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Naim and Focal brandish Bentley Special Edition Hi-Fi and headphones

Naim Audio has released a special edition of its highly-rated Mu-So wireless music system, as part of the Bentley Collection, a curated selection of products said to embody the essence of the Bentley marque. Sister brand Focal is also onboard, with its Bentley Radiance headphones.

The Naim, Focal and Bentley brands have a long-standing relationship, with engineers working together on optimised Naim for Bentley in-car audio systems. 

The Naim Mu-so for Bentley Special Edition and Focal for Bentley Radiance headphones join the Bentley Collection: a curated selection of products, said to embody the essence of the Bentley marque.

Both the special edition Mu-So and headphones feature distinctive Bentley design cues, including colour accents which reference interior and exterior styling aspects of the Bentley Mulliner Bacalar.

Both the special edition Mu-So and headphones feature distinctive Bentley design cues…

Focal open-back Radiance headphones have big Bentley branding

The Bentley collab is the first Naim Mu-so to feature a wooden finish. It’s crafted from Ayous, a sustainable African hardwood, which is then stained and repeatedly lacquered to give a dramatic, dark finish. Other features include an exclusive smoked plinth, copper-threaded speaker grille and that signature Bentley lattice design surrounding the tactile volume dial, which illuminates to your touch.

The copper has been inspired by the exterior metal brightwork of the Bentley EXP 100 GT, while the etching on the ‘dial plate’ takes the form of a progressive diamond which echoes Bentley’s diamond-in-diamond interior quilting from the new Continental GT.

The Focal for Bentley Radiance headphones are a closed back design, with earcups finished in Pittards gloving leather. Pittards has been crafting leather in Somerset since 1826, and has been popularised by fashion houses and yacht racers alike.

“Bentley, Naim and Focal share an enthusiasm for innovation, dedication to  engineering excellence and a true passion that drives our respective areas  of expertise,” says says  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 Naim Mu-so for Bentley Special Edition and Focal for Bentley Radiance will be available from October, priced at £1,799 and £1,199 respectively.

About Steve May

Creator of Home Cinema Choice magazine, Steve muses and reviews for Trusted Reviews, T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice, Ideal Home, The Luxe Review, Channel News and the i newspaper. He’s also the editor of professional home cinema website Inside CI, and contributor to industry trade magazine ERT. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @SteveMay_UK

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