But are they worth it? They definitely look the part. No surprises there: they were sculpted by French designer Philippe Starck. Hinges swivel smoothly without rattling, and the headband expands with satisfying clicks. The rubbery plastic is quite tough, even after it appears marked — a few rubs and scratches disappear.
Our heavily used review sample had a tear in the headband. Under the surface, the Ziks are packed with tech. There are five microphones on board: four for noise cancelling, one for calls. A Jawbone Sensor located, unsurprisingly, by your jaw feels your mouth moving and tells the microphone to focus on your voice.
Next to this is a motion detector, which senses when the ear-cups are no longer on your face. Say goodbye to fumbling for the pause button when somebody talks to you: just take the cans off and the music will pause. Put them back on and playback resumes. The onboard Bluetooth is of the 2. Parrot makes up for this with an NFC near-field communication pad in the left ear, which lets you pair the headphones with a compatible device by rubbing them together.
MORE: Best wireless headphones. It controls like a phone or tablet: tap to pause or play music, swipe forwards or back to skip tracks, swipe up or down for volume.
We recommend playing with this. We found this to be a bit unnecessary, and kept it turned off. The noise-cancelling function of the Parrot Zik headphones works very well. We tried them out by a noisy river and managed to achieve a good amount of isolation. It felt like listening to music in a quiet room, and when a low-flying helicopter went past, it was no more than a minor nuisance. With the power turned on, the Zik cans performed well. Connected by wire, we found our music to have a touch more detail and power than when using Bluetooth.
In terms of outright sound quality, there is a greater sense of space and articulation from Bluetooth-free rivals such as the PSB M4U2 s. Having said that, the Parrot Ziks sound very good despite packing all that tech — something that we find quite impressive.
If you drain the battery, you still can use the Ziks as passive headphones. Used this way, our music sounds less organised, with balance tipped heavily towards the top end. With everything switched on, the battery lasts about six hours.
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The Parrot Zik 3. They feel solid and look premium. They also deliver a nice, exciting sound that's customizable with the Parrot app. They're decently comfortable and isolate well in loud environemnts thanks to their strong noise canceling. However, the touch controls are prone to mistakes and can get slightly frustrating and their battery life is considerably shorter than more recent wireless over-ears. The Parrot Zik 3 make for decent everyday headphones.
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They have an above-average sound quality that's highly customizable. They also isolate enough for most environments and do not leak much. This makes them versatile enough for most use cases but their short battery life may be somewhat of a deal breaker for some listeners. Also although they perform much better than typical Bluetooth headphones, they still have a bit too much latency to be suitable for gaming and watching movies.
Decent for neutral listening. They have a have a moderately well-balanced sound with a lot of bass. However, they also have a slight bump in the high-mid that pushes instrument a bit too forward in the mix but isn't as detailed because the treble is a bit recessed.
They also have a closed back design that prevents them from creating a spacious soundstage. But on the upside, you can always EQ them to sound a bit more the way you like, and although they won't be the best headphones for more neutral listeners, their sound quality should be good enough for most. Good for commuting. The Parrot 3 are comfortable and have a decent control scheme. They're well built but are not too cumbersome and additionally their great adaptive noise canceling works well in loud environments.
They would fare well on a busy commute or noisy flight. Decent for sports use. They're comfortable and wireless, with a good control scheme. However, their size and design are not be optimized for strenuous exercises. They will make your ears fairly warm and they are not the most stable headphones for more intense exercises.
Suitable for office use.The Parrot Zik 2. It was so nice that Parrot had to do it twice. The Zik 2. But the second-generation headphones are more than a pretty paperweight. Parrot expanded on high-tech features such as adaptive noise-control technology, adjustable soundscapes and professionally tuned audio presets, creating a headphone that looks as good as it sounds.
