown, TechHive
"Bathys engages the listener with a lively frequency curve that simultaneously provides sparkling detail in the upper frequencies and tactile boom down low, with Focal's signature warm midrange..."
—Wayde Robson, Audioholics
Compatible with SBC, AAC, Apt-X, and Apt-X Adaptive codecs, Bathys offers a wide range of connectivity options: Bluetooth 5.1, jack, and USB. It delivers more than 30 hours of use in Bluetooth with ANC mode. Thanks to its fast-charging function, just 15 minutes of charge time will give you five extra hours.
The Active Noise Cancellation feature has two settings: The Soft setting provides limited noise reduction for moderately noisy environments, such as an office. The Silent setting offers optimum noise reduction for particularly noisy environments, such as aboard a train or airplane.
Bathys features high-grade materials (magnesium, real leather, and aluminum) and offers a design with optimal comfort for all head shapes. The rounded shapes of the ear-cup grilles embody Focal's refined aesthetic codes.
For more than 40 years, Focal has been designing and manufacturing free-standing and in-wall/in-ceiling loudspeakers for the home; monitors for recording studios; home theater gear; open-back and closed-back hi-fi headphones; and audio solutions for yachts. Based in Saint-Étienne in France, Focal has earned a reputation as a global leader in the audiophile world, thanks to its steadfast commitment to new technologies and innovations.
Bluetooth technology: 5.1 Multipoint
Bluetooth range: >15m
Bluetooth frequency range: 2402MHz - 2480Mhz
Audio codecs: SBC, AAC, aptX™ Adaptive, aptX™
30 hours Bluetooth Noise Cancelling
35 hours Jack mode
42 hours USB DAC
Voice assistants: Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa
Speaker drivers: 15/8" (40mm) Aluminium-Magnesium ‘M'-shaped dome, made in France
Frequency response: 15Hz to 22kHz
Harmonic distortion rate: <0.2% @1kHz
Weight: 0.77 lbs.
Control application: Focal & Naim, iOS and Android compatible
Connections: Bluetooth / Jack 3.5mm / USB-C