• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing set of 'phones, only some small complaints...

    • Written by from Little Bay

    Amazing design, look and feel like very high quality. Noise cancelling is good, but not great. Bose Quietcomfort seem to do a better job, but are not wireless. After using the equalizer via the iPhone app, the sound quality is excellent. Before tweaking with the equalizer (or enabling Lou Reed mode!) the sound does sound quite dull.

    Have had no problems pairing the set as other people have wrote. Pair first time, every time.

    The comments around them being is heavy is somewhat valid. These are certainly not for walking around in, but sitting at your desk or on the bus/plane I don't really notice the weight until an hour or two.

    The touch controls are certianly not a gimmick! Work perfectly and very intuitive. Likewise, taking calls via the headphones also works well. I would recommend though using the option that 'disables noise cancelling during calls'. This allows you to hear own voice better when speaking!

    All up, a great set. If you want bluetooth/wireless AND active noise cancelling (as I did), these are a great option. Sennheiser's MM 550-X's would be the only comparable set, but don't have the same level of style as the Zik's.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Look Good and that's about it

    • Written by from Henrietta

    Worst set of headphones I have owned .... Ever! Let my daughter borrow for her trip. Took a few try's to pair with her IPhone 5s. Now I can't get them to pair with my IPhone 4s. I've tried taking the battery out letting them sit for awhile but still will not pair. This is totally unacceptable and they should not be sold through the Apple store. Shame on Apple for allowing a junk dealer access to loyal Apple users!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    WORST HEADPHONES AVAILABLE

    • Written by from Cambridge

    HEAVY, EXPENSIVE, WITH UNRELIABLE CONTROLS, AND OFTEN IMPOSSIBLE TO CONNECT TO BOTH IPHONE AND IPAD.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best investment ever

    • Written by from london

    I'm a musician and a music lover. This headphones are the best headphones i ever head. Sound quality is by far better then any (affordable) device in the market today (you can test them all and compare). Just don't bob your heard too hard as " there is no cable" and they are a bit heavy. The bass....... I'll let you hear it for yourself. And the touch pad controller on the actual headphones makes it easy to do whatever while you're listening to music and chatting on the phone. You don't have to believe my words but for the fun of it, Go to your nearest apple store and try them all, Parrot Zik is going home with you in the end.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Good Headphones

    • Written by from Yeppoon

    I was sent the Parrot Zik Headphones as part of the official Parrot Testers to review. I have only had good experiences with these headphones with the audio quantity being amazing compared to any other headphone I have listened to. My main use for these headphones has been with either my iMac or iPhone 5 and both work great with them. The iPhone app is interesting to change the different setting to see how the sound changes and it does and I have set the Ziks up with the EQ I liked. But there is no app or program to adjust the headphone settings when connected to the Mac only the iPhone which is disappointing. In my experience the headphones are very comfortable and are nicely padded on the headband and the ear cups are very soft making a good seal with your ears. The battery life is also good with them lasting as long as I want but I usually plug them into charge at night with my phone and charged by morning. They are a very good pair headphones.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    My ears don't feel like they're in a furnace

    • Written by from BRISBANE

    I was looking for a great set of headphones which would last, sounded good and were comfortable on my ears. The Zik's have great diversity in sound and were much better than what I was expecting. I personally only really use headphones indoors, listening to my music or playing games but the Zik's are very stylish and trendy and are able to be so in a non-generic way (as in they don't look like Beats). The Zik's come with an inbuilt software which is able to be updated through the app as updates become available, this allows the headphones to keep up to date and hence you're not required to buy new headphones because another headphone provides something the Zik's can not. As a gamer, I have tried to find headphones which are able to be used for extended periods of time without crushing my ears or making my ears feel like they are in a furnace. After lengthy extended periods of time any headphones will produce an effect somewhat like this (as gamers would know) and the Zik's are no exception but the Zik's are one of the best headphones that I have used for extended periods of time. The headset is super comfortable and soft on the ears however the leathery material does get uncomfortable and hot on the ear after about 3-4 hours. The Zik's use batteries to allow a bluetooth connection with your music device and to connect to the app. The battery is what powers the noise cancellation, sound settings and connection with the app etc. so obviously with no battery remaining these functions won't work. However, the Zik's also come with an aux cord meaning the headphones are able to be used whenever and wherever (the noise cancellation, app and sound settings etc. can't be used with the aux cord) and using the aux cord makes the headphones sound like an average set of headphones that only use an aux cord. I have never used the entire battery of the headphones and as a guess I would say the battery would last between 4-6 hours. I am very satisfied with the headphones and haven't run into any major problems as of yet. As an official parrot tester, I have been offered my product by Parrot. 9.5/10.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    My favourite head phones

