Parrot Zik Wireless Headphones by Starck

Parrot Zik Wireless Headphones by Starck

$399.95

4.0 out of 5 stars

Based on 94 reviews

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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 specialization 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 exclusive 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 favorite customized 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 specialized sound through “Parrot Concert Hall Effect”
    • Completely wireless, supports Bluetooth audio streaming
    • Parrot hands-free calling expertise
    • Exclusive 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 by Starck wireless headphone
    • 3.5 mm mini jack cable, designed by Starck
    • Micro USB cable for charging and updating
    • Lined pouch to protect Zik
    • Quickstart guide in eight languages
    • Li-lon battery 800mAh
  • Tech Specs

    • Frequency Response: 10Hz-20kHz
    • Impedance: 32 Ohms
    • THD: <0.1% at 1khz, 90 dBspl
    • Other Features: Wireless
    • Form Factor: Over Ear
    • Cable Length: 51.18 in./130 cm
    • Connections: Bluetooth
    • Bluetooth Compatiblity: Bluetooth 2.1
    • No. of Microphones: 4
    • Batteries: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
  • Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    • Mfr. Part Number: PF560000
    • UPC or EAN No.: 3520410007156

    Warranty

    • Note: Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple's Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.
    • Warranty: One year

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Ratings & Reviews

Rating Breakdown (4.0 average)
Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
  • Works best with iPhone

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    I bought these mainly for use in my office where I listen to music on my MacBook Pro (mostly because my music collection will not I bought these mainly for use in my office where I listen to music on my MacBook Pro (mostly because my music collection will not fit on any other device). My conclusion is that they do indeed work with iTunes on my MBP but they don't work great. First, while pairing is easy, connecting is cumbersome at best. You must pull down the Bluetooth menu, select the ZIK, then Open Sound Preferences and make adjustments (mute internal speakers, turn up headphone volume). Then there is usually some initial BT rejection and after going through the process again it will connect. Unfortunately it doesn't always make the most stable connection so once in a while it will just cut out and need to be manually restarted. But when it works, it works well and sounds good.

    In use with the iPhone 4s connection is flawless and simple. I actually once tried to connect to my MBP [right in front of me] but accidentally connected to my iPhone sitting on the charger in a room over 40 feet away and it sounded great. Of course the iPhone has the Parrot ap which allows dynamic adjustment to the sound along with battery monitoring. It should be clarified that there is currently NO software available to adjust sound nor monitor battery on the MBP.

    Battery life is disappointing; about 6.5 hours with all the sound enhancement/noise canceling on. Considering I am working at my desk about 9+ hours a day, this is annoying (especially considering that while listening on the MBP there is no way to know the battery level... it just quits). I would get a second battery but there is currently no way to charge a second battery outside the headphones.

    Like I said, when they work they sound really good and do what they are supposed to. My hope [and reason for keeping them] is that Parrot is paying attention to reviews like this and will offer firmware/software to amend the annoyances as well as an external battery charger or extended life battery unit. For now, I give them 3 out of 5 stars for being rather pricey headphones with great sound quality but poor battery life and slightly flawed functionality on a device they don't appear to be focused towards.

    • Written by from Byron

    287 of 337 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Works best with iPhone
  • Like being different

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I've tried several headphones - Bang&Olufsen, Sennheiser wireless, Vmoda & a host of others.
    I like Vmoda cross fade but annoyed I've tried several headphones - Bang&Olufsen, Sennheiser wireless, Vmoda & a host of others.
    I like Vmoda cross fade but annoyed by cables.

    I love to ZIK concept & find performance and sound quality pleasing. I'm certain there will be s/w updates & offering of a spare battery soon. I'm still familiarizing myself with this product but purchased with the expectation of exceptional performance during phone conversations & reliable Bluetooth music enjoyment. I'm pleased so far.

    • Written by from new york

    185 of 225 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Like being different
  • Great Headphones!

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I just received these headphones and they work very well. The sound quality is very good and the pairing is dead simple. I have n I just received these headphones and they work very well. The sound quality is very good and the pairing is dead simple. I have not had them long enough to test battery life so I cannot comment on that. The touch control is slick and works as advertised. All in all I'm very happy with my purchase.

    • Written by from Lakeland

    180 of 216 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Great Headphones!
  • PREMIUM quality in every aspect!

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Initial battery charge took a couple of hours for full power. The pairing process was quite simple. My iPhone found the headset 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!

    • Written by from Lafayette

    1 of 1 people found this useful

    Was this useful? PREMIUM quality in every aspect!
  • The best wireless headphones!

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I have now used the Parrot Zik headphones for a month listening mainly in the bluetooth mode with the free app Parrot Audio Studio 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.

    • Written by from Winnipeg
    Was this useful? The best wireless headphones!
  • Top of the line

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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, au 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!

    • Written by from Ajax
    Was this useful? Top of the line

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