Dyson Zone Air Purifier Headphones price and release date announced for super weird air purifier headphones
Back in March 2022, Dyson revealed that it was working on a pair of noise-canceling headphones with a wearable air purifier called Zone. Although we attended an event to get the inside track and some Dyson Zone hands-on time, the company was vague about revealing the full specs and giving out the likely release date.
Fast-forward to today (December 8), and Dyson has just released the full specification sheet for the Dyson Zone air-purifying headphones and the on-sale dates for 2023.
Prices for the British company’s latest innovation start at £749 ($949 in the U.S.) and will go on sale in China from January 2023. The Zone will come to Dyson stores in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Hong Kong, and Singapore in March 2023.
Dyson Zone Air Purifier Headphones: Design
Dyson is perhaps best known to the world for the bagless vacuum cleaner. When I first saw the news on the Dyson Zone, I figured it was a bizarre-looking innovation developed to provide a solution to the strange masked-up world we all inhabited throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
But a closer inspection of the full specification sheet just released tells the story of a product that has been in development for 5 years and engineered to tackle the dual challenges of city noise and air pollution.
Dyson’s Zone air purification headphones claim high-efficiency filtration to tackle pollution on the go. The detachable visor projects purified air to the wearer’s nose and mouth, while potassium-enriched carbon filters target the most prevalent gases associated with city pollution.
As an audio editor, I’m not qualified to comment on the Zone’s air purification claims, but from a noise-canceling headphone perspective they tick plenty of boxes, and the specs appear comparable to the best noise-canceling headphones on the market.
The audio credentials look all well and good, but from what images I’ve seen of the styling I’m not much of a fan of the earcups, which look far too chunky to me. Nor do I like the color options as they stand, which run to two colorway options available to retailers in satin silver/ultra blue, and ultra blue/Prussian blue. A Prussian blue/bright copper will be available only from Dyson directly.
One thing that strikes me as odd about the design is the overall weight. Dyson claims the weight without the air purification visor is 595g (around 1.3 pounds), which is twice the weight of the top noise-canceling headphones I’ve worn from popular brands such as Sony, Bose, and Sennheiser.
Add on the air purification visor and the weight jumps up to over 1.4 pounds, which by my calculations is heading toward the average weight of a motorcycle helmet. This seems pretty heavy for long city commutes, so I’ll be interested to assess comfort levels when the time comes. Look out for my full review coming in 2023.
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Dyson Zone Air Purifier Headphones: Audio and battery life
The frequency range claims to cover 6Hz to 21kHz, which seems reasonable enough. Dyson says that the drivers deliver detail, and a unique EQ setting optimizes the frequency curve for clear, pure audio across the full frequency range. There are 8 microphones taking care of noise canceling and are said to monitor surrounding sounds 384,000 times a second. Hear-through transparency and auto-detect modes are on board.
The Dyson app can be used to adjust airflow speed and noise-cancellation mode as well as adapt the audio equalization to preference, choosing from three modes: Dyson EQ (enhanced), Bass Boost, and Neutral. You can also opt-in to a loudness limit in line with aural health guidance.
Battery life is said to provide up to 50 hours in noise canceling mode only, or 4 hours of combined purification and audio run-time. Recharging takes around 3 hours and is via USB-C.
Dyson Zone Air Purifier Headphones: Verdict
For now, I reserve any judgment or further analysis until I experience the Dyson Zone air-purifying headphones in the flesh and place them on my ears.
Once again, prices for the U.K. are expected to start from £749/Rs 75,194 — pricing for other territories will be announced closer to the Dyson Zone going on sale. The air-purifying headphones will be available at dyson.com(opens in new tab), Dyson Demo Stores, and Dyson Mall Demo Zones.