Dyson Zone air-purifying headphones start at $949

When Dyson announced it earlier this year, the company kept some details under wraps. Specifically, Dyson didn’t announce pricing or availability, nor did it say much about battery life. On Wednesday, it shared that information. Let’s start with the details that everyone wants to know. The wearable will arrive in the U.S. next March starting at $949, ​​almost .

First, Dyson will start taking pre-orders before the headphones go on sale via its website and demo stores across the country. In the US, the company will offer the wearable in two colorways: Ultra Blue/Prussian Blue and Prussian Blue/Bright Copper. The latter can only be purchased directly from the company, but it has a few extras, including a second electrostatic carbon filter, a soft pouch, and an onboard adapter kit.

Both the standard and Dyson Direct models come with Zone’s signature visor, as well as a dedicated sleeve and cleaning brush. According to Dyson, electrostatic filters are rated to last up to 12 months before they should be replaced. The filter has a double-layer design that incorporates potassium-rich carbon to capture acid gases such as nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide and ozone. All told, the company claims the filter will block 99 percent of particles, including those as small as 0.1 microns.

In terms of audio, the Zone headphones are capable of noise cancellation of up to 38 decibels and feature 40mm neodymium drivers. You can use the MyDyson companion app to choose between three audio equalization modes called Dyson EQ, Bass Boost and Neutral. At launch, the headphones will support SBC, AAC, and LHDC audio codecs, as well as Bluetooth 5.0.

Battery life will depend on how much you use the Zone air filtration. When not powering the Visor, the Zone’s 2,600mAh battery provides up to 50 hours of listening time on a single charge. Using the visor on the slowest setting reduces battery life to four hours. Increasing the purging speed to the Medium and High flow settings further reduced the battery life to two and a half hours and one and a half hours, respectively. Dyson says it takes about three hours to charge the battery from a dead state to 100 percent using USB-C charging. All of this means you need to be selective when deciding which visor to use.

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