• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    need work

    • Written by from San Francisco

    The concept of gesture touch headphone is brilliant. But i found the sound response to be less than ideal. I have not been able to use the phone functionality - just doesn't work. If you wear a beanie or cap over your ears and under the headphones, the sensor thinks you have taken them off and disconnects. The volume control from swiping the right can only uses part of the full volume control of your iphone. So you have to turn volume up manually and then can only turn down about 50%. If you have the volume manually set low, the Zik volume only turns it up a little. It takes a long time for them to turn on and sometimes they just randomly turn off. Super annoying.

    They look good and feel good.But they slide off my head when I am laying down because they are so heavy. The battery doesn't last that long. It is great that you can recharge it with usb though.

    I am on the fence about wether or not to return them. There are a lot of problems with them. For the price I don't recommend.

    51 of 64 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Heavy and fall off

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    The technology is the future and the sound is surprisingly pretty great. Too expensive for something that will seem like a huge enormous cell phone from the 80s in a year. Yes the future looks bright for wireless headphones, but I am would wait for something lighter and unless you have an unusually wide head these will fly off your head when you simply gaze downward, I am lucky they didn't crack my ipad screen. I returned them less than 24 hours after I purchased them.

    28 of 50 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

  • 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound but Only for 10 Minutes

    • Written by from Platte City

    The sound of these headphones via Bluetooth blows away the sound of the wired Beats headphones I have. I saw them while traveling through the airport in ATL, tested them, put my beats in my bag, bought the Ziks, and kept going. It's only been one day and I can't wait to fly back through ATL tomorrow and take them back. On average, I get about 10 minutes before the headphones, via Bluetooth, beginning stopping and starting on their own. It's annoying. Since they are touch sensitive I thought that maybe wind was causing them to do so but they even did this while in my hotel room. I've deleted the pairing and re-paired. I've take out the battery and reinstalled. I've turned off and back on all the features and the most minutes I've gotten before they start acting up is 18 minutes, I'm disappointed and can't wait to take them back. My advice is to wait until the technology gets better. These are on track but not there yet. If anyone knows how to fix this -on-again-off-again problem, please post. I'd love to keep them but need them to work for more than 10 minutes at a time.

    9 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not the greatest!

    • Written by from Cypress

    I purchased these in Jan 2013. I liked the quality and the sound. For such an expensive pair they don't include a case or extra battery. Also noticed if looking down, sideways or moving suddenly there was significant distortion. They load up quickly but cannot pair to multiple devices simutaneusly. They are also tight on the head, my ears began sweating, and I needed a break from them after about an hour. I travel frequently anf need a good pair of headphones that are comfortable during flights. On short flights i have not been able to get through a movie on my ipad withou removing the headphones to take a break. i hate to see how they perform with flights longer than 5 hours. on a 3 hour flight i switched to earbuds to get a break.They are difficult to lay down and listen to music since they are quite bulky. I took them back to the store in May 2013 and looking for a good pair of noise canceling headphones with great quality. I have the Bose QC15 and looking for something to outperform them on longer flights.

    8 of 13 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