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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you're looking for wireless functionality and active noise cancelling for listening in noisier environments or while traveling, the Focal Bathys would serve you well as they also have built-in controls and a more convenient battery life for extended use. However, if you prioritize the absolute best audio quality and soundstage for critical listening at home, consider the HifiMan Arya Stealth, which excels in these areas, though they are open-back and lack the features for portability or blocking out ambient sound. Keep in mind that the Focal Bathys are a more modern model, offering compatibility with aptX Adaptive for improved wireless audio, whereas the Arya Stealth requires a wired connection and may be better suited for a stationary setup. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Focal Bathys
  • Excellent for gaming
  • Best in class for TV and video
  • Very good for air travel
Advantages of the HifiMan Arya Stealth
  • Best in class for music
  • Very good for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Music

8.0
Bathys
Arya Stealth
10.0
The HifiMan Arya Stealth is best in class for music, while the Focal Bathys is very good.

Gaming

9.3
Bathys
Arya Stealth
7.1
The Focal Bathys is excellent for gaming, while the HifiMan Arya Stealth is good.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

6.2
Bathys
Arya Stealth
8.1
The HifiMan Arya Stealth is very good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Focal Bathys is only fair.

TV and Video

10.0
Bathys
Arya Stealth
9.4
The Focal Bathys is best in class for TV and video, while the HifiMan Arya Stealth is excellent.

Noise Reduction

8.3
Bathys
Arya Stealth
2.5
The Focal Bathys is very good for noise reduction, while the HifiMan Arya Stealth is poor.

Battery

31.0 Hours
Bathys
Arya Stealth
N/A
The Focal Bathys has 31 hours of battery life. The HifiMan Arya Stealth does not have a battery.

Cost

$699
Bathys
Arya Stealth
$759
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$350

$360

$370

$380

$390

$400

The Focal Bathys has a price of $699 and the HifiMan Arya Stealth costs $759.
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Key similarities

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Phone Calls

5.2
Bathys
Arya Stealth
5.1
The Focal Bathys and HifiMan Arya Stealth are both poor for phone calls.

Build Quality

9.0
Bathys
Arya Stealth
9.0
The Focal Bathys and HifiMan Arya Stealth both have excellent build quality.

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How the Focal Bathys and the HifiMan Arya Stealth compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Focal BathysHifiMan Arya Stealth
Focal BathysHifiMan Arya Stealth

GENERAL

Price
$699
$759
Brand
FocalHifiMan
Release Date
October 1, 2022November 1, 2018
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
Wired + WirelessWired

SOUND

Music Score
8.1/1010/10
Phone Calls Score
5.3/105.1/10
Gaming Score
9.4/107.2/10
TV and Video Score
10/109.5/10
Exercise Score
6.6/104.5/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
31 HoursN/A
Wireless charging
NoN/A
Charging time
1.5 HoursN/A
Bluetooth version
5.1N/A

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
YesNo
Noise Reduction Score
8.4/102.5/10
Virtual Surround
NoN/A
Android App
YesN/A
iOS App
YesN/A
Mic Quality
6.5/10N/A

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
9/109/10
Comfort score
8.4/108.4/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
350 Grams408.2 Grams
Microphone style
IntegratedN/A
Waterproof Rating
00

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Soundguys

Christian Thomas | May 2023
"As much as I hesitate to recommend a headphone that sells for $800 USD, if you’re looking for the best sound quality you can find in the ANC space: it’s the Focal Bathys."

HifiMan Arya Stealth

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Headphonesty

Eric D Hieger | October 2022
"The Arya can easily be end-game headphones for 99% of consumers, satisfying most audio desires. Priced well above USD$1000, the Arya are obviously and gloriously not for the mass market consumer; they are designed and built by enthusiasts for enthusiasts – especially those who view their expenses on this level of gear as investments."

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About HifiMan

HiFiMAN is a Chinese, high-end, audio product manufacturer, with 20 years of experience, that specializes in amplifiers, digital audio players and planar magnetic headphones, some of which have become a staple in the audiophile community such as the entry-level Sundara, the midrange Edition X, and the very well-regarded, high-end, Arya.

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