• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Headphones

    • Written by from Roseville

    These headphones have great design, technology and sound. I compared them to Bose QC 15. Parrot's bluetooth and touch controls make it win over Bose.
    Bose QC15 do sound a touch better but it isn't a significant difference.
    Wish Parrot included a hard travel case for such a beautiful product.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    amazing set of heaphones

    • Written by from Stamford

    These are a must buy set of headphones! with awsome sound that you can set up to how you like it! They have the best design that just makes you look like a boss! listening to them as i write this reveiw i think that they are just amazing and very comfortable. There wireless system is fault-less and the anc rivals the bose qc15's.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Decent sound, decent quality, a bunch of drawbacks.

    • Written by from Kanata

    When you hold the Ziks in your hands, they feel substantial - like they are built to last. When you listen to an iPod through them, they sound good and well balanced especially given their wireless nature.

    The over-head band is solid and sturdy.

    They isolate outside noise so-so but in a side by side with a pair of (wired) Shure SE425 with triple-flange isolators, the Shure wins, hands down.

    Those are the upsides.

    Here are the downsides:

    Fully charged overnight I get about 4 hours of play through them.

    The touch controls react to anything - airplane cushion, car headrest, jacket collar.

    The unit is designed to turn off when laid horizontal so they turn off if you lie down.

    They are not big enough for someone (like me) with a large head (hat size 7 7/8).

    They cost a lot.

    Mine are not going to get much more use before they end up in the drawer with my Beats.

    15 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love this headset

    • Written by from Edmond

    I got mine about two weeks ago and love it. I think the battery life could be better, but when I turn off all processors and the noise cancelation, it has lasted upwards of 9 hours. For those flights that are longer than the 6 I get with the noise cancelation on, I have a second battery I purchased from the company for $30.

    The sound is wonderful. I am have several different wired headsets (B&W in and over ears and some Sure in ears). The sound on Bluetooth is unbelievable!!!

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible sound

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    I didn't even try out the Bluetooth. Plugged them in, played some various rock and pop tracks. Huge amount of high mid range tone is missing compared to other headphones. Embarrassing sound for $400. They went right back in the box.

    13 of 57 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best piece of technology since iPhone

    • Written by from Roseville

    I am just amazed by the Parot Zik. The are comfortable as can be (I have a big head). The sound is amazing and on par with Bose. The bluetooth works great 99.99% of time (sure an occassional hicup). I love the auto pause feature and the app gives you so much control on the sound profile. These things are built like a fine car also.

    My only negative is the batter life could be longer, but a second batter will appease the international traveler. A+

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome... AFTER updating firmware

    • Written by from Lehighton

    OK-

    I received these headphones as a christmas gift this year. I knew that I was getting them, researched them and couldn't wait to tear open the box.

    SO...

    I paired the Parrot Ziks with my iPhone first, and started listening to music.

    When I first started using them, I was severely impressed by the design and comfort of the headphones along with the noise canceling feature.

    HOWEVER...

    I immediately noticed that the "next/previous" feature was not working at all as advertised; however the volume touch gesture was in fact operating correctly.

    I decided to let them fully charge and try them again later... This time by pairing them with my iMac and using them to listen to music/make conference calls via iChat (now "Messages")...

    AGAIN... Disappointed.... The music started to cut out, the audio sounded horrible and thin, then I started picking up random television program audio from god knows where!?!?

    I WAS ON MY LAST NERVER WITH THESE POLISHED CRAPHONES...

    UNTIL---

    I updated the driver to version 1.03...

    Instantly I fell in love with the Parrot Ziks.... No more audio problems, no more dropped bluetooth connections, call quality is great AND all touch gestures are working!


    BATTERY LIFE---

    A great deal of people seem to be complaining about the battery life... I don't think we can expect much longer battery life than what is currently availalbe with this much technology built into wireless headphones....

    I used my Zik's a solid day through use of wireless music listening around the house, making phone calls to about 2-3 people.... AND listening to my "Ambiance" app on my iPhone while sleeping....AND they didn't die until the next day around noon.... To me that isn't bad considering the high quality design of this product.