Somehow, designer Philippe Starck managed to make the second-gen Ziks look even better than the first-gen model. The first things I noticed were the slimmed down ear cups; the bulk has been considerably cut down, making for a more svelte headphone. This time around, the entirety of the cups has been swathed in black faux leather that's soft and supple and resembles a couple of macarons. The silver-chrome accents have been repositioned to highlight the strategically placed audio ports. Toward the bottom of the right ear cup is a silvery panel housing the power button and microUSB port.
Not much has changed on the comfortably padded headband. It's still wrapped in sumptuous black faux leather, and stamped with the Parrot insignia on top.
The ends of the band are capped in a silver aluminum alloy that extends from each side to adjust the fit. Although the black leather is striking, I'm glad to see Parrot is offering the Zik 2. Parrot has once again skillfully hidden a treasure trove of tech beneath a gorgeous exterior. Like its predecessor, the Zik 2. An upward swipe increases the volume for music or a caller's voice, while a downward motion performs the opposite function. Swiping to the right or left skips tracks forward or back, respectively.
A quick tap in the center of the panel plays or pauses music, while a double tap answers or ignores calls. Long-pressing will cue up your digital assistant, which varies depending on your mobile device's operating system Siri for iOS, Google Now for Android. You still have to be deliberate with your taps and swipes, or else you'll find yourself pausing the music when you really meant to turn up the volume.Faulty Parrot Zik 2.0 Problems
The right ear cup holds an NFC chip for easy one-touch pairing with a smartphone. Additional sensors pause your music the instant the right ear cup loses contact with your skin. The party kicks back into gear when the cup touches the area surrounding your ear. Weighing 9. But they're just as comfortable: The double-layer memory foam and leather-covered ear cups practically melded with my skin. Aside from slight pressure that felt like a gentle hug, I barely noticed that I was wearing the cans outside of the music pumping into my ears from a two-hour jam session.
Similar to other wireless cans, the Zik 2. The headphones also ship with a grey, inch, 3. As with the original Ziks, Parrot's accompanying smartphone app Android and iOS greatly enhances what you can do with these headphones. The first thing I noticed about the app was the background color. The program's hue coordinates with your headphones, so if you've got a blue pair of headphones, the app will also be blue.
It's not groundbreaking by any stretch of the imagination, but it's still a cool option. The new app builds on the foundation of the first, delivering deeper functionality. Zik 2.Parrot offers eight different designs of Zik 3, ranging in colors and materials. From a traditional black leather to a bright red with a crocodile skin pattern. See also: How to customize your iPhone vibrations to tell who's calling. The bag offers little in terms of protection while your headphones are packed away in a backpack.
It would have been nice for Parrot to include a more robust carrying case — something that offers protection and portability. Parrot Zik 3. You can control volume levels and playback of audio using the touch panel found on the right-side of the headphones. A tap on the ear cup will play or pause music, while a swipe up or down lowers volume. Alternatively, a swipe in either direction horizontally will skip through tracks.
The controls are responsive with very little delay from the time you touch the headphones until the change is made. I would often accidentally pause my music when I was only trying to adjust the headphones on my head. Eventually, I learned to be more aware of where I was putting my fingers on the headphones when I needed to move them, sans interruption. Parrot packed several wireless technologies into the headphones, including Qi wireless charging, NFC and Bluetooth.
The addition of NFC makes pairing the headphones with an Android smartphone a breeze: Power up the headphones, tap your phone to the right ear cup, and a few seconds later the two devices are connected.
I was able to walk around my entire house, across two levels without any interference. Wireless charging requires a Qi-compatible charging pad. Available for Android and iOSthe Parrot Zik app is where you go to view battery stats, enable or disable noise control, adjust the equalizer or download presets made by artists either for their own work or genres. Through the app you can also adjust how aggressive the Zik 3 handles noise-cancellation, or as the app calls it, Noise Control.
For the majority of my use, I left the noise control setting to Auto. Meaning it was up to the headphones to adjust how aggressive the noise-cancellation feature was, based on the ambient sound of my environment.
