Parrot Zik Wireless Headphones by Starck

Parrot Zik Wireless Headphones by Starck


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  • Overview

    Parrot, along with world-renowned French designer Phillipe Starck, have collaborated once again to create Zik wireless headphones. Integrating touch control, advanced technology and sleek design, they deliver superb sound and comfort.

    Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)

    Four active microphones (two internal and two external) make this patented Parrot technology one of the best in its class in ANC. It provides up to 98% reduction, eliminating nearly all external sound.

    Innovative Interface

    An ultra-intuitive touch sensitive panel located on the right ear cup gives you easy control. When you're listening via Bluetooth, simply swipe up and down to increase and decrease volume, and forward and back to conveniently skip tracks. Also, a head-detection sensor automatically senses when you're wearing the headphones and when you're not. When you put the headphones around your neck, the music pauses and your call is switched directly to your mobile device. When you put the headphones back on, your music resumes.

    Unique listening quality

    When using a standard headset, your right or left ear can only hear music coming from the right or left side of the headset. To recreate true-to-life sound, Parrot has developed a unique specialisation sound called the “Parrot Concert Hall” effect. So instead of hearing the music from the side, you feel as though the sound is coming from directly in front as if you were listening to a live concert.

    Free yourself from wires

    Listen to music or make crystal-clear calls seamlessly and wirelessly via Bluetooth. Choose to control your calls and music directly from your device manually or via voice recognition, earphone touch panel or from Parrot's free Audio Suite App on an iPhone. Bluetooth streaming is available with all Bluetooth-compatible devices.

    Parrot hands-free calling

    Originally designed for Parrot car systems, hands-free calling is now part of Zik. It's specifically engineered for crystal-clear conversation. Equipped with two directional microphones and a Jawbone Conductor, the Zik captures the vibration of the jawbone and merges it with the sound of your voice for reliable calls. Thanks to the embedded head detection sensor, if you receive a phone call while listening to your music, you can remove your headphones and your call will be automatically be switched to your smartphone.

    Free downloadable app

    The Parrot Audio Suite is a free app you can download from the App Store for your iPhone. It lets you control all of your music wirelessly. For instance, you can adjust your audio settings to explore your favourite customised sound and simulate a virtual music scene creating your desired sound depth. The app also notifies you whenever there's a new software version so you can download it instantly.

  • Highlights

    • Active noise cancellation
    • Innovative touch-sensitive control
    • Head-detection sensor seamlessly plays music when headphones are over your ear or pauses it when they're around your neck
    • Unique specialised sound through “Parrot Concert Hall Effect”
    • Completely wireless, supports Bluetooth audio streaming
    • Parrot hands-free calling expertise
    • Downloadable free app to control your music wirelessly
    • Rechargeable, removable Li-ion battery
  • Did you notice?

    Unique "Parrot Concert Hall" effect recreates true-to-life sound, so you feel as if you're at a live performance.
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  • What's in the Box?

    • Parrot Zik Wireless Headphones by Starck
    • Inline cable (3.5 mm)
    • Micro USB cable
    • Protective pouch
    • Quick start guide
    • Li-ion battery (800 mAh)
  • Tech Specs

    • Frequency Response: 10 - 20,000 Hz
    • Impedance: 32 Ohms
    • THD: < 0.1% at 1khz, 90 dBspl
    • Other Features: Active Noise Cancelling, Stereo Bluetooth, Wireless
    • Form Factor: Over Ear
    • Cable Length: 130 cm
    • Connections: Bluetooth
    • No. of Microphones: 4
    • Batteries: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
  • Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    • UPC or EAN No.: 3520410018237

    Non-Apple Branded products / Third Party Products

    • Note: Apple's One Year Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Non-Apple branded products may have the benefit of a manufacturer's warranty provided by the product manufacturer - Please see your product box and literature for details. Rights under the product manufacturer's warranty are in addition, and not instead of, any rights that you have under consumer protection laws.


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iPhone models

  • iPhone 3G

  • iPhone 3Gs

  • iPhone 4

  • iPhone 4s

  • iPhone 5

iPad models

  • iPad (1st generation)

  • iPad 2 (2nd generation)

  • iPad (3rd generation)

  • iPad with Retina display

  • iPad mini

iPod models

  • iPod touch 2nd Generation

  • iPod touch 3rd Generation

  • iPod touch 4th Generation

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Some amazing tech, good sound, poor battery

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    I'd spent the good part of a year researching headphones and kept coming back to the Parrot Ziks; eventually my curiosity got the I'd spent the good part of a year researching headphones and kept coming back to the Parrot Ziks; eventually my curiosity got the better of me and I decided to get these bad boys about six weeks ago, and I'm more than happy with this purchase.

    The headphones themselves are quite heavy (325g) -- you certainly know they are there, but it's an oddly comforting feeling and I stopped noticing this after about 20 minutes of use. Setup is intuitive, although you will need to install the Parrot Audio Suite software from the App Store to enable the full functionality of equaliser, noise cancelling and effects. The overall design is impressive -- dare I say Jony Ive-esque -- and the build quality doesn't let down.

    The sound is rich, although I think it's best suited to bass-heavy music (e.g. electronica, hip-hop, dance). Ceding this, the manufacturer has included a 'Tuned by Lou Reed' setting within the Audio Suite software for Rock music. The Concert Hall setting within the software also provides an interesting means to tweak your listening preferences.

    The drawcard for me was wireless (bluetooth for iOS, NFC is available for supported devices) connection and capacitive touch controls on the right hand side of the headphones.

    My only gripe with the wireless bluetooth is having to unpair the device every time I want to change listening source; not a deal-killer by any means, but I'm lazy and while I'm not fatigued after two clicks to unpair, it would have been nice to be able to just connect the device to a new source, without having to disconnect from the original first. You can use the headphones with the supplied 3.5mm cable, although you won't be able to use any of the settings in the Audio Suite software, including the noise cancelling.

    Now the piece de resistance -- the capacitive touch controls... Simply put, it's amazing. Very intuitive -- slide your finger up or down to increase or decrease volume, slide forward to skip to next track, backwards for previous track and tap once to pause and resume play. There are sensors built into the headphones themselves that will automatically pause what you are listening to or watching once the headphones are removed, and resume when the headphones are back on -- perfect for lazy folk like me! (You can adjust this behaviour via the supplied software.)

    My biggest issue with these is the poor battery life; switching off effects via the Audio Suite app prolongs life (there's also a battery indicator within the software itself), although I'm not usually willing to make that compromise. If you buy these, save yourself stress and pain, and purchase an additional battery -- or two. I'd say that I would get up to 5--7 hours of battery, depending on use. Recharging is via the supplied USB charging cable and I'm not aware of any dedicated chargers out there (such as the one that comes with the Bose QuietComfort 3).

    The headphones also offer hands free telephony, although my use of this feature twice in the past six weeks doesn't really qualify me to comment.

    Overall, I love these headphones. Yes, they are expensive, and yes, there are better sounding headphones out there (at lower price points), but for a lazy, non-audiophile who loves his doof-doof and geek cred, they're perfect.

    • Written by from Wynnum
    Was this useful? Some amazing tech, good sound, poor battery

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