• 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

    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

    just buy them

    • Written by from Naperville

    OK i devoted months to reading online reviews of headphones to see what was best. Online, the Parrot Ziks scored well in the "wow" factor, but less on sound quality. I ended up buying a set of PSB M4U 2 cans which are corded and they are great. Great sound stage. I'm not sorry i bought them. But going to the Apple Store last week to buy another Cinema Display and seeing the Ziks in stock reminded me I had never gotten over my love affair with them...so i bought the Ziks. If i had to do it all over again, i would buy the Ziks right away. No problems with bluetooth. Sound is great. Portability with no cords is unbelievably cool at the office, commuting. And the wow factor! I use them every day. The ANC is stellar on the Ziks. Try putting them on your head with them turned off, then turn them on and hear the silence...it's like you're working from outer space. Just buy them! You won't regret.

    7 of 7 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

  • 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 :)

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Cans

    • Written by from Chicago

    LOVE:
    Touch controls...volume and direction are on the right ear can
    Bluetooth...Has a backup cable when batteries run down. Bluetooth is better than what I've had in BEATS or PUMA BT headsets
    Noise cancelling works with 4 onboard microphones.
    Can tell when your cans are on your head and when their on your shoulders - great for when someone stops you for directions - pauses your activity

    HATE:
    The cans are great for phone usage but when your using the cable there is no microphone support or volume control when plugged in. You have to go to the Parrot app on your iPhone to control your sound and chat. BAD IDEA.

    7 of 8 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Wireless Headphones I've Found

    • Written by from Topeka

    The sound quality is excellent. They paired to my iPhone quickly and have never failed to link up. The noise cancelation is wonderful. Quite simply the best headphones I have ever owned. I purchased them in Nov. 2012. They are a bit on the heavy side, so if a lighter version becomes available, I will buy them in a heartbeat. I listen to music mostly, but when the phone rings, it is easy to answer or ignore. The mic works very well in phone conversations. Thank you. -- jwp in Topeka

    6 of 7 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

  • 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

  • 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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  • 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!

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 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).

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 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.

    7 of 11 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Parrot Has Thought of EVERYTHING!

    • Written by from Olathe

    I have barely taken my Zik headphones off since I got them. I LOVE my Ziks. They have an amazing sound that can be customized with the equalizer on the iPhone app. I love the multi-touch controls. They fold flat so I can easily pack them for air travel. They are super comfortable. Parrot has thought of everything. I have recommended them to everyone.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Top Piece of Kit

    • Written by from Rochdale

    I have owned the headphones about three weeks, they are stylish, very comfortable and work well my my iPad, iPhone 5 and MacBook. The free software gives you amazing control for any type of music you may wish to enjoy. The noise cancelling is awesome !. Used them in flight for the first time yesterday...wow ....amazing ! fell asleep almost immediately. I was told that Bose might just clinch it for sound quality but I am more happy with this product. Superb.

    7 of 11 people found this useful

  • 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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