I suspect most will do the same, and for good reason. I had no issues with noise-cancellation.Quick Links. See also: User Manual. Table of Contents. Headphone Parrot Zik 2. Parrot also recommends not listening to music or the radio through your headphones when riding a bicycle, a scooter or any other means of transport for which it is not compulsory to wear a helmet.
Page 7 When the battery is flat, you can still use the Parrot ZIK to listen to music if your audio player is connected to the headset via the Jack to Jack cable.
Page 8 Parrot ZIK. Once the two devices have detected each other, it is no longer necessary to pair each time. To start playing again, put the headset back on. Adjust the bass, tenors and trebles according to your preferences, moving the respective cursors from left to right. You can choose from among the various presets example : Flat, Deep, Rock… to adjust the Page 12 The volume is saved for future calls.
To transfer a call to your telephone, take the Parrot ZIK off. To hang up, tap the touch sensitive panel. Page 13 Managing a second call The Parrot ZIK allows you to manage two calls simultaneously, as long as your telephone supports this feature.
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Page 31 Android est une marque de Google Inc. El volumen queda guardado para las siguientes comunicaciones. Esta fecha de com- pra debe estar certificada por una prueba de compra original del producto recibo de caja presentada al dependiente. Um die Musik erneut zu starten, setzen Sie ihn wieder auf. Der erste Anruf wird automatisch gehalten. Page Italiano 57 pedoni, motociclisti, conducenti, ciclisti o provocare danni agli oggetti.
Per riavviare la riproduzione, rimettere le cuffie. Page 64 Per diminuire il volume sonoro durante una conversazione, sfiorare il pannello spostando il dito verso il basso. Il volume viene salvato per le conversazioni successive. Per trasferire una conversazione in corso sul telefono, togliere le Parrot ZIK.You do know that Parrot makes more than just the AR.
Droneright? It was at CES earlier this year that we first caught a glimpse of -- and subsequently began geeking out about -- the Parrot Zik by Starck. For those unfamiliar, these headphones are jam-packed with enough technologies to make even the geekiest audio lovers smitten.
This isn't the first time Parrot and Mr. Starck have worked together, but this does mark their debut in the portable audio market as opposed to home-based speaker systems. In the case of this review, not one, but two Engadget editors spent some time testing the product.
So, do they impress? You know the drill: meet us after the break where we'll lay it all out. Despite all the high-tech features crammed inside the Zik, it appears more dapper than geeky from the outside. Up top, there's a flexible headband made of synthetic leather embossed with the Parrot logo. Continuing down the sides, the band connects to curvaceous, skeletal-like metal headrails that meet at swiveling joints with the half-wishbone yokes.
Aside from being eye-catching, these earpieces can swivel just over 90 degrees to fold flat for storage in the included travel pouch. Look closely and you'll see the inner portions are scooped out to reveal the cabling leading down to the cups. The clicky headrails drop down from the headband, but retract if you're adjusting the headset for a smaller skull.
Aside from the metal's semigloss finish, you'll notice subtle orange accenting -- a Starck trademark -- underneath where the inner edges of the headband meet the rails. Additionally, there's laser-etching to mark the right and left sides, adjustment points and a tasteful "By Starck" logo on the headband.
That brings us to the earcups -- where all the magic happens. While the Zik generally looks bony, the ear cups are dense and plush -- disproportionately so in relation to the rest of the headset, but attractive nonetheless. The outer edges are mostly finished in a soft-touch matte plastic, and we're very happy about that decision. Why, you ask? The outside of the right ear cup contains a capacitive touch-panel for controlling music playback and taking calls, while there's an NFC sensor embedded within the left ear cup.
Even after swiping the headset hundreds of times per day, we only noticed the slightest trace of oil and fingerprints. Swiping vertically controls volume, while swiping horizontally lets you change tracks. Beyond that, tapping the panel controls playback, and allows you to start and end calls.