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The wired models from Focal have had massive success in the audio market. And with the massive demand for wireless headphones, it was time for Focal to introduce a premium wireless mode to the brand’s range – the Bathys!

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The Bathys is not really the first wireless model from the French brand. Focal has introduced lower-priced wireless over-ears before.

And if you have never heard about it, there is a good reason behind it. The budget-friendly did not have one of the most crucial features that customers look for in a wireless headphone, noise cancellation.

Focal Bathys
Source: Focal

Well, the good news is that Focal has implemented a great ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) feature in the Bathys. And the greater news is that the ANC has two modes. 

First is the ‘Silent’ mode, which aims to block out sounds from a noisy environment. The second mode is ‘Soft,’ which appears to be a less intense noise-isolating mode.

What about the Transparency mode? Focal did not forget to integrate that into its premium offering. The ‘Transparency’ mode in the Bathys allows external sounds such as conversations to get through. And this mode is mainly for commuting.

Focal Bathys
Source: Focal

When it comes to the connection method, Focal has relied on aptX Adaptive codec. And the good news is that the codec is backward compatible with aptX.

That means the older hardware that comes with last-gen Bluetooth will be totally compatible with the Bathys. But that is not the only codec that is available for the Bathys. It also comes with AAC and SBC codes.

And if you want to, you can also listen to the Focal Bathys in wired mode. There are two wired mode options available. You can either listen to the headphone through the 3.5 mm jack or the USB C port.

Focal Bathys
Source: Focal

With a proper USB-DAC, the Bathys is capable of offering hi-res audio with a resolution of up to 24-bit/192 kHz. Also, you will get both the USB-C and 1.2 m cable for the 3.5mm inside the box. That means no additional purchases have to be made.

With the 3.5 mm wired playback mode, you will get 35 hours of runtime. And when you are running the Bathys in wireless mode, you can expect to get around 30 hours of playback. 

Focal Bathys
Source: Focal

The battery life shines the most in the wired USB mode. With that, you can expect to get 42 hours of runtime.

For the fast charging mode, you will not need to worry too much when the battery runs out of juice. With a 15-minute of charge, the Bathys can offer up to five hours of listening time.

Focal Utopia High-Fidelity Over-Ear Open-Back Headphones (2022)
Focal Utopia High-Fidelity Over-Ear Open-Back Headphones

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This post was last updated on 2022-12-11 / Some images from Amazon Product API & some links may be affiliate links which may earn us a commission from purchases.

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