• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing set of 'phones, only some small complaints...

    • Written by from Little Bay

    Amazing design, look and feel like very high quality. Noise cancelling is good, but not great. Bose Quietcomfort seem to do a better job, but are not wireless. After using the equalizer via the iPhone app, the sound quality is excellent. Before tweaking with the equalizer (or enabling Lou Reed mode!) the sound does sound quite dull.

    Have had no problems pairing the set as other people have wrote. Pair first time, every time.

    The comments around them being is heavy is somewhat valid. These are certainly not for walking around in, but sitting at your desk or on the bus/plane I don't really notice the weight until an hour or two.

    The touch controls are certianly not a gimmick! Work perfectly and very intuitive. Likewise, taking calls via the headphones also works well. I would recommend though using the option that 'disables noise cancelling during calls'. This allows you to hear own voice better when speaking!

    All up, a great set. If you want bluetooth/wireless AND active noise cancelling (as I did), these are a great option. Sennheiser's MM 550-X's would be the only comparable set, but don't have the same level of style as the Zik's.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Look Good and that's about it

    • Written by from Henrietta

    Worst set of headphones I have owned .... Ever! Let my daughter borrow for her trip. Took a few try's to pair with her IPhone 5s. Now I can't get them to pair with my IPhone 4s. I've tried taking the battery out letting them sit for awhile but still will not pair. This is totally unacceptable and they should not be sold through the Apple store. Shame on Apple for allowing a junk dealer access to loyal Apple users!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    WORST HEADPHONES AVAILABLE

    • Written by from Cambridge

    HEAVY, EXPENSIVE, WITH UNRELIABLE CONTROLS, AND OFTEN IMPOSSIBLE TO CONNECT TO BOTH IPHONE AND IPAD.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    nice but too heavy

    • Written by from Pierrefonds

    The sound and bluetooth connectivity is great but the bar that rests on top of the head is cylindrical instead of being flat therefore it becomes very uncomfortable on the skull specially on shaved head.

    I have had these for over a year and rarely use them as they hurt the skull after long use.. They are eye catchy and nice sounding though.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    PREMIUM quality in every aspect!

    • Written by from Lafayette

    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!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best wireless headphones!

    • Written by from Winnipeg

    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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Top of the line

    • Written by from Ajax

    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!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding

    • Written by from New Maryland

    I am in love with these things. The sound quality is amazing and the comfort is the best I have ever felt.
    The time between charges was a complete surprise. I wear them most of the day sometimes and check the remaining battery life and it has hardly moved!
    If you enjoy and appreciate the quality and clarity of your music as much as I do I promise that you will be blown away.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Solid Wireless sound. Great quality. Beautiful design.

    • Written by from Gauteng

    I’ve always respected Parrot Products, they are unique, innovative and consumer focused. I had no doubt that the Zik headphones would be great. After all, Parrot claims they have created the world’s “most advanced wireless headphones”.

    From the moment you open the box, you realise the that is was build with precision and care. The feel of the Zik is of quality. A particular focus on aesthetics and simplicity. Designed by renowned Philippe Starck. And it shows, it is beautiful.

    The noise cancellation is very good.
    The Zik uses four microphones that monitor the surrounding noise, then it creates opposing sound waves to actively cancel the noise.

    The Zik uses the following audio codecs: AAC & SBC.
    I tested it by connecting the jack to a DAC and to the headphones.
    To me, an important element for great sound is to listen to it at low volume, I know, it sounds strange, but the way any headphone performs at low volume is of paramount importance to the audio quality it delivers. The Zik did not disappoint at any stage. I used various uncompressed files from Classical to Modern music. The sound is pristine. In all ranges, from good quality lows to full mids and dynamic highs. But the beauty of these headphones is in its flexibility. Use the App to tweak the sound to your exact liking.
    From Mp3’s to uncompressed, from Bluetooth to direct in, the headphones sounded exceptionally good.

