• 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:

    - 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

    - 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 16 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

    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 15 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 42 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.

    68 of 71 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

    27 of 39 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    If you want headphones in $299 to $399 range.. PARROT ZIKS are THE BEST!

    • Written by from Stratford

    I am comparing to the following products that I also own:

    BEATS by DRE DETOX edition (Professional $399++)
    BEATS by DRE Studio Noise Cancelling ($299 retail)
    BOSE Quiet Comfort 15 over ear ($299 retail)

    The Parrot Ziks have the best fit, hands down! The shape of the ear pieces, just fit and allow for hours of comfortable listening. There are also lightly etched meter lines to go back to the same length every time. The Beats Pro are heavy, which I don't mind, but the more rounded shape, don't fit the ears as well- Parrot Ziks and Bose are built for comfort! Ziks win in design and NO CORDS with bluetooth listening, and App to control them!

    The Parrot Ziks and the Beats Pro both have superior build quality. They are sturdy and feel like they could take a good amount of abuse, whereas the Bose are plastic and although are much lighter, they don't feel like they could hold up to heavy or severe use. I like the Beats Pro because of the swiveling ear cup design (if you DJ). However, the round cups on the Beats can't compare to the Super well fitting ear cups on the Parrot Ziks.

    Bose includes a very nice rigid case. The Beats Pro and The Parrot Ziks lack a good case! Just a plain old bag for either- definitely a downfall on the overall package. I haven't mentioned The Beats Studio b/c are flimsy, noise cancellation is minimal- not worth the money!

    Now for sound quality.. The Parrot Zik Wireless headphones sound amazing through the wireless blue-tooth AND when attached via cable! I was expecting the cable hook-up to loose a lot, but is actually remarkable (just as good as blue-tooth) Parrots and Beats are both great for bass and mid tones- but mid to high is where the Ziks shine. I found myself re-listening to tracks I've heard 100s of times and picked up sounds I've never heard before. If you want 3D sound- Ziks are for you. If your audio source is solid, the Parrot ZIk Headphones will AMAZE YOU! Bose has a lot of catching up to do in the sound quality department.

    The Parrot Ziks also have the best design- cutting edge and very solid. Revolutionary touch adjustments and cable-free listening for hours. If you are at the $299 headphone level- it is DEFINITELY worth the extra $100 for the Parrot Ziks! If listening via cable I prefer to use the Fiio E17 portable amp (look it up)!

    101 of 104 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Better than Beats!

    • Written by from Tucson


    These headphones were well worth the investment. They have a memory foam inside the ear cups that is very comfortable. The features work great and I love the fact that the sound quality is so great even though it's bluetooth. I am a huge freak about sound quality meaning I can't have a whining noise in quiet parts. These headphones sound excellent with no added whining noises. With that and the cool, sleek design, you can't go wrong.


    There have been two times in the past week that I have had my phone in my back pocket listening to music, and when my arm passed to long in front of my side, the music would skip a couple of words. It doesn't bother me seeing as how it rarely happens.

    55 of 58 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    bad quality & bad volume...

    • Written by from Nanterre

    bad quality & bad volume... don't understand the actual rate....

    45 of 140 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect headset.

    • Written by from Mississauga

    I absolutely love the Zik by Philippe Starck for Parrot.
    I picked up a pair for myself and 2 colleagues last week, and now everyone we encounter wants a pair. Downloading the new firmware wasn't an obvious procedure, but if you've ever downloaded anything online, you will have no issues.
    Subtle and effective in design, and with sound quality that can be ultimately controlled for ones preference, not to mention, crystal clear phone/voice quality.
    The on ear controls are very handy when walking with iPhone in pocket - helps you don't have to be constantly looking down at the phone when negotiating pedestrians.
    I highly recommend this product if you're in the market for a beautifully designed, and equally function-able product.

    26 of 26 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice sound, nice integration with iOS6

    • Written by from Seattle

    There are a few negatives below, but these headphones are staying with me! I think they're excellent.

    I have used the headphones for a few days while doing outside chores. I'm more than satisfied with the simple touch controls on the headphone and to tweak settings in the iPhone app.

