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    Dyson’s high-tech air-purifying headphones, co-engineered in Malaysia


    By BOTS team – March 31, 2022

    The Dyson Zone is a set of noise cancelling, high fidelity over-ear headphones which simultaneously deliver immersive sound to the ears, and purified airflow to the nose and mouth.

    DYSON is coming out with a revolutionary air-purifying headphones, called the Dyson Zone, marking its first step into wearable technology. According to the company, the Dyson Zone is a set of noise cancelling, high fidelity over-ear headphones which simultaneously deliver immersive sound to the ears, and purified airflow to the nose and mouth.

    And what’s great is that this new high-tech creation have been engineered by the Dyson teams across the UK, Singapore, Malaysia and China, with a particular focus on software on its Southeast Asia campuses.

    With over a decade of air quality research and development, the Dyson Zone air purifying headphones is designed to tackle the urban issues of air quality and noise pollution.

    As the world’s urban population continues to grow, the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that 9 in 10 people globally breathe air that exceeds WHO guideline pollutant limits.

    Where Noise pollution in cities decreased during the Covid-19 pandemic, levels have quickly returned to normal, or exceeded pre-pandemic levels across many global cities. It is estimated that more than 100 million people, around 20 per cent of the European population, are exposed to long-term noise exposure above WHO guidance.

    Dyson said the Dyson Zone air-purifying headphones are borne of Dyson’s 30 years of expertise in airflow, filtration and motors technologies and deep understanding of indoor and outdoor air quality.

    The compressors in each earcup draw air through the dual-layer filters and project two streams of purified air to the wearer’s nose and mouth, channelled through the non-contact visor. Sculpted returns on the visor ensure purified airflow is kept near to the nose and mouth and diluted as little as possible by external crosswinds.

    Besides filtering the air, the Dyson Zone also delivers rich, immersive audio and relief from unwanted city noise thanks to advanced active noise cancelling (ANC), low distortion and a neutral frequency response, to faithfully replicate music or audio as the creator intended.

    Originally a snorkel-like clean air mouthpiece paired with a backpack to hold the motor and inner workings, the Dyson Zone air-purifying headphones evolved dramatically over its six years in development. More than 500 prototypes saw one motor initially placed at the nape become two compressors, one in each ear-cup and the evolution of the snorkel mouthpiece into an effective, contact-free visor that delivers clean air without full-face contact – a brand-new clean air delivery mechanism.

    A first foray into the world of audio, Dyson said it choose not to rely on a ‘golden listener’ approach that many others do. Dyson’s team of audio engineers and acousticians sought to engineer excellent audio led by metrics, backed up with extensive listening trials. The result: pure, rich audio and advanced noise cancellation.

    Despite the space constraints inherent with a wearable device, Dyson engineers developed a high performing neodymium electroacoustic system within each earcup. A wide frequency response, precise left right balance and distortion significantly below what can be detected by the human ear, offer a faithful reproduction as the musicians or creators intended.


    The Dyson Zone air-purifying headphones will be available globally from Autumn 2022.