Focal Bathys Dune, Hi-Fi Bluetooth headphones with active noise reduction and Mimi hearing test

The French manufacturer presented the Focal Bathys Dune Bluetooth Hi-Fi headphones with active noise reduction last week in Paris. If all the technical characteristics of the original Focal Bathys are present, the Dune model brings two notable developments. Presentation.

The first change concerns the shape, the Focal Bathys Dune has a beige, sandy color finish some would say, as opposed to the shiny black color (Black Silver) of the Bathys reference. The second development linked to the Focal Bathys Dune concerns the background with the presence of the Mimi hearing test functionality signed by the German company Mimi Hearng Technologies. The latter, via the Focal & Naim application, offers to optimize the sound reproduction of the Focal Bathys Dune according to your hearing, i.e. your ability to hear, or not, certain frequencies of the audio spectrum. Good news, owners of Focal Bathys headphones can also benefit from the Mimi hearing test, simply by updating their Focal & Naim application.

Focal Bathys Dune, the main specifications

Compatible multipoint Bluetooth 5.1 with management of SBC, AAC, APT-X and APT-X Adaptive codecs, the Bathys headphones are a Hi-Fi Bluetooth model with active noise reduction from the French brand Focal.

Focal Bathys Dune, Hi-Fi and traveler headphones

In addition to wireless sources, the headset has a wired mode with USB-Dac mode for a resolution of up to 192 kHz/24 bits. For this purpose, two cables are provided: 1.2 m mini-Jack and 1.2 meter USB-C.

On the sound side, note speakers made in France in Saint-Étienne, equipped with a 40 mm aluminum/magnesium M profile dome. For noise reduction, two modes are available: Silent for loud ambient noise (plane, train, etc.) and Soft for concentration at home or in the office. Also note, a Transparency mode to perceive your environment and the Clear Voice Capture process for always intelligible telephone conversations. The Focal Bathys Dune also has a total of eight microphones.

Focal Bathys Dune, ergonomics and comfort

With the Focal Bathys Dune headphones, comfort is also provided via memory foam ear cushions covered in leather. The steel/aluminum headband is also gloved in real leather. Control of the Focal Bathys Dune is done through the Focal & Naim application or using the buttons located below the right earpiece. Last clarification, it is possible to light up the Focal logo, i.e. the flame on the sides of the earpieces. We should also point out the integrated Alexa voice assistant and the Works with Hey Google certification.

The battery life is more than 30 hours, and fast charging offers 5 additional hours of listening time for 15 minutes of charging.

Available. Indicative price: 799 euros.

Reminder of the key characteristics of the Focal Bathys:

• Type: closed dynamic circum-aural headphones

• Speakers: dynamic full-range M dome in aluminum/magnesium, 40 mm diameter

• Frequency response: 15 Hz-22 kHz

• Harmonic distortion rate (THD): < 0.2% @ 1 kHz

• Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.1

• Codecs: SBC, AAC, APT-X Adaptive, APT-X

• Certification: Hi-Res Audio

• Function: USB-Dac

• Active noise reduction: yes

• Assistants voice: Amazon Alexa, Works with Hey Google

• Battery life: 30 h Bluetooth Noise Canceling, 35 h Jack mode, 42 h USB DAC mode. Fast charging offers 5 additional hours of listening time for 15 minutes of charging

• Other(s): two cables provided: 1 1.2 m 3.5 mm mini-Jack cable, 1 1.2 m USB cable -C

• Weight: 350 g