Dyson Zone


Contemporary air and contemporary tunes? Step proper as much as the Dyson Zone, the strangest headphones (or wearable) you’ll see. Technically they’re glorious, from the wi-fi efficiency to the sound high quality, noise-cancellation and, sure, air filtration system. However they gained’t be for everybody, and their bulkiness and worth is so much to bear with, particularly in relation to portability.


  • Balanced, impartial audio
  • Superb noise-cancelling
  • Flawless wi-fi efficiency
  • Airflow filtration works
  • Fashionable appears (with out the visor)


  • Cumbersome and heavy
  • Not precisely the best to move
  • Excessive worth
  • Not probably the most discreet to put on with visor

  • Air filtration unitConstructed-in filters that seize metropolis air pollution and purify it

  • AudioHelps SBC, AAC and LHDC

  • My Dyson appRetains observe of air and noise air pollution ranges


When it was first introduced simply earlier than April 1, 2022, all of us thought that the Zone headphones had been an try at an April Idiot’s joke. So far as Dyson was involved, it was utterly severe about its first ever pair of headphones.

The Dyson Zone is genuinely distinctive. To even name them a pair of headphones is deceptive, as with their air purification system they’re extra throughout the wearable class than the rest.

Every part about this ‘wearable’ screams that it shouldn’t actually work, however they form of do.


  • UKRRP: £749.99
  • EuropeTBC
  • CanadaTBC

Presently you should buy two variations of the Dyson Zone. The Prussian Blue model is on the market from Dyson Direct and different third-party sellers. This model comes with additional equipment equivalent to a special case, an In-Flight adaptor equipment (which isn’t obtainable with each model) and a tender case. That’s worth at £749.99

Then there’s the Dyson Zone Absolute+, which is the model reviewed right here. It comes with Prussian Blue+ copper end. You get an additional set of filters, and the Quarter Flip journey case for £819.99. This model is unique to Dyson Direct and Dyson Demo shops.


  • Replaceable air filtration filters
  • Huge and heavy
  • Removable visor

There’s no getting previous the Dyson Zone’s weight. They weigh 595g which will increase to 670g with the visor connected and you may really feel that weight when choosing them up. They’re so massive I can see them in my peripheral imaginative and prescient.

That mentioned, I didn’t really feel as overwhelmed as I anticipated when carrying them on my head. I may really feel their presence on my head consistently, and for some that’s not what you’d need – the very best headphones soften away in use, and carrying the Zone felt as if I needed to straighten my posture like a headteacher making you conscious of your poor kind. After some time I bought used to it, however these aren’t headphones I’d wish to put on for hours on finish.

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They’re surprisingly snug regardless of their dimension. The padding right here may be very beneficiant, tender, and pliable across the ears and on prime of the top. Nonetheless, these with smaller heads might discover the scale merely swamps their heads. There’s additionally a little bit of slip and slide whereas carrying them, and regardless of the abundance of padding the seal is just not the tightest. That is particularly noticeable when strolling down stairs, escalators and even bumps throughout a bus experience

Probably the most talked about characteristic is the visor. It may be connected (or indifferent) by way of magnets – merely transfer them in direction of the earcups and so they’ll connect, whereas pulling them off doesn’t require a lot exertion in any respect. It may be prolonged or lowered to raised suit your face, and word that the visor doesn’t contact your face, it simply sits in entrance of your mouth/nostril.

Dyson Zone with visor attached
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Visually having each this stuff on collectively makes you appear to be Ant-Man, and I’m nonetheless not totally positive concerning the aesthetics of the visor. The reflective, shiny floor makes them look slightly too low-cost for my liking. A extra subdued color or simply non-reflective floor would have been much less eye-catching.

There are perforated holes throughout the floor of earcups that are wanted to attract the air in through the compressor motor, which then passes it on to the visor. The earcups may be indifferent to interchange the filter inside (extra on that later), with each in a position to last as long as 12 months earlier than it wants altering.