    All is not perfect however. When inclining forward to work on something, the headphones start to shift forward on my head. This is not a problem at the desk and won't be in an airplane seat. I made a simple fix which is a short section of black cord extending around the back of the headphones. It is unobtrusive and works well. I hope Parrot will at a removable strap in their future package. That's more important to me than a fancy hard case. (It comes with a cheap drawstring pouch.)

    Another problem I have had is music occasionally shutting off, then back on while I'm moving around and working outdoors. Tech support tells me there's a firmware update in beta aimed to fix this problem by decreasing the sensitivity of the touch panel.

    The battery gives enough life for my purposes, though might not be enough for heavy users.

    Bluetooth works great and in my one test my voice quality was reported to be very good.

    The automatic pause when the headphones are removed: brilliant! That feature makes it quick to attend to VIPs in the family!!!

    21 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The Best !!

    • Written by from masset

    This product is the best of the best. They really thought this through. I love these headphones. The sound is incredible. You can use with your iPad, iMac or Iphone really easy. If the battery dies then use the plug in. If you really like Apple products then you will like these cause they put the same amount of pride into this as Apple does right from the packaging. These are the Rolls Royce of Headphones! (:(:

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Parrot Zik Noise Canceling Bluetooth Stereo Headphone review

    • Written by from Mount Pleasant

    Using the best possible configuration for sound, iPod Touch with Wifi and Bluetooth off, connected to Zik by cable, and Zik with noise canceling ON: There is a huge peak around 5 to 6 khz, perhaps 10 to 15 db, which makes some percussion very irritating. The very emphasized bass doesn't help the treble peak sound any better. There also is a large emphasis around 15 to 17 khz, but that just adds to a "frying pan sizzle" effect with some instruments and isn't too serious. The built-in echo effect emphasizes echo in some songs making them sound like you're in a cavern. Lastly, even with Bluetooth off and no external interferences, the sound isn't smooth, as though there is some slight digital skipping in the sound, particularly with bass percussion.

    27 of 63 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Headphones

    • Written by from Plano

    The Parrot Zik's truly are excellent headphones. The noise cancellation is so far beyond what Bose, Sony or Beats have it's not funny. Then you take into consideration the build quality, and the ergonomics of the controls...you won't even think twice about any other pair.

    But we need the ability to buy a spare battery.
    And I'd like it if it would work with my desktop computer (bluetooth just drops).
    And a firmware update to make the headset feature better would be nice.
    And I'd love it if the noise cancellation worked when I used the 3.5mm cable.

    28 of 31 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing product!! But.......

    • Written by from København V

    Just plain and simple an AMAZING product!

    The sound quality is as good as it gets when wireless connected! They are incredibly comfortable! The build quality is just unmatched!! And the wow factor is a sure hit every single time I show these to a friend! ;-) But........

    For some reason, and I have now been trying hard for 2 weeks now, I cannot connect these to my PC (Windows 7) at work, where I want to use'em for Skype and just music playing! They work flawlessly with my iMac at home and incredibly straightforward with my iPhone, but for some reason Windows is not an option!!! I have been told by Parrot customer service in an email, that they "can" work (it felt like something they weren't to sure about!!)... but NOWHERE can I find any explanation on how to get them to work with Windows! A REAL disapointment!

    I really wanna rate them with not just the 5 stars available here, but 6 stars, since I Honestly enjoy them to bits, but I cannot give them more than 3 before they solve this problem... (and truthfully, but of less importance to me, the battery problem allready mentioned by others)!!

    27 of 34 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Batteries ??????

    • Written by from Bethel

    Great headphones, but if you need spare batteries forget it. Apple doesn't carry them and Parrot won't have them until Christmas (maybe). I spent up to an hour on hold with Parrot so I'm lucky it wasn't a technical problem, they work but a battery in the bag would be a good thing to have. Wait awhile to buy these to see if Parrot gets in gear and backs up their products.

    28 of 34 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Sound with Wireless Freedom

    • Written by from Manhasset

    Fantastic sound with configurable equalizer and spacial sound environments.
    Freedom from wires/cords is truly liberating allowing for a full range of motion 40+ feet from your device/phone. Convenient touch controls on the right ear phone.

    The only major disappointment is the short battery life which will not last a normal day's use.

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works best with iPhone

    • Written by from Byron

    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.

    280 of 329 people found this useful