• 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

    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

  • 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

    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! (:(:
    Thanks

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely great

    • Written by from CINCINNATI

    I really like these headphones. They work great. The only downer is the charging through a USB port....they've got to come with a plug. Other than that minor annoyance, they are fantastic. Not sure what other reviewer is talking about in terms of falling off your head...they are probably not ideal for running or exercise but who uses over ear headphones for that purpose?

    24 of 30 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing!

    • Written by from san antonio

    Very happy with these. Great design by Starck!

    22 of 33 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    • Written by from Windermere

    They are awesome. The sound is fantastic. The app works great. They are very durable. I travel every week... and they stand up to travel very well. The noise canceling is comparable, if not better than Bose. The sound, using my iPhone 5 is exceptional. I hear notes, I have never heard. The coolest thing is the touch control on the right ear... so you can do volume, or control your music. Cant stand Bose anymore, after using these. A lot of people are curious, when they see them... not too many people have ever seen them. They are a little bulky... but they have to be, in order to be to be around ear. They are not cheap... but they are worth it.

    10 of 10 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Wireless Headphones

    • Written by from New York

    Over the years, I have tried dozens of earphones, from Apple, Bose, Sony, Klipsch, and many others. None of them have been provided as good sound, quiet, and comfort as the Parrot Zik by Starck. The earphones can be connected directly to an iPhone, iPod, iPad, Mac, and even to airplane seats with a supplied cable. I fly several hundred thousand miles a year and use the Parrot earphones to listen to the music from the airplane seat and my various devices. It has four microphones that detects ambient noise and virtually completely eliminate all background noise. That coupled with a very comfortable cushion, very little sound in your surroundings will get through.

    The earphone has three unique features that I have not seen in any other earphone.
    1. You increase or decrease the volume by swiping the right earphone with your finger up or down.
    2. You single-tap to stop, double-tap to start.
    3. You swipe forward to go to the next song, and swipe backward go to the previous song.
    4. If you take off the phone (it senses where your ear is in the cushion), it will turn off the music on your device.

    The sound quality is superb, studio quality with deep base and great high frequency. On the iPhone and iPad, you can download a Parrot Audio Suite where you can experiment with all sorts of sound effects (changing the stereo effect, etc.)

    The length of the battery depends on use. If you are in a noisy environment and are playing the music at a high volume, it can go for 4-6 hours on a single charge. You can charge it while listening. I charge it by plugging it into the USB port of the Mac that I am using or a small portable battery with a USB port that I carry until the light on the earphone turns green, usually a few hours of charging will do the job.

    Finally, you can set the device so that it answers your phone with a single tap of the right earphone. The music stops and the quality of the phone call is really very good with all the noise cancellation that the earphone provides. The caller hears very little background noise and you hear no background noise. This is very carefully thought out and engineered earphone that operates remarkably well.

    All devices of course may have some drawbacks. Here are some.
    1. Batteries. The batteries do not appear to be replaceable. I have had the device for since last fall (for about 8 months) and it is still functioning well. Yes, it is a expensive headset and I worry about what would happen if the batteries were to die. So far, that has not happened.
    2. The device is bulky. Although it folds flat, it takes quite a lot of room.
    3. Sometimes, the device can get confused if you have too many bluetooth devices clamoring for its attention. When that happens, I just pull out the cable that connects it directly to the devices and plug it in to listen to the music. The earphone turns off the bluetooth when it senses music coming in through the cable. Of course, when you are not connected via bluetooth, it behaves like a dumb but very good earphone.

    8 of 8 people found this useful