Reviews and Problems with Philippe Starck Parrot Zik
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A touch more advanced
2 January 2013
Excerpt: Headphones are the new status symbol in a world where everyone owns the exact same phone. So it’s not surprising that Parrot , maker of a wide range of random accessories for mobile devices including a remote controlled helicopter drone and the Asteroid car audio receiver , decided to enter the fray. Like the $1,500 Zikmu iPod speakers launched a few years back, their newly announced Zik headphones were designed by the guru of all things modern, Philippe Starck.
Conclusion: The Parrot Zik is a masterfully designed, wireless headphone pair, but you'll need to seriously tweak its customizable EQ to get the audio performance up to the same level.
Pros: Solid audio performance with no distortion on deep bass at top volumes. Active noise cancellation. Innovative touch sensitive panel and NFC integration. Excellent app includes customized EQ. Supports wired and wireless listening.
Cons: Highly sculpted frequency response not for everyone. Headband is slightly uncomfortable. Expensive. Significant sound leakage.
Summary: We don't like to throw around the term "sexy," but the $399 Parrot Zik by Starck headphones definitely fit the bill. The design is both demure and alluring, possessing the swagger of Lil Wayne with the effortless composure of George Clooney. The amount of tech features crammed into these cans is nothing short of impressive. Audio is crisp, clear and balanced, allowing you to enjoy multiple genres with stellar audio quality.
Pros: Clean eye-catching design, Capacitive touch panel, Quick and painless Bluetooth or NFC pairing, Free app enhances sound
Cons: Must use app to enabledisable active noise canceling, NFC didn't work with certain phones, Disappointing cellphone audio
Conclusion: Ultimately the Parrot Zik is an elegant set of headphones which provides you with excellent audio, completely wireless operations and very simple controls. A few small niggles aside, the Parrot Zik is undoubtedly one of the best wireless headphones on the market.
Conclusion: Apart from providing a sterling audio experience, you can also receive your cellular calls through the Zik. This is not just an added on feature, since Parrot includes a bone conduction sensor, a double microphone and a noise suppression system for great call quality. The Ziks earpieces can fold inwards, making it easier to carry around, but a better quality case would not have gone unappreciated - the pouch Parrot provides does not quite cut it.
Conclusion: So who is the Zik for? Travellers, I'd guess – those with Bluetooth mobile devices, a desire for active noise cancellation, and let's face it, those who want a very stylish and feature-loaded product. The Zik won't disappoint this crowd. However, at just under the £300 mark these aren’t cheap headphones, and if you're more of a sound snob than a feature-fiend, there are other headphones in this sort of price range to consider.
Pros: Solid audio performance, No distortion with bass at top volumes, Active noise cancellation, Innovative touch sensitive panel and NFC
Cons: Headband is slightly uncomfortable, Expensive
Excerpt: Created by acclaimed designer Philippe Starck, the ZiK has a slick touch-sensing control that lets you adjust volume and skip tracks with a swipe of your finger.Â Every physical aspect of the ZiK reveals thoughtful, polished industrial design. The controls work intuitively and, in my experience, flawlessly.
Conclusion: The price and noise-cancellation features obviously mean that the Zik headphones are primarily aimed at well-heeled executives who travel a lot. You’ll certainly enjoy the sound quality as you recline in the first-class cabin – though the battery may not last all the way across the Atlantic.
Excerpt: Parrot’s new Zik headphones are very much designed as companions for its Zikmu speakers. Like the Zikmu they boast a stylish design by Philippe Starck, they sound great – and cost a small fortune.
Parrot's Zik headphones are packed full of tech, but do they provide great sound quality?
Good Gear Guide.au
8 October 2012
Summary: The Parrot Zik headphones are the best wireless Bluetooth headphones your money can buy, combining a great looking design with some excellent features like intuitive, touch sensitive controls. However, the high price tag doesn't match the audio quality. The Zik headphones don't sound bad by any means, but for $500, the sound quality isn't going to blow you away. That's a shame.
Pros: Great looking design, Touch sensitive controls, Excellent noise cancellation
Cons: A little heavy, Audio quality doesn't justify price, Not the best voice call quality