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When it comes to operation, a double faucet within the centre of the earcup prompts the transparency mode/noise-cancelling. This works more often than not, although I’ve discovered it’s not at all times probably the most immediate in drawing a response. The identical may be mentioned for the remainder of the controls with a small Marshall-like multi-directional knob to function quantity, playback and observe skipping. Nudging it up or down for quantity, or side-to-side for skipping doesn’t at all times carry out the response required.

On the opposite earcup is one other multi-function button that controls energy, airflow, and Bluetooth pairing. With the visor connected, it’s the button to faucet to undergo the assorted airflow speeds, which all carry out nicely sufficient. Unusually, powering the headphones off sends them into Bluetooth connection mode earlier than turning off utterly.

Dyson Zone Quarter Turn case
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The headphones are available in Extremely Blue/Prussian Blue, Prussian Blue/Brilliant Copper, and Satin Blue/Extremely Blue combos. Equipment embrace a visor cleansing brush (the reply to what you do while you sneeze), a pair of electrostatic carbon filters, USB-C charging cable, Visor sleeve and a Quarter Flip arduous case.

The case is, just like the headphones, huge and never one to pack amongst your baggage on a vacation. Even making an attempt to place them in a journey bag noticed the case take up half the house for my garments!

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  • Spectacular noise cancelling
  • Airflow filtration
  • Person-friendly companion app

Contained in the Dyson Zone are 11 microphones, eight of that are answerable for noise cancellation, two for noise discount (for calls) and one for choosing up your voice. The ANC can dispel as much as 38dB of noise (whole attenuation is claimed to be 40dB in whole with passive noise discount of the earcups), with the headphones’ sensors monitoring its environment at 384,000 occasions a second.

The noise-cancellation is spectacular, and though I wouldn’t say it’s fairly Bose QuietComfort 45 or Sony WH-1000XM5 ranges of suppression, it’s not far off both. Most sounds fade away with the headphones on, slicing down on engine noise from autos, whereas persistent sounds are just about eradicated and ambient noise is introduced right down to minimal ranges.

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I’ve at all times discovered one of the best ways to guage noise-cancelling with headphones is to take them off and listen to how loud the surroundings round you is, and once I take the Dyson Zone off, I’m at all times shocked by simply how loud the world round me is.

With folks’s voices the Zone isn’t fairly as conclusive in dismissing it as it’s with common noise. On a prepare folks’s voices had been much less noticeable for positive, however nonetheless audible. The Bose, by comparability, trains its sights on voices and has a bit extra influence on them – at occasions when there’s a loud voice close by the Zone doesn’t fairly squash them as successfully.

The transparency mode is great and precisely what you’d need. Clear, natural-sounding in addition to massive and open. In addition to the noise cancelling retains sounds at bay, the transparency mode lets these sounds filter by way of.

Then there’s the filter/visor attachment. With the visor on and the airflow being pushed by way of there may be the whir of the motors to cope with. The filter can seize gases equivalent to NO2, SO2, and O3 (the latter is Ozone, which is dangerous), purify the air and filter it to your mouth.

Dyson Zone built-in filter
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As quickly because the visor is connected the motor begins operating, and it’s fast to begin and fast to cease when the visor is connected/indifferent. I’ve to confess that I’ve not used the visor too typically in public, as I discover myself changing into very self-conscious and for somebody who prefers to maintain a low profile, carrying this makes me arduous to overlook.

Contemplating what it’s doing the followers aren’t as loud as you would possibly assume, as ANC is at all times on when the visor is connected, and there are not any vibrations felt from the followers both. The fan noise shall be a difficulty for some and generally I discover it, different occasions I used to be too invested in one thing else, however by having management over the stream price you may scale back its influence.

Bluetooth 5.0 is supported, and wi-fi audio codecs embrace SBC, AAC and LHDC. The latter is supported by a number of manufacturers in Asia the place it’s choosing up traction. It’s a disgrace LDAC wasn’t added to the listing of codecs contemplating its embedded in Android cellular OS.

