Parrot Zik Wireless Headphones by Starck

Parrot Zik Wireless Headphones by Starck

$399.95

4.0 out of 5 stars

Based on 92 reviews

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  • Overview

    Parrot, along with world-renowned French designer Phillipe Starck, have collaborated once again to create Zik wireless headphones. Integrating touch control, advanced technology, and sleek design, they deliver superb sound and comfort.

    Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)

    Four active microphones (two internal and two external) make this patented Parrot technology one of the best in its class in ANC. It provides up to 98% reduction, eliminating nearly all external sound.

    Innovative Interface

    An ultra-intuitive touch sensitive panel located on the right ear cup gives you easy control. When you're listening via Bluetooth, simply swipe up and down to increase and decrease volume, and forward and back to conveniently skip tracks. Also, a head-detection sensor automatically senses when you're wearing the headphones and when you're not. When you put the headphones around your neck, the music pauses and your call is switched directly to your mobile device. When you put the headphones back on, your music resumes.

    Unique listening quality

    When using a standard headset, your right or left ear can only hear music coming from the right or left side of the headset. To recreate true-to-life sound, Parrot has developed a unique specialization sound called the “Parrot Concert Hall” effect. So instead of hearing the music from the side, you feel as though the sound is coming from directly in front as if you were listening to a live concert.

    Free yourself from wires

    Listen to music or make crystal-clear calls seamlessly and wirelessly via Bluetooth. Choose to control your calls and music directly from your device manually or via voice recognition, earphone touch panel, or from Parrot's free Audio Suite App on an iPhone. Bluetooth streaming is available with all Bluetooth-compatible devices.

    Parrot hands-free calling

    Originally designed for Parrot car systems, hands-free calling is now part of Zik. It's specifically engineered for crystal-clear conversation. Equipped with two directional microphones and a Jawbone Conductor, the Zik captures the vibration of the jawbone and merges it with the sound of your voice for reliable calls. Thanks to the embedded head detection sensor, if you receive a phone call while listening to your music, you can remove your headphones and your call will be automatically be switched to your smartphone.

    Free exclusive downloadable app

    The Parrot Audio Suite is a free app you can download from the App Store for your iPhone. It lets you control all of your music wirelessly. For instance, you can adjust your audio settings to explore your favorite customized sound and simulate a virtual music scene creating your desired sound depth. The app also notifies you whenever there's a new software version so you can download it instantly.

  • Highlights

    • Active noise cancellation
    • Innovative touch-sensitive control
    • Head-detection sensor seamlessly plays music when headphones are over your ear or pauses it when they're around your neck
    • Unique specialized sound through “Parrot Concert Hall Effect”
    • Completely wireless, supports Bluetooth audio streaming
    • Parrot hands-free calling expertise
    • Exclusive downloadable free app to control your music wirelessly
    • Rechargeable, removable Li-ion battery
  • Did you notice?

    Unique "Parrot Concert Hall" effect recreates true-to-life sound, so you feel as if you're at a live performance.
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  • What's in the Box?

    • Parrot Zik by Starck wireless headphone
    • 3.5 mm mini jack cable, designed by Starck
    • Micro USB cable for charging and updating
    • Lined pouch to protect Zik
    • Quickstart guide in eight languages
    • Li-lon battery 800mAh
  • Tech Specs

    • Frequency Response: 10Hz-20kHz
    • Impedance: 32 Ohms
    • THD: <0.1% at 1khz, 90 dBspl
    • Other Features: Active Noise Cancelling, Stereo Bluetooth, Wireless
    • Form Factor: Over Ear
    • Cable Length: 51.18 in./130 cm
    • Connections: Bluetooth
    • Bluetooth Compatiblity: Bluetooth 2.1
    • No. of Microphones: 4
    • Batteries: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
  • Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    • Mfr. Part Number: PF560000
    • UPC or EAN No.: 3520410007156

    Warranty

    • Note: Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple's Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.
    • Warranty: One year

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Ratings & Reviews

Rating Breakdown (4.0 average)
Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
  • Works best with iPhone

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    I bought these mainly for use in my office where I listen to music on my MacBook Pro (mostly because my music collection will not I bought these mainly for use in my office where I listen to music on my MacBook Pro (mostly because my music collection will not fit on any other device). My conclusion is that they do indeed work with iTunes on my MBP but they don't work great. First, while pairing is easy, connecting is cumbersome at best. You must pull down the Bluetooth menu, select the ZIK, then Open Sound Preferences and make adjustments (mute internal speakers, turn up headphone volume). Then there is usually some initial BT rejection and after going through the process again it will connect. Unfortunately it doesn't always make the most stable connection so once in a while it will just cut out and need to be manually restarted. But when it works, it works well and sounds good.

    In use with the iPhone 4s connection is flawless and simple. I actually once tried to connect to my MBP [right in front of me] but accidentally connected to my iPhone sitting on the charger in a room over 40 feet away and it sounded great. Of course the iPhone has the Parrot ap which allows dynamic adjustment to the sound along with battery monitoring. It should be clarified that there is currently NO software available to adjust sound nor monitor battery on the MBP.

    Battery life is disappointing; about 6.5 hours with all the sound enhancement/noise canceling on. Considering I am working at my desk about 9+ hours a day, this is annoying (especially considering that while listening on the MBP there is no way to know the battery level... it just quits). I would get a second battery but there is currently no way to charge a second battery outside the headphones.

    Like I said, when they work they sound really good and do what they are supposed to. My hope [and reason for keeping them] is that Parrot is paying attention to reviews like this and will offer firmware/software to amend the annoyances as well as an external battery charger or extended life battery unit. For now, I give them 3 out of 5 stars for being rather pricey headphones with great sound quality but poor battery life and slightly flawed functionality on a device they don't appear to be focused towards.

    • Written by from Byron

    286 of 336 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Works best with iPhone
  • Great Headphones!

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I just received these headphones and they work very well. The sound quality is very good and the pairing is dead simple. I have n I just received these headphones and they work very well. The sound quality is very good and the pairing is dead simple. I have not had them long enough to test battery life so I cannot comment on that. The touch control is slick and works as advertised. All in all I'm very happy with my purchase.

    • Written by from Lakeland

    180 of 216 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Great Headphones!
  • Like being different

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I've tried several headphones - Bang&Olufsen, Sennheiser wireless, Vmoda & a host of others.
    I like Vmoda cross fade but annoyed I've tried several headphones - Bang&Olufsen, Sennheiser wireless, Vmoda & a host of others.
    I like Vmoda cross fade but annoyed by cables.

    I love to ZIK concept & find performance and sound quality pleasing. I'm certain there will be s/w updates & offering of a spare battery soon. I'm still familiarizing myself with this product but purchased with the expectation of exceptional performance during phone conversations & reliable Bluetooth music enjoyment. I'm pleased so far.

    • Written by from new york

    184 of 224 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Like being different
  • Top of the line

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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, au 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!

    • Written by from Ajax
    Was this useful? Top of the line
  • Outstanding

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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 char 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.

    • Written by from New Maryland
    Was this useful? Outstanding
  • Solid Wireless sound. Great quality. Beautiful design.

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I’ve always respected Parrot Products, they are unique, innovative and consumer focused. I had no doubt that the Zik headphones wo 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.

    • Written by from Gauteng
    Was this useful? Solid Wireless sound. Great quality. Beautiful design.

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