• 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Start of something big...

    • Written by from AURORA

    Boy, oh boy!

    You can never tell what is good sound and sot so good sound while in an Apple store. Always seems to be a jazzy atmosphere. Some items that are just ordinary seem all of a sudden to be special. So although the Parrot looked a little different, when I tried them on and listened to the sound I was not overly impressed.

    Later at a specialty gadget store –Brookstone—I tried on another pair. A bunch of Bluetooth headphones were on a display tree. I tried several models/makes. But only the Parrot caught my attention. My wife noticed the excitement in my eyes and POW! I got a pair for Christmas.

    Well let me tell you this: They are far better than I thought. Their sound is reminiscent of the days of lying on the living room floor until the wee hours of the morning.

    Back then the headphones were almost glued to my ears as the heat/sweat suctioned my face like a clamp. But it was ok, because I was enveloped in the sound. (Of course it’s all relative. The only other sound “systems” were the console and 8-track!)

    The Bluetooth Parrot Zik’s are great. I have listed to Internet streamed music, my own home music. I have enjoyed them on my iPhone, iPad, desktop, and laptop and also at the gym.

    A comfortable listening range of about 30-35ft.

    They are not inexpensive, but they are also not cheap. The ear cushions are well thought out. No sweating—comfortable even after a long session.

    The volume, on/off, previous/forward and ability to listen and talk on the phone~~~ Pure Genius!!

    In addition a VERY USEFUL and downloadable app that lets you really tailor the sound to YOUR taste. Serious.

    Very Cool,

    Thanks Sweetheart!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Nothing Special

    • Written by from Chapel Hill

    Sound is dead on the low end, or should I say "muted." Highs are screechy, especially for classical music. Not very comfortable...but hey, they're trendy...

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wow! The other 5 star reviews are no lie!

    • Written by from Juneau

    I am SO glad that I did NOT listen to the 1-2 star reviews! I went ahead and purchased at Apple, and I whole heartedly agree with the 5 star reviews!

    My headphones of choice are my BeyerDynamic DT-1350-80 & Sony MDR-MA900. These cans rival them and these are BLUETOOTH HEADPHONES! I even dare say that they can actually sound better with tweaking of the soundstage.

    I really do prefer to enjoy my music rather than care about how flat or "as close to reference" a set of cans can be so, I guess that makes me a non- audiophile. My desire to hear the best that my music can sound is what drives me though. That explains my other two headphones of choice. The BT's for "reference" and portability and my MA900'S for soundstage and enhanced PC gaming experiences.

    An extra bonus of late is that they work great with my Nokia 1020 now with the new Windows Phone 8 Parrot Audio Suite!

    As for most of the 1-2 star ratings; there's an old saying I had in the military, "Be smarter than the equipment!". Read the manual and actually TRY to use your $400 headphone gear properly! Nothing is more annoying than reading bad reviews due to a user's ignorance!

    It is IMHO, that these Ziks are the best Bluetooth Headphones you can get while also being as close to "wired" quality as you can get. But don't take my word for it, go try them out for yourself!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great but not too loud for apple devises and pretty pricy

    • Written by

    These headphones are great headphones. The noice cancellation is great sound is great and even has a fantastic bass. All or the features are pretty cool but the headphone does take a while to pause after you take it off of your head. The one and only complaint I have is that for apple devises they defiantly don't get as loud as they do for android. They are also alittle pricy. Besides for that great headphones. Would buy if this is the price range you looking for.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent headphones

    • Written by from Montreal

    These are simply the best headphones I've ever owned, wired or not. The sound and noise cancellation are both outstanding, the headphones are extremely comfortable, the Bluetooth connection is reliable, and the touch controls put these headphones into an entirely different category. In my opinion, these are amply worth the stiff price tag; I've had wired headphones that cost as much or more and didn't match these in terms of sound quality.

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  • 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love them

    • Written by from Bolton

    I would guess that some of the people that are having problems do not have them set up properly. I have used them with 1st gen. iPad, macbook and iPhone 4 and 5. They work great with all.

    I have used these for walking and listening to music or audio books and they are fabulous. I turn the noise cancelling off when walking.

    I have used these on a flight and found the noise cancelling excellent.

    The parrot app works well and is such a cool feature.

    Sound quality is great imo but I am not a audiophile. Once the battery is dead they still work with a cord but the quality of sound is diminished. I usually carry a portable charger with me so that happened once.

    I would recommend them and purchase them again if I had to.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Wireless Headphones

    • Written by from Windsor

    The Parrot Zik headphones offer excellent sound for wireless Bluetooth earphones.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best purchase of 2013

    • Written by from Haslemere

    If travelling by air and rail has taught me anything this year, it's that good noise-cancellation is essential if I'm to cling onto whatever sanity I have left.

    While the battery life could be better, the noise-cancellation is - in my opinion - better than the Bose QC3's (it doesn't feel as brutal, yet works just as well) and the sound quality is brilliant (I'm no audiophile, so they sound amazing to me).

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    • Written by from Englewood

    I had three problems with this product: When I did a side-by-side comparison on an airplane flight with my 1st generation Bose headphones purchased 3 years ago, I found the noise cancellation to be inferior on the Parrot product. Second, the headset is very heavy, causing some strain after a few minutes; And last, although the wireless pairing is simple to set up, I could not get enough volume to the headset from my iPhone. Volume from my iPad was fine.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Really Awful Battery Life and Poor Support

    • Written by from GREELY

    I do like the sound and the noise cancellation, especially when I am cutting the grass, HOWEVER!

    I am on my second set of Parrot Zik headphones because the first ones could not charge the battery. They sent me a new battery for the 1st set but it JUST would not charge.

    Now my 2nd Headphones work for only 10 minutes and the battery is dead. So I am not impressed with these. The features are all cool, but of no value if I can't use them due to battery and charging issues.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Do NOT Lose

    • Written by from NEW YORK

    Love these due to the fact that they are luxury looking and have cool touch functionality. I had mine for 8 monts and was able to justify the purchase until one day...I could not find them. That's $400 folks, down the drain.

    So think long and hard. I know that has nothing to do with the quality of the product, but I want to first make sure that you think about this type of investment. Beats By Dre are recognizable, but as I found out, so are these. People know what they costs and may have their eyes on you. Just be aware.

    That said, I liked them enough to buy another pair when mine were lost/stolen. The bass is not ideal, so if your volume is up while listening to bassy music (I like rap), there will be bad clipping. But i live in NYC and the noise cancellation is incredible. I do not walk around with any headphones blaring because I need to be aware of my surroundings. This has a nice range of sound.

    Again, mine were stolen or lost and I immediately slapped down another $400 plus tax for another pair when i could have at that point chosen cheaper options. So to me, that's the best endorsement that I can think of. I have effectively paid $800 for these and have no regrets...other than losing them :)

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