Focal BathysSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 5.2 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
JLab Audio PlaySee price on Amazon
Overall Score 4.5 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
JLab Audio Play have a weight of 150g, these weigh below 320g, which we consider as the highest average a headphone should weigh for comfort during long use.
We take in account a lower weight best because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry.
The Focal Bathys, at 350g weigh more than the JLab Audio Play by 200g
Detachable cables are cables that have connectors on both ends. One end goes into your headphone cups, while the other end is inserted into an audio source. Some new headphones, and not just the expensive ones, are coming with detachable cables, JLab Audio Play are one of those.
With a detachable cable, Focal Bathys too can use alternative cables and if the cable is pulled, it will pop out instead of breaking.
JLab Audio Play are foldable, which makes them more portable. Foldable headphones are easier to transport and take up less storage space.
The Focal Bathys too can fold up, foldable headphones can reduce their size by 60% to 70% when folded.
Twisted headphone cables can be a great source of annoyance and inconvenience, JLab Audio Play's cable is designed to minimize tangling. Constant twisting of the cables can also lead to bends in the copper wires, affecting sound quality, or
rendering your headphones defective.
Focal Bathys too have a cable designed to help prevent tangles.
Headphones that are designed to allow air to pass through their ear cups from the rear of the speaker driver unit are known as open-back. This design provides a very natural and accurate sound, Focal Bathys have this kind of design which means that resonances and low-frequency that tend to build up caused by the rear enclosure are no longer a concern.
Over-ear headphones have larger earpads that fit around your entire ear Focal Bathys have a comfortable full-size form with earcups that fully enclose your ears. This design is loved for its increased sound isolation and the fact that it won't leak sound to your neighbors.
On-ear headphones have smaller earpads that sit on top of your ears, this JLab Audio Play comfortably rests on top of your outer ears. As it doesn't block out everything from the outside world, it's preferred in places like office environments and recommended for outdoor activities.
Focal Bathys have stereo speakers, devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from separate channels on both left and right sides, this creates a richer sound and a better listening experience.
Active noise cancellation uses more advanced technology to actively counter noise. How it works, it listens to the sound pattern of incoming noise and then inverts the soundwaves to cancel it out. In simple terms, it's like taking +1 outside (noise from your surrounding) and adding -1 inside (counter sound within the device) to make zero hence "diluting" the noise.
Focal Bathys allow you to listen at lower volume levels, causing less ear fatigue as you don't have to crank up the volume to overcome background noise.
Passive Noise Cancellation uses well-designed ear cups to seal out unwanted noise. This is used for both in-ear earphones and over-ear headphones where the headphone itself will keep surrounding noise out. The Focal Bathys sits tightly in place, creating an acoustic seal that reduces background noise and prevents your music from leaking out.
Low-frequency response measures if and how well a particular audio component reproduces low audible frequencies and if it makes any changes to the signal while at it. JLab Audio Play's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, the lower the low-frequency response, the stronger and juicier the bass.
Focal Bathys's lowest frequency is at 15Hz, this implies that JLab Audio Play got a juicier bass than the Focal Bathys
High frequency response measures if and how well a particular audio device reproduces high audible frequencies and if it changes to the signal while at it. JLab Audio Play's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, the higher the high-frequency response, the clearer and crispier the treble.
Focal Bathys's highest frequency is at 22000Hz, this implies that Focal Bathys got a clearer and crispier treble than the JLab Audio Play
Sound pressure is the average variation in atmospheric pressure caused by the sound, the sound level .i.e how loud something is can be perceived differently by different people so we need to have the means to get an objective measurement of sound level expressed in numerical terms.
The sound pressure level, SPL, is the pressure level of a sound, measured in decibels, dB, JLab Audio Play's measurement is 110dB/mW. Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.
The driver unit is basically a mini speaker that produces sound in the device, its size dictates the loudness of the headphone. JLab Audio Play driver unit is 40mm in diameter, bigger drivers are more powerful and can produce better bass.
Focal Bathys driver unit is 40mm in diameter, making both Focal Bathys, and JLab Audio Play similar in how loud their sound gets , many people have a misconception that driver units of a bigger size automatically produce better sound quality.
However, large drivers usually have difficulty reproducing high frequencies so yes, larger drivers can generate louder sound, but this does not mean that they produce better sound.
Defined as the device's resistance to the electromagnetic current, as electricity flows through a wire, it experiences electrical resistance that counters the flow of current. The resistance of a conductor is measured in ohms. JLab Audio Play's impedance is 32Ohms, the lower the impedance, the easier it is to get higher volume and requires less power.
Neodymium magnets when used in audio devices produce a higher sensitivity and substantial sound output while using less power. They can help produce music at quite a high sound pressure level, SPL, with the use of high magnetic flux. The JLab Audio Play have this type of magnet.