    • Written by from Canberra

    I've used these head phones extensively for few months now, they are hands down the best headphones I've ever used. The sound quality is crisp and clear, the Active Noise Cancellation works perfect, I've taken it on flights and they were wonderful. The battery life is great, lasts me all day, and the best feature is that once the battery is dead it can still be used with the headphones cable provided. I haven't found any other headphones that offer these features. My nephew has Bose headphones and the noise cancellation on Zik are so much better. Not to forget the free Parrot app is excellent, allows me to configure the sound the way I like it. If you're after good head phones, you will not find a better piece.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    nice but too heavy

    • Written by from Pierrefonds

    The sound and bluetooth connectivity is great but the bar that rests on top of the head is cylindrical instead of being flat therefore it becomes very uncomfortable on the skull specially on shaved head.

    I have had these for over a year and rarely use them as they hurt the skull after long use.. They are eye catchy and nice sounding though.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    One of the Best Headphones to this Date

    • Written by from Broken Hill

    The Parrot Ziks
    These are one of the best sounding headphones I have ever listen to, in addition it was so great when I wanted to change tracks I just had to swipe left and right to go back a track or change to the next track. The ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) was great as when you are using the headphone you can't hear any thing. One other great feature is that you can pause your music by taking the headphones off your head, then when you place them back on they start the music again, which is one of the best features. This product comes with an app that you can control all the different features like turning on and off, tuned by Lou Reed, Active Noise Cancelation, making you feel like your in a small room or being in a huge concert hall, plus to feel like you have the speakers right in front of you. Overall these head phones are great for all types of music, for this I give this headphones 5 out of 5

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    PREMIUM quality in every aspect!

    • Written by from Lafayette

    Initial battery charge took a couple of hours for full power. The pairing process was quite simple. My iPhone found the headset immediately and paired quickly. When launching Parrot Audio Suite it informed me of an available update. I selected update firmware and it downloaded and transferred the update in no time.

    SOUND***
    Default sound settings are Parrot Concert Hall and it sounds really good. Overall gives a good "3D" sound a concert hall can provide. Sound coming from all angles in a good way. You can really tell the difference when you turn the Concert Hall effect off, because the sound kinda goes flat. Individual sounds become more pronounced. I’m pleased with this effect.

    The Lou Reed preset amplifies the sounds to bring them “closer to you.” I love this preset for certain songs. It can make a song sound truly amazing but others can be base heavy.

    There is an equalizer setting which allows you to set your sound personally and this includes 6 more presets. They are Vocal, Pop, Club, Punchy, Deep and Cristal. One of these should fit your needs and if not you can always adjust according to get the sound you want.
    Overall, my favorite preset is the Lou Reed preset for the majority of songs I listen to.
    The sound these headphones put out is clear, sharp and in your face if you so choose.

    FEATURES***
    Call Quality is excellent, very clear and understandable.

    The touch controls are flawless and very intuitive. I didn’t expect the volume to be able to be finely adjustable but the touch reminds me of the sensitivity and accuracy of Apple touch screens on iPhone and iPad. Switching tracks is just as intuitive with forward and backwards swiping over the right panel. Volume is swiping up and down. You can also pause and resume by tapping the right panel.

    When you take the headphones off, the track automatically pauses, and continues once you put them back on. You don’t even have to give it a second thought.

    Noise Cancellation actually works and it does it well. I’ve used other noise canceling headphones before and they didn’t quite do the job, but these came through for me. Great for studying and being on an important call.

    DESIGN***
    As for design, I must say these are a very stylish pair of headphones made with quality materials. Feels sturdy and well built. Even the cables are of premium quality and not cheap. The magnetic battery cover is a nice touch that is very well executed.

    Battery life is very good and holds its charge well when not in use.
    Using the headphones without power and only the cable works very well. Sounds very good and crisp. You obviously can’t get all the eq presets from the Parrot suite but you can use the device eq presets on the hardware you are listening to. This should provide an even better dynamic range.

    OVERALL- Parrot Zik are stylish, feature rich, versatile, futuristic, comfortable headphones with EXCELLENT sound quality. Well worth the price tag!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best wireless headphones!

    • Written by from Winnipeg

    I have now used the Parrot Zik headphones for a month listening mainly in the bluetooth mode with the free app Parrot Audio Studio for the iPhone and iPad. I have listened to music, movies, and podcasts. The sound is amazing for a bluetooth connection. The app on the iPhone and iPad makes the sound even more incredible and I am in love with the 'Lou Reed' mode. The 'Lou Reed' mode works great for music and podcasts, bringing the bass to life in any audio source. The headphones are very comfortable even when wearing for several hours. The touch controls, I hate to say it, are magical. Being able to tap to play/pause, touch up/down for volume, and touch left/right for track, never having to touch the iPhone or iPad makes me smile ever time. I have used many other wireless headphones, and these are the best by far. Highly recommended.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Top of the line

    • Written by from Ajax

    Parrot Zik Review

    My wife and I have used the Parrot Zik for almost 2 months with our iPhone 5s and 5c, listening to music, audio books and Netflix/Apple TV in noisy urban environments and also at our rural cabin.

