Naim Audio and Focal have worked together to develop two new products, the Naim Mu-so for Bentley Special Edition wireless speaker system ($2,199), and Focal for Bentley Radiance headphones ($1,299) forming part of The Bentley Collection. The partnership began in 2008 when Naim worked with Bentley Motors on in-car audio systems. Both products are inspired by design cues from the Bentley Mulliner Bacalar and a recurring lattice pattern is prompted by the carmaker’s diamond seat quilting.
“Bentley, Naim and Focal share an enthusiasm for innovation, dedication to engineering excellence and a true passion that drives our respective areas of expertise,” said Charlie Henderson, Managing Director of Naim Audio. “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.”
The Special Edition is the first Naim Mu-so to feature a wooden finish, crafted from Ayous, a sustainable dark African hardwood, and the product includes a smoked plinth, copper-threaded speaker grille and signature Bentley lattice design surrounding the illuminating volume dial. The Radiance headphones share the same “sonic signature” of the Mu-so and are finished in soft Pittards gloving leather for increased comfort, and used by “fashion houses and round-the-world yacht racers,” according to Focal. Pittard gloves were also worn by Spitfire pilots. The cans include a bespoke carry case, finished in the same woven material featured on the speaker grille of the Naim Mu-so.
Martin, a seasoned journalist and AV expert, has written for several notable print magazines. He’s served in key roles at Lucasfilm’s THX Division, NEC’s digital cinema division, and has even consulted for DreamWorks. Despite his illustrious career, Martin remains rooted in his passion for cinema and acting, with notable appearances in several Spielberg films, Doctor Who, and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. He currently resides in San Francisco.
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