• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It really depends on what you are looking for.

    • Written by from Winnipeg

    If you want a pair of headphones with great design, the ZIK will be the one you are looking for.

    BUT

    If you want at least good quality, well i will suggest you to look for something else.

    the bass is decent, but it just not powerful enough to deliver just a little bit more when you are pushing.
    the high range is enough aswell, but the sound "breaks" like glasses when you turn up the volume.

    mid range is quite good, nothing to complain yet.

    I currently own this ZIK, B&W p5, and the sennheiser Momentum, sound quality wise the zik is the least excellent. or should i even use the word excellent ?

    11 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones

    • Written by from Olney

    PLEASE take those who criticize these headphones as having poor quality sound, a poor bluetooth connection, or hard to use with a truckload of salt. I have owned my Ziks for about a month and they are truly excellent in almost every way. Where else are you going to get beautifully designed, well made, high quality headphones with all the features the Zik provides? And you can control them and adapt the sound quality from your iPhone or iPad. How cool is that! The only slight drawback I would cite is that the touch feature is indeed easily activated by almost any contact, with pillow, collar, etc. It takes some getting used to, but is not a big deal. If you are willing to shell out $400 for a set of noise canceling, bluetooth headphones, these are the ones to get. And read the technical reviews online. They are overall VERY positive.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best I Have Ever Used

    • Written by from New York

    The Parrot Zik Wireless Headphones are fantastic! I have been searching for headphones for a month prior to buying these ones. At first I tried out the Wireless Beats, but did not enjoy the controls, the cheap sound, and the faulty bluetooth connection. I returned them and purchased the Parrot Ziks. The sound was beautiful for the various styles of music that I listen. The Ziks handle wonderfully; classical music, rap, jazz, R&B, and pop, in addition to being wireless! I am very picky when it comes to the quality of my classical music, but these headphones exceeded, and raised my expectations. The free app needs to be noted as very easy, and convenient to use. I have had these headphones for a month now, and I can easily say that they were money well spent. Everything functions perfectly, they look fabulous, and sound crisp. You will not regret purchasing them!

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Keep looking

    • Written by from Sherwood Park

    The sound for this price range is greatly lacking, the bluetooth connection is unreliable and the touch controls are overly sensitive. I'm going to buy a pair of Grado's RS1's a little pricier but far better sound. I think tech and cosmetic design came ahead of sound quality with this headphone.

    8 of 20 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great design, but the sound doesn't match

    • Written by from Mississauga

    Right out of the box, everything seems magical. The design is incredible, the feel is high end, and it seems like you'll be keeping these forever. Every inch of the design from the speakers to the wires, the look is like no other. However, when turned on, it's another story. The sound isn't terrible but it's not great. It lacks the wow factor, in others words, it does not pack a punch. Great headphones, if you're not into high quality sound, but who isn't at $400 a pop. In conclusion, at that price, I expect a lot more. The Bose QC3 is a much better buy.

    6 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Parrot Zik Great

    • Written by from San Diego

    I purchase this head phone as it was one of the first on the market with noise canceling and Bluetooth wireless. I made my purchase from another vendor --not Apple-- as Apple did not feature this product at that time. For anyone complaining about Bluetooth cutouts, this is simply user error. I have not had any issues whatsoever with cutout. If I were to place my iPhone in a pocket with metal foil wrapped around it or perhaps have WiFi or another Bluetooth device radiating a very strong signal between my iPhone and the Parrot Zik, then perhaps I would experience cutout issues. The 'Hall Effect' and the iPhone APP provided by Zik make this wireless Bluetooth noise canceling headset shoulders above the others units that are now on the market. And the headset make a great set for wireless phone calls too. On the downside, the unit weights a bit more than I'd like to have them weigh but this is mostly due to the battery pack. While the battery last quite a long time, perhaps in the future a replacement battery with the same performance but at a lighter weight might be designed. Other than that the quality is great and the comfort of wearing them is quite nice with high quality padding and materials, despite the weight.

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Unreliable Bluetooth

    • Written by from San Francisco

    Bluetooth cuts out every 30 seconds or so. Sound quality with Bluetooth is not great.
    I would expect that for the price the product should work. Battery life is very good.

    8 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Want wireless noise cancelling headphones that integrate with your iPhone?

    • Written by from North Easton

    Zik Parrot is it!

    The negative reviews complain about the performance whilst wired...
    wireless is the the reason to buy these!

    Love the iPhone app - love the ability to customize my audio space.

    Bought a spare battery for longer flights - I'll try out the noise cancelling feature on tomorrow's flight!

    I have 2 Bose noise cancelling head sets - and with these Ziks- look ma, no wires!

    Try listening to Tracy Chapman's Mountain of Things for a test - customize the bass - wonderful pedal base and sharp highlights.

    Don't listen to the complaints about wired performance - that's not the reason to buy in the first place.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 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 59 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