    Our tastes in music and other audio are very different so the Zik were a wonderful way to enjoy our own entertainment at a good volume, while at the same time not interfering or intruding on each other.

    Rather than using separate rooms with closed doors, we could sit together on the couch with no sound leaking through to either side.

    We also tested the sound cancelling capabilities around construction and machinery. Overall impressions are very high. The headphones are comfortable, easy to use (pairing and installation of the Parrot app took just minutes) and sound terrific. The also do an excellent job of cancelling out external noise.

    Wearing them for hours was very comfortable as they are light and adjust to fit nicely. Controls are intuitive and easy to use. We did not need to consult the manual to start using, although I did read through it later for the sake of being thorough on understanding all the features.

    Battery life seems a bit short, but charging is quick and spare batteries are inexpensive and easily swapped. The Parrot Zik are an impressive piece of kit for anyone who enjoys music, audio books or the sounds of silence and we are using them regularly. Once again, Parrot has come up with a winner!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding

    • Written by from New Maryland

    I am in love with these things. The sound quality is amazing and the comfort is the best I have ever felt.
    The time between charges was a complete surprise. I wear them most of the day sometimes and check the remaining battery life and it has hardly moved!
    If you enjoy and appreciate the quality and clarity of your music as much as I do I promise that you will be blown away.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Solid Wireless sound. Great quality. Beautiful design.

    • Written by from Gauteng

    I’ve always respected Parrot Products, they are unique, innovative and consumer focused. I had no doubt that the Zik headphones would be great. After all, Parrot claims they have created the world’s “most advanced wireless headphones”.

    From the moment you open the box, you realise the that is was build with precision and care. The feel of the Zik is of quality. A particular focus on aesthetics and simplicity. Designed by renowned Philippe Starck. And it shows, it is beautiful.

    The noise cancellation is very good.
    The Zik uses four microphones that monitor the surrounding noise, then it creates opposing sound waves to actively cancel the noise.

    The Zik uses the following audio codecs: AAC & SBC.
    I tested it by connecting the jack to a DAC and to the headphones.
    To me, an important element for great sound is to listen to it at low volume, I know, it sounds strange, but the way any headphone performs at low volume is of paramount importance to the audio quality it delivers. The Zik did not disappoint at any stage. I used various uncompressed files from Classical to Modern music. The sound is pristine. In all ranges, from good quality lows to full mids and dynamic highs. But the beauty of these headphones is in its flexibility. Use the App to tweak the sound to your exact liking.
    From Mp3’s to uncompressed, from Bluetooth to direct in, the headphones sounded exceptionally good.

    The touch surface is ideal for interacting with devices, no need to touch your phone or PC. You can control various functions of the Zik by sliding your finger on the surface of the right ear cover.
    A very intuitive feature.

    It is certainly not an impulse buy, but a well formulated decision to own a unique set of earphones.
    No doubt that you will be extremely happy with the Zik. Not only will the technology of the Zik’s amaze you today, but it guarantees to be future proof. Parrot’s firmware updates will add more functionality and features in time to come. I personally hope they add a battery indicator without having to go into the app. Maybe increase battery life and refine the app a bit more.
    Its pure audio brilliance. In every sense.
    Thats value for money.
    You will appreciate music again.

    Well done Parrot, I think you certainly created the world’s best wireless headset.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Parrot Zik -Stylish, Functional and Hi Tech, all you want in Headphones

    • Written by from Edmonton

    The best features of all headphones on the market have finally been combined into a single product in the Parrot Zik along with high style and technology! The noise cancelling of Bose, Bluetooth connectivity of Blue Buds and the technology of Parrot! I've been a long time user of Bose noise cancelling headphones including the over ear and in ear. The only downside was no Bluetooth which makes things so convenient. Now I don't have to worry about that with the Parrot Zik! Love these headphones!

    Summarized benefits in the following:

    Style and Design
    - Stylish
    - Nice cables with weaved fabric, not cheap plastic
    - Nice sturdy and weighty headphones
    - Easily adjustable, marked notches to remember adjustments
    - Magnet battery cover for easy access and clean lines

    Technology
    - Bluetooth connectivity
    - Easy to use and intuitive "touch pad" audio controls
    - Volume slider adjustment is great, hear the volume change as you "slide"
    - Auto pause feature is awesome, take your headphones off and the music stops!
    - iPhone/iPad app for audio controls and headphone settings
    - Lithium battery

    Audio Quality and Comfort
    - Excellent fit and comfort
    - Great bass and audio range and clarity
    - Adjustable sound settings for noise cancellation, concert sound, equalizer
    - Phone calls are clear and easy to answer

    What's Included
    - Headphones
    - Rechargeable battery
    - Headphone cable for hardwire connections
    - Charging cable
    - Travel bag
    - Free downloadable app

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    no good not worth the coin :(

    • Written by from Safety bay

    I was really excited to take these home!! had they had a pair in store i could have listened to i probably wouldn't have been.

