Last March, Dyson revealed the Dyson Zone noise-cancelling headphones to the world, announcing the company’s first step into the audio category. After more than five years of research and development, its high-fidelity headphones are now available in New Zealand.
Offering a pure and immersive listening experience, the Dyson Zone noise-cancelling headphones provide up to 50 hours of listening, with ultra-low distortion, advanced active noise cancellation and faithful audio reproduction across the entire sound spectrum.
Although many audio companies use a ‘golden listener’, a common practice in this field where a person determines what ‘good’ sounds like, Dyson engineers preferred to take a scientific approach, using sound reproduction measures such as left-right balance, total harmonic distortion and frequency response to ensure excellent sound quality. To validate the specification objectives, they relied on the results of extensive user testing. Powered by lithium-ion batteries and a USB-C charging system, the Dyson Zone noise-cancelling headphones offer up to 50 hours of ultra-low distortion sound.
Charged to 100% in 3 hours, the headphones offer advanced active noise reduction and faithful audio reproduction across the entire audio spectrum. The Dyson Zone noise-cancelling headphones are equipped with 11 microphones, 8 of which are used to reduce noise pollution by up to 38dB and monitor surrounding sounds 384,000 times per second.
To deliver authentic sound with a full sound spectrum, the Dyson Zone noise-cancelling headphones automatically reproduce frequencies ranging from 6Hz to 21kHz to ensure that every note or word is audible. Such a wide frequency range is due to the engineering of the electroacoustic system and components: the 40 mm and 16-ohm neodymium speakers are at the centre of the audio system.
The loudspeaker, electronics, mechanical system, materials, and acoustics have been carefully designed to minimise distortion. The loudspeaker output is then equalised by intelligent signal processing 48,000 times per second, which, when combined with noise reduction, neutralises harmonic distortion to levels inaudible over the entire frequency range (0.08% at 94 dB at 1 kHz).
Dyson engineers have developed a machine that offers high-fidelity audio while providing optimal comfort. They have developed the comfort pads so that they can adapt perfectly to the shape of the ear of any owner thanks to the density of foam and the clamping force of the headband.
To reduce noise pollution and monitor surrounding noise, the "transparent" mode achieves unparalleled active noise cancellation, while ensuring constant alertness when travelling. The Dyson Zone noise-cancelling headphones have an additional microphone for telephony to allow calling, recording or voice control, for greater clarity in voice transmission while rejecting noise surrounding the user's environment.
The Dyson Zone noise-cancelling headphones can also be equipped with a removable visor to project purified air when travelling in polluted urban areas or public transport. This technology results from Dyson's 30 years of expertise in airflow, filtration and motor technologies, and a deep understanding of indoor and outdoor air quality. The compressors in each earcup draw air through the double-layer filters and project two streams of purified air to the user's nose and mouth, channelled through the non-contact visor. Electrostatic filters remove particles as small as 0.1 microns, while activated carbon filters absorb gases such as nitrogen dioxide from urban pollution.
The Dyson Zone is now available online with a RRP NZ$ 1,099.00.