Focal unveil Hadenys and Azurys headphones

French hi-fi specialist Focal is releasing two new headphones – the Hadenys passive open-backs and the Azurys closed-backs.

The Hadenys are described as for use in the home and are named after the Hadean, an eon in which the Earth was first formed – their brown colour apparently evoking: “a return to source, giving the headphones an organic, timeless style”. They feature the brand’s trademark honeycomb grilles, plus a genuine leather and breathable woven fabric headband and yoke.

The Azurys passive headphones have been designed for more general use. They feature the same design and premium materials as Hadenys – genuine leather, woven fabric, aluminium, magnesium, etc. but come in a: “blueish hue, inspired by Azurite, a semi-precious stone of many virtues.”

Both headphones feature drivers designed and crafted in France at Focal’s workshops in Saint-Étienne, the same as those found in the Bathys (HFC 500) headphones, launched in October 2022 as the brand’s first wireless headphones with active noise-cancelling technology. The 40mm drivers with an aluminium/magnesium ‘M’-shaped dome have been adjusted to fit the passive cans and each pair comes with a matching coloured carrying case and cables. The Hadenys is priced at £600, the Azurys at £470.

Available to buy now, you can find out more about the Hadenys here and the Azures here.