    SOUND QUALITY--

    I am an audio hi-fi nut. I own a small audio/visual production studio and own loads of high end audio gear (current setup is Apogee Quartet through KRK Rokit 8 studio monitors with Sub)... So you can imagine that being impressed by sound quality to me is hard to accomplish. I also own a BOSE surround sound system in my home that is all digital and sounds ridiculous for movies and 5.1 channel audio localizations. I owned a pair of BOSE Quiet Comfort Headphones (I think that's what they were called?) Anyway, those were my real first 'personal noise canceling' headphones that I used on the go and was always bragging about how good they sounded and how you couldn't hear anyone talk while using them. Those were great until the cheap connector on them broke right off and the wires to either can developed a weak connection... Pretty disappointed in Bose's parts as of late...

    ANWAY... YOU GET THE PICTURE.

    Parrot has outdone themselves as far as SOUND Quality goes with the Ziks. The bass is truly responsive and doesn't have any sort of unnecessary gain boost like the majority of headphones do nowadays.

    The ability to control the binaural localization through Parrot's "Concert Hall" app is AMAZING.... Way too often headphones are made and produced by companies (or designers) who produce/listen to one type of music.... This app gives you the ability to place the frequencies in the right POCKET for the type of music that YOU enjoy....

    ALSO the ability to simply drag and drop the EQ frequencies and make your own USER EQ is amazing...


    OVERALL 4 STARS...

    Only because Parrot undershot the product lifecycle on this one....

    Never release a product with faulty firmware... ALL customers have high expectations from the GET-GO... if they are let down during the initial use of a product.... THAT'S IT.... return city, bad mouth bash.... you get it.

    78 of 80 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Waste of money big time

    • Written by from Fleet

    They do not work with iTunes, cannot play selected tracks as have mind of their own! Sond is great bit they should play your suggestion nit random tracks!

    Avoid

    12 of 65 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Different: fully digital phones for noisy world

    • Written by from Fairbanks

    These headphones have two important differences from most that may affect your satisfaction:

    (1) Audiophiles are used to the paradigm of pure unvarnished reproduction of sound. The ideal amplifier is "a straight wire with gain;" the perfect transducer produces sound waves exactly as input electrically (no harmonics, no variation with frequency or level). Audiophiles typically find fault with any sort of "addition" or processing of signals, even compression and tone controls. These headphones in contrast have digital signal processing at their core. Digital signal compression over Bluetooth, active noise cancellation, equalizer and "concert hall" effects are built in (the latter three can be switched off). As many reviewers have noted, listening with the headphones' DSP off is disappointing. They are not designed to - and do not - reproduce accurately without the DSP (that is, as passive headphones).

    Noise cancellation does a good job on droning air handlers and motors, but also colors music subtly. In an otherwise quiet environment you might prefer to switch it off. I find the equalizer and concert hall effects intriguing and use them on some recordings, but purists are bound to find the effects introduce artifacts. These headphones are well designed for listening in non-ideal listening environments (office, commuting, airplane, busy household) but not for critical audiophile listening.

    (2) The headphones have a sophisticated digital controller: the Parrot Zik app on your iPhone. Do not think of the app as an optional add-on, but rather a key component in listening with these headphones. But also do not confuse the role of the app as the music source. You might get the impression from some reviews that the headphones only work well if using iPhone as the audio source, but that is incorrect. Using the standard audio cable with 3.5mm plugs, you can listen through any source with an audio jack. The three components for listening are audio source, headphone, and controller (iPhone app). Listening to a source other than the iPhone via the cable, the app still controls the noise cancellation, concert hall effects, and equalizer (so long as still Bluetooth paired with the iPhone).

    Quibbles:
    - the headband is heavy enough to slide back and forth as you move
    - every change on the controller (iPhone app) generates sharp audio "click"
    - the cans are not fully around the ear, but largish on the ear

    24 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Good design but

    • Written by from Napa

    Touch controls malfunction. Mine play then pause, then play again. Sometimes stay paused til i hit play again. Ive reset (removed battery) several times. Really annoying for $400 headphones. What a shame.

