• 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.

    14 of 29 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 43 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!

    35 of 42 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 19 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.

    22 of 59 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 21 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...

    44 of 48 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Unbelievable sound, with some exceptions

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    Not a big fan of long reviews, so I will get right to the point:

    PROS:
    - Unbelievable sound and control of sound (amazing)
    - Super high-quality materials used
    - 'Feel' like an expensive piece of equipment should
    - Work extremely well with the iPhone, almost flawless in all uses

    CONS:
    - Only work so-so with a Macbook Pro or other laptop with bluetooth
    - 6 hours of battery life is really short once you start working
    - No external battery charger available (although they sell extra batteries)
    - Do not work as a 'headset' on a laptop with Skype
    - After a while, the headset feels 'heavy' on the top part of the head, almost have to take them off to give your scalp a rest

    The sound quality and the controls the iPhone App gives you make these headphone sound amazing. However, I am seriously considering taking them back. The battery life is just way too short and not being able to fully use them with my MBP is a killer. I have about 10 days before I can't return them.

    35 of 40 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Zik Wireless Headphones

    • Written by from Indialantic

    Went to Millenia Mall yesterday looking for these headphones at the Apple store. Was interesting that no one in the store knew about these. After a bit of searching there they were, on the bottom shelf. Talked to the expert who had no clue, other than the price.

    I bought them, and connected them up to my Samsung S3. No problems in the hook up nor with the app. Seems to work great. Best pair of headphones I have bought. The magnetic controls on the side are really cool, and work well. No problems so far. I do agree, that maybe a hard case would be nice for the price.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    touch-sensitive control

    • Written by from West Vancouver

    after using it for 5 days, touch-sensitive control doesn't work anymore, i returned it and got the new one but i got same problem again, very disappointed

    15 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best of the best

    • Written by from laksi

    Budget
    Quality of product
    Quality of material
    Quality of sounds

    The technology including app is superb!!!!

    I do sure for around this budget .. This headphone is Superb..

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredible product, the perfect belnd of form and function.

    • Written by from Nashville

    Let me first say that I'm no true audiophile, but I am very particular and have over the past few years tried at least 20 different pairs of headphones. It seems that each time I buy a pair I go for the pricier ones as in general I've learned that you get what you pay for.
    I love Bluetooth technology and have had numerous pairs of Bluetooth headphones but I wasn't sure that someone could make a Bluetooth product that also had excellent sound, great design and noise cancelling technology.

    WOW! When I got these I got these .... I was blown away.

    Such a beautifully designed product, and it’s not just about design. I would say these are to the headphone world as the Tesla Model S is to the Car world.

    Because I like Bluetooth, but also have a need for the noise cancelling technology these were perfect for me. Previously I would go back and forth from the Bose QC15 and the Harmon/Kardon BT's - which are both nice products. After using these for one day, I gifted my Bose and HK to some deserving coworkers.

    If I were to make a Venn Diagram of headphones these would land in the intersection of Beautiful design, Great Sound, Incredible Build Quality, Advanced Features, and Comfort.

    40 of 43 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Top Ranked Headphones

    • Written by from Jefferson City

    Let me start by saying I have tried all the major headphone brands. I was looking for headphones that would satisfy all my needs, three of which were most important:

    Superb Sound Quality; Active Noise Cancelation; Quality Craftsmanship

    Started with Beats by Dre. Good sound quality, great bass, good noise cancellation. However, felt cheap and were already showing signs of defect after first use.

    Then there were the Bowers & Wilkins P5's. Great set of headphones. Superior sound quality and craftsmanship. However, they did not have active noise cancellation, which is essential on plane rides (at least for me it is). If I could afford it, I would have these as my second pair. Definitely a favorite!

    Next, I tried Sennheiser's PXC450's. The salesman informed me of Sennheiser's extreme R&D department and how they were a superior brand. You pay a premium as well. However, to put it frankly, they sucked. They were overly large, design was mediocre, and above all, the sound quality did not stand up to any of the others.

    Then there were the Bose Quiet Comforts. I'm a big fan of Bose and they have another great product with these headphones. Great sound quality and noise cancellation. However, I was a little concerned with the craftsmanship of them. Although very lightweight, I'm not a big fan of the overall plastic construction. On the whole, a great set though.

    Finally, the Parrot Zik. These were brand new to the market when I bought them. I read a few reviews and looked at all the photos and decided to try them out. The technology implemented is pretty cool. Swipe of a finger and you can change songs or turn up the volume, all while your phone is in your pocket (cordless!). Sound quality is very good, Bose and B&W is a little better. What sold me was the "solid" feel and technology of the headphones. They seem to have high quality materials and construction, and the bluetooth enabled controls make for extreme convenience. Also, another cool feature: Say someone walks up and starts talking to you. Instead of pausing the song and taking your headphones off, with the Zik's, you can simply slide the headphones to your neck and it will automatically pause your music while you talk. Once you slip them back on, music resumes! Since they also had Active Noise Cancellation, they were the obvious winner in my review.

    69 of 73 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome but expensive

    • Written by from yorba linda

    The sound is great and it is very high tech

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Concept is intriguing

    • Written by from Kent

    I love the idea of not having to bring my iPad out of my bag to play music, functionality is great.

    My only concerns is definetly one that everyone has touched on is we need a pare battery or something along the lines and update firmware so it's compatible with more bluetooth hardwares e.g. Playstation 3... I say this because it's already in the league of being used as a handset so why not a simple headset as it has mics(4 to be exact).

    They are Greg none the less and I'm happy with my product but there's a lot more cons than pros at this stage and I know it can b fixed, hopefully that's sooner rather than later.

    23 of 26 people found this useful