At first glance, there is a lot less to the melody silencer than you might think. It is a small plastic little number, with the same, good looking gold print and high-gloss finish of Parlux dryers, making it sit discreetly onto the rear of the dryer snugly with a rubber seal, which aids in vibration absorption and sound proofing between the seal of the dryer body and the silencer attachment. The rubber runs around the bottom of the silencer and on opposing sides, runs up to the top to aid in gripping the silencer when attaching and removing it. There are air vents circling around the sides of the silencer which sit above around 1cm of noise reducing foam that lines the inside that helps to dull the sound. The end of the silencer is a convex, conical structure and whilst I’m no sound engineer, I imagine that this particular shaping helps to redirect the sound radially, to soak up the energy and disperse it in a 360 degree direction, allowing the sound to ‘dilute’ of sorts, out into the room.
So about those monkey instructions. Using the Melody silencer is a simple matter of placing it onto the rear of the dryer and pushing it towards the body until it clicks onto the filter. To remove it, you simply snap it off. I thought that it might screw on, or need you to remove the filter, but Parlux have designed it so that it couldn’t be simpler. Weighing only 52g, which makes it more or less unnoticeable in use, I found that when you tilt the dryer backwards in your hand with the Melody silencer attached, you could feel how it effects the balance at extreme angles, but realistically, this wouldn’t be a problem in use and I found it barely noticeable even when really trying to feel for it specifically for this review.
So critically then, how does the melody silencer perform? In short, very well. The first thing I noted when I snapped it onto the back of the dryer was not the volume reduction, but the tonal change. It seems to cut the top end of the sound of the dryer removing somewhere around the top 100-200Hz. What this means is that it cuts out the higher sounding “ringing” tones, you know, the really annoying ones. It makes the dryer sound boxier, with a deadened sound. I think this actually might be even more crucial than the actual volume cut, as it’s those higher pitched drones which can really grate after prolonged use. It feels like it sits the dryer into a more comfortable and relaxed register. Volume wise, immediately it doesn’t sound like a huge difference. On the low setting, I found it cut the volume by 8Db, from 41 to 34 and on the higher speed setting, by 7Db from 50 to 43. Think about that for a second though and it means that essentially, with the silencer attached and set to the higher speed setting, it puts the volume at only slightly more than the low speed setting without any silencer and that’s pretty nice. With the added ‘deadened’ tonal change, it’s really quite significant. If however, you use it for a longer period and then remove it, you will notice the difference much more clearly. I did a couple of blowdrys on a block, one after the other and then removed the silencer and was quite shocked at how quickly I’d gotten used to the quieter sound and how much of a leap up in volume it was. If you have longer hair and are looking to use this at home or you are a professional that drys for longer periods, this is really good news.