    The touch surface is ideal for interacting with devices, no need to touch your phone or PC. You can control various functions of the Zik by sliding your finger on the surface of the right ear cover.
    A very intuitive feature.

    It is certainly not an impulse buy, but a well formulated decision to own a unique set of earphones.
    No doubt that you will be extremely happy with the Zik. Not only will the technology of the Zik’s amaze you today, but it guarantees to be future proof. Parrot’s firmware updates will add more functionality and features in time to come. I personally hope they add a battery indicator without having to go into the app. Maybe increase battery life and refine the app a bit more.
    Its pure audio brilliance. In every sense.
    Thats value for money.
    You will appreciate music again.

    Well done Parrot, I think you certainly created the world’s best wireless headset.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Parrot Zik -Stylish, Functional and Hi Tech, all you want in Headphones

    • Written by from Edmonton

    The best features of all headphones on the market have finally been combined into a single product in the Parrot Zik along with high style and technology! The noise cancelling of Bose, Bluetooth connectivity of Blue Buds and the technology of Parrot! I've been a long time user of Bose noise cancelling headphones including the over ear and in ear. The only downside was no Bluetooth which makes things so convenient. Now I don't have to worry about that with the Parrot Zik! Love these headphones!

    Summarized benefits in the following:

    Style and Design
    - Stylish
    - Nice cables with weaved fabric, not cheap plastic
    - Nice sturdy and weighty headphones
    - Easily adjustable, marked notches to remember adjustments
    - Magnet battery cover for easy access and clean lines

    Technology
    - Bluetooth connectivity
    - Easy to use and intuitive "touch pad" audio controls
    - Volume slider adjustment is great, hear the volume change as you "slide"
    - Auto pause feature is awesome, take your headphones off and the music stops!
    - iPhone/iPad app for audio controls and headphone settings
    - Lithium battery

    Audio Quality and Comfort
    - Excellent fit and comfort
    - Great bass and audio range and clarity
    - Adjustable sound settings for noise cancellation, concert sound, equalizer
    - Phone calls are clear and easy to answer

    What's Included
    - Headphones
    - Rechargeable battery
    - Headphone cable for hardwire connections
    - Charging cable
    - Travel bag
    - Free downloadable app

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Really cool headphones by Parrot

    • Written by from antwerpen

    Awsome headphones !
    The Noise cancelling system really works nice!
    The free ITunes app is easy in use
    Great comfort on your head!
    The touch panel on the rightearshell is very easy in use!
    The sound of the music is pretty amazing!
    Have to say that it is a good Price/quality purchase!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    • Written by from Litchfield

    i am so glad that i did not listen or pay attention to all the bad reviews. Worth every single penny. Of course there are a few glitches here and there but that is totally to be expected with a wireless device. Even when i use it while biking, its still sounds great. Will definitely recommend it for a friend.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Parrot ZiK headphones

    • Written by from Springfield Gardens

    Got the Black/Gold headphones V1.08.. I was very skeptical when I went ahead and got the pair because of many low reviews from around the internet. Just to make it clear I came from many headphones some of them are Beats Studio's and pro's, Bowers and Wilkins P5 and Bose QC15's and many many other headphones. I am using my Zik updated to V1.10 paired to my iPhone 5s. Updating the firmware was easy and on phone took less than 3 mins. Charged the device with my apple charger and micro usb cable provided, pairing was really easy and took less than a second. Tried all the modes even Lou Reed's setup but in the end I preferred my own Had Noise Canceling on and Concert hall on living room and speakers spread to 120 degrees. Tuned the equalizer. These headphones are spectacular thumping Bass and tight. Clear punchy Mids. Crisp highs Love these and Would definitely keep these for a long time. The battery lasted around 5-8 hours depending on the volume. Quite reasonable for all that technology. The touch controls are flawless and makes life easier. The app is minimalist looking but very effective. I would definitely buy an extra battery for travel use and keep it in charge just in case. And a hard case would come in handy for protection otherwise the best bluetooth headphones.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bluetooth pairing nightmare

    • Written by from Palo alto

    These guys may have the design down, and great sound but that is about it.