Focal Bathys have it too, devices with neodymium magnets are lighter and more powerful than those which use ferrite magnets. It is also known that they have more bass and clear high notes.
If your headphones play wirelessly, cancel ambient noise, or enhance your listening experience with active features, their battery life will reduce over time. The device's battery life is given by the manufacturer, with longer battery life, you get to use it for longer and have to charge the device less often. JLab Audio Play's battery life is 22 hours
Focal Bathys's battery life is 35 hours. Each time you recharge your headphones, they get a little less listening time. The effect is barely noticeable at first. But over a few years, you may find that your device, no longer plays for long like it used to.
It takes 3 hours to fully charge the JLab Audio Play's battery. It is recommended to fully charge the battery before using the headphones for the first time or when they have been unused for extended periods.
JLab Audio Play have a battery level indicator, an indicator shows you when the device has a low battery. The battery indicator lights indicate the charging status of your headphones.
Battery power, or battery capacity, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store. JLab Audio Play's battery power is 400mAh, more battery power can be an indication of longer battery life.
A rechargeable battery is a type of electrical battery that can be charged, discharged into a load, and recharged many times, as opposed to a disposable or primary battery, which is supplied fully charged and discarded after use.
JLab Audio Play's battery can be recharged and used over again.
The Focal Bathys too have a rechargeable battery.
JLab Audio Play can be used wirelessly, wireless devices allow users more freedom of movement.
The Focal Bathys also can be used wirelessly
Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data transfers between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves. JLab Audio Play has a v5
Focal Bathys has a Bluetooth version of v5.1. Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
Focal Bathys support USB TYPE-C, an industry-standard connector for transmitting both data and power on a single cable. The USB-C plug is now part and parcel of most current laptops, phones, and tablets, it features reversible plug orientation and cable direction.
Focal Bathys support APTX Adaptive, an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that are developed by Qualcomm. It has a variable bit rate (between 279kbps and 420kbps), which means it can adjust the bit rate for different scenarios, such as listening to HD audio or reducing interference from other devices.
JLab Audio Play support APTX, a codec used for transmitting audio wirelessly with Bluetooth. It is developed by Qualcomm and supports 16-bit audio at a bit rate of 384kbps.
Focal Bathys support APTX
Focal Bathys support AAC, a codec that is used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Because it uses psychoacoustic modeling, it can provide better results than other codecs at a similar bit rate.
Bluetooth is a short-range wireless technology standard that is used for exchanging data between fixed and mobile devices over short distances. The JLab Audio Play can connect at a 10meters distance via Bluetooth or infrared to another device.
The Focal Bathys can connect at a 15meters distance via Bluetooth
Being an industry standard audio plug, a standard 3.5mm male connector is suitable for use with all MP3 players and computer sound cards. This means that it is commonly used in stereo headphones to your phone or connecting your phone to an external amplifier, sound bars, your car radio, etc. Focal Bathys has this connector giving it a wider range of connectivity with most of the sound devices out there. All plugs have at least a tip and sleeve with the number of rings that stand as a differentiating factor.
JLab Audio Play have only 1 microphones, more microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.
The Focal Bathys microphones are only 8.
Focal Bathys use a noise-canceling type of microphone, these microphones are designed to filter out background noise from the desired sound. Especially useful in noisy environments.
Focal Bathys support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to pass through ambient noises so that they can still be heard. It’s useful when you want to listen to music but also be aware of what’s happening around you, for example when you’re having a jog but would still want to be able to hear traffic.
JLab Audio Play have a mute function, they have an option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device. The mute function means that you unilaterally turn off the microphone, but you can still hear the other party's voice.
The Focal Bathys too have a mute function.
Focal Bathys support multipoint, which allows you to link to more Bluetooth devices and switch between them. For example, you can easily switch calls from one device to another without having to manually disconnect and reconnect.
There is a control panel on the JLab Audio Play body, so you can easily access the volume control or remote without having to interact with a cable or another device it's connected to.
JLab Audio Play can be used as a headset.
A headset is one headphone or pair with a built-in microphone. Headsets can be used for apps that require communication i.e. Zoom, Google Meet, Skype, games with voice chat, mobile phones, etc.
Focal Bathys can be used as a headset. since they have a built-in microphone
The period of time that warrant free repair and adjustment services in case of a malfunction occurring under normal use that has followed instruction manuals. When covered under the manufacturer’s warranty it is possible to get a replacement in the case of a malfunction. JLab Audio Play have a warranty period of 2 years
Carrying headphones without a case, or putting them in bags without a casing can easily put them at risk of getting damaged. The JLab Audio Play come with their own special case or pouch, which is useful for safe transportation.
Focal Bathys too have a travel bag or case included.