Twelve years after their partnership with Bentley Motors, Naim and Focal have introduced two brand new Bentley Special Edition products – the Naim Mu-so wireless speaker for Bentley Special Edition and the Focal headphones for Bentley Radiance. And well, easy appearance on them.
The former is a redesign of the current Naim Mu-so – a five-star, all-in-one music system that we have labeled “great sounding” and “fully featured” – while the latter is brand new Bentley. Flavored, high-quality, closed over-ears from Focal.
Both new additions to the Bentley collection were developed by audio and design specialists from all three companies. As you̵
Naim’s first-generation Mu-so (and Mu-so Qb) received Bentley treatment back in 2016, but the aesthetic approach for the second-generation Mu-so is markedly different – and even more noticeable in our opinion. Here, the color accents of the Mu-so are influenced by the design of the Bentley Mulliner Bacalar (which itself is inspired by the electric EXP 100 GT concept car), while the characteristic Bentley grille design directly surrounds the illuminated volume control on the top is a reference to the legendary quilting of Car brand diamond seats.
This is the first Mu-so with a wooden surface, the standard Mu-so and its predecessor opt for brushed aluminum. It is made of African hardwood Ayous, which is complemented by a smoked base and a loudspeaker grille with copper threads. Smart indeed.
“The copper on display in the Naim Mu-so for the Bentley Special Edition was inspired by the metal exterior of the EXP 100 GT and represents Bentley’s drive for more sustainable materials for the future. This theme was mirrored as a highlight through the mesh of the front mesh and can be seen in the anodized, processed wires on the back, ”says Stefan Sielaff, Design Director at Bentley.
“The etching on the ‘dial plate’ is in the shape of a progressive diamond that grows elegantly from the center and is a nod to Bentley’s diamond-in-diamond quilting on the new Continental GT,” he adds.
Meanwhile, like all Focal dishes, the Focal Bentley Radiance has also brought out the copper accent and grandeur of the grid pattern. Their ear cups are made from Pittards’ superb glove leather (because if it’s good enough for yacht racers and Spitfire pilots, it’s good enough for Focal), and they come complete with a bespoke carry case made from the same woven material as that Loudspeaker grille of the Bentley Mu-so.
If the Radiances are of the all-round quality of other high-end Focal headphones like the Stellias, future owners will be in for a real treat.
The Naim Mu-so for Bentley Special Edition and Focal for Bentley Radiance will be available in October, priced at £ 1,799 ($ 2,199) and £ 1,199 ($ 1,299), respectively.
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