The English Hi-fi manufacturer Naim Audio Ltd. started a partnership with the Automobile Group Bentley Motors Ltd. many years ago. This partnership is now to be extended to include the French company Focal, which, together with Naim Audio Ltd, is part of the VerVent Audio Group. Together, the so-called Bentley Connection will be expanded to include, for example, Naim Mu-so for Bentley Special Edition and Focal for Bentley Radiance Headphones.
The English high-end hi-fi manufacturer Naim Audio Ltd. has for many years maintained a close partnership with the car manufacturer Bentley Motors Ltd, a premium English brand of Volkswagen AG. This type of cooperation is by no means unusual. Many established manufacturers in the consumer electronics and high-end segments cooperate with a wide range of car manufacturers.
Such cooperations are of course very lucrative on the one hand, because when it comes to equipping entire model ranges of a car manufacturer with their own audio systems, this so-called automotive sector is an immensely important business area. On the other hand, cooperation such as that between Naim Audio Ltd. and Bentley Motors Ltd. is of course not about “numbers”, but rather about the prestige that both brands can gain from this cooperation.
The cooperation between Naim Audio Ltd and Bentley Motors Ltd began in 2008 and has involved the integration of Naim Audio Ltd in-car audio systems into Bentley Motors Ltd cars.
This partnership is now to be extended to include Focal JMlab, the French loudspeaker specialist with whom it has been associated since its acquisition by the Vervent Audio Group in 2014. Since then, Naim Audio Ltd and Focal JMlab have been cooperating more and more closely, focusing on the joint development and marketing of their products, up to and including Focal Powered by Naim Stores, so it is only natural that these synergies should also be used for the cooperation with Bentley Motors Ltd.
Naim Audio Ltd. is proud to announce that its long-standing partnership with Bentley Motors Ltd. has now been extended to include the sister brand Focal, according to the English, who will also be presenting two new solutions from the so-called Bentley Collection. One is a special version of the Naim Mu-so 2 Generation All-in-One system, the new Naim Mu-so for Bentley Special Edition, and the other is a special version of a headphone, the Focal for Bentley Radiance Headphone.
“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.Charlie Henderson, Managing Director Naim Audio Ltd.
The new Naim Mu-so for Bentley Special Edition is of course based on the Naim Mu-so 2n generation, a wireless speaker system that is both stylish and compact, yet extremely versatile and delivers a very pleasing sound. The system offers a wide range of connectivity options, including UPnP, Apple AirPlay and Google Cast, Roon Ready and Bluetooth, as well as off-network streaming and an HDMI port, making it an excellent audio solution for use with a television. It is worth noting that, according to the manufacturer, the new Special Edition has a noble wood finish for the first time. It is made from Ayous, a sustainable African hardwood, which is then expertly stained and repeatedly lacquered to give this system a dramatic dark finish that is unique to this system, according to Naim Audio Ltd.
The new Focal for Bentley Radiance Headphone is designated as a high-end solution, which uses the latest technologies from Focal JMlab to guarantee impressive dynamics and detail reproduction. The manufacturer is talking about a so-called Circum-aural closed-back headphone, the core of which are full-range drivers with a diameter of 40 mm, which are made of an aluminium-magnesium alloy and have a so-called M-shape dome. The focus here was on a rich, deep bass reproduction with balanced mid-range and fine treble.
From a technical point of view, the headphones have an impedance of 35 ohms and a sensitivity of 101 dB; they should be able to reproduce a frequency range between 5 Hz and 23 kHz. A detachable cable with 1.2 m length and 3.5 mm stereo jack plug is included in the scope of delivery. OFC 24 AWG is used as material for the conductors. Also included is a matching hard-shell carry case.
Of course, the design was based on the Bentley Design Codes, according to the manufacturer, so the new Focal for Bentley Radiance Headphone is in black with copper accents. The headband and ear pads are covered with full-grain Pittard leather and feature Bentley’s iconic “Diamond” motif.
“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.Chris Craft, Member of the Board, Sales and Marketing Bentley Motors Ltd
Prices are of course also a matter of discussion: according to information currently available the Naim Mu-so for Bentley Special Edition will be offered for € 1,999, the Focal for Bentley Radiance Headphone will cost € 1,299. The two new models in the Bentley Collection, the Naim Mu-so for Bentley Special Edition and the Focal for Bentley Radiance Headphone, will be available shortly directly from the websites of Bentley Motors Ltd, Naim Audio Ltd and Focal JMlab, and in selected shops.
Getting to the point
Naim Audio Ltd. is proud to announce that its long-standing partnership with Bentley Motors Ltd. has now been extended to include the sister brand Focal, according to the English, who are also presenting two new solutions from the so-called Bentley Collection. One is a special version of the Naim Mu-so 2 Generation All-in-One system, the new Naim Mu-so for Bentley Special Edition, and the other is a special version of a headphone, the Focal for Bentley Radiance Headphone.
|Manufacturer:||Naim Audio Ltd.|
|Distribution:||Focal Naim Deutschland GmbH|
|Price:||Naim Mu-so for Bentley Special Edition € 1.999,-|
Focal for Bentley Radiance Headphone € 1.299,-