    13 of 28 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Pair of Headphones

    • Written by from Chapel HIll

    If you are looking for a pair of bluetooth headphones, look no further. I have had the beats wireless, and the Harman/Kardon which are two of the most popular brands on the market. Both of them are good solid headphones but they are missing something. The Parrot's have it all. They are Wireless (which sounds amazing) Has wired play back wich some bluetooth headphones do not offer. There is a Application to control the noise cancelation (other bluetooth headphones don't have this feature) and other features (base ect) of the headphone. The Mic for calling sounds good not great. The Headphones themselves are comfortable. These headphones have so many features once you try them you will want to buy them. They are a little pricey but if you use the Headphones daily youll def get you moneys worth

    22 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    BEST HEADPHONES EVER

    • Written by from Santa Monica

    These headphones are the same price as beats, but unlike beats, they dont just use a $5 microchip to boost the base with an equalizer. These really do have the bass. When you listen to these you can tell that they really are worth the $399.

    33 of 42 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Best headphones I've had yet

    • Written by from MONTREAL

    In the first few days of owning these well-designed headphones, I'm on cloud nine. I'm a user experience (UX) designer, and these are AWESOME - the sound quality is truly excellent, and the sound and call controls are easily grasped and work as designed.

    The headphones have paired easily with all my mac products (including an older 3GS iPhone I use in Canada, despite it not being officially supported). My 2006 MBP, my iMac, my iPad, my 4S and my 3GS all work beautifully with these headphones (as soon as someone provides a more interesting UX than Apple, see how quickly I go there instead). The only "issue" I've discovered is that to change the device I want to use the headphones with, I have to turn off the bluetooth for the last device I used, and turn ON the bluetooth for the device I want to use. But I don't particularly consider this an issue - how else are the headphones to "know" which device you want it to use with, other than the last one you used, if you have several all in range?

    I've had Bose ear buds, Dr Dre headphones and other brands of listening devices (Apple ear buds I've never liked at all). Many expensive and many of good quality to begin with. But each suffered wear and tear issues (despite me taking care of them) after daily use for less than 2 years. I'm hoping these last longest.

    48 of 56 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Parrot Zik Score BIG!!!!!

    • Written by from Laurelton

    These are AMAZING headphones! The sound is crisp with pumping, but controllable base and very clear and distinct midrange and highs. They have enough volume to spare. They are pricey, but you really get what you pay for with these. Technology wise, there are no BT headphones that come anywhere close to these. I would guess that many of the folks who give these bad ratings have the same limited knowledge about how to work them that the salesperson (Not Apple) I dealt with had. These headphones totally come alive when using the Software for iPhone/iPad or Android9 Firmware upgrade required and NFC works with Jelly Bean OS only). It is virtually impossible to properly sell these and show what they can do without the mobile software. I'm using mine with a Samsung Galaxy note 2 and the NFC pairing was completely effortless. NFC is so cool and convenient (C'mon Apple!) I also tried them with my IPad 3rd Gen and outside of having to take a few extra steps to pair them; I had the same great experience. Noise cancellation is superb! Careful, you will forget where you are if you are on the train with these and miss your stop.

    I will tell you this; make sure you put them on correctly. If you put them on backwards, you are sure to think there is something wrong with them.. Get an extra battery for those long days of use and you're good to go!

    Only complaint.... The soft bag "thingy" to store them... Parrot could have definitely done better for these gems with a hard case to protect them!

    Overall... A+ Rating for the Parrot Zik's - couldn't be happier!

    34 of 40 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Better Options Out There For The Price

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    No case
    No wired playback and volume controls
    No wall charger
    No battery life
    Looks better in photos

    The Ziks sound great and the iPhone app allows you to tweak the audio to your liking but after a few days I wished I spent $400 on a different set of headphones and returned them to get something with a little more bang for the buck.

    Overall I don't think the Ziks are that stylish. The matte finish on the ear cups and the weird asymmetry of the microphones make them look awkward. One ear cup had a chrome finish at the bottom while the other didn't. The bright power light at the bottom does help the look. The yellow accents shown in photos are not that noticeable unless the Ziks are on a table and someone is taking a photograph of them with perfect lighting.