    Pros:

    -Very stylish and sturdy, looks incredible, Polished, clean and the metal design looks like it won't break from sitting on

    -relatively easy to pair with devices

    -comfortable to wear, but i think you need a wide head, i lean forward and they come straight off

    Cons:

    -Sound is horrible, was very dissapionting No volume at all, and when you do try and turn it up the bass just distorts sounds like a $30 pair of headphones in my opinion

    - sound is only editable from parrot app, so if you want to change something but paired to your mac u have to swap it to iPhone and change it then back to your mac again. Not fun when your trying to get it right for a movie

    -the touch pad whilst is a cool design needs work its way to sensitive and i constantly had to turn it off and on again to make the controls work

    Bsaically i returned them the next day and surprisingly swapped them for a pair of beats studio wireless.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Really cool headphones by Parrot

    • Written by from antwerpen

    Awsome headphones !
    The Noise cancelling system really works nice!
    The free ITunes app is easy in use
    Great comfort on your head!
    The touch panel on the rightearshell is very easy in use!
    The sound of the music is pretty amazing!
    Have to say that it is a good Price/quality purchase!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    • Written by from Litchfield

    i am so glad that i did not listen or pay attention to all the bad reviews. Worth every single penny. Of course there are a few glitches here and there but that is totally to be expected with a wireless device. Even when i use it while biking, its still sounds great. Will definitely recommend it for a friend.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply Stunning!

    • Written by from Islington

    I love music and want to get the most bang for buck so I tried the Beats Pro headphones and the sound quality was pretty good... however, after an hour I started to get headaches then two hours in... I had to take them off! Those headphones are very HEAVY!!! The quality of the headband wasn't great and neither was the overall feel of them; they felt cheap. I tried them with the band on top of my head, behind, but they just slid off! They do look great, but I'm after comfort, design aesthetic with bold bass and sensuous quality in all ranges of music where you slip on the headphones, close your eyes and morph into a different world. The Beats Pro do not provide this.

    I have tried many of the other 'high quality' brands too... But none were really doing it for me.

    I was flicking through details.com and they reviewed their top ten headphones, so I did some digging into them and decided to give the Parrot's a go. I headed to the nearest store which sold them, paired up my iPhone and BAM! I had the quality, complete with adjustable EQ right through my phone! They feel great to the touch, the leather is incredibly soft and they look amazing! I tried a load of different genres to make sure they didn't just sound good with one particular genre and I wasn't disappointed!

    Using the active panel to turn up/down the volume, skip tracks, answer/end phone calls is wonderful in all it's simplicity.

    The ability to upgrade the firmware in such an easy way is a pleasant surprise... Drag and drop! Doesn't get much easier!

    I've read a lot of comments about battery life, but when I'm working in the office, I hook up the audio cable instead of relying on the battery and when I'm on the train I use pure wireless. There are times when in the office if I'm moving around a lot then I'll use pure wireless and the juice hasn't run out yet!

    The mics are great too... Although you do get a few odd looks when your using them to talk on a phone call... Nobody can see a cable or a mic, but you are just talking in front of you!

    Massive thumbs up and 5/5 from this audiophile!

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Parrot ZiK headphones

    • Written by from Springfield Gardens

    Got the Black/Gold headphones V1.08.. I was very skeptical when I went ahead and got the pair because of many low reviews from around the internet. Just to make it clear I came from many headphones some of them are Beats Studio's and pro's, Bowers and Wilkins P5 and Bose QC15's and many many other headphones. I am using my Zik updated to V1.10 paired to my iPhone 5s. Updating the firmware was easy and on phone took less than 3 mins. Charged the device with my apple charger and micro usb cable provided, pairing was really easy and took less than a second. Tried all the modes even Lou Reed's setup but in the end I preferred my own Had Noise Canceling on and Concert hall on living room and speakers spread to 120 degrees. Tuned the equalizer. These headphones are spectacular thumping Bass and tight. Clear punchy Mids. Crisp highs Love these and Would definitely keep these for a long time. The battery lasted around 5-8 hours depending on the volume. Quite reasonable for all that technology. The touch controls are flawless and makes life easier. The app is minimalist looking but very effective. I would definitely buy an extra battery for travel use and keep it in charge just in case. And a hard case would come in handy for protection otherwise the best bluetooth headphones.

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