The soundness and reliability of the wi-fi connection is just about flawless. I’ve had no issues with the sign wherever I used to be strolling. In all the same old busy locations I stroll by way of (Waterloo, Victoria, Soho), the Dyson Zone glided by way of with no points.

One side I couldn’t absolutely take a look at was the battery life. The Dyson Zone has put on sensors that pause music when it’s not in your head (which is without doubt one of the most correct I’ve come throughout). However the issue with that is that they gained’t play audio in any respect once they’re off. Press play in your supply and although it appears prefer it’s enjoying every observe, there’s no sound coming by way of the headphones. Very cool, but in addition not useful for a battery drain take a look at.

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Dyson claims Battery life is as much as 50 hours with noise cancellation on, which places it across the Technics EAH-A800 (50 hours) and Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wi-fi (60 hours). Although I’d say that with the amount raised – and elevating the amount is a certainty, as I’ll get to later – that determine falls.

Add the visor and battery life falls much more. In line with Dyson, it’s 4 hours at Low stream (the speed at which is being filtered by way of), 2.5 hours at Mid stream and 90 minutes with Excessive stream purification speeds. Cost time from zero takes three hours.

There’s a companion app supported within the My Dyson app and for tech nerds it permits you to see what all of the sensors and microphones on the headphones are doing, giving much more information than you’d get from a ‘regular’ pair of headphones and why the wearable tag appears spot on in describing the Dyson Zone.

An account for the My Dyson app is required, and when you’re in you may see how a lot noise you’re being hit with, each throughout the ear and from exterior, with the app telling you whether or not the noise has gone previous the really helpful restrict.

Dyson Zone My Dyson app

Nonetheless, I’m not satisfied it’s utterly correct. More often than not it advised me that in-ear dB noise was louder than exterior ranges, which doesn’t appear proper once I used them on a airplane and the Tube. Regardless of how snug the earpads are, I don’t assume the seal created is the tightest, no less than not on my head.

The app can even present the Nitrogen Oxide ranges round you, in addition to the remaining lifetime of the filters contained in the earcup. Apparently, the degrees of a bus heading house reached orange ranges, which was disconcerting to say the least.

Dyson Zone nitrous oxide detection

There are customisations (or ‘preferences’ because the app refers to them), which embrace having the ability to pause audio when the visor is lowered or enacting a noise limiter which limits the audio degree of 85dB. Technically, something above that may trigger listening to harm.

You’ll be able to handle the noise cancellation modes and the EQ choices (you’re given three choices in Enhanced, Bass Enhance and Impartial) however no customized EQ which you could create your self. The app itself is straightforward sufficient to make use of, although some points – such because the EQ choices – are squirrelled away. The app can, on quite a few events, not recognise the headphones on start-up, which in my expertise required turning the headphones on and off once more.

Sound High quality

  • Balanced, impartial audio
  • Very quiet at regular quantity
  • EQ choices to change frequency response

Let’s be trustworthy, Dyson doesn’t have a pedigree within the audio market, however to cite Mark Watney from The Martian, the method they’ve taken right here is to science the s**t out of those headphones. I’d say it’s an method that’s labored nicely.

The Dyson Zone packs 40mm neodymium drivers which might be angled to supply a extra pure soundstage by firing audio in direction of the ear. This can be a related technique that Bowers & Wilkins (a model with a a lot larger audio pedigree) have deployed with their Px7 S2 and Px8 headphones. With a THD (Whole Harmonic Distortion) of lower than 0.08% @94dB @1kHz, there’s little or no sign noise with the Dyson Zone.

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The frequency vary covers 6Hz – 21kHz – you may even see this written on the earcups – although whereas the top-end determine sounds nearly plausible, the low-end is much less so if you happen to’re listening within the headphone’s Impartial EQ. Bass in tracks like Bankhead, Beyonce’s Déjà vu, and Katy B on a Mission hits with weight, however there’s not that very same sense of richness or depth that you simply get from say, the WH-1000XM5, even with Bass Enhance EQ utilized.