    Pairing with iphone, macbook is impossible without playing musical chairs

    Headband is not comfortable and puts too much pressure on the skull. Looks nice but is not practical

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very, very, very cool!

    • Written by from Humble

    I've had every major brand of headphones made. Until today, the Bose QC 15 or my favorite. Today about the parrot, and I was absolutely amazed! The design is spectacular. Conform to the shape of my ears perfectly. Sound quality is excellent. And the tap control for volume and advancing songs is second to none! Very cool! They create quite a subway "envy" in Paris

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Blue Tooth Pairing !

    • Written by from CRIEFF

    moving from one apple product to another is a pain. Paired to ipad air great, I want to take it out and about with my iPhone 5..... issue
    Powered down ipad, sill would not sync with phone!
    Make sure "Parrot Zik V1.09" is turned on and in range. if I have seen that message once ! getting fed up with these great sounding headphones. Buy the Headphones for the sound not the interchangeability between Bluetooth items.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome but.....

    • Written by from Long Island City

    All round awesome except if you wear them on a bicycle...or while flying a kite on a windy beach. The sound of the wind rushes in like you have no head phones on!!!! But guess I'm stuck with this problem as it requires a hardware upgrade which will not come.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery issues offset sound quality

    • Written by from Earlysville

    It's true that this is a GREAT sounding pair of phones. However, there are a few issues -- one overcome, another not -- that ultimately limit their value. I had a ton of issues with the auto-pause settings and for a long while was unable to modify them, meaning I'd move my head in certain ways that would cause them to pause the sound erratically. They have patched that problem, but the lasting issue is the batter life: they don't last long enough on a full charge even for a cross-country (5-6 hr) flight. That renders them of limited value to any serious traveller.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    After a couple of weeks

    • Written by from Bellevue

    These are incredible. Comfortable, outstanding audio quality, and watching the look on the faces of the poor saps with Beats when they see the touch controls is priceless. However, more than simply Bluetooth headphones, these really shine when you use the (included) cable. They are outstanding with Bluetooth (which is by its very nature imperfect), but the combination of processing and drivers really come to life with an actual wired connection. Bluetooth for convenience. Wired for jaw dropping sound. Coolness to satisfy the most discriminating of geeks. Criticisms? Once ina while the touch controls freeze, but removing the battery resets it (happened 2-3 times in hundreds of hours of listening). And, these *should* include a hard case at this price.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Parrot Zik Wireless Headphones are a Huge Disappointment

    • Written by from CHICAGO

    I received a pair of Zik Wireless Headphones as a gift on the 24th Dec., 2013.
    I downloaded the Parrot Audio Suite to my Bluetooth devices: 2-iPad mini's, 1-iPhone 5 & 1-MacBook Air. Once the suite had been downloaded to my devices I began pairing the Ziks to the first of two iPads.
    I first received a response to update the Zik Audio Suite to its current version - no problem. Successfully paired the first device. Attempted to pair the others and couldn't, response of "unable to pair device." I sent an email to Zik's Help Desk, and was given a message that they would not log any problems, that they were on holiday until 2 Jan, 2014. So I waited for two weeks and used the Ziks with cable. Finally, I did get a very brief response asking for an e-receipt and personal contact info.
    2 weeks went by without a reply back. Then finally Zik USA support sent me a frank reply stating that the Ziks can ONLY BE PAIRED TO ONE DEVICE AT A TIME. I was instructed to remove the battery, wait 5 minutes, replace it, then initiate the pairing process all over again on the next device. I work from all devices during the day - having to go thru removing/initiating pairing for wireless use per device isn't just time consuming it's hogwash. I have since sent a confirmation request to Zik and haven't received a response.
    My receipt from Apple states a return of 2weeks past purchase date. The delay in Zik's assistance has also made it impossible for a return or credit.

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