    The touch controls work well although I found the auto-pause feature would get in the way while laying down or adjusting the headset. It was nice to have a dedicated reverse action. Unfortunately the audio cable for wired use does not have controls for playback and volume like other headsets, wired and the once included for passive mode on Bluetooth headsets. In passive (off/dead battery) mode the touch panel does not work and you need to use your phone or player to control all playback and volume. Annoying is an understatement.

    It was difficult to size the headphones. Not great for sizing up to fit around your next and then back on your head. Also, they are on the heavy side, so your neck should give out before the battery life which wasn't great.

    The Ziks do not include a wall charger. Just the USB cable. What you really want for under powered headsets is to charge them by USB for days.

    The audio and USB cables are of a rope or shoelace type fabric. Looks perfect for making knots. I don't think I liked it.

    Finally, the Ziks do not include a case, just a pouch. They do feel solid enough to survive a trip in a backpack but why not include a case already. Also, the pouch feels cheap. Almost like a potato sack.

    So overall, after two weeks of use I decided to swap them for another $400 headset and I'm much happier.

    49 of 84 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect

    • Written by from Stony Brook

    Good look, Good convenience
    Only flaw : battery life.
    The raw line is bad, with monster line, it's better

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    bad

    • Written by from New York

    I just bought them at the Apple store on the Upper West Side. I wore them out and got 10 blocks away and the bluetooth started to short out. The touch gestures weren't responding quickly either, 5-8 second delay. I turned around and exchanged them for the Bose noise canceling headphones.

    21 of 58 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great!

    • Written by from Toronto

    Was considering 2... these Parrot Ziks and Harmon Kardon. Went through 2 pairs of the Harmon Kardon BT headphones because they kept lagging and dropping connection.

    When I tried the Ziks I was instantly hooked... Sound, build quality, weight, connection.... all are good and definitely much better than the HK.

    ++

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing... With a huge drawback

    • Written by from Dallas

    First let me start by saying.. I love music, I love sound... I been looking for some Bluetooth headphones after my Phiaton's failed on me. I wore those headphones around my neck daily, and I was just thinking of simply just getting another because they sounded great. And the convenience of not having it tired with a headphone jack to any of my device were great as well.. But on the other end, I wanted something different.. A completely wireless experience..

    Now, it brings me to the Parrot Zik... I'm rather a techie when it comes to gadgets and everything. And, I researched plenty of headphones.. Compared it to the Harmon's wireless headphones and Beats wireless headphones, the features for the Zik's just out weigh those headphones.

    Pros...
    Amazing Sound
    NOT overwhelming bass, a completely wholesome sound
    Wireless Touch Controls
    Incredible Design
    Noise Cancellation
    Syncs with an App

    Cons...
    BATTERY, BATTERY, BATTERY

    There's simply no comparison in regards to the features with these Zik's, the battery is my main concern. I do have a Mophie Powerstation, but I plan on buying a spare to keep with me while on the go, because 6 hours is just not good enough. I'm satisfied with these Zik's.. The price is expensive, but when I looked at other headphones and the features Zik's has.. I get it. I'll recommend them just make sure to get a spare battery...

    43 of 47 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not ready for the real world yet

    • Written by from New York

    This is a good product in many ways, don't get me wrong. In some cases it may not be the products fault that it is not a transparent user experience. Here are my impressions...

    Pros
    Sound is good
    The fact that you can tether it to a sound system with a stereo cable when batteries are dead is great.
    Battery charged with a micro USB
    Auto shut-off/pause seems to work well.

    Cons
    Bluetooth connections still take too long to setup and are kludgy. Switch from a mac to an iPhone and you'll have to do lots of shutting off and on to get them to work.
    The movements across the capacitive panel are just OK. No manual adjustments mean that you are hostage to the panel in the cold etc.
    When using the headphones to talk on the phone the voice is not fed through the headphones making you feel like you are underwater. You get no feedback of your own voice
    They are constructed well, but also in such a way that you only have one option to wear them; on top of your head. Other comfort positions or less dorky ones like around your neck are impossible.

    28 of 37 people found this useful