That’s to not say the low frequencies are rendered in disappointing trend, however the Zone’s general efficiency is one which’s balanced, tasteful, and moderately well mannered throughout the frequency vary. Like Switzerland, the Dyson Zone goals to be impartial, avoiding the crispness of the Bose QuietComfort 45 and providing a sound that’s supposed to be a trustworthy replica of what you’re listening to. They remind me many of the Grasp & Dynamic MW75 – evaluating the 2, there’s not an incredible distinction between them with Bass Enhance on, however I might say the MW75 shades, particularly when the Zone is in its Impartial EQ mode.

The soundstage is expansive in its description, although its sense of dynamism is just not as sturdy as I’d hoped. They’re not probably the most expressive, speaking the distinction in quiet and loud or transitions between the 2 whether or not that’s in minor or main scale. That keenly noticed steadiness does rob them of a way of pleasure, variation, or simply that sense of propulsion with energetic elements of a observe.

They’re additionally very quiet at their regular quantity ranges. Pump up the amount and so they grow to be a way more assured performer, however it’s shocking simply how reserved they’re. They’re well mannered within the excessive.

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Push the amount up and there’s superb readability, element and neutrality given to excessive frequencies. Maybe not the brightest efficiency, however the shine given to the bells all through Shuggie Otis’ Strawberry Letter 23 brings them out nicely.

The midrange is just not probably the most thrilling, however that maybe escapes the purpose. What it’s, is balanced in tone throughout quite a lot of genres from soul to pop to rock, detailed when it comes to definition and constant in the way it handles vocals.

Whether or not it’s Marvin Gaye in I Heard It Via the Grapevine to Christina Aguilera in With out You, or Zendaya and Labrinth in All For Us, there’s a clean definition and readability that ably captures the ‘voice’ of the performer. There’s no color or richness to be discovered right here, although once more, slightly dynamism wouldn’t go amiss.

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Must you purchase it?

For those who like contemporary tunes and contemporary air: It could shock some, however the Dyson Zone sound superb, up there with a few of the finest headphones round their worth level. After which in fact there’s the air filtration unit bringing in that clear oxygen.

In order for you one thing extra transportable: The Dyson Zone are heavy, they’re cumbersome, and never precisely probably the most transportable pair both when transporting them. The visor doesn’t assist both, and the case the headphones are available in is massive.

Closing Ideas

After a month of utilizing the Dyson Zone, it’s clear there’s some contradictions that’s inflicting them some battle. Sure, they’re headphones, however they’re additionally an air filtration system and the latter impacts the previous and vice versa.

These followers add to the load, so even while you’re not carrying them you may really feel the Dyson Zone resting in your head. Then while you’re listening to music with the visor on, you may hear the followers whirring within the background, which may be distracting.

However right here’s the rub. They’re an excellent pair of headphones and the air filtration system works. Many individuals I’ve requested to put on the headphones favored the cool air coming by way of, in addition to the power of the noise-cancellation. The idea works in tackling noise and air air pollution.

As a primary try at one thing utterly totally different, they’re a hit however they’re additionally not for everybody. If Dyson does try a second pair, slim down the majority and weight and make the visor look much less bizarre, I can see folks being extra receptive to the concept. For those who’re these headphones, you must be all in to get probably the most out of them.

As unusual as they appear, you’ve bought to applaud Dyson for bringing a brand new concept to the market. I’m genuinely intrigued as as to if it’ll take off.

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Do I’ve to put on the visor and the headphones on the similar time?

The Dyson Zone visor may be indifferent, so that you solely must put on it while you really feel the necessity to take action.



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ANC (Lively Noise Cancellation) makes use of an array of microphones in a headphone to detect the frequency of the sound coming on the listener, with the ANC chip creating an inverse wave (i.e. opposing sound) to suppress any undesirable exterior noises.